Organising committee 2018

LonWHO 2018 Organising Committee

Brian Wong

Founding Executive Director, UKWHO

LonWHO 2018 Director General

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.

Brian will be the Director General of the 2018 LonWHO conference on “Improving the Health of Women, Children & Adolescent Health”.

Core Committee

Diogo Martins

Theme Writer
[LonWHO 2018 Regional Chair]

Diogo Martins is a Public Health medical trainee from Portugal, with 8 years of experience in national and international health-related organisations. He is a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate at LSHTM and works as part of the Wellcome Trust’s Global Policy Team.

Diogo is a global health enthusiast, passionate about public policy formulation and implementation, with keen interest in the intersections between climate change and health. He has previously interacted with the UN system throughout the Paris Agreement negotiations in 2015 and completed a WHO internship at the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. Additionally, he served as a Regional Chair during LonWHO 2017.

Mao Fong Lim

Design Lead
[LonWHO 2018 Regional Chair]

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.

Emma Soo

External Logistics & Sponsorship
[LonWHO 2018 Vice-Chair]

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.

Michalina Drejza

Theme Director

[LonWHO 2018 Technical Advisor]

Michalina is a medical doctor from Poland who is a dedicated global health leader and scientist with a special focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Michalina is currently working as a consultant in Human Reproduction Team at the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research supporting various activities on self-care interventions for SRHR and beyond.

Her main research interests are pediatric and adolescent gynecology, medical education on sexual and reproductive health issues and meaningful community and youth engagement in global health spaces. During last seven years she has been involved in leadership roles within global youth spaces such as IFMSA, Adolescent and Youth Constituency of The Partnership of Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, UNAIDS The PACT of young advocates and many more. She is the Women Deliver Young Leader, class of 2018.

She is currently pursuing MSc in SHR at LSHTM. She also co-founded “Lekarze Kobietom” (Polish Doctors for Women): an initiative facilitating emergency contraception delivery to Polish women in need; and supporting Executive Team of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning as Director on Research and Development.

Flora Chalker

Internal Logistics & Sponsorship
[LonWHO 2018 Vice-Chair]

Flora is an MSc Public Health Student at LonWHO’s partner university, LHSTM. Through LSHTM she became involved in WHO summit simulations by participating as a delegate and volunteer at LonWHO 2017, where she was awarded ‘Best Regional Delegate’.

Flora has an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Oxford, and has special interests in health systems strengthening and understanding the commercial determinants of health and disease.

Sally Hayward

Internal Logistics & Sponsorship
[LonWHO 2018 Vice-Chair]

Sally is an MSc Public Health student at LSHTM, having graduated last year from St John’s College, Oxford with a BA in Human Sciences. She is particularly interested in the intersection between biological and social sciences, and how taking an interdisciplinary approach can deepen our understanding of health inequalities. Sally was also a delegate at ParisWHO 2016 and both a delegate and volunteer at LonWHO 2017


Alice McGushin

LonWHO 2018 Non-State Actors
& Media Chair

Alice is a medical doctor from Australia and is currently completing the MSc Public Health at LSHTM. She has a passion for global health, in particular the environment and health, and for the past eight years she has been working in this area, alongside her medical training, at the local, national and international level.

Alice attended the 71st World Health Assembly as a delegate for the World Medical Association and crossed the finish line of Dr Tedros’ inaugural “Walk the Talk” event with marathon world record holder, Haile Gebrselassie. She also completed an internship and is currently working as a consultant for the WHO Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health. Alice has also engaged with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change as a delegate to negotiations in Paris and in Bonn. Alice represented AstraZeneca at LonWHO 2017.

Charlotte O’Leary

Communications & Promotion
LonWHO 2018 Theme Guide Writer 

Charlotte is an MSc Public Health student at LSHTM, and will graduate as a medical doctor in 2019. In 2017, she completed a Bachelor of Medical Science in bioethics at Oxford University, focusing on pandemic disease. Charlotte has recently been elected as Liaison Officer to the World Health Organization 2018/2019 with the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations. Charlotte is passionate about global and public health, and has attended the World Health Assembly in 2017 and 2018. She participated in the first LonWHO as the representative from People’s Republic of China, and was awarded an honourable mention.

Neha Acharya

LonWHO 2018 Regional Chair

Neha grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina studying immunology research prior to attending UNC Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree. After taking courses on international development and the socioeconomic determinants of health, Neha realized her passion laid elsewhere in the fields of global health policy and health systems strengthening. She formed the American Mock World Health Organization, Inc. as a junior in the college, and sought to improve the level of global health policy education currently existing in the country. After graduating in 2015, she interned at the World Health Organization’s Gender, Equity and Rights Division, attended the Emory Rollins School of Public Health for her MPH in Global Health, worked at CDC for two years, and with the U.S. Agency for International Development as a Policy and Governance Fellow. She now works as a Senior Analyst for Abt Associates on the Health Finance and Governance (HFG) Project.