Co-Founder, Executive Director, Chair of the Board of Directors
Dr Roopa Dhatt is a passionate advocate for gender equality in global health and a leading voice in the movement to correct the gender imbalance in global health leadership. Determined to build a movement to transform women’s leadership opportunities in health, Dr Dhatt co-founded Women in Global Health in 2015. Today, Women in Global Health has more than 25,000 supporters in more than 90 countries and continues to grow. Dr Dhatt, the Executive Director, and the global team work with a network of WGH chapters in every region to challenge power and privilege for gender equity in health by mobilizing a diverse group of emerging women health leaders, by advocating to existing global health leaders to commit to transform their own institutions, and by holding these leaders to account. With more than 15 chapters in all regions, Women in Global Health is changing the conversation about women’s leadership in health at global, national and local levels.
Dr Dhatt is particularly committed to addressing issues of power, privilege, and intersectionality that keep many women from global health leadership roles and to opening up spaces for the voices of these women to be heard. Women in Global Health’s flagship Heroines of Health event provides a platform for women from diverse backgrounds to share their stories and to advance their leadership. As Co-Chair of the Gender Equity Hub in the Global Health Workforce Network, Women in Global Health published Delivered by Women, Led by Men which looking collectively for the first time at issues of leadership, decent work free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, including sexual harassment, the gender pay gap, and occupational segregation—across the entire health workforce. In recognition of her work advancing gender equality in health, Dr Dhatt was recognized in the Gender Equality Top 100, the most influential people in global policy 2019.
Dr Dhatt is a regular speaker at global health events and has published her views on gender equality widely, including in the Lancet. Dr Dhatt also serves on several advisory bodies advancing gender equality in health, President Council of PathFinder International, the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Global Health Workforce Network (GHWN), and GlobeMed Advisory Board. She was formerly on the Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGS) Advisory Board, Global Health 50-50 Advisory Council, the Global Health Council Advisory Council, and Women Leaders in Global Health Conference Steering Committee in 2017 and 2018. She has led global campaigns relating to the health Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), health and climate change, the social determinants of health, and Universal Health Coverage (UHC), engaging people from more than 120 countries.
Dr Dhatt is a practicing primary care physician in Washington D.C. She completed her medical training in the Department of Internal Medicine (International Health Track) at Case Western Reserve University. She served as President of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations and is the founder of the Young Voices, Youth: Pre-World Health Assembly (#yWHA). Dr Dhatt has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Davis, a Masters in Public Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris, France, and a Medical Degree from Temple University School of Medicine.