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People & Bios2019-01-21T09:57:01+00:00
Professor Richard Sullivan
Professor Richard SullivanPrincipal Investigator
Richard Sullivan is Professor of Cancer and Global Health at King’s College London, Director, Institute of Cancer Policy (ICP) and Co-Director (with Preeti Patel) of the KCL Conflict & Health Research Group. Richard is the Principal Investigator of the R4HC-MENA programme. Richard qualified in medicine and trained in surgery, gaining his PhD from University College London. He was clinical director of Cancer Research UK for nearly ten years. He is a former UK Director of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs and was a bioweapons inspector for UK HMG. Richard served for many years with Intelligence & Security Group, Defence Intelligence and Security, and other airborne units. He has led major conflict and post conflict public health programmes for NATO, UN, OSCE et al.
Brad Robinson
Brad RobinsonProgramme Manager
Brad Robinson (Head of Operations, Conflict, Health & Science, King’s College London). Brad is the R4HC-MENA programme manager working on behalf of Richard to co-ordinate the implementation of the programme’s deliverables and to manage the programme budgets. Brad works closely with colleagues at each of the seven partner institutions.

American University of Beirut (AUB)

Dr Omar Dewachi
Dr Omar Dewachi
Omar Dewachi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Social Medicine and Global Health and Co-Director of the Conflict Medicine Program at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Omar is Co-Investigator of the R4HC MENA project and will be leading the Health and Conflict work stream. He is currently conducting ethnographic research on the ecologies of wounds and wounding that explores the biosocial life of war wounds and the changing modes of care across the Middle East.
Dr Ghassan Abu Sitta
Dr Ghassan Abu Sitta
Ghassan Abu Sitta is Assistant Professor and Head of Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at AUB. He is Co-Director of the Conflict Medicine Program at AUB Global Health Institute. Ghassan is a Co-Investigator of the R4HC-MENA programme and will be leading the Cancer in Conflict workstream.
Dr Fouad M. Fouad
Dr Fouad M. Fouad
Fouad M. Fouad is Assistant Professor of Practice at the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health, and Co-Director of the Refugee Health Program at the Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut. Fouad is Co-Investigator of the R4HC MENA project and will be leading the Political Economy of Health workstream. He is currently working on a number of research projects related to the Syria crisis and/or the Syrian refugees.
Marilyne Menassa
Marilyne Menassa
Marilyne Menassa is the Programmes and Initiatives Officer at the AUB Global Health Institute (GHI). Marilyne will be managing the R4HC-MENA project by working with the co-investigators to establish the team of researchers across the AUB workstreams as well as supervise tasks, deliverables, and reporting.
Dr Nassim El Achi
Dr Nassim El Achi
Dr. Nassim El Achi is a Research Fellow at R4HC-MENA Conflict and Health Work Stream working on capacity building of conflict and health research across the MENA region.
Though trained in chemical sciences, Nassim joined the University of Oxford for a postgraduate degree in Water Science, Policy and Management in 2017. At Oxford, Nassim worked with the different stakeholders involved in water management in Amman, Jordan on the challenges to achieve equitable access to safe water, i.e. Sustainable Development Goal 6, in an urban-MENA context.
Nassim received three awards including the second prize for the “Best PhD in Chemical Sciences” award organized by the Société Chimique de France (SCF). She has also published over 20 research papers in journals and conferences.
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Dr Rima Abdul-Khalek
Dr Rima Abdul-Khalek
Rima is a research fellow on the cancer in conflict workstream of R4HC-MENA project based at the AUB Global Health Institute. She holds a Doctor in Pharmacy, a Master in Clinical Pharmacy and a Master of Public Health. As part of her MPH degree, she received a certificate of public health in conflict and protracted crises and was elected as a member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society of Public Health in Lebanon. She has worked as a research fellow at Clinical Research Institute at AUB, and supported the Lancet Commission on Syria as a Graduate Assistant. Rima is Interested in epidemiological and methods research, with a focus on non-communicable diseases and cancer. She has worked on projects related to tobacco, refugee health, health systems and guidelines.
Cosette Maiky
Cosette Maiky
Ms. Cosette Maiky is a PhD candidate in Political Sociology (Lebanese University). She holds a Master of Research in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Advanced Studies in Psychosocial Intervention in War-torn Societies. She’s currently enrolled in a Master of Research in Strategic Studies (Lebanese University). In November 2018, Cosette joined the R4HC team as a Research Fellow for the Political Economy of Health workstream. Her professional experience consists of 12 years hands-on work geared towards conflict and post-conflict governance with international organizations and intergovernmental bodies, in more than 20 conflict settings in the Middle East and North Africa, Central, East and Southeast Asia.

