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.