The Institute’s team is a core group of health and development professionals with extensive global experience. The Directors and Associates offer complementary experiences from working in government, national health care providers, professional associations, UN Agencies, academic institutes and the private sector.

Aferdita Bytyqi, Director, Finance & Operations

team_aytyqi Aferdita is the Institute’s Director, Finance & Operations and a founding member. She has extensive project cycle management expertise and a detailed understanding of managing financial grants funded by international agencies and bilateral donors. Aferdita, in her role as financial administrator, amongst others has worked with WHO, FAO, EU, ECHO and DFID.

Aferdita has a MSc. on Urban Development and Planning from the Bartlett School of the Built Environment, University College London and a Dipl. Ing. Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Prishtina. Aferdita, as an architect with a post-graduate degree in urban development, promotes the production of sustainable healthy urban environments based on the principles of strategic urban planning.

Francisco Pozo-Martin, Senior Research Associate

Photo_2014-F.P.Martin-e1404418795759Francisco is an economist and public health researcher with over 20 years of experience in the public, private, and NGO sectors. He is an expert in health economics (particularly in the economic evaluation of health care technologies), in multi-criteria decision analysis, and in modelling for human resources in health care. Francisco holds an MSc in Quantitative Health Services/ Systems Research (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), an MSc in Health Economics (University of York, UK), and will shortly be presenting his Doctoral thesis in Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Andrea Nove, Senior Research Associate

feb-15-m-and-a-3-e1404418011577Andrea has a PhD in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton and more than 20 years’ experience in the design and implementation of quantitative research studies, along with the analysis and dissemination of study results. She has a particular interest in maternal and newborn health in both developed and developing countries, but is also experienced in the areas of Human Resources for Health (HRH) and monitoring and evaluation of international development programmes. Andrea serves as an external reviewer for a number of publications, including: BJOG, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Midwifery and International Journal of Childbirth.

Maria Guerra Arias, Research Associate

photo_2014-M.-Guerra-2-e1404419023203Maria holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. She has experience in research, reporting and program documentation, and has worked internationally in program design and management at the grassroots level.

Sofia Lopes, Research Associate

Photo_2014-S.-Lopes-2-e1404419159782Sofia Lopes (RN, MSc) is a graduated nurse with a Master degree in Health and Development and experience in cooperation and development in Nicaragua and Guinea-Bissau, which included field and management work. As a researcher in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, Portugal, she worked in an international project for the improvement of Maternal and Newborn Health in African countries in partnership with other European and African countries. Her main subjects of interest are health systems, human resources for health and women’s issues.


Professor James Buchan, Senior Associate
Jim-Buchan-Photo-e1404420069992Professor Buchan has twenty five years experience of policy research on health sector human resources, specializing in national level strategy, policy and planning, reward strategy; workforce planning; and labour market analysis. Recent clients include WHO, OECD, and the World Bank. His background includes periods working as a senior HR manager in NHS Scotland; senior policy analyst at the Royal College of Nursing, (RCN), UK; HRH specialist at the World Health Organisation; and a specialist adviser to the federal government agency Health Workforce Australia. His other commitments include: Associate Editor- “Human Resources for Health”; Adjunct Professor, University of Technology, (UTS), Sydney, Australia; Professor Catedrático Convidado, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal; Professor, Queen Margaret University.
Professor Gilles Dussault, Senior Associate
photo_2014-G.-Dussault-2-e1404419338310Gilles Dussault is Professor at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal. Before joining IHMT in August 2006, he worked as Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank Institute as responsible for the Health Sector Reform and Sustainable Financing Program in French-speaking African countries. Between 1985 and 2000, he was Professor and Director twice of the Department of Health Administration, University of Montreal. His research interests focus on health workforce policies. Since 1986, he has been much involved in international cooperation projects in Africa, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He has been member of the WHO Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery, and has participated in various working and advisory groups in a number of international organizations. He is member of editorial committees of peer-reviewed journals and author/co-author of 12 books and monographs, and of more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed and professional journals.
Dr. Vincent Fauveau, Senior Associate

team_vfaveauVincent Fauveau is an MD with a specialization in pediatrics, an MPH from the Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in medical demography from the University of Nancy, France. Since 2002 and until 2011 he was the Senior Maternal Health adviser for the UNFPA Geneva office, advising on maternal health strategies and programmes at institutional, regional and country levels.

Petra ten Hoope-Bender, Senior Associate

PtHB-photo-2015-e1404377632203Petra is a midwife, former Secretary General of the International Confederation of Midwives, former Executive Officer of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Director of the Dual Career and Staff Mobility programme at the United Nations. She is the coordinator of the Lancet Series on Midwifery (launched on June 23rd 2014) as well as lead author on the fourth article of the series, the international policy paper. She has expertise in policy development and analysis, organisational development, workforce assessment, advocacy and communications and capacity building. She was part of the author team of the State of the World’s Midwifery report, 2011 and 2014 editions.

Paul F.A. Van Look, MD PhD, Senior Associate
Paul-Van-Look_now2-e1432211234856Dr Van Look was a staff member of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva from 1984-2009 and the Director of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research from 1998-2009. Since his retirement in 2009 he is an independent consultant in sexual and reproductive health. He holds a MD from the University of Ghent (Belgium), a PhD in reproductive endocrinology from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and is a qualified obstetrician/gynaecologist after training at, among others, the University of Leiden (the Netherlands). He received the degree of doctor honoris causa from the University of Szeged (Szeged, Hungary) and the 2008 Allan Rosenfield Award for Lifetime Contributions to International Family Planning from the Society of Family Planning (USA). In 2009, he was awarded the FIGO Distinguished Service Award by the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Since 1993, he has been, inter alia, a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of Reproductive Health Matters and, since 2013, a Deputy Editor of Contraception.

Debra Stevenson, Senior Associate

team_dstevensonDebra has over 25 years of clinical and management experience in health services and international development and was formerly the DFID Health & HIV/AIDS Advisor for the Overseas Territories. As a project manager/director Debra has led international and national inputs in the delivery of international technical assistance programmes in transitional and complex political environments.