Oliver Watson


Oliver Watson is a Schmidt Science Fellow at the Medical Research Council Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London. Oliver leads the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team’s modelling efforts in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. As part of this role, he has supported pandemic response plans with ministries of health and health agencies in Colombia, Nigeria, Senegal, Malawi, Syria, Sudan and Indonesia. Oliver has
worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative to support the use of COVID-19 model-based inputs in the World Health Organization Essential Supplies Forecasting Tool and works closely with the Health Systems Governance and Financing division at the WHO to support the generation of resource needs for an effective COVID-19 response in LMIC countries. As the pandemic involved, Oliver led development of models to consider the impact of vaccine rollout,
developing open access tools for ministries of health to facilitate health planning and procurement. This work has been supported by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. Outside of COVID-19, Oliver works primarily on malaria and is a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates funded Malaria Modelling Consortium and has helped design WHO malaria policy guidance surrounding antimalarial and diagnostic resistance.