Team Members – Management

Thomas Pogge
Aidan Hollis
Tim Gilbert
Nathaniel Lipkus
Dave Goodsmith
Amitava Banerjee
Jake Hirsch-Allen
Narmeen Haider
Rachel Payne
Zain Rizvi

The Health Impact Fund Interns and Contributors



Professor Thomas Pogge – President, Director


Having earned his PhD in philosophy from Harvard, Thomas Pogge is the Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale. Broadly devoted to moral and political philosophy and Immanuel Kant, his work has increasingly focused on real-world issues related to justice, poverty and health. On these themes, he has led several major research collaborations (funded by the European Commission, the Australian Research Council and the BUPA Foundation). Pogge’s recent publications include Politics as Usual (Polity 2010); World Poverty and Human Rights (Polity 2008), John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice (Oxford 2007); and Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right (Oxford & UNESCO 2007).

Besides being President of Incentives for Global Health, Pogge also serves as President of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), an international network aiming to enhance the impact of scholars, teachers and students on global poverty (, and chairs the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) Taskforce on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights.

Pogge holds secondary appointments at King’s College London and at the Universities of Oslo, Sydney and Central Lancashire. He has held visiting appointments at Harvard, Oslo and Princeton Universities as well as at the Princeton Center for Advanced Studies, All Souls College Oxford and the National Institutes of Health. He has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Helsinki, Bucharest and Connecticut and is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science.

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Professor Aidan Hollis – Vice President, Director


Aidan Hollis is a Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary. He was educated at Cambridge University (BA) and the University of Toronto (MA, PhD). His research focuses on pharmaceutical markets — including issues relating to innovation, competition, trade, and access. He has also published more broadly in economics within the field of industrial organization, including on a historical Irish microfinance institution. Hollis worked in corporate banking for several years in London and Seoul, and in 2003-4 served as the T.D.MacDonald Chair of Industrial Economics at the Competition Bureau, Ottawa.  More information is available at his university webpage:



Tim Gilbert – Director


Tim Gilbert is a partner and founder of Gilbert’s LLP. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1990 and founded Gilbert’s in 2001 after spending eight years with a prominent Toronto boutique litigation firm where he was a partner. He is an able and experienced trial advocate and has represented clients in various courts and forums in a variety of areas. He is known and respected in the commercial courts of Ontario and the Federal Court of Canada and has broad experience in intellectual property litigation in several leading industries, including the pharmaceutical, high-tech and financial services industries.

Gilbert has significant experience in pharmaceutical regulatory law and competition law effectively representing clients concerning all aspects of the manufacture and sale of pharmaceutical products in both Canada and the United States. He also has a diverse government relations practice in Canada and in the United States. He teaches trial advocacy at the Faculty of Law at University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School, the Advocates’ Society and the Food and Drug Law Institute.

Gilbert founded Gilbert’s Global, which provides strategic consulting and legal services to companies, civil society organizations, governments and international agencies that are grappling with issues related to global health, trade, technology, sustainability and intellectual property.



Nathaniel Lipkus – Legal Consultant


Nathaniel Lipkus is a partner at Gilbert’s LLP in Toronto. Nathaniel’s practice includes intellectual property litigation and government relations, focusing primarily within the pharmaceutical and high-tech industries. He has advised pharmaceutical industry clients on patent issues, as well as regulatory approval challenges, pricing and reimbursement, anti-counterfeiting enforcement, and regulatory pathways for biological drugs.

Nathaniel is a registered patent and trade-mark agent and holds Bachelor of Commerce, JD and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto. Nathaniel is Chair of the IP Trade Policy Committee at the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. He also sits on the American Bar Association’s Patent Litigation Committee and is a peer reviewer for the Canadian Intellectual Property Review. Nathaniel has written recent peer-reviewed articles on public-private partnerships for drug development, the interplay between collaboration and IP secrecy, and the proper scope of patentable arts.


Dave Goodsmith – Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary


Dave Goodsmith is the Chief Financial Officer of Incentives for Global Health, as well as the Secretary of the Board. Dave is the co-founder and co-chair of NYC Results, a policy advocacy group with a focus on U.S. foreign aid. He has managed research in cognitive neuroscience at Columbia University’s Center for the Decision Sciences and worked as a research analyst at D.E. Shaw & Co. Prior to his career in research, Dave spent over ten years as a management consultant to leading multi-national corporations, guiding executives on technology infrastructure and knowledge management strategies. Dave is interested in the neural foundations for ethical behavior and novel approaches to behavioral economics. He has a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University.


Amitava Banerjee – Medical Advisor


After studying at Oxford Medical School, Ami trained as a junior doctor in Oxford, Newcastle, Hull and London, and is now Clinical Lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Birmingham. Epidemiology and evidence-based medicine were the obvious ways to marry his passions for cardiology and public health, leading to a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and a DPhil in cardiovascular epidemiology from Oxford University. He first worked with the Cardiovascular Diseases Division at the World Health Organization as an intern in 2005, but has continued to work there as a Temporary Advisor. Ami spends his time between cardiology, research and teaching. Outside of clinical practice, his interests include global health, improving access to medicines and public understanding of medical research. Ami also co-writes a popular evidence-based medicine blog, He is medical advisor to Incentives for Global Health.



Jake Hirsch-Allen – Manager


Jake Hirsch-Allen is a manager at Incentives for Global Health and is currently a partner at Functional Imperative, a software development company and Lighthouse Labs, a coding school. He is a lawyer with a background in foreign policy, international criminal and intellectual property law. Jake articled at Gilbert’s LLP, an intellectual property litigation boutique in Toronto, and clerked for the Supreme Court of Israel. In addition to acting as the Executive Director of McGill’s International Criminal Law Clinic, Jake has worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs Canada, McGill’s Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and UofT’s Munk Center for International Studies. He has interned at Human Rights Watch and on Radovan Karadzic and Ieng Thirith’s defense teams at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia respectively. Jake has Bachelors of Civil and Common Law from McGill University and received his B.A. from the University of Toronto.



Narmeen Haider – Manager


Narmeen Haider is a manager for the Health Impact Fund and a instructor at McMaster University in the Department of Health Sciences. She holds an MSc in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BHSc from McMaster University. Previously, Narmeen has worked for Johnson & Johnson’s government affairs and policy department in the United Kingdom.



Rachel Payne – Project Manager and ASAP Liaison


Rachel Payne is the Project Manager for Academics Stand Against Poverty. In May 2012, she graduated from Yale University, where she majored in Political Science. Her senior thesis addressed the implications of human rights law for financing climate change adaptation.



Zain Rizvi – Research Analyst


Zain Rizvi is a research analyst for the Health Impact Fund. In his final year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at McMaster University, Zain also serves as a Fellow at the McMaster Health Forum. In addition, he coordinates the child sponsorship program for True Vision Ghana, a grassroots Ghanaian NGO that works with children affected by HIV/AIDS.


Interns and Contributors

Anna Kobylianskii
Nicole Bechard
Ariel Charney
Graeme Hoit
Zain Rizvi
Manthan Raval
Shahob Hosseinpour
Maria Birukova
Shmulik Nili
Tinya Lin
Karen So
Sassan Sangsari