The mission of the Global Health and Leadership Conference at Harvard is to inspire interest in global health and empower youth to serve as the next generation of civically-minded leaders.
Founded in 2017, the Global Health and Leadership Conference at Harvard promotes engagement with a wide array of global health topics and fosters collaborations between Harvard professors, undergraduates, and high school students from around the world. We seek to educate high school students about the complex and intersectional factors that underlie global health beyond the realm of biomedicine – from issues of socioeconomic disparities to climate change, law and criminal justice, and immigration.
Conference participants attend a keynote speaker series led by global health professionals across diverse disciplines, and also partake in Q&A sessions and career panels. In addition, students will attend interactive workshops led by Harvard undergraduate global health organizations.
Students may choose to participate in the Community Project Pitch Competition and/or the Case Study Competition. The Pitch Competition challenges students to research, design, develop, and propose a global health-related civic project in their home communities. The Case Study Competition is a fast-paced exercise in a timed setting – during the Conference, participating students will be placed in teams and must research and write a policy proposal in response to a given prompt.
Meet Our Team
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Katrina Hon, '22
Katrina Hon is a junior at Harvard majoring in Neuroscience with a secondary in Psychology. She is originally from Middlebury, Connecticut. Katrina conducts research at the Psychiatry Neuroimaging Lab at BWH on sexual dimorphisms in the amygdala-hippocampus circuit in patients with early psychosis. She is the Director of Harvard Premedical Society's Physician Mentoring Program and is also involved in the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association and Harvard Red Cross. Katrina hopes to pursue a career in medicine and continue working in the life sciences as well as mentoring students. She is very excited to take on the role of Conference Director once again for this year’s conference!
Soy Choi, '23
Soyoun (Soy) Choi is a first-year student residing in Hurlbut hoping to pursue a concentration in Biomedical Engineering with a secondary in Government. She comes from Melbourne, a beautiful beach town on the east coast of Florida. Outside of her academic studies, Soy is also part of the Undergraduate Council (UC), Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra (HRO), the Crimson, Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) Service to Society Council, and Institute of Politics (IOP) STEAM & Education Policy. Additionally, Soy truly enjoys playing golf, tennis, and violin in her free time. Today’s global injustice of health disparities has pushed Soy to become more interested in the policy of healthcare and has brought her to read more about the concept of global health.
Neil Katzman, '24
Neil Katzman is a freshman originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Neil is particularly interested and passionate about reducing boundaries to care and education through the utilization of technology. Neil hopes to one day become a physician to help expand access to care for rural and underserved populations. Neil also serves on the board of the Harvard Food Lab, as well as being a member of Harvard FIMRC. In his spare time, Neil loves to play tennis, table tennis, run, and explore Boston / Cambridge. He is very excited to join the board this year as Director of Programming!
Sina Kiamehr, '22
Sina Kiamehr is a Junior at Harvard studying Chemical and Physical Biology with a secondary in Computer Science. He immigrated to the United States in 2014. He swam for 9 years and played water polo in high school. At Harvard, Sina plays rugby for the school. He conducts research at a laboratory in the chemistry department, exploring the metabolism of Xenobiotics by the human gut microbiome. In his free time, Sina likes to catch up with friends, exercise, and play video games.
Miyu Imai, '23
Miyu Imai is a sophomore at Harvard majoring in Neuroscience on the Mind, Brain, and Behavior track. Miyu is passionate about learning and making others around her happy. She has enjoyed volunteering in numerous hospitals and elderly homes in her home town in New York and Tokyo. She also enjoys working and volunteering to teach students K-12. Outside of coursework, Miyu loves to play violin, practice karate, study about anything that makes her curious, and talk to her friends. Miyu is also a dual degree student at the Berklee College of Music studying violin performance. She hopes to ultimately pursue a career in medicine and become a physician that can spread happiness. Miyu is very excited to take part as Outreach Director in this year’s Harvard Global Health Leadership Conference!
Zijian Ma, 24'
Zijian Ma (Carl) is a first-year at Harvard. He was raised in Tianjin, China for all his 19 years, and really appreciates this opportunity to view and grapple with education and medical inequality from a global perspective! His previous research focuses on retinoblastoma, regional education disparity, and special medical care for children.
