Advisory Board | Global Health Film

Our brilliant Advisory Board was set up nearly ten years ago, long before we were registered as a charity. Many of the founding members remain, generously giving their time, their insight and their strategic expertise to ensure that Global Health Film remains as relevant and impactful as possible.

Nicole Aquila

Nicole Aquila is the founder of Thrive Differently - a coaching and consulting firm dedicated to supporting social impact entrepreneurs. 

She has played a pivotal role in guiding visionary leaders and organizations to realize their missions with strategic acumen and innovative thinking, paving the way for groundbreaking initiatives. She understands the intricacies of helping individuals and teams reach their full potential, drawing from her years of experience in both athletic and entrepreneurial contexts. 

Nicole actively advocates for the inclusion of underrepresented perspectives and narratives, ensuring that the stories told are both reflective of and empowering to the global community.

Miguel Castro

Miguel Castro joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2011, where he manages a global portfolio of media investments. 

Prior to this, Miguel was special projects manager at the Media Program of the Open Society Foundations and had over a decade of experience in journalism, as well as serving as press secretary to a senior public official in Spain. He was also a professional photographer in the US.

Pam Das

Pam Das joined The Lancet family of journals in 2001. She is currently a Senior Executive Editor at The Lancet, where she co-leads the journal’s global health work with the Editor-in-Chief, Richard Horton. This work has led to a new role for the journal—to use organised science as a strong platform for social and political action. Her areas of interest are infectious diseases and tropical medicine, global health, public health, and international health policy. Her roles include peer review, and regularly writing editorials and for other sections of the journal, as well as overseeing The Lancet’s Comment and News sections. She is a PhD Science graduate in Biochemistry, and prior to working at The Lancet spent a few years as a medical writer and a journalist.

Beadie Finzi 

Beadie Finzi is a founding Director of Doc Society (formally known as BRITDOC) - an innovative non-profit organisation founded in 2005 that works with the most inspiring independent documentary filmmakers all over the world.  

Beyond grantmaking to artists and journalists, Doc Society develops impact strategies and brings people together to unleash the transformational power of film. Working to unite filmmakers with new allies and building new models to support independent journalism globally.

Fawzia Gibson-Fall

Fawzia is a Senior Research Associate with the Conflict and Health Research Group at King’s College London where she has been a Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships since 2014. 

As part of her teaching role, Fawzia also ran the global health programme at the Royal Society of
Medicine. She is studying for a PHD at Queen Mary University London researching the role of African militaries in global health. 

Fawzia has a background in media and public broadcasting (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and film is a core part of her teaching methods.

Sir Andy Haines

Andy Haines was Dean (subsequently Director) of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine for nearly 10 years until October 2010 and is currently Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health. He was a family doctor in inner London for many years and formerly Professor of Primary Health Care at UCL. 

His international experience includes a secondment at WHO Geneva and work in Jamaica, Nepal and the USA. He has been a member of many national and international committees including the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UK DFID Research Advisory Group (latterly chair)  and the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research. 

He was chair of the Rockefeller Foundation /Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and led several Lancet series including the 2009 Lancet series on the ‘Public health benefits of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions’. He is currently a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council, the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and the Rockefeller Council on the Economics of Planetary Health. His research interests focus on the linkages between health and natural systems and the health (co-)benefits of ‘low carbon’ policies, including sustainable healthy cities and food systems. 

Alice Hawryszkiewycz

Alice Hawryszkiewycz is a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford investigating gun culture in the USA. Alice previously worked for the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory as the Programme Manager for Ebola and visceral leishmaniasis, and spent two years with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Neglected Tropical Diseases and Donor Government Relations. Before pursuing global health, Alice worked professionally as an actor with roles in EastEnders and Holby City.

Alice has an MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine from the University of Oxford, a BSc majoring in Genetics and Psychology from the University of Adelaide, and an Acting degree from the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts.

Christopher Hird

Christopher Hird is the founder and managing director of Dartmouth Films, which has pioneered new ways of funding and distributing documentaries in the UK. Most of Dartmouth's films start their lives in cinemas and aim to change public attitudes, political policy and corporate behaviour. 

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack is editor of curated content and head of aggregation at the Financial Times. He authored the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception and contributes to BMJ.  He received the Media Award of the European Organisation for Rare Diseases, a Stop TB Award for Excellence in Reporting, and a Kaiser Family Foundation mini-fellowship in global health reporting.

