Andrea Feigl-Ding, PhD MPH, is a visiting scientist at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Senior Health Economist at Microclinic International, and global health researcher at Abt Associates. She is also Co-Founder and President of Happy Vitals, and Executive Director of the Happy Children Foundation. She received her doctorate in Global Population and Reproductive Health from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
In addition to maternal and child health, her research focuses on universal healthcare and cost-effectiveness of chronic disease interventions in developing countries. Her most recent works include leading a worldwide longitudinal analysis of the political, social, and economic determinants of universal healthcare in 196 countries (published in Health Policy), leading the impact evaluation of a nationwide anti-smoking program in Chile (published in WHO Bulletin), and spearheading the randomized trial effectiveness analysis of an award-winning intervention program for obesity/diabetes prevention in Amman, Jordan (program awarded Global Health Project of the Year from Consortium of Universities for Global Health).
In addition to working on health systems issues in Timor-Leste and Bangladesh, she previously conducted policy research at WHO-PAHO, evaluating IMCI (Integrated Management for Childhood Illness) projects in Ecuador, Paraguay, and Peru, and worked for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the University of Oxford. She has authored several high level reports, including Development Aid Flows for Chronic Diseases for the Center for Global Development, a background paper on the political economy of universal healthcare for WHO, and a leading World Economic Forum/Harvard report on the global economic burden of chronic diseases, featured at the UN High Level Summit on NCDs in 2011.
She was a Harvard Graduate Leadership Initiative Fellow, former President of the Harvard Club of Austria (Cambridge, MA), and an internationally certified teacher in Cecchetti classical ballet from the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance. A native of Austria, she received her PhD in global health from Harvard University, her MPH and BSc (First Class Honors) with a full scholarship from Simon Fraser University in Canada, and was a graduate of the Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway. Prior to Norway, she was an international model for Elite Model Management.