Devi Sridhar is a Professor at the University of Edinburgh Medical School and holds a Personal Chair in Global Public Health.  She is the founding Director of the Global Health Governance Programme and holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. She was previously Associate Professor in Global Health Politics and a Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University. She was also a visiting Associate Professor at LMU-Munich and guest lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Public Health Foundation of India. Her books include ‘Governing Global Health: Who Runs the World and Why?’ (OUP, 2017) and ‘the Battle against Hunger: Choice, Circumstance and the World Bank’ (OUP, 2007) and she has published in Nature, Science, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet and the British Medical Journal. She served on the board of Save the Children UK, on the World Economic Forum Council on the Health Industry and co-chaired the Harvard/LSHTM Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola. She holds a DPhil and MPhil from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and a B.S. from the University of Miami in the Honors Medical Program. Her work is concentrated in three areas: international health organizations, financing of global public health and developing better tools for priority-setting.


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Genevie Fernandes is a public health researcher interested in policy and practice for advancing maternal and child health (MCH) especially in developing countries. She joins the team with 8 years of experience in research and programme implementation in MCH, HIV/AIDS and tobacco control across 4 states in India. Her current doctoral research traces the evolution of the World Bank's role and influence in maternal and child health (MCH) over the last forty years, and also aims to produce a case study of the Bank's involvement in India. Genevie holds a M.Sc. in Health Inequalities and Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh and a B.A in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Mumbai.



Felix Stein is an economic anthropologist with a background in development. For his PhD at the University of Cambridge he conducted an ethnographic study of the work of German management consultants. The resulting manuscript argued that white collar labour is getting increasingly abstract, and investigated the effects that this has on knowledge, power, temporality, certainty and conceptions of morality. Felix's work has been awarded “Best graduate student paper” by the Society for Political and Legal Anthropology and “Best new book” as part of the 2016 LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology competition. For his postdoctoral research at Cambridge, he investigated the impact of academic anthropology on contemporary UK society. At the University of Edinburgh, his work will focus on the World Bank's efforts at preventing the spread of public health epidemics. More at



Marlee Tichenor holds a PhD from the Joint Medical Anthropology Program at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. Her doctoral dissertation, "Malarial Proximities: Senegal, the Pursuit of Evidence, and the Silver Revolver Approach to Global Health," investigated both the design and implementation of projects to combat malaria in the Global South. She spent a total of 14 months in Dakar, Senegal over three years working with the National Malaria Control Program, a biology lab, a public health center, and a community-based organization in a suburb of Dakar. Her academic interests are in science and technology     studies and its convergence with an anthropology of global health. As a part of this project, her work will focus on the development of the concept of the global burden of disease at the World Bank and the impact of metrics on global health policy. 


Lorna Thompson is the Research Project Administrator. Prior to joining the team she was the Events Administrator for the Law School at Edinburgh University, managed the Research Centre budgets and was the secretary for the Visiting Academics Programme.

She holds a BA (Hons) in Tourism Management. Lorna looks after the general administration of the project and all enquiries should be directed to her in the first instance.

Janelle winters, phd studenT

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Janelle Winters is an infectious disease researcher and global health historian. Her PhD project focuses on how global health institutions and policymakers have defined 'success' in infectious disease control programmes. Specifically, she is analysing the construction of success for the World Bank and World Health Organization's hallmark programme to control river blindness in West Africa - the Onchocerciasis Control Programme - from 1974-2002. 

Before beginning her PhD, Janelle worked as a program manager for international disease diagnostics and biosafety programmes at the American Society for Microbiology. She also taught global health in Bangladesh, blogged for the Smithsonian Institution, and worked in immunology and infectious disease laboratories. Janelle holds a Masters of Arts in the history of medicine (Newcastle University), a Masters of Science in epidemiology of microbial diseases (Yale University), and Bachelors of Science degrees in both zoology and history of science, medicine, and technology (University of Wisconsin- Madison).


Mark Hellowell, Senior Research Associate


Mark Hellowell is Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, where he directs postgraduate programmes in global health policy. In his research, he focuses on innovative heath financing, and the public/private sector interface in health service delivery. He is special adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee in relation to its work on the use of private finance in health services, and he has worked with several global health and development agencies, including the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank and the World Bank. He is currently project director on a University of Edinburgh collaboration with the World Bank on the use of market systems approaches to health policy problems, financed by the Department for International Development (DfID) and the Global Financing Facility.

Dr Anuj Kapilashrami, Senior Research associate


Anuj Kapilashrami is a Lecturer in Global Public Health and Associate Director of the Global Development Academy at the University of Edinburgh. She has an interdisciplinary background in Sociology and Public health with a specialisation in policy and systems research. She works at the intersections of health politics and development praxis, with particular interest in their interface with equity, human rights and development. Over the last seventeen years she has worked in academia and with various development actors in South Asia, South Africa, the UK & Europe in varying capacity.