Caitlin Jarrett

Caitlin Jarrett , BA, BSc, MPH lives in Cambridge, UK, and is currently based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK, as a Research Fellow / Project Manager conducting research on vaccine confidence and societal preparedness.   

She started her health career over 20 years ago as a volunteer with charity groups supporting women and children in Sydney, Australia, before completing her BSc in Psychology and moving to the UK to work in mental health and ultimately, public and global health research (UK and Switzerland).  

Her most defining career moment so far was with the WHO SAGE Working Group on Vaccine Hesitancy to produce systematic reviews and collaborate with global experts on interdisciplinary strategic research. 

As part of her BA Social Anthropology (University of Sydney), Caitlin studied ethnographic and French films - an experience that very much planted the seed for promoting the relevance of film studies as part of education. For her, the essence of film’s role in the broad-spectrum collective effort that is global health, is to enable. Without much effort, viewers can enter entirely new worlds and through multi-sensory story be offered a cohesive - and often deeply human - experience that can bring an understanding and fresh perspective that, in turn, might just invigorate and direct inspired action!  

Caitlin approaches her work with integrity and an open mind and is essentially motivated by a desire to support the foundations and systems that allow for greater wellbeing and healthier lives so that life – however people are able and wish to live it can be fulfilled.  When not at work, Caitlin’s world is about her young family, walking the dog, learning to keep bees and rowing on the river Cam. 

Priya Joi

Priya Joi is a Senior Communications Officer at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, where she writes, creates podcasts, and produces videos on a range of global health issues from infectious diseases to non-communicable diseases. She is particularly interested in social and environmental dimensions that crosscut with health, such as gender dynamics, urban planning, and climate change, and the role that civil society and NGOs have in United Nations processes. 

Before joining WHO, Priya worked as a staff editor at The Lancet, SciDev.Net, and New Scientist, and freelanced for the BBC, The Guardian, the British Medical JournalNature, and the Wellcome Trust. She has a BSc in Human Genetics from University College London, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College.

Anita Makri

Anita Makri is a freelance writer/journalist, producer and editorial adviser specialising in global development and science in society. 

She is based in London and has produced stories from Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Her work has been published in The Lancet, The Guardian, National Geographic, Nature and Undark, among others. For several years she held senior positions at SciDev.Net – advising, editing the global page or leading the production of op-eds and in-depth reports on a range of scientific issues from a developing-world perspective. Anita has worked with numerous journalists, experts and policymakers over 20+ years of experience across media, publishing and research sectors, having trained in epidemiology and published research on environmental health risk. 

She teaches an online course on development reporting in science communication at the University of Cambridge, serves on the board of the European Federation for Science Journalism and as an advisor with Global Health Film. Substack/newsletter: WorldWise.

Ben Pickering

Ben Pickering is a humanitarian and conflict adviser with over 18 years' experience of
working on emergencies in East Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. He has worked for a range of relief organisations including Oxfam, Save the Children, MSF and the UN.

Janet Tobias

Janet Tobias is a media executive specializing in healthcare as well as an Emmy Award-winning director, producer, and writer.

She directed No Place On Earth in 2012, a docudrama about two caves in the Ukraine in which three dozen Jews escaping the Holocaust successfully hid for a total of 511 days. No Place On Earth debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and was released by Magnolia and Senator in the US and Europe. Her screenplay, co-written with Paul Laikin, was a finalist for the 2014 Award for Documentary Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America.

More recently Janet directed Unseen Enemy, a prescient documentary on the threat of pandemics in the 21st century which initially aired on CNN/ARTE/ARD in 2017, and for which she was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award. 2018 saw the release of her documentary Memory Games, a glimpse into the brain's vast potential for memorization through the eyes of four memory competition participants. Her latest film Fauci debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in 2021. Released in theaters by Magnolia, it is now streaming globally on Disney+.

Janet is also the founder of Ikana Health, which focuses on the mobile web, social media and video as it relates to healthcare information and improving patient outcomes.

She is currently an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

Jon Snow

Jon Snow is Patron of Global Health Film and was until recently the main Presenter of Channel 4 News.  He’s also Chair of the New Horizon Youth Centre for homeless and vulnerable young people, Deputy Chair of the Media Trust and Chair of the Heart of England Forest. He’s worked in television for four decades and besides news, he has made a wide-ranging number of documentaries.

Global Health Film is registered in England and Wales under charity number 1179829 and company number 10436509. Registered address: 10 Queen Street Place, London, EC4R 1BE
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