Angela Nguku

Angela Nguku, BScN, MA, MSN, is a passionate maternal, newborn and adolescent health champion whose career spans over 14 years of dedicated work towards ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths globally. Angela is an experienced leader and programme management specialist in the Reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) sector in Kenya, the African region and globally. She is an accomplished influencer and advocate and a passionate midwife who…

OreOluwa Ojo

OreOluwa Ojo is the Senior Program Manager of White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria where she leads the development and implementation of the citizen led accountability campaign and project strategy. OreOluwa’s journey into development work/public health started in 2008 when she was undergoing the compulsory one year national service in Nigeria. The poverty and hunger and the high rate of maternal and child morbidity and mortality around her made her embark on…

Adriana Ramirez

Adriana Ramirez, MD is a researcher with the HQSS Commission. She is originally from Maracaibo, Venezuela growing up in Southeastern United States. She is a General Surgery resident at the University of Virginia and is completing a Master of Public Health with a focus in Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research and clinical experience has taken her to East Africa and Central America.…

Margaret E. Kruk

Chair

Margaret E. Kruk, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Dr. Kruk’s research generates evidence for improved health system quality and responsiveness in low- and middle-income countries.  She is interested in the intersection of user expectations and health system performance.  She has published on health care utilization and quality, population preferences for health services, universal health coverage, and health system…

Eduardo Banzon

Principal Health Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department
Asian Development Bank

Dr. Eduardo “Dodo” P. Banzon is the Principal Health Specialist at the Asian Development Bank. He was also a Clinical Associate Professor of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Medicine; Research Associate Professor of the UP-National Institutes of Health; a faculty member of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business; and adjunct faculty in the Asian Institute of Management and Ateneo School of Government. He champions universal health coverage…

Betsy McCallon

As Chief Executive Officer of White Ribbon Alliance, Betsy McCallon is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and developing plans, a dynamic team and resources to deliver it. Betsy joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2004 and has contributed to the growth of the Alliance from a loose network to a driver for global attention and commitments to maternal health and rights with a focus on national advocacy…

Catherine Arsenault

Catherine is the Research Lead of Working Group 1: Definition and Description. She is completing a PhD in Epidemiology at McGill University. Catherine has worked on the measurement of inequalities, the determinants and distribution of vaccination coverage, the incidence of catastrophic health spending and on the determinants of obstetric care provider knowledge in Mali. Catherine also speaks French and has a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Mariam Claeson

Mariam Claeson, M.D., M.P.H., is the Director of the Global Financing Facility for Every Woman Every Child at the World Bank. She was previously the Director for the Maternal Newborn and Child Health team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation since July 2012.  She served as Program Coordinator for AIDS in the South Asia Region of the World Bank (2005- 2012), living three years in India. Before that, she…

Muhammad A. Pate

Co-Chair

Muhammad Ali Pate, MD, MBA, MSc. currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Big Win Philanthropy, a foundation that invests in maternal, child and reproductive health, nutrition and education, among other areas. He is an adjunct professor at Duke Global Health Institute, at Duke University in North Carolina and served as R.L. Menschel Senior Leadership fellow 2016 at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. From…

Austen Davis

Austen Davis has served as an adviser on health issues in the Norwegian Development Agency (Norad) since 2013.  Austen is responsible for working on investments in diverse areas including information and accountability, maternal and newborn care, global health security and risk factors related to health (e.g. nutrition, water/sanitation, clean air, clean energy, education).  Previously Austen has worked for Medecins sans Frontieres in a range of different positions and countries and…

Anna Gage

Anna Gage is the HQSS Commission Study Coordinator. She received her MSc in Global Health and Population from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, completing her thesis on determinants of healthcare provider knowledge in Indonesia. She is an avid baker and a running enthusiast.

Mary Dixon-Woods

Mary Dixon-Woods, FAcSS FMedSci is a fellow of both the Academy of Social Sciences and the Academy of Medical Sciences, and RAND Professor of Health Services Research in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge. As Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, she leads a programme of research focused on patient safety and healthcare improvement, healthcare ethics, and methodological innovation in studying healthcare.…

Hannah James

Hannah James is a researcher with the HQSS Commission. She is currently a graduate student in the SM2 degree program in the Department of Global Health and Population, and she graduated from Cornell University in 2015 with a major in Human Biology, Health and Society, and a minor in Global Health. She is interested in implementation science and building resilience/capacity of health systems, especially in low-resource settings. 

