Professor Richard Horton

Richard Horton

Professor Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet which he joined in 1990. He is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and the University of Oslo. He qualified in physiology and medicine with honors from the University of Birmingham in 1986. Horton was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors and he is a Past-President of the US Council of Science Editors.  

In 2016, he was appointed to the High-Level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children, and Adolescents. In 2016, he also chaired the Expert Group for the High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, convened by Presidents Hollande of France and Zuma of South Africa. From 2011 to 2015, he was co-chair of the UN's independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health. Horton received the Edinburgh Medal in 2007 and the Dean’s Medal from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2009. In 2016, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the British Pharmacological Society. He has written two reports for the Royal College of Physicians of London: Doctors in Society (2005) and Innovating for Health (2009). He wrote Health Wars (2003) about contemporary issues in medicine and health, and he has written for The New York Review of Books and the TLS.  

He has a strong interest in global health and medicine’s contribution to our wider culture. He now works to develop the idea of planetary health – the health of human civilizations and the ecosystems on which they depend.

Professor Rashida Ferrand

Rashida Ferrand

Professor Rashida Ferrand is a Professor of International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She obtained her primary medical degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. Following postgraduate training in internal medicine and clinical specialist training in HIV Medicine and Sexual Health in London, and she undertook an MSc and PhD in epidemiology at LSHTM. 

Since 2007, she has been based in Zimbabwe where she leads a research group conducting clinical and epidemiological studies on HIV infection in older children and adolescents. Her main area of work is on HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH), particularly on interventions to improve outcomes across the HIV care cascade and on integrated delivery of HIV and SRH services. 

Professor Bernadette Kumar

Bernadette Kumar

Bernadette Nirmal Kumar, a medical graduate from St. Johns Medical College, India, has a doctorate in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway and a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Institute for Psychiatry, UiO. She is Professor at the Empower School of Health, India and Affiliated Professor at Kathmandu University, Nepal.

Kumar has several years of international experience working for UNICEF, WHO, WFP, World Bank and NORAD in Southern Sudan, Somalia, North West Kenya, West Bank and Gaza, North Korea, China and Bhutan (1989-2000). Migration and Health has been the focus of her research since 1999 and she is the co-editor and author of a text book on Immigrant Health in Norway: Flerkulturelt folkehelsearbeid (Fagbokforlaget 2009) and Migrant Health - A Primary Care Perspective (Taylor and Francis, 2019). In 2010, she was appointed the Director of NAKMI - Norwegian Center for Migration and Minority Health (part of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, 2018) and Associate Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health and Society, UiO (2013).  She is President of the EUPHA Section of Migration and Ethnic Minority Health (2018-) and leads the Migration Health work package part of the EU Joint Action on Health Inequalities. Kumar was part of the Lancet Commission on Migration and Health (2018) and is Co-chair of Lancet Migration. 

Professor Madhukar Pai

Madhukar Pai

Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD, FCAHS is a Canada Research Chair in Epidemiology & Global Health at McGill University, Montreal. He is the Director of McGill Global Health Programs, and Director of the McGill International TB Centre. He did his medical training and community medicine residency in Vellore, India. He completed his PhD in epidemiology at UC Berkeley, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCSF. Madhukar has served as a Consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He serves on the STAG-TB committee of WHO, Geneva; Scientific Advisory Committee of FIND, Geneva; and Access Advisory Committee of TB Alliance, New York. He has previously served on the Coordinating Board of the Stop TB Partnership. He is on the editorial boards of Lancet Infectious Diseases, PLoS Medicine, eLife, PLoS ONE, International Journal of TB and Lung Disease, among others.

Madhkar’s research is mainly focused on improving the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis, especially in high-burden countries like India and South Africa. His research is supported by grant funding from the Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He has more than 345 peer-reviewed publications. He is a recipient of the Union Scientific Prize, Chanchlani Global Health Research Award, and Haile T. Debas Prize. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, and an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.Prof.

Speakers for panel discussion on global health and decolonization

Tamman Aloudat

Tammam Aloudat is a Syrian physician and a humanitarian medical worker. He has worked in emergencies, conflicts, and disease outbreaks for the past twenty years and currently focuses on access to medicines as part of the MSF access campaign. 

Lioba Hirsch

Lioba A. Hirsch is a qualitative and archival researcher with an interest in the colonial and antiblack entanglements of Western biomedicine and global health management. Her research has focused on the historical development, contemporary management and colonial aftermath of British health interventions in West Africa. Her PhD thesis from 2019 analysed the British-led international Ebola response in Sierra Leone in the wake of British colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade.


Themrise Khan

Themrise Khan's career spans 25 years as an international development professional, first in Pakistan, and then globally, as an independent researcher in international development, social policy, aid effectiveness, gender, and global migration. Her professional work has focused on policy and qualitative research, analysis and evaluation.

She now actively write, speak and advise the global development community on notions of decolonization, North-South power imbalances in development, race relations and immigrant citizenship and integration.