Keynote Speakers

Prof. Richard Smith

Professor of Health System Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Public Health & Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Richard Smith is Professor of Health System Economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Following undergraduate and postgraduate studies in economics at the University of York in 1991, Richard worked in Sydney, Cambridge, Bristol, Melbourne and Norwich, before joining the London School in May 2007. From 2008-2011 he served as Head of the Department of Global Health & Development, and since 2011 has served as Dean of the Faculty of Public Health & Policy. The Faculty boasts one of the largest group of health economists in the world and has a proud history of health economics, especially in low- and middle-income settings, over the last 40 years.

Richard has worked on a wide range of health economics topics, from willingness-to-pay to public goods and externalities, applied to many diverse areas from genomic technologies to antibiotic resistance, applying micro-, macro-, behavioural-, and political-economics techniques. In the last decade he has focussed mostly upon the interaction and interface between a nation’s health system and other systems – both across sectors (e.g. agriculture, manufacturing and finance sectors) and across countries (e.g. through movement of health professionals and patients). This interest has led to pioneering work in two areas especially: (i) the development and application of macro-economic modelling, concerning the impact of communicable (eg SARS, pandemic influenza and Ebola) and non-communicable (especially diet-related) diseases, and related polices, on national economies, and vice-versa; and (ii) economic analysis of the impact of trade and trade agreements on health and health care.

Richard has received research funding in excess of £35m, for bodies including several UK Research Councils, the EU and Wellcome and Leverhulme Trusts, and has more than 200 publications (including many in Health Economics, Journal of Health Economics and Social Science & Medicine). He has editorial responsibilities for journals including Health Economics, Journal of Public Health and Globalization and Health, has been member and chair of various research funding panels, and expert advisor for numerous organisations, including WHO, WTO, World Bank, OECD and various countries.

Richard has been an active supporter and advocator for health economics. He was a Charter Member of iHEA and has presented at every meeting, several times organising sessions. He was part of the ‘iHEA 2020’ committee working on strategies for the future development of iHEA and is an active Board member. He has also been part of the organising committees for two UK HESG meetings, with a third scheduled for 2018. He has been committed to advancing the work of health economics in every institution he has worked, including the development of MSc courses, growing capacity through appointments, and support for junior staff and students.

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