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Adam Wagstaff

World Bank

 Adam Wagstaff is Research Manager of the Human Development & Public Services team in the World Bank’s Development Research Group. He has a PhD in Economics from the University of York and before joining the World Bank in 1998 was a Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex. He was Associate Editor of the Journal of Health Economics for 20 years, and has published extensively on a variety of aspects of the field, including: health financing and health systems reform; equity and equality; the valuation of health; the demand for and production of health; efficiency measurement, and illicit drugs and drug enforcement. Much of Adam’s recent work has been on health insurance, health financing, vulnerability and health shocks, and provider payment reform. Adam has worked on countries at all levels of economic development and in all regions of the world. Outside health economics, he has published on the measurement of scientific influence, development effectiveness, the re-distributive effects of economic growth and taxes, public sector efficiency measurement, and the measurement of trade union power. Adam has a blog and is on Twitter at @adamw2011.




David Bishai

Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health

 David Bishai is currently professor and director of the Interdepartmental Health Economics Program at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Bishai teaches courses on health economics and macroeconomic development in both undergraduate and graduate campuses. He publishes regularly in Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics and Health Policy and Planning and is an associate editor of Health Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Health Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. In 1987, he received his M.D. from the University of California at San Diego, and his M.P.H. from UCLA. He is a member of the International Health Economics Association, Economic Research Forum of the Middle East and Turkey, the American Economics Association, and the American Public Health Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 2015 he was voted by students to receive the Golden Apple teaching award. His leading research contributions have been in the economics of public health and their impact on population health disparities. He has published over 180 peer reviewed papers and keeps extensive collaborations with co-authors in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Qatar, Lebanon, Iran, Uganda, Botswana, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Brazil, Russia, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, UK, and USA.


Past President 


Terkel Christiansen 

University of Southern Denmark 

 Terkel Christiansen is professor emeritus of Health Economics at University of Southern Denmark, and he has for more than a decade been the leader of the Health Economics Research Unit at this university. His was among the first to teach Health Economics in Denmark in the 1970s, and he was co-founder of NHESG, the Nordic Health Economists’ Study Group. In his research he has been internationally oriented and taken part in several EU funded projects as well as other projects based on international collaboration. He has served on several advisory boards to the Ministry of Health or National Board of Health. In 2007 he was the local host of iHEA’s 6th World Congress in Copenhagen.




Audrey Laporte

University of Toronto

Prof. Audrey Laporte is an Associate Professor with the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto. She has expertise in advancing econometric modelling of efficiency in health care including quantile regression and dynamic econometric modelling and also theoretical dynamic modelling of the demand for health. She was the co-Chair of the iHEA meeting in Toronto and for the last 3 years has served on the iHEA Finance committee.

She is the Founding Director of the Canadian Centre for Health Economics and recently stepped down after 14 years as Chair of the Canadian Health Economists Study Group.


Board Directors



Ana Balsa 

Universidad de Montevideo & National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANNI) Uruguay

Ana Balsa received her PhD in Economics from Boston University and is Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Montevideo (Uruguay). Her areas of academic interest include Health Economics and the Economics of Human Capital. She has conducted research on the implications of social interactions on behavior and human capital – focusing on statistical discrimination, relative deprivation, and peer effects-, and on the economic impact of programs and policies, including prenatal care, anti-tobacco campaigns, drug prevention and treatment programs, and education interventions. Her projects have been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Uruguayan National Agency of Research and Innovation (ANII), the Uruguayan Ministry of Public Health (MSP), and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF).

Selected publications include: "Relative Deprivation and Risky Behavior" (Journal of Human Resources, 2014), “Tobacco control campaign in Uruguay: Impact on smoking cessation during pregnancy and birth weight” (Journal of Health Economics, 2015), and “Exposures to Particulate Matter from the Eruptions of the Puyehue Volcano and Birth Outcomes in Montevideo, Uruguay” (Environmental health perspectives, 2016).



Joanna Coast 

University of Bristol

Joanna Coast has been Professor in the Economics of Health & Care at the School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol since 2015, and was previously Professor of Health Economics at the University of Birmingham, where she retains an honorary appointment. She has been a health economist for 25 years. She has a BA(Econ) in Economics, and an MSc in Health Economics, both from the University of York; her PhD, from the University of Bristol, focused on citizen and agent behavior in relation to health care priority setting. She has served on funding bodies for a number of organisations including NIHR, Marie Curie, Health Research Board for Ireland, Academy of Finland and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. She is currently the Health Economics Senior Editor for Social Science & Medicine.

