March 27, 2020

Global health is an ever-changing field. Take this opportunity to ask leaders in this space questions about how to advance your career in global health and international development. These leaders have a broad range of experience in the field and have occupied very senior positions in academia. Students and junior faculty in low and middle-income countries are particularly encouraged to register for this webinar.


Miriam Lewis Sabin, PhD
Senior Editor, The Lancet
Miriam is a Senior Editor at The Lancet, based in New York City, where she just started less than 1 month ago, Prior to that, Miriam was the Drive Accountability Manager at the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva. Miriam was a “Disease Detective” in the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) (class of 2004) during PEPFAR I and the Senior Research Scientist Officer for Viral Hepatitis C Prevention and Evaluation Research for the CDC before moving to Geneva in 2008. Since then, she has served as the interim HIV testing services focal point for WHO and as the M&E focal point for UNAIDS Global AIDS Progress Reporting for key populations. Most recently, Miriam was an epidemiologist at the Global Fund, leading the epidemiologic agenda for Global Fund Corporate Key Performance Indicator 8: Gender Equality. Miriam also served as M&E focal point for Global Fund Challenging Operating Environments, community-level health data, served as a Global Fund representative to the Health Data Collaborative and provided epidemiologic & M&E expertise to Global Fund grants across its portfolio. Miriam has lived and worked for 12 years in Geneva, and Tunisia, Bangladesh, Denmark and Brazil and holds a PhD from the University of Georgia where she specialized in the epidemiology of refugee mental health and posttraumatic stress disorder. She has a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Sharon Rudy
Senior Global Health Director, Public Health Institute
Dr. Rudy’s first professional focus was counseling and cross-cultural communication, living in Europe and Asia. She then served as JHU faculty/Senior Program Officer at the Center for Communication Programs/Bloomberg School of Public Health/Johns Hopkins University where she designed, implemented and evaluated national social/behavior change communications programs, living and working in East Africa as well as working in Ghana, Indonesia, Cambodia, and Nepal. As Technical Director, then Associate Director, she focused globally on performance improvement, training, organizational and leadership development projects through InterHealth, based at the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill. For the past twenty years, Dr. Rudy has focused on global health careers, leading USAID-funded global health fellowship programs through the Public Health Institute. She is currently the Senior Global Health Director for the Public Health Institute, Senior Advisor to the STAR program and Principal Investigator for the Global Health Technical Professionals Program. She is a published researcher and author focusing on global health careers, cross-cultural communication, and mindfulness. She believes that organizational change starts inside a person; that it is always three steps forward, then two steps back; and that it is important to celebrate small victories. Her personal website is

Dr. Kathryn Chu
Director, Centre for Global Surgery, Stellenbosch University
Kathryn Chu is a Professor of Global Surgery and the Director of the Centre for Global Surgery in the Department of Global Health at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her medical degree and general surgery at the University of California-San Francisco and a colorectal fellowship at the Lahey Clinic. She was a Fulbright Scholar to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she completed a Masters in Public Health in Developing Countries. She is the Vice-President of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)-Southern Africa, a humanitarian medical organization. For the past 13 years, she has been based in Africa where she has been working to improve surgical access, equity, and delivery. From 2007-2011 she was a surgeon and epidemiologist for MSF. In 2012-2014 she worked for the Human Resources for Health Program under Harvard Medical School to train University of Rwanda surgical residents and was the mentor to the department head. Since 2014 she has been working in the public sector in South Africa. She is a member of the Southern Africa National Surgical Obstetric and Anesthesia Planning Task Force and several international global surgery initiatives. Her research interests include strengthening surgical care at district hospitals, surgical mHealth, and the training of non-surgeon providers.