Heather Adams, MA, ALB
Heather Adams’ research focuses on adolescents and young adults with an intellectual disability or autism, and she is actively involved in parent and practitioner led initiatives supporting adolescents and young adults with an intellectual disability in the community. Prior to joining the FXB Center, she was a Fellow at Harvard’s University Committee on Human Rights Studies (UCHR) where she worked with the university’s Scholars at Risk Program (SAR). Ms. Adams continues this work serving on Harvard’s Scholars at Risk Committee. She is also a member of the Lurie Center’s Transitions Policy Group, which seeks to address policy and access issues for families with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Ms. Adams holds a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University.
Sudhir Anand, PhD, MA
Dr. Sudhir Anand is Professor of Economics at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University and a world-recognized development economist. The author of many books and articles on health economics, human development, and the theory and measurement of economic inequality, he is the lead author of the Cost of Inaction.
Anand is Distinguished Visiting Scholar with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and for the past several years Visiting Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. During his years at Harvard as visiting or adjunct professor, he served as Acting Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies from 1997-1999, where he led a research initiative exploring the theory and measurement of health equity. Anand recently chaired the WHO committee on global health systems performance assessment.
He received his M.A. in mathematics and D.Phil. in economics from the University of Oxford.
Satchit Balsari, MD, MPH
Dr. Satchit Balsari is Director of the Global Emergency Medicine Program at Weill Cornell Medical College / NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. His interests are focused on humanitarian studies, disaster preparedness, emergency medicine education and application of smart technology to advance public health. Committed to global health education, Balsari directs several courses at Weill Cornell, targeting a wide audience ranging from undergraduates to mid-career professionals. He has participated in research and training initiatives in Haiti, UAE, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Iraq, South Sudan, and India. Balsari’s signature initiatives include project EMcounter (a customizable, portable, digital surveillance tool, the latest iteration of which, was utilized at the world’s largest mass gathering – the Kumbh Mela in India); the Voices project (a crowd-sourced, on-line disaster response analysis tool deployed after the terrorist attacks and natural disasters in India and the US); and city-wide disaster drills in India and Sri Lanka, that are now adopted by the National Disaster Management Authority of India.
Educated at Grant Medical College, Mumbai, the Harvard School of Public Health, and at Columbia and Cornell’s NewYork-Presbyterian Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Balsari is currently Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, Associate Faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. He is also an Asia 21 Fellow at the Asia Society.
Susan Bartels, MD, MPH
Dr. Susan Bartels completed a five-year residency in Emergency Medicine at Queen’s University in Canada followed by a fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Masters of Public Health degree at Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Bartels is now an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her international work has included HIV/AIDS programmatic work in Kenya, working with Burundian refugees in Tanzania, and helping to develop an early warning drought surveillance system in Ethiopia. Dr. Bartels has also helped manage a cholera outbreak in central Ethiopia and participated in the International Rescue Committee’s nation-wide mortality study in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Dr. Bartels also has expertise on women’s health and sexual violence as a weapon of war, having lead two research projects in eastern DRC and assisted with a project on war crimes in Darfur.
At the present time, Dr. Bartels is focusing her work on children affected by complex humanitarian emergencies and disasters. In the fall of 2013 she helped to conduct a child protection assessment of Syrian refugees living in Lebanon for the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.
Bilgé Ögün Bassani, MA
Bilgé Ögün Bassani has spent her working life dealing firsthand with development issues in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She has been a passionate advocate for children and ultra-poor and used her expertise as a convener of multiple stakeholders to develop effective programs and policies to realize child rights and eradicate poverty. She was instrumental to the success of several social mobilization campaigns — to end sexual exploitation of children, child labor, children in armed conflict, and land mines by bringing many actors and networks together.
Bassani was CEO of Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB International) for five years. With its unique FXB-Village Model, FXB builds the capabilities of its clients and through investments transform the lives of vulnerable children, their families, communities and ensure realization of their rights. FXB has been a pioneer in social entrepreneur models with programs in 17 countries.
