SIGHT Secretariat

Peter Friberg

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

Research assistant

Sara Causevic is a global health policy analyst. She has fifteen years of experience in leading research projects, program management, and policy work. She formerly worked for UNFPA and was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA. She is a Commissioner with the ”Lancet-SIGHT Commission on peaceful societies through health and gender equality.” Sara is the co-founder of Women in Global Health Sweden. She is a PhD student at the Karolinska Institutet interested in global health and governance, health systems, and forced migration. Sara holds an MSc in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BSc and MA in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sarajevo.

Johan Dahlstrand

Operations manager

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.

Sara Fewer

Lancet-SIGHT Commission Secretariat manager

Sara Fewer is a global health policy analyst. She manages the Lancet-SIGHT Commission Secretariat, hosted at SIGHT. She formerly served as Co-Director of the Global Health Group’s Evidence to Policy Initiative at the University of California, San Francisco, where she led policy analysis and outreach on health systems and financing. She co-managed the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health Secretariat and contributed to the Lancet commissions on tuberculosis and malaria eradication. She has a Master in Public Policy and a Master in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Per Leimar

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.

Göran Tomson

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.

Gabriella Hök

Gabriella Hök

SIGHT Fellows Programme Leader/ Swedish Networks for Global Health Manager

Gabriella Hök is on board as Programme Leader for the SIGHT Fellows Programme and Swedish Networks for Global Health Manager. She has extensive national and international experience in development and coordination of multi-sectorial health responses, strengthening national systems and organisations, as well as promoting and realizing strategic and sector wide partnerships at local, national and international levels. She has a Master in International Studies, Uppsala University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 

Tobias Lindström Battle

Student Coordinator

Tobias is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet. His academic background lies in bioscience and social epidemiology. Tobias has previously worked in clinical settings and has been active in student organizations, including as president of the Student Council for Public Health Sciences at Stockholm University. He recently completed an internship with the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and volunteers as a clinic manager with Doctors of the World in Stockholm. In the role of student coordinator, he hopes to make global health relevant to a wider audience of students and enable progress through a thriving ecosystem of students, young professionals and academics.

Elena Aguilera

Student Coordinator

Elena is currently studying towards a Master in Medical Science in Health, Economics, Policy and Management at Karolinska Institutet. Previously, she studied her Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering at the Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana. Between her studies, she started working at Hospital María Especialidades Pediátricas where she grew interests in research and development of medical instruments and devices, technical evaluation in bidding processes and mentoring engineering interns. She cofounded and chaired Guala, an NGO that creates and donates 3D printed upper limb prosthetics. Before moving to Sweden, she did studies in management and healthcare innovation at INCAE Business School, MIT and Harvard. Alongside her master studies, she cofounded and volunteers as training officer for Polygeia, a UK-based non-partisan organization designed to empower students and graduates to research and write policy on global health issues. She’s Vice-President of the IEEE-Women in Engineering, Honduras Chapter where she advocates for girls in STEAM careers. As a Student Coordinator for SIGHT she aims to advocate for the roll of youth (and technology) in global health transformation.

Cecilia Emilsson

Research Coordinator

Cecilia Emilsson holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a Master of Science (MSc) in Gender Studies and Political Science from Lund University. She has several years of experience from development work in Latin America, within NGOs as well as at the bilateral level at Embassy of Sweden/Sida. Further, she has worked in Swedish public administration, with trade and promotion at the Embassy of Chile in Sweden, and most recently as program coordinator for leadership programs on transformations and systems change in Africa at Stockholm Resilience Centre. At SIGHT, her work will focus on COVID-19, its effect on Agenda 2030, and the concept of “Building Back Better”.

Idil Shekh Mohamed

Idil Shekh Mohamed

Research Coordinator

Idil Shekh Mohamed is a Research Coordinator with the Lancet-SIGHT Commission Secretariat, hosted at SIGHT. Idil is a Master of Public Health graduate from Lund University, where she also obtained a Bachelor’s in Development Studies and Political Science. Her interests and previous work experience include global social policy, universal healthcare, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and sustainable development. Between her studies, Idil worked with the WHO/PAHO’s secretariat for Every Woman Every Child’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health.