Dr. Amaya, Ana B.

Associate Research Fellow
El Salvador
Research Interests 

Regional integration
Global health governance
Diplomacy and Development
Low and middle income countries and the European Union


PhD in Public Health Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
MPH in Global Communicable Diseases, University of South Florida
Postgraduate certificate in Epidemiology, University of South Florida
BS in Integrative Biology summa cum laude, University of Florida

Biographical Statement 

Ana B. Amaya is a Visiting Scholar at UNU-CRIS since April 2021 for a period of three months.

She is also an Associate Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS since 2017. She was previously Senior Research Fellow and Research Fellow at UNU-CRIS from March 2014 to December 2016. She worked on the European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy (EL-CSID) project, leading the UNU-CRIS work package that focused on exploring the effectiveness of the EU’s promotion of regional and inter-regional processes in the South through Science, Cultural and Economic Diplomacy. Before the EL-CSID project, Ana was involved in the Poverty Reduction and Regional Integration (PRARI) project at UNU-CRIS, which sought to analyse the contribution of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to the development of effective health policies.

Ana has also worked for several international organisations and universities, among these the Overseas Development Institute (ODI); UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER); Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM); and the University of South Florida. She has also conducted research for the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization, Committee for Development Policy (CDP-DESA) at the United Nations Headquarters and has consulted for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

In addition, Ana has taught at the postgraduate level since 2009 at LSHTM, was Visiting Research Fellow at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in 2011 and Guest Lecturer at Maastricht University and Duke Kunshan University in 2014-16.

Her main research interests relate to global health governance, diplomacy and development, sustainability of donor aid and the role of regional organisations in health policy, primarily concerning low and middle-income settings.