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Notes from a Global Health Nomad

In her inaugural lecture, Professor Carole Presern will present a 'guided tour through the global health architecture' and talk about her journey from the early days as a midwife to finding herself immersed in global health governance.

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Professor Carole Presern will deliver her inaugural lecture where she will talk about her journey, the people who have inspired her along the way, from her early days as a midwife, through NGOs, various counties (Nepal, Pakistan, Zimbabwe), governments and multilateral, to finding herself immersed in the guts of global health governance from a participant observer perspective.

Carole will present a 'guided tour through the global health architecture’, discussing how it has evolved and is still evolving (but not quickly enough) and importantly, what we might need to be doing if we want to put countries interests front and centre.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception from 18:45 to 19:45 in G90.


Professor Carole Presern

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Carole Presern has worked in international development for most of her career.  A consistent thread throughout has been her passion for human rights, particularly sexual and reproductive health and rights.  Originally trained as a midwife, she has a degree in anthropology from UCL, a PhD in public health policy and an advanced diploma in health systems management.  Carole is currently a Professor of the Practice, Global Health Policy, LSHTM and the Global Health Faculty Lead for Applied Research Projects at the Graduate Institute, Geneva.  Her career includes senior leadership positions with the Global Fund, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance and as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) based at WHO. Before that she worked for the UK government for many years as Counsellor at the UK Mission in Geneva, and in health advisory roles covering Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Pakistan and Nepal.  Carole has served on many boards, including the Global Fund, Unitaid, and UNAIDS.  She has also sat on the Board of the International HIV Alliance, and as its Vice Chair, and is currently a trustee of the Orchid Project. (Geneva, Switzerland).


Free and open to all, online and in person. No registration required. A recording of this session will be available after the event on this page.