This month, the United Nations University (UNU) welcomes two new Directors.
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. And Professor Pascale Allotey will join UNU as Director of the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) from 18 September 2017.
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.
Her 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.
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.
Prof. Allotey joins UNU from Monash University (Malaysia), where she was Professor of Public Health and Deputy Head of School (Research and Development) at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She previously served as a Professor at Brunel University (UK), Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne (Australia), and Lecturer at the University of Queensland (Australia). Her 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.
For more, see the UNU press release.