Professor Liz Grant

Keynote Speaker

Liz Grant is an Assistant Principal of the University of Edinburgh, and a Professor of Global Health and Development. She is Director of the University’s Global Health Academy, responsible for developing and supporting global health partnerships and advocacy, and for translating global health research into action.

Liz is a Co-Director of the Global Compassion Initiative, a University wide initiative to embed a culture of compassion and care across all Colleges, and to support the science of compassion studies. Liz’s research spans planetary health and palliative care in contexts of poverty and conflict – compassion as the value base of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the ethics of compassion and care.

She leads the Palliative Care in a Changing Climate Group, working to develop palliative care services in fragile states and refugee settings

Liz coordinates the Global Health PhD programme specifically designed for students from resource constrained countries, and is a director of the Global Health Challenges Certificate and a Co-Director of the Masters of Family Medicine. 

Liz is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) and of the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh (RCPE) and a member of the Faculty of Public Health. She sits on the Scottish Government NHS Global Citizenship Board, and is on the executive of the World Federation of Academic Institutions for Global Health and a Steering Group member for Health Information for All

Previously Liz was the Senior Health Advisor to the Scottish Government’s International Development Team working primarily in Malawi.  She has worked for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) in the Public Health Directorate in Lothian, and led the NHS HIV partnership between NHS Lothian and the Zambian Ministry of Health. She has been an advisor to a number of global health charities, and serves as a trustee for CBM Scotland.