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 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

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 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.

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

National Network Manager

Gabriella Hök is on board as National Network Manager facilitating the development of networks within global health. 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. 

Nora Piay Fernández

Student Coordinator

Nora is a student in the Master of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet. She has a background in pharmacy and work experience in community pharmacy and public health research. Before moving to Sweden, she did an internship at Miguel Hernández University, where she also took some courses on cooperation to development. Nora was involved in projects related to NCD reduction in LMIC, with a strong focus on inequities in health. Alongside her master studies, she has been volunteering for the Swedish Organization for Global Health as a project manager for an intervention aimed at improving menstrual health among women in a LIC. In SIGHT, she hopes to contribute to the development of Global Public Health as an interdisciplinary field and to actively involve students in Global Health discussions.   

Solomiya Kasyanchuk

Student Coordinator

Solomiya 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 Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Toronto. During her Bachelors, Solomiya took a gap from her studies and decided to work at the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, where she grew passionate and enthusiastic about improving healthcare systems. While at the MoH, she worked closely with the Minister of Health on improving international relations and donor coordination. Additionally, Solomiya has worked on different health related projects, such as completing a desk review on governance for health and well-being in Ukraine, for the World Health Organization. Currently, in addition to being a student coordinator at SIGHT, Solomiya is also a Consulting Director of 180 Degrees Consulting, Stockholm branch. As a student coordinator, Solomiya is delighted to use her unique background and student perspective to ensure that a variety of student voices are heard and included in discussions and decision making that SIGHT is a part of, so as to enrich and improve Global Health. 

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”.