UKWHO Trustees

UKWHO Trustees

Chief executive chair

Brian Wong

Brian is a clinical researcher with the Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidate in Cardiovascular Science at UCL and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health. His research is in life course epidemiology and the effects of ageing on cardiovascular and neurological function, primarily focused on cardiovascular mechanisms linked to cerebral β-amyloid deposition and cognitive decline, as part of Insight 46, a neuroimaging sub-study within the MRC National Survey of Health and Development, funded by Wolfson Foundation, Alzheimer’s Research UK, the MRC and the Brain Research Trust.

Brian’s first foray into the realm of Model WHO was OMWHO 2013 in Toronto. Since then, he has attended a total of 20 Model WHO conferences (and counting) in both delegate & chair capacities and has won numerous Best Delegate Awards for his participation. He was also a part of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations’ (IFMSA) delegation at the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, where he delivered IFMSA’s statement on Maternal, Infant & Young Child Nutrition during Committee Sessions.

Brian is also 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 at London’s Google Campus, he has co-founded a social start-up that focuses on women’s nutrition in sub-Saharan Africa, which also made it to the Top 25 of the eBay Start-Up Cup competition. He also won the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summer School competition in Munich, developing a tele-health application that connected refugees with healthcare workers who speak their own language, and has been back as a mentor.

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Presidents

Mao Fong Lim

Mao is an artist and medical student a King’s College London. An aspiring psychiatrist, he is also a Pathfinder Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Mao’s first foray into the Model WHO world was at Paris WHO 2016, where he represented his home country of Malaysia and was awarded Best Delegate for the Asia Pacific region. With his primary interest in Global Mental Health, he was part of the core committee for LonWHO 2017, serving as Regional Chair for AMRO and Theme Lead on Stigma. He is also LonWHO’s resident amateur graphic designer/artist, having designed the logo as well as a graphic recording of the LonWHO 2017 plenary.

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Emma Soo

Emma is a medical student, who has recently graduated with a BSc in Imaging Sciences. She is passionate about global health and health policy, but is currently exploring all areas of medicine.

Emma is currently a researcher under Polygeia, exploring the effects of the Defamation Law on medical publications. She also leads the student team of the Advocating a Behavioural Change: AMR conference, working closely with PHE. In LonWHO 2017, Emma represented the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea and was awarded “Best Delegate” for the SEARO/WPRO region.

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Secretary

Ana Irache

Ana is a nurse and PhD candidate at the University of Warwick. There, she works on the double burden of malnutrition in LMICs. She graduated in public health from the University of Sheffield where she was the Vice-President of the Public Health Society and part of the Organising Committee for the Sheffield World Health Organization Simulation (SheffWHO) 2019.

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Financial director

Robert Smith

Robert has a keen interest in the anthropology of biomedicine, globalization and institutions. Early in his career, he has had work experience in Haiti, Malawi and India, where he has taken on a variety of roles across different industries including NGO coordination, agriculture and primarily health care. In the fall of 2019 he will be starting his MA at the Graduate Institute of Geneva where he will continue to pursue his passionate interests in global health. He is particularly interested in exploring the areas of universal health coverage, arguments around the transparent pricing of medicines and differentiated pricing as well as new national health insurance schemes being rolled out worldwide. He believes that these types of inquiry can add unique insights to ongoing debates of the global governance of health care and is open to all areas that will help him to explore these ideas and add value to these emerging topics.

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Chapter directors

Taylor Harris

Taylor recently graduated from the European Union Master of Public Health Programme (EuroPubHealth+) with a Master of Public Health from the University of Sheffield and a Master of Health Promotion from the University of Granada. Taylor has a variety of international experience in health promotion, outreach, project management, event and conference planning, leadership, and education. She was on the founding committee of SheffWHO, in Sheffield, England, where she served as the Conference Service Coordinator. Taylor then founded GranWHO, the first WHO simulation in Spain. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Ecuador as a Community Health Worker, where she taught sexual education, nutrition, and hygiene to vulnerable populations. Previously, she taught English in South Korea. She is passionate about healthy lifestyles, social determinates of health, and sexual and reproductive health through both policy and education. Taylor feels that WHO simulations encourage youth to get involved in discussions and debates that ultimately lead to solutions related to health, environment, poverty, and education for future generations!

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Hareen De Silva

Hareen is a GP and Inclusion Health Champion in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, and is the youngest Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Faculty in the UK. He is currently studying at the University of Sheffield for a Master’s in Public Health where he became interested in WHO simulations. He’s chaired at SheffWHO and at MSA WHO in Cairo, Egypt. Hareen is looking forward to gaining his Masters and use his knowledge abroad.

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Education officers

Mark Khurana

Mark is a medical student at the University of Copenhagen. His interests lie within the field of public health and infectious diseases. He’s also the co-founder of JOHO, a youth-driven health think-tank, and the host of the ‘Untold Health’ podcast. He currently serves as an Education Officer for UKWHO.

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Charles Hamilton

N. Charles Hamilton is a global health practitioner from The Bahamas, with over five years experience in public health, policy, public relations & communications.

He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Guelph in Canada, and completed a Double Masters Degree in Public Health with a Specialization in Health Economics and Governance of Health Systems (with Distinction) from the Erasmus Mundus European Public Health+ (Europubhealth+) program.

He has supported The Government of The Bahamas in policy development and communicating the roll-out of its National Health Insurance/Universal Health Coverage program. Additionally, he has worked as a Consultant with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) coordinating communications and public engagement strategies for two countries in the areas of health, risk and crisis communication – and covering a broad range of topics including, climate change and health, outbreaks and pandemics, health financing and environmental health.

He has also engaged and managed relationships with high-level public health Directors and Executives across Europe, West Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, during his time with the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) Secretariat.

He is co-founder of the Sheffield World Health Organization (SheffWHO) Simulation and serves as a Director on the United Kingdom Model World Health Organization (UKWHO) Charity Board. Furthermore, he co-hosts a podcast “Talk Public Health”, where he remains driven to inspire & address key public health topics, encourage stronger public health practice, improve public health workforce identity; and encourage more people to pursue a career in public health.

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Liaison officers

Marine Delgrange

Marine is an MPH candidate studying at University College London coming from France. She holds a dual bachelor in biology and political science from Sciences Po Paris and Sorbonne University from which she graduated in June 2018. She has worked at the European Commission as a trainee on health and food security policy and has experience with the French social security as she has worked on the legislation for its financing at the French Senate.

Marine is mostly interested in health policy, particularly when it comes to AMR and access to medicines. After having won several best delegates awards at various model WHO simulations, she has joined the ParisWHO 2019 organising committee as outreach coordinator and website designer. As she is moving to the UK, she is excited to be part the UKWHO team to help more modelsWHO to come to life and bring together public health students of different countries.

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Naomi Limaro Nathan

Naomi is a medical doctor and a public health researcher. She is the Co-Founder of the Sheffield Model World Health Organization (SheffWHO) and has acted as Conference Coordinator for the Young Leaders for Health 2019 conference.

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