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Thomas D'Arcy Williams

Biography:

Raised in Ghana by parents working in global health, D’Arcy was immediately inspired to learn from different cultures and to address health inequalities in different corners around the globe. Moving to Washington DC, he entered the diverse public school system and learned the convening power of listening and empathy. These values served D’Arcy well at McGill University where he devoted himself to a multicultural community through student politics and social causes. At McGill, he earned a First Class Honours BA in International Development with a minor in Political Science. Passionate about the role of health in development, his summers were spent working on public health programs in the urban centers of Kenya and the mountainous villages of Nepal. Outside academics, he played McGill Varsity Soccer and co-founded a social business, Heart City Apparel, which used street art to support homeless charities in 6 countries. After McGill, he worked on global health policy for the Clinton Global Initiative in NYC and Population Services International in DC. In order to understand global health from a valuable community perspective, D’Arcy became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon where he lived in a remote village and spearheaded malaria and HIV/AIDS programs for two years. Working alongside and for a community foreign to my own, D’Arcy learned that the most effective way to improve the lives of others is to build their capacity to empower themselves.

 

D’Arcy is honoured to be joining the Cambridge community as a Gates Cambridge Scholar with the MPP program, where he is also the elected MPP Class Representative. He hopes to harness the MPP to influence the global health agenda and put communities at the centre of decision-making in the era of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Around Cambridge you will find D’Arcy either researching comparative approaches to universal health coverage in Majority World countries, working on his new social impact travel company - Routed, or begging someone to teach him how to row.

Research Interests

Universal Health Coverage; Intersection of Community Health & Climate Change; Health Systems; Diplomacy & Governance; Social Innovation.