A global cadre of experts

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

One of the world's first training programmes on cardiovascular implementation research

The Emerging Leaders Programme has been created by the World Heart Federation to form and develop a long-term cadre of experts who collaborate, research, and act to reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD) globally by at least 25% by 2025 as targeted by the World Heart Federation and World Health Organization (25by25).

The 2017-2018 cohort marks the fifth year of the programme and will focus on stroke. Previous cohorts 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 Emerging Leaders 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. The think tank will take place from 25-29 June at Duke Kunshan University in the proximity of Shanghai.

Join the Emerging Leaders Programme

Applications are now being taken for our Emerging Leaders 2017/2018 cohort which will have a focus on stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. The applications process will close on 3 January 2018. Please ensure your colleagues and connections are aware of this opportunity to drive the urgent action required to achieve a 25% reduction in premature mortality caused by CVD by 2025.

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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 Emerging Leaders programme.