Who We Are

Our expert team

Interim Steering Committee

The steering committee sets strategic direction for the GPI Network,
including a broad Theory of Change to set out how the Network will help deliver GPI.

Chairs

Alicia Ely Yamin

Partners in Health

Alicia Ely Yamin is currently Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School; and Senior Advisor on Human Rights at Partners in Health. Yamin’s 30 -year career at the intersection of global health and human rights has bridged academia and activism. Yamin has lived and worked in Latin America and East Africa for half of her professional life, working with and through local advocacy organizations. In 2016, the UN Secretary General appointed Yamin as one of ten international experts to the Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) for the SDGs. She also serves on the WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Health Technology Assessments, as well as the Lancet Commission on Arctic Health and the Expert Working Group on Global Public Investment.

The inflection point provided by this sweeping pandemic and its consequences should push us to enlarge our imaginations as to what a new model of global public investment in health and beyond can achieve in our staggeringly unequal world.

Harpinder Collacott

Development Initiatives

Harpinder (Pin) Collacott has led Development Initiatives (DI), an organisation that applies the power of data and evidence to build sustainable solutions that create an equitable and resilient world, as Executive Director since 2015. She joined the organisation in 2012 as a Director to set up the engagement, communications, and impact divisions, as well as lead the transparency and accountability portfolio. DI seeks to improve the allocation of financing to reach the poorest people and those impacted by crisis, and ensure poverty is eradicated in our lifetime. It does this by working closely with partners to ensure data-driven evidence and analysis is used effectively in policy and practice to end poverty, reduce inequality, and increase resilience.

Harpinder is also a Trustee of WaterAid UK and the UK International Development Sector umbrella body, BOND, and in her personal capacity mentors young minority women from lower socio-economic backgrounds to advance their careers. Pin has a strong background in politics and policy, advocacy and achieving change at the global level working with think tanks, UN war crimes tribunals, within philanthropy and consultancy. Harpinder is a graduate of Cambridge University and has a post-graduate from The London School of Economic.

Simon Reid-Henry

Queen’s Mary University

Simon Reid-Henry is an academic and a key contributor to the conceptual development of Global Public Investment. Simon is a member of the EWG Steering Committee and is Academic Lead for the EWG’s technical papers. He has written widely on international affairs, development, and political economy, including the books The Cuban Cure: Reason and Resistance in Global Science and The Political Origins of Inequality: Why a more equal world is better for us all. Simon is a Fellow of the RSA and a recipient of the Leverhulme Prize. He received his PhD in Economic Geography from the University of Cambridge before moving to Queen Mary University of London where he is presently Professor of Historical and Political Geography and Director of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has held visiting positions at Columbia University in New York, at Macquarie University in Sydney, at the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs and as Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo. Simon is also co-convenor of London Inequality Studies. His writing can be found in The Guardian, New Statesman, The Economist, The Times, The Independent on Sunday, and the London Review of Books. He has appeared on radio and television and has presented to government agencies in the UK and abroad. Recently he has contributed to the UK Labour task force on international development and is currently collaborating with the Joep Lange Institute on GPI.

Members

Andrea Vignolo

Independent

Senior Consultant for International Development Cooperation and Associate Professor of the Academic Support Unit of the Secretary of International Relations of the University of the Republic. Coordinator and Teacher of Course of International Cooperation and Culture for Development in the Cultural School of CLAEH University. From March 2015 to February 2020 she was the Executive Director of the Uruguayan Agency of International Cooperation (AUCI) – Presidency of the Republic, Uruguay. From that post, she led the positioning of Uruguay as a country in transition to development with a dual role in International Cooperation with a focus on Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda. From AUCI, she guided the political-technical negotiation, which allowed the approval of the “Uruguay ́s International Cooperation Policy for Sustainable Development by 2030”.

Christoph Benn

Joep Lange Institute

MD MPH, is the Director for Global Health Diplomacy at the Joep Lange Institute in Geneva. He has been a member of the founding board at the creation of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in 2002. As Director of External Relations of the Global Fund from 2003–2018 he has been responsible for mobilizing the financial resources for the partnership through the management of its regular replenishment cycles. Under his leadership the Global Fund has mobilized pledges and contributions of more than USD 50 billion.

Prior to the Global Fund, Christoph worked as a clinician and public health specialist in the United Kingdom, Germany and as Doctor-in-Charge of a rural hospital in Tanzania. He has more than 30 years of experience in global health with a special focus on AIDS and infectious diseases, having worked as an advisor to many public health programs in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

At the Joep Lange Institute Christoph is focusing on accelerating UHC in LMICs through innovations in digital health and in international health financing. He firmly believes that the established models of international development financing are no longer appropriate to address the current challenges of the Covid-19 response nor the longer-term financing of SDGs. Global Public Investment is the innovative concept the world so badly needs.

