July 1st, 2019

Dear Colleague,
CUGH is seeking nominations from our membership for seven new Board Members for three-year terms that will start in April 2020. If you wish to nominate yourself or an individual who meets the criteria below and is not from an institution that is already represented by someone on the current Board of Directors (see below), please do the following:

1. Submit a brief statement summarizing why you think this person (or yourself) would be a valuable member of the Board.

2. Include the nominee’s bio (please keep bios brief to no more than 250 words). Ensure that your nominee would like to serve on the Board.

3. Send your nominations to the CUGH Secretariat at by September 15th, 2019.

Voting Process:

1- Nominations received will be sent to the CUGH Nominations & Awards Committee by mid-October 2019.

2- The CUGH Nominations & Awards Committee will vote, ranking approximately the top 15 candidates. This list will then go to the CUGH Board of Directors to confirm that the final slate of candidates reflect diversity across a range of professional medical and non-medical disciplines, institutions, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and geography, including members from LMICs.

3- This slate of approximately 15 candidates will be sent to the representatives from CUGH’s institutional members to vote for their top 7 candidates.

4- The final slate of top candidates based on the votes received from CUGH’s institutional member leads is confirmed by the CUGH Nominations & Awards Committee.

5- Results are shared with the CUGH Board of Directors.

6- Invitations to those elected will be sent before December 15th, 2019.

7- New members will be announced at the CUGH annual meeting, April 17th-20th, 2020 in Washington, DC.


1. Nominees will be active faculty members working in global health or a related field at an institution that is a dues-paying CUGH member in good standing.

2. Nominees will have strong leadership qualities, with demonstrated success in building a global health department/program or have a strong leadership role in collaborating with his/her home institute’s global health department/program.

3. Expertise in fundraising, and possessing strong financial and management skills are desirable

4. Possessing connections to global health funding organizations is desirable.

5. Nominees should be willing to commit to a three-year term, be involved and participate in regularly scheduled board meetings – one annual meeting in-person and remaining meetings by telephone, -- and serve on one or more board committees. Nominees should expect to spend up to several hours per week on CUGH board activities.

6. Nominees will add to the diversity of the current board. We welcome applicants from a board range of professional medical and non-medical disciplines, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and/or geographic location including being from a low or middle-income country.

7. Only one representative from each institution can be on the CUGH Board of Directors at any given time. It is desirable that new members come from an institution not currently represented on the board.

Responsibilities of CUGH Board Members:

Actively participate in the CUGH mission and purpose, and enhance positive working relationships with individual and institutional members:

Contribute to the shaping, approving, monitoring, and implementation of the organization’s activities

Assess and improve the Board’s effectiveness

Help guide and implement the organization’s objectives, plans, and actions to maximize its capabilities and maintain financial security. This includes actively participating in fundraising and promotion of the organization

Promote the organization publicly and provide the Executive Director opportunities for the organization to be represented at events, conferences, etc.

Provide the Executive Director and other board members with knowledge about partnerships with other organizations and important contacts and potential resources that can help in the growth of the organization

Maintain confidentiality about the board’s meetings, financial related issues and subject matters discussed

Provide oversight of disclosure and transparency, risk assessment, internal controls and processes designed to promote the organization’s activities

Provide advice and support to the Executive Director; participate in the Executive Director’s annual evaluation

Actively participate in Board of Directors meetings and committees

Suggest nominees to the Board of Directors

● Board members from High Income Countries are expected to make a contribution to CUGH’s annual fundraiser to support travel bursaries for LMIC researchers to present at CUGH’s conference

Time obligation includes:

● Attending monthly Board conference calls (approximately 60 minutes per call);
● Participating on at least one Board committee
● Nominees should expect to spend up to several hours per week on CUGH board activities.
● Attending the annual Board Retreat that coincides with the CUGH Global Health Conference.

List of Outgoing Board Members:

Current institutions represented on CUGH Board of Directors:

●American University of Beirut

●Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)

●Boston College

●Johns Hopkins University

●McGill University

●Stanford University

●Stellenbosch University

●Tulane University

●University of California, Davis

●University of Maryland, Baltimore

●University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

●University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

●University of Wisconsin-Madison

●Vanderbilt University

●Yale University

Ex-Officio Board Members:



●The Lancet



Click here to see list of CUGH member institutions:

Best Wishes,

Hon. Keith Martin MD, PC
Executive Director, CUGH
Washington, DC
CUGH | 1608 Rhode Island Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036 |