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.…

Lixin Jiang

Lixin Jiang, MD, PhD, is the Co-chair of the WHO GCM/NCD Working Group on Health Education and Health Literacy for NCDs, Co-Director of LSE-NCCD Hub for Health Economics and is a Policy Research, Management Committee Member of GACD, Steering Committee of EAS and FHSC, and Fellow of AHA, ACC and ESC. She is also the Assistant Director of the National Centre for Cardiovascular Diseases (NCCD), Director of the International Collaborative…

Kate Somers

Kate Somers is a Senior Program Officer with the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Kate started her career in public health more than 25 years ago as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, South America.  After leaving Paraguay, she earned her Master in Public Health in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As part of…

Daniel McKenna

Daniel McKenna is the HQSS Commission Project Coordinator. He received a BA from Northeastern University in Environmental Studies, with a focus on local food systems. Daniel has previously worked as an intern at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and as a Farmers’ Market Manager for Roslindale Village Main Street.

Edward Kelley

Edward Kelley, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Department of Service Delivery and Safety at the World Health Organization.  In this role, he leads WHO’s efforts to strengthen the safety, quality, integration and people-centredness of health services globally and is the lead for WHO’s work on strengthening health systems and security. Before joining WHO, he served as Director of the National Healthcare Reports for the U.S. Department of Health…

Sohini Mukherjee

Sohini Mukherjee is a researcher with the HQSS Commission. She is a first year Master of Science student in the Department of Global Health and Population. She is interested in health systems and policy, particularly related to gender equity and maternal health.  In her free time she enjoys cooking and trying out new recipes and cuisines. 

Margaret Kenyatta

Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta is the First Lady and wife of the 4th President of the Republic of Kenya H.E Uhuru Kenyatta. President Kenyatta was elected on March 4th, 2013. Her Excellency has a background in construction and architecture and is a strong advocate and active member of the African Union Organization of First Ladies for Africa (OAFLA), the umbrella initiative against HIV/AIDS, and The Campaign for Accelerated Reduction of…

Mathilda Regan

Mathilda is a researcher with the HQSS Commission. She is a first year doctoral student in Global Health and Population. Previously she received an MPH from UC Berkeley in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and worked on a research study in Western Kenya looking at child health and development.  Mathilda has a Kenyan dog named Juma who has been adapting well to the Boston winter.

Ephrem T. Lemango

Ephrem T. Lemango, MD, MA, is the Executive Director of the International Institute for Primary Health Care –Ethiopia at the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia. His contributions have enabled the country to continue its success of curbing preventable and maternal mortality. Dr. Ephrem is a physician with a specialty in health management, planning and policy. He has a mix of competencies from his experience working as academician, Hospital quality assurance manager,…

Sanam Roder-DeWan

Sanam Roder-DeWan is the Research Lead for Working Group 3. She is a family physician and DrPH candidate in her final year at the Harvard School of Public Health. Sanam has over a decade of clinical and programmatic experience with underserved populations in the U.S., sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. She is especially interested in participatory methodologies and qualitative approaches that value local expertise and give voice to those experiencing health, illness and poverty…

Jerker Liljestrand

Jerker Liljestrand, MD, PhD, is an obstetrician-gynecologist, originally from Sweden, who started off his career in international health as an obstetrician working at the district level in Mozambique. He has worked in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)in over 30 countries, for WHO, the World Bank, UNICEF, and most recently for USAID in Cambodia, focusing on maternal-newborn health/family planning. He has done extensive teaching, research and…

David Sando

David Sando is a researcher with the HQSS commission. David is a doctoral student in Global Health and Population Science department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He was trained as medical doctor in Tanzania and received a master’s degree in M&E from Jimma University in Ethiopia and another master’s of science in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to working with the HQSS commission,…

Address Malata

Address Malata, DipNurs, MRM, MScN, PhD, FAAN, is a Nurse and Midwifery leader in education, practice and research in Malawi, Africa and globally. She has worked for University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) since 1989, and served as Vice Principal before being appointed as Principal in 2008. In her leadership as Head of School, she spearheaded the development and implementation of six Masters Programs and a PhD Program in…

Jigyasa Sharma

Jigyasa Sharma is researcher with the HQSS Commission.  She is a doctoral student in the Department of Global Health and Population majoring in the Population and Reproductive Health, with minors in Quantitative Methods and Health Systems. Originally from Nepal, Jigyasa received an MSc. in Public Health (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) from McGill University, and A.B. in Biological Sciences and Politics from Mount Holyoke College.  She is also up-to-date on the latest celebrity gossip in Bollywood! 

