The Secretariat is composed of a Director and staff. The current secretariat is hosted at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.