International Advisors

A diverse global network of advisors who support PCI on an ad hoc basis, providing expertise and quality assurance in a range of areas.

  • Dr Sonak Pastakia

    Sonak is an Associate Professor with Purdue University who has spent the last 10 years based in western Kenya working with the AMPATH program to provide comprehensive population health.  He recently served as a Jefferson Science Fellow for the USAID Africa Bureau for Sustainable Development. In terms of his specific clinical interests, Sonak has focused on developing novel models of care delivery and supply chain systems to address the growing burden of chronic diseases, including HIV, diabetes, hypertension, and venous thromboembolism, to improve the poor quality of care many patients in LMICs currently receive.

  • Prof Ana Mocumbi

    Ana is Associate Professor of Cardiology at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique and Head of NCD Research at National Institute of Health, Mozambique. She also currently Co-Chair of the Lancet Commission for NCDs & Injury of Poverty. From 1992-1997 Ana worked as a GP in rural areas of Mozambique and then pursued a specialisation in Cardiology at the Heart Institute, Maputo Mozambique. Ana since received a PhD in Neglected Diseases at the Imperial College, London, and a Post doc fellow in Epidemiology on NCDs from the University of California.

  • Dr Nigel Pearson

    Nigel specialises in strengthening health systems in fragile states, working with Health Ministries, donors and UN organisations. He has supported development of the health system across the Somali states, was involved in designing the DFID-led Health Pooled Fund in South Sudan and has advised the Global Fund on their programming in fragile states. Nigel also works as a GP locum in Oxford.

  • Prof Harry Rutter

    Harry is professor of global public health at the University of Bath, senior academic adviser to Public Health England, and holds adjunct positions in Norway and Ireland. He was founder director of the English National Obesity Observatory, led the development of the English National Child Measurement Programme, and chaired the NICE group on walking and cycling. He sits on two WHO Europe steering groups, and chairs a number of other committees. His research is focused on effective mechanisms for improving the research, policy and practice responses to complex system problems in public health, with a particular focus on obesity.

  • Prof David Mant

    David was head of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care at Oxford University from 1998-2010, He is now Emeritus Professor at the University and a non-executive Director of the Oxford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has a long-standing interest in achieving universal access to high quality clinical care outside hospitals and he continued to work as an NHS general practitioner throughout his career. Since 2010, his work has focused on how to improve the quality of primary care in low-income countries.

  • Dr Silver Bahendeka

    Silver is an Hon. senior consultant physician of diabetes and endocrinology at St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya, Kampala in Uganda, as well as lecturer at the Mother Kevin Post Graduate Medical School, Uganda Martyrs University. Silver is the current Chair of the East Africa Diabetes Research Group (EADSG) and previous Chair of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Africa Region, 2009 – 2013. His research interest is in Beta cell function and pathogenesis of diabetes.

  • Dr Johann Alex Ebenezer

    Johann is a psychiatrist currently working in Christian Medical College, Vellore, in Tamil Nadu, India. Here he has led a team that created a blended learning course in mental health for primary care generalist doctors as well as other health workers. Prior to this he started the Psychiatry Department at Padhar Hospital, a rural Lutheran mission hospital in the state of Madhya Pradesh: the first and only full-time mental health service in a radius of 200 km. There he pioneered a novel rural community-based mental health project, Project Shifa, covering 75 tribal villages surrounding Padhar.