Directors

-Director​-

Inesa Rozenman

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Inesa has taken over the directorship role from Gabriel Lambert in April 2016. She has been an active member of Polygeia since September 2015, operating as the Training and Recruitment Lead. Currently, Inesa is undertaking a PhD in medical sciences at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College London.

Inesa is passionate about engaging with the public, and discussing health policy issues affecting the UK and the world. 

-Internal Deputy- Director

Paul Tern

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Paul is a fifth-year medical student at Cambridge. As Deputy Director, he oversees the marketing, operations, training and recruitment divisions of Polygeia. Paul has an interest in health policy – he believes that the institutions that govern and coordinate the distribution of healthcare are as important to the success of any healthcare system as the doctors providing the care itself.

-External Deputy- Director

Mohammed Abdelaziz

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As External Deputy Director, Mohammed is responsible for ensuring that all the different Polygeia branches continue working harmoniously together. He is a fifth year Medical student at Cambridge and was previously a researcher at Polygeia, working on strategies to manage MDR-TB in high burden areas. He is very interested in international political behaviours and how health and policy is manipulated and influenced. 

-Director of Policy-

 

Fawz Kazzazi

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Fawz is responsible for overseeing and organising Polygeia’s projects. He works with the researchers to determine relevant internal projects that allow Polygeia members to explore their interests and work on topics outside of their curriculum that have a wider global impact.

Fawz is a medical student at the University of Cambridge. He feels his experience working with policy-makers at NICE and various previous leadership roles have put him in good stead to focus his work with Polygeia. Fawz’s interests include the decisions behind the distribution of resources in different healthcare systems, and the impact of infrastructure and politics on these.

Directors

-Director​-

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Inesa Rozenman

Inesa has taken over the directorship role from Gabriel Lambert in April 2016. She has been an active member of Polygeia since September 2015, operating as the Training and Recruitment Lead. Currently, Inesa is undertaking a PhD in medical sciences at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College London.

Inesa is passionate about engaging with the public, and discussing health policy issues affecting the UK and the world. 

-Internal Deputy- Director

Paul Tern

Paul is a fifth-year medical student at Cambridge. As Deputy Director, he oversees the marketing, operations, training and recruitment divisions of Polygeia. Paul has an interest in health policy – he believes that the institutions that govern and coordinate the distribution of healthcare are as important to the success of any healthcare system as the doctors providing the care itself.

-External Deputy- Director

Mohammed Abdelaziz

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As External Deputy Director, Mohammed is responsible for ensuring that all the different Polygeia branches continue working harmoniously together. He is a fifth year Medical student at Cambridge and was previously a researcher at Polygeia, working on strategies to manage MDR-TB in high burden areas. He is very interested in international political behaviours and how health and policy is manipulated and influenced. 

-Director of Policy-

 

Fawz Kazzazi

Fawz is responsible for overseeing and organising Polygeia’s projects. He works with the researchers to determine relevant internal projects that allow Polygeia members to explore their interests and work on topics outside of their curriculum that have a wider global impact.

Fawz is a medical student at the University of Cambridge. He feels his experience working with policy-makers at NICE and various previous leadership roles have put him in good stead to focus his work with Polygeia. Fawz’s interests include the decisions behind the distribution of resources in different healthcare systems, and the impact of infrastructure and politics on these.

Central Committee

-Treasurer​-

Anna Kuligowska

Anna is a fifth year Clinical Medicine student at the University of Cambridge, having specialised in physiology and development in her third year research project. She is overseeing the financial side of the society, keeping everything within budget. She will ensure the best use of funds to maximise the scope of the society and future conferences for Polygeia as a global health think-tank. Having been part of the original team working on the launch conference, she is excited to continue contributing to such an innovative society and to help it grow!

-Secretary-

Agata Sularz

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-Editor in Chief-

Cassie Fairhead

As co-editor in chief, Cassie is delighted to be coordinating, overseeing and supporting this year's teams across Polygeia's branches. She co-edited a policy paper and researched a systematic review regarding the potential role of mHealth interventions in increasing immunization rates, commissioned by international NGO MedicMobile. Cassie is now a fourth year medical student, completing a BA in the History and Philosophy of Science in Cambridge before she begins clinical school at University College London. She maintains a strong interest in immunization initiatives, and has been lucky enough to research RotaVac, an Indian vaccine which is hoped will significantly increase affordability of rotavirus immunization in the country. 

-Press Officer-

Tsolmon Tsogbayar

As Press Officer, Tsolmon hopes to increase awareness and broaden the outreach of the work by Polygeia's researchers via the online blog and other media platforms.  Tsolmon is a graduate medical student at Imperial College. After obtaining a Biochemistry BSc at Queen Mary University, she went on to complete an MSc in Human Molecular Genetics, also at Imperial College. During her BSc and MSc, Tsolmon developed a keen interest in scientific research and literature, and aims to engage students in critiquing research papers through her role as Journal Club Officer at Imperial. Originally from Mongolia, she has witnessed global health inequalities first hand. Her experiences volunteering there have fueled her passion for health education & policy.

