Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Policy Fellow in Global Health







Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





Niki is the Policy Fellow in Global Health at the Centre for Health Policy, Institute of Global Health Innovation, bringing expertise in global health and international development. She works across projects and grants to support the delivery of research and policy encompassing low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and/or multiple country health systems, and provides health system expertise globally, including in the EMEA, Americas, and Asia Pacific regions. Niki also leads operations and research conducted by the Leading Health Systems Network (LHSN) in the areas of healthcare worker safety and cybersecurity in healthcare.

Niki has worked extensively with low- and middle-income governments and policymakers in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to develop technical capacity and expertise across several areas of health and healthcare. She has published on topics such as digital health and cybersecurity, patient safety, Health Technology Assessment and priority setting, global surgery, and donor priorities and financing. 

Prior to joining Imperial College London, Niki taught two Global Health BSc modules at Queen Mary University of London. She holds an MSc in Health Systems and Global Policy from Queen Mary University London and a BA in History/History of Art (Joint Hons) from University of Glasgow.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

O'Brien N, Durkin M, Lachman P, 2021, Lessons post-COVID from national and international approaches to safety and quality in healthcare, Future Healthcare Journal, Vol:8, ISSN:2514-6645, Pages:e602-e608

Shaw A, O'Brien N, Flott K, et al., 2021, How to improve patient safety in fragile, conflict-affected, and vulnerable settings: a Delphi study protocol, Bmj Open, Vol:11, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:1-5

Shaw A, O'Brien N, Flott K, et al., 2021, The urgent need to identify and evaluate patient safety interventions in fragile, conflict-affected and vulnerable settings, Journal of Global Health, Vol:11, ISSN:2047-2978

Obrien N, Flott K, Durkin M, 2021, COVID-19: leadership on the frontline is what matters when we support healthcare workers, International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Vol:33, ISSN:1353-4505, Pages:1-2

O’Brien N, Ghafur S, Durkin M, 2021, Cybersecurity in health is an urgent patient safety concern: We can learn from existing patient safety improvement strategies to address it, Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management, Vol:26, ISSN:2516-0435, Pages:5-10

O’Brien N, Chi Y-L, Krause KR, 2021, Measuring Health Outcomes in HIV: Time to Bring in the Patient Experience, Annals of Global Health, Vol:87, Pages:2-2

O'Brien N, Grass E, Martin G, et al., 2021, Developing a globally applicable cybersecurity framework for healthcare: A Delphi consensus study, Bmj Innovations, Vol:7, ISSN:2055-8074, Pages:199-207

Uzochukwu BSC, Okeke C, O’Brien N, et al., 2020, Health technology assessment and priority setting for universal health coverage: a qualitative study of stakeholders’ capacity, needs, policy areas of demand and perspectives in Nigeria, Globalization and Health, Vol:16

O'Brien N, Li R, Isaranuwatchai W, et al., 2020, How can we make better health decisions a Best Buy for all? [version2; peer review: 3 approved], Gates Open Research, Vol:3, ISSN:2572-4754, Pages:1543-1543

O’Brien N, Gore-Booth J, Gelb AW, et al., 2018, 71st World Health Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland 2018, Anesthesia and Analgesia, Vol:127, ISSN:0003-2999, Pages:e73-e75


O'Brien N, Martin G, Grass E, et al., 2020, Safeguarding our healthcare systems: A global framework for cybersecurity, World Innovation Summit for Health

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