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.

My CV is here, my LSHTM profile is here, and my Research Gate profile is here.

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.