Professor David Harper

Senior Consulting Fellow, Global Health Programme


Professor David R. Harper is the managing director of Harper Public Health Consulting Limited.

Previously, David was the chief scientist and director general for health improvement and protection in the UK Department of Health. In addition, he has been special adviser to WHO in Geneva.

A scientist by training, David graduated in microbiology from the University of Dundee and gained his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Birmingham.

He is a fellow of the Society of Biology, a fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health.

He was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2002.

He has honorary professorships at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Dundee, and an honorary Doctorate of Science from Cranfield University.

Past experience

2014-present Managing Director of Harper Public Health Consulting Limited 


Special Adviser to the Assistant Director General for Health Security and Environment, World Health Organization


Chief Scientist and Director General of Health Improvement and Protection, UK Department of Health