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.
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.
High Level Advisory Board Members
Founding Partner, Global Optimism; Convener, Mission 2020 & Former Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
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
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand & Former Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Director, Public Health and Environment Department, World Health Organization
Scientific Advisory Group Members
Her research is at the interface of ecological and human health understanding the impact of global land use and climate change on ecological and human systems, with a particular focus on emerging infectious diseases. Kate’s research also develops applied artificial intelligence tools for monitoring ecological health and the status of wildlife populations.
Prof. Saleemul Huq is the Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) and Professor at the Independent University Bangladesh (IUB) as well as Associate of the International Institute on Environment and Development (IIED) in the United Kingdom among additional positions. He is an expert in adaptation to climate change in the most Vulnerable developing countries and has been a lead author of the third, fourth and fifth assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
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