Professor Maxine A. Whittaker is the Professor of International and Tropical Health and Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Health Information Systems. She is also the Program Director of the Australian Initiative on Control and Elimination of Malaria (AICEM) and co-Secretariat of the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN).
Trained as a public health physician and medical anthropologist specializing in global health systems, policies and programs, Professor Whittaker has lived and worked in several countries in Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. She has extensive experience in project and program design in health and development, and for a variety of international development partners, resource sector and PPPs and NGO organizations. Her present research focuses in the fields of operational and health services research and medical anthropology in Solomon Islands (including the International Centers for Excellence in Malaria Research at the U.S. National Institutes of Health), Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, and Cambodia. Within the field of malaria research, Professor Whittaker focuses especially on health systems, community participation and mobility. She has a special interest in the issue of scaling-up pilot programs into policy and practice, and as a founding member of Expandnet has contributed to a body of work published by WHO on this topic.