Thought Leadership

Ideas and impact

The George Institute’s Thought Leadership program focuses on tackling the world’s biggest killers, non-communicable diseases and injury.

We share our insights, challenge the status quo and foster the kind of debates and discussions that lead to better treatments, better care and healthier societies, and ultimately improve health outcomes.

Our Thought Leadership program involves researchers at The George Institute as well as non-resident Distinguished Fellows – external experts who are leaders in their respective fields.

To complement the world class research of The George Institute and maximise our impact, our Thought Leadership priorities align with the institute's strategy.

Our guiding principles

  • Challenge the status quo

  • Drive critical analysis and reflective thinking

  • Develop networks and collaborations to enact real change

  • Target global epidemics, particularly of non-communicable diseases and injury

  • Focus on vulnerable populations in both rich and poor countries


Distinguished Fellows

Our Distinguished Fellows are external leading health researchers, health policy experts, policy makers and health advocates.

We work with our Fellows to drive conversations focused on better treatments, better care and healthier societies. For example, we support our Fellows to highlight specific challenges and issues through blogs, public talks and other events, videos, social media, and policy papers. We sponsor conference presentations or similar announcements related to their research, and they engage with stakeholders through our major centres in Australia, China, India and the United Kingdom.

Do you want to be part of the global debate?

As a Distinguished Fellow you’ll stay right where you are at your own organisation. We’ll support your thought leadership work, amplifying your insights to key stakeholders around the world.

To find out more, contact Maarinke van der Meulen, Policy Program Officer;
T +61 2 8052 4322

Carolyn A. Reynolds

carolyn reynolds

Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health

Carolyn Reynolds has been driving change in global health and development and US foreign policy for three decades. Carolyn is a Senior Associate with the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she is serving as an expert adviser to the CSIS Commission for Health Security. She is also a consultant to the World Bank Group and other international organisations.

Corinna Hawkes

Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health

Corinna Hawkes is Professor of Food Policy and Director of the Centre for Food Policy at City University of London, Vice Chair of the London Child Obesity Taskforce established by the Mayor of London, and serves on a variety of international initiatives. Between 2015-18 she was Co-Chair of the Independent Expert Group of the Global Nutrition Report, which tracks progress on addressing malnutrition in all its forms.


Göran Tomson


Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health

Göran Tomson is a Professor of International Health Systems Research, linked to the Medical Management Centre at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics at the Karolinska Institutet. He is a Counselor UN Agenda 2030 at the President’s office at KI. He is a co-founder and a Senior Advisor at the Swedish Institute for Global Health Transformation at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and Co-founder ReAct, the international network to contain antibiotic resistance, responsible for coordinating the work that led to the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research now at WHO.

Juan Angel Rivera Dommarco

Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health

Dr Juan A. Rivera is General Director of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico and Professor of Nutrition at the Mexican School of Public Health. Juan is Executive Board member of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes, member of The EAT-Lancet commission, member of the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico, member of the American Society for Nutrition and, Board Directors´ Member of the Pact for Early Childhood.


Michael Moore AM

Michael Moore

Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health

Michael Moore is Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra , Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, is the former CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and the Immediate-Past President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

Olive Kobusingye

Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute for Global

Dr Olive Kobusingye is an accident and emergency surgeon and injury epidemiologist. She is a Senior Research Fellow at Makerere University School of Public Health in Kampala, Uganda, where she heads the Trauma, Injury, & Disability Unit. In 2016, she was appointed Board Chair of the Road Traffic Injury Research Network, an international agency working to improve road safety through research, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. She is also a member of the World Bank’s Global Road Safety Facility Technical Advisory Group.


Rajani Ved


Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health

Rajani Ved is a medical doctor with public health training. Rajani is the Executive Director, National Health Systems Resource Centre in New Delhi, India and a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has about 30 years of experience working on community based health services delivery and health systems strengthening.

Shekhar Saxena

Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health

Dr Saxena is a psychiatrist by training, and past Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organisation (WHO). His work has involved evaluating evidence on effective public health measures and providing advice and technical assistance to ministries of health on prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders and suicide prevention, establishing partnerships with academic centres and civil society organisations and global advocacy for mental health and substance use issues.


Trish Greenhalgh


Professor Trish Greenhalgh is our inaugural Distinguished Fellow

Trish Greenhalgh is Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences at Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and a Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. Trish is an internationally recognised academic in primary health care and trained as a GP.

Our people

The George Institute has over 700 people globally, with major centres in Australia, China, India and the United Kingdom. Our researchers are among the world’s leading experts in their field and are often recognised for scientific impact, excellence and innovation.

Researchers from across The George Institute are involved in our Thought Leadership activities and we leverage their expertise to maximise the reach and impact of the program.

Bruce Neal

Executive Director, The George Institute Australia
Professor of Medicine, UNSW Sydney
Honorary Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Imperial College London

“Instead of trying to persuade individuals to do the right thing, we have to change the underlying food system, and that is our focus - generating data that can be used to push governments and industry towards a model that is sustainable from not just the economic perspective, but also for health and the environment.”


David Peiris


Director, Global Primary Health Care Program and Co-Director, Centre for Health Systems Science, The George Institute for Global Health
Professor Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

“I get excited about solutions to questions like, ‘how can you make a clinic workflow better?’ ‘How can workers become less busy but at the same time improve the quality of care they provide?’ And, ‘how can you make sure no one in the community gets left behind when delivering a better service?…”

Jacqui Webster

Head of Advocacy and Policy Impact, The George Institute for Global Health
Director of World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Salt Reduction
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW Sydney

“A lot of my research to date has been on reducing population salt intake by supporting companies to take salt out of foods and meals. But increasing the focus and spending of governments on prevention policies more broadly is urgently needed. This includes improving societies to support healthier living through better food and nutrition, improved mental health and reduced injuries.”



Kelly Thompson


Program Manager, Global Women’s Health, and Research Fellow, Division of Critical Care & Trauma, The George Institute for Global Health

“The low cost dialysis project is a mind-blower. It is such an innovative model and will drastically improve the lives of people not previously able to access or afford dialysis. This is particularly important for women who are less likely to access and receive life-saving treatments like dialysis due to gender inequality.”

Soumyadeep Bhaumik

Research Fellow, Injury Division, The George Institute for Global Health
Research Fellow, Policy Impact, The George Institute India

“At The George Institute, we recognise evidence can be value-laden, and we have mechanisms to try and balance this out, including peer-review and involving consumers and other stakeholders in the design process.”