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Calvin Cheng
Senior Manager (Project) , International non-profit
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Calvin has more than 10 years experience in infectious disease epidemiology research and project management. He worked as the coordinating editor for the WHO Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal in 2015-16. He also served as an international health consultant in the Philippines, Laos PDR and Nigeria after he finished his research coordinator job at University of Hong Kong in 2005-12.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
Professional Experience:
Senior Manager (Project)
Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute, Hong Kong Academe of Medicine
To undertake disaster related programme/course planning, curriculum development, training coordination and delivery; to plan and steer the development of a global knowledge management platform; to liaise with external parties for development and implementation of approved projects; and to closely monitor and evaluate the outcomes of project initiatives against respective predetermined key performance indicators.

Technical Officer (Coordinating Editor)
Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response Unit, Division of Health Security and Emergencies, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific
Managing the editorial office of the WHO regional scientific journal, Western Pacific Surveillance and Response (WPSAR). Duties include coordinating the editorial team, authors, reviewers, subscribers and donors; manuscripts reviewing and editing; coordinating and facilitating scientific writing workshops in countries in the Western Pacific Region. Other duties include disease surveillance and response support in the Unit.

10/2014- 12/2014
Project Associate (Part-time)
World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Community Health Services, School of Nursing, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Responsible for government funded hand hygiene research project. Job duties include grant proposal writing, supervising students, data analysis, report and research paper writing.

08/2013- 04/2014
Post-Doctoral Fellow / Scientific Officer
Collaborating Center for Oxford University and Chinese University of Hong Kong for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response
Responsible for varies research and knowledge transfer projects related to disaster, climate change and infectious diseases. Job duties include grant proposal writing, supervising students, field data collection and analysis, research paper writing and as the liaison officer for communicating with partner organisations.

01/2005- 02/2012
Research Assistant, Research Coordinator
Department of Community Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Responsible for public health research in Hong Kong under Prof. Gabriel Leung, Dr. Ben Cowling and Dr. Sarah McGhee’s team. Job duties include project management, field data collection, database management, statistical analysis and writing research reports

Short Term Consultancy:

01/2015- 04/2015
Short Term Consultant
Expanded Programme on Immunization Unit, Division of Communicable Diseases, World Health Organization Regional Office for the Western Pacific

03/2013- 07/2013
Consultant Epidemiologist for Swine Influenza Research
Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD)

07/2012- 12/2012
Consultant (Data Manager), Stop Transmission of Polio Program (coordinated by the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
09/2007- 08/2012
The University of Hong Kong
Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (Part-time)

The University of Hong Kong
Master of Medical Science in Medical Microbiology

The University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics
Affiliations and Achievements:

Outbreak Investigation and Acute Response International Workshop (Pasteur),
Ho Chi Ming City, Viet Nam

22/7/2013– 26/7/2013
Croucher Summer Course for Medical Needs in Humanitarian Emergencies,
Hong Kong, China

4/6/2012– 21/6/2012
Stop Transmission of Polio 40 field and data management training, Atlanta, Georgia

15/5/2011– 27/5/2011
Data Analysis using STATA course, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

23/4/2008 – 11/5/2008
1st Pasteur - Asia Immunology Course, Hong Kong, China

9/7/2007 – 27/7/2007
4th Pasteur – Asia Virology Course, Hong Kong, China


2015 Evaluation of the efficacy of a simplified 5-step hand washing intervention program verse the conventional hand washing (7-step) program for students with mild grade intellectual disability: A clustered randomized controlled non-inferior trial (Co-I, Hong Kong General Research Fund Project no. 15609315, HK$557,800)

2014 Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Hong Kong population for influenza and pandemic preparedness of other infectious diseases after H7N9 avian influenza confirmed cases emerged in mainland China (Co-I, Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Disease, Food and Health Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong SAR grant no. 08070662, HK$250,000)

2012 Research and development of a school absenteeism recording system for disease surveillance in rural Cambodia (PI, HKU Service 100 Fund 2011, HK$64,895)

2011 Art Empowerment Project in Pondicherry, India (PI, HKU 81 Inclusion Fund 2011, HK$50,000)

Selected Publications:

Chan EYY, Cheng CKY, Tam G, Huang Z and Lee P. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Hong Kong population towards human A/H7N9 influenza pandemic preparedness, China, 2014. BMC Public Health 2015, 15:943 doi:10.1186/s12889-015-2245-9

Chan EY, Cheng CK, Tam GC, Huang Z, Lee PY. Willingness of future A/H7N9 influenza vaccine uptake: A cross-sectional study of Hong Kong community. Vaccine. 2015 Sep 11;33(38):4737-40. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.07.046. Epub 2015 Jul 28.

Hung KK, Lin AK, Cheng CK, Chan EY, Graham CA. Pre-travel health preparation for malaria prevention among Hong Kong travellers. Postgrad Med J. 2015 Mar;91(1073):127-31.

Hung KK, Lin AK, Cheng CK, Chan EY, Graham CA. Travel Health Risk Perceptions and Preparations Among Travellers at Hong Kong International Airport. J Travel Med. 2014 Jul-Aug;21(4):288-91.

Cheng CKY, Channarith H, Cowling BJ. Potential Use of School Absenteeism Record for Disease Surveillance in Developing Countries, Case Study in Rural Cambodia. PLoS One. 2013; 8(10): e76859

Lau EHY, Cheng CKY, Ip DKM, Cowling BJ, Situational Awareness of Influenza Activity Based on Multiple Streams of Surveillance Data Using Multivariate Dynamic Linear Model. PLoS ONE. 2012;7(5):e38346. Epub 2012 May 31.

Cowling BJ, Ng S, Ma ESK, Fang VJ, So HC, Wai W, Cheng CKY, Wong JY, Chan KH, Ip DKM, Chiu SS, Peiris JSM, Leung GM. Protective efficacy against pandemic influenza of seasonal influenza vaccination in children in Hong Kong: a randomized controlled trial. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Sep;55(5):695-702.

Cheng CKY, Cowling BJ, Lau EHY, Ho LM, Leung GM, Ip DKM. Electronic School Absenteeism Monitoring and Influenza Surveillance, Hong Kong. Emerg Infect Dis. 2012 May;18(5):885-7

Poon LL, Chan KH, Chu DK, Fung CC, Cheng CKY, Ip DK, Leung GM, Peiris JS, Cowling BJ. Viral genetic sequence variations in pandemic H1N1/2009 and seasonal H3N2 influenza viruses within an individual, a household and a community. J Clin Virol. 2011 Oct;52(2):146-50. Epub 2011 Jul 29

Cheng CKY, Ip DKM, Cowling BJ, Ho LM, Leung GM, Lau EHY. Digital dashboard design using multiple data streams for disease surveillance, influenza surveillance as an example. J Med Internet Res 2011. J Med Internet Res. 2011 Oct 14;13(4):e85.

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Chinese, Japanese
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