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Jaime Sepúlveda, Global Health Pioneer, Steps Down

Aug 25, 2023

UCSF Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics Jaime Sepúlveda is stepping down from his post as executive director of UCSF’s Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS), which he has led for the last 12 years. He is also moving on from his leadership on the Alliance Board of Directors, but he will continue as an IGHS faculty member. Sepúlveda’s impressive career in public health, which began in his native Mexico, includes serving as Mexico’s Vice Minister of Health, Director-General of Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health, Director-General of Epidemiology, and Dean of Mexico’s National School of Public Health, as well as serving on the leadership team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“On behalf of the Alliance’s Board of Directors, it has been a true honor to serve with Jaime. We are deeply grateful to him, not just for his great achievements in global health and his support for the Alliance from its initial conception, but also for the support and mentorship he has provided so many, myself included,” said Colin Boyle, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and chair of the Alliance Board of Directors. Reflecting on his accomplishments at IGHS, Sepúlveda is most proud of the stellar staff he recruited, the new Mission Bay campus, and the expansion of IGHS’s scope. Looking forward, he said, “I’d love to concentrate on pandemic preparedness and humanitarian health response. And I want to work more in Latin America, a region that I think could use some more attention from the global health community.” Read more about his extraordinary career here and read his letter reflecting on his tenure in the IGHS 2022 Annual Report here.