Our team

Core Team

Claire Allen

Claire Allen – Programme Operations Manager

Claire has been with Evidence Aid since the very beginning. She worked for Cochrane for 15 years, during which time Evidence Aid was born as a project within the Cochrane family. When Evidence Aid became an independent entity, Claire moved over to become its first (and, for some time, only) member of staff. Claire is responsible for Evidence Aid’s programme of research resources and works with our very committed advisors and volunteers to ensure that those resources are usable, useful and used.

Jane Copsey – Administrator

Jane has over 30 years experience in administration, project and general management.  Jane works part-time to support Evidence Aid.


Mike Clarke

Mike Clarke – Research Director Emeritus

Mike Clarke is one of the founders of Evidence Aid, helping to establish the initiative in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. He is Professor and Director of the All-Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research at the Centre for Public Health in Queen’s University Belfast. Before this, he was Director of the UK Cochrane Centre. Mike has worked on several large randomized trials and dozens of systematic reviews in a wide range of areas. As our volunteer Research Director Emeritus, Mike has advisory oversight on all Evidence Aid’s work and is also the Chair of our Board of Trustees.

Euan Crawshaw – Treasurer

Euan Crawshaw is Humanitarian Lead at Oxfam Great Britain. He has significant experience in humanitarian work, having led multi-country and multi-functional teams to deliver large scale emergency operations overseas over the past 14 years.  Euan has lived and worked in many different countries and contexts including  Yemen, Gaza, Lebanon, South Sudan, Somalia and the Philippines.

Deborah Dixon

Deborah Dixon – Treasurer

Deborah Dixon is Global Editorial Director, Science and Medical Journals at Oxford University Press. With extensive global experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) journals and educational publishing, Deborah was previously Vice President, Global Publishing Director, Health Sciences, at John Wiley & Sons. She is involved in policy making related to publishing, along with science funding bodies and universities. Deborah was one of the founding Trustees of Evidence Aid.

Philip Davies

Philip Davies

Philip Davies was a Lecturer in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Kellogg College from 1992-2003. Subsequently, he was a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, and Deputy Director of the Government Social Research Service. Currently, Philip is Executive Director of Oxford Evidentia, a professional development and consulting company that promotes evidence-based policy.

Michael Stone

Michael Stone

Michael is a leading international specialist in the humanitarian sector. He has substantial experience of directing large scale emergency response operations with NGOs, the international Red Cross, and the United Nations. He has chaired coordination bodies, evaluated programmes for the Red Cross, EU, UN and Governments, prepared policy papers for senior politicians, and given specialist talks in numerous forums. Michael is President of the Alumni Association of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent, the world’s largest humanitarian organisation.

Project Teams

Noah Dixon – Communications Assistant, WHO Knowledge Hub

Noah is currently in the latter stages of his final year of my undergraduate degree, BSc Biomedical Sciences, at Cardiff University, looking to undertake an MSc in Management in 2021-22. He is working with Brian Li, Anish Jammu and Firas Khalid on an Evidence Aid collaboration with the World Health Organization to develop a one stop shop for research and evidence relating to health disasters and emergencies as a key milestone towards achieving the goal of evidence-informed decision-making in crises.

Firas Khalid – Senior Research Manager, WHO Knowledge Hub and PAHO Health Systems Collection

Ahmad Firas Khalid is a medical doctor, a health policy and system researcher and lecturer, and a knowledge translation professional. Firas completed his PhD in Health Policy at McMaster University with a focus on supporting the use of research evidence to inform decision-making in crisis zones. Currently, Firas is a Senior Research Manager at Evidence Aid managing the development of a World Health Organization Knowledge Hub: a global “one stop shop” for research and evidence relating to health disasters and emergencies and a Pan American Health Organization health systems evidence summaries collection.

Jiewon Lim – Junior Researcher, PAHO Health Systems Collection

Jiewon is a fourth year medical student studying at National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and has worked on several Evidence Aid evidence collections over the past few years. She was an intern for the Ebola evidence collection in 2019 and was one of the lead researchers in establishing the COVID-19 evidence collection in 2020. She is currently working with Firas Khalid on a collaborative evidence collection with the The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on Health Systems.

Jane McHugh – Information Specialist, PAHO Health Systems Collection

Jane has a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences and an MSc in Information and Library Studies. Science qualifying as a Librarian she has primarily worked in the area of Evidence Based Medicine, carrying out literature searches for Systematic Reviews and National Guidelines. Jane is supporting the PAHO Project Team to implement the search strategy for the PAHO Health Systems Collection.

