Dr Seye Abimbola is a health systems researcher and a global health scholar. He has worked as a health system practitioner and/or researcher in Nigeria where he completed his medical training at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; in Australia where completed an MPhil in public health and a PhD in health systems at the University of Sydney, and in the United Kingdom where he was a Sidney Sax Overseas Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford. Dr Abimbola studies community engagement in governance, decentralised governance, and the role of governance in the adoption and scale up of health system innovations. He is a senior lecturer in global health at the University of Sydney in Australia, the editor in chief of BMJ Global Health, and the current (2020-22) Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity at Utrecht University in the Netherlands where he is focusing on Justice in Global Health Research.
Marine Al Dahdah
Marine Al Dahdah is a sociologist, a CNRS permanent researcher at the Center for studies of social movements (CEMS-EHESS) & in Unit 1276 "Risks, Violences, Reparation" of the French National health and medical research body (Inserm). She is an associate researcher at Paris University (UParis) and at the Center for Human Sciences (CSH) in Delhi (India). Her research focuses on health policies in Asia and Africa and more particularly of digital health in India, Ghana and Kenya. She recently published "From Evidence-Based to Market-Based Health: Itinerary of a Mobile (for) Development Project", Science, Technology, & Human Values, 21 January 2019, “Between Philanthropy and Big Business: The Rise of MHealth in the Global Health Market”, Development and Change, 28 March 2019. Since 2014, she has worked to achieve international critical recognition of the field of « Digital studies in the Global South », and has recently co-edited a special issue dedicated to this field of expertise in Science, Technology and Society « Technologies without Borders? The Digitization of Society in a Postcolonial World » 25/3, November 2020. More info here : http://cems.ehess.fr/index.php?4479
Anne-Emanuelle Birn is Professor of Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto, where she served as Canada Research Chair in International Health from 2003 to 2013. Her research explores the history, politics, and political economy of international/global health, with particular interests in Latin American health and social justice movements, child health/rights, and philanthrocapitalism. She has worked with the Pan American Health Organization on various historical initiatives and has helped bring historical perspectives to WHO’s work on the social determinants of health. Professor Birn’s current projects examine the history of child health and child rights in Uruguay, social justice-oriented South-South cooperation in health, and health politics in Cold War Latin America. Her books include: Marriage of Convenience: Rockefeller International Health and Revolutionary Mexico (2006); Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home (2013); and Oxford University Press’s Textbook of Global Health (2017). In 2014 Professor Birn was recognized among the top 100 Women Leaders in Global Health.
Mary F.E. Ebeling
Mary F.E. Ebeling Associate Professor in Sociology and affiliate faculty in the Center for Science, Technology and Society, and Global Studies and Modern Languages at Drexel University. Her research examines the intersections of gender, race, and digital technologies, data privacy, health marketing and medical capitalism. She is a visiting researcher at the Institute for Informatics (I2) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (Missouri, USA). She was a fellow at the Wolf Center for the Humanities at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA), the University of Surrey, (U.K.), and the Institute for International Education (Fulbright Fellowship) in Zimbabwe. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Advertising Education Foundation, the European Union’s 5th Framework, the Economic and Social Research Council (U.K). Her book, Healthcare and Big Data: Digital Specters and Phantom Objects, (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016) examines the use of private health information by data brokers for marketing and other non-health related purposes and reveals the processes that the data broker industry uses to create data commodities. Her forthcoming book The Afterlives of Data (University of California Press) examines data and debt subjectivities in healthcare.
Susan Erikson is a medical anthropologist based at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, who has worked in Africa, Europe, Central Asia, and North America. She combines her practical experience with a critical study of global political economy of health. Her current research is on the financialization of global health, particularly new forms of global health aid funding including the world’s first pandemic bond. She combines anthropological theory and ethnographic method with Science and Technology Studies (STS) approaches to study biomedical and indigenous health knowledge productions, piracies, and governmentalities and anticipate global health futures.
Dr. Kadija Ferryman is a cultural anthropologist and bioethicist who studies the social, cultural, and ethical implications of health information technologies. Specifically, her research examines how genomics, digital medical records, artificial intelligence, and other technologies impact racial disparities in health. She is currently Industry Assistant Professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. As a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York, she led the Fairness in Precision Medicine research study, which examines the potential for bias and discrimination in predictive precision medicine.
