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.

Executive Committee

-Director​-

Irina Mindlina

Irina is in her 2nd year of a Graduate Medicine course. Before making a switch to Medicine, she worked as a financial analyst at Google and as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman. She holds a BSc degree in Economics from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow and a Master's degree in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics. She joined Polygeia first as a project editor in 2016 because it seemed like a perfect opportunity to apply her skills in social sciences and quantitative research to the field of healthcare that she is very passionate about. Outside of her studies, Irina enjoys hillwalking and taking part in quiz tournaments.

-Head of Operations-

Benjamin Devoy

Benjamin is a fourth year medical student at Cambridge and joined Polygeia in October 2017. As Deputy Director he overseas Polygeia’s operations: coordinating recruitment of committee and researchers and overseeing the marketing and publicity team. Benjamin also contributes to decisions about Polygeia’s strategy and future direction. Benjamin’s interests lie in the bigger picture of medicine and public health, such as how we deliver healthcare and health policy.

-Secretary-

Kuok Ren Teh

Ren is a fourth year medical student at Cambridge with a broad range of interests. Outside medicine, he has worked for a summer at BCG in Kuala Lumpur and is currently interested in the intersection of healthcare and policy. He has previously done basic research on antimicrobial resistance and explored the potential of certain types of genetic information to be used in insurance underwriting.

Central Committee

-Director of Policy-

Raihan Mohammed

Raihan is a 4th year medical stduent at Cambridge, with oversight of Polygeia’s projects and organising external Commissioners to work with us. He is interested in the broader healthcare sector, with experience in healthcare investment banking, advisory roles at two MedTech start-ups and in research, with over 10 peer-reviewed publications. He believes that Polygeia is the perfect intersection between different healthcare sectors and have significant impact on global policy.

-Editor in Chief-

Marios Erotocritou

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.

-Recruitment Lead-

Ali Khalid

Ali is a fourth year medical student at Cambridge, with interests in research and access initiatives. As the recruitment lead of Polygeia, he is involved in the recruitment process and interviews for researchers, editors and committee members. Ali has served as a mentor at the CUSU shadowing scheme and CUH work experience amongst other organisations, in addition to his responsibilities as the President and Treasurer of societies at Cambridge.

-Training Lead-

Brian Wong

Brian hails from Canada and is a PhD candidate in Cardiovascular Science at UCL as well as a clinical researcher with the Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and has a background in global health, epidemiology, biomedical science and music. Brian founded LonWHO, the UK’s first Model WHO simulation, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and has been part of the IFMSA delegation to the World Health Assembly, where he delivered IFMSA’s statement on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition.

-Treasurer​-

Anmol Arora

Anmol is a 4th year medical student at the University of Cambridge, having intercalated in Management Studies at the Cambridge Judge Business School. He has a keen interest in health policy and management, with a broad range of research experience and working with start-ups. As Treasurer, Anmol 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.

-Sponsorship & Grants-

 

Haowen Kwan

Haowen is a 5th year medical student at the University of Cambridge. He is 
interested in healthcare management on a global and population level and has experience working on healthcare projects at a management consultancy. As Sponsorship and Grants Officer, Haowen liaises with companies to secure funding for the annual conference.

-Webmaster-

Vacant

This position is currently vacant! Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved.

-Marketing Lead-

Anita Bolina

Anita is a fifth year medical student at Imperial College. She has recently completed her intercalated BSc in Pharmacology. As marketing lead, Anita  aims to increase Polygeia’s presence amongst university students and promote awareness in global health.

-Social Media-

Aqsa Tahir

Coming soon!

-Press Officer-

Sohini Thakor

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 the press officer, she intends to use her love of writing to educate and inform like-minded individuals of notable research projects conducted within Polygeia.

-Brand-

Vacant

This position is currently vacant! Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved.

-Conference & Events-

Fatima Mahmoud

Fatima is a fourth year medical student at UCL, having just completed an intercalated in Global Health. On the central committee, Fatima manages Polygeia's events and the annual conference. Fatima has been involved with several global health projects, and is particularly passionate about advocating for human rights and health equity.

Cambridge Committee

-President-

Anna Yakovleva

After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry from King’s College London, Anna joined the Calicivirus Group at the University of Cambridge as a PhD student. Her research aims to develop thermostable vaccines, which hold the potential to lower vaccine associated costs, and in turn, increase access to vaccination programs around the world. As President for Polygeia, Anna oversees the recruitment, policy and logistical operations in Cambridge. She is dedicated to tackling global health inequalities through laboratory, field and policy work, with a specific focus on gender inequalities. Previously, she has led a team of student researchers in a project addressing the future of UK surrogacy laws. 

-Marketing Officer-

Tomasz Benedyk

Tomasz is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge working on the molecular mechanisms involved in host-virus interactions. Tomasz has a MSc in a Translation Medicine programme at the University of Helsinki, where also his interest in public health started, being exposed to world-leading state-of-art national health care in Finland. In the past, Tomasz has been an editor - investigating the access to surgical care in the Philippines, and supervising a project on mental health in the workplace. 

