Global Health Programs International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board (IAB) is one of two advisory groups to the Director, Global Health Programs. The overall role of the IAB is to assist Global Health Programs (GHP) achieve their strategic goals and objectives by providing guidance, insight and expertise on a variety of projects. The IAB will work together to enhance the current GHP offerings in the areas of education, research and community engagement and identify new opportunities in each area.

The IAB is composed of distinguished leaders from a cross section of business, professional, academic and community sectors across North America and internationally. 

Current Members

Mr. Paul Frazer - International Advisory Board Chair

Mr. Paul Frazer is the current President of PD Frazer Associates, a government relations and international issues firm that advises a variety of clients from across the globe on the impacts of U.S. legislative and regulatory actions on domestic and international client operations.  Paul served with the Canadian Foreign Service, taking assignments in Ottawa, New York, Warsaw, Washington, and in Prague as Ambassador to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. During his time in Ottawa, he was Communications Director to the Prime Minister and Spokesperson to the Foreign Minister. He also previously served as Assistant, International Economic Affairs to the Minister of Finance and as Executive Director of Canada’s $200 million economic and political assistance program for Central Europe and the former Soviet Union.

A graduate of McGill and Carleton Universities, Paul is an Alumnus Fellow of Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. He is Trustee of the Pearson College of the Pacific, a United World College school. From 2010 until 2014, Paul served as U.S. Co-Chair of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute advisory board, now serving as Immediate Past Chair.

Dr. Teguest Guerma

Dr. Teguest Guerma has worked since 2015 as the founder and CEO of LeDeG Midwifery College, a social enterprise in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that she established with her own funding.

From 2010 to 2015, Dr. Guerma was the first African woman Director General of Amref Health Africa, an African international organisation that supports community health in more than 35 countries in Africa. Prior to that she worked for 21 years for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Africa, Asia, Europe and the US. She served as a WHO Africa representative in the UN Headquarters in New York and as WHO representative in Botswana and Nepal. As Assistant Director, and later as the Acting Director, of the WHO Global Programme on AIDS she co-led the 3 by 5 Initiative that helped to make antiretroviral therapy available for developing countries. She was also a UN commissioner in the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children.

Dr. Guerma started her career as medical doctor in a public hospital in Burundi in 1985 where she diagnosed the first AIDS cases in the country. She has post graduate degree training in infectious diseases and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. She is an awardee of the highest medal of the Government of France: Chevalier of the Legion d’honeur. She is also a member of the rotary club and several others associations. Dr. Guerma is the author of several scientific papers.

Hon. Keith Martin, PC

Dr. Martin is a physician who, since Sept. 2012, has served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) based in Washington, DC. The Consortium is a rapidly growing organization of over 130 academic institutions from around the world. It harnesses the capabilities of these institutions across research, education, advocacy and service to address global challenges. It is particularly focused on improving health outcomes for the global poor and strengthening academic global health programs.

Between 1993-2011, Dr. Martin served as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons representing a riding on Vancouver Island. During that time he held shadow ministerial portfolios in foreign affairs, international development, and health. He also served as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defense. In 2004, he was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. His main areas of focus are in global health, foreign policy, security, international development, conservation and the environment. He is particularly interested in strengthening human resources capabilities and scaling up initiatives in low-income settings that improve environmental sustainability and human security.

As a parliamentarian, Dr. Martin created, an online platform to facilitate partnerships between universities, governments, multilateral institutions, NGOs, and the private sector. In 2006, Dr. Martin founded Canada’s first all-party Conservation Caucus in Parliament and developed the online conservation site to help mainstream sustainable conservation and environmental practices into development initiatives to achieve positive outcomes for the environment and people.

Mr. Thomas Park

Tom is currently Vice President, Operations & Strategy for BDC Capital, the venture capital & private equity arm of the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Prior to the BDC, he is a former senior engagement manager at McKinsey & Co and a member of McKinsey’s global health practice group, in which he has had extensive experience in development projects in Nigeria, Senegal, DRC, Pakistan, & Zambia. He also spent time on sabbatical at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the leadership team in developing & executing their ambitious family planning objectives.

