Emma Ross

Senior Research Fellow, Global Health Programme


Emma Ross leads the health security workstream within the Global Health Programme.

She has conducted research and moderated expert dialogues on a broad range of issues, from data sharing in public health, biosafety and biosecurity implications of laboratory accidents and considerations for sustainable laboratories in low-resource settings, to Sierra Leone’s experience with command and control of the West African ebola epidemic, global solidarity during the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthening decision-making in international financing for global health priorities and issues related to the intergovernmental negotiation of the Pandemic Accord.

Until 2022, she had served for more than a decade as the managing editor of the Control of Communicable Diseases Manual.

Prior to this, Emma led the news operation at WHO headquarters, after serving as a long-time medical correspondent for the Associated Press. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in the United States.