Mardhani-Bayne acts as a conduit between groups, governmental or corporate, that otherwise might not be in close contact. There might not appear to be much overlap between those two positions, but he says that both require humility, diplomacy and, above all, pragmatism.
“I’ve always been interested in challenges around public governance, but especially questions of priority setting,” he says. “How do we balance competing interests in the community [involving] public and private sectors?” It’s a question he brought to a Brazil summit, where he liaised with 14 Latin American health ministries interested in adopting progressive policies.
To this end, he’s most proud of a partnership he helped finalize with the World Health Organization, which set up HTAi-led workshops with far-off countries such as Jordan and Zimbabwe, while also giving his organization a globally recognized endorsement.
With his eye on the world, he keeps his mind on his roots. Purely for his own interest, he’s working towards a master’s degree, specializing in the history of Edmonton.
“Chipping away,” at the courses he says, with the private smile of a man who’s happy to have too much on his plate.