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New Director announced at the Skoll Centre for Entrepreneurship

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford has announced the appointment of Dr Peter Drobac as new Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

Peter Drobac
Peter Drobac

Dr Drobac, who is well known in the field of social entrepreneurship, global health delivery and implementation science, is the co-founder and Executive Director of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), Partners In Health’s university in Rwanda.

‘I am thrilled that Peter will be joining the school as the new Director of the Skoll Centre,’ said Peter Tufano, Dean of Oxford Saïd. ‘Peter’s work has had a profound impact on the health of the people of Rwanda and across borders, and he has led interventions that have enabled the poorest in society to overcome poverty. His extensive experience in social change – applied more broadly - will ensure that we continue to address and deliver solutions to some of the most challenging issues the world is facing.’

Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation commented: ‘Peter Drobac embodies the spirit of the social entrepreneur: a tough-minded optimist who has devoted his life to redesigning systems bound by an unjust status quo. His decade-long work in Rwanda with Partners in Health has driven equilibrium change in healthcare delivery, from HIV to cancer. Under his leadership, Rwanda’s remarkable new University of Global Health Equity is a beacon for healthcare innovation. I can think of no one better suited than Peter to lead the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship forward.’

Dr Drobac, who will take up his position in October 2017, said: ‘In this age of global disruption, there is an urgent need to accelerate progress through social innovation. I am excited to join the extraordinary entrepreneurship community at Oxford Saïd and the Skoll Foundation to generate new insights, train tomorrow’s leaders, and engage a global community of social change agents.’

Launched in 2003, the Skoll Centre promotes a programme of education, research, and collaboration activities to accelerate the impact of entrepreneurial activity that aims to transform unjust and unsatisfactory systems and practices.

For more information or to speak with Peter Tufano or Peter Drobac please contact the press office:
Josie Powell, PR Manager, Saïd Business School
T: +44 (0) 1865 288403 M: +44 (0)7711 387215
Email: josie.powell@sbs.ox.ac.uk or pressoffice@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Notes to editors

About Dr. Peter Drobac
Peter Drobac, MD, MPH is the co-founder and Executive Director of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), Partners In Health’s groundbreaking new university in Rwanda which aspires to train the next generation of global health leaders and to become a worldwide innovation hub for health care delivery science.

For the past decade, Peter has played a key role in the remarkable transformation of Rwanda’s health system, which has helped a million people emerge from extreme poverty and delivered unprecedented gains in population health. As the Director of Partners In Health’s program in Rwanda, Peter helped to establish community-based health system incubators that developed care delivery innovations from HIV to cancer—many of which were brought to national scale. The University of Global Health Equity was established to disseminate Rwanda’s lessons across borders.

Peter is an internist, pediatrician and infectious disease specialist with fifteen years of experience in global health delivery and implementation science. He continues to practice in Boston through the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and teaches global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School.

About the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship
The Skoll Centre is a leading academic institution for the advancement of social entrepreneurship worldwide. The Skoll Centre fosters innovative social transformation through world-class education, knowledge creation, and collaboration among business, policy, academic, and social leaders. It was founded in 2003 with a $7.5 million investment by the Skoll Foundation, the largest funding ever received by a business school for an international programme in social entrepreneurship.

About Saïd Business School
Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford blends the best of new and old. We are a vibrant and innovative business school, but yet deeply embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. We create programmes and ideas that have global impact. We educate people for successful business careers, and as a community seek to tackle world-scale problems. We deliver cutting-edge programmes and ground-breaking research that transform individuals, organisations, business practice, and society. We seek to be a world-class business school community, embedded in a world-class University, tackling world-scale problems.

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