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Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 9:00 AM EST (Thursday, February 11, 1:00 AM AEDT)

Webinar: Shaping your career path as an early career health economist

Although many Early Career Researchers (ECRs) who are members of iHEA work in academia, there are many other career pathways that early-career health economists could follow. The aim of this webinar is to provide an opportunity for ECRs who are iHEA members to hear about ‘a day in the life of me’ from people with different career pathways. The speakers will cover topics such as:

• What was your route to your current position?
• What is your typical day at work like?
• Do you have any survival tips for early-career researchers at the beginning of their career?

The webinar will last for 90 minutes.  In the first hour there will be four speakers, each speaking for 10 minutes. After each presentation there will be a couple of minutes for questions. After all four speakers have presented, there will be an opportunity for members of the audience to ask questions of all four speakers. The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be made available to iHEA members after the webinar.


Edwine Barasa:

Edwine is the director of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Nairobi, Kenya and also heads the Programme’s Health Economics Unit. Prior to this appointment he completed  his PhD in health economics at the University of Cape Town. His interests include health financing; equity and efficiency analysis in healthcare; economic evaluation of healthcare interventions; measuring health systems' performance; and health system governance. He provides health financing technical advisory support both within Kenya and the broader Sub-Saharan African region, and also to international development organizations, including the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Jacoline Bouvy:

Jacoline started her PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Utrecht University (on a collaborative project) in 2008. After a year as a postdoc at Erasmus University (2012-2013), and a year and a bit as a postdoc at Utrecht University (2013-2014), she left academia, initially for a 10-month gig as a National Expert working for the European Medicines Agency in London. She joined the Science Policy and Research team at the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence in England as a Scientific Adviser in 2015, and was promoted to Senior Scientific Adviser in 2017.

Ulla Griffiths:

Ulla’s first job was as an Overseas Development Institute fellow in the Ministry of Health in Guyana. She subsequently worked for one year as a health economist for large consultancy company. Between 1999-2005, Ulla worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva as a health economist in the Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Department. In 2006, Ulla joined the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she stayed for ten years. Since 2016, Ulla has worked at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in New York where she leads work on Immunization Financing.

Susan Sparkes:

Susan is a health economist on the health financing team at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva. She has 15+ years of experience in fiscal policy, health financing and health systems reform around the world. Prior to WHO, she worked at the World Bank and for a USAID-contractor. She has a Doctorate in health economics from Harvard University, a Master’s in economics from Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s in international political economy from Georgetown University.

Hosted by the Early Career Researchers Special Interest Group (ECR)

To register, please click here: https://www.healtheconomics.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1475423

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