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Announcing our new cohort of Emerging Leaders 2016

10 Mar 2016

Next week, our new Emerging Leaders 2016 take part in their first Think Tank Seminar in Bangalore, India, with a focus on tobacco.


Created in 2014, World Heart Federation Emerging Leaders is among the first international training programmes on cardiovascular implementation research. Its main objective is to build up capacity, professional development, mentorship, and networking of CVD Emerging Leaders (ELs) in 100 countries.

Each year through a competitive process 25 ELs are selected. The ELs participate in online webinars covering fundamental topics in the field of implementation science, health systems, and health policy research. In addition, the participants also meet face to face to participate in an interactive five day think tank seminar with senior CVD investigators to develop tangible collaborative multinational innovative and interdisciplinary projects with a goal of contributing to the reduction on CVD premature mortality.

Welcome to this year’s Emerging Leaders

Achiri Ndikum, Campaign Officer, Cameroon Coalition to Counter Tobacco

Adeniyi Oginni, Chief Medical Officer, Osun State Hospital

Adrian Pana, Strategic Health Policy Consultant, Center for Health Outcomes & Evaluation

Amit Yadav, Director, Public Health Law and Advocacy, HRIDAY

Andrii Skiplaskyi, Chairman, Advocacy Center, “LIFE”

Anna Kontsevaya, Laboratory Directory, National Research Center for Preventive Medicine

Aswathy Sreedevi, Professor of Community Medicine, Amrita Institute Of medical Sciences

Bidyut Sarkar, Senior Scientist, Public Health Foundation of India

Catriona Jennings, Senior Teaching Fellow and Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist, Imperial College London

Ce Shang, Visiting Senior Research Specialist, University of Illinois at Chicago

Fabian Lewis, Director, Research and Analysis, Ministry of Finance and Planning

Holly Gray, Prevention and Wellbeing Advisor, Bupa

Irene Reyes, Managing Director, HealthJustice

Jean Christophe Rusatira, President, Healthy People Rwanda

Katarzyna Zatonska, Head of Social Medicine Department, Medical University of Wroclaw

Kellen Namusisi, Technical Advisor, Center for Tobacco Control in Africa

Kelvin Khow, Technical Officer, World Health Organization

Kemi Tibazarwa, Research Physician, Muhimbili National Hospital

Lindsay Robertson, PhD Candidate, University of Otago

Marie Lan Cheong Wah, Associate Professor, University of Mauritius

Michal Stoklosa, Senior Economist, Taxation & Health, American Cancer Society

Shannon Gravely, Research Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo

Socrates Kakoulides, Cardiology Fellow, Mount Sinai Hospital

Yvonne Olando, Consultant Clinical psychologist & Tobacco Cessation Trainer, National Agency for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse & World Health Organization

In the coming weeks and in the run up to our World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health 2016 (where several of our Emerging Leaders will be presenting), we will be providing a series of project updates from our 2014 and 2015 Emerging Leaders.