Gene Bukhman (MD, PhD) is a cardiologist and medical anthropologist who heads the Program on Global Noncommunicable Disease (NCDs) and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Global Health and Social Medicine. He is also the Senior Health and Policy Advisor on NCDs at Partners In Health (PIH) where he directs the NCD Synergies project. He is an attending cardiologist in the Cardiovascular Division and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital
During the late 1990s, Dr. Bukhman studied the politics of tuberculosis control in the Former Soviet Union, during which time he served as a consultant to Médecins Sans Frontières and the World Health Organization.
For the past 15 years, his career has focused on the NCD and injury burden among those living in extreme poverty, with a particular focus on low-income countries. In 2009, he received the American Heart Association's National Scientist Development Award. He has been the Senior Technical Advisor to the Ministry of Health of Rwanda since 2010, and has worked with NCD divisions in the Health Ministries of Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Liberia, and Malawi through the NCD Synergies project, which he founded and directs. He has been an invited speaker on more than 60 occasions. He is lead author and editor of the PIH Guide to Chronic Care Integration for Endemic NCDs (2011). He has been an author on more than 25 publications in scientific journals, including the Lancet. He has been a reviewer for more than a dozen medical journals. In 2011, the University of Arizona Honors College, named him Alumnus of the Year. In 2015, he was selected as an independent expert to the financing working group of the World Health Organization's Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs.
Ana Olga Mocumbi (MD, PhD) is a cardiologist with a particular interest in neglected cardiovascular diseases. She is Professor of Cardiology at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique and is Head of the Division of Non Communicable Diseases at the National Public Health Institute, at the Ministry of Health in Mozambique.
Dr. Mocumbi obtained an MD in 1992 at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane. She worked in several rural areas of Mozambique from 1992 - 1997 acting as a general practitioner and health manager, gaining experience on management of National Control Programs for major endemic diseases.
Her post-graduate training in cardiology was done in Mozambique (Central Hospital of Maputo and Instituto do Coração) and France (Hopital Necker-Enfants Malades). She holds a Diploma in Pediatric Cardiology from the University René Descartes, Paris V - France.
Dr. Mocumbi worked as a Research Assistant at the Imperial College London (from 2004 until 2008) where she obtained her PhD investigating the Epidemiology of Neglected Cardiovascular Diseases. Under this program she launched a research project on Endomyocardial Fibrosis, which included large-scale community-based studies and clinical research in a rural endemic area of Mozambique (Inharrime), involving collaboration with the Heart Science Centre and Magdi Yacoub Research Institute in the United Kingdom.
Dr Mocumbi is involved in several local and international research projects and partnerships including international registries and clinical trials. She is Editor of the Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy Journal and has published original papers in peer-reviewed journals and didactic publications.
She is currently Vice President of the Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) South Region (and Member of the PASCAR Taskforce on Hypertension), Co-Leader of the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute for the Sub-Saharan Region and Member of the World Heart Federation’s Scientific Policy and Advocacy Committee.
Dr Rifat Atun (MBBS, MBA, DIC, FRGP, FFPH, FRCP) is Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University, and the Director of Global Health Systems Cluster at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2006-13, Dr Atun was Professor of International Health Management and Head of the Health Management Group at Imperial College London. In 2008-12 he served as the Director of Strategy, Performance, and Evaluation Cluster at The Global Fund.
Prof. Atun is a co-Investigator at the National Centre for Infection Prevention and Management at Imperial College and a co-Investigator for ‘Organisational Change, Sustainability and Evaluation’ at Imperial College and Cambridge University Health Protection Research Unit for Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection. He has published widely in various peer-reviewed medical and global health journals. Prof. Atun was the Founding Director of the MSc in International Health Management, BSc in Management and Medical Science, and Founding Co-Director of the Masters in Public Health (MPH) Programme at Imperial College.
