Professor Heidi Larson, PhD, co-founder of the Global Listening Project

Heidi J. Larson, PhD, Chair and Co-Founder of the Global Listening Project.

“As the channels for discourse continue to evolve, somehow they manage to deteriorate at the same time. In the age of digital information, it seems the more we have at our fingertips, the further we are pushed apart. The Global Listening Project is working to overcome polarisation by seeking common ground.” 

The Global Listening Project was co-founded and is chaired by Heidi J. Larson, PhD, Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science and Founding Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Pierre Van Damme, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Initial funding for the project has been generously provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline.

If you are interested in providing financial support to the project, you can do so via our fiscal sponsor, KBFUS.

International Advisory Board

Professor Heidi Larson, Founder and Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project, and Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Co-Founder and Chair, The Global Listening Project

Professor Pierre Van Damme, Full Professor, University of Antwerp, Board Member and Co-Founder, The Global Listening Project

Ann Aerts, M.D, Head of the Novartis Foundation

Dr. Irene Agyepong, Full-time Faculty in the Department of Health Policy, Planning, and Management, University of Ghana School of Public Health 

Professor Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Professor of the History of Medicine, Leeds University 

Dr. Charbel El Bcheraoui, Head of Evidence-Based Public Health, Center for International Health Protection at Robert Koch Institute

Dr. David Bersoff, Head of Research, Edelman Trust Institute 

David Blazes, Deputy Director, Vaccine Development & Surveillance – Modelling and Pathogen Genomic Sequencing, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Thomas Bollyky, Global Health Program Director, Council of Foreign Relations, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Luc Debruyne, Strategic Advisor to the CEO, CEPI, Former President of Vaccines, GSK, Board Member, The Global Listening Project

Serge Dumont, Co-Founder and Vice Chairman, ImpactWayv Inc, Former Vice Chairman, Omnicom

Professor Stefanie C. Friedhoff, Associate Professor of the Practice of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University 

Professor Emmanuela Gakidou, Professor of Health Metrics Sciences and the Director of Health Systems at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington

Dr. Bruce Gellin, Chief of Global Public Health Strategy, Rockefeller Foundation

Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go, Head of Zuellig School of Development Management

Dr. Johanna Hanefeld, Head of Department Centre for International Health Protection, Robert Koch- Institute

Kathryn Hashey, Director, Government Affairs (Vaccines), GSK

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Assistant Director-General, WHO Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence 

Minne Iwamoto, Director, Global Health, GSK

Dr. Nagham El Karhili, Program Associate, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT)

Professor Patricia Kingori, Professor of Global Health Ethics at Ethox (Oxford Population Health), University of Oxford 

Chor Pharn Lee, Principal Foresight Analyst, Centre for Strategic Futures

Nancy Lee, Programme Director, Global Health and Health Policy, Wilton Park, Board Member, The Global Listening Project

Professor Gabriel Leung, Former Dean of Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Executive Director, Charities and Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Dr. Joanne Liu, Former International President, Médecins sans Frontières, Professor at the School of Population and Global Health, McGill University 

Professor Rafael Lozano, Professor of Health Metrics Sciences and the Director of Health Systems at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington

Steffen Pierini Lüders, Senior Vice President, Communication, Public Affairs, and International Collaboration, Novo Nordisk Foundation

Dr. Gustavo Matta, Public Health Researcher, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation

Nick Moon, Secretary, British Polling Council 

Professor Hitoshi Oshitani, Professor of Virology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine

Ben Plumley, Co-chair, MTV Staying Alive foundation

Prasada Rao, Special Envoy, The UN Secretary General 

Andrew Rosen, Senior Director, Integrated Evidence Team Leader, Moderna

Yan Sergerie, Director (Global Medical Affairs, Vaccines), GSK 

Mariana Servin, Head of Global Insights (Respiratory Vaccines), Moderna

Dr. Monica Schoch-Spana, Medical Anthropologist and Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

Caitlin Semo, Head of Partnerships, Edelman Trust Institute

Elhadj As Sy, Chair of the Board, Kofi Annan Foundation

Beatriz da Costa Thomé, Physician, Preventive Medicine Department, Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil

Dr. Tamara Giles-Vernick, Permanent Researcher, Anthropology and Ecology of Disease Emergence, Institut Pasteur

Ivo Vojtek, Head of Medical and Development Vaccines (Japan), GSK

Marloes Van Wouw, Senior Project Manager (R&D), GSK

Dr. Erin Saltman, Director of Programming, Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT)

Dr. Mathuram Santosham, M.D, Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Indigenous Health, Johns Hopkins University