In the pursuit of wellbeing, worldwide, we share knowledge, equip leaders, and build interdisciplinary, multisectoral teams to address urgent global health challenges.
The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health strives to enable collaborative programs in global health for residents, medical students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduates by reaching across geographic, cultural, economic, and gender boundaries to inspire a new generation to work for social change, justice, and increased equity in global health outcomes.
Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health
Michele Barry, the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases, was elected to lead the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) in 2019. The founder of the Stanford/Yale Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program, she has sent more than 1,000 physicians overseas to underserved areas. A past president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), Dr. Barry is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. A passionate clinician and scholar, she has sent hundreds of students around the world to create innovative global health programs.
Dr. Barry’s scholarly interests include tropical medicine, global health ethics, and the impact of climate change on megacities. She served on the Obama Women’s Health subcommittee; is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and sits on its global health board. Dr. Barry is a recipient of both the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal for outstanding contributions to women in the field of medicine and the Ben Kean Medal for dedication to clinical tropical medicine and impact on the training of students, fellows, and practitioners.Contact Michele Barry
Associate Dean for Global Health, Director of Research, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Dr. Luby studied philosophy and earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Creighton University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital. He studied epidemiology and preventive medicine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Luby’s previous positions include directing the Centre for Communicable Diseases at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 2004 – 2012, conducting research and teaching epidemiology at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan from 1993 – 1998, and working as an epidemiologist in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Contact Steve Luby
Executive Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Allison is passionate about multi-disciplinary approaches to improving the lives of women and children worldwide. Prior to joining CIGH, Allison was Deputy Director of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Malaria Elimination Initiative where she joined during the start-up phase and co-led strategic planning, fundraising, grant management, donor and partner relations, and team operations for a team that grew to 60 with an annual budget of $12million.
Prior to joining UCSF, Allison lived in Tanzania where she worked with a large NGO to lead malaria and HIV prevention education programs in rural communities. With over 15 years of global public health experience, Allison also worked with McKinsey and Company to recommend investment opportunities in the private health sector across Africa, worked on HIV/AIDS prevention in Thailand, and researched the relationship between modern and traditional medicine in India. Allison graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a degree in Medical Anthropology, and now lives in Menlo Park with her husband and two young daughters.Contact Allison Phillips
Executive Director, WomenLift Health, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Ms. Batson’s 25-year career in global health includes positions with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, USAID, and PATH where she most recently served as Chief Strategy Officer and VP of Applied Analytics and Learning.
During her three-year appointment with USAID, Ms. Batson served as the senior deputy assistant administrator leading the agency’s engagement in the President’s Global Health Initiative.
Throughout her career in global health, Ms. Batson has been a leader in innovation and partnership. Her contributions to immunization and vaccine financing at the World Bank resulted in billions of dollars in new funding for global health and the establishment of GAVI.Contact Amie Batson
Program Content Director, WomenLift Health
Shereen Bhan’s career spans 15 years of training and technical assistance design and implementation for developing countries and donor agencies around the globe.
Prior to joining Stanford, she was the Assistant Director of the International Center for Public Policy at Georgia State University’s (GSU) Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS). During her time at AYSPS she initiated the development of a training program in Leadership in Public Management for GSU’s cohort of the Young African Leaders Initiative, an Obama administration effort. She led the design and implementation of this program from 2015-2017.
Her research interests lie at the intersection of leadership, gender, behavioral economics, and public health. She has an MBA in Finance and an undergraduate degree in Economics.Contact Shereen Bhan
Program Operations Director, WomenLift Health
Ling strongly believes in social change and justice and has over 17 years of experience in various non-profit sectors. Prior to joining WomenLift Health, Ling worked at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank for close to 10 years, where she was the Director of Programs. Starting with the Commodities Supplemental Food Program serving 12,000 seniors, Ling grew her areas of focus to also encompass SNAP, expanding the program from 1 staff member in San Francisco to two teams of 10 serving multiple counties. Ling was also instrumental in implementing the Food Bank’s first pantry enrollment system, allowing the Food Bank to assist 12,000 more families in need each week.
Prior to the Food Bank, Ling did economic development work for low-income neighborhoods in San Francisco and taught English in Japan.
Ling graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Political Science and has a Master in Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.Contact Ling Liang
Program Assistant, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Lina serves as the Program Assistant for Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, supporting the program and its team members in their commitment to Global Health. She also currently serves part-time as the program assistant for the Stanford Climate and Health student organization. Previously, she was the office coordinator for the Office of the Dean for the School of Medicine, where she worked to maintain office operations and support the Dean’s executive team. In June 2018, she graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Linguistics and Language Studies. There, she was also a part of UCSC’s Global Start program, serving as a resource to incoming international students throughout the orientation stage. Lina has an interest in helping others and getting people connected, so please reach out to her if you would like to be involved with CIGH.Contact Lina Montes
Program Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Olivia Paige is the Program Associate for Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health. In May, 2018, she completed her Master of Public Health in Global Health from Emory University in her home city of Atlanta, GA. Olivia has experience working for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch as an ORISE Fellow in global health communications. She has been involved in global health research projects in India, Haiti, and in the U.S. She is particularly passionate about improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
Olivia enjoys fostering collaborations across the university to address global health issues. She loves meeting and interacting with new people, so please do not hesitate to reach out to her if you ever have any questions about getting involved with CIGH.Contact Olivia Paige
Program Administrator, Stanford Woods Institute
Jill serves as Program Administrator for the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, supporting Dr. Stephen Luby’s Lab. Prior to joining the Stanford Woods Institute, Jill served
Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Previously, she served at several high tech companies. Jill enjoys music and travel. At the Center for Innovation in Global Health, Jill plays an integral role in supporting the Center’s research initiatives directed by Dr. Luby, including the annual Global Health Research Convening.