Prof. Atun has worked with several governments as well as the World Bank, World Health Organization, and the UK Department for International Development to design, implement and evaluate health system reform initiatives. He has led research and consultancy projects for GSK, Pfizer Inc., the Vodafone Group, Hofmann La Roche, PA Consulting, and Tata Consulting Services. Prof. Atun is a member of the MRC (UK) Global Health Group, the US Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Strengthening Health Systems, and the Research Advisory Committee for the Public Health Foundation of India. He served as a member of the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board, the Norwegian Research Council’s Global Health and Vaccination Research Board. He was a Member of the Advisory Committee for WHO Research Centre for Health Development in Japan and the Strategic Technical Advisory Group of the WHO for Tuberculosis. He chaired the WHO Task Force on Health Systems and Tuberculosis Control and was the Chair of the STOP TB Partnership Coordinating Board.
Prof. Atun studied medicine at University of London as a Commonwealth Scholar and completed his postgraduate medical studies and an MBA administration at University of London and Imperial College London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK), Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians (UK), and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (UK).
Anne E. Becker (MD, PhD) is the Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. She is also vice chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine as well as director of the Social Sciences M.D.-Ph.D. Program at Harvard Medical School. An anthropologist and psychiatrist, Dr. Becker has combined ethnographic, other qualitative, and epidemiologic methods in her research to focus on the impact of social and cultural environment on mental health. She was also the lead investigator of research on the impact of television on the body image of teenage girls in Fiji. Dr. Becker is the author of Body, Self, and Society: The View from Fiji, which probes the cultural mediation of self-agency and body experience.
More recently, Dr. Becker's NIMH-funded research has investigated the impact of rapid economic and social transition on eating pathology, suicide, and other youth health risk behaviors in Fiji. Presently, also with NIMH support, she and co-PI Pere Eddy Eustache of Zanmi Lasante are conducting a mental health research capacity building project and novel school-based youth mental health pilot intervention in central Haiti.
Zulfiqar A. Bhutta (PhD, MBBS) is the Robert Harding Inaugural Chair in Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, the co-Director of the SickKids center for Global Child Health and the Founding Director of the Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University, unique joint appointments. He is a designated Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan and was the Founding Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan from 2003-2014. Dr Bhutta is one of the seven member Independent Expert Review Group (iERG) appointed by the UN Secretary General for monitoring global progress in maternal and child health MDGs.
Professor Bhutta was educated at the University of Peshawar (MBBS) and obtained his PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh & London), the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (London), American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He heads a large research team in Pakistan working on issues of maternal, newborn and child survival and nutrition globally and regionally.
Dr. Bhutta is on several international editorial advisory boards including the Lancet, BMJ, PLoS Medicine, PLoS ONE, BMC Public Health and the Cochrane ARI group. He has published eight books, 75 book chapters, and over 600 indexed publications to date, including 110 in the world’s leading journal Lancet alone. He has been a leading member of recent major Lancet series. He has won several awards, including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan for contributions towards education and research (2000), the President of Pakistan Gold Medal for contributions to Child Health in Pakistan (2004) and the Outstanding Pediatrician of Asia award by the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (2006). He is the first recipient of the Aga Khan University Distinguished Faculty Award for Research (2005) and Award of Distinction (2012). Dr Bhutta was awarded the inaugural Programme for Global Pediatric Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Global Child Health (2009) and the Kenneth Warren prize for the best systematic review of community based interventions by the Cochrane collaboration in 2011. Dr Bhutta was awarded the Global Advocacy Prize by the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health in 2012, the AAP Sam Fomon Award for lifetime contributions to Nutrition Research (2014), and the WHO Ihsan Dogramaci award (2014) for substantial contributions to Family Health globally.
Agnes Binagwaho (MD, M(Ped), PhD) is a Rwandan pediatrician who served as Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda from 2011 to 2016. Prior to this, she served as Permanent Secretary from 2008 until 2011. Dr. Binagwaho obtained her medical training and masters degree as a paediatrician, specializing in emergency, neonatology, and the treatment of HIV/AIDS, in Belgium and France and practiced medicine for over 15 years in public hospitals before joining Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission as Executive Secretary in 2002.
