CEPA expands its Global Health team

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14th June 2018

CEPA offers additional global health consulting expertise

Responding to the growing focus in global health on effective planning and prioritisation of limited resources for the greatest impact, CEPA’s Global Health team has expanded to provide additional expertise and capacity to meet growing client needs.

CEPA’s Global Health practice contributes to the effectiveness and sustainability of development aid in the sector by combining public policy, evaluation and health economics expertise towards improving the availability, quality and use of evidence for strategic, policy and programmatic planning and implementation. Offering global health partnerships, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors and organisations, governments, and foundations with increased access to CEPA expertise, the latest additions to the team are:

Clare Strachan

Nidhee Jadeja

Christian Von Drehle

Frances MacLellan

Clare Strachan

Nidhee Jadeja

Christian Von Drehle

Frances MacLellan 

Managing consultant

Senior consultant

Economist

Economist

Adding to the existing Global Health team’s breadth and depth of expertise, CEPA’s consultancy services include:

- evaluation and impact assessment
- strategy and governance
- health policy and technical advisory
- health economics
- organisational support
- operational research and evidence synthesis

CEPA’s health focus areas include communicable diseases (HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, HepC), non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, immunisation, epidemics (cholera, influenza) and nutrition. Our work also cuts across the areas of health systems strengthening, universal health coverage, health policy and governance, health financing, commodity market dynamics and supply/ access and health data.  

CEPA’s Global Health practice constitutes a team of dedicated staff members, all with post-graduate academic backgrounds in public health or economics. In addition to CEPA core staff members, we have a network of highly experienced associates and consultants who work with CEPA on a project specific basis.

Introducing the new team members

Clare Strachan specialises in health systems strengthening, communicable disease control, in particular malaria and neglected tropical diseases, and maternal, newborn and child health, all in low and middle-income settings. She has extensive experience in management and technical advisory support to donor-specific strategies, evidence-based programme design and implementation, operational research utilising a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, evidence synthesis, and policy development and review at global, regional and national levels. She has considerable in-county experience, including six years living and working in Africa. Clare has worked for a variety of clients including a range of donors, bi-lateral and multi-lateral agencies, universities, private health providers and governments. She holds a postgraduate degree in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), as well as an undergraduate degree in Development Studies from the University of Liverpool. She teaches at postgraduate level at both LSHTM (health economics) and at University College London (malaria in children).

Nidhee Jadeja has extensive expertise in the strategy development, monitoring, and evaluation of global health investments across priority areas in communicable and non-communicable diseases and health systems strengthening, with a focus on evidence-based decision-making. Previously, Nidhee worked at the Wellcome Trust delivering complex partnership initiatives in the global health portfolio. She oversaw more than £200 million in research investments in low and middle-income countries, with a focus on capacity-strengthening initiatives, and was integral to Wellcome’s support in establishing the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), an agenda-setting and research platform developed in partnership with the African Union’s scientific and technical arm NEPAD. Nidhee has technical expertise in epidemiology, qualitative research, health economics, policy-analysis, and randomised controlled trials. She has in-country experience in India, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa.

Christian Von Drehlehas experience in health financing, programme evaluation, public policy analysis, and political economy. Since joining CEPA only recently, he has already worked on health financing projects for the Global Financing Facility, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, and the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to joining CEPA, Christian worked as a consultant for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) at the WHO in Geneva.During his time at GPEI, Christian analysed funding and operational costs for polio vaccination programmes and worked on programme evaluations for the Research and Policy Unit, especially with regards to the use of innovative approaches in polio vaccination campaigns. He has also worked on an analysis of the commitments to the ‘Every Women Every Child’s Global Strategy’. He holds an undergraduate degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge and two postgraduate degrees, a Masters in International Public Management from Sciences Po Paris and a MSc in International Political Economy from London School of Economics (LSE).

Frances MacLellan graduated from the LSE with a Masters of Public Administration in Public/Economic Policy and International Development. Her studies focussed on public economic policy, international development, econometrics, and behavioural economics. Her original research, completed for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, examined the impact of combining financial inclusion initiatives with social protection programmes. Prior to her MPA, Frances worked for Right To Play, a global organisation using sports and games to teach disadvantaged children key lessons in education, health, and peacebuilding. Frances worked for Right To Play in Toronto, London and Kampala, implementing strategic projects aimed at increasing fundraising and improving communications. Frances also holds an undergraduate MA from the University of Edinburgh in Social Anthropology with Development.


Working with CEPA

To find out more about the team’s backgrounds and experience, members’ biographies are available online. Alternatively, if you would like an initial conversation to see if CEPA may be the best firm to support you, please contact Richard Rodger by email or T. +44 (0)20 7269 0210