As Representative in Europe, she supported the UN Foundation, which was launched by Ted Turner in 1998 with a remarkable $1 billion gift, to support UN causes, foster public-private partnerships with the United Nations on the key challenges of the 21st century, in support of MDGs.
She worked at the United Nations for over 20 years, most recently as Director of Programs for the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP). She served with UNICEF in senior positions as UNICEF Representative in Rwanda, and in Ethiopia and Iraq emergencies. She was Senior Program Officer at the UNICEF International Child Development Center in Florence, responsible for practical strategies to implement the Child Rights Convention (CRC), policy & practice linkages and senior staff training. As UNICEF Deputy Regional Director in Europe for six years, she was responsible for the coordination of UNICEF National Committees and Implementation of Child Rights Convention.
Prior to UNICEF, she was Save the Children USA, Regional Director for Africa and the Middle East. She obtained her BA in Business Administration at Robert College, Istanbul and MA in Economics from the University of Istanbul. She is a member of FXB Health and Human Rights Center Advisory Committee, Member Board of Directors of FXB International, Turkish Philanthropy Fund, and Solutions International Advisors.
Mihir Bhatt, MA
Mihir Bhatt directs the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute, which he founded in 1989. AIDMI began as a three-person team and has grown to a staff of 83 working in 11 activity centers. He is a member of the managing committee for the mumbaiVOICES project, a grassroots-focused effort to record and discuss the Mumbai train bombing on July 11, 2006, and the emergency response. More information is available at http://www.mumbaivoices.com.
Bhatt has pushed what is called “beneficiary feedback” on the performance of NGO and UN humanitarian agencies through his evaluations of the DEC Response in the 2001 Earthquake in Gujarat, India and the recovery to the 2004 South Asian tsunami. He is currently at work evaluating the humanitarian work of both UN and international nongovernmental agencies on tsunami relief and rehabilitation activities in coastal areas of South India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.
Bhatt has received the Russell E. Train Institutional Fellowship from the World Wildlife Fund (1997) for building, from the bottom up, an action-focused research institution focused on a global issue—risk reduction—in the South; the Eisenhower Fellowship (2000) for providing potential leadership in perceiving upcoming disaster risks almost a decade ahead of most existing leaders and providing leadership for promoting US-India links to address these risks; and, most recently, the Ashoka International Fellowship (2004) for his innovative and creative approach for using social enterprise for long-term recovery of the poor among victims. Most recently, he has set up a risk transfer initiative—including Afat Vimo: a life and non-life disaster insurance and risk mitigation program—for the 12,000 micro-enterprise beneficiaries (of earthquake, riot, tsunami, and flood disasters) of AIDMI’s Livelihood Relief Fund. Bhatt received a master’s degree in city planning for developing areas from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1987 and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning in India in 1989.
Emily Y. Y. Chan, MD, SMPIH, DFPH (UK)
Prof Emily Y. Y. Chan is currently the Director of Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), Director of Centre of Global Health, Associate Professor, and Convener (Climate Change and Health Study Group), Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Apart from being a public health research expert, she is also an expert in health need and program evaluation assessments of medical humanitarian interventions in extreme events and health program development in remote and resource deficit settings. In 2007, Professor Chan has established the Climate Change and Health Research Study Group at the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and she headed of the CUHK-HKO Collaborative Research Team on Climate Change and Health Outcomes (2012-2014). The research aims are to examine and provide evidence-based insights on various health impacts and associated community behaviors related to climate change. Currently, the two main funded research areas are i) health impact modeling (mortality, morbidity and self-reported health outcomes), and ii) behavioral assessments (knowledge, attitude, perception, risk literacy and communication predictors). Among the international peer-reviewed publication, the recent climate change-related study focusing on the relationship between weather phenomena and pollution levels and daily hospital admissions in Hong Kong has been published in Bulletin of World Health Organization. She serves in the editorial boards of several international scientific journal and as technical expert in various governing boards of international non-governmental organizations and government advisory groups in areas related to medical humanitarian response, Climate change and health and health related interventions in difficult settings.
Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH
Dr. Hilarie Cranmer, attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, received her MD from Washington University School of Medicine. At the Harvard School of Public Health, Cranmer received a Masters in Public Health. She completed her residency in emergency medicine with Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program (HAEMR) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and MGH. She completed her fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Cranmer has used her training in emergency medicine and public health to work effectively in crises in the developing world. She has done work in post-conflict Kosovo, AIDS-ravaged Africa, tsunami-and-conflict-affected Indonesia and Sri Lanka, hurricane-impacted Louisiana after Katrina, earthquake-devastated Haiti and Arab-spring affected Tunisia. Cranmer uses her experiences in these disaster stricken areas to help prepare leaders in the fields of emergency medicine and humanitarian crises. She has implemented didactic and hands-on training for all ranges of providers. She has been the Director of Education in the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, a Harvard-University wide program that seeks to provide a multi-disciplinary response for humanitarian interventions. She is also the founding Director of the Global Women’s Health Fellowship Program, in the Division of Women’s Health at BWH.
Chris Desmond, PhD, MCom
Vasileia Digidiki, MA
Vasileia Digidiki is a Visiting Scholar at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights and a PhD Candidate at the Department of Psychology of the Aristotle University in Greece. Born in Greece, on an island off the coast of Asia Minor, the main gateway for thousands of immigrants from the Middle and Near East, her research interests turned very quickly to the study of human rights violations. In the last 8 years, she has focused on research into sexual violence against women, rape, sexual harassment and labor and sex trafficking. For the last 5 years, as part of her PhD research, she has researched the phenomenon of sex trafficking in Greece, pioneering in researching the demand side.
Digidiki has worked as a psychologist for one year in a primary school with a large number of immigrant students, focusing on psychological support for the students and combatting school segregation, under the “Education of Immigrant Students” program organized by the University of Thessaly in collaboration with Aristotle University and funded by the National Council for Quality Growth. She has also taught Forensic and Social Psychology at the Police School of Further Education and Training of Northern Greece – Department of the European Police College (CEPOL), and in the Public Institutes of Vocational Training, where she taught.
Digidiki holds two Master’s degrees in Forensic and Social Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire in UK and a BA in Psychology from the Department of Psychology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece.
Bernd Franke, PhD
Dr. Franke is a lawyer and partner at Franke & Partner, Munich and a fellow with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights where he focuses on human trafficking, child protection, and the protection of ethnic minorities.
Dr. Franke has profound expertise with post-conflict countries and intergovernmental organizations. In the past, he was employed as a human resources officer and legal advisor for the administration branch in KFOR camp Prizren/Kosovo (2009), where he was mainly in charge for contract negations between the Germany and Turkey. In 2011, he was the adjutant and personal speechwriter of the commanding general of NATO in Kosovo. In 2013, Dr. Franke acted as the military assistant and deputy chef de cabinet of NATO in Kosovo. Finally in 2014, he was sent to NATO headquarters Stavanger/Norway.
He is a member of expert rosters of the State Departments of Luxembourg and Germany for UN-OCHA, EU, OSCE, and NATO missions.
Dr. Franke is the author of one book and of several articles on legal ethics, theories of justice, and human rights.