Dr. Binagwaho served 4 years as Chair of the Rwandan Steering Committee for the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and was responsible for the management of the World Bank MAP Project in Rwanda, while also serving on the country’s High Commission on Aid Policy. She also chaired the Rwanda Country Coordinating Mechanism of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and co-chaired the Salzburg Global Seminar “Innovating for Value in Health Care Delivery: better cross-border learning, smarter adaptation and adoption.” Dr. Binagwaho co-chaired the Millennium Development Goal Project Task Force on HIV/AIDS and Access to Essential Medicines, under the leadership of Professor Jeffrey Sachs, for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, served as the global Co-Chair of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS (JLICA), and was a Steering Committee Member for the Multi-Country Support Program on SSR/HIV/AIDS, an advisory body of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and founding Board Member of the Tropical Institute of Community Health and Development in Africa (TICH), based in Kisumu, Kenya. Other leadership roles include her position as Chair of the Rwanda Pediatric Society and membership on the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries.
Dr. Binagwaho’s academic engagements include research on health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies (ICT) in e-health, and pediatric care delivery systems. She has published over 125 peer-reviewed articles, serves on the International Advisory Board of Lancet Global Health, the Editorial Board of PLoS Medicine and of Health and Human Rights: An International Journal, and contributed to multiple books, including the Oxford University Press book titled African Health Leaders, edited by Francis Omaswa and Nigel Crisp.
Dr. Binagwaho is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery for the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda. Dr. Binagwaho gave the Inaugural Lecture for UGHE in September 2015 with Dr. Paul Farmer of PIH, leading students from Rwanda and around the world as they engage in discussions of health equity and aspire to be new leaders in the world of public health. She also serves on the International Strategic Advisory Board for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.
Dr. Binagwaho received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Dartmouth College in 2010. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Rwanda. She is active in advocacy and political mobilization on behalf of women and children, in Rwanda and worldwide.
Chelsea Clinton (DPhil, MPH) is Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation. She works to drive the vision and programmatic work of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Over the past 14 years, The Clinton Foundation has convened businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. As only a few examples, because of the Clinton Foundation’s work, more than 29,000 American schools are providing kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; more than 85,000 farmers in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are benefiting from climate-smart agronomic training, higher yields, and increased market access; over 350,000 people have been impacted through market opportunities created by social enterprises in Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Asia; 75 million people are benefiting from disease prevention efforts and investments in the U.S.; and through the affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative, 9.9 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications.
As Vice Chair of the Foundation, Chelsea is a tireless advocate for the work of the Foundation. She works alongside Foundation leadership toward a shared goal of making the Clinton Foundation one of the most effective and efficient global NGOs in the world. She works in-depth across a number of the Foundation’s programmatic areas including: No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project working to advance the full participation of women and girls; the Clinton Global Initiative University, a program focused on empowering the next generation of change-makers; the Clinton Foundation’s Day of Action program which she founded; the Foundation’s various health programs and the conservation of Africa’s Elephants through the Clinton Global Initiative.
Chelsea currently teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital. Chelsea also serves on the boards of the Clinton Foundation’s affiliated Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, the Africa Center and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Of Many Institute at NYU. Chelsea holds a B.A. from Stanford, an MPH from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health and both an MPhil and a Doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University. Chelsea is the author of It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, a book for young readers ages 10-14 which explores some of the biggest challenges facing our world today, particularly impacting kids and shares inspiring stories of young people who are already making a difference in their own communities and around the globe.
She lives with her husband Marc and their daughter Charlotte in New York City.
Katie Dain (MSc) is Executive Director of the NCD Alliance, a global network of civil society organizations working collectively to transform the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs). She joined the NCD Alliance after four years at the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), a not-for-profit global federation of 220 member associations in 160 countries.