Olusoji Adeyi

Olusoji Adeyi, MD, MBA, DrPH, is the Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. Dr. Adeyi was founding Director of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria (AMFm) at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.  Dr. Adeyi has led a number of initiatives on health policies and strategies. He has extensive experience across the world in health systems development at the global, regional,…

Roger Glass

Director, Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health

Pierre Barker

Pierre M. Barker, MD MB ChB is the Chief Global Partnerships and Programs Officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He is responsible for IHI’s Strategic Partnerships across the globe and for IHI’s programming in countries around the world outside North America. In addition to advising governments and large organizations on quality strategies, IHI uses the science of improvement to promote improved outcomes in health and health care. Dr…

John T. Grove

Director of Information, Evidence, and Research
World Health Organization

Bernadette Daelmans

Bernadette Daelmans, MD, is a team coordinator in the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health in the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.  She obtained her medical degree at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands in 1984 and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Systems Management from the University of London. Bernadette started her career in international public health in 1987 in Botswana where she worked in…

Naima Joseph

Naima Joseph is researcher with the HQSS Commission.  She is a Women’s Global Health Fellow in the Connor’s Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. She’s currently completing a Master in Public Health Degree at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.  When not reading or studying, she enjoys attending the Boston Ballet and recently joined the board as a Young…

Keely Jordan

Keely Jordan is the Research Lead of Working Group 4: Ethics and Equity. Keely received her MSc in Global Health at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), completing her thesis on improving access to high-quality maternal health services. She is currently a PhD student in Public Health Policy at the College of Global Public Health, New York University. She is an avid cook and yoga instructor. 

Peter Hansen

Peter Hansen is the Head of Technical Advice and Partnerships at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, where he leads an initiative to strengthen the quality and efficiency of programs.  Previously he served as the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.  He has a PhD in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Masters in East Asian…

Svetlana V. Doubova

Svetlana Doubova, MD, MSc., DSc., is the head of the Epidemiology and Health Services Research Unit at the Mexican Institute of Social Security. Dr. Doubova is a medical doctor and holds a Master of Science degree in Health Systems Research from the Institute of Public Health in México, and a degree of Doctor in Science from the Autonomous University of Mexico. She completed her postdoctoral training in International Health at Harvard…

Elysia Larson

Elysia Larson is researcher with the HQSS Commission. She received her MPH from Boston University in Epidemiology and is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Elysia’s research focuses on methods for measurement and evaluation, with a particular interest in how different stakeholders in the health system define and influence health system quality. Elysia’s favorite mode…

Mike English

Mike English, MD, MB BChir, MA, FMedSci worked in Kilifi from 1992-1996 on malaria before spending three years in the UK first to complete specialist training as a General Paediatrician and then beginning his Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship in 1998. He returned to Kilifi in 1999 to work on neonatal illness and care while working as the paediatrician in Kilifi District Hospital. In 2004 he moved to Nairobi and continues…

Dennis Lee

Dennis is a Data Analyst and Coordinator with the HQSS Commission. He graduated with a degree in Economics and Statistics from UC Berkeley and is particularly interested in quasi-experiments and the use of data to improve the welfare of people. Prior to the HQSS Commission, he had managed mobile survey tools for “Hygiene Heroes”, which introduces germ education and soap solutions to primary schools in India, and had contributed to…

Ashish K. Jha

Ashish K. Jha, M.D., M.P.H. is the Director for the Harvard Global Health Institute, the K.T. Li Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing Internal Medicine physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Dr. Jha received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California, San…

Hannah Leslie

Hannah Leslie is the Research Lead of Working Group 2: Measurement. Hannah received her MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley; her research interests include causal inference methods and the measurement of unobserved constructs such as health system quality and community social cohesion. Prior to joining the QR lab, Hannah worked on HIV prevention and treatment programs in East Africa and South Africa. Hannah has held several…

Ana Langer

Dr. Ana Langer joined the Harvard School of Public Health in July 2010 as a Professor of the Practice of Public Health (Department of Global Health and Population), and director of the Women and Health Initiative and the Maternal Health Task Force. Dr. Langer, a physician specializing in pediatrics and neonatology and a reproductive health expert, is respected as a leader in using research findings to influence policy and improve…

