Dr Phyllis Awor is a Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Community Health and Behavioural Sciences. She holds degrees MBChB from Makerere University; MSc. International Health from the University College London, University of Copenhagen, and University of Bergen; and a PhD from University of Bergen
Her research interests are: child health, infectious diseases (including malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea), public and private health systems and community based innovation.
Dr Seye Abimbola
Senior lecturer, University of Sydney Editor in Chief BMJ Global Health
Dr Seye Abimbola is a health systems researcher from Nigeria. He is currently a senior lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney in Australia. He had his initial training in medicine at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Nigeria. He gained his PhD from Sydney University in 2016, on a wide-ranging institutional analysis of primary health care governance in Nigeria. From 2018-2019, he was a Sidney Sax Overseas Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford.
Dr Abimbola uses realist methods and theories from institutional economics to study community engagement in health governance, decentralized governance of health systems, and the role that governance plays in the adoption and scale-up of health system innovations. Abimbola is the editor in chief of BMJ Global Health. He is also a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Health System Governance Collaborative and serves on the advisory council of Global Health 50/50.
Professor Agnes Binagwaho
Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity
Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD, is the Vice Chancellor and co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners in Health, which focuses on changing how healthcare is delivered around the world by training global health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. She previously worked as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and Minister of Health.
Agnes is a Professor of Pediatrics at UGHE, a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Medical School, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Dartmouth. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, the African Academy of Sciences and the World Academy of Sciences. She is a member of multiple editorial, advisory and directors’ boards. She was named among the 100 Most Influential African Women for 2020 and 2021.
Vice Chair & Global Healthcare Expert at KPMG and former Global Chairman of KPMG Health
Mark is Vice-Chair of KPMG UK and a Global Experton Health Systems. For 11 years, Mark was Global Head of Healthcare at KPMG International and Global Chair of Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare for 3 years. In that time, Mark oversaw $7 billion of annual revenue, supporting 45,000 staff across 157 countries.
He is one of the foremost global experts on healthcare systems and has a pioneering and inspiring global vision for health in both the developed and developing world. Mark has dedicated his entire professional life to healthcare and has led organisations at local, regional, national and global levels – provider and payer, public and private. Over the past 11 years, he has worked in over 80 countries on circa. 345 occasions, gaining a unique first-hand experience.
Mark was appointed Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham in 2000. He masterminded the largest new hospital build in NHS history, established the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and developed one of the highest performing healthcare organisations in the UK.
He went on to run the NHS region from Oxford to the Isle of Wight before joining the NHS Management Board as a Director-General at the Department of Health, where he developed High-Quality Care for All with Lord Darzi. He joined KPMG as Global Chairman and Senior Partner for Health in 2009 and has established a successful worldwide health practice.
Between 2014and 2018, Mark sat as a member of the Global AgendaCouncil on the Future of the Health Sector for the World Economic Forum and sits on the Advisory Board of the China Center for Health Development at Peking University. He is also an Honorary Professor at Taishan Medical University School, Shandong Province and holds honorary doctorates from Birmingham City University and the University of Wolverhampton.
Mark is the author of "In Search of the Perfect Health System", published by Palgrave Macmillian. The book has sold in over 109 countries, including translations into Mandarin, Korean and Portuguese, and was recognised by Chinese Medical Doctors Association as best health book in China in 2017, and in the UK by the British Medical Association, 2016. Mark’s new book, “Human: solving the global workforce crisis in healthcare” was published by Oxford UniversityPress in March 2019. It sold out it's first print run in 4 months and was recently translated to into Mandarin.
Mark has been a Non-Executive Director at Dr Foster, a trustee of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and a Board member of Prostate Cancer UK. He survived prostate cancer at the age of 42 and has donated all royalties from the sale of this book to ProstateCancerUK. He is a Board Trustee of the King’s Fund and Executive in Residence at the Rotman School of Management, Toronto.
Dr Lucia D’Ambruoso
Senior Lecturer, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen
Lucia D’Ambruoso BSc (Hons) MSc PhD FHEA FRSPH Senior lecturer global health School of Medicine University of Aberdeen, Senior Researcher School of Public Health University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg South Africa, Honorary Analyst NHS Grampian. Social scientists are committed to interdisciplinary and intersectoral working and are interested in the social and political determinants of health inequalities, health policy and systems, health surveillance, policy studies, and participatory theory and method.
