Dr Amina Aitsi-Selmi studied Medicine and Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, during which time she spent some time exploring the Cuban public health system and reported this in the journal Public Health. She is a public health doctor and academic specialising in health inequalities, and has also worked in Sudan (on a humanitarian mission with Médecins Sans Frontières) and in Switzerland (through an NHS exchange programme). She has a PhD from UCL's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, completed under the supervision of Professor Sir Michael Marmot and funded by Wellcome Trust, which focused on the role of education and wealth in female obesity in lower-income countries (including China and Egypt). She currently acts as a specialist adviser in public health to the Department of Health as well as a NICE Fellow. She is interested in long term epidemiological trends of non-communicable diseases and how population level approaches on the wider determinants of health can mitigate their impact on society and reduce health inequalities.