London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Team


Martin McKee CBE MD DSc

Principal Investigator

Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he founded the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), a WHO Collaborating Centre. He is also Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Past President of the European Public Health Association. He trained in medicine and public health and has written extensively on health and health policy, with a particular focus on countries undergoing political and social transition.

As the Principal Investigator, Martin has overall responsibility for the successful conduct of RESPOND.


Dina Balabanova MSc, PhD

Co-Investigator and Scientific Project Coordinator

Dina is an Associate Professor in Health Systems & Policy in the Department of Global Health and Development, with over 20 years of experience in health systems and policy research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Her main expertise is in health systems research with particular interests in governance, accountability, and effective and patient-centred delivery models for complex chronic conditions (diabetes, hypertension). She is a co-founder and board member of Health Systems Global, a professional society for health policy and systems research.

As the Co-Investigator and Scientific Project Coordinator, Dina provides oversight of RESPOND qualitative and quantitative research, and directs capacity building in health systems research, communication and evidence translation.


Benjamin Palafox BSC, MSc, PhD Candidate

Co-Investigator and Quantitative Researcher Lead

Benjamin obtained his first degree in Microbiology & Immunology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and subsequently completed the MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries at LSHTM. His previous public health experience has all been in the public sector. For several years, he worked on health financing and access to medicines issues at the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, an agency of the Philippine Department of Health. Just before returning to LSHTM, he was a senior analyst with the Public Health Agency of Canada working to improve access to data for surveillance and reporting activities.

As the Co-Investigator and Quantitative Researcher Lead, Benjamin manages RESPOND household survey and facility assessments, as well as RESPOND capacity building and policy impact activities.


  Maureen Seguin BA, MA, PhD

Qualitative Researcher Lead

Maureen possesses research experience in the sociology of health, with particular expertise on the mental health of marginalized groups. Her PhD, completed at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2016, focused on women’s mental health in post-conflict settings. She completed a BA and MA in Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada in 2003 and 2008 respectively.

As the Qualitative Researcher Lead, Maureen oversees RESPOND qualitative training, data collection, and analysis.


   Alicia Renedo BSc, MSc, PhD

Qualitative Adviser

Alicia is a social psychologist interested in experiences of health and illness and the social context of health, with a particular emphasis on both theoretical and empirical aspects of patient involvement, participation and citizenship. Her current work is focused on transitions to adulthood among young people living with chronic conditions. She has conducted ethnographic research into how different groups of people participate in health, healthcare improvement and research. She holds an MSc in Social Psychology (LSE) and PhD (LSE). She co-leads the Qualitative Methodologies module at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK).

As the Qualitative Adviser, Alicia provides oversight on methodological aspects of the qualitative component of RESPOND research.


  Paola Torrani BSc (Hons), CiM, PMP

Project Manager & Communication

Paola has 18 years of experience in strategic planning, project management, marketing and communication, and financial management. She has been focusing in Global Public Health Projects in the last 6 years, and managed projects up to €58 million, including the Ebola Vaccine Trials, and PEEK. She is a qualified Project Manager, and holds a Professional Master in Marketing (CIM equivalent). She is also passionate for Qualitative Research and holds a degree in Social Science with Anthropology from Birkbeck, London University.

As the Project Manager, Paola manages all financial and project management aspects of RESPOND, and leading RESPOND communication strategy and implementation.


Mathias Oleron BMS, MSc

Web Content Editor

Mathias is part of the Communications & Engagement team at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His responsibility is to ensure that content across LSTHM websites is always of a high quality, accessible and meet the School’s web writing and style guidelines. He has a focus on helping groups and research projects to promote their activities through the web.

He was in charge of building the RESPOND site, in collaboration with Paola Torrani.


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