Professor Sabina Faiz Rashid
Dean & Professor at BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
Dr. Afzal Javed is a Consultant Psychiatrist & Honorary Professor, Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham & Honorary Associate Clinical Professor at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick UK. He is also chairman of Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre & a Board member of Fountain House Lahore.
He graduated from King Edward Medical College Lahore, Pakistan and received higher specialised training in Psychiatry in Pakistan & UK.
He has served the Royal College of Psychiatrists UK as Deputy & Associate Registrar & Chairman of West Midlands Division of the College.
His role in international psychiatry is highlighted by his current position at World Psychiatric Association (WPA) as President from October 2020 to October 2023.
He has also been the Past Presidents of Asian Federation of Psychiatrists Associations (AFPA) from 2017-19 & World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR) from 2012-15.
His areas of special interest are Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Psychiatric Research. His academic skills have been invaluable when publishing more than 150 scientific papers and being author of six books/monographs on different topics of psychiatry.
Dame Una O'Brien
Leadership consultant and expert advisor on the UK Civil Service
Dame Una O’Brien, was Permanent Secretary at the UK Department of Health between 2010 and 2016. A Civil Servant for 27 years, Una held a wide range of senior leadership roles in government and in the NHS. Between 2017 and 2020, she served on the panel of a major public inquiry in Northern Ireland, investigating a failed green energy scheme that led to the collapse of the devolved government. Una is a trustee and Council member of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Lloyd’s Register Foundation and of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Una grew up in and maintains strong links with the City of Birmingham. She studied at History St Anne's College, Oxford, where she is now an Honorary Fellow, and International Relations at Harvard and the LSE.
Professor Matthew Broome
Professor of Psychiatry and Youth Mental Health, Director of the Institute for Mental Health, University of Birmingham
Professor Justine Davies' aim is to do research that informs development of health systems that deliver quality care in lower- or middle-income countries. All of her research aims to answer a policy relevant question and she often works with policy makers, including the WHO, to develop and answer questions of relevance to them.
Professor Davies is passionate about capacity building, fairness, and decolonialising global health. Where possible, she aims to use her knowledge and work to further these ends.
Research involves looking at the health of the population and the health system that serves them from many different angles; from epidemiological, qualitative, systems-readiness, and economic perspectives. Professor Davies also does implementation science research in order to study real-world solutions to identified gaps.
Specialty areas of interest are conditions that require surgery to treat, injuries, and cardiovascular diseases and their risk factors. All of these specialty areas require a joined-up health system that provides good quality care.
Dr Varney is responsible for protecting and improving the health and wellbeing of the 1.2 million citizens in England’s second city. He leads a multi-disciplinary team working in the municipal council commissioning leading multi-agency programmes of work across portfolios including physical activity, food systems, tackling inequalities, mental wellbeing and health protection.
Justin originally trained as a general practitioner before specialising in public health medicine. He has previously held roles including National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England where he lead on the development of England’s national framework to reducing inactivity: Everybody Active Every Day, and Policy Lead at Business in the Community, the Prince of Wales’s Business Charity working on strategic partnerships with industry. Justin currently holds an Honorary Chair at the Institute of Applied Research at the University of Birmingham and was recently awarded honorary Fellowship from University College Birmingham. He is special advisor to the UK Council for Health and Work and leads for the Association of Directors of Public Health on ethnicity and inequality.
Dr Varney has been a passionate advocate for system approaches to improve health, especially on physical activity at global, state and municipal levels and was an active collaborator embedding this into the creation of the WHO Global Action Plan. He has a special interest in diversity and inclusion especially around sexual orientation and gender identity, disability and inclusion and homelessness and is the executive LGBT Champion at Birmingham City Council.
Dr Rene Loewenson
Director of TARSC (Training and Research Support Centre)
Duncan Selbie is the President of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes and chief adviser to the Saudi Public Health Authority. His public service career spanned 41 years in Scotland and London.
He wasthe founding Chief Executive of Public Health England from 2012 to 2020. Prior to this Duncan was Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, the regional teaching hospital for the south east of England. From 2003 to 2007 he was the Director General of Programmes and Performance for the NHS and subsequently its first Director General of Commissioning. Immediate to this, he was Chief Executive of South East London Strategic Health Authority and before that Chief Executive of the South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.
Dr Kumanan Rasanathan
Unit Head, Equity and Health in the Department of Social Determinants of Health in WHO Headquarters, Geneva