Independent Advisory Committee

The Independent Advisory Committee for the Global Burden of Disease will advise the Board of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation on Global Burden of Disease, Forecasting, and Geospatial Analysis research areas with the following terms of reference:

  1. Advise on the overall vision and strategic direction of the Global Burden of Disease, Forecasting, and Geospatial Analysis projects
  2. Review the strengths and weaknesses of different methods and results
  3. Identify areas in which, on the basis of available evidence, new data collection and analysis would help to improve particular estimates and make recommendations for how to instigate and support such efforts
  4. Advise the IHME Board about opportunities for strengthening collaboration and shared ownership
  5. Advise on the strengths and weaknesses of other efforts on global health estimates
  6. Act as a conduit for the discussion of criticisms raised about the GBD methods and estimates
  7. Provide guidance on the integration of new components and features into the GBD project
  8. Advise on the wider communication of the GBD outputs and engagement with end users, with a focus on the use of GBD evidence to inform policy and program decision making and implementation
  9. Report annually to the IHME Board


The IAC meets twice annually and is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Summaries of all IAC meetings are available on the Independent Advisory Committee Meetings page.

For more information about the Independent Advisory Committee, please contact the GBD IAC Program Manager, Sarah Curran.

Independent Advisory Committee members

Patricia Garcia

Professor, School of Public Health, Cayetano Heredia University; Affiliate Professor, Global Health, University of Washington; Affiliate Professor, School of Public Health, Tulane University

Michael Klag

Dean, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, US

Syarifah Liza Munira

Director General, Health Policy Agency at the Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia

Lee Chor Pharn

Principal Strategist, Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore

Peter Piot

Handa Professor of Global Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Special Advisor on COVID-19 to the President of the European Commission and EU Chief Scientific Advisor, Epidemics

J.V.R. Prasada Rao

Public Health Policy expert and former Health Secretary Government of India; Former Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General; President of Plan India (International) Board of Directors

Trevor Sutton

Deputy Australian Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia

Lance Waller

Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Lothar Wieler

Chair for Digital Global Public Health, The Hasso Plattner Institute

Junior Independent Advisory Committee member

  • Leesa Lin, PhD, Co-Director of the Vaccine Confidence Project, Assistant Professor at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

Independent Advisory Committee observers

  • Dr. Samira Asma, Assistant Director-General, for Data, Analytics and Delivery, World Health Organisation

Independent Advisory Committee management and support

  • Sarah Curran, Program Manager, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Edmond Ng, Senior Statistical Analyst, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK