Paul Li-jen Cheh

114/13 Phra Athit Rd, Khwaeng Chana Songkhram, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 •


University of Michigan, Master of Public Health (MPH), 2014

Department of Health Behavior and Health Education

School of Public Health Dean’s Scholar


Washington University in St. Louis, Bachelor of Arts (BA), 2010

Double major: Anthropology (primary) and Psychology

Magna cum laude | Dean’s List all semesters | Honors Thesis in Public Health

University College of London - Study abroad, Spring 2009

Work Experience

Thailand National Health Foundation (NHF)                                                          Bangkok, TH

Deputy Secretary General for External Affairs (August 2019 – present)

  • Lead external relationship building and management efforts between the Thailand National Health Foundation and other Thai, ASEAN region, and global partners, all with an aim of strengthening health and public health systems through knowledge sharing and strategic collaboration.

  • Lead program development and strategic planning efforts on timely and strategic public health topics relevant to Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.

  • Conduct internal staff professional development activities and trainings on technical public health topics.


World Health Organization - Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO)            Remote [Manila, PH]

Program Consultant (July 2020 – present)

  • Manage a multi-country research initiative focused on better understanding the role of community engagement efforts in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

  • Oversee and help coordinate implementation of the project across all three levels of WHO, including WHO headquarters, multiple divisions within the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, and WHO country offices in Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Malaysia.

  • Lead contracting processes and manage numerous consultants involved in the project and support technical efforts of a newly formed Global Community Engagement Evidence Network, which is comprised of leading academic institutions focused on synthesizing the current evidence base and research gaps in community engagement for health.

The Equity Initiative/China Medical Board Foundation                                            Bangkok, TH

                             Program Consultant (January 2019 – present)

  • Lead and support strategic planning and curriculum development efforts of the Equity Initiative (EI), an Atlantic Philanthropies and China Medical Board Foundation funded effort to nurture the development of a new generation and network of over 500 health equity leaders in Southeast Asia and China.

  • Create and implement an organization-wide learning, monitoring and evaluation (LME) plan, represent EI on Atlantic Institute peer group efforts that bring together seven diverse leadership fellowships across the world for co-learning and alignment for wider global impact, and support development of a Southeast Asia and China regional health equity network consisting of EI Fellows and other key organizations and partners focused on systems-level program and policy change.

  • Conduct technical review of EI Fellow’s project concept notes and proposals, helping them to refine and improve their programmatic goals, implementation efforts, program design and evaluation, and overall impact.


United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) Bangkok, TH

Project Consultant (September 2019 – present) 

  • Develop a policy manual on the innovative use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support older persons managing chronic, non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

  • Work closely with UN staff, country experts, and other consultants to conduct an environmental scan of ICT interventions among elderly populations, source and highlight regional best practices, and develop policy recommendations.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)                                                        Princeton, NJ

                             Program Officer (January 2018 – October 2018)

Program Associate (June 2014 – December 2017)

  • Supported strategic grantmaking efforts at the United States’ largest health philanthropy, working to ensure all children and families, particularly those most marginalized, have optimal physical, social, and emotional health and well-being.

  • Led and managed a team of multidisciplinary program officers and colleagues, including senior research, communications, finance, and program staff and consultants, working on a Healthy School Environments grant portfolio valued at $35 million USD.

  • Both individually and collaboratively developed, managed, monitored, and evaluated programs related to healthy schools, youth and parent community organizing efforts, and family economic and workplace supportive policies, spanning a portfolio consisting of more than 20 diverse grantees.

  • Conducted external speaking engagements on behalf of the Foundation, including giving keynote speeches, moderating and participating on expert panels, and facilitating conference sessions.


U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)                                            Atlanta, GA

              Office on Smoking and Health (OSH), Epidemiology Branch

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Fellow (June 2013 – December 2013)

  • Led a group of researchers in conducting a systematic review of the documented negative health outcomes associated with marijuana smoking.

  • Analyzed birth cohort trends in smoking incidence, prevalence, and cessation among African Americans and Whites. Conducted literature searches and further analyzed national smoking survey data to explain sequence of initiation to tobacco and marijuana use among different ethnic youth and young adults.


University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network                                               Ann Arbor, MI

              Graduate Student Assistant (October 2012 – August 2013)

  • Graduate student researcher for the National Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative (TFCCI), a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) program designed to promote and support the implementation of tobacco- and smoke-free policies at institutions of higher learning across the nation.

  • Conducted literature reviews and environmental scans, compiled data, developed fact sheets/infographics, and updated and maintained the TFCCI website (


Abt Associates                                                                                               Bethesda, MD

Associate Analyst (January 2012 – August 2012)

Research Assistant (August 2010 – January 2012)

  • Consultant and researcher on a range of public health contracts with HHS, from mental health and substance use disorders, health care reform, online Medicaid enrollment, and HIV/AIDS education.

  • Provided technical assistance, conducted quantitative and qualitative research, managed online correspondence between the public and behavioral health experts on substance abuse and mental health, managed content on, which averages over 100,000 visits per month, and coordinated and assisted at meetings.

  • Conducted and wrote environmental scans/literature reviews on various health topics, developed and wrote a research report on resiliency in behavioral health, and assisted in preparing contract proposals.


Internships & Volunteer Positions                                                                   

Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM)                 Bangkok, TH

  • Volunteer Consultant (2019 - 2020)

American Public Health Association (APHA)                                  Washington, DC

  • Affiliate Affairs Intern and Get Ready Intern (2009)

National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA)                        Washington, DC

  • Communications Intern (2008)

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids                                                          Washington, DC

  • Media Intern and Research Intern (2007)



Kennedy, S., Patel, R., Cheh, P., Hsia, J., & Rolle, I. (2016). Tobacco and Marijuana Initiation Among African American and White Young Adults. Nicotine and Tobacco Research: 18(1), p. S57-64.


Other Skills          

  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook, Google Docs, Dropbox, Salesforce, and Workday

  • Experience with graphic design (PageMaker, Publisher, and Photoshop), newsletter production (was graphic designer for Audubon Naturalist Society’s bimonthly newsletter), and website content management (Wix, WordPress and Sitecore)

  • Experience with SPSS and STATA statistical software, as well as PubMed, APA PsycINFO, APA PsycNET, EBSCOhost, JSTOR, ScienceDirect, Google Scholar, Ovid Medline Plus, Cochrane Library, and UpToDate research databases

  • Certifications: Technology of Participation (ToP) Facilitation Methods Certificate, FEMA’s Introduction to Incident Command System, and Mental Health First Aid

  • Native English-language skills; Basic Spanish-language skills; Currently learning Thai