Aquarius Population Health

Our Team

The experienced multidisciplinary team at Aquarius comes from diverse backgrounds, including academia, patient care, government and industry. Our experience helps us understand the demands of each sector, and how to successfully work together. Our senior experts work directly with clients from project inception through to final successful delivery.

We love developing close partnerships with our clients, and delivering true value when exploring their challenges.

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Elisabeth Adams

Managing Director and Founder

Elisabeth was brought up in the US but travelled widely from a young age to pursue her love of medicine, science, and a challenge. This led her to Micronesia to study dengue outbreaks, Peru to analyse sexual health interventions, and across the UK to work on projects to benefit the National Health Service. She studied Psychology (University of Michigan, BS Hons), Epidemiology (Oxford University, MSc), and received her PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on the cost-effectiveness of chlamydia screening in England, and her work on sexual health has influenced international policy. Her broad background gives her a global perspective on health. Before starting Aquarius, Elisabeth was a mathematical modeller and health economist in infectious diseases for seven years at the Health Protection Agency. She founded Aquarius Population Health in response to her passion for generating robust research and making it accessible to her academic, clinical, policy-making, and industry colleagues

Alex Van Doornewaard

Senior Consultant

Alex has an MSc in Health Economics from the University of Aberdeen and over five years of experience in HEOR consultancy. Alex’s research experience encompasses evidence synthesis techniques and the conceptualisation, implementation, and validation of decision-analytic models to demonstrate the health economic value of novel healthcare technologies. His work in a range of diseases, including cardio-renal diseases, rare diseases, inflammatory disorders, and infectious diseases, has informed reimbursement submissions to HTA bodies such as NICE and the SMC, and the content of peer-reviewed publications. Based in Munich, Germany, Alex is passionate about delivering evidence-based research to inform healthcare decision-making.

Andrea Polokaova

Consultant

Andrea obtained her MSc in Health Economics (HTA) from the University of York. Having worked for the National Health Service (NHS) previously, she has extensive experience with community organisations, government agencies, and healthcare professionals to ensure the highest quality of patient care, while driving cost-effective process improvements across all operational aspects. Andrea is particularly interested in addressing the global burden of diet-related chronic diseases by the application of health economic tools.

Caroline Dombrowski

Programme Manager & Data Protection Officer

Caroline joined Aquarius to support the team in managing our client projects and internal business development. Caroline is responsible for overseeing data protection strategy and implementation to ensure compliance with GDPR requirements. Before joining Aquarius, she provided technology consulting at Accenture, delivering complex technology systems and integrating business processes using diverse technologies across varying industries. She has also been involved in leadership positions in community volunteer organizations focusing on health and education. Caroline graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Enyal Lani

Consultant

Enyal has an MSc in Global Public Health and Health Policy from Queen Mary University of London and has broad knowledge of UK health policy and the UK public health system. Before joining Aquarius, she worked as a programme manager for the Association of Directors of Public Health. She has experience in managing projects tackling national public health issues and working with high-profile partners including central government agencies and leading UK public health organisations. An area where Enyal has more in-depth expertise is HIV, sexual health, and reproductive services in England and her work has contributed to influencing sexual health policy and strategy development at national and local levels.  She is particularly interested in developing evidence-based research that addresses the most pressing global health issues such as making health care accessible to everyone and fighting antimicrobial resistance.

Eva Kaganaar

Consultant

Eva has an MSc in Global Health and Development from University College London. Before joining Aquarius Population Health, she worked as a researcher in academia and the long-term care sector. Eva has experience in managing projects that address innovation in healthcare service delivery and worked closely with healthcare providers. Furthermore, she has published in peer-reviewed journals. Eva has experience in working with health survey data, modelling time trends, and mapping patient pathways. Her particular areas of interest are health promotion, chronic conditions, and health inequalities.

Jiumei Gao

Analyst

Jiumei discovered her passion for healthcare at a medical anthropology course during her undergraduate study in anthropology. She then pursued an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Royal Veterinary College. Prior to joining Aquarius, she worked as a data analyst for international organisations and a Royal College. Her experiences cover humanitarian emergency response, population mobility mapping, clinical audit and quality improvement. She hopes to continue delivering evidence-based insights to improve population health and wellbeing.

Julie Bradley

Finance Manager

Julie is a certified accountant based in Ireland. She has over twenty years of experience managing accounts for companies in England. Julie is responsible for managing the accounts, finances and invoicing at Aquarius.

Julius Ohrnberger

Managing Consultant

Julius has a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Manchester. He has experience working in academia and the private sector and holds an honorary lecturer position at Imperial College London. Julius is passionate about providing robust health economic evidence that informs and drives positive change for its stakeholders. He has worked with a range of different clients, including local health care providers, the health industry, public health bodies, and NGOs. He is experienced in working on projects focusing on communicable and non-communicable diseases in both high-income countries and LMIC settings, using various research methods such as cost and impact analysis, systematic literature, and rapid evidence reviews. Prior to joining Aquarius Population Health, Julius worked for Ipsos UK as associate director in health economics and evaluation and as a research fellow in health economics at Imperial College London.

