Alumni event: What makes Health Systems Resilient; perspectives from UK and abroad

Event 9 Jan 2024

Hear from a fantastic group of speakers at LSTM’s inaugural alumni event of 2024 on Thursday 8 February 2024.

Joining us will be one of our distinguished alumni, Professor Andrew Furber (DTM&H, 1995), the Regional Director of Public Health (North West England), Department of Health and Social Care, who will be sharing insights his on the topic "What makes Health Systems Resilient; perspectives from UK and abroad."

Professor Furber will be joined by LSTM’s Dr Nara Tagiyeva-Milne, Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology, and Dr David Ishola, Senior Lecturer and public health physician at the National Public Health Agency in Wales. They bring extensive experience in public health both in the UK and overseas.

Following the talk, you’ll have the opportunity to reconnect, reminisce at a drinks and networks reception. 

Online viewing available, please register to receive the viewing link. 



 Guest Speakers

Professor Andrew Furber

Dr. Andrew is a renowned public health specialist with international experience. Currently, he leads public health efforts in North West England as Regional Director for OHID and NHS NW. He's also an Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester. His journey began as a General Practitioner, but Nepal's diverse health system ignited his passion for public health. After training at LSTM in 1995, he spent seven years there, gaining expertise across all levels. He continued honing his skills with short-term assignments in other countries before returning to the UK. From 2007 to 2018, Dr. Andrew served as a Director of Public Health and even led the Association of Directors of Public Health UK. His remarkable contributions were recognised with an OBE in 2022.

Dr Nara Tagiyeva-Milne

Nara is a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology at the LSTM Department of Education since 2019, with a strong background in public health. Holding an MPH from Cardiff University and a PhD in environmental medicine from Aberdeen University. Formerly a medical doctor in Azerbaijan, specialising in asthma and allergic diseases, they actively contributed to international projects with organisations like the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN WFP. Dr. Nara is recognised for their expertise in quantitative research and evidence synthesis, with a notable publication record and successful grant applications. As a dedicated educator, they lead the MSc International Public Health program and holds a PhD from the University of Aberdeen, and Fellowships with the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society for Public Health.

Dr David Ishola

David is a Consultant Epidemiologist with Public Health Wales. He is LSTM’s clinical professional lead on public health education overseeing NHS training placements, developing teaching, and fostering partnerships for education and research locally and globally. A graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, David specialised in internal medicine in Nigeria and public health medicine in the UK. He holds a PhD from Utrecht University, and conducted postdoctoral research at UCL and PHE Colindale. He led a field team on global public health research at LSHTM, contributing to Ebola vaccine trials and health systems engagement in Sierra Leone.