UCL Grand Challenges


Who we are

The academic direction of the UCL Grand Challenge of Global Health is led by the Working Group, supported by the Coordinator, Nina Quach (n.quach@ucl.ac.uk). Since the establishment of this Grand Challenge many researchers, external partners, alumni and supporters have contributed to its development.

Working Group


Professor Nora Groce

Professor Nora Groce, Director of the Leonard Cheshire Disability & Inclusive Development Centre at UCL, based in UCL Epidemiology & Public Health, is a medical anthropologist who works on issues of global health, international development and human rights, with particular focus on global disability issues. Her research over the years has concentrated on vulnerable groups, with attention to the interface between persons with disability and access to adequate health care and inclusion in international development programs.

Professor Megan Vaughan

Professor Megan Vaughan is Professor of African History and Health in the Institute for Advanced Studies. Her work, which crosses disciplinary boundaries, has focused on the history of medicine and psychiatry in Africa, on the history of famine, food supply and gender relations and on slavery in the Indian Ocean region. She began her career at the University of Malawi and maintains strong links there and elsewhere in the region. She is committed to working collaboratively with African scholars and institutions and is a past President of the African Studies Association of the UK.

Members of the Working Group are drawn from academic units ranging from Population Health Sciences and Medical Sciences to the UCL Insititute of Education. Download the UCL Grand Challenges' Working Group Terms of Reference.


Dr Ruth BellInstitute of Health Equity
Evie CalderCommunications, OVPR
Professor Ama de-Graft AikinsInstitute of Advanced Studies
Helen CraigUCL Public Engagement
Dr Sahra GibbonDepartment of Anthropology
Professor Sarah HawkesInstitute for Global Health
Sam MardellOffice of the Vice Provost (Health)
Professor Tim McHughCentre for Medical Microbiology, Royal Free Hospital
Professor Moses OketchInstitute of Education
Dr James PaskinsUCL Grand Challenges, OVPR
Dr Marina RomanelloInstitute for Global Health
Dr Ian ScottUCL Grand Challenges, OVPR
Katherine WelchUCL Public Policy, OVPR
Professor Ijeoma UchegbuSchool of Pharmacy
Professor Haim YacobiDevelopment Planning Unit