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Nick Banatvala

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Dr Nick Banatvala is currently Senior Adviser to the Assistant Director General, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO, Geneva.

Prior to this, Nick was Head of Global Affairs, Department of Health, England where among other responsibilities he led the development and implementation of the UK Government's first-ever global health strategy a cross-government strategy for working with WHO. 

Before that, he headed up the UK Department for International Development’s work on global health partnerships and initiatives and scaling up health services during which time he led the health inputs for the 2005 G8 Gleneagles communiqué. He has represented the UK on a number of international initiatives, including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation. 

Nick trained in paediatrics and infectious diseases before doing public health and epidemiologic research in the UK and at CDC, Atlanta. Nick has held senior posts in UK public health - leading a range of initiatives on heart disease, cancer, diabetes and clinical governance. 

Nick has sat on a range of government, NGO and academic boards, as well as national and international committees. He has undertaken consultancies for a number of agencies including the World Bank. Nick holds a Chair at Manchester University and a senior lecturership at Imperial College, London.