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Agnes Binagwaho

Co-Founder, University of Global Health Equity

Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PHD currently resides in Rwanda. She is the retired Vice Chancellor and co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), a Rwandan initiative of Partners In Health, which focuses on changing how health care is delivered around the world by training global health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. She is a Rwandan pediatrician who returned to Rwanda in July of 1996, two years after the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. Since then, she has provided clinical care in the public sector and served the Rwandan health sector (1996-2016) 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 lastly as Minister of Health for five years. She co-chaired the Millennium Development Goal Project Task Force on HIV/AIDS and Access to Essential Medicines. Professor Agnes Binagwaho is a Professor of Pediatrics at UGHE, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of pediatrics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. She is member of multiple Editorial, Advisory and Directors’ boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation Board Professor Binagwaho is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and of the World Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. She has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and was named among the 100 Most Influential African Women for 2020 and 2021.