Before joining IDF, Katie was a Gender Policy Adviser in the UK Government Equalities Office (GEO), where she was responsible for strategy, policy, and initiatives on violence against women and girls. Prior to that she held a series of policy posts in UK-based health and development NGOs, including Womankind Worldwide and Terrence Higgins Trust, a HIV and sexual health charity. Katie has a Master’s degree in Violence, Conflict and International Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Suraya Dalil (MD, MPH) was born in Kabul in February 1970. She graduated from Zarghona High School of Kabul in 1985 and studied medicine at Kabul Medical University from 1986 to 1991, graduating with highest honors and top in her classIn 2004, Dr. Dalil was awarded a Presidential Scholarship from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.
She returned to Afghanistan with a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management in 2005. Her experiences include working with the Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) where she participated in provision of health care to thousands of Tajik refugees who had fled fighting in Tajikistan and sought refuge in northern Afghanistan. - winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan from 1992 to 1993 Her next assignment was with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in 1993-94 where she focused on medical assistance to Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan and Iran.
In 1994, Dr. Dalil joined UNICEF Afghanistan and continued her career with UNICEF focusing on maternal and child health until end of 2009. Her work in Mazar-i-Sharif, Islamabad and Kabul with UNICEF Afghanistan enabled her to contribute to her country’s health care and overall wellbeing at a time that the country faced a very difficult political and socio-economic time. In 2002-03, she participated in the Afghanistan Maternal Mortality Study that was carried out by the Ministry of Public Health, Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) and UNICEF - one of the most important public health studies in Afghanistan’s recent history that has greatly influenced policy decisions on maternal health for many years.
In the mid-2007 she was assigned as the Chief of Health and Nutrition Program of UNICEF Somalia taking her experiences and commitment to east Africa. She worked for Somalia until December 2009 where she led a large scale nutrition, immunization and communicable disease control program. In January 2010 she was assigned by the President of Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as the Acting Minister of Public Health and from March 2012 to December 2014 she was the Minister of Public Health. Her mother tongue is Uzbeki, she can speak Dari, Pashtu and English. She is mother of three children.
Majid Ezzati (PhD) is Professor and Chair of Global Environmental Health at Imperial College London and at the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health. He is also a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and an Adjunct Professor of International Health at Harvard University’s Department of Global Health and Population Dr. Ezzati earned his BS from McMaster University and his MA and PhD from Princeton University.
Dr. Ezzati's research focuses on population health and environmental health with focus on understanding the determinants of, and risk factors for, health and disease at the population level. This research includes primary field research on environmental risk factors in Kenya, Ghana, and China (primarily air pollution) and the development and application of primary and secondary data to estimate health effects of risk factor exposures and interventions.
Dr. Ezzati was awarded the WHO Global Health Leadership Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2000. At WHO, he was Lead Scientist for the Comparative Risk Assessment Project, which was part of the World Health Resport 2002: Reducing Risks, Promoting Healthy Life. Dr. Ezzati has published more than 100 articles and four books and is a member of a number of expert and advisory groups in global health and global environmental health.
Gary L. Gottlieb (MD. MBA) is the CEO of Partners In Health, a global health care organization whose mission is to provide high-quality health care for poor people around the world. PIH is currently working in 10 countries: Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Navajo Nation, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.
From 2010 until February of 2015, Dr. Gottlieb served as president and CEO of Partners HealthCare, the parent of the Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals, operating the largest health care delivery organization in New England and among the nation’s largest nonprofit biomedical research and training enterprises.
Dr. Gottlieb is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He served as president of Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals, as president of North Shore Medical Center, and as chairman of Partners Psychiatry.
Prior to coming to Boston, Dr. Gottlieb spent 15 years in positions of increasing leadership in health care in Philadelphia. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, he earned an M.B.A with distinction in health care administration from the Wharton Graduate School of Business Administration.
