Rifat Atun

Dr. Rifat Atun is Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University and the Faculty Chair
for the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program. In 2008-12 he was a member of the Executive
Management Team of the Global Fund as Director of Strategy, Performance and Evaluation.
Professor Atun’s research focuses on health system reform and innovation in health systems. He has
published over 300 papers in leading journals, and acted as adviser the World Bank, WHO and over
30 governments, and leading organizations.
Professor Atun has been a member of the Advisory Boards of WHO Research Centre for Health
Development in Japan, and Norwegian Research Council’s Programme for Global Health. He is a
member of the UK Medical Research Council’s Global Health Group, and the Longitude Prize
Committee.
Professor Atun studied medicine at University of London as a Commonwealth Scholar and
completed postgraduate training in family medicine, public health, and Masters in Business
Administration at 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.