Alum Ahmad Fuad Afdhal Receives U?s Distinguished Leadership Award For Internationals

Alum Ahmad Fuad Afdhal Receives U’s Distinguished Leadership Award For Internationals

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (Sept. 20, 2012) – College of Pharmacy alumnus Ahmad Fuad Afdhal (M.S., 1981; Ph.D., 1983) is a 2012 recipient of the University of Minnesota’s Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals. The annual award is conferred on alumni who have distinguished themselves as leaders in their professional careers.

A resident of Indonesia, Afdhal is an accomplished researcher, author, entrepreneur, business executive and academic leader. He has demonstrated outstanding leadership in academia, business and international research in pharmacoeconomics. Currently he is president of his local chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomic and Outcomes Research.

Afdhal is the former president of the National Institute of Science and Technology in Jakarta, where he also served as the dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science and the Head of the Department of Pharmacy.

He has remained an active researcher throughout his leadership career. He is widely recognized for his research on quality-of-life and cost-effectiveness analyses of typhoid treatments, hepatitis C and hypertension. Additionally, Afdhal has authored five professional books and numerous articles in newspapers and magazines.

Afdhal also has a long record of professional accomplishments in Indonesia. He is the chief executive officer of the Center for Socio-Economic Studies in Pharmacy, as well as the chief executive officer of STRATOS, PT Tiga Cahya Fortuna, and AFA Communications. He has served as national chair for the Indonesia Public Relations Association, chairman of Ikatan Alumni ITB Angkatar, and executive committee member of ISPOR Asia Consortium. In 1995, Afdhal founded his own consulting company in public relations that works with major companies in Indonesia ranging from banking to pharmacy to apparel.

Though he resides in Indonesia, Afdhal remains firmly connected to the University of Minnesota. He is a life member of the Alumni Association and returned to campus when the Social and Administrative Pharmacy graduate program celebrated its 25th anniversary, making him the guest who came farthest for the event. He also maintains connections with the College of Pharmacy monthly and has hosted University pharmacy students in Jakarta.

In naming Afdhal as a recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, the selection committee cited his remarkable leadership accomplishments in Indonesia. He has taken his University of Minnesota experience and translated that education into new educational and research programs in Indonesia, which has in turn spread health outcomes research and social pharmacy throughout Asia.

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