Our Team

Andrew Carey

(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

Andrew Carey is the Project Manager for IMPACT TB at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. He obtained a Masters in international politics from the University of Glasgow and has been managing EU-funded international development projects in the fields of health and education for the past 5 years.


Bertie Squire

(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

Bertie Squire is leading the health economics assessment of IMPACT TB. Bertie studied medicine and immunology at University College London and Cambridge University before professional training in internal medicine, infectious diseases and respiratory medicine at the Royal London Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital. From 1992 to 1995 he was Head of the Department of Medicine, Kamuzu Central Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi. Since his appointment at LSTM in 1995, Bertie has maintained his research collaboration with the National TB Control Programme in Malawi and has facilitated the transformation of the collaboration into the Malawi-registered Trust for Research on Equity And Community Health (REACH). With his colleagues in Liverpool, Malawi and China he has built up a programme of multi-disciplinary applied health research aimed at providing knowledge for action in making health services for tuberculosis more accessible to poor people in developing countries (including those affected by the HIV pandemic). He holds an appointment in the UK National Health Service as Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and is the immediate past President of the International Union Against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease.


Dr Edine Tiemersma

(KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation)

Edine Tiemersma is the lead investigator for KNCV on IMPACT TB. She is a senior epidemiologist with over 20 years of experience in epidemiology. She was trained as a biologist with special interest in epidemiology and parasitology. Before joining KNCV in 2008, she has conducted projects on malaria, schistosomiasis, colorectal cancer and antimicrobial resistance.

At KNCV, she provides technical assistance and builds capacity for epidemiological and operational research mainly in Asian countries. She was involved in the training of foreign PhD students, and provides classroom and on-the-job training in operational epidemiological research. She has experience in the conduct and analysis of tuberculosis prevalence surveys, epidemiology of drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis and operational research projects, and has conducted systematic reviews. She is currently mainly supporting KNCV’s work in Indonesia and Vietnam.


Dr Gabriela Gomes

(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

Gabriela Gomes is leading the transmission modelling component of IMPACT TB. Gabriela Gomes graduated in Applied Mathematics from the University of Porto in 1987, and completed her MSc and PhD in Mathematics from the University of Warwick in 1990 and 1993, respectively.

In 1999, she was awarded a Wellcome Research Training Fellowship in Mathematical Biology. In 2002, she established her independent group at the Gulbenkian Science Institute, in Portugal, initially supported by a Marie Curie Excellence Grant, with a spectrum of projects ranging from fundamental mathematical concepts to management of population and ecosystem health, public engagement in science and development of research infrastructures. Since 2015, she has a joint appointment between the Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto, and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.


Dr Tom Wingfield

(University of Liverpool, Karolinska Institutet, and LSTMed.)

Dr Tom Wingfield is an Infectious Diseases physician and Academic Clinical Lecturer at the institute of Infection and Global Health, University of Liverpool. He is also affiliated with Karolinska Institutet and LSTMed. Tom has worked with the Innovation for Health and Development research team in shantytown communities in north Lima, Peru. This research created a threshold for catastrophic TB-related costs, endorsed by the WHO in their global strategy.

Tom is currently working with WHO and KI to analyse country-level TB costs data, evaluate the best model for delivery of social protection for TB-affected households, and develop an enhanced socioeconomic intervention tailored to patients with multi-drug resistant TB.


Hadi Qawasmeh

(KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation)

Hadi Qawasmeh started working with KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in 2016 as a Consultant Surveillance and Data Management, and has been working in information and data management for several years.

Hadi has worked in many countries in Asia, Europe and Africa with different United Nations agencies such like UNRWA, UNICEF with participation with UN agencies like UNHCR, UNFPA and with international NGOs which provide different kind of services to Palestine and Syrian refugees. Hadi has a higher degree in Management Information Systems with extensive experience in application and system development and databases.


Jens Levy

(KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation)

Jens is a Senior Epidemiologist with KNCV. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his work with TB between 2004 and 2008 in Zambia where he helped set up one of the first and largest HIV anti-retroviral treatment cohorts in Africa. His work there included integrating TB diagnosis and treatment algorithms with HIV care in a low resource setting. In the course of this work he helped to develop the supporting electronic medical record system that would become SmartCare. Since then he has worked extensively with data and databases for infectious disease research and surveillance in Africa and South East Asia with the US CDC and AFRIMS. This has included Influenza surveillance in Nepal. He joined KNCV in June of 2016 where he has conducted Epidemiological Reviews for National TB programs, operations research, and supporting TB prevalence surveys. He has recently worked in Vietnam to develop a mathematical model of TB that was used to support the recent Global Fund application.


