Dr Timothy Powell-Jackson


Dr Timothy Powell-Jackson is a health economist based in the Department of Global Health and Development, with over 12 years of experience working as a researcher in low- and middle-income countries. He first developed an interest in the economics of health systems while working at the Ministry of Health, Rwanda. Tim is trained as an economist with expertise in the evaluation of complex health interventions using both experimental and quasi-experimental econometric methods. His core interest is health systems research and the study of innovative demand- and supply-side financial incentive schemes.

Other areas of research interest include: maternal and child health, the economic consequences of ill health, equity in health financing and, more broadly, the interaction between health and development. He is currently leading three projects in India: i) to evaluate a social franchising model (funded by MfM); ii) to understand the market for medical abortion (funded by DfID); and iii) to examine the importance management in the delivery of public health services (funded by Wellcome Trust). His publications include articles in the leading journals for his discipline, including the Lancet, Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics and Journal of Development Economics.

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Loveday Penn-Kekana


Loveday Penn-Kekana is a medical anthropologist and the qualitative lead for the MET. She previously worked at the Global Health & Development Unit at the LSHTM, where she helped complete the Good Health at Low Cost Project and develop a distance-learning course on health systems. Prior to that, she worked for 10 years at the Centre for Health Policy at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, leading a number of projects focusing on maternal health and health systems.

Loveday has extensive experience using a range of methods such as participant observation, in-depth interviews, reflective diaries and focus groups, and expertise working in mixed method research projects on maternal health, health systems and gender-based violence.

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Dr Lenka Beňová


Dr Lenka Beňová is a quantitative social scientist with training in management, economics, Middle East studies and demography. Lenka leads the SAGE project. Previously, she headed operations in a start-up company in eldercare in the United States and worked as project coordinator with Médecins Sans Frontières in Nigeria, the West Bank and South Sudan. Lenka has a keen interest in maternal health research and evaluation in low- and middle-income countries.

She was responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of the health pillar of a conditional cash transfer program in Egypt between 2008 and 2010. Lenka holds an MA in Middle East studies (American University in Cairo), an MSc in Demography and Health (LSHTM) and a PhD in Population Health (LSHTM).

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