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2023 Emerging Leaders cohort announced

30 Jun 2023

The 2023 Emerging Leaders cohort, which includes candidates from 19 countries across 5 continents, has been announced.

The World Heart Federation created the WHF Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme 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, designed 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 200-people-strong expert community has so far tackled a number of issues, including secondary prevention, tobacco control, access to essential medicines, diabetes and infectious diseases.

The 2023 cohort marks the programme’s ninth year and will focus on digital health and cardiovascular disease (such as coronary heart disease, hypertension and atrial fibrillation).


The 2023 Emerging Leaders are:

Abhinav Sharma, Canada

Adrian Noriega de la Colina, Canada

Ariel Kraselnik, Argentina

Bin Zhou, United Kingdom

Caio Tavares, Brazil

Dean Picone, Australia

Diana Foo, Malaysia

Elizabeth Paratz, Australia

Franck Nziza, Burundi

Ganeshkumar Parasuraman, India

Honor Bixby, United Kingdom

Irene Gibson, Ireland

Jameel Ahmad, Nigeria

Jessica Orchard, Australia

Julian Hoevelmann South Africa

Keneilwe Nkgola Mmopi, Botswana

Mbiydzenyuy Ferdinant Sonyuy, Cameroon

Megan McLaughlin, United States

Menglu Ouyang, China

Nasirumbi Magero, Kenya

Nilay Shah, United States

Orlanda Goh, Singapore

Priyansh Shah, India

Stefan Tino Kulnik, Austria

Surabhi Joshi, Switzerland