Diana Sarfati, MBChB, MPH, PhD, FNZCPHM, University of Otago, New Zealand


Diana Sarfati is National Director of Cancer Control and Chief Executive of Te Aho o Te Kahu, the Cancer Control Agency in New Zealand. Her role is to provide national leadership for, and oversight of cancer control, to provide policy advice to the Government, and to be accountable for ensuring progress towards the goals and outcomes in the New Zealand Cancer Action Plan.
Previously Prof Sarfati was Head of the Department of Public Health and Director of the Cancer and Chronic Conditions (C3) research group at University of Otago, Wellington. She has led a large body of research relating to disparities in cancer outcomes and has close to 200 peer-reviewed publications.
Prof Sarfati has held a number of national and international roles. She is currently a member of the International Advisory Committee to Lancet Oncology, the Board of the International Cancer Benchmarking Programme, and the Advisory Committee to the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) Pacific cancer hub. She led a 2019 Lancet Oncology series on cancer in small island developing states and is a former member of IARC’s international expert group on social inequalities in cancer.

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