About us

The Institute for Global Innovation (IGI) aims to inspire, support and deliver world-leading, multi-disciplinary research that seeks to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, which affect humanity at a global level.

The IGI team comprises:

Professor Hisham Mehanna PhD, BMedSc, MBChB, FRCS, FRCS(ORL-HNS)
Director, Institute for Global Innovation

Chair, Head and Neck Surgery
Email: h.mehanna@bham.ac.uk

Professor Hisham MehannaProfessor Hisham Mehanna is Chair of Head and Neck Surgery, and Director of the Institute for Global Innovation at the University of Birmingham.

Hisham is a head and neck cancer and thyroid surgeon with a keen interest in clinical and translational research, heading a team of 20 researchers and holding over £12 million in research grants.

Over his career Hisham has experienced at first hand the invaluable advances that can be made in scientific discovery when combining expertise from a range of perspectives. During his working life, he has worked with clinicians, statisticians, computer scientists and policy experts to research and deliver the best possible outcomes for patients. As Director of the IGI, he now has the opportunity to instil this passion for multi-disciplinarity in others.

David Evans
Head of Projects and Partnerships

Telephone: +44 (0)121 414 8884
Email: d.evans.4@bham.ac.uk

As Head of Projects and Partnerships, David helps IGI researchers to forge the connections they need to advance their research. David studied International Relations and Diplomacy at Lancaster University before working as a quantitative researcher in the private sector.

David joined the University of Birmingham in 2010, where he provided research support to the College of Social Sciences. Over his career in Higher Education, David has supported projects examining everything from Community Hospitals to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Sukhi Birks
Institute Administrator

Email: S.K.BIRKS@bham.ac.uk

Sukhi is responsible for providing logistical support to IGI researchers and takes a lead in organising a range of IGI supported events. Before joining the Institute, Sukhi supported the Director of Research in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and before that, worked for NHS Blood and Transplant.