Dr Samuel Boland

Academy Associate, Global Health Programme

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Dr Samuel Boland is a Leland Foundation Association of Marshall Scholars Transatlantic Academy Fellow. Samuel’s research at Chatham House is affiliated with the Global Health Programme, where he analyses global health systems’ adaptation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a view to identifying strategies for most effectively realizing universal health reforms.

Samuel’s background is as a public health practitioner and researcher specializing in health policy, humanitarian intervention, and public health emergency response. He has previously focused on coordination, incident management, and surveillance systems across numerous disease outbreak contexts including Ebola and COVID-19.

Therein, Samuel has worked for and across the academic, policy, (I)NGO, and UN system. He also has a background in civil-military studies related to public health emergency response. Samuel received his doctorate in Public Health and Policy from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and his BA in Public Policy from The University of Chicago. He is a Truman and Marshall scholar.

Past experience

2016-22 PhD Public Health and Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
2019-22 Principal Investigator, Brown University (Jordan, Syria, Philippines)
2020-21 Global Public Health and COVID-19 Advisor, Mercy Corps
2019 Ebola Coordination, Leadership, and Operational Advisor, UK-Med (Rwanda)
2018-19 Ebola Programme Management Officer, World Health Organization (DRC)
2017 Consultant, The Royal Institute for International Affairs
2012-16 BA Public Policy, The University of Chicago
2014-15 Ebola Surveillance Advisor, GOAL Global (Sierra Leone)
2011-14 Programme and Country Coordinator, Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Health and Human Rights (South Sudan and Kenya)