Born in Malaysia and raised in Canada, Brian Li Han Wong (@brianwong_) is an entrepreneur, public health advocate & practitioner, and multidisciplinary researcher interested in ageing and life course, digital health, global health governance, immunisation/vaccination policy, and youth engagement. He currently sits on the Steering Committees for the EUPHA Digital Health Section and the new WHO Youth Council. He also leads the Public Health Erosion and Vaccination subgroups on ASPHER’s COVID-19 Task Force and sits on the Board of Trustees for UK Model WHO and Students for Global Health.
Dr Wong has previously acted as surveillance epidemiologist for Public Health England’s Immunisation and Countermeasures Division as well as Programme Manager of the “Outbreak!” strand of UCL’s annual Global Citizenship Programme. His long-standing passion for meaningful youth engagement through innovation, capacity building, and experiential learning activities has led him to found LonWHO, the world’s largest Model WHO simulation, and UK Model WHO, the first unified structure for Model WHO simulations in the UK which provides global health policy, advocacy, and diplomacy training for students and young professionals. He has written and delivered policy statements at high-level meetings, such as the World Health Assembly and the WHO’s Executive Board Meeting, as part of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) delegation.
Dr Wong is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and the Royal Society of Arts. He is currently undertaking a social innovation fellowship with Year Here and has been accepted onto the 3rd WHO infodemic manager training. Since concluding his doctoral studies in cardiovascular science at University College London, he went on to pursue an Executive Diploma in the Art of Diplomacy from the European Academy of Diplomacy and the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training program with Harvard Medical School. He holds a Master’s degree in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an Honours Bachelor degree in biomedical science with a minor in music from the University of Ottawa.