Peter Drobac

Global health physician, social entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda

A global health physician and social entrepreneur, Peter believes that all people – especially the poorest among us – deserve access to high quality healthcare. Working for 15 years with the global health and social justice organisation Partners In Health, he partnered with governments and communities to build health systems for residents of peri-urban slums in places such as Lima and Peru. In Rwanda, Peter played a key role in the transformation of the country’s healthcare system, which has fostered a doubling of life expectancy. He went on to co-found the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) there. Working at the intersection of health, education and technology, UGHE aspires to train the next generation of global health leaders and to become a worldwide innovation hub for healthcare delivery. Peter is currently the Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.

Peter tries to spend as much of his spare time as possible with his children. His current ‘hobbies’ include stomping in puddles, watching Peppa Pig and painting.

If you could change one thing about the world through your work, what would it be?

A shared recognition that every life has equal value. I think this is the first step in addressing most of what ails society.

We are beyond borders

“I wasn’t expecting to feel so emotional today about real life stories. It was very, very powerful. Just get out there and talk to people. Get out of your comfort zone. Be more generous.”

– TEDxLondonSalon attendee

Favourite TED Talk:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The danger of a single story

Meet the TEDxLondon speakers

Peter Drobac

Global health physician, social entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda

Omar Khan

Director of Runnymede and social justice advocate

London School of Bollywood

Bollywood dance team

Emmanuel Speaks

Performance poet, storyteller and musician

Alex Lloyd

OPENx winner, youth justice activist and rock climber

Laura Caccia

OPENx winner, AI researcher and outdoor swimmer

Jamala Osman

OPENx winner, former bank manager and social entrepreneur

Akashi Alam

OPENx winner, medical student and chicken shop enthusiast
Will Young and Christopher Sweeney

Will Young and Christopher Sweeney

Creators of the Homo Sapiens podcast

Grace Savage

Champion beatboxer, artist, actress and dog lover

Winnie M Li

Author, activist, Co-Founder of Clear Lines Festival and PhD researcher

Leng Montgomery

LGBT and trans activist, diversity and inclusion specialist and keen amateur chef

Prof Ian Barnes

Research leader and ancient DNA specialist

Dr Eugenia Cheng

Mathematician, concert pianist and scientist in residence

Andy Coxall

Social anthropologist, youth mentor and youth leadership advocate

Prof Martin Cowie

Professor of Cardiology, Consultant Cardiologist and travel lover

Simon Bucknall

Public speaking expert, executive speaker coach and fan of historical fiction

Justice 4 Grenfell

Campaigners and community activists Yvette, Moyra and Tasha

Prof David Rothery

Professor of Planetary Geosciences and part of the BepiColombo mission to Mercury

Dr Julia Shaw

Psychological scientist, science author and co-founder of Spot