1.2 Governance

The value of equal partnership, a culture of mutual respect, and a balance of power and inclusive decision-making are essential to enable Critical Global Health Science Consortium to address contemporary global health inequity and inherited ecosystem.

Marine Buissonniere, MPP
(Non-Profit Advisor & Practitioner)

Marine BuissonniereMarine Buissonnière is an independent advisor and practitioner in the fields of global health, health-related rights, and humanitarian action. From 2003 to 2007, Buissonnière served as secretary-general of MSF International (Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders). She worked with MSF in the field between 1995 and 2003 (including in China, the occupied Palestinian territories, Japan, and the two Koreas). Until 2015, Buissonnière was director of the Open Society Public Health Program, where she worked to improve access to health care for marginalized members of society, including people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people, people with mental disabilities, the Roma, and those in need of palliative care. Some of her other engagements have included Lifebox Foundation (review of the surgical checklist at 10 years); MSF (review of critical incidents; context analyses; research on attacks against health care); Open Society Foundations (access to medicines and mental health strategies); American Jewish World Service (humanitarian program evaluations); Essex University (research on the criminalization of health care); Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Unification; and Vox Media.She currently works as senior advisor to the Prevent Epidemics team at Resolve to Save Lives, where she partners with governments around the world to implement evidence-based strategies to find, stop, and prevent disease threats, with a particular focus in the past 18 months on COVID-19. She also co-chairs MSF’ Transformational Investment Capacity, which aims to transform MSF’s ability to address the most pressing medical and humanitarian challenges around the world. She serves on the Advisory Council of Last Mile Health; on the Board of Directors of Grand Challenge Canada; and on the advisory board of the Global Health Center of the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Buissonnière holds a master’s degree in public policy and a health and health policy graduate certificate from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Sven-Christian Schmidt, MD
(Head of Department of Surgery, Ernst von Bergmann Klinikum Potsdam, Germany)

Sven-Christian SchmidtSven-Christian Schmidt is a surgeon with clinical specialty of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery with minimally invasive techniques, and currently a Head of Department of Surgery, Ernst von Bergmann Klinikum Potsdam, Germany. He is a co-chair of global health science consortium which includes humanitarian academic partnership with North Korean scholars. He has extensively engaged in knowledge exchange program in medical science between German and North Korean doctors.
In Pyongyang, he had lectured on clinical topics such as ‘Trends in minimally invasive surgery’, ‘Minimally invasive surgery in esophageal cancer’, ‘Surgical treatment in liver malignancies.’ In Berlin, he has supervise clinical and research training of North Korean doctors, and published academic papers with North Korean doctors including ‘Efficacy and safety of effusion associated lymphocytes combined with IL-2 in patients with malignant pleural effusion’ (Clinics in Surgery 2019) and ‘Treatment by using the endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy and the autologous bone marrow monocytes transplantation for Raynaud’s disease’ (Clinics in Surgery 2019).

Dyan Mazurana, PhD
(Research Director, Feinstein International Center; Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University)

Dyan MazuranaDyan Mazurana is a Research Director, Feinstein International Center; Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University. Extensive experience of humanitarian studies. She is also a research fellow at the World Peace Foundation. She works with a number of governments, U.N. agencies and NGOs on these areas. Mazurana has published over 100 scholarly and policy books and articles. Her latest book is „A View from Below: Conducting Research in Conflict Zones,“ edited with Karen Jacobsen, and Lacey Gale (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Other recent books include „Life and Security in Rural Afghanistan“ (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008) with Nematollah Nojumi and Elizabeth Stites; and „Gender, Conflict, and Peacekeeping“ (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) with Angela Raven-Roberts and Jane Parpart. Mazurana has carried out research in Afghanistan, the Balkans, several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and Nepal.

Sophie Delaunay, MA
(Senior Executive Health and Humanitarian Affairs)

Sophie DelaunaySophie Delaunay is a senior executive with over 25 years of experience responding to international medical emergencies at field and HQ levels across the private and public sectors. Broad experience in designing health strategies and conducting needs assessments, programme evaluations and interventions in politically-charged environments (epidemics, conflicts, authoritarian regimes, population displacements, natural disasters). In-depth knowledge of the international aid and global health systems and of the African and Asian environments. Strengths include excellent ability to analyze contexts, navigate networks and conduct high-level diplomacy. Solid track record in management and fundraising.

Courtland Robinson, PhD
(Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Humanitarian Health)

Courtland RobinsonCourtland Robinson received his PhD in Demography from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2004 and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of International Health (with a joint appointment in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health) and also Deputy Director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response. He has worked in the field of refugee and disaster programs and policy since 1979, with positions in the United States (Indochina Refugee Action Center and the US Committee for Refugees) and internationally (Save the Children, World Education, Mercy Corps and the Asian Research Center for Migration). His research interests have focused on populations in migration, whether displaced by conflict or natural disaster, or in the context of migrant labor and human trafficking.  Recent projects include: evaluation of the impact of humanitarian aid on durable solutions for populations displaced by the tsunami in Indonesia; measuring impact of migration and displacement on physical and mental health of older adults in the Republic of Georgia; a study of drought and famine on mortality and displacement in Somalia; and a three-country study of sexual and reproductive needs and services for very young adolescent (10-14 year old) refugees (Somalis in Ethiopia, Burmese in Thailand, and Syrians in Lebanon).