Principal Investigator: William Bertrand, PhD
William Ellis Bertrand, PhD: Dr. William Ellis Bertrand a professor and co-founder of the Payson Center for International Development at Tulane University holds expertise in the areas of information and system evaluation, instructional technology and design for behavior change, human resource planning, adaptation innovation and technology transfer, organizational change in civil society sectors, and applied epidemiology. Dr. Bertrand’s affiliation with Tulane University goes beyond the Payson Center to his over forty year career with the Department of Sociology and Social Work and more intimate work with the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM), where he served as chairman of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology (1981-1986), founding chair of the Department of International Health and Development (1991-1995), and Wisner Professor of Public Health (1986- present).
Dr. Bertrand went on to collaborate with the SPHTM in the founding of the Kinshasa School of Public Health (KSPH) at the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) where he was the co-director (1985-1989). The relationship he holds with the KSPH and other important global collaborators has led to many joint health policy programs in the areas of HIV/AIDS program development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E); geographical information systems in public and environmental health; and technological instructional design. Additionally, Dr. Bertrand helped initiate and was the director for ten years of USAID’s Famine Early Warning System (FEWS), an information system designed to give early warning of problems of food security and famine to policy makers. This system remains the U.S. government’s major tool in this area. Dr. Bertrand has served with the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council, the principal advisory body of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is a component of the National Institute of Health within the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services. More recently, Dr. Bertrand has led the collaboration team in the implementation and design of President Bush’s HIV/AIDS Emergency Plan to the Rwandan institutions responsible for program coordination, planning and M&E. Dr. Bertrand developed and served as principal investigator for multidisciplinary M&E work in the West Africa regional project, “Sante Familiale et Prevention du SIDA” (Family Health and AIDS Prevention or SFPS), the exclusive vehicle used for coordinating the partners of the U.S. government funding agencies. Since 2006, Dr. Bertrand has served as the principal investigator on the Tulane team that oversaw the implementation of the Harkin-Engel Protocol for the U.S. Congress from 2006-2011. Dr. Bertrand is fluent in English, French and Spanish and has a competency in Portuguese.