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Professor John Wyatt (BSc, MBBS, FRCP, FRCPCH, DCH)

John Wyatt is Professor of Ethics & Perinatology at UCL. He has a clinical background as an academic neonatologist working on the mechanisms, consequences and prevention of brain injury in critically ill newborn infants. His work is now concentrated on ethical issues raised by advances in reproductive and medical technology at the beginning of life, research ethics and governance and the philosophical basis of medical practice. He is lead for the Clinical Ethics network at UCLH, a member of the ethics committees of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and a board member of Biocentre.

Dr Joy Lawn (B MedSci, MBBS, MRCP (Paeds), MPH, PhD)

Joy Lawn is an African-born paediatrician and perinatal epidemiologist. She has 20 years newborn health experience especially in Africa, including 4 years as a lecturer and clinician in Ghana. Following roles at the WHO Collaborating Center, CDC Atlanta, USA, and the Institute of Child Health, London, UK she is now Director Global Evidence and Policy with the Gates-funded Saving Newborn Lives program of Save the Children-US. She co-leads the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group’s Neonatal Group which developed the first cause-of-death estimates for 4 million neonatal deaths each year, published in The Lancet Neonatal series and WHO WHR 2005. She works with governments and partners to integrate, scale up and evaluate newborn care, particularly in Africa, including a network of 6 large-scale effectiveness trials. She co-led a 60 author team from 14 organizations for the book “Opportunities for Africa’s Newborns” and then 7 country teams for African Science Development Initiative’s report “Science in Action – Saving the lives of Africa’s mothers, newborns and children”.

Professor David Woods (MBChB, MD, FRCP, DCH)

Dave Woods is an Emeritus Associate Professor of Neonatal Medicine at the School of Child and Adolescent Health, University of Cape Town. During a 35 year career of caring for newborn infants at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, he actively engaged in the training of nurses and doctors working with mothers and infants in rural hospitals and clinics. He is chairman of the Perinatal Education Trust and Eduhealthcare, both organisations which develop and promote distance learning for health care workers in the fields of maternal, infant, child, HIV and TB care. He has a particular interest in developing appropriate medical technology to supplement self-help courses in primary and secondary level health care.

Dr Francois Bonnici (MBChB, MSc, DLSHTM, MBA, MA)

Dr François Bonnici is currently at the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Cape Town. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and a Global Leadership Fellow Alumnus of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, where he was the Associate Director of the Global Health Initiative. Originally trained as a physician in South Africa, he also read for a Masters degree in Epidemiology and Public Health (London) and an MBA (Oxford) as a Rhodes Scholar. He has worked in clinical paediatrics, managed public health programs, worked as a consultant to UNICEF, foundations, country governments, and social enterprises, and as a researcher in the Clinical Trials Unit at Oxford University. He also provides strategic advice to non-profits and social enterprises and investment advice to social venture funds and foundations in on their blended value investments on the African continent.

Mrs Anneke Jagau (BA Midwifery)

Mrs Anneke Jagau is PET’s research midwife.  She qualified with a bachelor in midwifery from Leuven University College, Belgium.  She has worked in midwifery units in Uganda and Kenya and has trained health care workers in both of these countries.  At PET Anneke is involved with developing, setting up and conducting research with a specific focus on the quality of intrapartum care and fetal heart rate monitoring.

Mrs Sarah Crede (BSc Physiotherapy, MPH)

Mrs Sarah Crede has recently joined PET as the organization’s research manager.  Originally trained as a physiotherapist, she also read for a Masters degree in Epidemiology and Public Health (University of Cape Town).  Sarah has worked in clinical settings in both South Africa and Europe and more recently in academic public health with a focus on women’s health.  Her role at PET is to manage the research outputs of PET and to co-ordinate PET activities.