Milindo Chakrabarti

Jindal School of Government and Public Policy

Prof. Milindo Chakrabarti has been an ardent student of collective action processes in a professional career that has been continuing for well over three decades. Besides teaching and research, he is engaged in linking academics with actions at the field level. His interest in global public goods and search for a robust and sustained institutional mechanism to ensure their adequate supplies encourage him to contribute meaningfully to initiatives that involve global collective actions. He is at present serving as a Professor with Jindal School of Government and Public Policy, O. P. Jindal Global University, India and also as a Visiting Fellow at Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS). His specialisations include South-South Cooperation and assessment of its impact on the development dynamics in the Global South. He is the Managing Editor of Development Cooperation Review, a quarterly journal devoted to chronicling the dynamics of development cooperation, in general and that of South-South Cooperation, in particular. The present global initiative at creating a proper roadmap to facilitate global public investment for provision of adequate global public goods as well as protecting the global commons is a correct step in the desired direction and motivates him to join such endeavour.

Saleemul Huq

ICCCAD

Saleemul Huq is the director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh, and is an expert on the links between climate change and sustainable development, particularly from the perspective of developing countries. He was the lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Sustainable Development in the third assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and was the lead author of the chapter on Adaptation and Mitigation in the IPCC’s fourth assessment report.

Anton Ofield-Kerr

Equal International

Anton Ofield-Kerr is the Executive Director of Equal International, a niche group focused on supporting policies and programmes that promote the inclusion of the most marginalised in policy development and program delivery, and has been supporting thought leadership on the future of aid in collaboration with a number of partners for some years. Anton began his career as a nurse in South Africa specialising in intensive care medicine before moving into policy and international development. He is a specialist in policy and strategy development as well as facilitating multi sectoral collaborations. Anton has been involved in many initiatives which have shifted policies, introduced innovations and raised resources for development challenges relating to HIV, health and human rights with a focus on meeting the needs of marginalised communities and those at risk of being ‘left behind’.

Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi

African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)

Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi is the Executive Vice President at the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET) – a pan-African economic policy institute supporting Africa’s long-term growth through transformation. Prior to joining ACET, she was the Director of Investments at The Power of Nutrition. Previous positions include Director for Programme Policy and Quality (PPQ) at Save the Children UK and a number of Private Sector Development (PSD) specialist positions at the UK Department for International Development (DFID) over 15 years. In her last role at DFID, she was a Deputy Director with responsibility for PSD policy and technical specialists across the Department.

Mavis has over 20 years of international development experience in Africa, Asia and Eastern Caribbean. She has led multi-sectoral teams in both government and non-governmental organisations to develop and successfully implement programmes in the social and economic sectors in over 30 countries. She is currently a Trustee of Sightsavers and a board member of The Coalition for Global Prosperity.

She is a political economist by training and has an MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Her publications include Binding Constraints to Growth in Nigeria (Oxford University Press, 2008) and Growth and Competitiveness (World Bank, 2007).

Solange Baptiste

International Treatment Preparedness Coalition

Solange Baptiste is Executive Director of the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC). She leads community activists and allies across the globe to deliver ITPC’s mission to enable people in need to access optimal and affordable HIV treatment through treatment education, demand creation, community-based monitoring and interventions to make medicines more affordable. Solange has over 15 years of global program management and advocacy experience and specialises in monitoring and evaluation. She has a depth of knowledge in social epidemiology, health financing and community systems strengthening in the developing world through her work on USAID/PEPFAR health and development, bilateral and multi-county projects across Africa and Asia. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tuskegee University and her Master of Science in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Solange is committed to ensuring that the voice of affected communities contributes to and influences the decisions and policies that affect their lives.

Jonathan Glennie

Global Nation

Jonathan Glennie is a writer, campaigner and consultant on human rights, international cooperation, sustainable development and poverty. His work looks in particular at the changing nature of international cooperation as dominant paradigms and global economic relationships evolve. He has held senior positions in several international organisations, including Save the Children, Christian Aid and Ipsos. He has published two books on aid and cooperation (The trouble with aid: why less could mean more for Africa and Aid, growth and poverty with Andy Sumner) and helped set up The Guardian‘s Global Development website, for which he was a regular columnist. As a consultant, he has worked with governments, international agencies and civil society organisations as they renew their strategies for a new era. His book The Future of Aid: Global Public Investment, was published by Routledge in November 2020. He is currently co-founder of a think tank called Global Nation, along with Hassan Damluji, working on a new approach to international cooperation. He lives with his family in Colombia.