Previously, he worked at McCarthy Tétrault, the International Criminal Court, the OSCE mission in Kosovo, and the United Nations Assistance Mission to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. He is a graduate of McGill’s Faculty of Law, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He is also an alum of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference. He currently sits on the board of governors of Presbyterian College in Montreal.

Dr. David Peters

David H. Peters, MD, MPH, DrPH, is Professor and Chair of the Department of International Health and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a specialist in international health systems who has worked as a researcher, policy advisor, educator, bureaucrat, manager, and clinician in dozens of developing countries over the last two decades. He previously worked as a Senior Public Health Specialist at the World Bank, and as the Director of the Health Systems Program at Johns Hopkins. He is Research Director for the Future Health Systems research consortium, which is working to improve access, affordability and quality of health services for the poor, with field sites in five countries in Africa and Asia. He pioneered the development of Sector Wide Approaches (SWAps) in health, and created the first national Balanced Scorecard to assess and manage health services (in Afghanistan), while writing seven books and over 100 articles. His teaching and research focus on the performance of health systems, implementation research methods, poverty and health systems, innovations in organization, technology, and financing of health systems, the role of the private sector, human resource management, and ways to use donor assistance to strengthen local capacity in low-income countries.

Dr. Mario Raviglione

Mario C. Raviglione is Full Professor of Global Health at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Research in Health Sciences (MACH) of the University of Milan, Italy. Previously, he worked at WHO where, in 2003-2017, he was Director of the Global Tuberculosis Programme. A graduate from Turin University, Italy, he trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and AIDS at Cabrini Medical Centre, New York, and Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, where he served as AIDS clinical research fellow. He is one of the 10 most cited authors worldwide in the TB field and among the top 25 Italian scientists in the health sciences. His work consists of more than 400 publications on TB, AIDS, infectious diseases and global health in journals and books. His production has been cited more than 55,000 times and his h-index is 107. Prof. Raviglione has worked with over 50 countries world-wide. He has been visiting professor and teacher in major universities including Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Mc Gill, Sydney, Geneva, Liverpool, Pavia, Modena & Reggio Emilia, and Brescia. He is currently Honorary Professor at the Queen Mary University of London, UK, and was Professeur Titulaire at the Global Studies Institute of the Université de Genève until mid-2020. In 2005 he received the Princess Chichibu TB Global Award for his achievements in TB control. In 2009 he was nominated Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (F.R.C.P., London, UK). In 2010 he received the Wolfheze 20-Year Jubilee Award (The Netherlands) for his contributions to modern TB control in Europe. In 2014 he was appointed a Foundation Fellow of the European Respiratory Society (F.E.R.S.). In 2014 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the India International Public Health Conference of the Indian Medical Association. In 2016 he was made Honorary Member of the Russian Society of Phtisiatry. In 2017, he received the USAID Global Leader Award “in recognition of innovative approach, scientific rigor, and dedicate service in partnership to End TB”.

Ms. Pamela Spencer

Pamela Spencer is a lawyer with over 25 years’ experience in the private and public sector. Pamela has served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary with 3 large Ontario public sector organizations. During her career, Pamela has also managed several large corporate services portfolios including Insurance and Risk Management, Compliance, Privacy and Access, Procurement, Leasing, Information Technology and Human Resources. Earlier this year, Pamela joined Plan International Canada Inc. as in-house counsel to support its international development programs and Canadian programming.

Prior to moving in-house, Pamela practiced corporate law at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (now Dentons LLP), where she served as Chair of the firm’s Toronto Health Law Group and co-chair of its Privacy Law Group. Pamela was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1989, and has published and lectured widely on many aspects of health law and health privacy.

Pamela currently sits on the Governing Council of the Ontario Bar Association, the Board of Childrens’ Mental Health Ontario, the Research Ethics Board at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children and on McGill University’s Women, Leadership & Philanthropy Council. Pamela previously served on the Claims & Risk Management Committee of the Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada, as Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Health Law Executive, and Chair of the Law Society of Ontario’s Health Law Specialist Certification Committee.

In addition to her undergraduate and law degrees, Pamela holds a Masters in Health Administration / Collaborative Program in Bioethics from the University of Toronto and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Health Law.

