Helena Nordenstedt

Helena is a specialist physician in internal medicine, but currently works as a researcher and teacher in Global health at Karolinska Institutet halftime and halftime as Head of Research at the Gapminder Foundation. She has worked in Russia, US, DRC, Liberia and Guinea (in the West African Ebola outbreak), and currently is engaged in research projects in Uganda and Sierra Leone through local and international PhD students. In 2016 she led a MOOC (online course) in Global health with the late Professor Hans Rosling, that had 20 000 students registered.

“I am a big fan of SOGH, because it brings together young students and professionals with a passion for Global health, and might open doors that can be tricky to open in the Global health field”

Clara Fischer

Clara moved to Sweden from Germany in 2013 and works as business developer for academia. She graduated with a Master in Public Health Sciences from Karolinska Institutet, where she and two of her classmates started the Swedish Organization for Global Health to create a platform for students and young professionals who share the vision of a world free of health inequities. She was the director of SOGH from 2016 until the end of 2018.

“(Founding) SOGH was first and foremost a professional and personal opportunity – and I would take it again!”

Giulia Gaudenzi

Giulia is a full-time postdoctoral fellow in Clinical Nanobiotechnology at the KTH Royal Institutet of Technology and at the division of Global Health at Karolinska Institutet, where she is currently developing point of care diagnostics for resource-limited settings. Her work is based in western Uganda, where she is co-ordinating a clinical trial in paediatric infectious disease diagnostics.

Giulia has extensive experience in Global Health, collaborative action research for sustainable health development, and Global Health Diplomacy. In 2018 she has been acknowledged among the list of Swedish Women in Global Health. Giulia has traveled extensively and experienced field work in several -low and -middle income countries.

Along her research career, Giulia has one-year post-graduate diploma in Interdisciplinary Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship and she is a LLM candidate in Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh.

Ophelia Haanyama

Ophelia is an HIV activist and an author who has shared her experience of living with HIV through her book and international talks. She grew up in Zambia and moved to Sweden in 1991. Ophelia works as a senior advisor at Noaks Ark, she is a steering committee member at AIDS Action Europe and she is also involved with the work of EU’s HIV/AIDS Think Tank. Ophelia is also working as a senior advisor at the Centre for HIV Research at Karolinska Institutet.

Ronald Jones

Ronald Jones is on the faculty at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and serves on the Nobel foundation’s Science and Humanities Program Committee. He holds the Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Ohio University, and a Certificate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He serves as an External Examiner at the Royal College of Art, London, and as a member of the board for “Change Lab”, the d. School, Stanford University. He has served on the faculties of Yale University, and Columbia University. A board member of numerous cultural organisations, he is also a member of an advisory group for the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm. A participant with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera investigation, he assesses the significance and value of Exploration and it’s visual representation within a broad historical context.  His work as an artist is in the permanent collections of numerous international museums including MoMA, and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

Sarah Thomsen

Sarah Thomsen is Senior Policy Advisor in health and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) at the Africa Department at Sida, Stockholm. She is also Associate Professor in International Health at Karolinska Institutet, where she conducts behavioral research on HIV prevention. Previous work experience includes being a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Coordinator of the World Health doctoral programme at KI, the Scientific Coordinator of the EPI-4 project at KI, a senior consultant at the private company Indevelop, and a researcher at Family Health International in North Carolina, USA. Her policy expertise focuses on social determinants of health (equity), SRHR, HIV prevention, and gender equality. She is an experienced lecturer at both KI and Uppsala University and has published over 30 academic papers on these topics.

Peter Waiswa

Peter Waiswa is a medical doctor and a Post Doc at Karolinska Institute as well as a lecturer at the Department of Health Policy Planning and Management of Makerere University School of Public Health. Peter has worked as a district medical officer for eight years under the Ministry of Health in Uganda, he has extensive experience in health systems and health service management, and is also actively involved in community work in Uganda through supporting local community-based organizations.


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