Gregg Greenough, MD, MPH
Dr. Gregg Greenough has worked extensively in applying epidemiologic methods to public health problems within conflict and disaster-affected populations. After graduating from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, he completed a residency and fellowship in Emergency Medicine at UCLA and earned an MPH at Johns Hopkins University. He held joint faculty positions in Emergency Medicine and International Health at Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health while working at the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response there. Greenough has worked in relief operations in the Balkans, Central America, Africa, the US, and the Palestinian Territories and has researched disaster preparedness in Tanzania; protracted refugee health in Kenya, Tanzania, and Colombia; the burden of disease in the Hurricane Katrina displaced population; the effects of landmines on human security in Angola; and has directed two national nutrition and food security studies and an emergency medicine development project in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
As Research Director of HHI, Greenough provides senior leadership in establishing the Initiative’s research agenda, designing and implementing field studies, supervising the analysis of data, interpreting data to relevant humanitarian stakeholders and the academic world, and mentoring the next generation of humanitarian health workers. He is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and continues to practice emergency medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital as an attending physician and faculty member of Division of International Health and Humanitarian Programs in the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Elizabeth D. Gibbons, MA
Elizabeth D. Gibbons is currently a Senior Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights in the Harvard School of Public Health and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edwards University. Prior to these 2011 academic appointments, Gibbons enjoyed a lengthy career in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), where she served most recently as Deputy Director, Policy and Practice and Associate Director of Gender, Rights and Civic Engagement in UNICEF’s New York headquarters. There she was responsible for providing guidance to the organization’s normative and operational work on gender and human rights, adolescent development/participation, and communication for development. As Chief of Global Policy from 2002 to 2007, she led establishment of economic and social policy analysis as a central focus of UNICEF’s action for advancing rights and well-being of children in the twenty-first century, shifting evidence-based advocacy from the margins to the core of the Organization’s work. She had a major role in shaping UNICEF’s global human rights advocacy, increasing visibility of children in poverty-reduction policy dialogue and human rights bodies, while leading the development of analytical tools and advocacy strategies for placing children at the center of social, economic and juridical policies at national level.
Gibbons’ career in social development and humanitarian affairs has spanned more than three decades, during which she lived and worked in Togo, Kenya and Zimbabwe, and served as head of UNICEF’s offices in Haiti and in Guatemala. She also served as strategic regional advisor to UNICEF’s Haiti operations, following the devastating earthquake of 2010. A graduate of Smith College and Columbia University, Gibbons is the author of Sanctions in Haiti: Human Rights and Democracy under Assault, and a contributing author to several other books.
Kathleen Hamill, JD, MALD
Kathleen Hamill is a human rights lawyer and Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Fletcher School, Tufts University, where she teaches courses on human rights and international law. She has worked as an independent researcher, advocate, and consultant in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. This includes academic work and fellowships in Angola (Conflict Management), Brazil (Human Rights Watch), Sweden (NIR), Colombia (Fletcher), and Lebanon (KAFA). Hamill also has authored a number of legal analyses on issues related to corporate accountability, cluster munitions, migrant workers, structural violence and human trafficking. Previously, she worked as Manager of Human Rights Programs at Reebok International. In the fall of 2013 she conducted an assessment of Syrian refugees, with a focus on child protection, in Lebanon for the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights.
Hamill holds a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, and a B.A. from Brown University.
Lynne Jones, OBE, FRCPsych, PhD, Visiting Scientist
Dr. Lynne Jones is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, writer, researcher and relief worker. Until August of 2011, she was the senior technical advisor in mental health for International Medical Corps. In 2011, she held a research fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced study at Harvard. She is a course director at the International Institute for Humanitarian Affairs, Fordham University and consults to WHO. She has a PhD in social psychology and political science. She has been engaged in assessing mental health needs and establishing and running mental health services in disaster, conflict, and post-conflict settings, since 1990 including Central America, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Aceh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Orleans, Chad, Uganda, Ethiopia, the Middle East and Haiti. After one year as the adviser in early child development for the Aga Khan Foundation in Northern Mozambique, she is now working as a consultant child psychiatrist in the UK. She also consults to UNICEF and WHO. She was a member of ICD 11 stress disorders working group and a technical consultant in the development of the new mhGAP module on Conditions Specifically Related to Stress by WHO and UNHCR. In October 2013 the new edition of her book, Then They Started Shooting: Children of the Bosnian War and the Adults They Become, was published by Bellevue Literary Press. In 2001, she was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for her mental health work in conflict-affected areas of Central Europe.
Siddharth Kara, JD, MBA
Siddharth Kara is a Visiting Scientist and Fellow on Forced Labor with the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and a Fellow with the Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. He is recognized as an expert on contemporary slavery and is best known for his award-winning book, Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, the first of three books he is writing on the subjects of human trafficking and contemporary slavery. Sex Trafficking was named co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. The award is generally regarded as the top prize in the field of slavery scholarship, and Kara’s is the first book on modern slavery to receive the award. In addition to his books, Kara has authored several academic and law journal articles.
