The past few years have seen the rise—long overdue—of conversations about how academic global health should look forward.  Issues of decolonization, power sharing, community engagement among others, all suggest that there are difficult questions that merit discussion. This Conversation aims to challenge us to think about the ongoing challenges in global health while also looking to the future and considering the question: what should academic global health look like ten years from now?

Dr. William J. Bicknell endowed this annual lectureship to provide “a periodic but regular infusion of iconoclasts and original thinkers who will bring ideas…that stretch, upset, stimulate, and leave us with renewed energy and commitment.”

This event is cohosted with the BUSPH Department of Global Health.

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  • Tammam Aloudat

    President of the Board, Médecins Sans Frontières Netherlands

  • Blessing Mberu

    Senior Research Scientist and Head of Urbanization and Wellbeing, African Population Health Research Center

  • Madhukar Pai

    Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology & Global Health, McGill University, Montreal

  • Jeanette Vega

    Chief Medical Innovation and Technology Officer, Red de Salud UC-Christus

  • Rhoda Wanyenze

    Professor and Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health 

  • Alice Lakati

    Director, Research and Community Extension, Amref International University (MODERATOR)  

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