Our Team

Professor Jacqui Webster

Centre Director

Head of Advocacy and Policy Impact and Director of World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction

  • Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW
  • AUSTRALIA
  • PHD IN PUBLIC HEALTH
  • MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • BACHELOR OF SOCIOLOGY

Jacqui is Head of Advocacy and Policy Impact within the Food Policy team at the George Institute and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction at the George Institute. She is also a Professor at the University of New South Wales.

Jacqui’s primary research interests are food policy implementation science, public health advocacy, stakeholder engagement and evaluation of salt reduction interventions. She has extensive experience of implementing complex public health interventions including in the UK, The Netherlands, The Pacific Islands, Mongolia, Vietnam and Australia. Her current focus is translating her experience of implementing effective salt reduction programs globally to broader food and health programs. Jacqui was awarded her PhD from Sydney Medical School at University of Sydney in 2011 and currently supervises a number of students there and provides guest lectures on public health advocacy and food to the School of Public Health and Nutrition and Dietetics students.

Jacqui is currently supported by a Heart Foundation Future Leaders Level II Award on strengthening and monitoring food policies. She receives additional funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the National Heart Foundation, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and the World Health Organization for work in this field.

Phone: 

+61 2 9993 4520

Twitter: 

@JacquiWebster3

Personal / Academic URL: 

https://www.georgeinstitute.org/people/jacqui-webster

Dr Kathy Trieu

RESEARCH FELLOW

  • PHD IN PUBLIC HEALTH
  • MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
  • BAPPSC (EXSPSC & NUTR)
AUSTRALIA

Kathy Trieu is a research fellow within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division. Her research supports the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team, and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction.

Kathy’s primary research activities include advancing the evidence of the impact of nutrition on health and designing, implementing, evaluating and adapting public health policies to improve nutrition for different local contexts worldwide. Her work supports the activities of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Salt Reduction, which aims to support countries achieve a 30% reduction in global salt intake by 2025, by producing evidence-informed guidance documents and administering training related to developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating salt reduction strategies.

In January 2019, Kathy was awarded her PhD from the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney, which examined the implementation and the effectiveness of interventions to lower population salt intake worldwide. Building on her PhD, Kathy is currently supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Early Career Fellowship and a Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to examine population strategies to optimise both sodium and potassium intake for the prevention of hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. This involves evaluating nutrition policies, implementation science, dietary modelling and process and economic evaluations.

Personal/Academic URL

https://www.georgeinstitute.org/people/kathy-trieu 

Joseph Alvin Santos

PHD CANDIDATE AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

  • MASTERS OF PHILOSOPHY
AUSTRALIA

Joseph Alvin Santos is a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales and a Research Assistant at The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division. His research supports the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction.

He completed his undergraduate in Nursing at the University of the Philippines in 2009, and his Masters Degree in Philosophy at the University of Sydney in 2018. In between, he worked as a staff nurse at the largest tertiary hospital in the Philippines from 2010 to 2013, and completed the coursework for the Masters Degree in Epidemiology at the University of the Philippines from 2012 to 2014.

His work involves providing support with data analysis and supporting the research and advocacy work of the Collaborating Centre. He commenced his PhD at UNSW in March 2018, focusing on the link between national, household, and individual-level salt-related factors and cardiometabolic disease risk in low and middle-income countries.

His research aspirations involve undertaking quality research to expand the evidence base for measuring disease risk factors in various settings. 

Personal/Academic URL

https://www.georgeinstitute.org/people/joseph-alvin-santos

Briar McKenzie

PHD CANDIDATE AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

  • MASTERS OF DIETETICS
  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HUMAN NUTRITION)
AUSTRALIA

Briar McKenzie is a PhD candidate and Research Assistant within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division.

Her work involves supporting research activities within the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction. At the start of 2018 Briar commenced a PhD through the University of New South Wales, as a recipient of a Scientia PhD Scholarship. Her PhD focuses on assessing gender disparities in dietary intake and non-communicable disease risk factors and outcomes.