Jo has published more than 130 academic peer-reviewed papers across a number of areas of health economics including priority setting and health care rationing, capability and well-being, organisational change, end of life care, the use of qualitative methods in health economics and the economics of antimicrobial resistance. She has used a diverse range of theory and methods in her work, ranging from neoclassical to capability theory and from qualitative methods to meta-regression. Since 2005, she has conducted a substantial programme of research to develop capability measures for use in economic analysis across the life course, with work latterly focusing on the difficult issues around evaluating end of life care. This research has been funded by the UK Medical Research Council and the European Research Council and has drawn extensively on Jo’s expertise in the use of qualitative methods in health economics. It has resulted in the development of the ICECAP capability indices for older people, adults and supportive care, and exploration of their use in economic analysis. Jo can be found on twitter at  @joclarkecoast



Denzil Fiebig 

University of New South Wales 

Denzil Fiebig (PhD University of Southern California) took up his current position of Professor in the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales in 2001.  Previously he held a chair in econometrics at the University of Sydney and prior to that held teaching positions at the Universities of Wollongong and Southern California.

Denzil was President of the Australian Health Economics Society 2005-10, he has Chaired the Scientific Committee of the Australasian Workshop on Econometrics and Health Economics since its inception in 2009, has been on the Scientific Committee for the International Health Economics Association since 2006 and was co-chair of the iHEA 2013 World Congress held in Sydney. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE), University of Technology Sydney,  the Centre for Health Economics (CHE), Monash University and is on the editorial board for the Economic Record. In 2003 Denzil was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

His research interests are in micro-econometrics and health economics with an emphasis on modelling utilization of health care and services using both revealed and stated preference data. His publications have appeared in journals such as Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Marketing Science, Journal Health Economics, Health Economics and Social Science and Medicine.


Bruce Hollingsworth 

Lancaster University 

Bruce Hollingsworth is Professor of Health Economics at Lancaster University in the UK and the founding Director of the Health Economics at Lancaster group. He is also the Head of the Division of Health Research at Lancaster.  Bruce was previously Director of the Centre for Health Economics at Monash University in Australia, where he remains Principal Research Fellow. His previous appointment was at the University of Newcastle, UK. He has a PhD, MSc Health Economics, and BA (Hons) Economics. Research and international collaborative publications are principally in the area of efficiency measurement with respect to the production of health and health care, social determinants of health, and the translation of research into practice.  He is investigator on a number of large grants, currently funded at over £5 million. He runs the international health economics discussion and twitter groups (now with over 2,300 members), is on the iHEA International Standing Scientific Committee, is an active member of health economics organisations worldwide, is an invited speaker at many international conferences and to Government bodies, is referee for over 40 international journals, a referee of international standing for several international grant bodies, and has over 150 publications, including leading international journals such as Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics and Social Science and Medicine.  He has been an adviser to many government bodies including recently in Asia, the Americas, and India, NGOs (including the WHO, ADB), and is currently on a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation International Advisory Committee which advises on policy in many developing countries, especially in Africa and Asia.  Bruce is a Board and Executive Committee member of iHEA, and helped lead the recent Strategic Review of iHEA (iHEA 2020) which elicited members views on the structure and future of iHEA, the implementation of which will help take iHEA forward for the next 20 years as a true international organization for health economists working across all sectors, in developed and developing country contexts. 

Bruce is particularly committed to the development of health economists and health economics capacity internationally, for example supervising 15 PhD students, and mentoring junior staff. Bruce helped found the Australasian Workshops on Econometrics and Health Economics, is an Editor of Health Economics Letters, part of Health Economics, of which he is Associate Editor, as well as Associate Editor of the DEA Journal.



Don Kenkel

Cornell University 

Don Kenkel is the Joan K. and Irwin M. Jacobs Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1987 and has been at Cornell since 1995. Since 2011, he is jointly appointed as a Professor, Department of Economics. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Broadly speaking, most of his research is on the economics of disease prevention and health promotion. He is the author of the chapter on "Prevention" in the Handbook of Health Economics (2000). He has conducted a series of studies on the economics of public health policies, including: alcohol taxes and other policies to prevent alcohol problems; cigarette taxes to prevent youth smoking; and advertising to promote smoking cessation. His current research is on the economics of tobacco regulation. Another area of research and teaching interest is in cost-benefit analysis of public policies, especially policies that affect health.


Jui-fen Rachel Lu 

Chang Gung University 

Jui-fen Rachel Lu, is a Professor in the Graduate Institute of Business and Management and Department of Health Care Management, College of Management, at Chang Gung University in Taiwan, where she teaches comparative health systems, health economics, and health care financing and has served as department chair (2000-2004), Associate Dean (2009-2010) and Dean of College of Management (2010-2013). She earned her B.S. from National Taiwan University, and her M.S. and Sc.D. from Harvard University, and she was also a Takemi Fellow at Harvard (2004-2005) and is an Honorary Professor at Hong Kong University (2007-2017) and a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Stanford University (2015-2016). She cofounded Taiwan Society of Health Economics (TaiSHE) in 2008 and currently serves as President of TaiSHE (2014-2017). Rachel is a member of the Arrow Award Committee for iHEA (2014-2016), and has served on the International Scientific Committee for several iHEA World Congresses.

