Reflecting on Panorama’s First Year as an Action Tank

I was lucky to have the opportunity to see Hamilton in Seattle with my family last month, and I was blown away by much more than the incredible performance. What impressed me just as acutely was the fact that someone could read an 800-page biography of one of America’s founding fathers and come up with […]

A Pledge on International Women’s Day: Female Donors, Join Forces

Originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, March  8, 2018. We are facing a pivotal moment in history where two major movements are aligned. The #MeToo groundswell is changing the way we talk about taboo subjects that long seemed immune to honest discussion and genuine change. At the same time, women in philanthropy are achieving […]

Ebola Scare Shows That the World is Still Not Ready for a Major Disease Outbreak

Originally published by STAT, August 4, 2017. When the Democratic Republic of Congo detected cases of Ebola in May, local officials moved swiftly and global resources were rushed to help them. By the time the World Health Organization declared the outbreak over on July 2, only four people had died, four more had survived the […]

Turning Hardship to Strength – the Promise of Planetary Health

I have to be honest, working in global health and development can be depressing. Thinking of the magnitude of the global problems we face, combined with Western world shifts towards nationalism and populism, I can barely see a light at the end of the tunnel. When these moments of doubt hit, I remind myself that […]

An Urban Innovator: Ridwan Kamil

Ridwan Kamil was one of the top architects in Indonesia, responsible for a tsunami memorial museum at home and projects across the Middle East and China. Last year, he gave it all up to run for mayor of his home town of Bandung, the third-largest city in Indonesia with a population of 2.6 million. He […]

A Thousand Heavens, No More Poverty

How do you teach someone who has never eaten in a restaurant how to be a waiter? That might seem an odd question to pose when you are thinking about global public health and development, but it is a central question in Josh Ruxin’s fantastic new book, A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and […]

The Islamic Development Bank: Transforming Global Health and Development Through Partnerships

I’m a big believer in the power of partnership. By acting together, we can do far more to improve people’s lives than by acting alone. We saw this at the Global Vaccines Summit in Abu Dhabi, where partners from around the world collectively pledged more than $4 billion to end polio forever. It was a […]

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