Ms. Andrea Stairs

As eBay Canada’s managing director, Andrea Stairs leads the Canadian strategy and operations of one of the world’s largest online marketplaces and Canada’s second largest e-commerce business. In this role, Andrea is responsible for cultivating eBay’s community of Canadian users -- from individual consumers to established brands and retailers -- and for overseeing all of eBay’s Canadian functions, including product management, marketing, business development, and public and government relations.

Andrea was most recently head of marketing for eBay Canada, managing the brand’s marketing strategy and execution. She was also instrumental in launching eBay’s French-Canadian website and in leading the eBay Motors team in Canada.

After receiving a BA from McGill University, Andrea obtained LLB and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.

Andrea sits on a number of executive and advisory boards including Spinrite LP, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), Ontario’s Panel for Economic Growth & Prosperity, as well as the Rotman School of Management’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion committee.

A native of Montreal, Andrea now lives in Toronto with her husband and young son and daughter.

Past members

Dr. Patrizia Cavazzoni

Dr. Cavazzoni is the Senior Vice President for Development Operations at Pfizer, with responsibility for the conduct of all clinical trials worldwide. Prior to this role, she was the Senior Vice President for Safety and Established Products Regulatory, heading the company’s global product safety organization and the regulatory affairs functions in Pfizer’s largest business unit. Previous to her joining Pfizer, she held leadership positions within the R&D organizations at Eli Lilly and Sanofi. Dr. Cavazzoni served as the Pharmaceutical Industry’s representative to the Food and Drug Administration’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Reagan-Udall Foundation’s Innovation in Medical Evidence Development and Surveillance Program. She is a board member for the New York chapter of the Friends of McGill. Prior to joining the pharmaceutical industry, she was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa, where she was engaged in clinical work, teaching and research of genetic predictors of mood disorders, authoring numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications.

After obtaining her medical degree at McGill University, Dr. Cavazzoni served as a Medical Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and subsequently completed a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in mood disorders at the University of Ottawa, becoming a recipient of the American College of Psychiatrists’ Laughlin Fellowship.  Dr. Cavazzoni is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry, a Fellow of the Canadian Royal College of Physician and Surgeons and a member of the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology

Dr. Christy Hanson

Christy Hanson became the Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship in 2012, after joining Macalester in 2011 as the Hubert Humphrey Professor. She continues to teach in the International Studies Department. In her roles on campus, she draws from over 20 years’ experience in international public health. Her primary area of research relates to the dynamics between poverty and infectious diseases. Prior to joining Macalester, Dr. Hanson was the Chief of Infectious Diseases for USAID and had previously held positions with the World Health Organization, World Bank and PATH. Hanson has provided technical and policy development support to countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She continues her work as a member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria’s technical review panel, and on WHO working groups. She serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Refugee Committee and Helen Keller International.

Dr. Hanson holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of MN, and a PhD in International Health Systems and health economics from Johns Hopkins University.

H. Arnold Steinberg (1933-2015)

Arnold Steinberg was a Montreal businessman, philanthropist and art collector. After graduating from McGill in 1954, he received an MBA from Harvard University. He held directorships and senior management positions with Canadian companies including RBC Dominion Securities, Steinberg Inc., Ivanhoe Inc., Teleglobe and the Banque Nationale du Canada. He also had a lengthy record of service with numerous charitable, educational and cultural organizations. Among his many positions, he served as a member of the Canada Council and its Executive Committee, the Board of Governors of McGill University, and as Chairman of the Board of the McGill University Health Centre. He served as the Chair of the Board of Canada Health Infoway and was a Member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. A member of the Order of Canada, Mr. Steinberg was awarded an honorary doctorate from McGill University and was also Governor Emeritus. We are forever grateful to Mr. Arnold Steinberg, who sadly passed away in 2015, for his steadfast support of global health at McGill. His legacy will continue to motivate us as we work to position global health at McGill at the forefront internationally.


The IAB in 2017. Not pictured: Christy Hanson & Mario Raviglione. (PC: Owen Egan for McGill University)

The IAB in 2016. Not pictured: Patrizia Cavazzoni and Christy Hanson. (PC: Owen Egan for McGill University)

The IAB in 2015. Not pictured: Keith Martin & Mario Raviglione. (PC: Owen Egan for McGill University)



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