The Secretariat is composed of a Director and staff. The current secretariat is hosted at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science.
Co-founder and director
Dr Peter Friberg co-founder and Director of SIGHT. He is professor at Sahlgrenska academy, University of Gothenburg and senior consultant at Sahlgrenska university hospital. He is the former president of the Swedish society of medicine, member of the committee for development research of the Swedish Research Council and chairperson of the health promotion and behaviour panel at Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare. His research is focused on the cardiovascular and psychosocial field, including joint research performance with African Population Health Research Center.
Sara Causevic worked for the UNFPA on Sexual and Reproductive Health programs and did her research studies in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, as a Fulbright Scholar. Added to that she has experience from two of the top ten pharmaceutical companies in the world, Novartis Pharma AG and Sanofi.
Sara holds a BSc and an MA in Chemical Engineering, University of Sarajevo, and is currently both a PhD student at the Karolinska Institutet, and a Masters student in Global Health Policy from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Johan Dahlstrand has an academic background in development economics from Stockholm School of Economics, complemented with an internship at the UN Secretariat in New York, and minor field study/ thesis in Haiti. Until recently, he has been committed to management of implementation of international development cooperation with strong emphasis on global health. His experience spans twelve years of work with both multilateral and bilateral support, including manager of a single source framework agreement with Sida 2012-2016. His has managed projects and programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia, the Pacific and the Western Balkans.
Lancet-SIGHT Commission Secretariat manager
Sara Fewer is a global health policy analyst. She manages the Secretariat for the Lancet-SIGHT Commission, hosted at SIGHT. She is also Co-Director of the Global Health Group’s Evidence to Policy Initiative at the University of California, San Francisco, where she works with donors and country governments on health financing and health systems, including transition from donor financing. She co-managed the Secretariat for the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and has contributed to the Lancet commissions on tuberculosis and malaria eradication. Sara has also worked in gender-based violence prevention and reproductive health, and as a political organizer. She has a Master in Public Policy and a Master in Public Health.
Political & commercial determinants for health expert
Per Leimar has a background as an analyst, monitoring community and research – especially the relationship between politics, legislation and public health, primarily focusing on alcohol, on Sweden’s state retail alcohol monopoly, Systembolaget since the early 1990s, and Sweden’s largest non-profit organization, IOGT-NTO, since 2012. Per has also a background in Chinese and has worked at the culture department at the Swedish Embassy in Beijing in the late 1980s.
Co-founder and senior advisor
Dr Göran Tomson, co-founder and senior advisor SIGHT, Senior Professor International Health Systems Research Karolinska Institutet (KI), visiting Professor Shandong University, China. His global research and policy work focuses on interventions for universal health coverage. Capacity building is a priority as is evidence informed policies (e.g. in Laos and Uganda). He is member of several research councils’ global health committees and boards, coordinated what led to the Alliance for Health Policy Systems Research WHO, where he is now advisor. Co-founder of the ReAct network to contain antibiotic resistance. He was awarded KI’s Ethics prize 2014.
Abeer is a medical student in the Master’s Programme in Global Health at Uppsala University. After getting her Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery (BDS) at Cairo University, she co-founded a healthcare initiative that launches awareness campaigns among vulnerable populations in Egypt. Believing in the equity right of healthcare access, she is starting her research in Health Financing Systems and Policy. Currently, she is the Vice-president of the Medical Master Council at Uppsala University and the Liaison Coordinator in the Swedish Network for International Health (SNIH). She is also a member of the Swedish Institute Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL). In SIGHT, she is looking forward to bringing the young professionals’ perspectives into SIGHT projects and events, and also disseminate SIGHT achievements to the youth who are engaged in the Global Health field.
Lydia Shotton is originally from Belgium but moved to Sweden after completing her bachelor’s in Neuroscience in England and her first Master’s program in Medical Law and Ethics in Edinburgh. Having taken an interest in the broader context of health and healthcare, she decided to enroll in the Master’s course in Health Economics, Policy and Management at Karolinska Institutet. Alongside her studies, she has been working with the Swedish Organisation for Global Health (SOGH). As one of the new student coordinators at SIGHT, Lydia is excited to contribute with her interdisciplinary background and ensure that young people are strongly represented in all high-level discussions and projects which SIGHT is involved in.