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 Ian Hamilton

Executive Director, Lancet Countdown

Ian is the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change and is an Associate Professor in Energy Epidemiology at the UCL Energy Institute, 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.

Dr Frances MacGuire

Policy Manager

Frances MacGuire’s career spans climate change research, policy, advocacy and education at local, national and international levels working in academia, NGOs and the NHS. Trained in the life sciences and public health, Frances is particularly interested in the interface between science and policy making in climate change, air pollution and biodiversity protection in a context of health and social justice. Frances has a PhD in the environmental and health risk assessment and communication of high temperature incineration of PCBs and dioxins.

Emma Frost

Communications Manager

Emma is a multi-disciplinary communications specialist, who, before joining the Lancet Countdown, worked for climate and sustainable energy NGOs and charities for over seven years. A keen storyteller with an interest in the human stories behind data and statistics, Emma manages all aspects of communications including the website, events, social media channels, and PR for the Lancet Countdown.

Dr Marina Romanello

Research Director

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.


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 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.


Kim van Daalen

European Consultant

Kim van Daalen is a Gates Scholar and PhD Candidate in Environmental Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge. She has a Summa Cum Laude BSc in Biomedical Sciences - combined with an interdisciplinary honors program - and a MPhil in Public Health. Her main interest lay in environmental epidemiology, the impact of climate change on health and health inequalities (socio-economic, gender).

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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 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.


Dr Valerie Paz-Soldan

Vector-borne diseases and One Health expert

Valerie is a scientist, with a PhD in public health, whose research for ~20 years has focused on vector-borne diseases (dengue, Chagas), examining the human behavioral side of the vector-ecology-human triad (One Health). She uses implementation science approaches to develop and implement sustainable context-specific strategies for infectious disease prevention and control.

Marisol Yglesias

Post Doc

Marisol is an Environmental Health specialist with a master's degree in International Health from Charité –University Medicine Berlin. She is interested in greening health systems, planetary health issues and the climate change and health nexus. Before joining our team, Marisol worked with international organizations, government sector and as independent consultant.

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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.

Dr Shihui Zhang

Energy, Health and Economics Research Fellow

Shihui is an energy-economics-health modeler with a Ph.D in environmental science and engineering from Tsinghua University. Her research focuses on the economic, air quality and health impacts of low carbon transitions, as well as incorporating health impacts into policymaking. She is now working as a postdoctoral researcher at Tsinghua University.

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Paul Beggs

Co-Chair MJA-Lancet Countdown Australia

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.

Ying Zhang

Senior Epidemiologist at the School of Public Health, University of Sydney

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.

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