Leadership and Advisory Board 

NGDI-UBC Co-Directors

Richard Lester

Lester, Richard 2014R
Associate Professor in Global Health
Infectious Diseases | Medicine | Faculty of Medicine
Co-Director NGDI UBC  & Director, WelTel
www.weltel.org |

Kishor Wasan

Wasan, Kish3

Distinguished University Scholar & Adjunct Professor
Urologic Sciences | Faculty of Medicine
Co-Director & Co-Founder, NGDI UBC

Advisory Board

The NGDI-UBC Advisory Board is made up of a diverse group of UBC faculty. 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.

Rachel C. Fernandez

Professor, Associate Vice-President Research & Innovation


Nancy Gallini

Professor Emeritus
Neglected Global Disease InitiativeAdvisory Board Member

Economics | Faculty of Arts

Hancock, Bob2

Bob Hancock

Professor & Co-Founder NGDI UBC
Microbiology and Immunology
Faculty of Science
Director | Centre for Microbial Diseases and Immunity Research

David Patrick

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

McMaster, Robert

Robert McMaster

Vice Dean, Research
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics

Katherine Plewes

Clinical Assistant ProfessorDivision of Infectious Diseases
Clinical InvestigatorMahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit
Co-director, UBC Tropical and Geographic Medicine Intensive Short Course

Khumbo Kalua

Associate Professor

Faculty of Medicine | School of Population and Public Health

Brett Sharp

Associate Director
Technology Transfer

University-Industry Liaison Office