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2024 Emerging Leaders cohort announced

11 Jun 2024

The 2024 Emerging Leaders cohort, which includes candidates from 21 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 220-people-strong expert community has so far tackled a number of issues, including secondary prevention, tobacco control, access to essential medicines, diabetes, infectious diseases and digital health.

This year is the 10 year anniversary of the programme and will focus on fixed-dose combination therapies (FDCs) and cardiovascular disease and will be convened 27 October – 1 November in Mombasa, Kenya.


The 2024 Emerging Leaders cohort are:

Alexander Perkins, United Kingdom/Canada
Andres Rosende, United States
Chiamaka Omoyele, Nigeria
Daniel Muriuki, Kenya
Daniele Rodolico, Italy
Daryoush Samim, Switzerland
Dzifa Ahadzi, Ghana
Gautam Satheesh, India
Gonzalo Rodriguez, Argentina
Hooi Min Lim, Malaysia
Hueiming Liu, Australia
Jafesi Pulle, Uganda
Matthew Durstenfeld, United States
Mayank Dalakoti, Singapore
Milena Marcolino, Brazil
Mohamed Mohamed, United Kingdom/Egypt
Mundih Noelar Njohjam, Cameroon
Norma Alejandra Cardona Navarro, Mexico
Patrick Ngassa Piotie, South Africa/Cameroon
Rochelle Regina Cruz, Philippines
Sadaf, Sepanlou, Iran
Sonali Munot, Australia
Swagata Kumar Sahoo, India
Vagner Mardrini Jr, Brazil
Vernice Peterson, South Africa

Building on the growing success of the Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders programme, WHF is creating a second capacity building module in leadership in cardiovascular health.

For the first time, a training seminar will take place in parallel on Leadership in Advocacy and Communications (LAC), which aims to empower participants to influence policy, engage with stakeholders, communicate effectively and drive positive change in their respective communities, countries and regions.