The Lancet-SIGHT Commissioners

Commission Lancet-SIGHT

Tarja Halonen

Commission Chair

Former President of Finland; Member, UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation; Alternate Co-Chair, High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child

Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

Commission Co-Chair

Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health & The Institute for Global Health and Development, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan; Co-Director, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, Toronto, ON, Canada; Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences & Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Peter Friberg

Commission Co-Chair

Co-Founder and Director, Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation, Stockholm, Sweden; Professor, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden

Catherine Kyobutungi

Commission Co-Chair

Executive Director, African Population and Health Research Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Akshaya Neil Arya


Fellow, International Migration Research Centre and Balsillie School for International Affairs at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada; Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada; Chair, PEGASUS Institute, Canada

Sara Causevic

Next Generation Commissioner

Research Assistant, Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation, Stockholm, Sweden; Doctoral Student, Department of Global Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Carolyn Chisadza


Senior Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Senait Fisseha


Director of Global Programs, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, Omaha, NE, USA; Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Siri Gloppen


Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway; Director of LawTransform, the CMI-UiB Centre on Law & Social Transformation, Bergen, Norway

Debarati Guha-Sapir


Senior Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins Centre for Humanitarian Health, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA

Steven J. Hoffman


Director of the Global Strategy Lab and Professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science York University, Toronto, ON, Canada; Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Population & Public Health, Toronto, ON, Canada

Ramya Kumar


Lecturer, Department of Community and Family Medicine, University of Jaffna, Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Ana Langer


Professor of the Practice of Public Health and Director of the Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

Minna Lyytikäinen

Next Generation Commissioner

Doctoral Student, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Ben Oppenheim


Senior Non-Resident Fellow, Center on International Cooperation, New York University, New York, NY, USA

Ole Petter Ottersen


President, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

Valerie Percival

Commissioner and Lead Researcher/Writer

Associate Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada; Fellow, Wilson Center, Washington DC, USA

Geeta Rao Gupta


 Senior Advisor, 3D Program for Girls and Women; Senior Advisor, Co-Impact; Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation, Washington, DC, USA

Sigrún Rawet


Deputy Director-General, Head of Global Agenda Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden

Elena Varavikova


Independent Researcher, MD, PhD, MPH, Moscow, Russia

Jeanette Vega


Chief Medical and Innovation Officer, Red de Salud UC-Christus, Santiago de Chile, Chile

Gavin Yamey


Director, Duke Center for Policy Impact in Global Health and Professor of the Practice of Global Health and Public Policy, Duke Global Health Institute, Durham, NC, USA

Fanghui Zhao


Director, Department of Cancer Epidemiology, National Cancer Center/National Clinical Research Center for Cancer/ Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China

Sara Fewer


Lancet-SIGHT Commission Manager, Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation, Stockholm, Sweden

*Institutional affiliation is listed for identification purposes only.