Having helped Rwanda to transform its health provision, what are Dr Peter Drobac’s expectations for Oxford’s seat of social entrepreneurship?
Eleven years after the Rwandan genocide ripped the country apart, Dr Peter Drobac (pictured left) arrived in the country as a clinician with Partners In Health. The team was there to help the country in its effort to tackle the AIDS pandemic. For the next decade, Drobac played a key role in the transformation of the country’s healthcare system. By the time he left, in 2017, Rwanda had delivered the steepest gains in the health of a population anywhere since records began.
To crystallise the lessons learned by the pioneering work that had been carried out, Drobac co-founded the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda in 2013. In October last year, he arrived in Oxford to take up a new position as Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, where he plans to inspire the next generation of social entrepreneurs. This upcoming academic year he will pilot new initiatives such as the Impact Lab to work towards his goal, which is to drive progress on some of the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. He says, ‘We believe social entrepreneurship is an incredibly powerful tool to change the world. And our bet is that by training the next generation of leaders, we will make the biggest impact over the long term.’