My ultimate GLP experience – A transformed way of thinking
Through lectures, seminars, symposia, projects, and workshops, I benefited enormously learning about areas outside my main academic discipline – Economics. Kudos to GLP for the exposure to a rich and diverse leadership skills training that covered areas ranging from self-mastery to community leadership through the public narrative. My horizon has been greatly expanded.
My internship at the World Bank was by any measure, a “dream come true” experience. I worked on two education projects for my country, participated in various forums dedicated to defining the post-2015 education MDGs, all along establishing invaluable connections in an area of my primary research interest – Measuring and enhancing human capital outcomes in developing countries. It couldn’t have been better.
My experience couldn’t have turned out this marvelous without the amazing expertise and tireless efforts of the numerous speakers, the World Bank experts with whom I worked and the entire GLP community including faculty, students and alumni. I owe them a debt of gratitude.
GLP challenged me to use my story to inspire hope and action to achieve a better world for all. I will forever remain grateful for the way GLP transformed my thinking.
Life-changing experiences through inspiring lectures and WHO internship
GLP lectures were in keeping with the world’s current global health issues.
I was satisfied with their diversity and how tailored to solve similar problems, the global health problems. It was very interesting to learn that most of the esteemed lecturers, who came and spend their time with us, shared a motivating and common path. Despite their heterogeneous past, they all had AMBITION in what they longed for. They went through challenges and hurdles and yet worked their way to their achievements. This is the single best lesson I would like to pick and keep it with me throughout.
GLP fulfilled my life long and a childhood dream, to work under the blue flag. Driven by the vested interest to help me realize my dreams, the staff in the GLP worked hard and got me an opportunity to work at the WHO as an intern. I was accepted at the department of my first choice, Nutrition for Health and Development. It was here that I could meet some of the world’s greatest men and women in my field of nutrition and child health. People that I had been reading about or citing their work. I had opportunity to get myself connected to the people, colleagues, and friends doing similar or related work elsewhere in the world. This period reshaped my thinking, acting, and even gave me new perspectives of global health. Indeed, it helped me to set new and even higher goals in life. GLP was tailored to my needs.
Discovering a connection between basic research and Global Health
GLP lectures helped me to build basic knowledge in Global Health. Also, I received good guidance from GLP in preparing for my internship. Dr. Tachi Yamada, a former president of Global Health at Gates Foundation and a GLP advisory board chair, suggested K-RITH as a potential internship location in the first place, noting that I was very interested in translational research. Additionally, GLP provided extensive support in preparing myself for internship, including advice on how to write CV and cover letter and how to do well in phone interviews.
I had valuable experiences through my internship experiences at K-RITH. South Africa is a hot spot for HIV and TB and I often hear the expression, ” if the TB cases seen in hospitals are the tip of an iceberg of TB infection, then the iceberg is floating in an ocean of HIV”. My responsibilities at the internship included establishing a reliable and cost-efficient diagnosis methodology. I was very grateful to the opportunity to see a potential for my work to have a direct impact on precious human lives. Also, being based in South Africa gave me a chance to reflect on why HIV and TB had spread this much in the particular society. I also learned patients’ perspectives through visiting local TB hospitals and communicating with healthcare workers.
GLP lectures and internship have helped me to establish my career goal – working on Global Health in Africa – and given me very clear vision on how academically trained researcher like myself could contribute to Global Health.
An excellent opportunity for professional and personal growth
An eye-opening, door-opening, mind-opening experience
Through GLP, I was able to attend consistently fascinating lectures delivered by some of the top global health leaders and innovators in the world – all of whom seemed genuinely eager to interact with us, sharing their own incredible insights while also taking time to solicit our own ideas and perspectives. I was able to participate in a novel array of workshops designed to hone core leadership skills and to nurture creative thinking. I had the opportunity to pursue internships at two separate organizations that may well segue into career paths someday. Doors were opened. Invaluable connections were made.
But what really defines GLP in the end is its people. The students, for one, are beautifully brilliant and passionate across the board. It’s a community I’m proud to be counted among. And then there’s the GLP faculty and staff, about whom I really cannot say enough. Not only are they first-rate experts in the field, deeply connected and plugged into what’s happening in the world of global health and leadership development, but they also are driven by a true desire to see GLP students succeed. You’ll feel nurtured and appreciated for your unique qualities and potential. You’ll feel at once swaddled in a safe haven for expression and pushed to venture outside of your comfort zone. You’ll feel lucky beyond measure to be a part of the ongoing experience. I know I do.
Fully empowered to make valuable contributions to global mental health
Precious opportunity to learn leadership in the context of Global Health
GLP was a door-opener in career in Global Health
Valuable lessons on leadership