2022 Global Achievement Awards
Luana Araujo, BSPH 2020
Luana Araujo, MD, MPH ’20, MBA, is an infectious disease specialist who is saving and improving lives across the globe. Araujo continuously defends science in the face of misinformation. She has been an outspoken voice of truth in her home country of Brazil, where she regularly appears on local and national news outlets to share impartial, informed updates on COVID-19, vaccines, and public health measures to combat misinformation and confusion. She testified in June 2021 to Brazil’s Parliamentary Inquiry Committee, opposing the government’s interest in pursuing natural herd immunity and relying on untested and unapproved drugs and early COVID-19 treatments. Her impassioned testimony against the official government response led to death threats and the loss of her appointment as the National Secretary for the COVID-19 Response in the Ministry of Health. Through her website, Des-Infectando!, Araujo empowers audiences with public health information, from the science behind mask wearing to how a vaccine is made. In addition to her involvement in Brazil’s COVID-19 response, she has also worked with governments worldwide to build and improve pandemic responses, including Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, and South Korea. Whether acting as a physician, consultant, advocate, or policymaker, she demonstrates her commitment to truth while seeking to protect the health of people around the world.
Mohan Dangi, Engr 2009
Safe disposal of household and community solid waste is a major and largely ignored problem in developing world cities, with significant environmental, public health, and social implications. More than a decade ago, Prof. Dangi had already established an international reputation for his analytical work in this area, including the development of a sampling technique for characterizing and quantifying waste generation under developing country conditions. As a JHU graduate student, he examined the causes of repeated government failures to address solid waste problems, including the use and misuse of foreign aid. For ten years, he has arranged multiple exchanges of students and faculty between American and Nepalese universities, while advising students in universities in the U.S., Nepal, as well as Australia, and Taiwan. He maintains an active teaching and research program at California State University, working with colleagues throughout the world. Prof. Dangi has been called a “science diplomat” in recognition of his work in negotiating numerous MOUs and collaborative programs among various universities and governments. His accomplishments have been recognized by his home institution, professional associations, and international bodies, including two Fulbright awards and, most recently, by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the form of a Jefferson Science Fellowship. This Fellowship takes him to USAID where he is studying, in several regions of the world, the perverse environmental impacts of the packaging waste created by humanitarian aid. Overall, Prof. Dangi’s career exemplifies the Hopkins tradition of knowledge and excellence, leveraged to the benefit of the world.
William Durden, A&S 1974, 1977
Bill Durden was the first member of his family to attend college and has spent his career championing education on the international stage. He is president of International University Alliance, a global network of premiere higher education institutions working together to build meaningful connections and opportunities for students, schools, and governments around the world. A graduate of Johns Hopkins, one of his early positions was as the founding executive director of the Center for Talented Youth. During this time, he was also senior education consultant to the U.S. Department of State for 11 years. He then served as president of Dickinson College in Pennsylvania for 14 years. While he was there, the Forum on Education Abroad, the official standards development organization for the field of education abroad, moved its operations to Dickinson, a testament to Dr. Durden’s influence in the field. He then became the founding dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Bath Spa University in the UK, a joint venture between Bath Spa and Shorelight Education in Boston. During this deanship, he also started a joint appointment research professorship at the JHU School of Education and served as chief global engagement officer for Shorelight Education. Dr. Durden has written several books, including Living on the Diagonal, in which he shares experiences from his career and encourages exploring new directions and learning from every experience.
William Enright, Bus 1996
Bill Enright began his tenure as Chief Executive Officer at Vaccitech, a spin-out from the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, in August of 2019. He brought with him more than thirty years of experience in the biotech industry. He believed strongly in the mission and the people of Vaccitech, and dedicated his leadership to supporting both. Within seven months of Bill’s arrival, a global pandemic would bring the world to a halt, and a mere nine months later, Vaccitech would see the vaccine it had developed, in partnership with AstraZeneca, approved for use in the United Kingdom, with European Union approval granted weeks later. Vaccitech’s vaccine is now the most used and accepted for the prevention of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and death worldwide. While Bill had no roadmap for the pandemic, he attributes his role in Vaccitech’s success to being proactive in responding to the scientists and information they provided in the crucial early days of vaccine development. A key value of Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is Unwavering Humanity: a commitment to business with humanity in mind. Bill Enright is the embodiment of this value, and his professional leadership has had a crucial impact on the lives of individuals worldwide. Still, Bill remains focused on the further possibilities for global health as Vaccitech continues to discover and develop immunotherapeutics and vaccines for the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases and cancer.
