Biographical Statement 

Sanni Yaya is Full Professor of Economics and Global Health, Director and Associate Dean of the School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa (Canada). He is the Inaugural Senghor Research Chair in Health and Development. His work focuses on a broad array of multidisciplinary topics in development and global health. This includes cross-cutting research and publications in disciplines of public-private partnerships, global governance, economic development and global health. He has a strong interest in large-scale evidence (in particular randomized trials) and analyses of large survey data sets.

Professor Yaya was Editor of The Innovation Journal and is currently Editor of Health and Society at the University of Ottawa Press. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Reproductive Health, Associate Editor, Health Economics for the British Medical Journal Global Health and as Associate Editor for Biomed Central (BMC) Public Health (Global Health section). Professor Yaya was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Yale University and Senior Visiting Scholar at New York University (NYU) and was Visiting Professor at several Universities, including Harvard University (Chan School of Public Health) and Johns Hopkins (Bloomberg School of Public Health). He has authored numerous books, book chapters and articles and his work has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals, including The Lancet, Infectious Diseases of Poverty, Health Policy, HIV/AIDS, The International Journal of Medicine (Oxford University Press) to name a few. He has been involved in many research projects in Africa, Europe and in North America and now works in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) where he collaborates with partners to advocate for cost-effective interventions addressing Maternal, Newborn and Child health (MNCH).