Her research falls under two broad thematic areas-  1) Health policy and governance; specifically, equity, rights and health systems implications of global health actors and role of private sector in attaining universal health goals; 2) Gender (and intersectional) inequalities and social determinants of health.

Currently, she is chair of Gender Rights and Development (GRAND), an international network of academics and practitioners working on Gender, Rights and Development issues, which has membership in Africa, Europe and India. She convenes People’s Health Movement Scotland and is a Steering group member of the UK PHM


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Lisa Bryant is a fourth year medical student at the University of Edinburgh. She will undertake her Student Selected Component with the group, undertaking a regional analysis of the World Bank’s work in West Africa with a particular focus on Ghana. She previously lived in the West African nation for 12 months in 2012-2013 and has since developed a very keen interest in global health and infectious diseases alongside her medical education.


Adriel Chen is a fourth year medical student at the University of Edinburgh. His research will involve analysing the World Bank’s financial contribution to Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health from 1971- 2016 with the aim of understanding the role of the World Bank in influencing RMCH. His interests include the economics of healthcare and the effectiveness of healthcare interventions.


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Christina Fairley is a 5th year medical student working with the team to research the World Bank’s efforts in migration and refugee health. She has previously worked at the Elpida Home for refugees in Thessaloniki and is an active member of ‘The Welcoming Edinburgh’, working to help refugees settle into the city. Her research will focus on the role of large organisations (such as the WHO and the World Bank) in accommodating the health needs of people during crisis. She holds a BMedSci in Neuroscience from the University of Edinburgh.


Jonathan is a 2nd year medical student at the University of Edinburgh. His research currently focuses on elucidating the funding ecosystem surrounding the production, procurement and synthesis of global health data, with particular interest in the relevant activities of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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Ben Karp is a Master of Public Health student at the University of Edinburgh. His research currently focuses on comparative analysis of practices in major global health foundations. Ben holds a B.S. in Marketing and Multinational Business from Florida State University.  Before studying in Edinburgh, he worked as Project Manager for the Prader Willi Syndrome Association (USA) and as Field Coordinator for All Hands & Hearts - Smart Response. He has led several development projects focused on addressing the immediate and long term needs of developing communities impacted by natural disaster.



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Sarah Kelly is a fourth year medical student at the University of Edinburgh. She holds a BSc in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London and is currently undertaking a Master of Bioethics degree at Harvard University. Sarah is interested in issues of justice in health and healthcare and her research will analyse the models used by institutions like the World Bank when setting their global health priorities

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Amy Kristensen is a second year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix. Her research examines the inclusion of human rights ideology and practices at the World Bank. She previously completed her MSc in Global Health and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh with a specific interest in sustainable and integrated strategies for economic betterment and health improvement for underserved populations.


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Jack Jameson is a 4th year medical student. At the University of Edinburgh that is completing a Student selected component with the group. His research will focus on analysing the World banks funding of non communicable diseases. Jack holds a Bsc in Medical Sciences from the University of St Andrews and has a keen interest in global health


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Alejandro Jose is a fourth year medical student at the University of Edinburgh and will be completing a student selected component with the group. His research will focus on health systems and health financing data. The analysis of this data will aim to determine the effectiveness of interventions and characterise how different nations respond to respiratory illness.


Lauren McGivern is a third year medical student at The University of Edinburgh. She is currently undertaking her intercalated BMedSci degree in Global Health Policy. Her research will be on gender based projects at The World Bank.




Mitsuru Mukaigawara is the Chief Medical Resident and Clinical Fellow in Infectious Diseases at Okinawa Chubu Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. Pursuing parallel interests in global health and diplomacy, he has previously worked for the Global Influenza Programme at the World Health Organization, and contributed to create the evidence base for the diagnosis and prevention of influenza across the globe. He has published widely from general medicine to global health, whose research has been covered in peer-reviewed journals including JAMA Internal Medicine and JAMA Cardiology, to name a few. He is interested in the roles of international organizations in reducing global inequity in health. He holds an M.D. from Tokyo Medical and Dental University. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Resident Award from the University of Hawaii-Okinawa Chubu Hospital Postgraduate Medical Education Programme (2014-2016).



Madeleine Payne is currently a 4th year medical student at the University of Edinburgh and will be completing a Student Selected Component with the Global Health Governance team in the autumn. Her research will involve analysing the World Bank's core HNP and Trust Fund funding streams for polio control programmes and identifying any patterns of polio funding within the wider context of the Bank's health funding. She has a BMedSci in International Public Health Policy from the University of Edinburgh.

