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 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 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 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.
Sofia 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.
Vincent 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 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.
Debra 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.