Anthony Costello studied medicine and psychology at Cambridge University and trained in pediatrics. An award-winning professor of child health, he directed the Institute for Global
Health at University College London. Previously he worked for the National Health Service. From 2015 to 2018 he was director of maternal, child and adolescent health at the World
Health Organization in Geneva.
Anthony Costello is a well-known speaker and commentator on global health with over 360 academic publications. He spent 20 years studying the science of community participation
through women’s sympathy groups in Bangladesh, India, Malawi, Nepal and the UK. Working with health, management, anthropology, economics and nutrition professionals he discovered
that groups brought dramatic improvements in maternal and newborn health and survival. He has also chaired three major Lancet Commissions on the health effects of climate change. In
2016 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Medical Journal. His own sympathy groups have encompassed a book circle, a soul band, a cricket club, and research
teams in different cultures.
He lives in Geneva and London with his wife and three children. His new book, The Social Edge, is released in September this year.
Local journalist Marina Cantacuzino discusses her work on the Forgiveness Project and her new book ‘Forgiveness is Really Strange’ with Professor Anthony Costello, local author and WHO director of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health.