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BMJ Global Health Grant: Judging panel

The judging panel is responsible for shortlisting applicants and selecting the winner of the grant. The grant is awarded to the applicant whose abstract describes the most original methodological contribution to the field of global health and whose summary demonstrates the greatest importance and potential impact in advancing the field.

Seye Abimbola

EIC of BMJ Global Health, Seye Abimbola
Seye Abimbola is a health systems researcher from Nigeria. He is currently a senior lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney in Australia. He had his initial training in medicine at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Nigeria. And he gained his PhD from Sydney University in 2016, on a wide-ranging institutional analysis of primary health care governance in Nigeria. From 2018-2019, he was a Sidney Sax Overseas Early Career Fellow at the University of Oxford. He uses methods and theories from institutional economics to study community engagement in health governance, decentralised governance of health systems, and the role that governance plays in the adoption and scale-up of health system innovations. Abimbola is the Editor in Chief of BMJ Global Health. He is also a member of the Health System Governance Collaborative, which is part of the World Health Organisation (WHO), serves on the advisory council of Global Health 50/50 and holds the Prince Claus Chair.

Jocalyn Clark

Jocalyn Clark was appointed International Editor of BMJ in August 2022, re-joining the journal 20 years after starting her editorial career as BMJ registrar in 2002. Previously she was an Executive Editor of The Lancet (2016-2022); Executive Editor at icddr,b in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2013-16); and Senior Editor at PLOS Medicine (2006-13). She serves as a scientific advisor to the INDEPTH Network of health surveillance systems and WHO Reference Group on Health Statistics, board member of Global Health 50/50 and WomenLift Health, and chair of the governance council of the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), and is co-founder of advocacy groups Canadian Women in Global Health and WGH Canada. Jocalyn holds a BSc in biochemistry & microbiology, and MSc and PhD in public health sciences (with gender studies). She is an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and honorary associate professor at the Institute for Global Health, UCL. In 2019 Jocalyn was elected into fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in recognition of her scholarship and leadership in advancing gender equity, women’s and reproductive rights, the social and political contexts of health, and global health.

Emma Veitch

Emma Veich is an Collections Editor for The BMJ, handling papers submitted to specific Collections. Her first degree, in Natural Sciences, was from the University of Cambridge, and she holds a PhD from King’s College London in developmental biology. Following her PhD, Emma moved into science publishing, helping to establish the open-access publisher BioMed Central’s series of online journals. After a short spell with Elsevier developing online clinical decision-support tools, Emma then joined the Public Library of Science (PLOS), including roles on the open-access journals PLOS Medicine and PLOS ONE. After a number of years as a freelance medical editor and writer, working for a variety of publishers and non-profit research organisations, she joined BMJ to support development across a range of global health collections.