Our Team

Sam Myers
Director


Sam Myers works at the intersection of human health and global environmental change. He is a Principle Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

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Amalia Almada 
Senior Program Manager


Amalia Aruda Almada is the Senior Program Manager of the Planetary Health Alliance, overseeing the strategic visioning, external relations, and program operations for PHA. She received a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Joint Program and a B.S. in Biology from Georgetown University.

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Erika Veidis 
Member Engagement & Outreach Manager


Erika Veidis serves as the Member Engagement and Outreach Manager of the Planetary Health Alliance, working to grow the planetary health community of practice, coordinate global educational efforts, develop global student initiatives, and build public education and outreach-focused projects.

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Max Zimberg
Program Coordinator


Max Rose Zimberg is the Program Coordinator of the Planetary Health Alliance, thrilled to be working at the nexus of global health, social justice, and environmental change. Max graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a dual B.A. in Evolutionary Biology of the Human Species and Sustainable Development.

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Carlos Faerron
Education Fellow


Dr. Faerron is the co-founder and current director of the InterAmerican Center for Global Health (CISG). CISG is the first global health hub in Central America and seeks to redefine the meaning of leadership and global health through innovative educational approaches.

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STEERING COMMITTEE

Richard S. Ostfeld

Richard Ostfeld is Senior Scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, a not-for-profit research institution in Millbrook, New York, dedicated to providing the science behind environmental solutions. His research focuses on ecological determinants of human risk of exposure to infectious diseases, emphasizing Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.

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Ruth DeFries

Ruth DeFries is a professor of ecology and sustainable development at Columbia University in New York. She uses images from satellites and field surveys to examine how the world’s demands for food and other resources are changing land use throughout the tropics. Her research quantifies how these land use changes affect climate, biodiversity and other ecosystem services, as well as human development.

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Stephen Luby

Stephen Luby earned his MD degree from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. His previous positions include directing the Centre for Communicable Diseases at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, conducting research and teaching epidemiology at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, and working as an epidemiologist in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Courtney Howard 

Courtney Howard is a University of British Columbia and McGill-trained Emergency Physician who practices in Canada’s subarctic and is the Vice President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). Motivated by work on a Médecins Sans Frontières pediatric malnutrition project in Djibouti, and by climate-related health impacts on her Northern patient population, she led the successful campaign to have the Canadian Medical Association divest from fossil fuels and for MD-Financial to create a Fossil-Free Fund for individual physician investment.

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Russ Hauser

Dr. Russ Hauser’s research interests are in the fields of reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology. His research focuses on the impact of environmental chemicals on fertility, pregnancy outcomes and children’s health. He is currently conducting a NIH funded study on the effects of chemicals classified as endocrine disruptors on male and female reproductive health endpoints.

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Natalia Linou (Linos)

Natalia Linou (Linos) is a policy specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  She has worked in international development for the last decade, mostly with the United Nations in Beirut, Lebanon and at headquarters in New York.


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Antonio Saraiva

Dr. Antonio Saraiva has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidade de São Paulo (1980), Agronomy from Universidade de São Paulo (1987), a Master's in Electric Engineering from Universidade de São Paulo (1993) and Ph.D. in Electric Engineering from Universidade de São Paulo (1998).

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Planetary Health Alliance

The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of over 120 dedicated universities, NGOs, government entities, research institutes, and other partners around the world committed to advancing planetary health.
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