Katy Turner

Katy Turner

Managing Consultant

Katy is an experienced infectious disease epidemiologist and mathematical modeller with over 80 peer-review publications and more than 20 years experience. She specialises in working with multidisciplinary teams to deliver innovative applied health research on antimicrobial resistance, sexually transmitted infections, animal infections, point of care diagnostics and other disease areas. She has a PhD from Imperial College in mathematical modelling of gonorrhoea and chlamydia. She holds an honorary Professor post at the University of Bristol and previously worked at Imperial College London and the Health Protection Agency. She has experience in writing grant and obtaining research funding, coordinating large collaborative networks, generating evidence for international, national and regional decision-makers and leading research teams.

Krishnan Puri Sudhir

Senior Analyst

Krishnan completed his MSc in Health Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Additionally, he completed an MSc in International Development at the LSE and graduated with a first-class BSc in Economics from Queen Mary University of London. For his MSc Health Economics thesis, he investigated the indirect economic impact of untreated externalizing mental illness among Brazilian adolescents. Krishnan is particularly keen on mental health economics research and hopes to change the world for the better using his knowledge and interests as tools to achieve this.

Mary Ashley Keene

Analyst

Mary Ashley is completing her MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Prior to Aquarius, she worked as a Project Manager for an expert network in New York City,  Mary Ashley has experience servicing a variety of clients, mainly institutional investors, on their healthcare primary market research.  Before this, she earned a BSc in Biology from Boston College. Mary Ashley is particularly interested in health promotion programmes targeting the health inequalities within urban cities.

Michael Skrodzki

Consultant Finance Director

Michael has joined Aquarius as our Consultant Finance Director under a contract with the FD & CFO Centre. Before joining the company, Michael’s experience has included working as a Finance Director in Procter and Gamble and Philips, as well as multiple health care start-ups. Michael is passionate about helping companies like Aquarius grow and make an impact, and he is working as a consultant with a portfolio of companies.

Orjola Shahaj

Consultant

Orjola has an MSc in Epidemiology from University College London and an MPH from the University of Edinburgh. She has a broad background in public health, policy, and research. During her experience as a Health Policy Advisor, she has drafted numerous policies and has overseen a wide range of healthcare projects. Orjola has a strong interest in healthy ageing and wants to identify new ways of reducing the societal burden of chronic diseases.

Phoebe Marson Smith

Consultant

Phoebe completed her MSc in Science and Technology Policy in the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. For her master’s thesis, she explored the relationship between research prioritisation and disease burden in biomedical research systems. Before her master’s, Phoebe completed a Biochemistry BSc at University College London (UCL). During her studies, Phoebe worked for the James Lind Initiative, a healthcare research group, and ResearchFish by Interfolio, a software company that measures the impact of research funding. She has also published two papers in peer-reviewed journals, one on John H Gaddum’s work on clinical trials and another on the frequency of the claim of ‘no effect’ or ‘no difference’ in systematic reviews. Overall, she has a strong interest in developing evidence-led health care policies.

Rupert Gara Adams

Director

Rupert has over 25 years’ experience in the commercial and retail sectors. He has worked on a wide range of health and well-being projects. Rupert leads Aquarius’ qualitative and market research projects. Rupert is an expert at gaining insight on customer and consumer behaviour, using a range of research methods such as focus groups, ethnography, and more cognitive research e.g. eye-tracking and sensory measurement.

Susie Huntington

Managing Consultant

Susie has a PhD in Epidemiology from University College London. Through data linkage of two large studies, she examined the health outcomes of women living with HIV prescribed antiretroviral therapy in pregnancy. She has previously worked in Public Health for local government (Islington and Camden). Before returning to academia, she worked in HIV and STI surveillance at the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England) and on secondment to the Catalan government. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and has experience of evidence synthesis, data analysis, and patient pathway mapping.

Verena Schneider

Senior Analyst

Verena is completing her MSc Health Psychology at University College London. As part of her masters thesis and further research, she is looking into the physical activity behaviour of UK adults during the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to this, she received a first-class honours degree in Psychology at the University of Hagen in Germany. She is interested in health economic evaluation and applying statistical tools to aid health care decision-making.

Ulla Hansen-Small

Office Manager

With over 10 years of experience in office management and a background in tech and fashion, Ulla joined Aquarius as an Office Manager in September 2022. Having spent a number of years in the Technology and Software sector, moving into healthcare has been an exciting change. Ulla is responsible for the day-to-day operations and giving staff and visitors the best experience possible.

Yixuan Ma

Senior Analyst

Yixuan completed her MSc Health Data Science from the University College London having researched the causal effect of BMI on left ventricular structure and function. Her other research on the association of obesity and dementia is published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Before this, she received a BSc Population Health degree at UCL. She is particularly interested in health economic evaluation and she wants to push the boundaries of healthcare research.

Teddy

Wellbeing and Morale Officer

Teddy has been with Aquarius since August 2016. He came to the company as a rescue from Dog’s Trust and quickly settled into his full-time role. He splits his time in the office between sleeping, doing tricks for treats, relieving stress, welcoming visitors, and encouraging staff to have a healthy lifestyle with lots of outdoor breaks in nearby Granary Square and King’s Cross.

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