The ICODA team led the delivery of the International COVID-19 Data Alliance on behalf of the Executive Leadership Team.  The team combined skills from diverse backgrounds to achieve its goals.

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Our Team

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Andrew Morris

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Trudie Lang

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Neil Postlethwaite

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Anne Wozencraft

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Sarah Fullegar

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Matthew Retford

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Sally Boylan

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Edel McNamara

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Jonas Häggström

In addition to our ICODA core team members, we were supported by and worked very closely with all of our extended team within Health Data Research (HDR) UK, our convenor.

Health Data Research UK is a registered charity no. 1194431 funded by UK Research and Innovation, the Department of Health and Social Care in England and equivalents in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, and leading medical research charities.

Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team (ELT)  developed the strategic direction for ICODA and was accountable for the delivery of our core work.

The ELT was overseen by, and accountable to HDR UK and our funders.  Its work was also guided by advice from our Advisory Councils on Science and Strategy and on Ethics, and an expert group on Statistics.

The ELT brought together key stakeholders as well as members of our ICODA executive team:

  • Andrew Morris (Chair)
    Director, Health Data Research UK
  • Trudie Lang
    Global Research Director at Health Data Research UK, Professor of Global Health Research at the University of Oxford and Head of The Global Health Network
  • Steve Kern
    Deputy Director, Quantitative Sciences; Global Health – Integrated Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • David Sibbald
    CEO Aridhia Informatics
  • Névine Zariffa
    Principle and Founder, NMD Group LLC
  • Aziz Sheikh
    Professor of Primary Care Research & Development and Director of the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh
  • Neil Postlethwaite
    Technical Director, ICODA
  • Anne Wozencraft
    Director of Partnerships and Strategic operations, ICODA
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Steve Kern

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David Sibbald

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Névine Zariffa

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Aziz Sheikh

Scientific & Strategic Advisory Council

The Scientific & Strategic Advisory Council provided high-level advice to help us identify opportunities to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, to deliver scientific impact and overcome the challenges of data sharing.

Aligned with ICODA’s commitment to transparency, the Scientific and Strategic Advisory Council’s Terms of Reference and meeting summaries are publicly available here.

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Prof Agnes Binagwaho

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Dr Martin J Murphy

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Prof Frank Rockhold

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Prof John Danesh

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Prof Nicky Mulder

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Prof Steve Webb

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Prof Trudie Lang

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Prof Wang Yu

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Gail Stephens

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Prof Liang Wannian

Ethics Advisory Council

The Ethics Advisory Council provided high-level advice on ethics and data governance, helping us to build and demonstrate trustworthiness across all our activities.

  • Effy Vayena (Chair)
    Chair of Bioethics, at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETHZ)
  • Pamela Andana
    Wits University, South Africa
  • Claudia Emerson
    McMaster University, Canada, Director, Institute on Ethics & Policy for Innovation
  • Sharon Kaur
    University of Malaysia 
  • Katherine Littler
    Co-Lead, Global Health Ethics & Governance Unit, World Health Organization
  • Graeme Laurie,
    Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, University of Edinburgh
  • Elettra Ronchi
    Senior Policy Analyst, OECD

Aligned with ICODA’s commitment to transparency, the Ethics Advisory Council’s Terms of Reference and meeting summaries are publicly available.

The Ethics Advisory Council has provided advice on the development of our Ethics and Governance Framework, and acted as an independent guardian of the Framework.

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Effy Vayena

Statistical Expert Group

The Statistical Expert Group (SEG) promoted and facilitated responsible sharing of data, use of analytical methods and tools, and high quality results to support dissemination of knowledge worldwide.

  • Jonas Häggström (chair)
    VP Global Health, Cytel
  • Frank Rockhold
    Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke Clinical Research Institute
  • Amy Racine
    Distinguish Scientist, Novartis
  • Joan Buenconsejo
    Senior Director, Biostatistics, AstraZeneca
  • Maia Leskovsky
    Associate Professor, University of Cape Town
  • Ling Wang
    Executive Director Biostatistics, Pfizer
  • John Norrie
    Chair of Medical Statistics and Trial Methodology, Director, Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit (ECTU)
  • Peter Mesenbrink 
    Executive Director Biostatistics, Novartis
  • Estelle Russek-Cohen
    Senior Advisor Office of Biostatistics, CDER
  • Robin Mogg
    Clinical Biostatistics Leader – Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute


  • “There is this underlying tenet that everything we do is based on equality, collaboration, and open access to data and information. So, it was obvious for the Minderoo Foundation to understand the context of this initiative. We were impressed by the partners involved on the funder side and with HDR UK as the convener, so it seemed appropriate to support this Alliance.”

    Steve Burnell

    Minderoo Foundation

ICODA was convened by Health Data Research UK – the national institute for health data in the UK. It was supported by a grant from the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, a large-scale initiative initiated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, Mastercard with additional support from Minderoo Foundation, and other donors to speed the development of and access to therapies for COVID-19.  Other funders to the International COVID-19 Alliance included Microsoft, through its AI for Health program:


ICODA provided the opportunity to make a real difference to harness the power of health data to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.  ICODA was a rapidly-convened initiative and an ambitious and dynamic global programme.

We were a diverse group of experts working together, based on a set of united principles and a “One Institute” approach, a collaborative culture inherited from our convenor, Health Data Research UK.

ICODA is completing its activities in October 2022.  Further job opportunities in HDR Global as they arise will be posted on HDR UK’s website in the jobs section.

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