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

Abi Deivanayagam (she/her)

Abi  is a medical doctor and public health specialist trainee based in Liverpool, UK. Abi’s research, teaching and advocacy focuses on health systems, climate and racism.  She is part of Race & Health, a collective of academics, activists and individuals within and outside of the public health field tackling the impact of racism on health. She is a research associate for Stema ( She is a keen advocate for climate, health and racial justice. 

Brian Wong (he/him)

Brian is an entrepreneur, public health advocate & practitioner, and multidisciplinary researcher interested in ageing and life course, digital health, global health governance, immunisation/vaccination policy, and youth engagement. 


As Youth Officer for The Lancet & Financial Times joint “Governing Health Futures 2030: Growing up in a digital world” Commission, Brian works to bring youth voices to the table to explore the convergence of digital health & AI to support the achievement of Universal Health Coverage and SDG 3. He is also involved with the ASPHER COVID-19 Task Force as lead of the Public Health Erosion and Vaccination groups. He is also a member of the GHWN Youth Hub Research Committee, as well as a member of the Steering Committee for both the EUPHA Digital Health Section and the new WHO Youth Council.

Brian has a background in global health, epidemiology (MSc at LSHTM, PhD at UCL), biomedical science and music (BSc at uOttawa). He has previously acted as a surveillance epidemiologist, supporting Public Health England’s Immunisation and Countermeasures Division in its national COVID-19 surveillance efforts, clinical epidemiologist for the MRC Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, and Programme Manager of the “Outbreak!” strand of UCL’s annual Global Citizenship Programme.

Brian’s strong passion for meaningful youth engagement/empowerment in global health led him to found LonWHO, the UK’s first Model WHO simulation, and UK Model WHO, an organisation aimed at empowering students and young professionals to collaborate and co-create innovative policy solutions to pressing global health challenges through immersive simulations and experiential learning environments. 


Behrouz Nezafat (he/him)

Behrouz is an academic paediatric doctor in London working  in international child health. He has previously been involved with Students for Global Health (formerly Medsin), the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations and the GHWN Youth Hub Steering Committee. He is interested in global health and youth engagement in advocacy and policy.

Layth Hanbali (he/him)

Layth is a Health Protection Practitioner at Public Health England, and a Master’s candidate in Health Policy, Planning and Financing at LSHTM/LSE. During his undergraduate studies, he was involved in Students for Global Health, which spurred a passion for centring social justice in health, and for students’ role in advocating for a more just world.

Anand Bhopal

Anand Profile

Anand is a junior doctor currently working at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Recent experience as a National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow working in the Medical Director’s Office at Public Health England. Interested in Medical ethics and health policy and the art of getting things done.

Fun fact: Anand once played the bagpipes in front of the Queen…

Jamie Scuffell

Jamie is a Foundation Doctor and served on various Students for Global Health committees at a 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.