United Nations University Welcomes Two New Directors, in Portugal and Malaysia

  • 2017•09•12

    13 September 2017, Tokyo – The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce the appointment of new Directors for its operating unit in Portugal and its institute in Malaysia:

    • Dr Delfina Fernanda Moreira Garcez de Sá Soares has joined UNU as Director of the UNU Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV), effective 1 September 2017.
    • Professor Pascale Allotey will join UNU as Director of the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) from 18 September 2017.

    “I’m pleased to welcome Dr Soares and Professor Allotey to the UNU family,” said UNU Rector and UN Under-Secretary-General David M. Malone. “Both bring unique and valuable skill sets and experience to the UNU system. Dr Soares’ academic credentials and extensive networks will help strengthen UNU-EGOV’s position domestically and globally, and Professor Allotey’s background and research experience in global health will be an invaluable asset for UNU-IIGH.”

    UNU-EGOV (Guimarães, Portugal) conducts research to improve electronic governance and build more effective governance systems through digital technologies. It was launched in July 2014, building on a decade of electronic governance work within UNU.

    Dr Delfina Sá Soares has been associated with UNU-EGOV since 2015, serving as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. She has strong ties to UNU-EGOV’s host university, the University of Minho, where she has held various positions over the past 18 years, including Lecturer and Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems, School of Engineering, and Researcher with Centro ALGORITMI.

    UNU-EGOV Director Soares’ areas of expertise include electronic governance at national, local, and sectorial levels; electronic government interoperability and cross-agency collaboration; electronic democracy and electronic participation; and electronic governance measurement and monitoring. She holds a PhD in Information Systems and Technologies and a master’s degree in Informatics from the University of Minho.

    UNU-IIGH (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) began operations in March 2007. The institute conducts research to develop and strengthen health service policy and management, particularly in developing countries.

    Prior to joining UNU, Prof. Allotey served as Professor of Public Health and Deputy Head of School (Research and Development) at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University (Malaysia). Her previous experience includes Professor of Race, Diversity and Professional Practice, Brunel University (UK); Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in women’s health at the University of Melbourne (Australia); and Lecturer in the tropical health program at the University of Queensland (Australia).

    UNU-IIGH Director Allotey’s research has focused on health equity, health and human rights, gender and social determinants of health, forced migration and marginalisation, sexual and reproductive health, infectious diseases, and non-communicable diseases. She holds a PhD in Public Health and a MMedSci degree in Community Health from the University of Western Australia.

    Hillary McBride, UNU Head of Communications: mcbride@unu.edu


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