She earned a BA in Anthropology from Yale University, and a PhD in Anthropology from The New School for Social Research. Before completing her PhD, she was a policy researcher at the Urban Institute where she studied how housing and neighborhoods impact well-being, specifically the effects of public housing redevelopment on children, families, and older adults. Dr. Ferryman is a member of the Institutional Review Board for the All of Research Program, a member of the board of the New York Academy of Sciences Anthropology section, a Mozilla Open Science Fellow, and an Affiliate at the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies. She has published research in journals such as Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, European Journal of Human Genetics, and Genetics in Medicine. Dr. Ferryman’s research has been featured in multiple publications including Nature, STAT, and The Financial Times.
Sakiko is a development economist who has focused on human rights and global inequalities, currently working on political economy of global health governance by indicators, and pandemic responses. She is Professor at The New School, and Director of the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health at the University of Oslo. For a decade, she was lead author of the UNDP Human Development Reports and served on the Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health. Sakiko is Co-Director of The Collective.
Deborah Gleeson is an Associate Professor in Public Health at La Trobe University, Australia where she co-coordinates the Master of Public Health and teaches postgraduate health policy subjects. She is also an Associate of La Trobe University’s Centre for Health, Law and Ethics. Deborah's research focuses on public health policy, particularly at national and international levels, and she supervises students addressing diverse public health policy topics. Her main research focus is the interface between trade and investment agreements and public health, and she has over 35 peer-reviewed publications on this topic, covering a range of topic areas including access to affordable medicines, alcohol and tobacco policy, and food and nutrition. Her 2020 book with Professor Ronald Labonte, Trade Agreements and Public Health, provides an introduction to the topic for health policy makers, researchers and advocates. Deborah holds the honorary role of Co-convenor of the Political Economy of Health Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). In this capacity, she plays a key role in PHAA's advocacy for healthy trade agreements. She is also active in the People's Health Movement, a global network of health activists and organisations that advocates for health equity at the global level.
Anand Grover is a designated Senior Advocate, practicing in the Supreme Court of India, the Director of the HIV/AIDS Unit of Lawyer’s Collective (India), and the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (2008-2014). In India, Mr. Grover has won several landmark cases in the field of public interest and human rights law, particularly focused on HIV discrimination and access to medicine cases. Most recently, Mr. Grover led the historic challenge to the provision of the Indian Penal Code criminalizing homosexuality and won the Novartis case protecting TRIPS flexibility in Indian patent law. As UN Special Rapporteur, Mr. Grover submitted 14 thematic reports and 9 country reports as well as over a hundred complaints to the Human Rights Committee in respect of the violations of the Right to Health.
Aisha Fofana Ibrahim
Aisha Fofana Ibrahim is a feminist scholar, researcher and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion advocate/consultant and one of Sierra Leone’s foremost scholars and practitioners in Gender and Development who strongly believes that power and privilege should be used in the service of others. She is the immediate past Director for the Institute for Gender Research and Documentation (INGRADOC) at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone and also immediate past president of the 50/50 group of Sierra Leone, a prominent civil society organization in Sierra Leone that focuses on ensuring women’s equal political representation, and promoting gender equality in Sierra Leone.
Dr. Ibrahim is a senior lecturer at the Institute for Gender Research and Documentation (INGRADOC), Fourah Bay College and the Assistant Deputy Vice-Chancellor 2 of the college. As an academic and practitioner, Dr. Fofana Ibrahim straddles the divide between policy and practice, both teaching about gender to graduate and undergraduate students as well as promoting women’s empowerment in practice. As a gender equality activist, her current advocacy focus is on ensuring an increased representation of women in decision making and leadership. Her current academic research focus is on gender and artisanal mining, women’s access to justice and women and disability but has also worked on women’s political participation, women in war and peacebuilding. Dr. Fofana Ibrahim has vast experience mentoring both students and professionals locally and internationally and has served as a mentor with a number of mentoring programs such as the Africa Common Purpose mentoring program the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WASCI) program.
