Dr. Alessandro R Demaio

Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Global Equity Initiative, Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor Copenhagen School of Global Health University of Copenhagen

Alessandro currently holds a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, Harvard Medical School and the Copenhagen School of Global Health. He trained and worked as a medical doctor in Melbourne, Australia. While working as a doctor at The Alfred Hospital, he completed a Masters in Public Health including field work in Cambodia.

In 2010, Alessandro relocated to Denmark and began a PhD in Global Health with the University of Copenhagen, focusing on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). His PhD research was based in Mongolia, working with the Ministry of Health, UN and other local and international partners to provide an epidemiological evidence-base for current and future public health and policy responses to the growing burden of NCDs. Other interests include Global Health 2.0 and e-advocacy; social determinants of health; and development processes.
In addition to his research, Alessandro lectures for the University of Copenhagen, Coursera (MOOC), The University of Melbourne and Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, and is a regular contributor to academic and public discourse. Alessandro has a column with The Conversation and established and leads the PLOS blog, Translational Global Health.

In 2013, Dr Demaio co-founded NCDFREE, a global social movement against NCDs – including the crowd-funding of $60,000US and the making of 4 short advocacy films. Two in collaboration with the World Health Organization.