Kara first encountered the horrors of slavery in a Bosnian refugee camp in 1995. Subsequently, he has traveled to twenty-five countries across six continents to research these crimes, interviewing over a thousand former and current slaves of all kinds, witnessing firsthand the sale of humans into slavery, and confronting some of those who trafficked and exploited them.
Kara currently advises the United Nations, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on antislavery research, policy and law. His second book on slavery, Bonded Labor: Inside the System of Slavery in South Asia was published in the fall of 2012. Kara is a regular contributor to the CNN Freedom Project, and his ongoing research into slavery around the world has been covered by CNN, the BBC, and CNBC.
Previously, Kara was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, then ran his own finance and M&A consulting firm. He holds a law degree from England, MBA from Columbia University, and BA from Duke University.
Michael D. Lappi, MPH, MS, DO, PhD
Dr. Michael Lappi has extensive experience in the field of humanitarian relief and disaster medicine having served throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. In 2005, Lappi led the first ever American Red Cross Public Health Team during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita relief efforts and conducted a comprehensive assessment and analysis of over 200 shelters and nearly 25,000 evacuees. Most recently, he provided invaluable medical assistance to the people of Chad during a violent rebel uprising. His research interests are focused on civilian-military interactions, disaster response, and medicine in austere environments. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Naval War College. Lappi currently serves as a Preventive Medicine Specialist for the United States Navy.
Jay Lemery, MD, FACEP FAWM
Dr. Jay Lemery is an Assistant Professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College and has an interest in the effects of environmental change on health and human rights. He is the Director of Cornell Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, a University-wide collaboration promoting education, research, and training in unpredictable and austere environments. He serves as a member of the Global Health Steering Committee at Weill Cornell. Lemery is a Consultant to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Climate and Health Program, and a Visiting Scientist at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Roger-Claude Liwanga, LL.M., LL.L.
Roger-Claude Liwanga is a Visiting Scholar with Boston University’s African Studies Center, and the co-founder of Promote Congo, a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for human rights and alleviating poverty in the Congo. In 2012, Mr. Liwanga worked as a continuing legal education expert for the American Bar Association – Rule of Law Initiative where he designed training modules and trained ABA staff and law professors in North and South Kivu (DRC) on interactive techniques of teaching law to enable them to develop their own continuing legal education (CLE) courses for legal professionals. Prior to that, he worked for The Carter Center in different capacities, including as a legal consultant, where he developed a training module to train the Congolese magistrates on the protection of children against trafficking for economic exploitation in the mines.
Mr. Liwanga is currently producing a short documentary on child labor in the DRC’s artisanal mines, and is a contributor to The CNN Freedom Project and The Global Post. He holds a LL.M. in Human Rights Law from the University of Cape Town (South Africa), a Licence en Droit from Université Protestante au Congo (DRC), and a Certificate in International Human Rights Law from the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg-France).
Elizabeth Newnham, MPsych, PhD
Dr. Elizabeth Newnham is an Early Career Fellow at the FXB Center. Her research examines mental health outcomes for children and adolescents living in chronic adversity, and the development and evaluation of evidence-based interventions in disaster and post-conflict settings.
Newnham joined the FXB Center in 2010 as the inaugural American Australian Association Morgan Stanley Pediatrics Fellow. She completed her Master of Psychology (Clinical) and PhD at The University of Western Australia, for which she was awarded a University Distinction and the Australian Psychological Society Award. Newnham has since conducted work in child and adolescent mental health, post-emergency resilience, and human rights in Australia, Singapore, Sierra Leone, China, India and the United States. She recently received an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Sidney Sax Fellowship to examine the mediating role of daily hardship in post-traumatic stress responses among war- and disaster-affected children. She holds concurrent positions at the University of Oxford, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Western Australia.
Margareta Matache, PhD
Dr. Margareta Matache is a Romanian Roma human rights activist and Fellow with the FXB Center.
She has worked on Roma and minorities issues since 1999 in various local, national and international environments. From 2005 to 2012, Matache was the Executive Director of Romani CRISS (www.romanicriss.org), a leading Roma NGO that defends and promotes the rights of Roma. Her work at Romani CRISS persevered in promoting Roma people as citizens with full rights. Notably, Romani CRISS was a leader in catalyzing the Ministry of Education’s order to ban school segregation of Roma students.
