Senior Executive Programme

Global Health Innovation Management

Become a leading game changer
in Global Health
Experience hands-on innovation and local business creation in four different locations
Team up with peer innovators in a unique networking experience
Benefit from of a cutting-edge
curriculum by five leading academic institutions
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Designed for the Global Health Innovator

SEP GHIM – the Senior Executive Programme in Global Health Innovation Management provides a unique opportunity for the Global Health Innovator to gain in knowledge, insights and skills to make a real difference in Global Health. Through an innovative experiential learning model, participants will experience hands-on innovation in four different global settings while interacting with peers and working on their personal executive challenge.
The learning journey will lead to personal and professional growth and a heightened ability to innovate in a complex and fast changing environment for better health outcomes in an equitable and sustainable way. Indeed, we need to respond to the increasing Global Health needs, while realising the potential of the opportunities given by digital, precision health and big data, providing solutions to more connected and better-informed users.

A Programme with a Truly Global Scope

The modular Programme delivered on three different continents in four locations Heidelberg (Germany), Alajuela (Costa Rica), Nairobi (Kenya) and Barcelona (Spain) is a learning journey starting with the broader Global Health context, its challenges and opportunities, innovation potential to improve health care performance, ideas on transformation and development of new services, and implementation and leading change. The interactive learning model will include visits to local innovation clusters, an individual innovation project, and coaching and mentoring.

Module 1 – Global Health Challenges and Strategies for Change

20-24 May 2019, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg (Germany) The first module discusses the current and future Global Health challenges, the Global Burden of Disease, the pressure health systems are facing around the globe and the responses that are currently being introduced and planned, their implications for different countries and continents. The module aims to look in an integrative perspective at Global Health challenges in order to create a starting point on the progress of innovative and sustainable ideas from the participants of this Programme.
  • Strenghten the ability to lead change in Global Health across policies, sectors, and disciplines.
  • Address current and potential future Global Health challenges and identify opportunities to enable change across various settings.
  • Determine the innovation potentials in the ecosystem health and create feasible strategies in a broader context of political and economic factors.

Module 2 – Global Health Innovation Management: Getting Ready for What Lies Ahead

15-19 July 2019, INCAE Business School, Alajuela (Costa Rica) The second module explores how an entrepreneurship approach can contribute to Global Health and the challenges it faces in the context of low-income countries. Participants will learn innovation management tools such as how to integrate strategic stakeholders’ needs and resources to achieve their projects’ goals and to develop key performance indicators to assess their impact. This module will provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on the leadership skills necessary to work in Global Health, as well as teach them how to lead high performance teams. Finally, participants will acquire a better understanding of the Latin American context, its role and conditions within a Global Health agenda.
  • Explore how an entrepreneurial mind-set can drive Global Health Innovation.
  • Acquire management tools and skills to integrate stakeholders’ needs and resources to support the success of their projects.
  • Analyse innovative Business Models to serve the base of the pyramid.

Module 3: Transforming and Developing new Solutions in Global Health

2-6 September 2019, Strathmore Business School, Nairobi (Kenya) The third module focuses on the development of new business models in Global Health, analysing their potential for success or failure. Participants will explore the potential of digital transformation in Global Health and its operational implications, analysing african-based case studies. The module will also review the necessary steps for the uptake of the change management process and the financial mechanisms available to make innovation happen.
  • Develop effective strategies to fully leverage the digital transformation in Global Health.
  • Expand your understanding of the operational challenges facing Global Health organisations to achieve breakthrough service.
  • Leverage opportunities in Innovative Financing Mechanisms.

Module 4: Getting Things Done: The Art of Implementation

7-11 October 2019, IESE Business School/ISGlobal, Barcelona (Spain) In this last module participants will focus on how to get things done, how to move from strategy to implementation, and how to build and lead high performance collaborative teams. The module will also review the latest ideas in project management for strategy implementation and how to ensure the sustainability of innovation in the Global Health context.
  • Reflect on your leadership style and acquire tools to enhance communication with your management team.
  • Develop new negotiation skills and deploy them in collaborative and competitive situations.
  • Strengthen your Project Management skills for Strategic Implementation.

A Transformational Learning Experience

Innovative learning methodologies and an hands-on approach will help you to gain new knowledge and perspectives to become a real game changer in Global Health.

International Peer NetworkInteraction and exchange with other leaders. Different backgrounds. New perspectives.
Reflect on your leadershipThink outside your comfort zone. Coaching sessions.
New Frameworks for InnovationEnterpreneurial thinking. Global health delivery. A Culture of innovation.
Authentic Contexts for DiscussionDifferent learning methodologies. Broaden perspectives.
Global Health Innovation ChallengeProject based activity. Individual feedback.

Extra Activities

The extra activities are organized before, in between and after the modules and include social and networking events aimed at fostering exchanges among participants, inspirational talks and on-site visits with the local ecosystem in Latin America, Africa and Europe.

Get startedPreparatory Readings. Questionnaires. Conference Calls in preparation of the Global Health Challenges.
Online EngagementCase studies. Conference Calls for Executive Challenges. Follow up with Faculty.
NetworkingVisit to local innovative ecosystems. Inspirational Speakers.
Individual ProjectDevelop your own innovative project with individualized mentoring from the SEP GHIM faculty.
Dive into the Local Innovation PotentialVisits and networking with actors of the local innovative ecosystems will be organized in each module.

Dates and Locations

Module 1: Global Health Challenges and Strategies for Change

20-24 May 2019, Heidelberg (Germany) Heidelberg Institute of Global Health

Module 2: Global Health Innovation Management: Getting Ready for What Lies Ahead

15-19 July 2019, Alajuela (Costa Rica) INCAE Business School

Module 3: Transforming and Developing new Solutions in Global Health

2-6 September 2019, Nairobi (Kenya) Strathmore Business School

Module 4: Getting Things Done: The Art of Implementation

7-11 October 2019, Barcelona (Spain) IESE Business School

Registration Process

This Executive Programme targets the senior Global Health Innovator in public and private settings, such as policy makers, senior executives in international and corporate organisations of Global Health. While driven by an eagerness to innovate and change for impact, they will have at least 10 years of experience in their field, and highly value the educational and networking experience that will foster their professional growth.
  • The Programme does not foresee any ‘course fees’. However, selected participants need to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Selected participants are expected to complete the four modules of the SEP GHIM Programme. 
  • Application deadline is March 11, 2019!


Programme Team

Magda Rosenmöller

Associate Professor, IESE Business School


Jaume Ribera

Professor, IESE Business School


Laetitia Paumard

Project Manager, IESE Business School


Núria Casamitjana Badia

Training and Education Director, ISGlobal


Joan Bigorra

Innovation and Strategy Director, ISGlobal


Marina Espriu Simon

Business Developer Manager, ISGlobal


Till Bärnighausen

Director, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health


Anna Munz

Project Manager, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health


Andrea Prado

Associate Professor, INCAE Business School

Academic Director, Central America Healthcare Initiative (CAHI)


Pratap Kumar

Professor, Strathmore Business School



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