About / Organization
ADVISORY BOARD AND COLLABORATORS:
Nicole Hassoun is a professor at Binghamton University and Executive Director of the Global Health Impact project, intended to extend access to medicines to the global poor. Her research interests are in social and political philosophy, global justice, global health, and applied ethics. From 2006-2012 she was an assistant professor in philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University, affiliated with Carnegie Mellon's Program on International Relations and the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Bioethics and Health Law. In 2009-2010 she held a postdoctoral position at Stanford University and visited at the United Nation’s World Institute for Development Economics Research. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Center for Poverty Research in Austria and the Center for Advanced Studies in Frankfurt. Her book Globalization and Global Justice: Shrinking Distance, Expanding Obligations was recently published with Cambridge University Press.
Indrani Gupta is a Professor and Head of the Health Policy Research Unit (HPRU) at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi. Founded by Dr. Gupta in 1998, HPRU is one of the few places in India that conducts policy-oriented research on the health sector using tools of economic analysis. Professor Gupta’s work experience includes teaching and positions at academic institutes, the World Bank and the Government of India. Her areas of interest cover a wide range of topics in the area of health economics and policy, including demand for health and health care, health insurance and financing, poverty and health, costing and cost-effectiveness, economics of diseases, and international agreements.
Bruce Y. Lee
Dr. Lee is the Director of Operations Research at the International Vaccine Access Center at John Hopkins. Previously, he was Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he founded and directs the Public Health Computational and Operations Research group which specializes in designing economic and operational computer models that help decision makers tackle infectious diseases of global importance.
At Wemos, Amanda is global health advocate in the East and Southern African region. She focuses on the programmes Human Resources for Health and Finance for Health. Amanda is also co-chair of the Health Workers For All Coalition
Pogge heads the Global Justice Program at Yale's MacMillan Center. Work there currently focuses on four projects: (1) a team effort toward developing a complement to the pharmaceutical patent regime that would improve access to advanced medicines worldwide (Health Impact Fund); (2) a team effort toward developing new indexes for tracking poverty and gender disparities worldwide; (3) a team effort toward finding ways of reducing the enormous losses poor populations suffer through illicit financial outflows due to corruption as well as tax evasion and tax avoidance; and (4) a team effort toward mobilizing the creativity and expertise of academics in support of effective poverty reduction through promoting stronger collaboration, effective public outreach and thoughtful policy intervention (Academics Stand Against Poverty).
Dr. Margai's research interests entail the use of geospatial technologies in the mapping and assessment of environmental hazards and negative health outcomes particularly within vulnerable communities including marginalized groups, women, the elderly, and children. Her past and current research activities include the study of food insecurity and childhood health outcomes, malaria morbidity and treatment seeking approaches in West Africa, toxic exposures such as pediatric lead poisoning and adverse health consequences. She has worked with several nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Africa to assist in the geographic targeting of vulnerable population groups for disease intervention and health promotional campaigns, sustainability and capacity development initiatives.
Aidan Hollis was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Toronto, where he obtained a PhD in Economics. His research is broadly in the area of industrial organization, and is particularly focused on competition and innovation issues in pharmaceutical markets. Prof. Hollis is also Vice-President and a Director of Incentives for Global Health, a non-profit whose chief objective is the promotion and development of the Health Impact Fund. For the academic year 2003-4 he was appointed TD MacDonald Chair of Industrial Economics at the Competition Bureau, Industry Canada.
Professor Dhai is the Director of the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand. The Centre is a Co-operating Centre of the World Medical Association and the South African Unit of the UNESCO International Network in Bioethics. Professor Dhai is the President of the South African Medical Association and a member of the WHO’s African Advisory Committee for Health Research and Development.
Lawrence O. Gostin is University Professor, Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law, and Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University. Prof. Gostin holds international professorial appointments at Oxford University, University of Witwatersrand, (South Africa), and Melbourne University. He is also the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights.
Suraj Madoori leads Treatment Action Group’s (TAG's) domestic and global policy work across the HIV, TB, and HCV projects. Prior to joining TAG, Suraj was associate director of the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA) and associate director of national/federal policy at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). During his tenure at AFC and HIV PJA, Suraj directed the national advocacy campaign work of the 13,000-member HIV PJA community mobilization network and helped push for a significant language change undertaken by the CDC to reflect evolving HIV prevention technologies such as PrEP and PEP.
Dr. Caesar Atuire
Dr Caesar Atuire is a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and Classics of University of Ghana. He is a visiting professor at the University of Saint Gallen, Switzerland and a former visiting fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford. He is a member of the Ethics Working Group of the World Health Organization Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A). Dr. Atuire’s work brings African philosophical thought into bioethics and global health discourse.
Robert Steinglass recently retired as Founding Director of the Immunization Center at John Snow, Inc. (JSI), after 40 years strengthening immunization and vaccine-preventable disease control programs in 50 resource-poor countries while serving on advisory committees at WHO, UNICEF, Gavi, US CDC, SABIN Vaccine Institute, the Institute of Medicine, etc. After smallpox eradication in Ethiopia and North Yemen, he worked for WHO for 10 years establishing nationwide immunization programs in Yemen, Oman, and Nepal and then for 30 years at JSI, leading the immunization team on a succession of USAID-funded projects (REACH, BASICS, IMMUNIZATIONbasics, MCHIP, and MCSP).
