CHESAI People

CHESAI Expert Residents (2013 - 2015)

Between 2013 – 2015 CHESAI provided one-month long residencies for LMIC HPSR experts drawn from outside South Africa. Our engagement with these experienced HPS researchers has brought relevant international expertise to Cape Town and supported the development of collaborative links and activities with them and their colleagues

Prof Irene Agyepong: CHESAI 2013 Expert Resident

Prof. Irene Akua Agyepong is a global leader in the field of health policy and systems research. She trained at the University of Ghana Medical School (1986) with a Masters in Community Health from the University of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (1991) and a DRPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000). She lectures at the University of Ghana School of Public Health, and has held a Prince Claus Chair in Equity and Development at Utrecht University in the Netherlands from 2008 to 2010. Prof Agyepong has worked extensively at the national level in Ghana with the Ministry of Health (Ghana Health Service) as a District Director in the Dangme West district from 1989 to 2003 and as Regional Director of Health for Greater Accra from 2004 to 2012. She has been centrally involved in the transformation of the Ghanaian health system – such as playing a technical advisory role supporting the development and implementation of the Ghana National Health Insurance scheme. Internationally, Prof Agyepong sits on multiple advisory committees, and was the Chairperson of the Board of Health Systems Global (2012-2014).

Dr Kabir Sheikh: CHESAI 2014 Expert Resident

Dr Kabir Sheikh has worked as a public health researcher, educator, planner and practitioner in a career of 17 years spanning India, Australia, the United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, and Belgium. His particular focus has been on strengthening health governance for social equity, institutionalizing research use for policy, and advancing the field of health policy and systems research (HPSR). Prior to joining the Alliance in January 2018, Dr Sheikh was Joint Director for Research and Policy at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi, and Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He has served successive terms as Board Chair (2016-18) and Vice Chair (2014-16) of Health Systems Global, the international membership organization for health systems research and knowledge translation. He has also been a frequent advisor on health systems and policy to WHO, the MRC UK, the European Commission, UNICEF, the Wellcome Trust, USAID, DfID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr Sheikh has authored more than seventy refereed publications, and co-edited the volume Health Providers in India (Routledge 2010). He has a medical degree from Delhi University, and an MSc in epidemiology and a PhD in public health and policy, both from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He holds honorary faculty positions at PHFI, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Melbourne, and BRAC University Dhaka.

Dr Dan Maceira: CHESAI 2015 Expert Resident

Dr Dan Maceira is a Senior Researcher at the Center for the Study of the State and Society (CEDES) in Argentina and is a Senior Professor in the Economics Department, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

He is based in Argentina but works in many countries in Latin America. He holds a PhD in Economics from Boston University, with fields in health economics and industrial organization, and has broad experience in HPSR - with a current interest in Latin American health systems reform.

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