Ana Beatriz Pizarro – Junior Researcher, PAHO Health Systems Collection

Finished her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in spring 2021, right now works at the top #1 Research Center in Colombia at Fundación Valle del Lili. She’s passionate about evidence-based healthcare and systematic reviews and has been involved with the Cochrane Collaboration for the last three years where she has participated in different knowledge translation and active patient involvement initiatives through international networking experiences and improving possibilities for research collaborations. Her interests are to protect and to improve the conditions of the individuals, families, and communities by generating programs, policies and actions in the Global South through multidisciplinary research to understand the specific health-disease problems, their impact, and its possible application in public health.

Yasmeen Saeed – Junior Researcher, PAHO Health Systems Collection

Yasmeen has a bachelor’s degree in health policy from York University. She is passionate about promoting the health of communities through evidence-based research, policy analysis and advocacy. She works with the Climate Change team to provide editorial and administrative support by allocating summaries to volunteers, as well as maintaining and updating relevant documents and spreadsheets. She is currently working with Firas Khalid on a collaborative evidence collection with the The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on Health Systems.

Team Members

Lamis Abuhaloob – Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers Intern

Lamis is a Palestinian Consultant in Oral Health and visiting fellow in UK. Her research focuses on global oral health and tackling health inequalities in vulnerable groups in low- and middle-income countries and conflict zones. She works with Evidence Aid to update, provide feedback, run search strategies and summarise relevant reviews for Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers evidence collection.

Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson – COVID-19 Volunteer Co-ordinator

Margaret has over 30 years experience working as a professional librarian in various healthcare and educational settings. In 2010, she took up her current role as Cochrane Information Specialist for the Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems group. As an Evidence Aid volunteer, Margaret runs regular searches to identify systematic reviews for the COVID-19 collection, and coordinates the work of the team of volunteers who screen the results.

Maya Gadhvi – Social Media Intern

Maya is currently completing her final year of a BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Surrey, UK. She has an interest in scientific communication and belief in making science accessible and reliable. She works with the team to manage the Evidence Aid social media platforms – Facebook and Instagram – engaging with the community and informing them of newly available summaries and other content.

Joly Ghanawi – Evidence collections Intern

Joly has a Biology background, with a strong interest in evidence-based research and public health. She works with the Evidence team by helping summarize systematic reviews.

Sydney Johnson – COVID-19 Intern

Sydney has recently completed a M.Sc. in Global Health at McMaster University with an interest in evidence-based research and knowledge translation. She works with the team to provide editing and feedback on completed single review summaries within Evidence Aid’s COVID-19 collection..

Sudhindra Kini – COVID-19 Intern

Sudhindra is currently pursuing his final year M. Pharm at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. He has a strong passion for evidence-informed decision making (EIDM), health economics, comparative effectiveness research, and reducing the healthcare disparities in lower and middle-income countries. He works with the COVID-19 evidence collection team to allocate summaries to the volunteers and provide editorial support. In addition he also helps to maintain and update essential documents.

Natalie Palumbo – Earthquakes collection Intern

Natalie is a current student in the MSc. in Global Health Program at McMaster University in Canada. Some of her passions include geriatrics, dementia care, and global health inequities. She draws on her undergraduate background in the Arts and Science program to take an interdisciplinary approach to these issues. She is working with Div Patel and Dea Sulaj to update the Evidence Aid Earthquakes evidence collection.

Div Patel – Earthquakes collection Intern

Div has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Biology and is currently a candidate for the Global Health MSc at McMaster University. He has a strong interest in evidenced-medicine and reducing the global burden of disease. Working on Evidence Collections aligns with his interests to educate and raise awareness of diseases, ultimately resulting in innovative solutions that reduce the global burden of disease.  He is working with Dea Sulaj and Natalie Palumbo to update the Evidence Aid Earthquakes evidence collection.

Surya Ramachandran – COVID-19 Intern

Surya is a current student in the MSc. Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases program at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Some of her interests include, evidence-based medicine, one health, zoonotic diseases, neglected tropical diseases, etc. She works with Sudhindra and Sydney to update the COVID-19 evidence collection.

Grace Shepherd – COVID-19 Intern

Grace is a second year student studying a BA in Geography at the University of Birmingham, with a strong interest in international aid, development and inequality. She works with the COVID-19 team to support Christine by helping manage the combined summaries.

Dea Sulaj – Earthquakes collection Intern

Dea has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and is currently completing her MSc in Global Health at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. She is specializing in global health management and is passionate about interdisciplinary learning. She also has interests in evidence-based policy-making and knowledge translation. She is working with Div Patel and Natalie Palumbo to update the Evidence Aid Earthquakes evidence collection.


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