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2020 Emerging Leaders cohort announced

23 Jun 2020

The 2020 Emerging Leaders cohort, which includes candidates from 17 countries across 5 continents, has been announced.

The WHF Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme was created by the World Heart Federation to form and develop a long-term cadre of experts who collaborate, research, and act to reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular disease globally. The Programme, developed by Dr Salim Yusuf in 2014, provides training and networking opportunities in cardiovascular health policy and implementation research for healthcare practitioners, researchers, and global health advocates.

Focusing on a different priority area each year, the objective of the training module is to reduce the global burden of cardiovascular disease in line with UN Sustainable Development Goal 3.4. Our 150-people strong expert community has so far tackled a number of issues, including secondary prevention, tobacco control and access to essential medicines.

The 2020 cohort marks the seventh year of the programme and will focus on diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


The 2020 Emerging Leaders are:

Aditya K. Khetan, India
Alice Gibson, Australia
Arun Pulikkottil Jose, India
Bishal Gyawali, Nepal
Charles Kamotho, Kenya
Diana Sherifali, Canada
Fathima Aaysha Cader, Bangladesh
Hani Jneid, Lebanon
Israa Yaseen, Iraq
Jasper Tromp, Netherlands
Kati Kristiansson, Finland
Lilian Pinto da Silva, Brazil
Louisa Gnatiuc, UK
Luisa Brant, Brazil
Martin Heine, Netherlands
Martín Hevia, Argentina
Patricia Kearney, Ireland
Philasande Mkoko, South Africa
Pooja Dewan, India
Ranjit Mohan Anjana, India
Sheila Klassen, Canada
Tara Boelsen-Robinson, Australia
Urh Groselj, Slovenia
Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Ghana
Zainab Dakhil, Iraq