Who we are

ISoGH Secretariat Members

The ISoGH Secretariat is based in Edinburgh, UK. It manages the publication of the JoGH group of journals, organises Summer Schools and the ISoGH Annual Conference. The Secretariat also notifies ISoGH’s members of job advertisements and funding opportunities in global health, coordinates research priority setting exercises and publishes ISoGH’s Annual Report. Members of the Secretariat are:

Professor Igor Rudan, FRSE; President of the International Society of Global Health

Professor Igor Rudan is joint Director of the Centre for Global Health and World Health Organisation (WHO)’s Collaborating Centre for Population Health Research and Training at the University of Edinburgh. He served as a consultant of the WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, Save the Children, the Gates Foundation and other organisations active in global health. He published more than 540 research articles, won more than 30 research grants, and received more than 20 international awards for his work. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Health. He developed the CHNRI method and the EQUIST and PATHS tools which have been widely used for prioritising investments in global health research and development.

Ms Rachael Atherton, MA (Hons), MSc

Ms Rachael Atherton is a co-founder and co-director of the International Society of Global Health, with a particular focus on financial and constitutional matters. She is the managing editor of the Journal of Global Health, and co-founder of the Journal of Global Health Reports. She leads the publication and distribution of all global health books under the JoGH imprint, including technical and popular science books. Rachael is interested in global health philanthropy and effective altruism. Outside global health, she is a numeracy, literacy and digital/life skills tutor within Edinburgh’s community education sector.

Mr Davies Adeloye, MD, PhD

Mr Davies Adeloye is a medical doctor, global health expert and epidemiologist with extensive clinical, research and teaching experience in the United Kingdom and Africa. He is a co-founder and co-director of the International Society of Global Health. He obtained his PhD degree in 2014 at the University of Edinburgh under the prestigious Charles Darwin International Fellowship. He is a researcher at the Centre for Global Health, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK. He also holds an adjunct Senior Lectureship in Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He is a co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Health Reports and a member of the European Respiratory Society, Pan African Thoracic Society, American Association for Cancer Research, World Association of Medical Editors, and European Association of Science Editors. His main research interests are global health and epidemiology of chronic respiratory diseases, including COPD, asthma, allergies and lung cancer.

Ms Smruti Patel, MD, MPH

Dr Smruti Patel is a Primary Health Care Physician with more than 30 years of experience and a Masters in Public Health. She has worked in a variety of settings in England, South Africa, New York and Washington, DC. She has extensive experience in providing clinical care to a wide variety of patients and has conducted HIV prevention clinical trials. She has trained a wide variety of healthcare workers and provided public health expertise in a global setting. She is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Health Reports.

Ms Peige Song, PhD

Ms Peige Song is a “100-Talent” Researcher/Assistant Professor at Zhejiang University, where she leads a “China Burden of Disease (CBD)” group that applies global health metrics in a national setting, with an ambition to estimate top-ranking diseases in Chinese populations, particularly in children. Dr Song obtained her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2018 and she has a strong background in global health metrics, as well as maternal and child health. She is a core member of the Global Health Epidemiology Research Group (GHERG), a member of the International Society of Global Health, and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Global Health.

Professor Ozren Polasek, MD, PhD

Mr Ozren Polasek is a medical doctor and a public health scientist. He is the Director of the Croatian Centre for Global Health at the University of Split, Croatia. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Health Economics and Policy and co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Global Health Reports. He obtained PhDs from the both University of Zagreb (in epidemiology and public health) and the University of Edinburgh (in genetics). He won multiple awards for his research and was awarded the status of the “Highly Cited Researcher” by Clarivate Analytics. He is involved both in genetic epidemiology research and in global health research, where he advised the World Health Organization on the development of the AMANHI biobank in low-resource settings.

Ms Kerry Wazny, PhD, FRSPH

Ms Kerri Wazny is currently an Evidence, Measurement, and Evaluation Manager at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). Prior, Kerri was the Associate Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at The Power of Nutrition. She has experience on a diversity of topics ranging from maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition, child disability and inclusion, education and has worked in academic, consultant, and NGO settings. For her doctorate, Kerri explored innovative methods to collect and analyse data in global health, such as participatory epidemiology and crowdsourcing at the University of Edinburgh. Kerri is on the Editorial Board of Nutrition Reviews and the Steering Committee of the Standing Together for Nutrition Consortium. She is a leading expert in the Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative’s (CHNRI) method for research prioritisation. Kerri holds an honorary associate position at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and an Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Ms Xin Wang, PhD

Ms Xin Wang is an epidemiologist, working on the epidemiology of respiratory viral infectious diseases (e.g. influenza, RSV, metapneumovirus and parainfluenza virus, SARS-COV-2), the sequelae of early-life respiratory viral infection (e.g. RSV), and global burden estimation of respiratory viral infectious diseases in children and adolescents. She completed her PhD and worked as a research fellow at the University of Edinburgh during 2016-2021. She is currently an associate professor at the School of Public Health, Nanjing Medical University, China.

Mr Goran Krstic, BSc

Mr Goran Krstic is a builder of both structures and organisations. He has decades of work experience in administering membership organisations. He loves to bring order wherever he goes, which is why he is popular mostly among bees and ants.

Professor Wei Wang, MD, PhD, FFPH, FRSB, FRSM

Professor Wei Wang commenced his role as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (China) of Edith Cowan University (ECU) in February 2017. Prior to joining ECU, Professor Wang was Vice Director-Research of Peking University-Hong Kong University of Sciences & Technology Medical Centre in Shenzhen, Vice Dean of School of Life Science, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Dean of School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China and Professor, Public Health, Edith Cowan University, Australia. He has published over 200 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. He served as a consultant for WHO on Public Health in Developing Countries and for the OECD initiative on Public Health Genomics. He is the Australian Representative for the European Association of Preventive, Predictive and Personalised Medicine (EPMA).