Eunsook Chung Deputy Director and Head of Governance for Global Health,
United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH)


Areas of Expertise
Diplomacy, Global Governance, Globalization, Health, Intergovernmental Organizations, International Human Rights Law, International Law, Post 2015 Development Agenda, Sexual Violence in Conflict, Sustainable Development, The Global South, United Nations

Region of Focus
East Asia and the Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr. Obijiofor Aginam is Deputy Director and Head of Governance for Global Health in the United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and concurrently Adjunct Research Professor of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa, and Visiting Professor in The IR3S, University of Tokyo. His expertise cuts across global health governance, globalization of public health, impacts of global/regional trade agreements on health, health and human rights, public-private partnerships, food safety, South-South cooperation, and the regulatory/normative authorities of inter-governmental organizations. Prior to joining the UNU-IIGH, Dr. Aginam served as Senior Research Fellow and Head of International Cooperation and Development in the United Nations University-Institute for Sustainability and Peace, UNU headquarters, Tokyo. Dr. Aginam was a tenured Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University. As Global Health Leadership Officer at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, he worked on the revision of International Health Regulations (IHR 2005), and the inter-governmental negotiations for WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) (1999-2001).

Dr Aginam has been a recipient of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) of New York Fellowship on “Global Security and Cooperation”, the U.K. 21st Century Trust Fellowship on “Disease and Security”, the WHO Global Health Leadership Fellowship, and the competitive research grant of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. He has been a Visiting Professor at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica, and universities in Italy, South Africa, Japan, and Nigeria. Dr. Aginam has authored numerous publications including Global Health Governance: International Law and Public Health in a Divided World (2005); Humanizing Our Global Order: Essays in Honor of Ivan Head (2003); HIV/AIDS and the Security Sector in Africa (2012); The Global Governance of HIV/AIDS: Intellectual Property and Access to Essential Medicines (2013); Foreign Direct Investment in Post-conflict Societies (2010). He has recently co-edited the Oxford Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards Governance (Oxford University Press, 2019). He was co-director of the 2009 summer workshop of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) on “Global Public-Private Partnerships”. He has served on the expert advisory panels of WHO and FAO on aspects of trade, globalization, food safety and public health involving missions to Bangladesh and Laos. He represents the United Nations University on the UN Inter-agency Taskforce on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. Dr. Aginam serves on the editorial boards of many journals including Global Health Governance: The Scholarly Journal for the New Health Security Paradigm. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Recent Publications

Obijiofor Aginam, et al, eds., Oxford Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards Governance (Oxford University Press, 2019); Mihir Kanade, Obijiofor Aginam, Shyami Puvimanasinghe, eds., Operationalizing the Right to Development in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, Interactive E-Learning Module (OHCHR, UPEACE & UNU-IIGH, January 2018); “The Global Politics of Neglected Tropical Diseases”, in C. McInnes & K. Lee, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics (Forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2019); “Global governance approaches to planetary health: new ideas for a globalised world”, in Merrilyn Walton, ed., One Planet, One Health (Sydney University Press, 2019), pp53-63; Obijiofor Aginam & Weiam Al-Hunaishi, “There is an urgent need to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen”, The BMJ Opinion, February 6, 2019,; Obijiofor Aginam, et al “Health-Trade Policy Coherence for Non-Communicable Diseases: Pathways to Improving Health Outcomes and Mitigating Adverse Health Impacts of Bilateral and Multilateral Trade Agreements”, United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health, Policy Brief, July 2018

Recent ACUNS Activity

“Between Isolationism and Globalism: Africa and the World in an Age of Globalization of Public Health”, Panel Presentation, 2019 ACUNS Annual Meeting, “The UN and Africa: Progress Towards Achieving the SDGs, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, June 19-21, 2019.

Updated July, 2019