Dr Rifat Atun

Faculty Chair - Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program
Professor - Global Health Systems, Harvard University

Dr Atun is a Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University and the Faculty Chair of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program. In 2008-12 he served as a member of the Executive Management Team of the Global Fund as Director of Strategy, Performance, and Evaluation where he chaired the panel that oversaw annual investments of ~US$4 billion each year.

In 2006-2013 he was a Professor of International Health Management at Imperial College London, where he led the Centre for Health Management and was involved as founder, adviser and investor in multiple biotech and health technology companies. He is a visiting professor at the University of Kyoto, Japan.

Professor Atun’s research focuses on health system transformation and innovation. He has published more than 350 papers in leading journals.

Prof Atun has advised more than 30 governments on health policy, strategy and health system reform, and has consulted for the World Bank, WHO and leading organizations such as Medtronic, Novartis, Hoffman-La Roche, and Merck & Co.

Professor Atun was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine Committee on Health Systems. He served on the Advisory Boards of WHO Research Centre for Health Development in Japan and the Norwegian Research Council’s Programme for Global Health Research. He Chaired the STOP TB Partnership Coordinating Board in 2009-2011 and was as a member of the UK Medical Research Council’s Global Health Group. He is a member of the Longitude Prize Committee – the largest science prize in the world.

Professor Atun studied medicine at the University of London as a Commonwealth Scholar and subsequently completed his postgraduate training in family medicine and public health. He obtained a Masters in Business Administration at the University of London and Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Faculty of Public Health, and the Royal College of General Practitioners.