The Team

Jonathan Cushing

Programme Director

Jonathan leads the work of the Global Health Programme, and joined the programme in 2019. Jonathan’s background is in public health, and he has extensive experience of working in with governments, civil society organisations and the private sector in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa on health systems strengthening, and on improving the quality of care. He has also worked as a freelance consultant and with UK royal medical colleges. He possesses an Msc in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing, and speaks German and Nepali.

Melissa Cederqvist Njihia

Senior Policy Advisor

Melissa joined Transparency International in August 2021 as Senior Advisor Vaccines Advocacy. She is based with Transparency International Sweden in Stockholm, and leads efforts to ensure that multi- and bi-lateral institutions place transparency and equity at the heart of health systems. Melissa has a Masters in International Maternal and Child Health from Uppsala University and has ten years of experience working with health and health systems strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Europe.

Tom Wright

Research Manager

Tom joined the Transparency International Health Initiative in February 2018 to develop the advocacy and research work streams of the flagship, DFID funded, Open Contracting for Health Project. Tom joined the team having previously worked on International Development projects focussing on Health, Women’s Economic Empowerment & Governance. He holds a Master’s degree in Corruption and Governance from the University of Sussex.

Emily Wegener

Research and Reporting Officer

Emily became the Research and Reporting Officer for Transparency International Global Health in April 2022 after joining as an intern in October 2021. She is responsible for conducting research, developing reports and publications, as well as supporting project implementation. She holds a Masters degree in International Development with a specialisation in poverty, conflict and reconstruction from the University of Manchester and has previously gained work experience in Kenya, Uganda and Germany.