Birzeit University

Professor Rita Giacaman
Professor Rita Giacaman
Professor Rita Giacaman is a professor of public health and director of the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University (ICPH/BZU), occupied Palestinian territory. Rita is co-leading the mental health research in conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory project along with Hanna Kienzler from the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at KCL.
Weeam Hammoudeh
Weeam Hammoudeh
Weeam Hammoudeh holds a PhD in sociology/demography and is an assistant professor of public health and the coordinator of the mental health unit at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University (ICPH/BZU). She is the training coordinator of the research training component of the mental health research in conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory project, and a curricula developer and trainer along with colleagues from KCL. Weeam is also involved in the research component focusing in uncertainty in wars and conflicts.
Abdullatif Husseini
Abdullatif Husseini
Abdullatif Husseini holds a PhD in epidemiology and is an associate professor of public health, Director of Teaching, and coordinator of the epidemiology unit at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University (ICPH/BZU). He is a curricula developer and trainer for the research training component of the mental health research in conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory along with colleagues from KCL.
Suzan Mitwalli
Suzan Mitwalli
Suzan Mitwalli holds a Master’s degree in Community and Public Health (MPH) and is an academic researcher and assistant coordinator of the MPH programme at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University (ICPH/BZU). Along with colleagues from KCL, she is completing a literature review on uncertainty in wars and conflicts, and will participate in supporting the research training component of the mental health research in conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Maysaa Nemer
Maysaa Nemer
Maysaa Nemer is an associate researcher at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University (ICPH/BZU). She holds a PhD in occupational epidemiology and MPhil in International Community Health. Maysaa is part of the ICPH/BZU team which is completing a needs assessment for training in research methods for mental health in war and conflict along with colleagues from KCL, and will also be involved in supporting the research training component of the mental health research in conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory
Rawan Kafri
Rawan Kafri
Rawan Kafri holds a MSc degree in Global Health and Development. She is a research assistant at the Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit University (ICPH/BZU). Rawan is part of the ICPH/BZU team which is completing a needs assessment for training in research methods for mental health in war and conflict along with colleagues from KCL, and will also be involved in supporting the research training component of the mental health research in conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Cambridge University

Professor Simon Deakin
Professor Simon Deakin
Professor Simon Deakin (Centre for Business Research) is the lead co-investigator with overall responsibility for the Cambridge components of the R4HC-MENA programme. He specialises in the economics of law with a focus on market regulation. His work takes a holistic approach to the study of economic development and growth, combining historical research, interview-based fieldwork, and data analytics. He has researched in emerging markets in Asia and Africa and is co-author of the Cambridge leximetric database, a resource increasingly used by international organisations and researchers to analyse the effects of regulation in labour and financial markets around the world.
Dr Adam Coutts
Dr Adam Coutts
Dr Adam Coutts (Dept of Sociology, Cambridge) is co-ordinating the Political Economy workstream within the R4HC-MENA programme building on his extensive experience of working in the region.
Dr Kai Ruggieri
Dr Kai Ruggieri
Dr Kai Ruggieri Dr Kai Ruggeri is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management at Columbia University and a Senior Research Fellow at the CBR. He studies how policy influences population behaviour, and how integrating evidence into policies can improve economic outcomes and population well-being. His current projects involve a number of data-driven policy studies focusing on large-scale behavioural insights related to economic and health choices. He has served and continues to serve as an academic expert for industry and government globally, including McKinsey, PwC, the World Economic Forum, the US Food and Drug Administration, the UK Department for Health, NAC Analytica (Kazakhstan), the British Council, and Grand Challenges Canada.
Dr Brendan Burchell
Dr Brendan Burchell
Dr Brendan Burchell (Dept of Sociology, Cambridge)

Hacettepe University

Professor Tezer Kutluk
Professor Tezer Kutluk
Professor Tezer Kutluk, Union for International Cancer control, Past President and Director, Childhood Cancers at Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine and Cancer Institute, Turkey.
“Conflict in health is not a local problem. It is a global problem and global problems require global solutions.”

Imperial College London

Professor Kalipso Chalkidou
Professor Kalipso Chalkidou
Professor Kalipso Chalkidou is the director of global health policy for the Centre for Global Development, based in London, and a Professor of Practice in Global Health at Imperial College London. Kalipso provides oversight and technical support to the project, leading on the technical and methods aspects of building research and policy capacity for evidence informed policy making.
Dr Adrian Gheorghe
Dr Adrian GheorgheResearch Associate
Dr Adrian Gheorghe is a senior health economist in the Global Health and Development group at Imperial College London. He joined Imperial from Oxford Policy Management, where he has worked on health financing and health sector governance projects across Eastern Europe, Central and South-East Asia, the Pacific Islands and sub-Saharan Africa. His role in R4HC’s Political Economy of Health in Conflict stream is two-fold: 1) design and implement capacity development activities with a health economics focus; and 2) provide leadership and technical inputs for the health economics component of emerging research studies.

