Global Policy Forum Chair, Dan Ollendorf (United States), 2020-22

Dr. Dan Ollendorf is Director of Value Measurement and Global Health Initiatives at the Center for the Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (CEVR) at Tufts University. His research interests include expanding the use of health technology assessment in developing economies, as well as refinement of value assessment tools in the US and other developed settings. Prior to joining CEVR, he was Chief Scientific Officer for the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) for over 10 years, where he was responsible for the conduct of assessments of the clinical effectiveness and economic value of high impact health care technologies as well as coordination of the broader HTA process. His 30 years of experience also include work in the hospital, informatics, insurance, and consulting sectors. Dr. Ollendorf holds a PhD in clinical epidemiology from the University of Amsterdam, a MPH from Boston University, and a BA from the University of Rochester. He currently serves as a non-resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, is a member of a joint task force on HTA deliberative processes co-sponsored by HTAi and the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR), and is also a member of ISPOR’s working group on HTA in pluralistic health systems.

Editor in Chief, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, Wendy Babidge (Australia)

Wendy Babidge is General Manager of Research, Audit and Academic Surgery at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. This includes the Australian Safety and Efficacy Register of New Interventional Procedures-Surgical (ASERNIP- S) Health Technology Assessment group, which was established in 1998.

Wendy has an Honours Degree in Biotechnology, a PhD from the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma in Business. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Professor of the University of Adelaide.

Wendy is a past Chair of the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA) Board and Editor-in-Chief HTAi’s journal, the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care.

Board Vice Chair, INAHTA (Australia)

Tracy Merlin is the first Professor of Health Technology Assessment in Australia, having worked in this relatively new field for over 20 years.

She is the Managing Director and co-founder of Adelaide Health Technology Assessment (AHTA) at the University of Adelaide. In this role she leads this large and experienced HTA agency undertake multi-million dollar applied research and evaluation activities on behalf of government and non-government agencies. This evidence-based research directly informs health policy and clinical practice. AHTA has been undertaking HTA since 2001. At the University of Adelaide, Professor Merlin is also the Interim Head of the School of Public Health.

Tracy Merlin is Chair of the Board of the International Network of Agencies for Health Technology Assessment (INAHTA). She has been active on the Board since 2015 and her agency joined INAHTA in 2006. Since 2006 she has led many task groups, working parties and committees of INAHTA members, including co-chairing the INAHTA Quality Assurance Group for two years. Tracy Merlin has been the Chair of the English Editorial Board of the International HTA Glossary since 2013 and has been a member of Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) since its inception.

Tracy Merlin is a methodologist and clinical epidemiologist. In addition to publishing on methodological work, she has written well over 150 systematic literature reviews, clinical practice guidelines and health technology assessment reports.

Latin America Policy Forum Chair, VACANT

Asia Policy Forum Incoming Chair, Guy Maddern (Australia), 2022 – 2024

Professor Guy Maddern is the RP Jepson Professor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide, Director of Research at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Director, Surgical Research and Evaluation (incorporating ASERNIP-S) of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  He was trained at the University of Adelaide and became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1989.  His clinical interests include the development of techniques to manage metastatic hepatic disease and hepatic approaches to optimise resection options.   He has also published widely on new surgical techniques and their introduction into surgical practice.   He has over 500 publications in scientific journals, has contributed to over a dozen surgical texts and attracted $65 million of research funding.

The evaluation of new technologies and in particular surgical technologies is another area of focus and interest.  Under his supervision, ASERNIP-S has been responsible for assessing these technologies before exposing the Australian population to them and has provided this service to the Australian and International community for the past 20 years, and is recognised, nationally and internationally, as the premier surgical innovation assessment group.

He is a past President of HTAi and a past Chair of INAHTA.