Rifat Atun

Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University,


Dr. Rifat Atun is professor of global health systems at Harvard University and the faculty chair for the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program.

From 2006-13, Atun was professor of international health management and head of the Health Management Group at Imperial College London. During 2008-12 he served as a member of the executive management team of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as the Director of Strategy, Performance and Evaluation Cluster, where he chaired the panel that oversaw investments of around $4 billion each year in more than 100 countries.

Atun has worked with more than 30 governments globally as well as the World Bank, World Health Organization, and the UK Department for International Development to design, implement and evaluate health system reform initiatives. He has led executive education programs and undertaken assignments for major companies including Novartis, Medtronic, GSK, Pfizer Inc., the Vodafone Group, Hofmann La Roche, and Tata Consulting Services.

Atun was the founding director of the MSc in International Health Management, BSc in Management and Medical Science, and founding co-director of the Masters in Public Health (MPH) Programmes at Imperial College. He has been a founding director and investor in Imperial College spin-out companies operating in areas of health information systems and biotechnology.

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