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.
Erik Johannesson has been devoted to communications and the digital societal transformation, among others with Samsung and as an advisor. As the senior PR manager in the Nordics he developed and implemented corporate and business areas communications programmes, inviting to new lifestyles. He is also lecturing in his academic field: media, communications and the new digital world, among others at Royal Institute of Technology. Additionally his background includes experience from agencies and journalism.
Daniel Helldén is a medical student and research assistant within the Health System and Policy research group at the Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet. He is also studying business and economics at the Stockholm School of Economics. He is currently an advisory board member for the Swedish Organization for Global Health, a startup student organisation and has worked on a concept note for WHO Euro on the cultural context of health. With the experience of organising the Global Health Night initiative, he is now coordinator of SIGHT’s student activities.
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.
Global health researcher
Dr Helena Nordenstedt is a SIGHT Fellow. She is
a specialist physician in internal medicine and holds
a position as Assistant Professor of global health at Karolinska Institutet, where she has focused on teaching global health to undergraduate and graduate students as well as starting up a research project focused on NCDs in Uganda. In 2015-16 Dr Nordenstedt worked closely with Professor Hans Rosling launching a massive open online course in global health with 20,000 registered participants. She is currently a board member of the Gapminder Foundation and has previously worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
SIGHT Fellows manager
Mats Ulfendahl is professor of experimental audiology and otology at Karolinska Institutet. He was the director of the Center for Hearing and Communication Research at Karolinska Institutet 2002-2010. For six years (2010-2015), he was the Secretary-General for medicine and health at the Swedish Research Council. Mats Ulfendahl is currently chairing the Swedish Society for Medical Research, and the Delegation for research of the Swedish Society for Medicine.