Professor Agnès Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD, is the Vice Chancellor and co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) (in 2015), an initiative of Partners In Health based in Rwanda which focuses on changing how health care is delivered around the world by training global health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all.
Agnès is a Rwandan pediatrician who returned to Rwanda in 1996, two years after the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi. Previously, she has provided clinical care in the public sector and has served the Rwandan health sector (1996-2016) in high-level government positions, first as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission, then as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and lastly as Minister of Health for five years. She is a Professor of Pediatrics at UGHE, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine.
Agnès is a member of multiple editorial, advisory. and directors’ boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, African Europe Foundation, Cummings Foundation, and African Union Commission on COVID-19 Response. Agnès is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the World Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. She has published over 240 peer-reviewed articles and was named among the 100 Most Influential African Women for 2020 and 2021 and is a recipient of the 2022 L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.