I currently work as a Senior Research Fellow at the Chatham House Centre for Global Health Security and a Senior Public Health Advisor at Public Health England. I am a 2017 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow.
I am essentially an operational researcher. I have 10 years experience in epidemiology and program evaluation. Several of those years spent doing fieldwork on the surveillance of various epidemic prone or vaccine preventable diseases: I worked in Kenya on poliomyelitis, Saudi Arabia on H1N1, Chad on meningococcal meningitis, and Guinea on Ebola Virus Disease.
I am also very interested in finding where the ‘weak links’ are in our global health system and finding out what does it takes to strengthen them. I coordinated a DFID-funded study to increase the use of data for malaria decision-making in 14 high-burden malaria countries in sub-Saharan Africa. I also worked with the WHO on developing a costing tool for the International Health Regulations (2005) and with several countries to evaluate their disease surveillance systems.
These experiences have translated into a passion that I have for global health reform—through policy, through improved funding mechanisms, and through expanding the field of experts.
PAST LIFE SUMMARY
CDC Public Health Prevention Fellow
Technical Consultant for WHO-Geneva and WHO-Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office
Senior epidemiologist consultant for Public Health Practice, LLC
PhD from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine -- Epidemiology and Global Health and Development
MPH from University of Hawaii-Manoa (Epidemiology and Behavioural Science)
BSc from DePaul University, Chicago (Biology and Psychology)
In 2015, Betiel Hadgu Haile and I co-founded the Global Bridge Group — a global health and development consultancy. Our company provided services to inform and improve global health initiatives in resource-constrained countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
I am passionate about increasing academic and employment opportunities for scientists from low-income countries, especially female scientists. I am also interested in exchanging knowledge between Francophone and Anglophone countries. If you work at an institution with similar interests, please email me.
Oh, and I love to read, surf (see Hawaii reference), travel, and take walks… long walks.