Sharonann Lynch is the Acting Director of the Global Health Policy and Politics Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and a senior visiting fellow at the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership. She has worked for more than 20 years in the global health, access to medicines, and humanitarian fields. Starting in 2009, she served as the senior HIV and TB policy advisor of MSF’s Access Campaign, influencing the policies of national governments, bilateral and multilateral donors, pharmaceutical corporations, and other global health actors and leading numerous advocacy efforts related to innovation of and equitable access to diagnostics and therapeutics for HIV and TB. More recently, Lynch has focused on access to COVID-19 vaccines and diagnostics.
A junior biomedical engineering major, Dylan was interested in joining GHI for the research opportunity if offered. Joining GHI allowed Dylan to hone his research skills and develop his Microsoft Excel skills, while working on a project that shared the same core values he did.
Mahvish, now a graduate student of Binghamton chose to study Integrative Neuroscience as an undergraduate, she has a strong passion in human rights and sees herself working as a PA in the future. As part of the systematic review team for over a year, she works with data on many different diseases, as well as posting to the GHI Facebook page.
Chatham has been with GHI for three semesters now, and this experience has given him a unique role in the project. His main duties involve training new members through everything from explaining models, answering questions, assigning tasks, and giving presentations. He also approves and discusses changes to models and provides some assistance with paper writing and researching.
Mary, a sophomore who has been with GHI for 3 semesters, joined works on patent research which assigns patents for all drugs found on the model for the GHI Index in order to produce a system of accountability for pharmaceutical companies. She is proud to be a part of an initiative that utilizes a fascinating and essential combination of ethics and science in order to combat one of the most serious issues the world faces today.
Vitalis is currently part of GHI's patent and social media teams. He’s worked on patent research that involved identifying patent holders of drugs included in the Global Health Index. He’s also helped prepare drug and company reports that will soon be part of the website. For social media he’s managed the Facebook and Twitter pages, helped brainstorm new campaigns, and prepared the poster presentation for the Research Days events. He felt compelled to join GHI after reading its mission. Extending access to essential medicines is ultimately about saving lives that are lost unnecessarily, and and wanted to take part in this great change making endeavor.
Adriana Klimkiewicz graduated from Binghamton University with degree in Economics. While a student there, she participated in the Global Health Impact project with the goal of extending healthcare globally. She now works in finance in New York City but hopes that in the future she can continue to contribute to the ongoing efforts in improving the quality of care in poverty stricken countries.
Yomei Shaw is a doctoral candidate pursuing a degree in Health Services Research in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
Sheetal Patel is an undergraduate Industrial Labor Relations major and Economics minor at Cornell University. Her interests are focused in economic development and resource management. She is also interested in sustainability and global health issues in developing countries
Saptarshi Ghose graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in Business Administration and Ethics, History, and Public Policy.
Michael Agulnick is a neuroscience major attending Binghamton University interested in the fields of medicine and biology. He is from Long Island, New York and is Ukrainian.
Nicholas Hall is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Binghamton University. His primary areas of study are in normative and applied ethics. He has been involved in the Extending Access project since October 2012, working extensively on patent research, the rating model, and sensitivity analyses.
George Nardi graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 with a bachelor of science in Ethics, History, and Public Policy. He worked as a research assistant from 2011-2012 with the Global Health Team. He is currently a business analyst with TIAA-CREF in Boston, MA.
Che Sun is a freshman at Binghamton University, State University of New York and a research assistant for the Global Health Impact Project. He plans to major in Economics with concentration in Financial Economics, and minor in Mathematical Sciences. He enjoys economics, political philosophy, and international politics. He is also passionate for music and loves playing the piano.
Denise Teo is currently an analyst at Barclays Investment Bank in Singapore. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 with Masters of Science in Information Technology and received her Bachelors of Science in Information Systems from Singapore Management University. Besides technology, she is also interested in social psychology and data analytics.
Jean Krebs is a junior at Binghamton University double majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Law and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In the future, she will be pursuing a law degree and a Master’s in Public Health.
Junyi Dong is a Ph.D student at Binghamton University mathematics department. Her research interest is survival analysis which is widely used in biomedical sciences and social sciences.
Cassie Mak is an undergraduate at Binghamton University who chose to join the GHI team after taking an ethics class with Professor Hassoun. She is passionate about public health and law, and is thrilled to be part of such a great cause.
Steven Schwartz is a J.D. Candidate at Fordham University School of Law. He is currently a member of the Fordham University Environmental Law Review.
Ashley Thomas is a junior at Binghamton University majoring in Sociology and minoring in Drawing. After her time at Binghamton, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Sociology and continue her efforts in various global initiatives and social reforms.
Connor Madison is an undergraduate at junior standing, majoring in Chemistry and Philosophy. His passion for global health has made him an integral part of the GHI grants team. This passion will be carried forward in his future endeavors, as he plans to serve in the military succeeding graduation.
