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

Ex-Officio: Lucy Singh

Lucy sits on the board of Trustees as last year’s National Director.

Abi Deivanayagam

Abi is a medical doctor and Associate Clinical Researcher at the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University. She graduated from Newcastle University medical school and from UCL with a Masters in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health. She is passionate about the intersection of the human right to health, universal health coverage and global health governance. Her main research interests are affordability within health systems and global health education. She enjoys teaching on the right to health, health systems and policy. This stems from her passion to ensure that all medical students are prepared to be the global doctors with the social responsibility that is required in today’s world. Most of her experience is working within student organisations Students for Global Health (formerly Medsin-UK), and the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) on global health policy and advocacy. Abi is also a keen advocate of the climate crisis movement.

Brian Wong

Brian hails from Canada and is a PhD candidate in Cardiovascular Science at University College London, clinical researcher with the Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. He is also Programme Manager of the “Outbreak!” strand of UCL’s annual Global Citizenship Programme.

Brian has a background in global health, epidemiology (MSc at LSHTM), biomedical science and music (Bachelor’s at uOttawa). His present research interests are in non-communicable diseases, specifically in cardiovascular mechanisms related to neurocognitive decline across the life course.

Brian founded LonWHO, the UK’s first Model WHO simulation, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2017. He is the acting Chief Executive Chair of UKWHO, an organization 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.

Brian was also on the IFMSA delegation to the 71st World Health Assembly, where he delivered IFMSA’s statement on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition. He also helped to organize a side event with UCL Fight the Fakes at WHA 72 titled “Digital Natives Fight Fake Medicines”.

In addition, Brian is an active participant in global health case competitions and hack-a-thons and is highly involved with social entrepreneurship. As a result of a top 3 finish at the World Economic Forum’s African Healthcare Hack-a-thon (AHH) at London’s Google Campus, he co-founded a social start-up focusing on women’s nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa which also made it to the Top 25 of the eBay Start-Up Cup competition. He regularly helps to organize the annual AHH and has invited to mentor/judge at the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School, Imperial College Friends of MSF Make-a-thon and Hack for Humanity.

Having been a member of Students for Global Health over the past 3 years, Brian is looking forward to working with the other Trustees and National Committee members to further develop the organization over the next 3 years.

Behrouz Nezafat

Behrouz graduated as a doctor from Liverpool and currently works as a junior doctor in Oxford. As a student, he was involved with Students for Global Health (formerly Medsin) and the International Federation of Medical Student’s Association in roles within the Agenda Committee and the Standing Committee in Human Rights and Peace. He holds a masters degree in public health and has an interest in international child public health and youth engagement in global health.

Layth Hanbali

Layth is a junior doctor, training in Internal Medicine. He is a former member of Students for Global Health, serving as National Director in 2015/16 and Trustee the following year.

Fun fact: Layth is currently teaching himself to play the clarinet

Anand Bhopal

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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.

Sophie Neuburg

Sophie is a campaigner with a background in energy and housing policy. Before joining Medact she worked at Friends of the Earth for a number of years, leading campaigns on energy efficiency, 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. Guppi Bola is currently Interim-Director at Medact. She developed her campaigning and activist skills when she led several national projects in SfGH (Healthy Planet co-founder, Fairtrade and Leeds branch president) back in Medsin days.