Naoki Ikegami M.D., Ph.D., M.A., is Professor Emeritus at Keio University, Tokyo, and Adjunct Professor, Kurume University, Kurume. He was Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Keio School of Medicine, from which he received his MD and PhD, and Professor at St Luke’s International University School of Public Health (2016~21). He also received a Master of Arts degree in health services studies with Distinction from Leeds University (United Kingdom). During 1990-1991, he was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Medical School, and has continued to be a Senior Fellow at Wharton. He is a founding member of interRAI (a non-profit international consortium of researchers and clinicians focused on care planning instruments), and served as a consultant to the WHO and the World Bank. He has been President of the Japan Society of Healthcare Administration and of the Japan Health Economics Association.
He has sat on various national and state government committees, including the Chair of the Investigative Specialist Sub-committee on Case-mix Based Reimbursement for Chronic Inpatient Care and member of the Reforming Elder Healthcare Council and of the End-of-Life Health Care Council. His research areas are health policy, long-term care and pharmacoeconomics. His publications include “The Art of Balance in Health Policy - Maintaining Japan’s Low-Cost Egalitarian System” (Cambridge University Press, 1998) with John C. Campbell, “Japanese universal health coverage: evolution, achievement, and challenges” (lead author) (Lancet, 2011), “Universal Coverage for Inclusive and Sustainable Development: Lessons from Japan” (editor) (World Bank, 2014), “Financing long-term care systems: Lessons from Japan (Int. J Health Policy Management, 2019).
Alexander Kentikelenis is assistant professor of sociology and political economy at Bocconi University. Before moving to Milan, he held research posts at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard. His research focuses on the links between global processes, national responses, and local- or individual-level outcomes. He has published extensively on global public health, international political economy, and the social consequences of market liberalization. Alexander’s work has appeared in leading journals, including The Lancet, the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and World Development. This research has received attention by many media outlets, including the New York Times, Le Monde, El País, Reuters, and the BBC. He has also worked as a consultant to the World Health Organization and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
Nora Kenworthy is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Washington, Bothell, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Anthropology at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research explores the politics of global health governance, the sociopolitical impacts of HIV initiatives in southern Africa, and the changing roles of corporations in shaping health policy in the US and abroad. She is the author of Mistreated: The Political Consequences of the Fight Against AIDS in Lesotho (2017, Vanderbilt University Press).
She also co-edited the volumes Case Studies in Corporations and Global Health Governance: Impacts, Influence, and Accountability (2016, Rowman & Littlefield) and HIV Scale-up and the Politics of Global Health (2015, Routledge). Her work has been published in such journals as Social Science and Medicine, PLOS One, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, Global Public Health, Globalization and Health, Medicine, Anthropology, Theory and Women’s Studies Quarterly. Nora’s more recent research looks at implications of the use of crowdfunding and other digital technologies to cover essential healthcare costs in the US and globally. She holds a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.
Professor Ilona Kickbusch is the Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. She advises organisations, government agencies and the private sector on policies and strategies to promote health at the national, European and international level. Her key areas of interest are global health governance, global health diplomacy, health in all policies, the health society and health literacy.
Ramya Kumar is a medical doctor and lecturer attached to the Department of Community and Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. She holds a medical degree from the University of Peradeniya, an MSc in Global Health and Population from the Harvard School of Public Health, an MSc in Community Medicine from the University of Colombo, and a PhD in Public Health Sciences from the University of Toronto. Her PhD dissertation titled, The Privatization Imperative: Women Negotiating Healthcare in Kandy, Sri Lanka, explores healthcare access in the context of privatization in Sri Lanka. Ramya’s research interests include access to healthcare, universal health coverage, the politics of global health, women’s health, and the application of critical feminist methodologies to exploring the social and political determinants of health. She is currently a Commissioner of the Lancet-SIGHT Commission on Peaceful Societies through Health and Gender Equality. Ramya has authored several publications on health policy and health reform in Sri Lanka and writes regularly in the media to further her commitments to social medicine and justice in health.
