GHLP: Global Health Leadership Program



We would like to share some voices from former participants below. GLP was formerly known as the Global Leadership Program (GLP).


photo-chaoGLP 2013

My ultimate GLP experience – A transformed way of thinking

Atuhurra Julius Favourite
Ph.D candidate, Development Economics, The National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
Internship location: The World Bank Group Headquarters (Washington DC) – Africa region, Education department
Nationality: Ugandan
The decision to join the 2013 GLP class will remain one of the best I made during my graduate studies in Japan. From the weekly lectures at the University of Tokyo’s Hongo campus through to the internship experience at the J building on the 18th and Pennsylvania avenue, I now look back and marvel at how much my appreciation of the development needs of our time and the means to shape the future we want has been transformed. I truly will never be the same again.

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.

photo-chaoGLP 2012

Life-changing experiences through inspiring lectures and WHO internship

Bruno Sunguya
Ph.D. candidate, Community and Global Health
The University of Tokyo
Internship location: WHO Headquarter –Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (Switzerland)
Nationality: Tanzanian
At the beginning of GLP classes, I was very excited by the diversity of students. My colleagues came from academia to pharmaceutical, from graduate to post doc, from medical field and social sciences to engineering and molecular science. This, I thought would be a challenge as I had never been in a class with such varied and brilliant people outside my field of work.

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.


photo-mayuGLP 2011

Discovering a connection between basic research and Global Health

Mayu Yoshikawa
Ph.D. candidate, Genome Medical Science
The University of Tokyo
Internship location: K-RITH (South Africa)
Nationality: Japanese
I decided to participate in GLP because I had been asking myself what a graduate student in basic research like myself could do for the better being of the most underprivileged people in the world.  This concern led me to my GLP internship at K-RITH, an innovative research organization working on basic and applied research to bring effective solutions to HIV and TB patients in South Africa.

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.


photo-shogoGLP 2012

An excellent opportunity for professional and personal growth

Shogo Kato
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.
Nationality: Japanese
As a working professional in the Pharmaceutical industry, I enjoyed learning experiences at GLP to the fullest. Inspiring and interactive lectures directly given by top global leaders in various fields as well as interactions with aspiring graduate students and working professionals from other healthcare firms dramatically changed my perspectives. I had opportunities to acquire comprehensive knowledge in global health, understand what roles innovations and leadership play in the field, and learn how to solve problems and make decisions based a wider perspective with an eye on both private and public sectors. Also, GLP offers participants such a rare opportunity to learn in a truly diverse community. It was quite fascinating to work with other participants with diverse cultural, academic and professional backgrounds and understand their viewpoints that I would have never known if I did not attend GLP. I learned how to develop integrated perspectives out of different viewpoints through well-designed group exercises and discussions at GLP. The experience of learning with passionate and aspiring GLP students has helped me to grow both professionally and personally.


photo-rachelGLP 2011

An eye-opening, door-opening, mind-opening experience

Rachel M. Amiya, MSc 
Ph.D. candidate, Dept. of Community and Global Health
The University of Tokyo
Internship locations: WHO Headquarters (Geneva, Switzerland); PATH Headquarters (Seattle, WA, U.S.A.)
Nationality: U.S.A. 
The Global Health Leadership is one of those experiences that leaves you breathlessly motivated to be the very best version of yourself you can be, both personally and professionally. Not only that, it coaxes you into an earnest exploration of just what that might mean for you; it lifts you up to expect more of yourself; it equips you with the tools and connections to embark on paths of development you wouldn’t have thought possible otherwise.

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.


photo-mikaGLP 2011

Fully empowered to make valuable contributions to global mental health

Mika Mizunuma
The University of Tokyo
Expecting to start career in a global pharmaceutical company in Spring 2013
Internship location: WHO Headquarter – Department of Mental Health (Switzerland)
Nationality: Japanese
I gained leadership skills, global communication skills and valuable network through GLP lectures and internship.  Even more importantly,  I had an opportunity to reflect on myself and ask myself questions such as “Who am I?” and “What is my vision for the future?”.  Through such experiences, I have a very clear vision now: I would like to contribute to creating a world where nobody is hopeless and apathetic due to mental illness.


photo-lianoGLP 2010 (auditing student)

Precious opportunity to learn leadership in the context of Global Health

Rayden Llano
London School of Economics and Political Science
Marshall Scholar
Formally a Henry Luce Scholar at Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo
Nationality: American
I firmly believe in the need to achieve universal health coverage for all, both on the principle of healthcare as a basic human right and on the basis of its potential effectiveness in tackling many global health problems. To this end, I intend on pursuing a career in health policy advocating for universal coverage, and I believe that the Global Health Leadership Program has been instrumental in equipping me with many valuable skills not usually taught in global health courses but crucial to making progress in global health, such as skills on leadership, negotiation, and conflict resolution. At the same time, this seminar series touched upon many practical topics, such as how to get into the UN system as well as what it means to work in the field, and we got a chance to learn all of this from a wonderful panel of distinguished guest speakers, such as former President of Ecuador Dr. Jamil Mahuad.


photo-naokoGLP 2010

GLP was a door-opener in career in Global Health

Naoko Miake
World Bank Tokyo Office
Ph.D. in Health Economics from Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Internship location: World Bank and Harvard School of Public Health
Nationality: Japanese
GLP was a truly life-changing experience.  GLP internship was instrumental for me to start my career in global health and develop essential leadership skills.  Also, GLP lectures completely changed my values and vision for life and future.


photo-takimotoGLP 2010 (auditing student)

Valuable lessons on leadership

Maki Takimoto, M.D.
Working professional at a global pharmaceutical company
Formally a Resident/Medical Doctor at Kudansaka Hospital
Nationality: Japanese
My GLP experience has been great. It has made me realize how leadership can be pursued internally and externally. Internally meaning each of us looking into ourselves accepting our history and core values, and externally meaning perceiving where our society stands and where we want to head from here. This artistic pursuit can move and touch on so many people, giving him/her and others power to change. Fascinating lecturers and highly energetic classmates have intrigued me in such ways that I am very grateful for having met them through this program.