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Our technical specialists


We owe our strength to the quality of our technical specialists. They combine extensive consulting and applied research experience with expertise in health economics, public health, HIV and AIDS, health financing, maternal health, and skills in evaluation, policy and strategy formulation and aid management.

Our specialists have extensive experience of working with aid agencies, government ministries and NGOs in countries across Asia, Latin America, East and Central Europe and Africa. They also work on consulting projects for HLSP and for the Department for International Development (DFID) Health Resource Centre, which is managed by HLSP.

Ken Grant is the new Director of the HSLP Institute. Ken has taken over from Veronica Walford in late July 2006. Ken is a public health doctor with extensive experience in health sector reform, sector-wide approaches, country sector strategies, health services management and planning, organisational and institutional development. He was one of the founders of HLSP and from 1994 to 2002 was the Director of the DFID Health Systems Resource Centre.

Chris Atim is a health economist with extensive experience in health financing issues. He has worked in many francophone and anglophone African countries as well as in the Caucasus region, in areas spanning field research, technical assistance, capacity building, project evaluation and programme management. For five years he was the West and Central African Representative for the USAID-funded Partners for Health Reformplus project. Author of various publications on health care financing and mutual health organisations, Chris has also lectured in health policy and health insurance at a regional francophone management institute based in Senegal.

Adrienne Chattoe-Brown is HLSP’s Lead Specialist in Health Systems and Service Delivery. She has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia, the South Atlantic, and has extensive experience in China. In the course of her career with DFID, ODI and then HLSP, she has collaborated with a diverse range of organisations including UNFPA, the World Bank, and several European bilaterals. Her particular interests are integrating vertical programmes into sector wide approaches, facilitating the contribution of the for-profit and not-for-profit non-governmental sector, reproductive health commodity security and donor coordination.

Shaun Conway is a public health specialist focusing on HIV/AIDS treatment and care, antiretroviral therapy (ART) and public-private partnerships. Shaun initiated and managed a South African based NGO, implementing innovative services that build public and private sector capacity to deliver safe, effective, and affordable antiretroviral therapy to people living with HIV/AIDS. Recently Shaun has been part of the team evaluating WHO's 3 by 5 Initiative.

Emma Denton is a health economist with experience in the UK and in Africa, India and in Balkan countries. She specialises in financial analysis, national health accounts, public expenditure reviews, and evaluation of programmes and technologies. She has recently been assisting the GAVI Alliance with the design of health systems support.

Clare Dickinson is particularly interested in global policy development for HIV and AIDS and in the politics of country responses. Clare has extensive management and team leader experience in reproductive health policy including HIV and AIDS, working with governments in Kenya, Pakistan and Indonesia.

Nel Druce is a policy analyst with particular expertise in access to medicines, global health partnerships, health policy and systems development, health communication strategies, consumer awareness and demand side approaches, and capacity building strategies (NGOs and networks). Recent experience includes reviews of global health partnerships, public-private partnerships, intellectual property rights and access to medicines, as well as deputy directorship of the DFID Health Systems Resource Centre.

Roger England has wide experience in international health policy and practice and has worked for several international agencies including secondments to the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO). His particular interests include sector reform and organisational development, contracting/purchasing from the private sector, sector financing including social insurance, HIV/AIDS including monitoring & evaluation and institutional development.

Javier Martínez is a public health consultant and HLSP's Lead Specialist in aid effectiveness. His experience includes sector planning and reforms, human resource development, and approaches to improve the effectiveness of aid such as SWAps, programme support and harmonisation and alignment at country level. He joined HLSP in 1998, and has held the posts of Regional Manager and Director for the Latin America and Caribbean region. Javier has also been a senior lecturer in health systems development at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Jackie Mundy is HLSP's Lead Specialist for HIV and AIDS. She is an international HIV and AIDS consultant with considerable experience in reproductive and sexual health; health systems, organisation and management issues, capacity building, and donor coordination. She has collaborated with a range of bilateral and multilateral organisations, including DFID, the World Bank and WHO, and has worked at national and district level in the public sector and with a range of NGOs in Kenya.

Mark Pearson is HLSP's Lead Specialist in health economics and financing. He has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Mark spent over 10 years as an Economist with DFID, during which he spent 3 years in Health and Population Division, 3 years as Senior Economist in the Ministry of Health, Uganda and 3 years as a Planner in Botswana. Mark's most recent work has focused on public expenditure reviews, sector strategy development, financing issues around the global health partnerships and aid instruments.

Catharine Taylor is HLSP’s Lead Specialist for Maternal and Neonatal Health. She has worked in several Asian and African countries in the area of sexual and reproductive health (SRH). Catharine specializes in the design and implementation of human resource development approaches and health facility strengthening. Previous work includes the design and implementation of the technical approaches for the Nepal Safer Motherhood Project between 1997-1999 and support for the development of the SCUS Vietnam maternal health programme in 1999-2002. She has also worked extensively with Civil Society Organizations, building institutional capacity to integrate SRH into programming, including youth programming and demand creation activities for maternal health services.

Catriona Waddington is a health economist with experience of sector programmes, harmonisation and alignment at sector level and project design and implementation. She is HLSP's Head of Learning and leads on internal and external professional development activities. She has managed projects in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Russia and Namibia, and worked in Malawi to support the Central Medical Stores. Her PhD was based on her work as a health economist with the Ministry of Health in Ghana.

Veronica Walford is a health economist with extensive experience on diverse aspects of health policy and planning, public sector management and reform, programme design and evaluation. Veronica headed the HLSP Institute (and its predecessor, IHSD) for five years until 2006. Previous work includes four years with the Uganda Ministry of Health as senior economic adviser, and consultancy in the UK and internationally. She has worked on sector-wide approaches, policy towards global health partnerships, with the GAVI Alliance on design of their second phase of support to countries.

Dan Whitaker is a health economist who has worked in health sector consultancy for over a decade. Specialist areas include health sector finance (particularly health insurance), provider payment and pharmaceuticals. Most projects have been in Latin America and Europe, though more recently the focus has been on Africa.


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