King’s College London

Dr. Hanna Kienzler
Dr. Hanna KienzlerCo-investigator
Dr. Hanna Kienzler is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at King’s College London. She received her PhD in cultural and medical anthropology from the Departments of Anthropology and Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University. An anthropologist, she investigates how systemic violence, ethnic conflict, and complex emergencies intersect with health and mental health outcomes. As part of the R4HC-MENA project, Hanna builds research capacity in the field of mental health in conflict affected areas of the Middle East with particular focus on Palestine.
Dr. Preeti Patel
Dr. Preeti Patel
Dr. Preeti Patel is a Reader in Global Health and Conflict in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Preeti is Co-Principal Investigator for the R4HC-MENA programme. She is a multi-disciplinary global health specialist working on countries and populations affected by armed conflict, with a focus on non-communicable disease issues, health systems and humanitarian health. At King’s she co-directs the CHRG. She convenes modules on complex political emergencies and health in the Department of War Studies, and conflict and health at King’s Centre for Global Health. Preeti has led several studies on tracking development aid for health in conflict-affected countries, global health governance and health systems in post-conflict areas.
Professor Wyn Bowen
Professor Wyn BowenCo-Investigator
Professor Wyn Bowen is a professor of Non-Proliferation and International Security and Head of the School of Security Studies, King’s College London. Wyn’s research interests focus on nuclear security broadly defined. Wyn is currently an AWE William Penney Fellow. Bowen served as a weapons inspector in Iraq with the UN Special Commission and as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency on open source intelligence and nuclear safeguards. He has been a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee on two occasions and served on the Royal Society’s Advisory Committee on the Scientific Aspects of International Security.
Professor Richard Harding
Professor Richard HardingCo-investigator
Professor Richard Harding (Cicely Saunders Centre for Palliative Care) is the Director of the Centre for Global Health at the Cicely Saunders Institute. He is leading the palliative care component of the programme.
Dr. Matthew Moran
Dr. Matthew MoranCo-investigator
Dr. Matthew Moran is a reader in International Security in the Department of War Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King’s College London. Matthew’s research interests include proliferation behaviour in the nuclear context, deterrence and coercive diplomacy with regard to CW use in Syria, and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT).
Dr Abdulkarim Ekzayez
Dr Abdulkarim EkzayezResearch Associate
Dr Abdulkarim Ekzayez is a Syrian medical doctor and epidemiologist. He received his MD from Aleppo University and MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Dr Ekzayez’s current work with R4HC, under the Conflict & Health workstream, focuses on building the research capacity for individuals, organisations and institutions to conduct good quality research related to health in conflict settings. His PhD research, at the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, looks at health systems in conflict settings focusing on models to build bottom-up health systems providing case studies of the Syrian conflict, and other similar contexts.
Dr Andreas Papamichail
Dr Andreas PapamichailResearch Associate
Dr Andreas Papamichail is a post-doctoral Research Associate on the R4HC-MENA programme, as well as a Teaching Fellow in Global Health at the King’s Centre for Global Health & Health Partnerships. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. Andreas is working on the Conflict & Health Research stream of R4HC-MENA.
Dr Nancy Tamimi
Dr Nancy TamimiResearch Associate
Dr Nancy Tamimi holds a PhD in medical sociology from Brunel London University and is a teaching fellow and research associate at the Global Health and Social Medicine Department, King’s College London. As part of the R4HC-MENA project, Nancy is involved in the curricula development and training for the course on mental health research in conflict in the occupied Palestinian territory. Nancy is also involved in the research component focusing on uncertainty in wars and conflicts.
Dr Ping Guo
Dr Ping GuoResearch Associate
Dr Ping Guo has experience of leading and managing different projects in clinical trials and observational studies, undertaking documentary reviews and qualitative interviews. Her research and teaching has focused on casemix classification in palliative care, global health, outcome measurement, psychosocial and education interventions for both patients and family caregivers, and self-management. Currently, she is working on building research capacity and partnerships, and improving person-centred quality of palliative care across the MENA region.

King Hussein Cancer Centre (KHCC)

Professor Omar Shamieh
Professor Omar Shamieh
Professor Omar Shamieh, Consultant, Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Chairman, Department of Palliative Care and Home Care Services, King Hussein Cancer Centre, Jordan. Professor Shamieh is the founder and Director of the Center for Palliative & Cancer Care in Conflict. The center will implement the R4HC-MENA project in Jordan. Professor Shamieh is also the Director of the National Palliative Care Committee at the Ministry of Health; the Director of the National Home Care Initiative in Jordan; and the Director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship at KHCC.
“We are very excited about this project which will enable us to advance various cancer care activities in Jordan and the Middle East, especially in the area of palliative care, psychosocial care and research.”
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