Briar holds an undergraduate degree in Nutritional Science (BSc) and a Master’s of Dietetics (MDiet) from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

Twitter: 

@briar_lou

Personal / Academic URL: 

https://www.georgeinstitute.org/people/briar-mckenzie

Emalie Rosewarne

PHD CANDIDATE AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

  • MASTERS OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS
  • BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (PHYSIOLOGY)
AUSTRALIA

Emalie Rosewarne is a PhD candidate and Research Assistant within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division. She is also an Accredited Practising Dietitian.

Emalie’s work for the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction and Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team involves supporting salt reduction research and advocacy activities, in Australia and globally. She commenced her PhD at The University of New South Wales in 2019 focusing on the impact of institutional nutrition policies on dietary intake.

Emalie holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (MNutrDiet) from The University of Sydney.

Phone: 

+61 2 8052 4382

Twitter: 

@EmalieRosewarne

Dejen Tekle

Dejen Tekle

PHD CANDIDATE AND RESEARCH FELLOW

  • MASTERS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
  • BACHELOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCE
AUSTRALIA

Dejen is a PhD candidate and Research Fellow within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division. He commenced his PhD at the University of New South Wales, faculty of medicine in February 18, 2019 focusing on food policy interventions to reduce the burden of NCDs in Africa.

Dejen works for the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team involves supporting salt reduction research and advocacy activities, in Africa and globally. His research aspirations involve undertaking strong-quality research that can usefully inform the development of effective food-based strategies and policies to improve population-wide health and nutrition for the prevention of diet related NCDs.

Dejen holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Health Sciences (BSc) and a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Technology from Jimma University, Ethiopia.

Phone: 

+61 478536403

Twitter: 

@yemane_dejen

Aliyah Palu

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

  • MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • BACHELOR OF ARTS
  • BACHELOR OF GLOBAL STUDIES
AUSTRALIA

Aliyah Palu is a Research Assistant within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division. Her research assistance supports the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team, and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction. 

Aliyah’s research passions lie in the transformation of food systems and global accessibility to healthier food options. This includes the development of initiatives in Asia and the Pacific Islands to improve nation-wide diets and reduce the burden of NCDs. 

Aliyah holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree of Arts and Global Studies and a Masters of International Development and is interested in progressing to a PhD. 

 

Dr Dori Patay

RESEARCH fellow

  • PhD in Regulation and Governance
  • Master of Health Care Policy Planning and Financing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Health Services Management
  • Bsc of Physiotherapy

Dori Patay is a research fellow within The George Institute for Global Health’s Food Policy Division. Her research supports the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team, and the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction.

Dori has several years of experience in research, governance strengthening and development in widely different geographical regions (Europe, Africa, Australia, Pacific) across the public, private and civil sectors. She has worked with two of Australia’s top universities before joining The George Institute, researching how the commercial determinants of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) can be better governed. Her doctoral research and several of her other research projects have focused on the regulatory issues around tobacco, foods and nutrition, and alcohol. Dori has a strong interdisciplinary background; she informs her work on public health from regulation, governance, public administration, development and political science scholarships.

In her current work as a research fellow at the Public Health Advocacy and Policy Impact team, she supports current projects on scaling up food policy interventions to reduce NCDs in Pacific Island Countries and on improving food and water security in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.

Dr Claire Johnson

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW

  • PHD IN PUBLIC HEALTH
  • MASTERS IN INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH
  • BACHELOR OF ARTS
AUSTRALIA

Claire works with the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Population Salt Reduction Division at the George Institute, Australia which has a remit is to support countries to achieve the new global targets to reduce salt by 30% by 2025 including through providing direct support to countries, producing and disseminating resources and extending the evidence base.

Claire has expertise in conducting population-based research in low-and-middle income settings and her PhD consolidated baseline data on dietary salt intake to propose a national salt reduction strategy for India.

Claire’s primary research interests are in nutritional epidemiology with a focus on the prevention of NCDs in low and middle income countries. She currently holds a Heart Foundation Post-doctoral Fellowship aimed at monitoring the effect of food policy on diet-related NCDs in the Pacific region.

Personal / Academic URL:

https://www.georgeinstitute.org/people/claire-johnson

  • Dr Temo Waqanivalu, World Health Organization, Geneva
  • Warrick Kim World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office
  • Wendy Snowdon, World Health Organization Representative Office of the South Pacific

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Dr Elizabeth Dunford

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ms. Alexandra Jones

Research Associate

Ms. Polly Huang