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.

Paul J Simpson

Paul J Simpson The BMJ

Paul is The BMJ’s International Editor and joined the journal in 2017. He previously worked as deputy editor of PLOS Medicine, and before that was a research associate at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge. He received his PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham in 2007 and his BSc in Biochemistry from the University of York in 2003.

Mitali Wroczynski

Mitali Wroczynski BMJ Director of Global Health

With an honours degree in law and an established career of over 15 years’ public, private and charity health sector experience, Mitali is one of the most credible advisors available to contribute to global health policy development and effective implementation. She works closely with ministries of health, agriculture, and defence to influence policy decision-making, and develop new global health partnerships.

Before joining BMJ as Director of Global Health, Mitali represented the Boards of over 150 hospitals at the UK Department of Health. She was also involved in a research project on long-term conditions at the World Health Organisation, and a study of the Kaiser Permanente system, whilst completing the NHS Management Training Scheme postgraduate diploma in healthcare management and policy. Mitali is currently studying Global Health Diplomacy with the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Seye Abimbola

Seye Abimbola Editor in Chief BMJ Global Health

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.