Indrani Gupta (PhD) is Professor and Head of the Health Policy Research Unit of the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), Delhi, India. Prof. Gupta received her PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland, USA. She set up a centre for health economics and policy research in her institute, the first of its kind in India. The Health Policy Research at IEG remains one among the few places in India that undertakes policy-oriented research on the health sector using tools of economic analysis.
Prof Gupta’s work experience has been diverse, including teaching and academic institutes, the World Bank and the Government of India. Her areas of interest cover a wide range of topics in the area of health economics and policy, and include demand for health and health care, health insurance and financing, poverty and health, costing and cost-effectiveness, economics of diseases, and international agreements and their impact on public health. In addition to India, her country experience has been varied due to her various appointments and affiliations, and she has been working with the South East Asia Region of the WHO in the region on a variety of topics with a core focus on health financing.
In India, she serves on numerous academic, research and policy committees both in the government and outside of it. She has also served on various committees of global organizations such as the WHO and GFATM, and is currently the Co-Chair, WHO Global Coordinating Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases.
Dr. Adnan A. Hyder (MD, MPH, PhD) serves as Professor and Director of the Health Systems Program, and Associate Chair in the Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. As Director of one of the largest academic Health Systems programs, he leads a team of experts to conduct groundbreaking research on health systems strengthening and capacity building. He serves as Director of the International Injury Research Unit (www.jhsph.edu/iiru) which is a leading center on injury research and training for the developing world, and a WHO Collaborating Center for Injuries, Violence and Accident Prevention.
Dr. Hyder serves as a consultant to several international organizations including the World Health Organization in Geneva. He has been working on health systems in developing countries, especially Asia, the Middle East and Africa, for 20 years and has co-authored over 200 papers in the international literature. Dr. Hyder directs several large research projects including the global Road Safety in 10 Countries Project and Saving Lives from Drowning in Bangladesh, both supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. He also directs three multi-year capacity development projects in South Asia and Africa funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He has edited several major global reports from the World Health Organization, World Bank, UNICEF, and authored several chapters in the Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries project.
Dr. Hyder is well known for his work on burden of disease and injury measures; on health systems analysis and health decisions; for developing the healthy life year indicator; and for exploring the research to policy interface in health systems in developing countries. Dr. Hyder was a Research Ambassador for the Paul Roger’s Society for Global Health, recipient of the IRTE/Prince Michael Award for Road Safety, and the American Public Health Association-International Health Section Career Award and is the current Chairman of the global Road Traffic Injuries Research Network. Dr. Hyder did his M.D. from the Aga Khan University, Pakistan and obtained his MPH and Ph.D. in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Yogesh Jain (MD) has an MD in Pediatrics from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi where he also served as a faculty member for a few years, but is a public health physician in practice. He has been primarily involved in "primary health care" - through founding and running a community health program - Jan Swasthya Sahyog( People's health Support group) in rural Bilaspur in central India with like-minded health professionals since 1999. People from over 2500 of the most marginalized villages that are home to the indigenous people access these services for their major health care needs. He has been involved in addressing the issues - be they technical, operational, economic or political that determine the health care for the rural poor- through careful documentation, observational research studies, developing appropriate health related technology, training, and lobbying, all based on the continual learning from this community health program.
Issues of access, cost and quality in health care have occupied most of his time, whether it is developing a blueprint for Universal health care in India, or addressing specific control programs for tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy, Chronic diseases that include the NCDs, childhood infections and technical aspects of women's health. Observing Health and illnesses through the lens of Hunger and extreme poverty, he has been a strident believer in the continued role of the state as the primary provider of social services and also that unbridled privatization is not the way forward in an unequal world in which we live. Advocacy based on this lived experience at the provincial, national and international forums to highlight the burden and causes of the illnesses among the poorest in the world has been the recent way forward for him.
