Advisory Board

The Panel is supported by an Advisory Board, chaired by Dr Inger Scheel. It consists of former members of The Lancet - University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health, and other experts within the areas of global health, development and governance.

Inger B. Scheel (Chair)

Inger B. Scheel, PhD, is a senior scientist at the Global Health Department, Norwegian Institute of Public Health. She also holds the appointment of Associate Professor of global health, and heads the Centre for Arctic and Global Health at the University of Tromsoe - The Arctic University of Norway. She has previously held positions as research director in private and public institutes. Dr. Scheel has broad interests in health systems research, public health, social and political determinants of health, public health ethics, and methods development in these fields. Presently her work involves methods development within global health ethics, and methodology for assessment of evidence for complex social interventions.  She serves as an external expert to several departments in the World Health Organisation, including as member of the Core Group for the ongoing inter-agency Roadmap for building, assessing, and applying evidence for complex global health interventions, led by MCA department,WHO. Dr. Scheel is a keen advocate for multi-disciplinary approaches in global health research, and have headed large, multidisciplinary researcher networks in the functions of President of Norwegian Forum for Global Health Research, President of Federation of European Societies of Tropical Medicine and International Health and Head of the secretariat for the Lancet - UiO Commission on Global Governance for Health.

José Antonio Ocampo

José Antonio Ocampo is Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs, Member of the Committee on Global Thought and co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. He is also the Chair of the Committee for Development Policy, an expert committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). His research interests lay in the Global economic governance with a focus on the global monetary and financial architecture, developing countries’ macroeconomic policies, particularly in Latin America, economic history of Latin America.

Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Jomo Kwame Sundaram  is a leading scholar and expert on the political economy of development, especially in Southeast Asia, and has been Assistant Director General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development (ADG-ES), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations since August 2012. He is currently based at the Institute of Strategic & International Studies (ISIS) in Malaysia. He has authored and edited over a hundred books and translated 12 volumes besides writing many academic papers and articles for the media.

Ole Petter Ottersen

Ole Petter Ottersen MD, PhD is Professor of Medicine, President of the Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden) and former Rector (President) of University of Oslo (2009-2017). Ottersen was Dean of Science at the Medical Faculty, University of Oslo, from 2000 to 2002. In 2002 he was appointed Director of Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, a Centre of Excellence sponsored by the Research Council of Norway.  From 2006 to 2009 Ottersen was Chief Editor of "Neuroscience" - the journal of the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO). Ottersen has received several international awards for his research on brain function and disease. He chaired the Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health whose report was launched on February 11, 2014.


Jashodhara Dasgupta

Ms Jashodhara Dasgupta is the Executive Director of the National Foundation for India, a philanthropy and grant-making organization based i New Delhi. She has been for 12 years the Coordinator of SAHAYOG (Lucknow), an NGO working with women's health and gender equality using human rights frameworks. She has been working with issues of women's rights in Uttar Pradesh for nearly 25 years and served on the High-level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage of the government of India (2010-11). She is currently a researcher and policy advocate on maternal health, human rights based approaches and the right to health. Ms Dasgupta was member of The Lancet – University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health from 2011-2014.

Ilona Kickbusch

Professor Ilona Kickbusch is the Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. She advises organisations, government agencies and the private sector on policies and strategies to promote health at the national, European and international level. Her key areas of interest are global health governance, global health diplomacy, health in all policies, the health society and health literacy.


Michael Marmot

Professor Sir Michael Marmot is Director of the UCL Institute of Health Equity. He has led various research groups on health inequalities for 35 years. He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’, followed by 'Fair society, healthy lives' for the UK government. Professor Marmot was a member of The Lancet – University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health from 2011-2014.

David McCoy

David McCoy is Professor of Global Public Health at Queen Mary University, London. He is also a member of the steering committee of the People's Health Movement and a Board member of the New Economics Foundation. He has spent most of his career working as a clinician and public health practitioner within the health systems of South Africa and the UK; and was co-managing editor of the first two alternative world health reports. His doctoral research was on health systems decentralization and management; but his academic and civic interests are now more upstream and eclectic, and include the impact of trade and investment agreements on health, equality, justice and environmental wellbeing.

Ayanda Ntsaluba

Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba is Executive Director of Discovery Holdings in South Africa. Ntsaluba holds a medical degree from the University of Natal, specialised in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the University of London, and an Executive MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. Previously, Ntsaluba has served as Director-General of Health in South Africa (September 1998 - August 2003) and as Director-General of Foreign Affairs of South Africa (2003-2011). During his time in office he coordinated South Africa’s participation in the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative and he also served on one of the working groups of the WHO Commission on Macro Economics and Health. Ntsaluba was member of The Lancet – University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health from 2011-2014.

Desmond McNeill

Professor Emeritus Desmond McNeill is the Director of the Research School at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo. He has previously been the director of SUM, following employment as a lecturer at University College London, the University of Edinburgh and Adviser in the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). His main research fields are governance, sustainable development and the relationship between research and policy. He has worked in many countries as researcher and consultant. His recent books are: Protecting the World’s Children: Immunisation Policies and Practices (ed. with S. Roalkvam and S. Blume). Oxford University Press 2013; Global Poverty, Ethics and Human Rights, (with A St Clair), Routledge, 2009; Development Issues in Global Governance (with B. Bull), 2007; Global Institutions and Development: Framing the World? (ed. with M. Bøås), 2004. McNeill was member of The Lancet – University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health and he is also a member of the newly established International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES Food).

Anand Grover

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

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

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

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

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.


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