Her research interests are in the impact assessment of the NHI program on health care market and household consumption patterns, and comparative health systems in the Asia-Pacific region with a focus on equity performance. She is a long-time and active member of Equitap (Equity in Asia-Pacific Health Systems) research network. Rachel has also been appointed to serve on several advisory boards to Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare and National Health Insurance Administration. She received the Minister Wang Jin Naw Memorial Award for Best Paper in Health Care Management in 2002 and was the recipient of IBM Faculty Award in 2009.



Albert Okunade

University of Memphis 

Albert Okunade, Ph.D., is Economics Professor and faculty affiliate of the Center for Community Health and Senior Research Fellow at the Methodist-LeBonheur Center for Healthcare Economics at University of Memphis (USA). He coordinates the Ph.D. Economics program, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in healthcare and pharmaceutical economics, and chairs doctoral dissertations in health economics. His more than 100 publications include dozens of single- and co-authored healthcare articles (various topic areas) in Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Health Policy, Managed Care Quarterly, Applied Economics, Health Care Management Science, Journal of Health Care Finance, etc. His research honors include Suzanne Downs-Palmer Professorships, First Tennessee Professorship, Superior Performance in University Research, and University Distinguished Research awards. The Review of Black Political Economy ranked him the 3rd leading US Black economist (based on peer-review publications indexed in The Journal of Economic Literature). Broadly ranged citations to his published research run in several hundreds. His has presented papers at conferences in Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, UK, USA, etc.  Professor Okunade has Guest Edited Special Issues of peer review journals, including The Quarterly Review of Economics & Finance, Journal of Pharmaceutical Finance, Economics & Policy, and Journal of Health Care Finance. He was appointed to serve on the inaugural Board of Trustees of The American Society of Health Economists (ASHEcon). He has reviewed grant applications for National Science Foundation (USA) and serves as ad hoc referee for health (care) manuscripts submitted for peer-reviews in journals including Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Southern Economic Journal, Contemporary Economic Policy, BioMed Central journals, Clinical Breast Cancer, European Journal of Health Economics, Health Policy, Politics and Law, The Lancet, etc.



Richard Smith 

London School of Hygiene & tropical Medicine 

Richard Smith is Professor of Health System Economics, and Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies in economics at the University of York in 1991, Richard worked in Sydney, Cambridge, Bristol, Melbourne and Norwich, before joining the London School in May 2007. From 2008-2011 he served as Head of Department of Global Health & Development, and since 2011 has served as Dean of Faculty of Public Health & Policy. The Faculty boasts one of the largest group of health economists in the world; especially those working in low- and middle-income settings.

Richard has worked on a wide range of health economics topics, from willingness-to-pay to public goods and externalities, and topics from genomic technologies to antibiotic resistance. In the last decade he has focused mostly upon the interaction and interface between a nation’s health system and other systems – both within the nation (e.g. agriculture, manufacturing and finance sectors) and between different countries (e.g. through movement of health professionals and patients). This interest has been manifest in two areas: (i) macro-economic modeling of health (care), concerning the impact of communicable and non-communicable diseases and related polices; and (ii) economic analysis of the impact of trade and trade agreements. Richard has received research funding in excess of £30m, and has published more than 200 papers, chapters, reports etc (including many in Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine, The Lancet, Science, British Medical Journal).

Richard was a Charter Member of iHEA and has presented at every meeting, several times organizing sessions, and over the last year has been part of the ‘iHEA 2020’ committee working on strategies for the future development of iHEA. He has also been part of the organizing committees for two UK HESG meetings (and will no doubt be on a third when HESG comes to the London School!). He has been committed to advancing the work of health economics in every institution he has worked, including the development of MSc courses, growing capacity through appointments, and support for junior staff and students.


Anthony Scott 

University of Melbourne 

Anthony Scott is a Professorial Fellow and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow, and leads the Health Economics Research Program at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of Melbourne. He jointly co-ordinates the 30-strong University of Melbourne Health Economics Group. He is also an Associate Editor of Journal of Health Economics and Health Economics, and jointly organizes the Australasian Workshop on Econometrics and Health Economics, now in its 7th year. He was a member of the Arrow Award Committee for iHEA from 2013 to 2015, and is President of the Australian Health Economics Society. His research interests include the role of financial and other incentives in changing the behavior and improving the performance of health care providers, with a focus on general practice and primary care and the labor markets of health care professionals. He is Principal Investigator on the Medicine in Australia: Balancing Employment of Life (MABEL) panel survey of over 10,000 doctors ( Funded by the NHMRC, this project focuses on labor supply and workforce participation decisions by doctors, including mobility across geographical areas and career choices.

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