-Social Media Officer​-

Emma Pope

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As Social Media Officer, Emma will be managing the Twitter and Facebook accounts. She will be keeping in touch with the research teams for exciting developments in order to share on Social Media. She applies the skills she learnt as Social Media Officer for the student newspaper BlewsWire to the Polygeia accounts in order to reach the maximum number of people and have the largest impact possible. She is a second year studying Psychological and Behavioural Sciences with a passion for honest scientific communication, critical analysis and making a positive change in society.

-Marketing-

Robert Hyder-Wilson

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Rob is a second year Medic at the University of Oxford. When he manages to find time between lectures and tutorials, he is a keen Judoka and enjoys attending with friends the many and varied events Oxford University hosts around the city.

-Brand-

Ali Abdaal

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-Webmaster-

Namir Asmar

Namir is a fifth year medic studying at the University of Cambridge with an interest in global public health, particularly where it relates to pathology such as with neglected tropical diseases. His main role in Polygeia is ensuring the website is functional and regularly updated, and helping out with general committee requirements.

Cambridge Committee

-President​-

Parth Patel

As president, Parth oversees policy and logistics operations in Cambridge. He strongly believes in the abilities of students in shaping healthcare policy, and hopes to catalyse the development of the next generation of global health researchers.

Parth has an avid interest in health promotion, prevention and services delivery, with particular emphasis on non-communicable diseases. He is a fourth year medical student at the University of Cambridge who has various experiences in leadership and healthcare.

-Treasurer-

Innocent Ogunmywonyi 

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Innocent is currently a second year medic at Robinson, and although he hasn't decided what he wants to do during his third year, he is particularly interested in pathology because of the opportunity to learn about the implications diseases have in regards to global heath. In his free time, Innocent likes to play basketball, run and generally stay active as much as he can, as well as helping teach first aid back home. As treasurer, he hopes to be a key part of helping the branch acquire and manage their funds.

-Training Officer-

Patrick Diaz

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As Cambridge training officer Patrick is responsible for delivering training to researchers and editors on subjects such as critical thinking, policy writing and public speaking.

 

Patrick is currently studying for a PhD in plant science, his research focuses on crossover during meiosis; a process that occurs in all sexually reproducing organisms. Patrick joined Polygeia because he was curious about how basic science and research gets translated into policy. He is especially concerned about areas of science where there is a disconnect between the opinions of scientists and the public.

London Committee

-President​-

Samara Linton

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As president, Samara will be managing Polygeia's London committee. In 2014, Samara. joined Polygeia as the Marketing & Outreach officer, playing a key role in Polygeia's launch, as well as establishing relationships with local schools. She has since co-edited a Polygeia report commissioned by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on lessons from the Ebola response regarding health systems strengthening.

 

Samara is a medical student at University College London, having graduated from the Cambridge University with a degree in Medical Sciences. She is also the Mental Health Editor at Dream Nation, a contributing writer at Black Ballad and is frequently involved in equality campaigns and initiatives. Born in the Caribbean, Samara is particularly interested in international healthcare in the context of social development, as well as the health of UK minority groups.

-Treasurer-

Karol Basta

Karol is eager to support the financial and administrative side of the committee. She is in her second year studying medicine at Imperial College and being involved in the Arabic society and Hockey club committees she hopes to bring the skills she developed to her role. Her interest in the change public health can bring began after exploring Britain's own health revolution during WW2. Whilst after having spent time volunteering in the Manshiet Nasser slum area of Cairo and in a South African township led to an interest in inequalities of healthcare that she would like to explore further.

-Training Officer-

Ikhuemose Ikhena

Ose is a fourth year medical student at Imperial College London and has graduated the University of Oxford with a degree in Medical Sciences specialising in Neurosciences and Genomics, presenting research for Nuffield Department of Medicine at the Cheltenham Science Festival. The lack of health care provision for those with greatest need in Nigeria, his parents' country of birth, motivates his interest in global health issues. Ose has in the past worked with the charity, Just Love, to support the homeless in Oxford. He is looking forward to utilising the skills learnt from these experiences to provide valuable training for Polygeia. 

-Recruitment officer-

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Conference Manager

Julia Dumesh

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Julia is working closely with the marketing team and training officers to keep recruiting keen and bright young students pushing Polygeia to further success.