Ronald Labonté (PhD, FCAHS, HonFFPH) is former Canada Research Chair and current Distinguished Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity and Professor in the School of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Ottawa. He has enjoyed a 45-year career in public health spanning government positions, international consultancies, and universities. For the past 25 years his research has focused on the health equity impacts of diverse globalization processes (he chaired the Globalization Knowledge Network for the WHO CSDH), many of which form the content of his 2019 book, Health Equity in a Globalizing Era (Oxford University Press). He is Editor-in-Chief of the BMC journal, Globalization and Health, active with the People’s Health Movement, a frequent contributor to its flagship publication Global Health Watch, and a co-editor of its forthcoming 6th edition. His most recent work focuses on the global governance of infectious disease and anti-microbial resistance, the political economy of tobacco farming in low- and middle-income countries, and the health impacts of ‘free’ trade and investment treaties. He has worked or consulted widely with UN agencies, including WHO, Unicef, and PAHO, and written critically on the ethical and justice bases of public health practice, and the political economy of global health equity (see https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ronald_Labonte/research; https://uottawa.academia.edu/RonaldLabonte).
Kelley Lee (MPA, MA, DPhil, FFPH, FCAHS, FRSC) is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Health Governance and Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. She was previously Professor of Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has served in several leadership roles including Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Global Change and Health, Chair of a WHO Scientific Resource Group on Globalization, Trade and Health, head of department, and Associate Dean, Research. Her research focuses on collective action to address transnational health risks in a globalizing world. Over her career, she has been awarded almost $20 million in research funding from a broad range of major funders including the NIH, ESRC, ERC, CIHR, WHO, Rockefeller Foundation and Wellcome Trust. She has published 15 books, 200+ papers and 60+ book chapters. She is currently collaborating with leading scholars to develop methods to measure the commercial determinants of health. She is also leading the Pandemics and Borders Project (https://www.pandemics-borders.org/), an international team analysing the use of travel-related measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manjari Mahajan’s work lies at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies, Public Policy, and Anthropology. Her research and teaching are on the topics of global health, philanthrocapitalism, and digital governance. Much of her empirical focus has been on India and South Africa, and more recently, on global organizations such as the Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization.
Anna leads Oxfam International’s health policy work as part of Oxfam’s inequality campaign and has done so for 14 years. She has written and published a number of reports on Oxfam's focus areas of healthcare for all, including equitable and progressive health financing and critical analyses of the role of the private sector in health care delivery. Anna is leading Oxfam’s health influencing work in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
She holds a Masters degree in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Prior to Oxfam, Anna has worked at the Institute for Development Studies in the UK as well as consultant for a number of UN and development agencies.
David McCoy was until recently Professor of Global Public Health at Queen Mary University, London. He now works as the Research Lead for the International Institute for Global Health as part of the United Nations University. He is also a member of the steering committee of the People's Health Movement and a Board member of the New Economics Foundation. He has spent most of his career working as a clinician and public health practitioner within the health systems of South Africa and the UK; and was co-managing editor of the first two alternative world health reports. His doctoral research was on health systems decentralization and management; but his academic and civic interests are now more upstream and eclectic, and include the impact of trade and investment agreements on health, equality, justice and environmental wellbeing.
Fredline M'Cormack-Hale is an Associate Professor with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, which she joined in 2008. Fredline teaches graduate courses in the Africa, and Post-Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability specializations as well as introductory courses in International Relations. A comparativist by training, with a regional focus on Africa, specifically, Sierra Leone, her research focuses on the political economy of post-war states, and the interplay between the international aid community and local governments. She is interested in questions around gender, state accountability in service delivery (with a focus on health), and democratic consolidation, broadly speaking. Her publications include “Secret Societies and Women’s Access to Justice in Sierra Leone: Bridging the Formal and Informal Divide,” Stability: International Journal of Security and Development. 7(1) (2018), p.13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/sta.604, and “Promises and Pitfalls of the Free Health Care Initiative in Sierra Leone: An Early Analysis” (with Fredanna A. D. M’Cormack), in Marda Mustapha and Joseph Bangura, eds. Democratization and Human Security in Sierra Leone, Palgrave, NY, 2015. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Sierra Leone in 2013-2014 and a past member of the International Experts Panel of the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
Rosalind McKenna is Team Manager for Governance and Financing in the Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program (PHP), based in New York. Rosalind’s work focuses primarily on governance and financing, including financing for equitable access to medicines, and with a particular focus on enhancing transparency and accountability over health financing. Rosalind is the PHP lead on international financial institutions (IFI) and health, including grantmaking and operational advocacy with the World Bank. In addition to global financing efforts, she has engaged extensively in national efforts around financing for universal healthcare, including South Africa’s National Health Insurance proposals, and the retention of public financing and public healthcare delivery in the United Kingdom. She has previously supported PHP grantmaking on social accountability for Roma health, the intersection of social accountability and legal empowerment to advance health rights of marginalized populations, and budget advocacy for deinstitutionalization in the disability sector.