EVGENIYA PLOTNIKOVA, research associate

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Evgeniya’s research interests lie in the areas of health workforce policy, global health governance and public policy tools. She obtained her doctorate in Social Policy from the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD focused on the international recruitment of nurses in the UK in the early 2000s. She explored the role of government-to-government agreements on the cross-border movement of health workers, negotiated between the UK and a number of source countries within and beyond Europe. Since completing her doctoral studies, she has worked as a research fellow in the Global Public Health Unit (GPHU) at the University of Edinburgh.

Evgeniya is currently working on the project examining the role of international institutions (including the WHO and the World Bank) in shaping policies around migration of health professionals.



Manveer Rahi is a fourth year medical student at the University of Edinburgh. His research analyses the role of the World Bank in programmes to improve reproductive, maternal and child health, from 1970-present. Manveer holds a BMedSci in Global Health Policy. His interests include global health governance, health economics and quality improvement.

connor rochford, research associate

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Connor Rochford is an Australian medical doctor currently enrolled in an MPhil in Politics (Political Theory) at the University of Oxford. He is collaborating on projects relating to private sector regulation in global governance, the global governance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and analysing health policy and systems research and organisational effectiveness. His academic interests focus at the interface of the normative, empirical and political elements of global health governance and public policy priority setting, with a specific focus on institutional arrangements to promote the supply of global public goods. Connor is currently a research assistant at the Blavatnik School of Government, and before relocating to England he worked as a Business Analyst at McKinsey and Company and as a senior analyst at the Australian Health Policy Collaboration (AHPC).

Connor holds a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) (Honours), a Bachelor of Medical Science (BMedSci) (Honours) – where his thesis provided ‘A policy perspective on the financial sustainability of the Australian health care system’ – and a Diploma of Liberal Arts (DipLibArts) in Philosophy.


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Daniel is a 4th year medical student at the University of Edinburgh, who will be undertaking a project with the Global Health Governance team in the autumn. His research will focus on analysing the influence of World Bank funding on malaria through the years.

Former Team Members



Shu-Han is a Master of Public Health student at the University of Edinburgh. She is working on the analysis of trust funds for global health at the World Bank. Before beginning at the University of Edinburgh, she worked for two years as a pharmacist in her native Taiwan.'


Iona is a Master of Public Health student at the University of Edinburgh. She is working on the analysis of the World Bank Trust Funds for global health. Iona holds a BSc in Biomedical Sciences with honours in Medical Biology, where a focus on the scientific basis of human medicine and healthcare sparked a desire to learn more about the bigger, complex picture that is global and public health.


Anthony Maher is a research associate & medical student at Memorial University in St. John's, Canada. He is involved in several advocacy initiatives through the Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students. His research interests include public-private partnerships in global health, non-communicable diseases, and HIV-associated Kaposi sarcoma. Prior to beginning medical school he studied law at McGill University. He also holds an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, where he conducted research on the barriers to global action on non-communicable diseases. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa, graduating summa cum laude with an Honours Bachelor of Social Sciences in International Studies and Modern Languages. He is a 2016 recipient of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Award.



Ishani Premaratne is a Research Associate with the Global Health Governance Programme and is currently studying medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. She has previously worked for the Health, Nutrition and Population division of the World Bank Group, the Emergency and Essential Surgical Care Programme at the World Health Organization, and co-founded a nonprofit organization to help connect war widows to job opportunities in post-civil war Sri Lanka as a Resolution Fellow. She completed her senior honors thesis on the health care-seeking behaviors of women in rural Chiapas, Mexico where she spent three months as a Global Health Equity Option Scholar with the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Ishani graduated from Harvard College in 2015, where she was particularly passionate about studying health care delivery systems through the lens of medical anthropology and health policy. 



Rachel Reel is a Research Assistant with the Global Health Governance Programme. She is currently a Masters of Public Health student at the University of Edinburgh. Before her work here at Edinburgh, Rachel was a Data Collection Coordinator at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada. Rachel holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies.



Eleanor Strong is a 5th year medical student at the University of Edinburgh and is completing a Student Selected Component with the group. Her research involves analysing the Bank’s funding streams from 1985-2016 and investigating changes according to various health categories. Eleanor holds a BMedSci in Infectious Diseases from the University of Edinburgh and has a keen interest in global infectious disease control and surveillance. 



Tami Tamashiro is a research associate with the Global Health Governance Programme and a neuroscience graduate student at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She sompleted a M.Sc. in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in Anthropology from Wellesley College. She has worked with UNESCO and UNICEF analyzing global health governance and armed conflict on child health and has co-authored several UN working papers. She has also worked for the National Science Foundation to shape domestic policy on international science and sustainable and sustainable energy. Her current research interests include global mental health policy and neuroscience.