Brad Robinson is the R4HC-MENA programme manager at King’s College London.
He works 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.
Kristen Meagher is the R4HC-MENA Programme Coordinator at King’s College London.
Marilyne Menassa is the Programs Division Manager at the AUB Global Health Institute (GHI).
Marilyne manages the R4HC-MENA project by working with the co-investigators to establish the team of researchers across the AUB workstreams as well as supervising tasks, deliverables, and reporting.
Dr. Fahad Ahmed
Dr. Fahad Ahmed is a research assistant at Hacettepe University Institute of Oncology and is project manager for the R4HC-MENA Turkish team.
Shayma’a Turki is the Senior Administrative Assistant of the Center for Palliative and Cancer Care in Conflict at King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan.
Dr. Abdulkarim Ekzayez
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. Abdullatif Husseini
Abdullatif Husseini 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 holds a PhD in epidemiology and 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.
Dr. Adrian Gheorghe
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.
Alessandro is a PhD student in the Department of Clinical, Educational, and Health Psychology at University College London.
His interest lies in the intersection between memory and trauma, investigating how phenomena that take place during the traumatic event influence the likelihood of developing intrusive memories. As part of R4HC-MENA, he is working under the supervision of Dr. Hanna Kienzler and Prof. Rita Giacaman on the mental workstream and is researching the impact of structural uncertainty on the mental health of individuals living in the West Bank
Ghadeer Alarja is the Senior Palliative Researcher and Instructor at King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC). Ghadeer has substantial clinical experience in palliative care as a senior nurse coordinator.
She completed her postgraduate diploma in palliative care from KHCC and the University of Jordan. Ghadeer is currently focusing on capacity building for clinical research, education and training related to cancer & palliative care under through R4HC-MENA.
Hala is a research assistant at the Institute of community and public health in Birzeit University.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Al-Quds Bard College and an MSc degree in Clinical Neuropsychiatry from King’s College London. Hala previously worked as a researcher at the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative in Al-Quds University and as a welfare and wellbeing lead volunteer in King’s College London. Hala is currently working with ICPH and Kings’s on the mental health workstream. Specifically, she will be assisting in capacity building activities including the online course and in the research component pertaining to the effects of uncertainty on mental health in the Palestinian context.
Hannes Jarke is a researcher at the Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge, focusing on the application of behavioural insights on health policy.
He investigates mental health and decision making in the general Lebanese population and refugees the country has taken in. Hannes holds postgraduate degrees in psychology and public health.
Jasmin Lilian Diab
Ms. Diab is a Research Associate working the American University of Beirut on GHI’s Research for Health in Conflict in their Political Economy of Health Workstream.
She has a Master of Arts in International Law from Notre Dame University in Lebanon, as well as a Master in Human Rights and Democratization from the Saint Joseph University of Beirut. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Internationales et Politiques in France. She is the former Research and Project Manager of the Lebanese Research Center for Migration and Diaspora Studies, and currently serves as the MENA Regional Focal Point on Migration for the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth.
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
Dr. Mona Jebril
Dr. Mona Jebril is a Research Fellow working with Centre for Business Research at the University of Cambridge on the political economy component of the R4HC- MENA project.
She is also a member of the Network of Evidence and Expertise at Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy. Mona has completed an MSc and PhD in higher education and education at Oxford and Cambridge respectively. A teacher and lecturer before then, her research focused on academic life in the Gaza Strip. Mona has produced four films from her PhD. She is also a co-founder of two centres and a scholarship programme in Gaza.
Dr. Nancy Tamimi
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. 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.
Nassim received three awards including the second prize for the “Best PhD in Chemical Sciences” award organized by the Société Chimique de France (SCF).
Dr. Ping Guo
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.
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.
Suzan Mitwalli 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. She holds a Master’s degree in Community and Public Health (MPH).
Dr. Weeam Hammoudeh
Dr. Weeam Hammoudeh 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 holds a PhD in sociology/demography. 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.
Dr Zahi Abdul Sater
Zahi is a post-doctoral research fellow for the R4HC MENA cancer workstream based at AUB Global Health Institute.
He is also instructor of basic science courses including Biology and Genetics at Phoenicia University, Lebanon. Zahi holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with a minor in cancer biology, from Indiana University, USA. His research has focused on unraveling the mitotic networks leading to genomic instability in cancer.
Programme Partners and Collaborators
Dr Ajay Aggarwal
Dr Ajay Aggarwal is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust, London. His main research areas are Health Services Research, Global Health and Cancer Policy.
He has honorary senior lectureships at King’s College London (Dept. of Cancer Epidemiology and Global Health). University College London (MRC Clinical Trials Unit), and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Dept. of Health Services Research and Policy). He is the current editor of the Journal of Cancer Policy. Since 2013, he has been the oncology coordinator for the National Prostate Cancer Audit, which aims to assess the processes and outcomes of care for all newly diagnosed men in the English NHS. As part of this work, he has developed the first-ever national radiotherapy outcomes public reporting program. He has previously undertaken innovative research using “big data” to demonstrate how patient choice and hospital competition are key drivers in the adoption of high cost surgical devices for cancer treatment. He has worked at the World Health Organisation, and is collaborating with research partners in Ghana, Botswana, South Africa and India on radiotherapy capacity building projects using AI and cloud technologies.
Dr Andreas Papamichail
Dr Andreas Papamichail is a Lecturer in Global Health & International Relations at Queen Mary University of London.
Prior to this, Andreas was 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.
Professor David Whetham
Dr. Gemma Bowsher
Gemma Bowsher is a medical doctor and senior research associate with the King’s College London Conflict and Health Research Group (CHRG).
Gemma qualified in medicine in London and completed further academic research training at Harvard University where she gained a master’s in Medical Anthropology. She combines clinical work in London with research exploring health intelligence, global health security and conflict at King’s. She has been awarded a LISS-DTP doctoral scholarship to investigate antimicrobial resistance in conflict settings.
Dr. Helen Verdeli
Helen Verdeli is the Associate Professor of Psychology and Education, and Founder and Director of the Global Mental Health Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University.
She is currently a consultant with the WHO on the global dissemination of psychosocial treatments. As a project partner with R4HC-MENA, she is leading local capacity-building projects in depression care for both the Lebanese and the displaced communities in Lebanon, in line with Lebanon Ministry of Public Health’s National Mental Health Strategy.
Dr. Omar Dewachi
Omar Dewachi is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Social Medicine and Global Health.
Trained as a physician in Iraq, he received his doctorate in social anthropology from Harvard University in 2008. He is currently conducting ethnographic research on the ecologies of wounds and wounding that explores the biosocial life of war wounds across the Middle East.
Dr. Rabih El Chammay
Rabih El Chammay is a psychiatrist and currently the head of the National Mental Health Programme (NMHP) at the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) in Lebanon.
After founding the program, he led the development of the first National Mental Health and Substance Use Strategy 2015-2020 aiming at reforming the Mental Health System in Lebanon towards community-based mental health services in line with Human rights and latest evidence that is currently under implementation.
Wim Zwijnenburg works as project leader Humanitarian Disarmament at the Dutch peace-organization Pax.
His work focuses on (open-source) research and advocacy related to conflict, environment and human health and has published research on conflict-pollution subject in the Middle East and the Ukraine. He also is coordinator of the European Forum on Armed Drones and a contributor to the Bellingcat open-source research collective.