Muhammad Ali Pate, MD, MBA, MSc. currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Big Win Philanthropy, a foundation that invests in maternal, child and reproductive health, nutrition and education, among other areas. He is an adjunct professor at Duke Global Health Institute, at Duke University in North Carolina and served as R.L. Menschel Senior Leadership fellow 2016 at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Pate served as Minister of State for Health in Nigeria, where he helped mobilize more than US$1 billion in additional financing for primary health care, implemented innovative programs such as prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, clinical governance and chaired the Presidential Task Force on Polio Eradication. He led Nigeria’s Saving One Million Lives Initiative and previously served as Executive Director of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency from 2008-2011.
Dr. Pate served as co-chair of the Harvard-London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine panel to review and advise the global health system on the lessons learned from the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak. Since June 2010, Dr. Pate has co-chaired the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, which raised US$24 million domestically for investments to complement the Nigerian government’s Saving One Million Lives Initiative.
Prior to his public service in Nigeria, Dr. Pate worked at the World Bank as a senior public health specialist, overseeing programs in Africa and the East Asia and Pacific region.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Pate served as a resident physician at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He completed a sub-specialty fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Rochester Medical Center in upstate New York. He also served as a medical officer in Nigeria and with the British Medical Research Council Laboratories in The Gambia.
He earned a medical degree in 1990 from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, an MBA with a health sector concentration from Duke University, and a Master of Science in Health System Management from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Pate has been honored with numerous global health awards, including the 2012 Harvard Health Leadership Award, and has authored or contributed to dozens of peer reviewed publications and contributed book chapters.
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