Ezequiel García Elorrio

Ezequiel Garcia-Elorrio, MD, MSc., MBA, PhD, is founder and board member of the Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy in Argentina, where he also leads the Department of Health Care Quality and Patient Safety. Dr. Garcia Elorrio is currently Professor of Public Health at CEMIC and holds a lecturer position at the University of Buenos Aires. He still practices medicine as internist in CEMIC; a private non-profit community hospital…

Todd Lewis

Todd Lewis is a researcher with the HQSS Commission. He is also Master of Science candidate in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Harvard, Todd received his Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and worked as a researcher with The Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. Todd…

Sheila Leatherman

Sheila Leatherman CBE, Hon FRCP, is a Research Professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health of The University of North Carolina. She conducts research and policy analysis internationally focusing on quality of care, health systems reform, methodologies for evaluating the performance of health care systems, and the integration of microfinance and community health interventions to address poverty. From 1997–2008 she worked as an independent evaluator of the impact…

Vuyokazi Gonyela

Vuyokazi Gonyela is a human and health rights activist. She is currently working for SECTION27 as a National Strategic Plan review Advocacy Officer and manages Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights project. Vovo as affectionately known by others is an active member and advocate of the Treatment Action Campaign. She currently serves as the TAC’s Deputy General Secretary. Vovo has over 14 years of experience in HIV/TB and Human rights advocacy…

Emilia Ling

Emilia Ling is a researcher and the HQSS Commission Communications Lead. She received her Masters in Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she focused on infectious diseases and humanitarian response. She completed her thesis on social determinants of tuberculosis infection in household contacts in Peru. Emilia enjoys kickboxing and cycling.

Zoë Mullan

Zoë Mullan is the Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal, The Lancet Global Health. She trained in Biochemistry at the University of Bath, UK, before joining the publishing world in 1997 as a Scientific Information Officer with CAB International. She moved on to The Lancet in 1999, where she has worked since, variously as a technical editor, section editor, and founding editor of The Lancet Global Health.

Frederico Guanais

Frederico Guanais, PhD, MSc., is a Principal Health Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He is responsible for the design, supervision, and evaluation of loan operations, and for providing policy advice in the health sector in several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. At the IDB, he has led research initiatives to assess the levels of access, quality, and utilization of healthcare in Latin America and the Caribbean…

Lynn Lingrui Liu

Lynn is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Lynn’s research interests focus on improving health system quality and outcomes, which specifically lie at micro-level organizational structures of health facilities and institutions, and to understand organizational structures that promote patient outcomes and care provider experiences in their practices. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods, econometric analyses, and…

Stefan Swartling Peterson

Stefan Peterson is the Chief of Health Section for UNICEF globally, based in New York. He is a Professor of Global Health at Uppsala University and, prior to that, at the Global Health Division of Karolinska Institute.  He has also been visiting professor at Makerere University in Uganda.   As a health systems researcher and medical doctor, he has done extensive field work in Tanzania and Uganda, and has worked with different ministries of…

Oye Gureje

Oye Gureje, MBBS, MSc, PhD, DSc, FRCPsych, FRANZCP, FWACP,  is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Neuroscience, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Professor Extraordinary, Department of Psychiatry, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is a member of the WHO International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Chapter on Mental and Behavioral Disorders, Chair of the Workgroup on…

Lyn Macarayan

Erlyn Macarayan is a postdoctoral researcher at HQSS and Ariadne Labs. She recently completed a year of postdoctoral research in epidemiology at Yale University. She earned a PhD in health systems at the University of Queensland in Australia. Lyn has also worked on projects with the Gavi Vaccine Alliance in Switzerland and the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Denmark, as well as a presidential policy officer in the Philippines.…

Alexander Schulze

Co-Head, Division Global Programme Health
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Alexander Schulze, Ph.D., M.A., is a sociologist with a postgraduate Diploma in Development Co-operation. He has served as a Co-Head of the division Global Programme Health at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) since July 2016. His areas of work include access to health care and medical products, social health protection and health insurance as well as health product research and development. Dr. Schulze joined the SDC as…