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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 was 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 prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. 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.

The 2018 Emerging Leaders are:

Abiodun Adeoye, Nigeria
Amy Fuhs, USA
Asim Katbeh, Syria
Carlos Abanto, Peru
Cheryl Carcel, Philippines
Dorcas Gandhi, India
Ezequiel Zaidel, Argentina
Ferdous Hakim, Bangladesh
Hariklia (Harriet) Proios, Greece
Hasan Farhan, Iraq
Kolawole Wahab, Nigeria
Lily Song, China
Lis Neubeck, UK
Maoyi Tian, China
Mariachiara Di Cesare, Italy
Saima Hilal, Singapore
Stephanie Partridge, Australia
Sureshkumar Kamalakannan, India
Susan Marzolini, Canada
Xinyi Leng, China
Yi (Jake) Sui, Australia
Yulu Shi, China
Zauresh Akhmetzhanova, Kazhakstan

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.
  1. Current curriculum vitae, including membership in World Heart Federation member organization, if applicable.
  2. One published writing example (if multi-author publication, candidates should select an example where they are either first or last author).
  3. Letter(s) of support from local mentor and departmental head (joint letter acceptable), outlining support for participation in the programme.
  4. Two-minute (maximum) video presentation outlining why the candidate wants to participate in the Emerging Leaders programme.

Note: All supporting documents must be in English.