Previously, Matache served as a youth worker, trainer or as a short-term observer for several OSCE/ODIHR missions in Balkan countries. She has also coordinated and participated in the implementation of multiple regional European projects, including “Roma and the Stability Pact in South-Eastern Europe” and “Roma use your ballot wisely,” of the OSCE/ODIHR.
She completed her doctoral research work in early childhood development of Roma children at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest in 2012. Matache holds a Master’s degree in European Social Policies and a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Bucharest.
Jumana Odeh, MD, MPH
A pediatrician, public health expert and director of Palestinian Happy Child Center “PHCC,” Dr. Jumana Odeh is an acknowledged health leader in the Palestinian Occupied Territory. Odeh commenced her medical service to the Palestinian people in 1981 as a hospital pediatrician at Augusta Victoria Hospital – Jerusalem and as a project manager volunteer for Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees “UPMRC,” followed by a stint as a team leader at Caritas Baby Hospital – Bethlehem. She has worked with UNICEF, participating in their national programming to improve the quality of medical care given to Palestinian children, and held a series of consultancies with Save the Children/USA, Swiss Development Cooperation, Australian Red Cross, OXFAM, Norwegian People’s Aid and International Development Research Center/Canada. In 2000, she joined the faculty of Medical School – Al Quds University. In 2001-2004 she was a Senior Child Health Advisor for MARAM, a health project funded by USAid. Since 2004, she has been a child health advisor to the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health – UK. She was a founding member and served as president of UPMRC, PHCC & Physicians for Human Rights/Palestine. She has participated as an expert at more than 100 international workshops, conferences and in numerous “evidence-based” studies. She is a frequent writer for the IHT, Ha’aretz, and has appeared as a health expert on Al-Jazeera, Abu Dhabi TV, CNN, BBC and Ted Koppel’s “Night Line.”
Odeh was the 2008 winner of the prestigious World of Children’s “Nobel Prize for Children” award.
Tricia Smith, MD, MPH
Dr. Tricia Smith is a Fellow with the FXB Center and supports the Director of Research and the Center Director on a number of international projects related to child protection, gender-based violence, adolescent education and civil registration. Her current work focuses on curriculum development and education as approaches to upholding the rights of women and children. Her other interests include urban emergencies, and healthcare delivery in crisis and conflict settings.
She received her medical degree from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica and her MPH in Global Health from Harvard School of Public Health.
Mary C. Smith-Fawzi, ScD
Mary Kay Smith-Fawzi is an epidemiologist for Partners In Health who currently serves as an Instructor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She received her ScD in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1994 and went on to conduct post-doctoral research examining depression and progression of HIV among women in Tanzania. She has worked at PIH’s Haiti site since 1999 and is currently Co-Principal Investigator for “Psychosocial intervention in HIV-affected youth in Haiti: A feasability study”, a project focused on promoting psychosocial well-being among HIV-affected children and their caregivers.
Richard Sollom, MA, MPH
Richard Sollom is a Senior Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights where he focuses on child protection during emergencies. His expertise lies in the documentation of war crimes and crimes against humanity and specifically in field epidemiology to quantify the prevalence of international crimes. He also serves as an expert for UN Women on investigating sexual and gender-based violence as international crimes. Sollom has investigated human rights violations in 23 countries including Albania, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chad, Congo, Egypt, Libya, Myanmar, Rwanda, Syria, and Zimbabwe. He has interviewed more than 1,000 victims of human rights abuse including some 200 survivors of torture and rape. He has worked with both intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, most recently with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He has also served with the UN peacekeeping operation in Somalia as resettlement officer, with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Burundi as protection officer during the Rwandan genocide, and with the UN civilian mission to Haiti as human rights monitor. Sollom is a former US Peace Corps Volunteer (Hungary), Albert Schweitzer Fellow (USA), and Fulbright Fellow (France) and holds advanced degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Pamela Steiner, EdD, MA
Dr. Pamela Steiner is a Fellow with the FXB Center, a Senior Fellow with HHI, and the Project Director of HHI’s Inter-Communal Violence and Reconciliation Project. Her current project aims to improve the relationship between Turkish and Armenian populations. A co-founder of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center of International Affairs (1995-2003), Steiner is knowledgeable about the nature and healing of trauma and on the dynamics between interpersonal, intra- and intergroup relations and individuals’ consciousness capacities. She has extensive experience in conflict resolution and reconciliation efforts with many groups, including Israelis and Palestinians, Armenians and Turks, and Germans and Jews.
