Saskia Popescu - (Chair)
Saskia Popescu, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., CIC, (Chair) is a Term Assistant Professor in the Biodefense Program within the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
She received her PhD in Biodefense from the Schar School in 2019; a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on infectious disease epidemiology and a Master’s of Arts in International Security Studies from the University of Arizona. While completing her PhD, she served as a student ambassador for the Global Health Security Agenda Ministerial Meeting in Bali, Indonesia, and has served as a signatory on the NGO statement for the Biological Weapons Convention. During her epidemiology graduate studies, she was a recipient of the Frontier Interdisciplinary eXperience (FIX) HS-STEM Career Development Grant in Food Defense through the National Center for Food Protection and Defensed. Popescu is an Alumni Fellow of the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative (ELBI) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Health Security. She currently serves as a member of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) Coronavirus Taskforce and is a member of the Committee on Data Needs to Monitor Evolution of SARS-CoV-2 within the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).
Prior to joining Mason, Popescu worked as infection prevention epidemiologist in several large healthcare systems, working to enhance readiness and biopreparedness. More recently, she created and disseminated a gap analysis for a six-hospital system to establish vulnerabilities for high-consequence diseases, helping to guide the creation of a high-consequence disease initiative to enhance readiness at the healthcare level. This work aided in rapid and coordinated responses to COVID-19. Her assessment and leadership regarding healthcare biopreparedness efforts has resulted in several peer-reviewed literature. She is certified in infection prevention (CIC), hospital preparedness through FEMA’s NIMS, and pandemic preparedness from the DHS Center for Domestic Preparedness. Popescu's research addresses gaps within global health security, biodefense, healthcare biopreparedness, and the integration of antimicrobial resistance into global health security initiatives. She also serves as an adjunct professor in the University of Arizona College of Public Health Epidemiology and Biostatistics program.
Brian Anderson, M.D., is Chief Digital Health Physician at MITRE where he leads research and development efforts across major strategic initiatives in Digital Health, including partnering with the United States government on public-private partnerships during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. Anderson is also responsible for co-founding the Vaccination Credential Initiative; leading MITRE’s development of machine learning techniques to leverage real world health data; and linking genomic and clinical data to provide insight into the efficacy of therapeutics and vaccines. He also leads MITRE’s largest Health R&D effort in Oncology and Personalized Medicine. His teams help to architect, implement, and analyze health data and information systems for federal agencies including HHS, NIH, CDC, ASPR, CMS, the FDA and VA.
Prior to joining MITRE, Dr. Anderson led the Informatics and Network Medicine Division at athenahealth where he launched a new model of clinical decision support leveraging artificial intelligence. He has also served on several national health information technology committees in partnership with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC).
Dr. Anderson completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed his BA (’00) and MD (’06) degrees, both with honors, at Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel
Ezekiel Emanuel, M.Sc., M.D., Ph.D., Ezekiel J. Emanuel is the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, the Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor, and Co-Director of the Healthcare Transformation Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. From January 2009 to January 2011, Dr. Emanuel served as a Special Advisor on Health Policy to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and National Economic Council. Prior to that he was the founding chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health from 1997 to August of 2011. Dr. Emanuel received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. Dr. Emanuel served on President Clinton's Health Care Task Force, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC), and on the bioethics panel of the Pan-American Healthcare Organization. He has published over 300 articles mainly on health care reform, research ethics, and end of life care in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, JAMA, and many other medical journals. He has also authored or edited 15 books. His latest book entitled Which Country Has the World’s Best Health Care? was published in June 2020.
Lawrence O. Gostin
Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D., is an internationally distinguished scholar on global health. Gostin serves as Faculty Director and Founding Chair, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and holds Georgetown’s highest academic rank, “University Professor” conferred by the University president. He is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine and Council of Foreign Relations, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.
Gostin is director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Public Health Law & Human Rights and he has served on major WHO committees including the Director-General’s advisory committee for reforming the WHO. He served on two global commissions investigating WHO’s response to the West Africa Ebola outbreak. In 2016, President Obama appointed Gostin to the National Cancer Advisory Board.
Gostin holds international academic professorial appointments at Oxford University, the University of Sydney, and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, among others, and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees. The National Consumer Council (UK) conferred the Rosemary Delbridge Memorial Award on Prof. Gostin for the person “who has most influenced Parliament and government to act for the welfare of society.” The American Public Health Association awarded Gostin its Distinguished Lifetime Service Award. He is JAMA’s Legal & Global Health Correspondent.
Margaret A. Hamburg
Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., is an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine, who currently serves as chair of the NTI | bio Advisory Group. She previously served as foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine and is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), having served for almost six years. Before joining FDA, Hamburg was founding vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Previous government positions include Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Commissioner for New York City, and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.
Hamburg recently stepped down from her position as Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. In her former role, she served as senior advisor on international matters and was the liaison with other Academies of Medicine around the world. She is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Medicine. Hamburg currently sits on the boards of the Commonwealth Fund, the Simons Foundation, the Urban Institute, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and the American Museum of Natural History. She is chair of the Joint Coordinating Group for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation, and a member of the Harvard University Global Advisory Council, the Global Health Scientific Advisory Committee for the Gates Foundation, the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows, and the World Dementia Council.
Hamburg earned her B.A. from Harvard College, her M.D. from Harvard Medical School and completed her medical residency at Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is the recipient of multiple honorary degrees and numerous awards.