A global cadre of experts

Building up capacity, professional development, mentorship
and networking of WHF Emerging Leaders in 100 countries

One of the world's first training programmes on health policy research, health systems and implementation science

The Emerging Leaders Programme was created by Dr Salim Yusuf in 2014 during his time as President-Elect of the Federation. It is among the first international training programmes on cardiovascular implementation research with its main objective being to build up capacity, professional development, mentorship and networking of WHF Emerging Leaders in 100 countries.

Today, this Programme benefits from the generous financial support of an initial endowment granted by Dr Salim Yusuf.

Dr Salim Yusuf, a world-renowned leader in global CVD research, Executive Director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) in Canada, and WHF Past President, provided an initial endowment of $500,000 CAD (approx. 400,000USD) to support the WHF Emerging Leaders Programme. In light of this generous financial gift, and Dr Yusuf’s initiative in establishing this Programme, it is now known as the World Heart Federation Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme.

The Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme has already achieved significant results. To take performance and impact to the next level, we need you – global leaders, individuals and organizations in the field of circulatory health – to add your support to that of Professor Yusuf and WHF.

Building a global talent pool will have far-reaching and long-term capacity-building benefits for the future of cardiovascular health. WHF Emerging Leaders are already having a huge impact on global cardiovascular health, but with your support, more can be done to strengthen and accelerate their performance.

By making a donation, you will be contributing to the sustainable future of the Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme and the future of a field which is so vital in tackling premature mortality caused by the world’s number one killer. And there are additional ways in which you can add your vital support to our work.

How you can support and benefit from the Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme

  • Make a personal or organizational donation to the Programme
  • Offer your mentorship and/or corporate sponsorship to an Emerging Leader in your particular cardiovascular field or country
  • Be recognized as investing in the future of cardiovascular prevention, treatment and control
  • Showcase your commitment to the future of cardiovascular prevention, treatment and control as an official sponsor
  • Provide inspiration and shape the direction, development and outcome of the Programme

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Download the Programme brochure for global leaders, individuals  and organizations in the field of CV health here

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Selection process

Each year through a competitive process 25 Emerging Leaders are selected. In 2018, the Programme focus was on stroke prevention, treatment and control. Previous cohorts of trainees have focused on access to essential medicines, secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases, raised blood pressure, and tobacco prevention and control.

The World Heart Federation aims to reach as many potential candidates as possible on a global basis. Candidates from academia, civil service, private industry and cardiovascular medicine are encouraged to apply. Candidates may be affiliated with a member organization of the World Heart Federation, but this is not mandatory.

All Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme participants are required to participate in online training, a five-day think tank seminar and collaborative group work based on proposals developed during the seminar with seed funding support from the World Heart Federation from meritorious applications.

Selection criteria

The selection committee looks for candidates to demonstrate their passion for improving CVD healthcare and making a difference at the grassroots level and beyond.

Candidates are asked to provide:

  1. 1,000 word (maximum) personal statement demonstrating:
    • The candidate’s rationale for applying.
    • Prior experience working with local, regional, or national governments of non-governmental agencies to improve cardiovascular health.
    • Unique attributes that each candidate brings to the programme.
    • Demonstration of creativity, disruptive innovation or both to spark change.
  2. Current curriculum vitae, including membership in World Heart Federation member organization, if applicable.
  3. One published writing example (if multi-author publication, candidates should select an example where they are either first or last author).
  4. Letter(s) of support from local mentor and departmental head (joint letter acceptable), outlining support for participation in the Programme.
  5. Two-minute (maximum) video presentation outlining why the candidate wants to participate in the Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme.

Note: All supporting documents must be in English.

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