The Team


Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH

A practicing physician, internationally known health policy researcher, and K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at Harvard University, Ashish K. Jha has been engaged in healthcare research, policy and practice for over two decades. He has published more than 200 papers in academic journals and is a frequent contributor to a range of public media. As director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, he leads a diverse team that is pioneering research, education and policy translation on pressing issues in global health.  Dr. Jha is a General Internist at the VA, a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Institute of Medicine at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Jha received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, trained in Internal Medicine at the University of California in San Francisco, completed his General Medicine fellowship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School and received his M.P.H. from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 



Irene Papanicolas, PhD

An assistant professor of health economics in the Department of Social Policy/LSE Health at the London School of Economics and a visiting assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Irene Papanicolas is an international expert on the assessment of health system and public service performance. Her work advances conceptual thinking to compare health systems, and the development of methodologies to do so. A 2015-2016 U.K. Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice, Papanicolas has previously served as a research officer at LSE Health as well as the Health Economics Research Centre at the University of Oxford. Papanicolas received her Ph.D. in social policy from the London School of Economics, a M.Sc. in comparative social policy from the University of Oxford, and a M.Sc. in public policy from University College London.


Stefanie Friedhoff

Stefanie Friedhoff

A German-American journalist and content strategist with 25+ years of experience in international media and higher education, Stefanie Friedhoff currently serves as Director of Content and Strategy and Senior Editor at the Harvard Global Health Institute. She is an expert at creating innovative approaches to engage audiences in critical conversations about global health. Friedhoff has worked as a foreign correspondent, feature writer, editor and photographer on three continents. Her stories have been published in TIME, The Boston Globe, Geo, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and many other publications. A 2001 Nieman Fellow, she is also a senior advisor to the Trust for Trauma Journalism and a board member at RiffReporter. @Stefanie2000


Mahrokh Irani, BDS, MPH

A Research Associate and Project Manager at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Global Health Institute, Mahrokh Irani works on Health System Reforms and Quality of Care in India. She also manages a variety of other projects at HGHI.  Prior to joining the Institute, Mahrokh was a practicing Oral Surgeon and Oral Public Health Researcher in Mumbai. She primarily worked with marginalised populations and underprivileged patients suffering from systemic diseases like HIV, Tuberculosis, and Oral cancer. She conducted research on identifying health seeking behaviours in minority groups, women and children; as well implemented quality improvement processes for oral health services at public hospitals. Mahrokh holds a Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery from Nair Hospital Dental College and a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.



Megan Diamond, MS

A Program Manager at the Harvard Global Health Institute, Megan Diamond is part of our Global Health Quality team and oversees our work on Technology & Health as well as Migration & Health. Prior to joining HGHI, Diamond worked with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma where she coordinated a portfolio of projects related to global mental health. She has conducted research on the intersection of the built environment and mental health, and explored how complex geopolitical environments impact access to health services. Diamond holds a BA in sociology from the University of Illinois-Champaign and a Master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health.


Katie Horneffer, Harvard Global Health Institute, November 4, 2019.

Kathryn Horneffer, BA

A Research Assistant at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Global Health Institute, Kathryn Horneffer works with a diverse team of faculty on projects aimed at improving quality of care in the U.S. and around the world. Previously, she has worked with the Community Health Improvement Team at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she assisted with Community Health Needs Assessments for the hospital and various projects promoting health in the Nashville area. Horneffer holds a BA in Medicine, Health, and Society from Vanderbilt University.