Members of the Panel are independent experts within the areas of global governance, health, trade, law and development.
The members have been nominated by the rector of the University of Oslo, and former chair of The Lancet – University of Oslo Commission, Dr Ole Petter Ottersen, in collaboration with the previous members of the Commission. One member has been nominated by The Peoples Health Movement.
Desmond McNeill (Chair)
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is professor of International Affairs at the New School. She has worked on a broad range of issue related to global poverty and development from human rights and capabilities approaches. Her current research focuses on global goals, food security and global governance. She was the lead author and director of the UNDP Development Reports 1995-2004. She serves as Vice Chair of the UN Committee for Development Policy and on boards of several NGOs that advocate human rights and technology for development. She also served as a member of The Lancet – University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health. Her recent publications include Feminist and Critical Perspectives on the Financial and Economic Crisis (with J. Heinz and S. Seguino), and The Power of Numbers: A Critical Review of Millennium Development Goal Targets for Human Development and Human Rights (with Alicia Yamin and Joshua Greenstein).
Anand Grover is a designated Senior Advocate, practicing in the Supreme Court of India, the Director of the HIV/AIDS Unit of Lawyer’s Collective (India), and the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health (2008-2014). In India, Mr. Grover has won several landmark cases in the field of public interest and human rights law, particularly focused on HIV discrimination and access to medicine cases. Most recently, Mr. Grover led the historic challenge to the provision of the Indian Penal Code criminalizing homosexuality and won the Novartis case protecting TRIPS flexibility in Indian patent law. As UN Special Rapporteur, Mr. Grover submitted 14 thematic reports and 9 country reports as well as over a hundred complaints to the Human Rights Committee in respect of the violations of the Right to Health.
Ted Schrecker is a political scientist who moved from Canada in 2013 to take up a post as Professor of Global Health Policy at Durham University; in August 2017, he moved to the same position at Newcastle University. For the past 15 years, his research has focused on the effects of globalisation on health, and he coordinated the knowledge network on globalization that supported the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health. His current work emphasises the political economy of health and issues at the interface of science, ethics, law and public policy. Among his publications, he is co-author of How Politics Makes Us Sick: Neoliberal Epidemics (Palgrave, 2015) and Fatal Indifference: The G8, Africa and Global Health (University of Cape Town Press, 2004) and editor of the Research Companion to the Globalization of Health (Ashgate, 2012). His research has also been published in journals including Social Science & Medicine, Health & Place, Health Policy & Planning, Journal of Human Rights, Critical Public Health, Globalization and Health and Global Public Health, and he serves as co-editor of the Journal of Public Health.
David Stuckler, PhD, MPH, HonMFPH, FRSA is a Professor of Political Economy and Sociology at University of Oxford and research fellow of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Chatham House. He has written over 130 peer-reviewed scientific articles on global health in The Lancet, British Medical Journal and Nature in addition to other major journals. His book about the global chronic-disease epidemic, Sick Societies, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. He is also an author of The Body Economic, published by Penguin Press in 2013 and translated into over ten languages. His work has featured on covers of the New York Times and The Economist, among other venues. Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 global thinkers of 2013.
Anne-Emanuelle Birn is Professor of Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto, where she served as Canada Research Chair in International Health from 2003 to 2013. Her research explores the history, politics, and political economy of international/global health, with particular interests in Latin American health and social justice movements, child health/rights, and philanthrocapitalism. She has worked with the Pan American Health Organization on various historical initiatives and has helped bring historical perspectives to WHO’s work on the social determinants of health. Professor Birn’s current projects examine the history of child health and child rights in Uruguay, social justice-oriented South-South cooperation in health, and health politics in Cold War Latin America. Her books include: Marriage of Convenience: Rockefeller International Health and Revolutionary Mexico (2006); Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home (2013); and Oxford University Press’s Textbook of Global Health (2017). In 2014 Professor Birn was recognized among the top 100 Women Leaders in Global Health.
Sridhar Venkatapuram is an academic practitioner in the field of global health equity. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Global health and Philosophy at King’s College London, and a Visiting Professor in Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg. He joined King’s in 2013 to establish a novel inter-disciplinary graduate programme in Global Health & Social Justice. His research and expertise is in global/public health, human rights, health ethics, and political philosophy. He aims to bridge normative reasoning, particularly about social justice, with relevant natural and social sciences related to human health. Sridhar’s academic training is in a range of disciplines including international relations (Brown), public health (Harvard), sociology (Cambridge) and political philosophy (Cambridge). At Harvard, he worked with the late Arjun Sengupta - UN Independent Expert on the Right to Development - in conceptualizing its philosophical and ethical framework. Sridhar was also the first researcher at Human Rights Watch to specifically focus on health as a human rights concern. His doctoral dissertation making the argument for a moral/human right to 'the capability to be healthy' was supervised by Melissa Lane (Princeton), and examined and passed without corrections by Amartya Sen (Harvard), Nobel prize winning economist and philosopher. It formed the basis of his first book titled Health Justice: An argument from the capabilities approach published in 2011 by Polity Press.