Job van Rest

(KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation)

Job van Rest is the lead data manager for IMPACT TB. Job van Rest started working with KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in 2008 and has been working as head of the TB data management unit for several years. He has been part of the improvement of the routine TB surveillance system in The Netherlands since then.

Job’s main focus is on supporting countries with the implementation of digital health projects such as the development and renewal of their electronic TB surveillance systems. Alongside this, Job conducts many data management-related activities for a variety of different project such as prevalence surveys and other research projects.


Kelly Smyth

(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

Kelly Smyth is Project Administrator for IMPACT TB in addition to two other projects at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM). She has BSc in Health and Psychology and an MSc in Health, Exercise and Nutrition from Liverpool Hope University with particular focus on health-seeking behaviour.


Kerri Viney

Karolinska Institutet

Dr Kerri Viney is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, working with Professor Knut Lonnroth on TB patient costs, social protection and the social determinants of TB. She has worked in national TB programmes in several settings, including in: Egypt, Uganda, Australia, the Pacific Islands, the United Kingdom, Cambodia and the Philippines.

Her TB research has focussed on the social determinants of TB including: the association between TB and diabetes, quantifying social and bio-medical risk factors among TB patients, active TB case finding among high risk populations, TB patient costs and social protection. She also has a research interest in human resources for health and public health capacity building. In addition to the IMPACT study, she is currently supporting a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region to conduct TB patient cost surveys, to support measurement of the “catastrophic costs” indicator of the End TB Strategy.


Lan Nguyen

(Friends for International TB Relief)

Lan Nguyen is a Proagramme manager for IMPACT TB in Vietnam. , She works for IRD Vietnam as a programme manager for TB. Lan previously worked for the ENDTB project at Partners In Health as a procurement manager and research associate. Lan holds a Master in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University.


Luan Vo

(Friends for International TB Relief)

Luan Vo is leading the Intensified case finding implementation for IMPACT TB in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam. Luan Vo is CEO and co-founder of FIT. Over the past four years, Luan has worked towards the realization of FIT’s mission, which most recently has entailed leading a community-based TB eradication project in Ho Chi Minh City in collaboration with local implementation partners such as the Public Health Association HCMC, municipal public health and TB control authorities as well as international charities and private sector sponsors.

Prior to Vietnam Luan spent two years with Operation ASHA in India strengthening accounting and HR capabilities, and developing standardized operating procedures and reporting. During the seven years before FIT, Luan first provided two years of pharmaceutical marketing consulting for TargetRx near Philadelphia followed by five years of financial advisory, operational consulting and mergers & acquisitions-related due diligence services at KPMG Frankfurt and New York. Luan holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently candidate for a master’s in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Manoj Kumar Sah

(Birat Nepal Medical Trust)

Manoj Kumar Sah is a District Programme Coordinator at BNMT for the IMPACT TB Project and is based in Mahottari district. Manoj has completed a Masters in Sociology, a Bachelors degree in Education in Health and a Certificate in General Medicine. He has been involved in different public health projects in various districts involved in coordination and management of district level health programme activities (RH, CB-NCP/IMCI & CB-IMNCI, nutrition and HIV/AIDS), health system strengthening, inventory and logistics management, facilitative supervision and monitoring of the programme activities.


Maxine Caws

(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

Max Caws is the Principal InvestigatorI of IMPACT TB and a senior TB researcher at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She was Head of the TB group at Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Vietnam for 11 years and researches diverse aspects of TB including drug resistance, diagnosis, clinical treatment trials, bacterial virulence and host susceptibility determinants. She is currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal. She has a BSc in biochemistry from the University of St Andrews, a PHD in medical microbiology from King’s College, London, where her thesis topic was tuberculous meningitis, and an MSC in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Mr Bhola Rai

(Birat Nepal Medical Trust)

Bhola Rai is a research associate for IMPACT TB and is based at the Birat Nepal Medical Trust in Kathmandu. Bhola has completed his Bachelors degree in Public Health and spent a year working at Nepal International Clinic as a Public Relations Officer. As a Team leader in public health research with the Nepal Nutrition Intervention Project Sarlahi in Kathmandu in partnership with the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and non-profit organisation Nepal Netra Jyoti Sangh, Bhola was fully responsible for supervision, co-ordination and logistics of his team.


