David Heymann

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Distinguished Fellow

Chatham House

Research interests: Infectious diseases, global health capacity building, epidemiology

Professor David Heymann is a medical epidemiologist, Distinguished Fellow at Chatham House’s Centre for Universal Health and Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. From 1989 to 2009 he held various leadership positions at WHO, and in 2003 headed the WHO global response to SARS. In 1976, after spending two years working in India on smallpox eradication, David was a member of the CDC (Atlanta) team to investigate the first Ebola outbreak in DRC and stayed on in sub-Saharan Africa for 13 years in various field research positions on Ebola, monkeypox, Lassa Fever, malaria and other tropical diseases. At PANDORA, David is interested in capacity building and translating evidence into policy.