Senior Consulting Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security
David Harper
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David Harper is the managing director of Harper Public Health Consulting Limited. He was previously special adviser at the World Health Organization in Geneva where his principal role was to advise on Global Preparedness for Health Security. Before March 2012, he was the chief scientist and director general for health improvement and protection in the UK Department of Health. He graduated from the University of Dundee and gained his PhD 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 an honorary professorship at the University of Dundee, and an honorary doctorate of science from Cranfield University, where he is also a visiting professor.


  • Global public health
  • Global health security
  • Strategy and policy development and implementation
  • Risk assessment, management and communication


2014-presentManaging 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

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