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Alumni Association Webinar Series – Effective COVID-19 Responses: Insights from New Zealand, Singapore, and Vietnam

November 19 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm PST


UC Berkeley Public Health Alumni AssociationIn fulfilling UC Berkeley Public Health’s vision of “Healthy People, Locally and Globally,” the Berkeley Public Health Alumni Association (PHAA) Professional Development Committee is pleased to announce our inaugural international webinar.

The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has demonstrated that some countries have fared better than others in controlling the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections after nearly a year since the first reported case in Wuhan, China in December 2019. New Zealand, Singapore, and Vietnam are currently at single digits in new community infections per day. Our esteemed panelists, moderated by PHAA, will discuss the policies and actions that government and health systems implemented in these countries that have led to successful control of COVID-19.


Dr. Sarah Bales
Visiting Professor, Hanoi University of Public Health

Sarah Bales is an international consultant with extensive experience in the area of policy research and quantitative analysis in Vietnam where she has worked since 1992. She has provided consulting services on the health sector and poverty reduction to the Vietnamese government through projects with the World Bank, ADB, UNDP, UNFPA, WHO, and Sida. She completed her PhD in Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in 2018. Her current work focuses on evidence-informed policymaking, including technical support to government agencies on health financing, provider payment reforms, establishing a health facility master list, and advocating for greater use of existing administrative data for policymaking and health system monitoring.


Jeremy Lim headshotDr. Jeremy Lim
Associate Professor, and Director of the Leadership Institute for Global Health Transformation, National University of Singapore Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health

Jeremy Lim is the director for global health in the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and leads the initiatives in health systems strengthening and universal health coverage. He brings diverse and unique perspectives having spent substantial time in public and private healthcare across Asia as well as in policy advisory with Singapore’s Ministry of Health, the World Bank, and the WHO. He trained in surgery and public health, attaining post-graduate qualifications in both from the UK and US.


Chai Chuah HeadshotMr. Chai Chuah
Former Director-General of Health and Chief Executive, New Zealand Ministry of Health

Chai Chuah, until February 2018, was the Director-General of Health and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Ministry of Health. He is a Chartered Accountant, born in Malaysia, educated in Malaysia and New Zealand, and now resides in New Zealand. He has nearly 30 years of operational, strategic, and policy experience in healthcare services and systems. He is the first and only Asian to have held a Chief Executive position in the New Zealand public service. He currently speaks, writes, and provides advice on “Future of Health Systems, Developing Leaders We Need and Better Care for Our Seniors.”

About the Public Health Alumni Association (PHAA) Board of Directors

  • Established in 1953 to build and strengthen personal and professional relationships among public health alumni and students of the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Led by a volunteer board of directors
  • Includes several standing and ad hoc committees, such as scholarship, events and nominating, and professional development

Visit the Berkeley Public Health PHAA page for more information.



November 19
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm PST
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