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 climate, health and racial justice. 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. Abi is passionate about a public health that is abolitionist.



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.

Amran Hussain

Amran has extensive senior executive and non-executive board level leadership experience within complex organisations in the political, education and healthcare sector. He is an experienced healthcare director having worked in most types of NHS organisations providing high level and board level strategic and operational support; to design, deliver and manage high standard patient centred care which is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preferences, needs, and values, and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical commissioning decisions. He has a sincere passion for securing high quality care for patients and advocating for collaborative arrangements, integrated care, community care, patient centred care and self-care initiatives.

Amran also holds several commitments in the third sector as well as governmental and non-governmental bodies, mostly aligned to the justice system, the education and healthcare sector. Amran’s academic background is in medical sciences, healthcare management and politics. He studied at world leading institutions which include Harvard, Oxford, Durham, Mumbai, East China, London, Drexel and a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. Amran’s interests and hobbies include swimming, countryside pursuits and all things classical.

Pedra Rabiee (she/her)

Pedra is a foundation doctor in Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire. Whilst as a medical student, Pedra was involved in various healthcare organisations, including The WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office, Doctors of the World UK and THET. She is also part of The Healthcare Leadership Academy, where she co-founded HLA Live, a Youtube series that hosts conversations on a wide range of healthcare topics, and The Guide to Global Health Podcast. When Pedra isn’t in the hospital, she enjoys discovering new places (to eat) and spending time with her dog. 

Chris (he/him)

Chris is education lead at King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships and programme director for the MSc in Global Health, both at King’s College London. He has a background in global health teaching and in anthropological research in West Africa (Nigeria and Sierra Leone). Chris is interested in the role of education in creating informed citizens who can critically analyse injustice and advocate for change.

Madeleine (she/they)

Madeleine is an Msc Public Health student at LSHTM, with a long-standing interest in global health – in particular, infectious diseases and the social determinants of health. She was involved with various student-run organisations as an undergraduate, and is currently a project editor with Polygeia.