After completing a BA in Chemistry and BSc in Biochemistry at University of Washington, Julia has ventured across the pond to join the students at Imperial College, currently en route to completing her MBBS. She is involved in a few different societies through Imperial and is looking forward to using skills from both her previous and current committee work to streamline the process for effectively recruiting research teams from throughout London. She is particularly interested in reproductive health and international medicine, and first joined the Polygeia team as editor for the 2015 London Reproductive & Sexual medicine research team.

 

Policy Teams

-Cambridge Branch-

Editor

Rhys Wenlock

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Rhys is a 4th year medical student at Downing College. He has worked for Polygeia since its inception when he co-authored two papers on Antimicrobial Resistance, the first of which has been published in the Cambridge Medical Journal with the second in peer review. Subsequently, he was a researcher on the team evaluating the UK's role in the Ebola epidemic with the APPG Africa culminating in the report launch in March 2016. He has a broad range of interests and is very excited to oversee the Cambridge projects this year as Branch Editor.

-London Branch-

Editor

Raquel Real

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-Oxford Branch-

Editor

Caroline Butler

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Caroline is a student at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, studying for an MSc in Economics for Development with a particular interest in health economics. This stems from her undergraduate dissertation in economics that focussed on obesity and economic inequality in the UK. This year she is researching the effects of gender bias in the allocation of healthcare in India, and the consequential effects upon educational outcomes and the labour force. She has joined the Polygeia team as she enjoys and encourages the interdisciplinary approach to public health.

-Oxford Branch-

Editor

 

Carey Pike

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Carey is a South African master's student at the University of Oxford, reading for a MSc in Pharmacology. She hopes to pursue a career in medical writing, keep up with some lab work, and travel the world while drinking lots of coffee.

 
 

Oxford Committee

-President​-

Trang Tran

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Trang joined Polygeia shortly after taking part in the Paris World Health Organisation simulation last year! The theme of the conference was health innovation, and after speaking to the past Editor-in-Chief about Polygeia Oxford, she knew she wanted to be a part of this organisation, which truly embodies that theme.

Trang became interested in Global Health and what she could do to reduce global health disparities while volunteering at the second largest Accident Emergency unit in Ghana. Since then she has become a member of the Oxford Global Health Group as well as the Medical Global Brigades Oxford societies, which are both passionate about this cause. She is currently a Human Sciences student at the University of Oxford and hopes to one-day use health innovation, whether through innovative technologies or methods of education to make a small contribution to improving global health inequality.

-Secretary-

Alice Jiyoon Ahn

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As the secretary, Alice is responsible for ensuring effective communication and collaboration between other committee members, editors and researchers. Currently a PhD student in Pathology, she has a broad interest in infectious diseases, including neglected tropical diseases. Alice is also passionate about bridging the gap between academia, industry and policy makers, and is also involved with Oxford University Innovation Forum.

 

New York Committee

-President​-

Stefano Iantorno

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Stefano graduated from the University of Cambridge with a PhD in Genetics in 2015 and is now pursuing his MD at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is interested in neglected tropical diseases, human genetics and genomics, and more broadly all clinical infectious disease.

He initially become involved with Polygeia during the launch of the London and Oxford branches, and he is currently leading the first chapter on U.S. soil. He is originally from the Bay Area, and is a proud Californian.

-Training & Recruitment- Officer

Margaret Desmond

Margaret is the Operations Officer for Polygeia-New York, overseeing recruitment and training of the new teams. She is currently working on her Master's in Ethics and Society at Fordham University where she works as a graduate assistant in the Center for Ethics Education. Margaret is also Fordham's Campus Ambassador for the Gift of Life Marrow Registry, a research team member of the Recognizing Women Project, a representative for the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and a member of the leadership team for World Merit New York. Her goal is to continuing connecting students from a wide range of backgrounds and institutions to create change in the world, especially through Polygeia and its research teams.

-Branch Editor-

Cooper Kersey

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Cooper joined the Polygeia NYC team in the summer of 2016. As the Commissioning Editor of the New York branch, he is in charge of expanding the network of organizations that the research teams work with. He has worked on projects involving medical partnerships with private organizations in the past, but is excited to now be approaching these partnerships from a policy research perspective. Cooper is a medical student at Columbia University and his work at Polygeia complements his studies by providing a global framework for the disease processes he is learning about. 

-Branch Editor-

Shaina Sidnauth

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As Editor-in-Chief of Polygeia-New York, Shaina oversees the teams of the New York branch, which span across multiple academic institutions and consist of members from diverse academic backgrounds. She is proud to be a part of this flourishing branch where her passion for public health can be fueled by the research, work, and goals of the various teams. Shaina is currently pursuing her Master's degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a second-year student in the Master of Public Health program, specializing in Healthcare Management. She also serves as a Student Ambassador of the program and the Editor of Mount Sinai's public health newsletter. Shaina continues to be motivated by the evolving dynamics of the healthcare setting and the necessity to improve with the progressive times.