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December 18, 2020

Decisive Leadership During Pandemics

Event Series: Global Public Health Seminars

Showing the Decisive Leadership During Pandemics Video

Among the factors shaping pandemic response, decisive leadership is emerging as a key determinant of strengthened response. The COVID-19 crisis requires leaders who are able to take rapid and high-impact decisions for successful containment, mobilization, resilience, and recovery. Leadership, governance, and commitment appear as outstanding pillars in the COVID-19 response in conjunction with other characteristics of decisive leadership that promote a rapid, coordinated, evidence-based response and that support solidarity and national unity. In this seminar Dr. Maha El Rabbat considered a common question across the globe: how can leaders come to timely decisions and determine effective decision-making processes in the face of shifting trends and scientific evidence?

The Georgetown University Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security (GHSS) co-sponsored this event as part of the Global Health Security Seminar Series.


Dr. Maha El Rabbat is a WHO special envoy on COVID-19 and executive director of the Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum. She previously served as the minister of health and population of Egypt and as a professor of public health at Cairo University. She has over 30 years of academic and technical experience in conducting system-wide assessments and reform in response to emerging needs and has worked on strengthening health systems and responses to emerging needs and human development in the region, particularly in middle- and lower-income countries.