About UsOur Team Agnes Binagwaho

Agnes Binagwaho joined The Rockefeller Foundation board of trustees in 2019.

Agnes Binagwaho is the Vice Chancellor of The University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda.  She completed her MD in General Medicine at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and her MA in Pediatrics MA at the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale. She returned to Rwanda in 1996.  She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Dartmouth College and earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics, with her PhD Dissertation titled “Children’s Right to Health in the Context of the HIV Epidemic”.

Professor Binagwaho was named Vice Chancellor of the Partners In Health initiative, the University of Global Health Equity, in 2017.  From 2002-2016, she served the Rwandan Health Sector 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 then during five years as the Minister of Health.  She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

She has held an array of leadership and advisory positions on national and international scale.  She is a senior advisor of the Director General if the World Health Organization. She has been a member of the American National Academy of Medicine since 2016, and in 2017 she became a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.  Presently, she serves on: the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries; the Global Health Innovative Task Force; several editorial boards of the scientific journals; and multiple Lancet Commissions.

In 2015, she received the annual Roux Prize and Ronald McDonald House Charities Award of Excellence.  With over 150 peer-reviewed publications, her academic engagements include research across areas including health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies (ICT) in e-health, and pediatric care delivery systems.