Steering Members

List of HSA Steering Members & Short Biography




Nicola Suyin Pocock



Nicola is a doctoral candidate and mixed methods researcher in the Gender Violence and Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Her thesis explores the health needs of men trafficked for commercial fishing, including a policy analysis of how men are identified and assisted in Thailand, using quantitative and qualitative methods. Previously, Nicola was the health systems researcher at the Asian Trends Monitoring bulletin, a Rockefeller foundation funded project on pro-poor development based at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University Singapore. She also coordinated and implemented monitoring and evaluation activities as the research manager for aidha, a non-profit providing financial and business education to domestic workers in Singapore.

Her interest areas are in trafficking, migration and health, occupational health, mental health, intimate partner/gender violence, health systems analysis and universal health coverage. 


Duc Anh Ha



Dr. Duc is Secretary of Minister of Health and Deputy Chief of Cabinet Office, Ministry of Health, handling great varieties of work ranging from national policy and regulation formulation, administration and co-ordination matters, technical tasks to problems solving, both nationally and internationally. He finished a doctoral program at Boston University School of Public Health in 2010, where he employed modeling methods to assess the costs, health effects and cost-effectiveness of a set of personal and non-personal prevention strategies to reduce cardiovascular disease in Vietnam. He also received his Master of Sciences in Population and International Health from Harvard School of Public Health in 2004. Since 2009, he has been a Vice President of the Vietnamese Young Health Professionals Association, a well-known national social organization having 80,000 members throughout the country.

Dr. Duc has also dedicated his research interests to improving efficiency of health care system applying economic evaluations. He has been the first author and a co-author of over ten publications. Many of them have been published in internationally high-ranking peer-reviewed journals on health policy. Together, his research outcomes have brought policy makers in Vietnam as well as other middle- and low-income countries valuable policy implications in improving access, quality, efficiency and equity in health care. 


Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III



Dr Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III is an Associate Professor of Public Health at the Department of Public Health of Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). Before joining XJTLU, he has been teaching with the Master of Public Health (MPH) Programme of the Department of Public Health and Policy of the University of Liverpool (UoL) in the UK since 2009 where he remains as Honorary Lecturer of Public Health until the present. He is also affiliated with the Faculty of Management and Development Studies of the University of the Philippines (Open University) as Associate Professor of International Health since 2012 and as a Research Fellow of Medical Research-International Health of the Centre for International Health of the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany since 2014. He was appointed as a Research Associate Fellow of Cardiff University in 2015. Don has published in the fields of global health and public health in scientific journals and has authored five book chapters. He is a member of many international bodies and has been invited to deliver presentations in numerous conferences and meetings in many parts of the world. His work has been recognised through a number of international awards including the first Global Health Promotion Practice Award by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and The Outstanding Young Man (TOYM) in Global Health by the President of the Philippines. Don earned a PhD Global Health (Cardiff University), MSc Health Economics, Policy and Law in Global Health (Erasmus University), MPH International Health and Development, (Royal Tropical Institute), MD (University of the Philippines) and BSc Psychology cum laude (University of the Philippines).


Natalie Phaholyothin


Natalie is based in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Asia Regional Office, located in Bangkok, Thailand. Her main areas of work are with the “Transforming Health Systems” initiative where she provides grants and strategy management and critical support to the Asia-based work. She also manages the Mekong-based programs within the “Disease Surveillance Networks” initiative. In addition to the health-related portfolio, Natalie collaborates with the Research team on the Trend Monitoring work which attempts to identify meaningful trends for the future of development in Asia. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Natalie was Program Officer at Education Development Center (EDC) where she oversaw CSR programs for Hewlett-Packard and Deutsche Bank. At EDC, she worked closely in the development of SME capacity and livelihoods through ICT training, as well as support to children living with HIV/AIDS in Northern Thailand.

She has previously worked in Lao PDR and Honduras at the IMF and UNDP.Natalie graduated from Brown University and has a double major in Economics and International Relations. She has a MA in International Economics from the State University of New York (SUNY-Albany) and also holds a MPhil from L’Institut d’etudes politiques de Paris (SciencesPo) in Political Economy. She is fluent in English, French and Thai.


Nawi Ng



Nawi Ng expertized in chronic disease, adult health and aging, epidemiology. He is currently the Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Global Health. Investigator in the study on adult health and ageing, and the epidemiology of chronic diseases and their risk factors in low and middle-income countries within the INDEPTH Network. Participate in the interdisciplinary research programme Ageing and Living Conditions. Member of Centre for Global Health Research steering group, theme leader in the “Epidemiological Transition” research at the centre and editorial board of Global Health Action since 2008.


Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk


Dr Nathorn Chaiyakunapruk is currently a Professor of Health Economics at Monash University Malaysia. He finished his Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program, Department of Pharmacy at the University of Washington in 2001. He also graduated for Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. He is very active in using systematic review and meta-analysis in Health Technology Assessment, health economics, health policy and system research including health equity.


He was the Co-founder of ISPOR Asia Consortium and currently is an executive member of the Consortium. Moreover, he was also the Co-founder of Asia Pacific Evidence-based Medicine Network.


Jeremy Lim



Dr. Jeremy Lim is a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Singapore office, where he leads both the Health & Life Sciences and Public Sector practices across the Asia Pacific region. He advises senior officials at public sector agencies and has extensive experience consulting and advising multinational clients on national and regional strategies for government engagement and public-private partnerships.

Jeremy is also active in academia, holding appointments at several universities. He teaches at the National University of Singapore (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy), and in 2013 authored Myth or Magic: The Singapore Healthcare System, a book that draws lessons from the Singapore health system for health reform efforts in other countries. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Jeremy worked in senior executive roles in both public and private sectors, including time spent as a senior official in the Ministry of Health Singapore where he was also involved in a number of ‘Whole of Government’ initiatives. Jeremy chairs the steering committee of NIHA (NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia), an initiative to strengthen health policy research and education in Asia, is a Member of the International Advisory Board, Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences, and sits on the Advisory Council Behavioural Sciences Institute, Singapore Management University. He also contributes as President of the Fulbright Association (Singapore) and convener for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Singapore alumni.



Vanphanom Sychareun




Dr. Vanphanom Sychareun is the Dean of Postgraduate Studies at University of Health Sciences, Lao PDR. Dr. Vanphanom has extensive experience teaching research methodology, qualitative researh method, health behavior and sexual reproductive health at the UHS. She is also involved in a number of research projects on MCH, Sexual and Reproductive health as a gender expert.


Dr. Vanphanom was trained as a pediatrician from the Leningrad Pediatric Institute, Saint Petersburg, Russia. She later received her Master of Public Health degree from The University of Queensland and Ph.D. from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.



Hoang Van Minh




Assoc. Prof. Hoang Van Minh graduated from Hanoi Medical University in 1994. He got Master and PhD degree from Umeå International School of Public Health, Umeå, Sweden in 2001 and 2006, respectively. He is now also associated with Umea International School of Public Health, Umea, Sweden as a guest lecturer/researcher. Assoc. Prof. Minh is currently Vice-Dean for research of the Hanoi School of Public Health, Viet Nam. He specializes in epidemiology, biostatistics and health economics. He has particular interests in doing research on issues of health system, especially about capacities health system for prevention and control of the rising burden of non-communicable diseases in Vietnam. He has more than 70 scientific articles published in international peer- reviewed journals. Assoc. Prof. Minh is also a Steering member of Vietnam Health Economics Association and a member the Editorial Board of Global Health Action Journal, International Journal of Healthcare-Sciedu Press, Vietnam Journal of Public Health (English Edition), Vietnam Journal of Communicable Diseases. (Email:


Piya Hanvoravongchai



Piya Hanvoravongchai started his career as a clinician and a director at a Thai rural public hospital. He later shifted his interest to focus on health system and program evaluation. He is a co-director of the Equity Initiative, a recently lauched program to promote transformative leadership for health equity, and the coordinator of CMB Foundation in Southeast Asia. He also teaches health system management and health economics at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand where he leads a research program on economic evaluation of health promotion. He is an assistant director of the Thailand Research Center for Health Services System. Piya is active in health policy development in Thailand, as a member of several national committees and governing bodies such as national health workforce commission, Thailand Social Security Fund and National Health Security Fund. He is an editorial board member of the Human Resource for Health journal and Journal of Health Sciences (Thailand). He published over twenty papers in international peer-reviewed journals and recently coauthored a chapter in the Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health.

Prior to current position at Chulalongkorn and CMB, Piya previously worked at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, World Health Organization, and Harvard University. He was the first coordinator of the Asia Pacific Action Alliance on Human Resource for Health (AAAH). He was one of the WHO’s Global Health Leadership Fellows and a Asia Society's Asia 21 Fellow. Piya received his M.D. from Mahidol University, with his Master's and doctoral degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Harvard School of Public Health respectively.











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