Prior to joining the PHP as a Program Officer in 2014, Rosalind was Coordinator of Amnesty International Ireland's program on economic, social and cultural rights. A graduate of the University of Glasgow (LLB) and National University of Ireland, Galway (LLM), Rosalind has previously worked for a UK Member of Parliament and the Scottish Courts Service, as well as coordinating Amnesty International Ireland’s program of work on Human Rights Based Approaches. Rosalind’s work has focused on legal enforcement and monitoring of economic, social and cultural rights, as well as financing human rights, in particular the right to health. She is a former Board member of Impact Funding Partners in her native Scotland.
Rajiv K. Mishra
Rajiv K. Mishra is a researcher associated with the Centre for Studies in Science Policy (CSSP), School of Social Sciences, JNU. He is about to submit his thesis where he has studied the rise of large information systems (LIS) and its use for development with case studies of biometrics unique ID (UID/Aadhaar) and health informatics projects in India. Having an interdisciplinary background in Computer Science (BIT Mesra, Ranchi), Data Communications Networks & Distributed Systems (UCL, London), Social Systems and STS (JNU, New Delhi), Rajiv's core interests embark upon understanding the state, data information and society interactions in colonial, post-colonial, and contemporary times. Beginning to do so, he is trying to develop his own conceptual and methodological frameworks for the same, especially the concept of the Digital State and its everyday operations. Published as a book chapter titled, ‘The Digital State: A Tale of Tweets and Food in Contemporary India’, in Digital Transactions in Asia (pp. 156-171) edited by A. Athique and E. Baulch, Routledge, New York, 2019. Moreover, he is also part of a core team of international researchers (Digital Studies Group) along with whom a range of collaborative work is being conducted. As part of this effort the journal article, Al Dahdah, M., & Mishra, R. K. (2020) Smart Cards for All: Digitalisation of Universal Health Coverage in India. Science, Technology and Society, 25(3) pp. 426-443, was published.
Suerie Moon, Professor of Practice; Co-Director, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of Geneva, focuses on global governance and health, with specialized expertise in innovation and access to medicines, outbreak preparedness and response; trade, investment and intellectual property rules; and development assistance. She is the Principal Investigator on five research projects, and the recipient of a career grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her current research examines new business models of pharmaceutical R&D, international sharing of outbreak-prone pathogens and related benefits, and the global governance of Covid-19.
Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, she co-founded and led the Forum on Global Governance for Health, a focal point at Harvard for research, debate and strategic convening on issues at the intersection of global governance and health. She was also co-Director of the Project on Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Study Director of the Harvard-LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola, as Lecturer on Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Her work has appeared in leading academic journals, and she speaks regularly with media, at academic conferences, government and non-governmental meetings, and legislative hearings. She serves on expert advisory bodies, including the WHO Fair Pricing Advisory Group, Swiss National Covid-19 Science Taskforce, WHO ACT Accelerator Ethics & Governance Working Group, and the Board of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative. She received her BA from Yale, MPA from Princeton, and PhD from Harvard.
José Antonio Ocampo
José Antonio Ocampo is Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs, Member of the Committee on Global Thought and co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. He is also the Chair of the Committee for Development Policy, an expert committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). His research interests lay in the Global economic governance with a focus on the global monetary and financial architecture, developing countries’ macroeconomic policies, particularly in Latin America, economic history of Latin America.