Mr Mahesh Sharma

(Birat Nepal Medical Trust)

Mahesh Sharma is a board member for Birat Nepal Medical Trust, the IMPACT TB implementing partner in Nepal. Mahesh Sharma has more than twenty years of experience in programme development and management including policy development in the area of health, HIV/AIDS, TB, community development. He has written a number of successful national proposals to Global Fund for HIV/AIDS and TB. He has worked with Government, Save the Children (UK), BNMT, UNDP in Nepal and has taken HIV/AIDS related assignments in the region (Bangladesh, India, Vietnam, UNAIDS Regional support team at Bangkok).


Noemia Teixeira De Siqueira Filha

(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

Noemia Teixeira De Siqueira Filha has recently completed the final year of her PhD in Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and has recently joined the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as the IMPACT TB Health Economist. Noemia is an Engineer and obtained her diploma and MSc in Health Service Evaluation from the Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando Figueira in Brazil. She has been contributing to projects addressing epidemiology, health financing and health economic evaluations of infectious and neglected diseases such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Dengue and Tetanus. Noemia has technical expertise in implementing a range of primary data collection for epidemiological and cost studies, and economic evaluation methods at health care and household level in low and middle-income countries.


Olivia Biermann

Karolinska Institutet

Olivia Biermann is a PhD student at Karolinska Institutet. Her PhD project aims at contributing to a better understanding of active tuberculosis case finding implementation in Nepal and Vietnam. The project is part of IMPACT TB’s work package 6, and supervised by Knut Lönnroth, Kerri Viney and Maxine Caws. Previously, Olivia was a consultant in knowledge translation at the WHO Regional Office for Europe (2014-17) where she provided technical support to the Evidence-informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) Europe. Her work included conducting situation analyses of national research-to-policy contexts, designing and facilitating capacity building activities, and producing technical documents. From 2012-14, Olivia was a research assistant in health systems and policy research at Karolinska Institutet. She worked and studied in Ecuador, India, Nicaragua and South Africa, and holds degrees in global health (MSc) and health communication sciences (BSc). In addition to her academic activities, Olivia is Vice-President of the NGO Foundation Human Nature, supporting community-based rural health and development projects in Ecuador, Ghana and Nepal.


Professor Buddha Basnyat

(Patan Academy of Helath Sciences)

Buddha Basnyat is a medical doctor practicing medicine in Kathmandu, Nepal and his research interests are infectious disease and high altitude medicine. He has published widely in both these fields in well-known medical journals and written chapters with co- authors in the latest standard medical textbooks. Buddha also has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is the Director for the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit\Nepal and the Medical Director for the Nepal International Clinic and The Himalayan Rescue Association.

In all these institutions one of Buddha’s primary interests is to encourage young people to do research. He also works at Patan Hospital as a consultant in the internal medicine department and is a Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences. Buddha is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh). He is also the Principal Investigator, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford and recently he has been appointed as the Honorary Consul for Canada in Nepal.


Professor Knut Lonnroth

(Karolinska Institutet)

Knut Lonnroth is leading the translation and policy work package of IMPACT TB. Knut Lönnroth is a medical doctor specialized in social medicine. He is professor of Social medicine at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. He has conducted extensive epidemiological, health systems and social science research on tuberculosis during the past 20 years. He has worked for the Global TB Programme of WHO for 13 years. Among other things, he coordinated the development of a new global TB indictor for the assessment of the economic impact of TB for patients and households. He has also coordinated policy guidance on TB screening, management of TB comorbidities, and social interventions to improve TB detection, adherence and financial risk protection.


Rachel Forse

(Friends for International TB Relief)

Rachel Forse is the Program Director of Operations for IMPACT TB in Vietnam and has a Master of Science in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on International Health Systems. Rachel previously worked for Interactive Research and Development (IRD) in Durban, South Africa and Karichi, Pakistan where she established an initiative which focused on building Public-Private partnerships to improve TB case detection and to roll out Xpert MTB/RIF testing on a large scale. She helped establish a sustainable social enterprise model for TB testing and private sector systematic TB and diabetes screening, detection & care which is currently being scaled-up to over 70 districts with support from the Global Fund.

