Distinguished Leaders in Education and Health Join Advisory Board

As the Ministerial Program works to integrate education ministers into the Program beginning in 2017, two distinguished former education ministers will lend their public leadership experience and education expertise to helping reshape the Program. Dr. Dzingai Mtumbuka was the first post-independence education minister in Zimbabwe quickly establishing a transformative education system regarded around the world as a model and still today, despite Zimbabwe’s current difficulties, producing better education results than most African countries. Cecilia Maria Velez White, a continent and a decade apart, during her eight- year tenure as education minister, played a similarly transformative role in establishing Columbia as a top performer in education in Latin America.

Advisory Board Chair, Julio Frenk, said he is honored to serve with such an outstanding group of leaders.

Julio Frenk also announced the Advisory Board would be joined by one of the world’s most prominent global health leaders, Dr. Awa Marie Coll-Seck, currently serving, for the second time in her career, as Minister of Health and Social Action in Senegal. In addition to her distinguished government service, Dr. Coll-Seck was the founding Executive Director of the Roll-Back Malaria Partnership, a global alliance which laid the foundation for worldwide progress in curtailing the incidence of Malaria. In 2014, Dr. Coll-Seck participated, along with other serving health ministers, in the annual Harvard Health Leaders’ Ministerial Forum, an experience she described as formative for her plans for health systems strengthening in Senegal.

The Advisory Board of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program meets once a year at Harvard. Consultations are conducted electronically in-between meetings. Advisory Board members serve for a term of three years renewable and receive no payment for their service. For a complete list of Advisory Board members go to: https://ministerialleadership.harvard.edu/advisory-board/