Program Coordinator, WomenLift Health
Ashley graduated from Duke University with a major in Environmental Sciences and Biology. Shortly after, she moved to San Francisco where she served as an Executive Assistant and then Program Coordinator at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. As Program Coordinator, she worked with community partners in the Sunset, Potrero Hill, Oceanview, Merced, and Ingleside neighborhoods to ensure community members have access to nutritious, weekly groceries and food insecurity-alleviating resources.
Ashley loves supporting social justice movements, especially ones that involve empowering women.
Lucas Oliver Oswald
Communications Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Lucas is passionate about bridging the gap between science and public understanding through multimedia and the written word, focusing his career on increasing knowledge and awareness of climate change and planetary health issues.
As the Global Health Communications Manager, Lucas develops and executes communication strategies for the Center for Innovation in Global Health, designing methodologies for broader audience engagement and creating and managing editorial content. Previous to his role at CIGH, Lucas worked with as a content specialist for the Director of Health Media Innovation at Stanford Medicine, consulting on strategy for public health messaging through entertainment media forms, as well as creating and producing an online multimedia course on ethical food consumerism. Before that, Lucas was the Multimedia Content Manager at Emerson Collective, a social impact organization in Palo Alto, CA, where he designed, managed, and produced multimedia content for the environmental, food, and health verticals.
Lucas received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Earth Systems from Stanford University, completing masters of science with a focus on science communication and a bachelors of science focused on human environmental systems. He is also an avid fiction writer—during 2019, he completed the first draft of a novel while living in South Africa—and photographer. You can find his work at Lostwald.com.
Executive Assistant / Program Manager, WomenLift Health
Johnasies brings over a decade of experience working with a number of community-driven organizations where he has held a variety of support roles. Most recently he worked as Operations and Contracts Manager at MPact, Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights (formerly the Global Forum on MSM & HIV), an advocacy organization based in Oakland, California that brought funding, policy, and research support to regional and in-country LGBT-led organizations across 62 countries. Prior to this role, he worked as an Operations Manager at Lotus Bloom Child and Family Center which provided child and family programs throughout Oakland, such as multicultural playgroups and nutrition workshops for families with children ages 0-5 .
Johnasies also spent the early part of his career working with commercial district revitalization programs and administering an AmeriCorps program that provided support to local community development corporations and other community-serving organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Johnasies has a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Urban Studies and continues to maintain his interests in community development and global issues.
Meg L. DeRonghe
Global Engagement Director, WomenLift Health
Meg has spent her career focused on building the necessary consensus, resources and political will to bring health solutions to those who need them most. Prior to taking her dream job at WomenLIft Health, Meg was a Senior Program Officer and advocacy strategy lead at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) driving efforts to move the global agenda on malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). Prior to that role, Meg was the first-hired Director of Advocacy and Communications for PATH’s malaria program and drove the now-accepted best practice of integrating advocacy strategy into disease-specific global health programming. She has 25 years of experience in advocacy, public policy and resource mobilization for a range of global health issues from sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to malaria.
A lawyer by training, Meg has taught courses on gender equality in law at Georgetown University, brought gender-based asylum claims pro bono and worked to influence policy from a village council in Botswana to the US Congress to the World Health Organization to improve the lives of women and girls. Meg sits on the advisory board of Speak Up Africa based in Senegal, a policy and advocacy action tank dedicated to catalyzing leadership, enabling policy change and increasing awareness for sustainable development in Africa. Meg earned her undergraduate degree at Kenyon College in anthropology and international studies and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.
Human and Planetary Health Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Social Media and Digital Outreach Assistant, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Harleen Kaur (‘21/22) is an undergraduate at Stanford majoring in Anthropology. This past year, while on a leave of absence, she served as the Director of Research and Design for the South Asian Winter Camp, was a community researcher at ASRA: The Panjabi Alcohol Resource, and continued her work as a research assistant in the Intimate Partner Violence Research Lab.
At Stanford she is an active member of various South Asian cultural spaces, including South Asian Society, Sikh Students’ Association, and Stanford Bhangra and volunteers with SHAR(ED) and the Global Health Student Council.
Harleen’s global health interests include narratives of addiction and circuits of care within Panjabi communities, intergenerational trauma and its manifestation with health and wellbeing, and gender based violence within immigrant communities.
Executive Assistant to Dr. Michele Barry, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Prior to joining Stanford, Lauren spent five years working for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, where she supported the Dean of the Graduate School and led operational activities on both their downtown and medical campuses.
She previously served as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of an inpatient mental health facility, where she received a Governor’s Commendation for leading a project to restore an abandoned cemetery on the hospital grounds. She was also honored by the Oklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for her work in discovering and memorializing a forgotten mass grave from a tragic fire at the hospital in 1918.
Outside of work, Lauren is an avid international traveler, having visited over two dozen countries on five continents, as well as living in China for a period of time. Beyond travel, she enjoys reading across a wide range of genres, hiking, and discovering new international restaurants.
Lauren earned her undergraduate degree in African and African American Studies from the University of Oklahoma and is passionate about supporting the work of anti-racism, advancing LGBTQ equality, and advocating for the dignity of people living with mental illness.