Ali Durran is a fellow at the O’Neill Institute, where she works with the Health and Human Rights Initiative and the Center for Transformational Health Law.

Durran is interested in the intersection of health and regulatory reform and in health and human rights, with a specific interest in how forward-looking regulatory reform can work to incentivize innovation and improve health across populations.

Prior to joining O’Neill, Durran served as legal counsel at Grand Challenges Canada (GCC), an impact-driven not-for-profit organization focused on funding innovation in public health. Durran advised GCC on funding innovations across portfolios in global health, with a focus on reproductive health and rights, Indigenous health, and humanitarian innovation. In addition, Durran worked as an impact investment fellow at Grand Challenges Canada, where she worked closely with the investments team to conduct due diligence on prospective funding arrangements, model impact, and source new innovations in digital health.

In 2022, she served as teaching fellow for the pilot year of a class at Yale University in global health foundations with Professor Rafael Perez-Escamilla, which focused on the decolonization of global health structures. Durran also worked with the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School, where she conducted advocacy and research on harm reduction with the intent of improving the rights, dignity, and quality of care available to individuals impacted by substance use in the Greater New Haven area.

In 2022, Durran completed a M.PH. at Yale University. Durran also holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. She is called to the Bar of Ontario.

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