Leadership and Advisory Board 

NGDI-UBC Co-Directors

Richard Lester

Lester, Richard 2014R
Assistant Professor
Infectious Diseases | Medicine | Faculty of Medicine
Co-Founder & Director, WelTel
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar
www.weltel.org | www.msfhr.org


Kishor Wasan

Wasan, Kish3


Distinguished University Scholar & Adjunct Professor
Urologic Sciences | Faculty of Medicine
Co-Director & Co-Founder, NGDI-UBC
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Skymount Medical US Inc.
Director or Research, iCo Therapeutics Inc.

Advisory Board

The NGDI-UBC Advisory Board is made up of a diverse group of UBC faculty and staff. The Board meets several times a year to guide the decisions of the NGDI and has played an integral part of the program’s growth. We thank the Advisory Board members for their dedication and enthusiasm.

Helen Burt

Associate Vice-President Research & Innovation
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences


Nancy Gallini

Economics | Faculty of Arts
Director Pro-tem | Peter Wall Institute

Hancock, Bob2

Bob Hancock

Microbiology and Immunology
Faculty of Science
Director | Centre for Microbial Diseases and Immunity Research


Klein, Peter

Peter Klein

Associate Professor
Graduate School of Journalism

Kollmann, Tobias2

Tobias Kollmann

Associate Professor
Infectious Diseases | Pediatrics
Faculty of Medicine


McMaster, Robert

Robert McMaster

Executive Director
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Gina Ogilvie

Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV-Related Disease and Cancer


David Patrick

School of Population and Public Health
Director | Communicable Disease Epidemiology | BC Centre for Disease Control

Simona Powell

Coordinator, Global Health Office and NGDI-UBC

Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health




Jerry Spiegel

School of Population and Public Health
Liu Institute for Global Issues


Katie Gourlay

Program Assistant


Lamiah Adamjee

Project Assistant