American University of Beirut

Governance, Ethics & Conflicts of Interest in Public Health Network GECI-PH

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The GECI-PH Network was established in February 2018 at the conclusion of a workshop held in Beirut on 'Governance, ethics, and conflict of interest in the interaction between corporations and public health research, practice, and policy'. The Network is currently supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)​ which is a Canadian federal Crown corporation that funds research in developing countries to promote growth, reduce poverty, and drive large-scale positive change and supports leading thinkers who advance knowledge and solve practical development problems. ​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Governance, Ethics & Conflicts of Interest in Public Health (GECI-PH) Network includes academic institutions and civil society organizations concerned about private sector influence on public health research, practice, and policy outcomes. The Network was created in response to the rise of public-private partnerships as a model of 'good governance' in the absence of sufficient attention being given to examining the benefits and challenges of engaging with private sector actors. The Network aims to promote institutional safeguards and measures that protect public health goals in research, professional practice, and policy-making.​​

The Network is governed by a number of committees.



​Rima Nakkash ​​

Associate Professor | American University of Beiru​t


​​Mélissa Mialon

Honor​​ary Research Fellow | University of Sao Paulo


  • Share, collate, promote, and foster knowledge of industry interference in public health, research, policy, practice, and education

  • Document the governance, ethical, and COI issues that arise in the interaction between public health research, practice, and policy and industry involvement

  • Build capacity, set research priorities, and act as a forum for collaboration between researchers and civil society actors relevant to GECI

  • Strengthen relationships with advocacy organizations at multiple levels of governance

  • Advocate for research and action to advance the aims and objectives of the GECI-PH Network

  • Foster policy dialogue, and promote evidence use through knowledge translation, monitoring and evaluation, and evidence tools

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