Rachel founded two IRD field offices in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, managing all aspects of the implementation and evaluation of a mHealth deployment. The mHealth app is now being scaled up in 10 countries in Southern Africa via a regional initiative of the Global Fund. She also led a pilot project providing community-based support for patients initiated on new TB drugs (bedaquiline & delamanid) at the provincial TB hospital in Durban which has now been scaled-up through UNITAID’s END -TB project.


Raghu Dhital

(Birat Nepal Medical Trust)

Raghu Dhital is a Programme manager for IMPACT TB in Nepal. He has worked at Birat-Nepal Medical Trust, Nepal as a Program Manager since July 2014. His main responsibilities are to develop policies, strategies, plans and activities for the TB control program, to establish good coordination and collaboration with government authorities, District Health Offices, NGO partners and advocates and to facilitate the successful implementation of Tuberculosis Control Program.

Similarly, Raghu worked in Britain Nepal Medical Trust as a TB REACH Project Manager from February 2012 to June 2014 and has successfully implemented TB REACH WAVE- 2 project in Nepal. He has also been involved in Active Case Finding through systematic mobilization of community health volunteers and initiated Microscopic Camp in hard to reach areas of Nepal. Raghu’s main interest is to replicate TB REACH Active Case Finding learning in hard to reach areas of Nepal.


Ram Narayan Pandit

(Birat Nepal Medical Trust)

Ram Narayan Pandit is a District Program Coordinator (DPC) for the IMPACT TB project and is based in the Dhanusha district, one of the project’s implementation districts.

He is a public health expert with Master of Public Health (Health System Management) from AAI-DU, India and a Bachelors in statistics from T.U, Nepal. He has over 7 years working experience of project management, M & E, facilitation skills, coordination, research and technical support to government and local NGO/CBOs  in different public health program/activities like HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Nutrition, MNCH and TB in Nepal.


Shikha Upadhyaya Khatiwada

(Birat Nepal Medical Trust)

Shikha Upadhyaya Khatiwada is a District Programme Coordinator for IMPACT TB in the Makwanpur district. Shikha has completed her Bachelors degree in Public Health and a Masters in Sociology and has worked for Birat Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT) as a Psycho-social Counsellor since 2015.


Sourya Shrestha

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health

Sourya Shrestha is a Research Associate in the department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health.
He received his doctoral training in applied mathematics from University of Michigan, and postdoctoral training in ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases at Michigan and Hopkins, respectively. He is interested in developing mathematical and computational models of infectious disease epidemiology, and to ultimately use them to design and inform data-driven, effective public health intervention strategies. Transmission dynamics of tuberculosis, pneumococcus and dengue virus are primary disease systems that he maintains research interests in.


Suman Chandra Gurung

(Birat-Nepal Medical Trust)

Suman Chandra Gurung is an Executive Director of BNMT Nepal. He is a public health specialist with an MSc Development Management (International Health) from UK, PG Development Management from UK and Bachelor in Public Health, Certificate in General Medicine from TU, Institute of Medicine, Kathmandu, Nepal. He has over 19 years’ experience of health & development work in Nepal, Bangladesh, China and Tibet and employers include BNMT Nepal, IOM Nepal, NHSSP (DFID) Nepal, DHSP (DFID) Nepal, UNDP/UNV Bangladesh, Surmang Foundation Tibet/China, ADRA/Nepal, UMN CDHP Nepal, Save the Children Fund (UK) Nepal.

Suman has had wide and extensive experience of project management, health systems strengthening, planning, monitoring, evaluation, facilitation skills, co-ordination, research and technical assistance to government & External Development Partners (EDPs). He has also been involved in developing guidelines, manuals, resource maps, MoHP staffs job descriptions, proposal developments, curriculums, lesson plans and has trained health workers, volunteers and teachers.


Tara Prasad Aryal

(Birat-Nepal Medical Trust)

Tara Prasad Aryal is a District Program Coordinator for IMPACT TB at the Birat-Nepal Medical Trust (BNMT) and is based in Chitwan, one of the project implementation districts. Tara graduated from the Institute of Medicine with a Bachelor of Public Health degree having completed research in health economics during his studies, and proceeded to work as a data analyst on many research projects. He interned at BNMT and has been involved with project activities since Spring 2017, with particular interest in health economics and health equality.