Margaret Kelaher is Director of the Centre for Health Policy, School of Population and Global Health University of Melbourne. Margaret has established an international reputation in the design and evaluation of initiatives to improve to improve health equity. Her work has a unique focus, bringing an action oriented and intervention based approach to understanding complex social issues and informing theory and health policy. Examples include improving the quality of care provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by improving health literacy and the cultural competency of health professionals, anti-racism interventions for young people and place-based initiatives to reduce health disadvantage among children and adults. She has attracted over $20 million in funding through competitive grants and has published over 90 peer reviewed journal articles and 125 books and reports. Her achievements have been recognised with an NHMRC Sidney Sax Fellowship, unanimous appointment to the Faculty at Columbia University, Australian Young Tall Poppy award, NHMRC Career Development award, VicHealth senior research fellowship and an ARC Future fellowship.