-Secretary / Recruitment Officer​-

Dawn Lao

Coming soon!

-Training Officer -

Yue Wu

Coming soon!

 

-Branch Editor-

Anamay Shetty

Anamay is a third-year medical student at the University of Cambridge, currently intercalating in bioengineering. He has previously done research with computational biology groups looking at polygenic risk stratification and classification of cis-regulatory peaks in prostate cancer. He is also interested in the politics of global health and efforts to implement universal health care. He was a researcher with Polygeia last year – looking at reforms to UK surrogacy laws – and he is keen to use this experience to support teams as a branch editor.

-Branch Editor-

Akhila K Jayaram

Akhila is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge looking at increasing the fundamental understanding around membrane interactions with molecules such as DNA and proteins. She has a keen interest in science policy in addition to scientific research, believing that young scientists need to have a voice in shaping global health policy. She worked as an Editor as well as a Researcher with Polygeia last year, focusing on two projects; one related to micronutrient deficiencies in East Africa and the other on health data privacy in the UK. 

 

London Committee

-President​-

Laraib Ali

Coming soon!

-Secretary/Recruitment Officer​-

Arabella Talbutt

Arabella is a first year Human Sciences undergraduate student at UCL. Her passion for public health and policy was sparked by her A Level Geography studies and her main interests include the influence of natural and built environments on shaping mental and physical health, as well as the role of communication between science and society. Outside of academia, Arabella enjoys playing lacrosse, travelling, and natural history documentaries.

-Marketing Officer-

Vacant

This position is currently vacant! Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved. 

-Training Officer-

Ella Togun

Ella is a postgraduate Global health student at King’s College London with a background in Molecular biology and genetics. Ella’s global health interest stemmed from years of volunteering in public health and living in a LMIC, and are focused on global health policy, health system strengthening, universal health coverage and innovation in global health. She is also passionate about using design thinking and other creative methods for research. She is joining the team as the Training officer for London and is excited to work with the rest of the team to produce high quality research. Outside global health, she enjoys music, travel, writing, cooking and creating

-Branch Editor-

Hannah Hafezi

Hannah is a third year graduate medical student at King’s College London. Prior to medical school Hannah completed a MSc in the Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and consequently worked with LSHTM during the Ebola outbreak and on the tuberculosis screening team at Public Health England. She worked with Polygeia two years ago conducting a rapid literature review for MSF on humanitarian needs in crises. As Branch Editor for 2019, Hannah will oversee five projects in London. 

-Branch Editor-

Sally Hayward

Sally is a Research Associate at King’s College London and St George’s, University of London, where she also does consultancy work for the World Health Organization. Previously, she studied for an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BA in Human Sciences from St John’s College, Oxford. Her research focuses on understanding the biological mechanisms underlying associations between social exposures and population health outcomes such as tuberculosis and dementia. As branch editor, Sally oversees projects in London, providing ongoing supervision and support to these research teams. 

Oxford Committee

-President​-

Thomas Brockwell

As President, Thomas oversees recruitment, policy and logistical operations in Oxford. He is passionate about providing a voice to students, having integrated talks across the region by founding Thames Valley Medical Society. His involvement with Polygeia stems from a long-standing fascination with public health and a strong belief in the power of charities and the government to change people's lives for the better. Thomas is in his second year of reading Medicine at Oriel College. When not writing essays or acquainting himself with cadavers, Thomas debates at the Oxford Union, plays tennis and runs marathons.

-Marketing Officer​-

Vacant

This position is currently vacant! Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved. 

-Secretary/Recruitment Officer-

Vacant

This position is currently vacant! Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved. 

-Training Officer-

Vacant

This position is currently vacant! Please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved. 

 

-Branch Editor-

Deborah Cross

Coming soon!

-Branch Editor-

Vimal Sriram

Vimal is a DPhil student in Population Health, University of Oxford. He is a registered Occupational Therapist and read for his MSc in Evidence Based Healthcare, Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Vimal’s research focus is on carers' experience of assistive technology use in dementia care, using a mixed-methods approach. Vimal works (part-time) for the NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London, focusing on building capacity and capability of clinical, non-clinical and academic staff in the use of a systematic approach for quality improvement and leads on the development and evaluation of QI4U, an eLearning package of quality improvement methods. Vimal is module lead for the Translating policy into practice module for the MSc in Health Policy, Imperial College London. Vimal is a fitness to practice panel member for the Health and Care Professions Council, a member of the London Allied Health Professions Advisory Group and Board Member for the Royal Marsden School.  He is also a National Institute for health and Care Excellence (NICE) Fellow from April 2015.

New York Committee

- Co-President ​-

Brigitte Kazzi

Coming soon

- Co-President ​-

Cheryl Foo

Coming soon

-Branch Editor​-

Margaret Desmond

Coming soon

-Branch Editor​-

Melanie Uhde

Coming soon