Margaret E. Kruk (MD, MPH) is Associate Professor of Global Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Kruk’s research generates evidence for improved health system quality and accountability in low- and middle-income countries. Her work focuses on the intersection of health care delivery and population expectations for health services with the aim of making health systems more responsive to users. In collaboration with academic colleagues and governments in low-income countries, she studies health care utilization and quality, maternal health, and population preferences for health service delivery. Dr. Kruk is also interested in the development of novel evaluation methods for assessing the effectiveness of complex interventions and health system reforms. She has worked in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, and Kenya.
Dr. Kruk served as Commissioner on the Lancet Global Health 2035 Commission on Investing in Health and currently serves on the Institute of Medicine Committee on Health System Strengthening. She is an editor of the Essential Surgery volume of the Disease Control Priorities Project, 3rd Edition. Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Kruk was Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy and Director of the Better Health Systems Initiative at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She was previously Policy Advisor for Health at the United Nations Millennium Project, an advisory body to the UN Secretary-General on implementing the Millennium Development Goals. She holds an MD degree from McMaster University and an MPH from Harvard University.
Julie Makani (MD, PhD) is based in Haematology and Blood Transfusion at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), the main clinical, academic and research centre in Tanzania. Tanzania has recognised sickle cell disease (SCD), as a major public health problem and it has been included as a priority condition in the national strategy for Non-Communicable Diseases in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. With global partnerships, Muhimbili has developed a systematic framework for comprehensive research and integrated into health care provision with development of evidence-based policies to improve practise and the health of affected individuals. The aim is to use SCD as a model to establish scientific and healthcare solutions in Africa that are locally relevant as well as having global significance.
Julie trained in Medicine (Tanzania) and Internal Medicine (UK), and completed her PhD in clinical epidemiology of sickle cell disease (SCD). She is a consultant physician at Muhimbili National Hospital and clinical research fellow in the Nuffield department of clinical medicine, Oxford University. She is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow. She is a Tutu Leadership Fellow Fellowship and recipient of the 2011 Royal Society Pfizer Award for her work in using anaemia in SCD as a model of translating genetic research into health benefit. She has been nominated to Fellowship of Tanzania Academy of Sciences and Royal College of Physicians of United Kingdom.
Bongani M. Mayosi (MBChB, DPhi) is Professor of Medicine and Head of the Department of Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital and University of Cape Town. He qualified in medicine from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, and trained in internal medicine and cardiology in Cape Town. He was the Nuffield Oxford Medical Fellow in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Oxford from 1998 to 2001. His research interests include genetics of cardiovascular traits, treatment of tuberculous pericarditis, and prevention of rheumatic heart disease. He is the Chairman of the South African National Health Research Committee, President of the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR), and Associate Editor for Africa of Circulation. In November 2009, President Jacob Zuma bestowed upon him South Africa’s highest honour, the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver, for excellent contributions to medical science.
J. Jaime Miranda (MD, PhD, FFPH) is a physician trained as clinical epidemiologist in Peru, US and the UK with interests in research and public health. Dr. Miranda is Research Professor at the Department of Medicine, School of Medicine and Director of the CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) in Lima, Peru.
Dr. Miranda has extensive experience with local and international collaborations in the non-profit sector, public sector and academia. His work brings together epidemiological and health policy aspects of chronic noncommunicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries with an emphasis on obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. Dr. Miranda is a Member of PLoS International Advisory Group, Councillor for Latin America & Caribbean of the International Epidemiological Association (2011-2014), and Co-Chair of the Joint Technical Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. In 2012, he was elected as a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom. Dr. Miranda trained in medicine at UPCH and earned a PhD in epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK).
