The Emerging Leaders Program has been created by the World Heart Federation to form and develop a long-term cadre of experts who collaborate, research, and act to reduce premature mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD) globally by at least 25% by 2025 as targeted by the World Heart Federation and World Health Organization ('25 x 25').

Cohorts of Emerging Leaders are formed each year, 2015-2016 is the third year of the program. This year’s Emerging Leaders Think Tank seminar will take place March 14-18, 2016 in Bangalore, India with a focus on tobacco.


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Selection Criteria

The selection committee looks for candidates to demonstrate their passion for improving CVD healthcare and making a difference at the grassroots level and beyond.

Candidates are asked to provide:

  1. 1,000 word (maximum) personal statement demonstrating:
    • the candidate’s rationale for applying.
    • prior experience working with local, regional, or national governments of non-governmental agencies to improve cardiovascular health.
    • Unique attributes that each candidate brings to the programme.
    • Demonstration of creativity, disruptive innovation or both to spark change.
  2. Current curriculum vitae, including membership in World Heart Federation member organization, if applicable.
  3. One published writing example (if multi-author publication, candidates should select an example where they are either first or last author).
  4. Letter(s) of support from local mentor and departmental head (joint letter acceptable), outlining support for participation in the programme.
  5. Two-minute (maximum) video presentation outlining why the candidate wants to participate in the Emerging Leaders program.