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The future is never quite what we think it will be. Especially in global health — a field where everything is changing, growing and evolving.

At the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, the story is still unfolding. This story takes place not just today, but in the future. And not just at York University, but around the world.

And while the story is being told in over seven billion voices, it all started with a dream that Victor P. Dahdaleh had.

Nearly 40 years after earning a York administrative studies degree and taking the helm at what is now the leading supplier of alumina-based products and services in all of Europe, Victor connected with his alma mater about an idea that would change the future for York’s global health students and researchers.

In 2015, the UK-based Canadian business magnate pledged $20 million — the largest ever donation from a York University graduate — to create the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, a catalyst and hub for solutions to some of the most pressing health concerns of our time.

“I am excited and honoured to contribute to York University as it addresses global health and equity challenges through research, social innovation, international collaboration and leadership development, and prepares the next generation of global health leaders,” Victor said.

He pledged his support after witnessing countless health inequities during his global business travels and work as a trustee of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.

Victor’s transformational donation is enabling innovative research and action focused on Planetary Health, Global Health and Humanitarianism, and Global Health Foresighting.  The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research has engaged scholars from around the world, including the appointment in 2017 of internationally renowned academic, medical doctor and humanitarian Dr. James Orbinski as the Institute’s inaugural director.

“The poorest and most vulnerable need our best ideas, and our most thoughtful policies and practices,” said Dr. Orbinski.

That’s what the Dahdaleh Institute is all about – real, groundbreaking work that has the potential to change billions of lives worldwide.