Jae-youl Kim, SAIS 1993
Kim Jae-youl currently serves as President of Samsung Global Strategy Group, a global strategy group formed in 2020 to raise global talent and provide strategy consultation for Samsung affiliates. He previously held the role of President of the Samsung Economic Research Institute and President of the Sports Business at Cheil Worldwide, a fashion and textile company purchased by Samsung that is heavily involved in sports. Jae-youl was a key figure in bringing the Winter Olympics to South Korea, when he served as the Executive Vice President of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. In this role, he was the face of the Olympic organizing efforts, traveling to the previous host country, Russia, where he was the head of the South Korean delegation during the Sochi Olympic games. Due to the unique success of the games – which included the North and South Korean teams entering under a unification flag and competing on a joint hockey team - he was awarded the Olympic Order in silver, which recognises important contributions to the event. Before being named as Executive Vice President for the Organizing Committee, Jae-youl was the President of the Korea Skating Union from 2011 to 2016. Jae-youl attended Stanford University for his undergraduate studies before coming to SAIS, where he graduated in 1993. He is the process of establishing an endowed fellowship at SAIS.
Nadine Rogers, BSPH 2002
Nadine Rogers, PhD ’02, has nearly 30 years of experience in management, policy and science administration, and education and communication across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Before earning her degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Rogers spent ten years developing training curricula and distance learning programs for diverse organizations from corporations to the American Red Cross. Upon completion of her PhD in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Nadine launched a career in public service at the U.S. State Department in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. She spent ten years at the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health where she administered multi-million-dollar research grant applications focused on HIV/AIDS prevention and services in populations at risk-for or addicted to drugs, both domestically and internationally. Also at NIH, Rogers served as project director for an initiative to explore the capacity for clinical sites worldwide to diagnose and treat depression in people living with HIV. In recognition of her capacity building efforts focused on mental health and substance abuse in Vietnam, the U.S. State Department’s Embassy in Vietnam honored her with a Franklin Award. Since February 2020, Rogers has been the Peace Corps Country Director in Georgetown, Guyana. She led her team to meet the moment of the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting the efforts of the Government of Guyana to get the population vaccinated; work that continues. She succeeds and fosters community by ensuring that Peace Corps follows the lead of the Guyanese people, providing reinforcement, expertise, creativity, and a willingness to share.
Deanna Saylor, BSPH 2009, Med 2011
Deanna Saylor, MD, MPH is a neurologist, clinical researcher, and public servant. She joined John Hopkins as a medical student in 2005, and throughout her time as a student, trainee and now as faculty, has dedicated herself to improving the neurologic health for under-resourced communities in sub-Saharan Africa. In a few short years, she has accomplished more than most achieve in a lifetime. Her efforts, as detailed in the supporting documentation, include clinical care, teaching and mentorship, program building, and activism. In 2018, she opened the first inpatient neurology service in Zambia, a nation with over 18 million people and a growing burden of neurologic disease. This was quickly followed by the initiation of the only adult and pediatric neurology post-graduate training programs in the country which have served as a beacon of knowledge for trainees from across the region. Her weekly educational sessions reach over 100 African providers and, in turn, benefit countless patients. She has tirelessly devoted herself to mentoring the first generation of Zambian neurologists, and they have already begun to establish themselves as future leaders of academic neurology in sub-Saharan Africa. More importantly, their work under Dr. Saylor's guidance has already led to demonstrable improvements in systems of neurological care for the Zambian population. Her work has placed Johns Hopkins at the forefront of global neurology, where it is poised to stay given Dr. Saylor's clear trajectory.