Akhila K Jayaram
Akhila is a Biophysics PhD Candidate at the University of Cambridge, researching membrane interactions in the context of misfolding diseases. As Director at Polygeia, she oversees the organisation's overall functioning and strategy and hopes to involve more youth in the policymaking process. Previously, she was involved with Polygeia as an editor, researcher and branch editor. In the future, she hopes to build a career in the fields of consulting and science policy.
Head of Operations
Nazifa is a 4th year Medical student at UCL, and has also completed a Bachelor's degree in Global Health and Development. As Deputy Director she overseas Polygeia’s operations: coordinating recruitment of committee and researchers and overseeing the marketing and publicity team. Nazifa also contributes to decisions about Polygeia’s strategy and future direction. She hopes to be involved in shaping global health policies in the future.
Aidan is a Master's student in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Previously, he has experience working with the Government of Western Australia. As Secretary at Polygeia, he is responsible for smooth communication internally and with external stakeholders. He wishes to lead epidemiological research and drive global health policy around humanitarian health in the future.
Sharan is a 4th year medical student at Imperial College London. He is currently undertaking a Bsc in Cardiovascular Sciences, having done previous research in the intersection between cardiovascular disease and public health. He is passionate about improving healthcare outcomes globally and hopes to influence public health policy in the future. As the Strategy Lead for Polygeia, he works closely with both the Director and the Non-Executive Directors to advise, coordinate and implement strategic objectives.
Deputy Head of Policy
Marine is a MSc Population Health student based at UCL. Previously, she has worked at the European Commission as a Blue Book Trainee and is also active in organising WHO simulations in the UK. As Deputy Head of Policy, she supports Polygeia's activities in seeking external commissioners. She is passionate about health policy and hopes to either go into a doctoral programme or gain work experience, with a focus on health systems strengthening, economic evaluation and public health in the EU.
Head of Policy
Catherine is a 3rd year Medical Student based the the Queen Mary University of London and Barts Hospital. As Head of Policy at Polygeia, she is responsible for driving internal projects and fostering relationships with external commissioners. She hopes to specialise in infectious diseases, with a focus on disease control and neglected tropical diseases.
Dr. Nileema Patel
Co-Head of Publications
Dr. Nileema Patel is a Public Health Registrar at the Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust, having completed her MBBS at King's College London with a BSc in Global Health. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Global Health and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford. She trained as a Foundation Doctor with the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and has also interned with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in NYC, USA. She has extensive experience in conducting systematic reviews and policy analysis. At Polygeia, she will facilitate the co-founding of our new Peer-reviewed Online Global Health Journal which will allow students from all over the world to submit short articles around current topics.
Co-Head of Publications
Nicholas is concluding his Master of Public Administration at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. He is now completing his policy co-op placement with the Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat, after having worked for the province’s Ministry of Health and largest hospital network. Nicholas has also worked with an organization that places medical students and residents in under-serviced rural regions across Ontario, and was Senior Research Editor at the Journal of Young Investigators, the oldest undergraduate, multi-disciplinary journal in the world. Following his MPA and work experience with the Ontario Public Service, he hopes to pursue a Juris Doctor and career in health law. At Polygeia, he will facilitate the co-founding of our new Peer-reviewed Online Global Health Journal which will allow students from all over the world to submit short articles around current topics.
Editor in Chief
Marios is a sixth-year medical student at UCL. Having attained a 1st class honours in Biomedical Sciences, he furthered his experience in the world of academia, by collaborating with various research groups in the fields of medicine and surgery. As the editor-in-chief, his role is to oversee all the research teams and their projects, as well as, the Polygeia annual conference. He is passionate about the advancement of medicine and surgery, not only on a national but also on a global level, in order to minimise health inequalities. He aims to achieve this goal by influencing changes in policies, clinical education and training.
Karen is an Undergraduate student reading Medicine at the University of Cambridge. She has previous research experience in cardiology, obstetrics and gynaecology across the US and the UK. As Treasurer, Karen coordinates the financial aspects of the society to ensure that Polygeia can continue to produce high-quality research and further increase the scope of its annual conference. Karen hopes to go into health economics and consultancy in the future.
Luke is a 3rd year Undergraduate reading English at Gonville and Caius, University of Cambridge. He has previously worked as an Editor at the European Student Think Tank. As Training Lead at Polygeia, he will be responsible for overseeing our training programmes across different branches and also establishing an e-learning policy course targeted at students with limited experience in the field. He hopes to be involved with the development of Policy Research, particularly with an international focus, in the future.
Sohini is a 5th-year medical student at Imperial College London and has just completed her intercalated BSc in Management at Imperial College Business School. She has a particular interest in emergency medicine and global politics. As Marketing Lead, Sohini aims to increase Polygeia’s presence amongst university students and promote awareness in global health.
Social Media Officer
Yasmin is a 5th year Medical student at Imperial College London with a BSc in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences. As Social Media Officer, she will be responsible for overseeing Polygeia's social media strategy. She hopes to work in the NHS in the future, while specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She also wishes to be more involved in Public Health and Policy.
Sponsorship & Partnerships Lead
Charlie is a third year medical student based at Imperial College London and is passionate about world of global health and international development. As Sponsorship Lead at Polygeia, Charlie liaises with companies to secure funding for the Annual Conference and general running of the organisation. He wishes to work in health systems development and humanitarian medicine in the international sector, in the future.
Amelia Tan is a 2nd year Undergraduate at the University of Cambridge reading Education with a focus on Policy and International Development. As the Press Officer, she will be responsible for disseminating information of notable research projects conducted within Polygeia. Amelia hopes to pursue a career in international development in the future.