India, South-East Asia
Consultant, Assistant Professor
My work broadly concentrates on health systems-more specifically, access to healthcare and financial risk protection. My approach has been to measure the progress towards universal health coverage in India in the context of other nations. To answer these questions, I have used large scale secondary datasets along with field-based exploration. I am interested in health systems, elderly health, disability, health economics and healthcare financing. I have used primary studies to understand various strategies for achieving universal health coverage in low and middle-income countries like India.
China, Western Pacific
Consultant, Assistant professor
I received my bachelor of medicine specialized in preventive medicine in 2012 from Fudan University, PRC. I received my Ph.D. in health policy and management in 2017 from University of California, Los Angeles, USA. I worked as a postdoctoral scholar in 2017-2019 at University of California, San Diego, USA. I am currently an assistant professor in health policy and management at Fudan University.
Australia, Western Pacific
Lana is a lecturer and health systems and policy researcher whose work critically analyses the political economy underpinning local through to global health policy decisions. With a background in human rights, international relations and public health, Lana is particularly passionate about global health, power and issues of health equity. Lana has worked in various health management, public health & development capacities in the Western Pacific region. Through long-term engagement in Vanuatu, Lana’s current research focuses on health policymaking and systems strengthening efforts in the Pacific region.
Lela Sulaberidze serves as a researcher at Curatio International Foundation (CIF) – a Georgia based non-governmental organization with almost a 30-year history of health systems and policy research in the region. Following her master thesis dissertation in Public Health in 2014 she joined the CIF and since then she has been working on research projects to generate evidence for policy decision. With a great passion for the health policy and systems research Lela has worked on several research projects covering different fields such as health financing, disease surveillance, size estimation of key populations for HIV, mental health, primary healthcare system, transition and sustainability of donor financing, designing results-based financing for improved TB care, investigating barriers to access to HCV treatment in the era of HCV Elimination program in Georgia, etc. Since 2019 Ms. Sulaberidze is actively involved in producing evidence synthesis documents for evidence-informed policymaking and also participates in policy dialogues. Soon after the very early start of COVID-19 introduction in Georgia together with her colleagues she developed a policy paper focusing on the effective measures to respond to the COVID-19 epidemic. The document was prepared and shared with the government of Georgia to support in evidence-informed decision making. Lela is an active young professional and does not miss the possibilities to grab opportunities to grow and develop her professional skills and expertise and to present the results of her work to wider audience through participation in local policy discussions and international conferences.
Consultant, Postdoc fellow
Dr Mareme Diallo is a postdoc fellow on health system at the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia (MRC-G) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medecine. With the West African Global Health Alliance (WAGHA), She is based in Senegal at the Institut de Recherche en Santé de Surveillance Epidémiologique et de formation (IRESSEF). In 2018, Dr Diallo defended a doctoral thesis of sociology of health on the determinants of unmet need on family planning in Senegal. Since then, she is a postdoc fellow at MRC-G where she mainly works health systems in West Africa through maternal and neonatal health and sometimes transnational health care uses using a qualitative approach. With Covid pandemic, she started working on the resilience of Human Resources on Health.
Burkina Faso, Africa
I am a researcher, consultant and advocate in population and global health. My specific areas of interest include infectious diseases, cancers, adolescent and youth health, maternal and child health. I have built capacities in the design, implementation and the evaluation of public health programs and interventions. Throughout my academic and work experiences, I have provided leadership and technical assistance on diverse projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, France, the United-Kingdom and Canada. Selected as an Emerging voice for Global Health 2020, I belong to a generation of young African leaders who are achieving cutting-edge work while advocating for health equity and social justice. Since 2018, I have co-developed the Women in Global Health Francophone initiative to advocate for Francophone Women inclusion in population and global health decision making for health equity, social equality and environmental justice. I am leading this initiative in West Africa where intersectional factors (language, culture, religion…) limit women participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and their contribution to decision making. I have also co-founded two NGOs in Burkina Faso: “African Crossroad development” (working to improve access to care and the living condition of populations in rural areas) and “African Group Organized for action and Research in Health” ( a health-dedicated think tank with the mission to contribute to better health governance through research, advocacy, and actions). Born in Burkina Faso, I holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Public Heath from the University of Burgundy (France); and a Doctoral Degree in Pharmacy from the Mohammed V University in Rabat (Morocco). I am benefiting from a post-Ph.D. training in transdisciplinary research on public policies promoting health and for health system improvement at McGill University and the “Institut national de santé publique du Québec” as part of The Canadian Institutes of Health research Health System Impact Fellowship (HSIF) program. As a research associate at the Public Health Institute and the University Joseph Ki-Zerbo in Burkina Faso, I am co-chair of the O.R. Tambo Africa Research Chair in Research and Action Against Cancer as part of the ORTARChI.
Cambodia, South-East Asia
I am a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Antwerp and a researcher based at the National Institute of Public Health, Cambodia. My areas of focus are NCDs health service delivery, health system research, and universal health coverage. I have experience in using quantitative data to generate the cascade of care for maternal and child health and hypertension care. During COVID-19 pandemic, I am a member of the sub-committee of rapid response and investigation into a person with COVID-19 and executive research team for vaccination study.
Canada, Eastern Mediterranean
Consultant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Systems Impact Fellow
Ahmad Firas Khalid
Ahmad Firas Khalid is a medical doctor, a health policy and system researcher and lecturer, and a knowledge translation professional. Firas completed his medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine and his PhD in Health Policy at McMaster University. Firas worked as a Senior Research Manager at Evidence Aid working on creating a World Health Organization (WHO) Knowledge Hub on emergency disasters research management and with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on the creation of Resilient Health Systems collection to advise member states. He is also a CIHR Health System Impact Fellow and a Mitacs Elevate Training Fellow working on Implementation of efforts to support real-time evidence use in humanitarian practice at The Canadian Red Cross. Firas is a Board Member for Doctors Without Borders where his responsibility is to set the strategic direction for the entire Canadian branch of the organization. In the past, Firas worked as a Senior Research and Learning Consultant at the Canadian Red Cross working on Epidemic Prevention and Control COVID-19 research. In addition, Firas previously worked as a Health Policy Researcher at the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Geneva, Switzerland. He also worked in the department of Child and Maternal Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Firas is the Founder and Executive Director of Knowledge Translation Hub – a knowledge synthesis hub designed to meet the demands of decision-makers and organizations. Find Firas on Twitter: @Ahmadfiraskhali Find Firas on Instagram: drfiraskhalid Find Firas on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/firaskhalid/ Website: https://www.knowledgetranslationhub.com YouTube: https://youtu.be/YV-56y5_fpo