Michael Diamond received his Ph.D. degree in Medical Anthropology from Northwestern University. He completed his MA in Medical/Social Anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York. His current research is focused on health strategies to manage issues related to metabolic syndrome in Chicago communities.
Michael is the President of World Resources Chicago, which provides consulting, counseling, networking, strategic planning, evaluation and program services to improve health outcomes in resource challenged communities through sustainable integration of appropriate technologies, strengthening institutions and fostering collaboration. Previously, he was the Executive Director of The Global Chicago Center of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
For more than 30 years, Michael worked with global and local health, refugee, rehabilitation and social and economic development programs. For ten years, he managed PolioPlus, Rotary International’s global program to eradicate polio in cooperation with WHO, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and national governments. He was the Division Manager of Humanitarian Programs of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and in that capacity, he managed over 2,500 Rotary Club projects per year. For 17 years he worked with the international YMCA and lived in Bangladesh and Switzerland. In these positions, he worked directly in 45 countries and with people in more than 150 countries.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Public Member of the ACPE-ASHP Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission. His service to the Chicago community was recognized with the Public Service Award of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago in 2011.
His interests include: global health, eliminating health disparities, sustainable development, civil society, corporate social responsibility, intersectoral collaboration and sustainable integration of appropriate technology transfer.