Daiki Yoshioka is a senior and an international student from Japan majoring in Comparative Literature and Philosophy. He joins GHI from his passion for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Besides global health, he is interested in philosophy, social entrepreneurship, educational policy, marketing, and foreign languages.
Devina Sachin Dhuri
Devina Dhuri is a Graduate student at Binghamton University, pursuing her masters in Computer Science. Skilled in web development, data management skills, problem-solving and team management, She plans to use these skill sets she developed during her undergraduate studies towards GHI.
Elisa Starling is a junior at Binghamton University majoring in Actuarial Science and minoring in economics. With her interest in economies of developing countries, she is highly motivated to work for this group that is concerned with bettering the poor pharmaceutical access for these economies. She is also hoping to one day work in the data analytics and the data science workfield which uses the very skills that the modeling team for GHI uses and strengthens every day.
Equleema Telfah is a pharmacist, who worked as a health officer in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan with Cash for Health and development programs. she is planning to peruse her master’s degree in public health specializing in outcomes research, she joined Global Health Impact because she is interested in improving the lives of vulnerable populations.
Jake is a senior at Binghamton University studying business analytics and information systems. He plans on using the modeling, research, and data science skills he developed at the Global Health Index to work in the private equity industry. He is passionate about GHI because he believes that the index will be an efficient way to influence legislators and pharmaceutical companies to work more effectively towards improving access to essential medicines.
Kaitlyn Campbell is a senior at Binghamton University majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Law, and minoring in Africana Studies. She joined the Global Health Impact team because of how it combined her interest for global health with her belief in the need for a focus on ethics in the medical field.
Katarina Hajder is a sophomore studying psychology potentially on the applied behavioral analysis track. She plans on becoming a clinical psychologist. She is a part of GHI because she cares about all aspects of health and how to improve education and treatment of diseases.
Maria Camitan is a senior majoring in Integrative Neuroscience and Philosophy. She became involved in the Global Health Impact Project to learn more about pharmaceutical distribution and its ties to the field of medicine. She has a strong interest in public health and applied ethics.
Matthew Altman is an undergrad pre-med student at Binghamton University majoring in Biology, English Literature, and Philosophy, Politics and Law. His interest in the Global Health Impact Project coincides with how ethics debates in the medical field might yield to public pressure given the right incentives.
Theodora Catrina is a senior and an economics and history double major. She plans on going into law, and joined GHI because she is interested in global health and she thinks it’s a great cause.
Jake is a senior at Binghamton University studying statistics and sociology. He hopes that his modeling and data analysis skills, obtained through Global Health Impact Project, will better prepare him for his intended future career as a social researcher. He believes the data obtained through GHI will be sufficient at building awareness and reason for lobbyists to improve access to life-saving drugs.
Shashank is a Graduate student at Binghamton University, pursuing his masters in Computer Science. Skilled in web development, PIM management systems and front-end development, He plans to use these skill sets he developed during his professional experience towards Global Health Impact.
Raya Skopicki is a senior at Binghamton University studying biology and minoring in forensic health. Throughout her time with GHI, Raya has fully recognized the dangerous implications of the access to essential medicines problem. She hopes to use her skills in project management and general research to one day become a physician.
Matthew Pelowski is a senior at Binghamton University majoring in biology and political science with plans to go to medical school. Matt fuels his passion for global health by having conversations with global health experts through the podcast series, Talk is the Best Medicine.
Vaibhav is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Computer Science. This semester, he led the Computer Science Team as a skilled full-stack developer and manages two projects simultaneously: the GHI website and the forecasting tool. Vaibhav joined GHI to contribute his passion for computer science toward the world of public health.
Christopher Thomas is an undergraduate pre-medical student at Binghamton University majoring in biochemistry. Chris has gained valuable skills in grant writing, patent research, and modeling and hopes to one day play a role in expanding access to essential medicines across the world.
Caroline is a junior at Binghamton University studying Integrative Neuroscience and became involved with the Global Health Impact Project to learn more about the global disease burden. Caroline plans to use her skills in project management and team leading in pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant.
Devon Close is an undergraduate pre-dental student studying integrative neuroscience. She works for the General and Systematic review team and joined GHI because she is passionate about accessible and necessary healthcare.
Vita Mithi joined the Global Health Impact project to conduct research that will improve global health and wellbeing, regardless of culture or race. Vita hopes to one day specialize in health toxicology/translational medicine and epidemiology.
Jenna Seafuse is a sophomore majoring in Anthropology & Middle East and North Africa Studies. Jenna works on the Modeling Team and hopes to use her skills in data collection and analysis to pursue a career in medicine or data analysis and preventative medicine.
Tejesh is a student pursuing his master’s in computer science. He has contributed to the front-end development of the GHI forecasting tool. After graduation, Tejesh plans to use the skills he has acquired from GHI to become a software/web developer for an IT company.
Abegail is a senior majoring in Integrative Neuroscience and Economics at Binghamton University. Abegail has acquired valuable skills in data research and analysis and hopes to one-day study behavioral science in graduate school. Working with GHI has educated Abegail about the massive disparities in healthcare that she feels are unacceptable.