The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy was born out of the need to continue the progress made in global health over the past two decades. With resources increasingly scarce, global health leaders realized that leveraging the investments already made would require establishing new partnerships and reaching out beyond the global health community. In order to facilitate new partnerships, stakeholders needed a platform where they could communicate ideas and share best practices. In 2012, a group of innovative leaders including heads of state, public health professionals and diplomats came together to create such a platform: the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy (CGHD).