United Kingdom, The Americas
Consultant, MPhil/PhD Candidate; Board Vice Chair; Community & Civil Society Representative
An MPhil/PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Arush Lal’s research explores the politics and governance of global health diplomacy, including fragmentation between health systems for global health security and universal health coverage. He has policy, advocacy, and research experience in health emergencies, pandemic preparedness, primary health care, health workforce, gender equity, digital health, and youth leadership. In addition, he has worked in government and civil society roles at community, national, and global levels, including the World Health Organization, U.S. HHS Office of Pandemics & Emerging Threats, Partners in Health, and IntraHealth International. Lal serves as inaugural Board Vice Chair for Women in Global Health, where he supports the global campaign across 90 countries and 40,000+ members to build a gender-transformative, intersectional, and equitable health and care workforce. In addition, he was selected as a Community and Civil Society Representative for the ACT-Accelerator for COVID-19 tools; in this role on the Health Systems and Response Connector, he pushes for the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, oxygen, tests, PPE, and therapeutics globally, ensuring they are sustainably integrated into long-term health systems strengthening efforts. Finally, as an independent consultant, Lal has supported a variety of projects including on COVID-19 response, access to essential health services, and strategy for health systems strengthening for clients ranging from local NGOs to multilateral institutions. Lal is a Gates Foundation Goalkeeper, WHO/UNICEF Primary Health Care Young Leader, Georgia Tech 40 Under 40 Honoree, Women Deliver Young Leader, and former Fellow at Emerging Voices for Global Health and Global Health Corps. Having published in journals including The Lancet and BMJ Global Health, Lal has an MSc in Health Policy, Planning & Financing from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as a Rotary Global Scholar and a BSc in Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Stamps President’s Scholar. Connect with him on Twitter @Arush_Lal. See his publications at https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=a3vzqS4AAAAJ&hl=en.
Consultant, Social Science Researcher
I am marry with two kids. Obtained master in Global Health from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and worked as a social science research at Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, University of Liberia.
United States of America, Eastern Mediterranean
Consultant, PhD Candidate
United States of America
Mehr Manzoor is a Fulbright Scholar and a Ph.D. candidate at Tulane University in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Mehr is a strong advocate for gender equality, intersectionality, and women’s leadership in global health and beyond. Her research work includes gender and intersectionality analysis of global health organizations and explores issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in workplaces. She is a co-lead author on the technical report “Delivered by women, led by men: A Gender and Equity analysis in the Global Health and Social Care Workforce”, which explores issues of decent work, organizational segregation, gender pay gap, and leadership in global health workforce and was published by the Gender Equity Hub at the World Health Organization. She taught Social Aspects of Health to incarcerated women in Louisiana in 2020 as part of the Newcomb College Institute and Tulane’s College in Prison project. She was selected as WLGH Leadership Fellow for the inaugural Women Leaders in Global Health (WLGH) conference in 2017 in Stanford, California, and in 2018 was selected as an Emerging Voice for Global Health (EV4GH) program fellow. She volunteered and served as a research director at Women in Global Health from 2016- 2019. She has received Changemaker Catalyst Award from the Taylor Center at Tulane University for her work on women’s leadership in global health and her social venture on women’s leadership in low-and middle-income countries was selected in Taylor Center’s Changemaker Institute at Tulane University in 2021. She holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.
Consultant, Postdoctoral researcher
Olivia Biermann is a health policy and systems researcher with a PhD in Medical Science from Karolinska Institutet and work experience from the World Health Organization. Her mission is to do research that is relevant and useful for informing decision-making in health, and to build capacity for research and research use, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Olivia is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Health, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, focusing on the political economy of adolescent mental health. She is also a knowledge translation consultant at the World Health Organization. Previously, she was a Fellow at the Boston University-Rockefeller Foundation Commission on Health Determinants, Data, and Decision-making (2020-2021). She also worked as a consultant in knowledge translation at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe where she provided technical support to the Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) Europe (2014-2017). She worked and studied in Ecuador, India, Nepal, Nicaragua, South Africa and Vietnam. In addition to her academic activities, she serves as President of the non-governmental organization Foundation Human Nature, supporting community-based rural health and development work in Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal and Rwanda.
United Kingdom, The Americas
Consultant, PhD Candidate
Veronica Osorio Calderon
I am an economist specialized in public health and social policy with international experience in the Latin America and the Caribbean and African region. I am interested on research about evidence-informed policy making and social inequalities in healthcare access (gender inequalities). IOE University College London (UCL), ITM Antwerp and EHESP Alumna. I worked as health economist in the World Bank, IADB and the United Nations and as consultant in the Government of Bolivia. During the pandemic, I worked as Advisor in the Scientific Advisor Council of the President of Bolivia in the public health response to COVID-19 in 2020 and collaborated with different institutions for the response to COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean. I am currently studying a PhD degree in Social Sciences in the Institute of Education at University College London (UCL, 2021-2025). My research focuses on the study of political and social factors that influence the institutionalization of evidence-informed policy making in Latin American Region. Co-founder and partner of Bloomsbury Policy Group and Chevening Alumna 2016