Ms Philomena Raftery
Research Degree Student
I am an experienced public health professional and Doctoral candidate with specialist training in infectious disease Microbiology and Laboratory Science. I have eighteen years of work experience at both national and international levels, having worked in clinical and public health laboratories before broadening my experience to Global health and outbreak preparedness and response. During my career, I have occupied roles which demonstrate a diverse range of skills and competencies with increasing levels of leadership and responsibility. In my current role as WHO Technical Officer in the WHO Health Emergencies programme in Cambodia, I play a leading role in the National laboratory response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have experience in both emergency and development contexts in Africa and Asia giving me a broad perspective of the different programme models and approaches used in different contexts. I have experience leading policy development and providing technical support to LMIC's particularly on outbreak preparedness and response. An integral part of my roles with WHO have been to foster strategic partnerships and promote coordination and collaboration among international stakeholders.
Through my Doctoral research I have developed both quantitative and qualitative research skills. I have coordinated a range of operational research projects and my scientific writing skills are evidenced by my peer-reviewed publications.