Dr. Edward C. Green
Director, New Paradigm Research Fund
Edward C. Green, PhD is an anthropologist and former Senior Research Scientist at Harvard University. He was Director of the AIDS Prevention Research Project at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. After a short academic career in the latter 1970s, he embarked on a new career in applied anthropology and international health. He has worked for over 30 years in this career, primarily in Africa but also in Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Much of his recent work has been in AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases, and he has became a well-known critic of Western, biomedical, technology based approaches to AIDS prevention, arguing instead for locally designed and driven behavior change approaches that were pioneered in a few African countries.
He is also well-known for his studies of African indigenous health belief systems and for pioneering programs of collaboration between African indigenous healers and medically trained practitioners, to achieve mutually agreed upon public health goals.
Dr Green has also designed and/or evaluated programs in family planning, primary health care, human resources development, maternal and child health, children affected by war, water and sanitation, refugee issues, conservation, cancer (fallout from Chernobyl) and mental health. He served as a public health adviser to the governments of both Mozambique and Swaziland.
His book Rethinking AIDS Prevention (2003) has been influential in promoting of more evidence-based and culturally responsive AIDS prevention interventions. He serves currently, or has served, on a dozen boards of directors or advisory boards, including the Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS, the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council, National Institutes of Health; the UNAIDS Steering Committee, AIDS 2031 (UN, Geneva, Switzerland), AIDS.org and the Global Initiative for Traditional Systems of Health, Oxford University, UK.
He is author of eight books and over 400 scientific articles, book chapters, conference papers or commissioned technical reports.
Dr Green grew up in a foreign service family, living in New Zealand, Sweden and Korea in addition to Washington, DC and boarding schools. He is the son of the Hon. Marshall Green, US ambassador to several countries and an Assistant Secretary of State in the 1970s. His maternal grandfather was US Ambassador to Iraq in the 1950s, and earlier served as Deputy Chief of Mission to the US Embassy in Tokyo including at the time of Peal Harbor, becoming one of the first American POWs in WWII . Green’s father established the Marshall Green Society for Japanese Language Study Awards in 1999
Articles: For a list of articles by Dr. Edward Green at the website Share The World's Resources, click here.
New Evidence Guiding How We Conduct AIDS Prevention Presented to WK Kellogg Foundation (Pretoria, South Africa), 9/19/07