Emerging Leader Programme

Each year, The International Society for Quality in Health Care offers applicants from developing countries or countries with economies in transition, an opportunity to apply for our Emerging Leaders Programme.


Training and supporting emerging leaders from Low or Lower Middle Income Coutries (LMICs) is a means of advancing quality and safety in healthcare in those countries through geometric progression. 

Strategically placed leaders have a capacity to transfer knowledge, ideas and skills to groups of those they are in a position to influence who in turn may transfer knowledge to extended groups.


Each year, one applicant will be chosen by our Committee as the Emerging Leader. 

The Emerging Leader Programme will be tailored for the successful candidate and they will also be enrolled in the ISQua Fellowship Programme. The successful candidate may also have the opportunity of being hosted as an Intern in the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. This will give the successful candidate the opportunity to:


Be fully immersed in the workings of the WHO unit focused on quality;

Support specific technical areas of work with a focus on quality improvement;

Support development of the WHO Global Learning Laboratory on quality UHC;

Provide input into team activities.

ISQua's Current Emerging Leader

Rita Okonkwo

Rita Okonkwo B.Tech Microbiology (Owerri) MSc Public Health (LSHTM), has a long-standing interest in patient-centred collaboration, exploring social marketing approaches to improving demand for public services and improving patient safety in public health programmes. 


Rita believes in the need to cross-pollinate ideas and learn from experts in healthcare quality improvement and feels that the ISQua Emerging Leader award will further strengthen her capacity to influence change as she climbs the ladder in the public health programmes of Nigeria.


Read Rita's full bio here


How does the Programme work?


ISQua encourages direct applications from interested individuals and also welcomes third-party nominations of individuals who are considered to be future leaders in quality and safety in health care. 


Each year, one applicant will be chosen by ISQua as the Emerging Leader. A programme will be tailored to suit the needs and existing skills of that individual. A typical programme will involve travel abroad where the individual will work with, and learn from, skilled people in their field. The objective of the Emerging Leaders Programme is that the participant will then take this new learning use it to help implement projects or processes in their own country when they return.

ISQua is searching for tomorrow's leaders. To be eligible to apply for the Emerging Leaders Programme you must:

Have fluency in written and spoken English

Be from a lower/ middle-income country

Be of good character with strong ethical integrity

Have experience in designing/implementing a quality improvement programme
Following the internship, the candidate should demonstrate that they have the ability and opportunity to influence healthcare policy in their country of origin

Have dedication and motivation to become a leader in quality improvement for healthcare

Applicants can nominate themselves, or be nominated by a third-party.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Emerging Leader Programme are now  closed. Please keep an eye on this page for future updates.

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