Alvin Yao, 24'
Alvin Yao is a first-year student intending to concentrate in Biomedical Engineering with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Alvin hopes to attend medical school after graduating and ultimately become a surgeon. He is originally from NYC. At Harvard, he is on the fundraising committee of FIMRC, a frosh rep of the cultural organization HRCSA, a member of the Red Cross, and counselor for Chinatown Afterschool Program for Phillips Brooks House Association. He can’t wait to be a part of this year’s conference!
Alex Chaumette '22
Director of Programming
Alex Chaumette is a junior studying Neuroscience with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy and a Language Citation in Spanish. Alex conducts research in Dr. Charles Nelson’s lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, and he currently serves as Executive Director of Refresh Bolivia, a student-run nonprofit dedicated to public health research and service in Cochabamba, Bolivia. With strong passions and experience in global health, education, and mentorship, Alex plans to pursue a career in medicine after college and is excited to continue on GHLC Board this year.
Alex Dyer, '24
Alex Dyer is a first at Harvard College tentatively planning on studying Electrical Engineering along a premed track. He currently reside in Canaday, but is originally from Tampa, Florida. He is interested in global health primarily because of the interdisciplinary nature of the field, combining knowledge ranging from sociology to biology. Alex's personal hobbies include hiking, camping, and soccer.
Tresor Nshimiye, '24
Tresor Nshimiye is a first-year student from Cleveland, OH anticipating to pursue the Biological Sciences track of an Applied Mathematics concentration. He also intends to attain a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy and a Language Citation in French. Apart from his studies, he enjoys conducting homeless walks with the Catholic Student Association, mentoring teenagers in PBHA’s Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment program, and leading a career education platform with his county chamber of commerce. Tresor ultimately wishes to contribute to international nonprofit work in health care at the intersections of Subsaharan community research and anti-poverty advocacy.
Mohammed Abuelem, '23
Mohammed is a sophomore in Mather House planning to concentrate in Molecular & Cellular Biology or Neuroscience with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Mohammed seeks to bridge his interests in medicine and the life sciences with his passion for global health and public service. He is particularly interested in the intersection of refugee policy and global health inequity, and he seeks to address these issues through Harvard’s Global Health and Leadership Conference. Mohammed is also a Buddy Program Director at Harvard Synapse, serves on the Domestic Outreach and Volunteering Committee at Harvard FIMRC, and volunteers at the Phillips Brooks House Association. In his free time, Mohammed enjoys playing the piano, ultimate frisbee, and spending time with family and friends!
Sakshi Garg '24
Sakshi Garg is a first-year at Harvard College from Little Rock, Arkansas, studying History of Science with a language citation in Hindi-Urdu. She is interested in the intersection of race, ethics, and medicine, all of which have contributed to her desire to pursue an MD/MPH degree after graduating. On campus, Sakshi is an associate editor for the Harvard Health Policy Review (HHPR) and a citizenship tutor through the Institute of Politics. She also serves as a freshman representative for the Asian-American Womxn’s Association (AAWA). Sakshi looks forward to bringing her passion for healthcare equity to this year’s conference!
Lauren Kim, 23'
Lauren Kim is a sophomore from Chicago pursuing a joint concentration in Bioengineering and Chemistry with a Spanish Citation. She is on the pre-medicine track and is intrigued by the implications of global health in many related fields. Lauren hopes to ultimately become a traveling, teaching anesthesiologist to share her knowledge and expertise with professionals in underserved communities throughout the world. At Harvard, she conducts cancer immunotherapy research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is involved with Raise Uganda Now, PERIOD, FIMRC, The National Pre-Health Conference, and Consulting for Business and the Environment. Lauren is excited to help this year's GHLC run as smoothly as possible!
Paul Lewis, 18'
Paul Lewis is a medical student at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College where he concentrated in Neurobiology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Paul is the Founder of Harvard College VISION Global Health Society and the Global Health and Leadership Conference. Paul is the recipient of the Robert T. Benjamin Prize for his contribution to the health and wellness of Harvard, The Harvard Phillips Brooks House Association Houston Award for exceptional commitment to serving underprivileged communities, and the Harvard Transcript Project Prize for excellence in writing and reflection. He was awarded the Finley Fellowship from Harvard to spend a postgraduate year in Japan learning about end-of-life care. He aspires to become a physician leader involved in the holistic health of communities by caring for the whole person during treatment, promoting dignity for the marginalized, and acting as a mentor for youth to become conscientious caregivers.