Dr. Binagwaho appointed to Rockefeller Foundation board

On 24 November 2019 at 11:36

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda, has been appointed to the board of trustees by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Dr. Binagwaho has been appointed alongside Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Sahel Consulting: Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd., headquartered in Nigeria.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Agnes and Ndidi to our Board of Trustees. As the Foundation works to lift up the most vulnerable people in communities around the world, their deep global development expertise and longstanding commitment to improving lives will be invaluable to the organization,” said Board Chair Richard D. Parsons.

Dr. Binagwaho has served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners In Health, since 2017.

From 2002-2016, she served the Rwandan Health Sector in high-level government positions, first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission, then as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and later spent five years as the Minister of Health.

Dr. Binagwaho is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

She completed her MD in General Medicine at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and her MA in Pediatrics at the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale.

“Agnes has helped change the national health landscape as a member of the government of Rwanda, and is an important leader in the field of global health,” said Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation.

« I have long admired the work of the Rockefeller Foundation and I am delighted to join the Board of Trustees. The Foundation’s work advancing new frontiers, especially with respect to health and science, continues to touch the lives of so many around the world, and I look forward to helping support the advancement of that work, » said Dr. Agnes Binagwaho.

The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission to inspire and foster large-scale human impact that promotes the well-being of humanity throughout the world; it’s efforts to scale innovations that help meet the needs of the most vulnerable communities around the world are just as important now as they were when the foundation was founded.

The Rockefeller Foundation was established in 1913 and was ranked the 39th largest foundation by total giving in the United States in 2015.

Dr. Binagwaho has served as Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners In Health, since 2017