Steiner also practices as a psychotherapist and specializes in working with individuals who have a history of trauma. She is certified in Somatic Experiencing, a new approach to healing from trauma. Her understanding about the nature and healing of trauma in individuals informs her work with HHI. For twelve years she was a Clinical Instructor in Psychology at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Jessica Stern, PhD, MA
Jessica Stern is a Fellow at the FXB Center for Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, an Advanced Academic Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Center on Terrorism at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is also a member of Hoover Institution’s Task Force on National Security and Law. She is the author of Denial: A Memoir of Terror, selected by the Washington Post as a best book of the year; Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, selected by the New York Times as a notable book of the year; The Ultimate Terrorists; and numerous articles on terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. She is a fellow of both MacDowell and Yaddo artists’ colonies. In 2009, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on trauma and terror, as well as an Erik Erikson Scholarship. Stern taught at Harvard University from 1999-2010. She served on President Clinton’s National Security Council Staff in 1994-95. Stern was selected by Time Magazine in 2001 as one of seven thinkers whose innovative ideas “will change the world.” Stern advises a number of government agencies on issues related to terrorism and has taught courses for government officials. Stern is a member of the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations. She was named a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellow. Stern earlier worked as an analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She has a bachelors degree from Barnard College in chemistry, a masters degree from MIT in technology policy, and a doctorate from Harvard University in public policy.
Anne Stetson, JD, MA
Anne Stetson is the president of Lighthouse Global Consulting, a strategic consulting firm advising foundations and nonprofit organizations working around the world to advance global health, human rights, and social entrepreneurship. Prior to engaging in strategic consulting, she worked with the Americas Program of Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights), and practiced international corporate and investment law for 10 years in New York and in Boston.
Stetson serves as a director of ACCION International, the John Merck Fund, the Lookout Foundation, and Confluence Philanthropy; she is a past director of Physicians for Human Rights and the Vance Center for International Justice. She is a member of the bars of New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Stetson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has published articles and books in the areas of human rights, impact investing, and foreign investments. She is fluent in Spanish and French.
Stetson holds a BA in English Literature from Yale University, a MA in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a JD from Boston University. She also studied at Columbia Law School, where she co-founded the Journal of Gender and Law, and served as an editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.
Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH
Dr. Michael VanRooyen is Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Director of the Division of International Health and Humanitarian Programs in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School. He has worked extensively in humanitarian assistance in over 30 countries affected by war and disaster, including Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq, North Korea, Darfur-Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo, both as a physician and a policy advisor with numerous relief organizations, including CARE, Save the Children, Physicians for Human Rights and Samaritans Purse International Relief. He has served as a special advisor for the World Health Organization and as a member of the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s Health Cluster. Domestically, VanRooyen has provided relief assistance at the site of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11th with the American Red Cross and also helped to coordinate the American Red Cross public health response to Hurricane Katrina, sending over 20 physicians from the Harvard system to hurricane-devastated regions.
Carmel Williams, PhD
Dr. Carmel Williams is the Executive Editor of Health and Human Rights: An International Journal. She has a PhD in community health, and wrote a thesis on health and human rights in global health practice. Williams is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland, Centre for Development Studies, where she teaches postgraduate courses in health and human rights. She was the CEO of a health and development NGO focused on the Pacific for eight years, and her research has been undertaken mainly in Papua New Guinea.
William Beardslee, MD
Sheri Fink, MD, PhD
Nathan Hansen, PhD
Sara Stulac, MD, MPH
Stephen P. Marks, LLD, Dipl. IHEI