The work of the Lancet Countdown is guided by global experts in health and climate change. Academic outputs are overseen by the Scientific Advisory Group and a newly established High Level Advisory Board will provide strategic direction for the Lancet Countdown’s policy engagement and communications work.
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Peter Byass and Georgina Mace, both of whom were instrumental to the formation of the Lancet Countdown and its ongoing scientific and strategic direction. Peter, who was a world-leading global health expert, sat on the Board of the Lancet Countdown and co-chaired Working Group Two: Adaptation, Planning, and Resilience for Health. Georgina, a world-leading expert in biodiversity and ecosystems, was a member of the Lancet Countdown’s Scientific Advisory Group.
Lancet Countdown Board
Anthony Costello is professor of global health and sustainable development at UCL, co-chair of the Lancet Countdown for climate and health action, and a former director of maternal, child and adolescent health at the World Health Organisation. He is senior adviser to ‘Children in All Policies (CAP-2030), an initiative involving WHO, UNICEF, the Lancet and nine countries, to place children at the centre of national policies to address climate change and the SDG goals.
Hugh is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London (UCL) where he also directs the Centre for Human Health and Performance. He is a consultant in a North London Intensive Care Unit. He has published more than 550 scientific articles. Hugh co-chaired two Lancet Commissions on Human Health and Climate Change, and now co-chairs the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change.
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, as well as the impact of environmental exposures in cancer onset, at the University of Cambridge and the Frances Crick Institute.LinkedIn
Diarmid has worked on the issue for over 20 years, playing key roles in the first quantitative estimates of global health impacts of climate change, resolutions of the World Health Assembly, WHO global conferences, and the expansion of WHO’s climate change and health support to over 30 low and middle income countries. Diarmid is author of over 100 journal papers, reports, and book chapters, a lead author on three Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, and of the first health report to the UN Climate Negotiations.
Hilary Graham is a social scientist with a background in public health research. Her current research is exploring people’s perceptions of climate change. She is Professor of Health Sciences at the University of York, UK, and a Fellow of the British Academy. She received a CBE for services to social research in 2014.
Tadj Oreszczyn FCIBSE, PhD, CEng is Professor of Energy and Environment at the UCL Energy Institute. Tadj was founding Director of the UCL Energy Institute and established the RCUK Centre for Energy Epidemiology. Tadj currently leads the building theme for the UK Centre for Research in Energy Demand Solutions and is Principle Investigator of the research council Smart Energy Research Lab.
Kristie L. Ebi (Ph.D., MPH) is Professor in the Center for Health and the Global Environment. She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for nearly 25 years, focusing on understanding sources of vulnerability; estimating current impacts and future health risks; designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments; and estimating the health co-benefits of mitigation policies. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures. She has been an author on multiple national and international climate change assessments. She has more than 200 publications and has edited fours books on aspects of climate change.
Professor Gong received his BS and MS degrees from Nanjing University and his PhD degree from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 1990. He started his academic career at York University and then the University of Calgary. In 1994, he joined the University of California, Berkeley where he rose through the academic ranks to full Professor in 2001. He became the founding Chair of the Department of Earth System Science in 2016 and Dean of the Faculty of Science in 2017 at Tsinghua University.
Elizabeth is the Lancet Countdown Report Working Group One Lead, that addresses climate change impacts, exposures, and vulnerability. Elizabeth joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, as its Director, in September 2021. Her research addresses the design of policies and institutions to reduce climate change emissions, protect the environment, and improve the livelihoods of resource-dependent communities. Her recent focus includes climate change and systemic risk; and tracking the co-benefits of climate change mitigation and health, oriented particularly around food security and food systems. She was on the UK Defra Economic Advisory Panel for five years; and in 2019-20, Specialist Advisor to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on Food, Poverty, Health, and Environment.
Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy at and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London. From 2004-2014 he was a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, and from 2014-19 its Deputy Director, leading on its Energy Resources theme, with research publications on low-carbon futures, fossil fuels and hydrogen.
Paul is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He is an environmental health scientist with expertise in health and climate change, and his main research focus is the impacts of climate change on allergens such as pollen and allergic diseases such as asthma.LinkedIn
Associate Professor Ying Zhang is a senior epidemiologist at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Her work has been dedicated to research, education and engagement on climate change and health in Australia and internationally for many years.LinkedIn
Wenjia Cai is now an associate professor of Global Change Economics in Department of Earth System Science, Tsinghua University. Her main research interests is the evaluation of climate mitigation’s impacts to environment and health. She has published papers in The Lancet Planetary Health, The Lancet, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Research Letters, Applied Energy and etc. She is the principal investigator of Lancet Countdown Regional Centre for Asia.LinkedIn
Maria Nilsson is a professor in public health with the orientation climate change and health at the department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University, Sweden; a social scientist who holds a PhD in epidemiology and public health sciences. Her main focus is climate change and health, with a specific interest in adaptation and vulnerable populations, health and risk communication and knowledge translation.LinkedIn
Rachel Lowe is an ICREA Research Professor and Global Health Resilience Team Leader in the Earth Science Department of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center in Spain. From 2016-2021 she was a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she continues to serve on the management committee of the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health.LinkedIn
Ian is Professor of Energy, Environment and Health the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources, University College London. Ian’s research background is focused on the nexus of climate change, energy and health in the built environment. Ian is the Principal Investigator for the International Energy Agency’s Annex 70 - Building Energy Epidemiology, a Co-Investigator on the UKRI Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions, the NERC funded APEx London Air Pollution and ANTICIPATE projects, and Newton funded Capability and Energy Poverty in Mexico project. Ian is the UCL lead for the IEA and UNEP Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction initiative. Ian has an interdisciplinary publication record in leading journals including Energy Policy, Applied Energy, Energy & Building, The Lancet, and BMJ.
Stella is an environmental health specialist with a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of Basel. Her research areas include household air pollution and water, sanitation and hygiene. She has vast experience in randomized health interventions addressing environmental health problems, and studies generating knowledge about climate change and health in Peru.
High Level Advisory Board Members
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand & Former Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Associate Dean Pacific, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland
Chief Executive Officer, Amref Health Africa Group
Executive Director, Strategic Communications, European Climate Foundation & Senior Advisor, Global Communications Strategies, ClimateWorks Foundation
Director, Public Health and Environment Department, World Health Organization
Professor, School of Public Health, Cayetano Heredia University Peru & Former Minister of Health of Peru
Scientific Advisory Group Members
Professor of Ecology and Biodiversity in the Centre for Biodiversity and Environmental Research (CBER) at University College London.
Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)
Founding Director and Chair, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London
Director, Carbon Neutral Futures Initiative, University of Cambridge & British Antarctic Survey Fellow
Senior Advisor, Public Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) & Director, NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences
Former Director of the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ministry of Health of China