Gerry Bodeker, PhD

Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, UK & Dept. of Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York, USA

Professor Gerry Bodeker is a Harvard-trained public health specialist and a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). He has done work on traditional and complementary medicine for a number of UN agencies, including WHO and the World Bank. He has worked in Africa for more than two decades, most recently as chair of the intellectual property group of a four-year EU project on medicinal plant research and training.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the World Health Organization Global Atlas of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2005); a founding editor of the Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine; serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine and the Journal of Tropical Forest Science. He is co-editor of a leading textbook by Imperial College Press on Public Health Perspectives on Traditional and Complementary Medicine, as well as on a book on Traditional Medicinal Plants and Malaria and a UN Food & Agriculture book – Medicinal Plants for Forest Conservation & Healthcare. He is a member of the Global Wellness Institute and is part of a team exploring policy dimensions of wellness, including Asian traditions of wellness. Gerry Bodeker is a Board Member of Oxford University’s Project Southeast Asia and is working with colleagues in studying Asian traditional diets in the prevention of non-communicable diseases. He is founding Chair of the Global Initiative For Traditional Systems (GIFTS) of Health, Oxford, UK (

Terms of Appointment: March 2018 - March 2020