Students for Global Health has been a registered charity since 2005 (Registered Charity Number 1111824) and is hence legally obliged to have a Board of Trustees. Initially, the National Committee served as the Board of Trustees, but in 2010 the Students for Global Health Network voted to appoint an external board, comprising professionals with experience in finance and law as well as a wide range of global health experts. Our Board of Trustees now works closely with the National Committee in overseeing the running of the network. Alongside being legally accountable for Students for Global Health’s work to the Charity Commission, the board has three main priority areas: governance, sustainability, and mentorship.

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Presenting your Board of Trustees

Chair: Daniela Valdes

Daniela Valdés

Daniela has a background in Development Economics and Global Health and works for the NHS in system strengthening.

Fun fact: Daniela is a keen ‘tanguera’ and meditator.
In her time with Students for Global Health Daniela has advised on alternative funding streams, support from high net worth individuals, as well as branding for our conferences.

Treasurer: Divinia Mistry 

Divinia has worked on projects with WHO, World Bank, UNFPA, USAID, Global Fund and on national level with UK, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Swaziland. She is passionate about reducing health inequalities.

Secretary: Karthick Selvakumar

Karthick is the board Secretary. Junior doctor, currently medical education fellow – passionate about international health. Former students for global health Secretary and midlands co-ordinator.

Fun Fact: Karthick loves meditation and silence retreats

Stephen Matlin


Stephen Matlin is a Professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London and Senior Fellow at Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.

Fun Fact: Stephen loves travel: has travelled about 90 countries

As a Trustee, his aim is to use my knowledge of global health issues and experience of working in international settings to help Students for Global Health develop as an organization and to expand its reach and impact.

You can read some of Stephen’s blog posts here.

Samita Mukhopadhyay


Samita is a full time GP and GP Trainer in Norfolk. Having experienced learning and healthcare work in 2 countries (India and UK) she brings international perspectives in these areas to the BoT.  
Fun fact: outside work she is guide dog to her blind dog.

“I am a GP with 23 years experience working in the NHS. I qualified in Kolkata and have worked in India for 5 years before moving to the UK. I am a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

I hold a masters degree in medical education and I am a GP trainer. Currently, I am a board member of the east Anglia Faculty of the RCGP and part of the Faculty international network.”

Jamie Scuffell

Jamie is a Foundation Doctor, and served on various Students for Global Health committees at local and national level, as well as committees for the affiliated organisation, Crossing Borders.

Fun fact: Jamie created the Wikipedia article for the Miracle Fruit before Wikipedia got big.

Anya Gopfert

Anya Currently clinical trainee working in paediatrics. Former IFMSA Think Global coordinator and Students for Global Health Director of International Affairs and Policy and Advocacy Director

Fun Fact: Medsin work once landed me on an MI5 watchlist…

Ex-Officio: Benjamin Eder Beo3FaiE_400x400

Ben is a Foundation Doctor, and ex-officio member of the board, following his time as National Director. He is also working with Medact Refugee Solidarity Group, and contributing to some research at the UCL Institute of Global Health

Fun fact: Ben played Chess for England against Wales at primary school!

Ex-Officio: Sophie Neuburg IMG_1033

Sophie is the Executive Director of Medact, and is an ex-officio board member. Before joining Medact she worked at Friends of the Earth for a number of years, leading campaigns on energy policy, access to justice, and air pollution in London. She has also worked in consumer advocacy, and was the fuel poverty lead at a London local authority; and she used to run a stage at an annual major music festival. At Medact, Sophie leads on organisational strategy and fundraising, and works with the Board of Trustees to ensure good governance.
Fun Fact: Sophie loves playing ultimate frisbee on Sundays.