Tanya Marchant

Associate Professor
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Tanya Marchant, MSc, PhD, is Deputy Director of the MARCH Centre, and has training in demography (Demography in Health MSc, LSHTM, 1996) and epidemiology (Epidemiology PhD, Swiss Tropical Institute, 2001). Tanya lived in The Gambia at the Farafenni Medical Reseach Centre site 1990-95 working for Harvard School of Public Health; in Ifakara, Tanzania 1997-2000 working for Ifakara Health Institute and Swiss Tropical Institute; and in Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania 2001-07 working…

Malebona Precious Matsoso

Malebona Precious Matsoso, LLM, is the Director General of the National Department of Health since June 2010 to date. She has more than 20 years work experience at executive management level. She has held leadership positions at national and international level for large international organization in key strategic leadership positions, covering areas of public health policy and program development; ethics and research. She has extensive knowledge and experience with developing…

John G. Meara

John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA is the Kletjian Professor of Global Surgery in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change within the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Meara serves as the Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief of the Department of Plastic & Oral Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and is…

Nila Moeloek

Prof. Nila F Moeloek, MD, PhD takes on the new post as Indonesia’s Health Minister since October 2014, in which she will spearhead the Ministry of Health to ensure equal access to healthcare for all. Prior to her appointment as Minister of Health, Dr. Moeloek was the Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Indonesia on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a ministerial-level post which she held from 2010…

Manoj Mohanan

Manoj Mohanan, MBBS, MPH, SM, PhD is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, with appointments in the Department of Economics and Duke Global Health Institute. As an applied microeconomist, Prof. Mohanan’s research focuses on topics in health policy, health economics, and development economics.  His ongoing studies cover a range of topics including: performance based contracts, measurement of provider quality and…

Youssoupha Ndiaye

Youssoupha Ndiaye, MD, PhD is the Director for Planning, Research and Statistics at the Ministry of Health and Social Action in Senegal. He studied medicine in Dakar University (UCAD), and completed a Master of Public Health in 2005 at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. In 2013, he achieved a PhD and finalized a post doc in UCAD Senegal in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine…

Ole Frithjof Norheim

Ole Frithjof Norheim, MD, PhD, is a physician and professor in medical ethics in the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Bergen, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Norheim’s wide-ranging research interests include theories of justice, inequality in health, the ethics of priority setting in health systems and how to achieve…

K. Srinath Reddy

K. Srinath Reddy, MD, DM, MSc., is the President of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and was formerly head of the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences.  He served as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (2009-13). He is presently an Adjunct Professor at Harvard and Emory, and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the…

Alexander Rowe

Alexander Rowe, MD, MPH, is a medical epidemiologist in the Malaria Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He received an MD from Cornell University and an MPH from Emory University. He has worked at CDC since 1994 in several areas: the chronic diseases center, an international child survival unit, and malaria. Key interests include improving health worker performance in developing countries (for all health conditions—not just…

Joshua A Salomon

Joshua Salomon is a Professor of Medicine and a core faculty member in the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research at Stanford University. He is also Director of the Prevention Policy Modeling Lab, which is a multi-institution research consortium that conducts health and economic modeling relating to infectious disease. His research focuses on priority-setting in public health, including measurement of population health; modeling and…

Gagan Thapa

Member of the House of Representatives
Federal Parliament of Nepal

Mr. Gagan Kumar Thapa is a Member of the House of Representatives in the Federal Parliament of Nepal and a former Minister of Health (August, 2016 to Jul, 2017). His tenure within the ministry was marked by major reform initiatives aimed at strengthening Nepal’s health system. His urgent and immediate focus was to expand the reach of health services particularly to those that need it the most: the poor, people…

Nana A. Y. Twum-Danso

Nana Amma Y. Twum-Danso, MD, MPH, FACPM is a public health and preventive medicine physician and a social entrepreneur with more than 16 years of experience in public health policy, strategy, program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and research at local, national and global levels. She is the Founder and CEO of MAZA, a social enterprise that has been improving access to urgent and emergency health care in remote rural areas of…