Technical Advisory Commitee

This committee comprises leading global experts in health systems and development, who bring to bear, their vast experience, globally renowned expertise and knowledge. The committee is independent and its role is advisory. They provide strategic and technical guidance to the organization.

Professor Rifat Atun

Prof. Rifat Atun is Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University, and the Director of Global Health Systems Cluster at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

In 2006-13, Prof. Atun was Professor of International Health Management and Head of the Health Management Group at Imperial College London. In 2008-12 he served as a member of the Executive Management Team of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as the Director of Strategy, Performance and Evaluation Cluster.

Prof. Atun has worked with several governments globally as well as the World Bank, World Health Organization, and the UK Department for International Development to design, implement and evaluate health system reform initiatives. He was also the Founding Director of the MSc in International Health Management, BSc in Management and Medical Science, and Founding Co-Director of the Masters in Public Health (MPH) Programme at Imperial College.

Prof. Atun is a member of the MRC (UK) Global Health Group, the US Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Strengthening Health Systems and the Research Advisory Committee for the Public Health Foundation of India. He has also served as a member of the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board, the Norwegian Research Council’s Global Health and Vaccination Research Board, the Advisory Committee for WHO Research Centre for Health Development in Japan, and the Strategic Technical Advisory Group of the WHO for Tuberculosis. He chaired the WHO Task Force on Health Systems and Tuberculosis Control and in 2009-12 he was the Chair of the STOP TB Partnership Coordinating Board.

Prof. Atun studied medicine at University of London as a Commonwealth Scholar and subsequently completed his postgraduate medical studies and Masters in business administration at University of London and Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK), Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK).

Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate

Dr Muhammad Ali Pate is a visiting Scholar and formerly Adjunct Professor at the Duke Global Health Initiative. He was previously the Minister of State for Health in Nigeria, following his success as the Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), in Abuja, Nigeria. In these roles he spearheaded several initiatives including the establishment of the Private Sector Health Alliance, the landmark Saving One Million Lives Initiative, was a member of the Economic Management Implementation Team of the Government and Chaired the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication.

Prior to this role in the NPHCDA, he was with the World Bank Group, where he was the Human Development Coordinator in the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank, overseeing a portfolio of Health, Education and Social Protection interventions in several countries in the region.

Dr Pate is an American Board-Certified MD in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with an MBA (Health Sector Concentration) from Duke University USA. Prior to this he studied at the University College London. He also has a Masters in Health System Management from the London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine, UK.

Dr. Pate serves as co-chair of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, member of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Vaccination and Humanitarian Emergencies at the World Health Organization, and member of the agenda committee at the World Economic Forum. In addition, he is on the board of the Healthcare Leadership Academy as well as the Chigarin Foundation in Bauchi, Northeastern Nigeria.

Professor David Peters

Professor David Peters, MD, DrPH, MPH, is the Edgar Berman Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has worked in health systems as a researcher, policy advisor, educator, manager, and clinician in dozens of developing countries over the last two decades.

Since 2009, Peters has been the Director of the Health Systems Program. Since 2005, he has been the director of Future Health Systems (FHS): Innovations for Equity, a consortium of researchers from Uganda, Nigeria, India, China, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, the UK, and the USA, aimed at generating knowledge to shape health systems to benefit the poor.

During his public health career, Peters has been an advisor to a number of international organizations, including the Global Fund to Combat AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and the World Economic Forum, and has provided technical assistance to governments in Bangladesh, India, Nigeria, and development agencies (WHO, World Bank, CIDA, DFID, and USAID).

He was a pioneer in the development of Sector Wide Approaches (SWAps) in health, a strategy now commonly used to define and implement national health programs in developing countries. Using this approach, he led the development and implementation of the first-of-its-kind national Balanced Scorecard to assess and manage health services in Afghanistan. This approach is now commonly used to link strategy to implementation and monitoring for health programs in several developing countries.