Haile Debas has awarded the first CUGH Leadership Award to Tachi Yamada of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
In his acceptance remarks Yamada said he believes in the role of universities in transforming global health. The BMGF has provided support for the CUGH since 2007. Yamada and the BMFG has enabled CUGH to be a major player in global health in a mere three years due in large part to its financial contributions.
Yamada’s forward thinking is exemplified by two seminal studies that will be presented at CUGH10.
“At the planning meeting in SF in 2008, Tachi challenged CUGH to think big and make a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable people everywhere.”
Yamada has challenged the CUGH to think big. He said people who founded this organization have taken his advice and “the bull by the horns”. He said he was honored to receive the award and to receive it, from whom he described as his very close friend, Haile Debas.