Team

Our Team leads the delivery of the International COVID-19 Data Alliance on behalf of the Executive Leadership team and the Board.  The team combines skills from diverse backgrounds to achieve its goals.

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Our Team

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Andrew Morris

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Julia Levy

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Neil Postlethwaite

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Karen Hunter

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Anne Wozencraft

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Rodrigo Barnes

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Jonas Häggström

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Sarah Fullegar

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Adrienne Testa

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Enitan Kane

In addition to our ICODA core team members, we are supported by and work 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)  develops the strategic direction of ICODA and is accountable for the delivery of our core work.

The ELT is overseen by and accountable to the ICODA Board and our funders.  Its work is also guided by advice from councils on Science and Ethics, and expert groups on Statistics and on Public Engagement and Involvement.

The ELT brings together members of our core team as well as the following people:

  • Andrew Morris (Chair)
    Director, Health Data Research UK
  • 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
  • Julia Levy
    Executive Director, ICODA
  • Neil Postlethwaite
    Technical Director, 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 provides 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 Terms of Reference and meeting minutes 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 provides 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 meeting minutes are publicly available.

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

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Effy Vayena

Statistical Expert Group

The Statistical Expert Group (SEG) will promote and facilitate open research that allows responsible sharing of data, analysis methods, 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 Mensenbrink 
    Executive Director Biostatistics, Novartis
  • Estelle Russek-Cohen
    Senior Advisor Office of Biostatistics, CDER
  • Robin Mogg
    Clinical Biostatistics Leader – Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute

Funders

  • “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 is convened by Health Data Research UK – the national institute for health data in the UK. It is 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 include Microsoft, through its AI for Health program:

Jobs

ICODA offers the opportunity to make a real difference to harness the power of health data to help tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is an exciting time to join a team working on a fast-growing initiative, and to be part of this ambitious and dynamic global programme.

While we are a diverse group of experts working together, we do so based on a set of united principles and the “One Institute” approach – a culture inherited from our convenor, Health Data Research UK.

We are keen to receive speculative applications from people interested in working with us.