Andrew Defor

Senior Fellow


Andrew Defor is a Professor of Global Health and a Senior Diplomatic & Government Relations Strategist. He specializes in the field of global health foreign policy, diplomacy, multilateral negotiations, advocacy and government relations. Since 2008, he has acquired extensive global health diplomacy, foreign policy, international affairs, advocacy and government relations experience through his work at the World Health Organization, CARE Canada, and other global corporate institutions.

After his first degree, he worked as a policy analyst with the Department of Essential Drugs and Medicines at the World Health Organization and was later appointed as Executive Director of the Center for Global Health Security & Diplomacy- a collaborative project of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. He is the founder and First Executive Director of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Toronto Branch.

Andrew has conducted extensive research on Global Health Security, Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, has published widely on multilateral institutions, negotiations and diplomacy at the United Nations, and currently holds academic research and teaching positions at Seneca College, Niagara College, Mohawk College and Centennial College, in Canada. He has a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from York University, Canada and recently became a candidate of the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Global Health at a top-five world ranking university.

Featured Publications

Andrew Defor, “The Role of Global Health Diplomacy in Advancing Universal Health Coverage”, WHO Bulletin, Vol 31(6), 2015.

Andrew Defor, “G8 Compliance to 2012 Maternal-Child Health Commitments”, G8 Summit Compliance Journal, G8 Research Group, 2014.

Andrew Defor, “Tensions in AU and ICC Relations: Implications for Global Health Governance”, Commentary, Global Summitry Project, 2014.

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