Consultant, Centre on Global Health Security
Amina Aitsi-Selmi
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Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi is a medical doctor specialising in global public health and focusing on non-communicable diseases and health inequalities. She previously held academic fellowships allowing her to investigate the societal factors behind new public health risks in emerging economies focusing on unhealthy diets and obesity. She has worked in Cuba, South Sudan, Switzerland and the UK and at the local, national and international levels including with the UK Department of Health and the United Nations operating at the science-policy interface. She publishes regularly in academic journals and is an invited speaker at national and international events. She speaks English, French, Arabic and Spanish and engages with media on topics related to her research. Her professional qualifications include a medical degree from Cambridge University, an MSc in Public Health from LSHTM and a PhD in Epidemiology from UCL that was supervised by Professor Sir Michael Marmot.


  • Global health
  • Health inequalities and the societal determinants of health
  • Non-communicable disease risks in emerging economies
  • The global epidemiology of obesity and the role of women’s education
  • Intuitive leadership


2014-Acting Consultant in International Public Health, Public Health England
2014-National Institute of Health and Care Excellence Fellow
2013-Honorary Senior Research Associate, Institute of Health Equity, UCL
2013-14Specialist adviser in public health, UK Department of Health
2010-13Wellcome Trust clinical research fellow (doctoral)
2007-10National Institute for Health Research academic clinical fellow in public health (pre-doctoral)
2006-07Humanitarian doctor, Médecins Sans Frontières, Abyei (South Sudan)
2004-06Senior House Officer, NHS/Geneva European exchange programme
2003-04Junior House Officer, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

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  • English, French, Arabic, Spanish (broadcast)
  • Households with a Stunted Child and Obese Mother: Trends and Child Feeding Practices in a Middle-Income Country, 1992-2008. Aitsi-Selmi A. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Dec 12. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Education modifies the association of wealth with obesity in women in middle-income but not low-income countries: an interaction study using seven national datasets, 2005-2010. Aitsi-Selmi A, Bell R, Shipley MJ, Marmot MG. PLoS One. 2014 Mar 7;9(3):e90403. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090403. eCollection 2014.
  • Alarming predictions for obesity and non-communicable diseases in the Middle East. Kilpi F, Webber L, Musaigner A, Aitsi-Selmi A, Marsh T, Rtveladze K, McPherson K, Brown M. Public Health Nutr. 2014 May;17(5):1078-86. doi: 10.1017/S1368980013000840. Epub 2013 May 3.
  • Education is associated with lower levels of abdominal obesity in women with a non-agricultural occupation: an interaction study using China's Four Provinces survey. Aitsi-Selmi A, Chen R, Shipley MJ, Marmot MG. BMC Public Health. 2013 Aug 21;13:769. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-769.
  • Interaction between education and household wealth on the risk of obesity in women in Egypt. Aitsi-Selmi A, Chandola T, Friel S, Nouraei R, Shipley MJ, Marmot MG. PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e39507. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039507. Epub 2012 Jun 27.