- Who We Are
Caesar Alimsinya Atuire
Caesar Alimsinya Atuire is a philosopher and bioethicist at the Department of Philosophy and Classics, University of Ghana, Legon. He is also a visiting professor at School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Saint Gallen, Switzerland and a 2020 Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford, UK. Following the establishment of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) in April 2020, Dr. Atuire was appointed to the WHO Ethics Working Group of ACT-A.
Dr. Atuire began his university education in Civil Engineering at Imperial College, London. He later on went to study philosophy and theology, earning a PhD in philosophy and ethics at the Regina Apostolorum University in Rome with a dissertation on suicide.
Since joining the University of Ghana in 2014, Dr. Atuire has been instrumental in promoting the study of health and research ethics in the African context. His research and publications bring African voices and perspectives to the conversation on global health and ethical issues. In 2019 he co-edited the volume Bioethics in Africa: Theories and Praxis, (Vernon Press). Apart speaking at high profile academic platforms and contributing to policy documents, Dr. Atuire’s works have appeared in journals including the The Lancet, BMJ Ethics, BMJ Global Health, The Hastings Center Report, Developing World Bioethics, Transcultural Psychiatry and the Journal of African Cultural Studies.
Recent publications by Dr. Atuire on the COVID-19 pandemic and current debates include: Atuire, C. A. (2020). Black Lives Matter and the Removal of Racist Statues. 21: Inquiries into Art, History, and the Visual, 1(2), 449-467.; Jecker, N. S., & Atuire, C. A. (2021). What’s yours is ours: waiving intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines. Journal of Medical Ethics; Jecker, N., & Atuire, C. (2021). Out of Africa: A Solidarity‐Based Approach to Vaccine Allocation. Hastings Center Report, 51(3), 27-36.
Since 2003, Dr. Atuire has been president of an NGO, Amicus Onlus (www.amicusonlus.org), that delivers healthcare to rural communities in the Central Region of Ghana, offers vocational skills training to marginalized young persons, and assists returned illegal immigrants from Europe to re-settle in Ghana.
Susana Barria works with the Public Services International, a Global Union Federation of more than 700 trade unions, representing 30 million workers in 154 countries, as the Asia Pacific Trade, Tax and Digital Rights organizer. She is a member of PHM’s global steering council.
Patralekha Chatterjee is an award-winning journalist-columnist, author, and consultant to international agencies focusing on development issues across multiple platforms. As a journalist and consultant, she has brought to the national and international consciousness the crucial importance of transdisciplinary factors in the provision of public healthcare.
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Chuan Ming Ong is an editorial illustrator based in The Hague, the Netherlands. His work has appeared in such publications as The Los Angeles Times, Politico Europe and Nikkei Asian Review. He holds a BFA in Fine Arts from the Laguna College of Art & Design, and a BA in Japanese Studies from Leiden University, where he is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Asian Studies.
Jashodhara Dasgupta is an independent feminist researcher with over thirty years’ experience in gender, rights and health who has served on many academic and government committees. She currently serves as Senior Advisor SAHAYOG (India) and Co-Convenor, Feminist Policy Collective (India)
Marc DuBois is an independent humanitarian analyst/consultant and a Senior Fellow at SOAS University of London. His recent publications include perspectives on breaking away from siloed humanitarian thinking and a proposed rethink of humanitarian aid. Prior to consulting, Marc spent 15 years at Médecins sans Frontières, and is the former Executive Director of the UK section. Marc blogs regularly at www.humanicontrarian.com and can be found on twitter @humanicontraria.
Ben Eder is a doctor and Climate & Health campaigner. He is a member of Medact, a UK-based charity for global health, working on issues related to conflict, poverty and the environment, and a coordinating member of PHM-UK.
Deepika Joshi is a public health researcher, who has been working on issues related to health systems strengthening, social determinants of Health (SDoH) and privatization of health. She is currently working as a Research Associate with PHM Global.
Dr. Unni Karunakara was International President of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) from 2010-2013. He has been a humanitarian worker and a public health professional for more than two decades, with extensive experience in the delivery of health care to populations affected by conflict, disasters, epidemics, and neglect in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
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Alba Llop-Gironés is a nurse and Ph.D. in Public health. She worked as a clinical nurse specialized in maternal and child health and, for a decade, as a researcher in the interface of policy and health system research. Alba also served as a consultant for governments and World Health Organization.
Alice Miller is an Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Law at Yale Law School and the Co-Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. She is also an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Yale School of Public Health and a Lecturer in Global Affairs at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
Sulakshana Nandi is a public health researcher with Public Health Resource Network, Chhattisgarh, India. She is the national joint convener of Jan Swasthya Abhiyan (PHM India) and co-chair of PHM’s global steering council.
Karsten Noko is a humanitarian aid practitioner from Zimbabwe. He is a lawyer by training and has been working in different conflict- affected areas. Karsten has led the implementation of projects to provide health care in conflicts in Nigeria, South Sudan and Afghanistan. His interests lie in humanitarian policy and the provision of assistance in conflict zones. He is passionate about the intersection of law and access to health care.
Lauren Paremoer is a senior lecturer in the Political Studies Department at the University of Cape Town and a member of PHM South Africa.
Jason Phillips is an independent researcher and Adjunct Research Professor at The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. He has over 20 years of NGO leadership experience in the humanitarian sector. Jason is particularly interested in questions about the ethics and accountability of humanitarian aid, and currently serves on the General Assembly of the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI).
Veena Pillai is a Malaysian medical doctor and researcher who has worked with vulnerabilised populations in the humanitarian sector over the past ten years. Her work is focused on improving clinical care and access for these populations and ethics within the humanitarian sector. She is passionate about the intersection of ethics, human rights and medicine.
Olivia Rutazibwa is a Belgian/Rwandan IR scholar and senior lecturer in European and International (Development) Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK and Senior Research Fellow of the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (JIAS).
In September 2021 she joins the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as Assistant Professor in Human Rights and Politics.
She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science/International Relations from Ghent University (2013, Belgium), following the doctoral training programme at the European University Institute (2001-6, Italy) and internships at the European Commission in Brussels and the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris (2003-4).
Her research and teaching focuses on ways to decolonise (international) solidarity. Building on epistemic Blackness, in her research she turns to recovering and reconnecting philosophies and practices of dignity and repair and retreat in the postcolony (e.g. autonomous recovery in Somaliland, agaciro in Rwanda and Black Power in the US, Tricontinentalism) to theorise solidarity anticolonially.
She has published in various (academic) journals (Foreign Policy, Millennium Journal of International Studies, Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, Postcolonial Studies, Ethical Perspectives, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, and Journal of Contemporary European Studies), is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics (with Robbie Shilliam, 2018) and Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning (with Sara de Jong and Rosalba Icaza, Routledge, 2018).
She is associate editor of International Feminist Journal of Politics and recently joined the editorial boards of International Politics Review and Review of International Studies.
She is the former Africa desk editor, journalist and columnist at the Brussels based quarterly MO* Magazine and the author of forthcoming non-academic monograph The End of the White World. A Decolonial Manifesto (in Dutch, EPO, 2021). In 2011 she delivered a TEDx talk titled: “Decolonizing Western Minds.”
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Ana Vračar is a cultural anthropologist based in Zagreb, Croatia. She's the regional coordinator of People’s Health Movement (PHM) Europe.