Our Purpose

The purpose of the Global Implementation Society (GIS) is to promote and establish coherent and collaborative approaches to implementation practice, science, and policy. The GIS promotes the development and integration of effective implementation, improvement, and scaling practices in human service settings in order to improve outcomes for children, families, individuals, and communities worldwide.

Learn more about the History and Future Directions of the GIS.

GIS Board of Directors

Dr. Niveen Abu-Rmeileh is a Professor of Statistical Epidemiology at Birzeit University. Dr. Abu-Rmeileh has been involved in multicounty projects at the national, regional and international level.
Treasurer
Becci Akin is Associate Professor and PhD Program Director in the School of Social Welfare at University of Kansas.
Secretary
Susie Breitenstein, PhD, RN, FAAN is an Associate Professor and Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at The Ohio State University College of Nursing.
Professor Timothy Carey is the Director of the Institute of Global Health Research and the Andrew Weiss Chair of Research in Global Health at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda.
Dr. Saima Hamid, is serving as a Vice-Chancellor, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
President Elect
Francisca Infante E. has spent her career implementing and evaluating policies and programs addressing human development, equity and social justice.
Grace Irimu, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Nairobi, which is the biggest medical school in Kenya.
John Ovretveit is Director of research for the Medical Management Center at the Karolinska Medical University in Sweden and Professor of health improvement, implementation, and evaluation there.
Dr. Aaron Sawyer leads Cognosante’s Military and Veterans Health consulting practice, spanning implementation, knowledge translation, change management, and evaluation projects across two large integrated health systems.
Yulia Shenderovich, PhD, is a researcher at the University of Oxford, where she works on examining policies related to violence and mental health affecting young people in low- and middle-income countries.
Helen Skouteris is the Monash Warwick Alliance Joint Professor of Health and Social Care Improvement and Implementation Science, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.
President
Melissa Van Dyke, PhD is the International Expert Advisor on Implementation at the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS).

GIS Founders

Founder
For many, Dean is the grandfather of implementation science, as well as one of the founders of Global Implementation Society, serving as Board President until September 2019.
Founder
Herbert B. Peterson, MD, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, is the past chair of the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.