James Pfeiffer PhD, MPH is currently Professor in the Department of Global health in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, Seattle, with a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology. Dr. Pfeiffer is also Executive Director of Health Alliance International (HAI) and oversees public sector health system strengthening projects in Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire, and Timor Leste. Dr. Pfeiffer earned his PhD in Anthropology and his MPH at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has 25 years of research experience in medical anthropology and public health in Africa. He has worked extensively on reproductive and community health projects in Mozambique and has coordinated numerous program evaluations and operations research projects for Health Alliance International (HAI), a non-profit based in Seattle that is also a program Center in the Department of Global Health at UW. In his faculty positions at Case Western Reserve University and University of Washington, Dr. Pfeiffer has served as principal investigator on medical anthropology and public health research funded by the National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and National Institutes of Health. Dr. Pfeiffer has expertise in implementation science, qualitative and mixed methods, epidemiology, and program evaluation.
Ruth Prince is associate professor in medical anthropology at the University of Oslo. She is currently leading a European Research Council-funded Starting Grant project, ‘Universal Health Coverage and the Public Good in Africa: Anthropological Perspectives’, which studies relations between healthcare, welfare, the state, and citizenship in Africa. Earlier work explored the HIV/AIDS epidemic in east Africa, while recent research and publications focus on cancer, chronic disease and care, health insurance and medical markets in Kenya. She is currently studying Kenya’s experiments with universal health coverage. Read more about Ruth Prince's project here.
Antoine de Bengy Puyvallee
Antoine de Bengy Puyvallée is a PhD candidate in International Politics at the University of Oslo’s Centre for Development and the Environment. He is involved in various research projects exploring public-private cooperation in global health governance and Norway’s global health policy. His PhD project focuses more specifically on global health security and the rise for global governance of epidemic response.
Antoine has been the coordinator the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health since 2018 and contributed to the organization of its international conferences in 2018 (#UHCPolitics) and 2019 (#Tek4HealthEquity). He is co-ordinator for The Collective.
Judit Rius Sanjuan
Judit Rius Sanjuan is a Policy Specialist on Health Technologies Innovation and Access with the HIV, Health and Development Group of the Bureau of Policy and Programme Support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. Judit is an attorney and policy expert with more than 15 years of experience implementing strategies to promote the public interest through the creation and dissemination of global knowledge goods including medicines and other health technologies. Prior to joining UNDP in 2017, she was the US manager and legal adviser of the Access Campaign for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for over 6 years. Judit has also worked as staff attorney at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), providing technical assistance to countries on intellectual property law and in negotiations at the World
Sidsel Roalkvam is Centre Director at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo and was one of the original members of the Lancet – University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health.
Ted Schrecker is a political scientist who moved from Canada in 2013 to take up a post as Professor of Global Health Policy at Durham University; in August 2017, he moved to the same position at Newcastle University. For the past 20 years, his research has focused on the effects of globalisation on health, and he coordinated the knowledge network on globalisation that supported the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health. His current work emphasises the political economy of health and issues at the interface of science, ethics, law and public policy. You can find a list of his publications at his university web page, and request copies from him via e-mail.
Remco van de Pas
Dr. Remco van de Pas is a public health doctor and a global health researcher. He has a position as senior research fellow global health policy at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp and is a lecturer in Global health at Maastricht University. His teaching and research focuses on global health governance, its political-economy and foreign policy with a special attention on health workforce development and migration, health system strengthening, social protection and health financing, public health security, ecological determinants of health, globalization and its impact on health equity and democracies.
Remco is vice-president of the Medicus Mundi International–Network Health for All!, a visiting research fellow at Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations and editorial board member of the academic journal Globalization and Health. He worked as health policy adviser for Wemos, a public health foundation advocating for social justice and health equity and as medical coordinator for the NGO Médecins du Monde, of which the largest part in West-Papua, Indonesia. Remco practiced medicine in mental health services for refugees and migrants in Rotterdam.
Susan K. Sell
Susan K. Sell is a Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at Australian National University, and Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. She earned her PhD at the University of California Berkeley. She has published widely on global political economy, the politics of intellectual property and trade, the role of private power and global governance.
Sanya Reid Smith
Sanya Reid Smith is a legal advisor and senior researcher at Third World Network where she analyses the implications of trade and investment agreements on various policies, including health, in developing and least developed countries. She looks at negotiations at the World Trade Organization, in free trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties. Third World Network is a grouping of organisations and individuals involved in development issues. Its international secretariat is in Malaysia and it has offices in various regions, including in Geneva where she works.
