Consultant Researcher, Centre on Global Health Security
Francesca Viliani

Contact information

+45 (0)29 292 774


Francesca is a public health specialist focusing on the role of the private sector in global health issues and wider international development.

She is recognized internationally for her expertise in the Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) of large scale extractive projects and the national plans they are associated with.

She has gained extensive experience in environmental contamination concerns, health system strengthening, resettlement of indigenous communities and infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response.

Her role at Chatham House is as the technical director of the Infectious Diseases Risk Assessment and Management – IDRAM - initiative.

Francesca has been an adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO) on public health and extractive industries and the co-chair of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) health section.

Francesca is also the head of public health consulting services and community health programmes for International SOS.

Areas of expertise

  • International public health
  • Disaster preparedness and response
  • Emergency and humanitarian aid
  • Institutional capacity-building

Past experience

2007 -Head of Public Health Consulting Services and Community Health Programmes,  International SOS
2005-07Independent Consultant
2001-04Development and Humanitarian Aid Policy Officer, Solidar (Brussels)