I am an independent consultant specializing in epidemiology, prevention, control and elimination of malaria, filariasis and other mosquito-borne diseases. My focus is on the use and evaluation of routine surveillance data and evidence based interventions, combined with parasitology lab support, to improve disease control programmes. My career has alternated between short and long term consultancies and academic research positions. Since 1996, I have been a successful short-term consultant for the World Bank, WHO, DFAT (formerly AusAID), USAID and other organizations for support to and evaluation of malaria and filariasis control programmes in many countries of the Asia-Pacific Region and Africa, most recently in Myanmar and Samoa. I also have long-term project management and applied research experience in Samoa, America Samoa, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, The Gambia, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. See list of consultancies at [link] and selected reports at [link].
Since 2016 I have been Adjunct Professor at James Cook University in Cairns and Townsville, Australia, [link to JCU Research Portfolio] where I participate in research on vector-borne diseases and run the PacELF Digital Archive [link] as part of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Vector-Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases. I have been an advisor to the Pacific Filariasis Elimination program since 2000, especially on survey design, monitoring and evaluation of control programmes.
From 2007 to 2011, I worked as epidemiologist for The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA USA, conducting programme implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation of integrated control programs for malaria, filariasis and other neglected tropical diseases in Ethiopia and Nigeria. From 2012 to 2016 I was Associate Professor at James Cook University, running a filariasis serology laboratory, advising students, and supporting filariasis elimination programmes.
I served on the Technical Review Panel for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria between 2012 and 2017, and was recently called back for Window 1 2020. I also served on the WHO Malaria Policy Advisory Committee from 2012 to 2016. I have a long running collaboration with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as author and editor of systematic reviews of interventions for the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group.
In previous academic positions, I conducted laboratory and field research on genetic control of mosquitoes, malaria transmission and transmission blocking immunity, effectiveness of interventions such as insecticidal mosquito nets, rapid diagnostic tests, and the relationship between viruses and type 1 diabetes.
I have authored or coauthored over 130 peer-reviewed publications in addition to invited reviews, editorials, book chapters, commentaries, peer reviews of articles and consultancy reports. See my publications at Google Scholar [link], Scopus [link], ResearchGate [link] and Publons [link].
I received an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences (Cambridge, UK), a PhD in mosquito genetics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (London UK) and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of Colorado (Denver, USA).