Alumnus named one of London's 1000 most influential people
King’s MBBS alumnus and Director of the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, Dr Oliver Johnson, has been named among Evening Standard’s annual list of ‘The 1000 most influential Londoners 2014’ for his role at the centre of the ongoing Ebola response in west Africa. Oliver has led a small team of clinicians including volunteers from across King’s Health Partners in Freetown, Sierra Leone since January 2013. The team, initially in the country to strengthen and support the country’s healthcare system, has found itself at the forefront of the UK’s Ebola response since the outbreak began in May this year.
Drawn from all sectors and walks of London life, the list is selected by a panel of Evening Standard reporters and critics. This year's edition of The 1000, which has been published in association with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust and the Francis Crick Institute, has a special focus on London's contribution to science, medicine and global humanitarism.
Oliver leads a long-term institutional partnership between King’s Health Partners and key health institutions in Sierra Leone. He has previously worked as Director of Strategy and Teaching Fellow at the King’s Centre for Global Health, and co-led the Health Systems & Policy and Poverty & International Development Intercalated BSc modules in 2011-2012. Oliver also led the development of the Centre’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 Global Health SSCs, the Intercalated BSc and MSc programmes in global health.
Oliver was recruited by Lord Crisp in 2011 to help set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health in the UK Parliament and worked as the group’s Policy Director until 2012. This involved advising parliamentarians, coordinating in-depth reviews on topical global health issues and acting as an interface with government departments and related academic and civil society groups. He previously managed the DFID-funded THET International Citizens Service youth volunteering programme at King’s in 2011 and co-chaired the board of the charity Medact in 2011-2012.
Dr Oliver Johnson – King’s Centre for Global Health
King’s team working at frontline of Ebola outbreak - News story July 2014
King’s Sierra Leone Partnership
Global Health Intercalated BSc
Global Health MSc