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.


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.


Anne Coleman

Operations Director

Anne joined the Lancet Countdown in 2020, after working on the 2019 report launch as Head of Media and Communications at The Lancet. Anne’s expertise spans strategic communications, research and policy, with past roles at Imperial College London, Cancer Research UK and HERD MSL, a communications agency in Sydney. She holds a degree in Mathematics with Physics from the University of York, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London.


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.


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.


Samantha Coleman

Health Adaptation Research 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.


Dr Claudia Di Napoli

Health Impacts Research Fellow

Claudia is a scientist with a deep interest in the past and future trends of meteorological extremes that pose a threat to human health. Prior to joining the Lancet Countdown Claudia worked at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) where she focused on the climate and forecast of weather-related health hazards, namely heatwaves. Claudia holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Cardiff University.


Dr Nick Hughes

Economics and Finance Research Fellow

Nick is a researcher in low carbon energy and sustainable resource use, implications for society and policy solutions. He has engaged with topics including renewable innovation policy, electricity networks, land use and resource governance. He is also interested in longer term future trajectories of sustainable transitions, considering political as well as social and technological dynamics. He has a PhD in energy policy from Imperial College London.

Dr Harry Kennard

Mitigation and Health Co-benefits Research Fellow

Harry is a climate change and health researcher, with a PhD in energy demand from University College London. He holds degrees in Physics and Applied Mathematics, as well as a Master’s degree in Linguistics. Prior to his PhD Harry worked in energy and climate journalism and occasionally still writes popular science pieces.


Dr Pete Lampard

Public and Political Engagement Research Fellow

Pete is a sociologist with interests in the diffusion of ideas across socio-material boundaries. He is particularly interested in the cultural preconditions of engagement with climate change. Prior to joining the Lancet Countdown and the University of York, Pete taught sociology at St Mary’s University, London, and the University of Manchester. He has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester.


Lancet Countdown South America

Dr Stella Hartinger

Director, Lancet Countdown South America

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.

Dr Andrés G. (Willy) Lescano

Climate Change and Emerging Diseases Specialist, LANCET COUNTDOWN SOUTH AMERICA

Willy is an epidemiologist with a Ph.D. in Global Epidemiology and Disease Control from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a seasoned emerging diseases specialist with experience studying the impact of climate change on health. He has also trained several master’s and doctoral-level epidemiologists through programs he has coordinated since 2007, and is the past-Director General of the Peruvian Centre for Disease Control.


Dr Armando Valdés-Velasquez

Climate Change and Ecosystem Health Specialist, LANCET COUNTDOWN SOUTH AMERICA

Armando is a biodiversity conservation specialist with a PhD in Zoology and Geography from the University of Bonn. His research interests span different aspects of human-nature interactions, including natural resource management, human attitudes and perceptions towards nature, and ecosystem health in the context of climate change. He has experience working with a range of organisations in South America including local communities, NGOs, government agencies and donor organisations.


Luciana Blanco

Communications Coordinator, LANCET COUNTDOWN SOUTH AMERICA

Luciana is a biologist with a master's degree in epidemiology from the University Cayetano Heredia in Peru. She is currently communications coordinator at the Lancet Countdown South America and has a great interest in the dissemination of scientific information on climate change and health. Before joining the team, Luciana worked as a researcher at the University Cayetano Heredia.


Rodrigo Velarde

Policy Manager, Lancet Countdown South America

Rodrigo is an environmental impact assessment specialist with a specialisation in sustainable development and communications. His areas of expertise are crisis management, external communications, sustainable development, environment, and social issues. Prior to joining the Lancet Countdown South America, Rodrigo worked for private corporations, NGOs and consultancy companies.


Lancet Countdown Asia

Dr Wenjia Cai

Co-Director, Lancet Countdown Asia

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.

Yibo Ke

Communications and Engagement Manager, Lancet Countdown Asia

Yibo Ke has a master's degree from the Beijing University of Agriculture and is responsible for communication and administration for the Lancet Countdown Regional Centre for Asia. She has previously worked with the National Institute of Nutrition and Health, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr Xueqin Cui

Mitigation and Health Co-Benefits Research Fellow, Lancet Countdown Asia

Xueqin is an energy and climate change modeler with a PhD in environmental economics from Renmin University of China. He has been working on sustainable development impacts assessment of energy system transition, with a special interest in human health co-benefits of carbon mitigation. Xueqin is now working as a postdoctoral researcher at Tsinghua University.

Dr Zhao Liu

Health Impacts Research Fellow, Lancet Countdown Asia

Zhao is a climate change and health impact assessment specialist with a PhD in natural disaster from the Beijing Normal University. Her research areas include heat-related health impact assessment in the background of climate change, the impact of population aging on heat-related mortality in the future, and risk assessment of natural disasters. She is now also working as a postdoctoral associate in Tsinghua University.

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