Our Team

The Lancet Countdown’s work is led by its technical experts and 35 leading academic centres and UN agencies across the world. This is supported by its Executive team and Research Fellows based at University College London and its partner institutions. To get in touch contact us at info@lancetcountdown.org or find us on social media.

Dr Nick Watts

Executive Director

Nick is a medical doctor, with training in population health and public policy, and over a decade of experience in health and climate change. He has led the collaboration’s work since it was first established, in 2012. With his expertise lying at the nexus of science and policy, Nick has worked in global public health with the World Health Organization, Royal Medical Colleges, and the NHS Sustainable Development Unit.

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Jessica Beagley

Policy Manager

Jessica most recently worked as Policy Research Manager at NCD Alliance where she led work on environmental health. Prior to this Jessica worked with the International Diabetes Federation in Brussels, Belgium on health education and epidemiology. Jess has a degree in physiology from the University of Oxford, and during her studies spent time in Cambodia in health promotion programmes.

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Anjuli Borgonha

Communications Manager

Anjuli is a communications specialist with an MA degree in Communication for Development. Prior to joining the Lancet Countdown she managed the communications of the London International Development Centre, the MARCH Centre at the London School of Hygiene, and Tropical Medicine, and spent two years working at the British Embassy in Bogotá. As well as climate change, Anjuli has a particular interest in antibiotic resistance.

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Laura Donovan

Programme Administrator

Laura has an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science from the University of Sussex and a master’s degree in Global Health and Development from University College London. Prior to joining the Lancet Countdown Laura completed a Public Health Fellowship at Southwark Council and is currently working part-time as an Administrator in Global Health Research at King’s College London.

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Dr Alice McGushin

Programme Manager

Alice trained as a medical doctor in Tasmania and Western Australia and from the start of her studies developed a passion for climate change and global health. Alice recently completed an MSc Public Health (Environment and Health) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She has since also worked as a consultant for several actors including the World Health Organization and the World Organization of Family Doctors.

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Dr Marina Romanello

Data Scientist

Marina is a Biochemist with a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Cambridge. She has a strong interest in environmental health, and previously carried out research on environmental nanotoxicology in the Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires. In her most recent position Marina worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Francis Crick Institute where her research focused on the epigenetic determinants of cancer.

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Samantha Coleman

Health Adaptation Fellow

Samantha is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where her research focuses on health system adaptations for climate change. Previously she built Hepatitis C disease burden and economic impact models for the CDA Foundation. Samantha holds a master's degree and an undergraduate degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University.

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