Katerini T. Storeng
Katerini is a medical anthropologist whose research focuses on the social and political dynamics of the global health, particularly the of global public-private partnerships for health. She leads the Global Health Politics research group at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo. Katerini is Co-Director of The Collective.
David Stuckler, PhD, MPH, HonMFPH, FRSA is a Professor of Political Economy and Sociology at University of Oxford and research fellow of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Chatham House. He has written over 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles on global health in The Lancet, British Medical Journal and Nature in addition to other major journals. His book about the global chronic-disease epidemic, Sick Societies, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. He is also an author of The Body Economic, published by Penguin Press in 2013 and translated into over ten languages. His work has featured on covers of the New York Times and The Economist, among other venues. Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 global thinkers of 2013.
Jomo Kwame Sundaram
Jomo Kwame Sundaram is a leading scholar and expert on the political economy of development, especially in Southeast Asia, and has been Assistant Director General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development (ADG-ES), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations since August 2012. He is currently based at the Institute of Strategic & International Studies (ISIS) in Malaysia. He has authored and edited over a hundred books and translated 12 volumes besides writing many academic papers and articles for the media.
Alicia Ely Yamin
Alicia Ely Yamin is currently a Lecturer on Law and Senior Fellow at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School; and Senior Advisor on Human Rights at Partners In Health. She also serves as Research Leader of the “Gender, Sexuality and the Law” unit of the Centre on Law and Social Transformation (Bergen, Norway).
In 2016, the UN Secretary General appointed Yamin as one of ten international global health experts to the Independent Accountability Panel for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health in the Sustainable Development Goals. She currently serves on the WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Health Technology Assessments, the Lancet Commission on Arctic Indigenous Peoples’ Health, and the Expert Working Group on Global Public Investment. Yamin regularly provides expert testimony and guidance to national and supra-national tribunals and legislative bodies around the globe, in relation to the application of international and constitutional law to health issues. Yamin’s 30-year career at the intersection of global health and human rights has bridged academia and activism, as well as law and global health/development. Yamin has lived and worked in Latin America and East Africa for half of her professional life, working with and through local advocacy organizations.
Robert Yates is a political health economist specializing in universal health coverage (UHC) and progressive health financing. He is Head of the Centre For Universal Health at Chatham House. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a long-term consultant to The Elders on their UHC programme. His principal area of expertise is in the political economy of UHC, with a focus on advising political leaders and governments on how to plan, finance and implement national UHC reforms. He has previously worked as a Senior Health Economist with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Health Organisation, advising numerous governments in Asia, Africa and Europe on health financing policy and health systems reforms. He holds a BA degree in Natural Sciences and Economics from the University of Cambridge and a MBA, from the University of Leeds.
Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram is an Associate Professor at the Global Health Institute, King’s College London. He has been an academic-practitioner at the forefront of health ethics and global health for over 25 years. His current research projects cover topics including: the place of health in theories of social/global justice; the philosophical construction of a moral/human right to health; global justice and health inequalities; the ethics of addressing social determinants of health and social gradient in health; and the philosophy and ethics of health economics.
He has worked as a consultant for a range of international organizations including the Open Society Institute, the Population Council, and Doctors of the World-USA, the Health Foundation (UK), and World Health Organization (WHO). He gives lectures on the philosophy and ethics of health, health inequalities, and global health policy internationally.
Dr Venkatapuram was elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts and is honorary fellow of the UK Faculty of Public Health. He is also a Fellow and member of the Executive Committee of the Human Development-Capability Association. He recently spent one year in the Global Health Ethics Unit of the WHO in Geneva as the WHO drew on his idea of health as basic capabilities in their definition of healthy ageing.
He is currently working on various book projects that focus on the modern history and current issues in global health ethics, the philosophy of public health, and global health justice. An open access book he co-edited on COVID-19 pandemic, Vulnerable: The Policy, Law and Ethics of COVID-19 (Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press) was published in July 2020.
Dr Venkatapuram has a MPhil in Globalisation and a PhD in Political Philosophy from the University of Cambridge (2014 and 2019), a MSc in Population & International Health from Harvard University (2000), and a BA in International Relations from Brown University.