Ole Frithjof Norheim (MD, PhD) is a physician and professor in medical ethics, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen, and adjunct Professor at the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Norheim’s wide-ranging research interests include the ethics of priority setting in health systems and how to achieve Universal Health Coverage and the Sustainable Development Goal for health
He is currently heading the research project Priority Setting in Global Health (2012-2016, funded by a grant from the Norwegian Research Council/NORAD). Norheim has chaired the 2009 revision of Norwegian Guidelines for Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, the World Health Organization’s Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage (2012-2014), and the third Norwegian National Committee on Priority Setting in Health Care (2013-2014). He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers in journals such as Science, Lancet, BMJ, Bulletin of WHO, Health Policy and Planning, and Journal of Medical Ethics.
Rachel Nugent (PhD) is a senior professional with 30 years' experience in international development, including 13 years in global health policy. She joined the University of Washington in April 2011, and currently serves as Project Director of the Disease Control Priorities Network (DCP3) and Clinical Associate Professor in Global Health. Dr. Nugent is also a Disease Control Priorities 3 (DCP3) Series Editor, as well as editor for Volume 1 (Disease Control Priorities), Volume 5 (Vascular and Respiratory Disease), and Volume 7 (Environmental Health and Injury Prevention).
Dr. Nugent was formerly Deputy Director of Global Health at the Center for Global Development (CGD), Director of Health and Economics at the Population Reference Bureau (FRB), Program Director of Health and Economics Programs at the Fogarty International Center of National Insitutes for Health (NIH), and senior economist at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. She has advised the World Health Organization, the U.S. Government, and non-profit organizations on the economics and policy environment of NCDs. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Cardiovascular Disease Epidemic in Developing Countries, the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Chronic Diseases and Well-Being, and a contributor to the Disease Control Priorities Project in Developing Countries, published in 2006. Her recent research includes tracking donor funding on NCDs and the linkages between agriculture and NCDs.
Nobhojit Roy (MBBD, MSc, MPH) has been a community surgical provider, catering to the burden of disease in populations of rural and tribal areas of India. Roy received his training as a Trauma Surgeon in Mumbai, India and holds a MPH from Johns Hopkins University. His areas of research interests are preventable injury deaths, trauma registry, population based surveys for disease burden, access and delivery of healthcare and prehospital care in the resource-poor setting of low-middle income country. At the international level, he is the regional expert for the Global Burden of Disease 2013 group with the Institute of Health Metrics, Seattle, where he studies non-communicable diseases, with a focus on disability adjusted life years (DALY), to demonstrate effect on the South East Asia region. He has previously been the lead Commissioner of the Health and Delivery Management group of the Lancet commission of Global Surgery from 2013-2015. At the national level for the Ministry of Health, he is in the task force for developing standard surgical treatment guidelines and in the Working Group on Emergency Care in India. Since 2004, on the clinical practice front, he has been the Chief of Surgery at the BARC Hospital, a secondary and tertiary health care provider to 100,000 population in suburban Mumbai, India. He is also the Public Health Specialist at the Environmental Health Resource Hub in the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences University, studying environmental and occupational health issues.
Cristina Stefan (MD, PhD) is the Vice President of the South African Medical Research Council.
A pediatrician by profession, she qualified a few years later as an oncologist, completing also a Masters in Epidemiology at York University in the UK and a PhD in medical education.
She chaired until 2014 the pediatric hematology oncology unit at Tygerberg Hospital, Stellenbosch University, where she founded the African Cancer Institute following her continuous involvement and work with numerous African countries.
Her activity included the first twinning program in oncology between two African countries, cancer education and research activities, cancer registry as well as contributions to various African National Cancer Control Plans.
At present, as Vice President of SAMRC, she is responsible for the strategic planning of research (with a special focus on NCDs) as well as education, building up capacity, providing leadership and assuming accountability for the strategical and operational planning of the organization. She remains strongly involved in international networking assuring the most effective and efficient global collaborations.
Lee Alan Wallis (MD) is Head of Emergency Medicine for the Western Cape Government, and Professor and Head of the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cape Town and also at Stellenbosch University.
After graduating MBChB from Edinburgh University in 1993, he undertook his training in the Royal Navy. He moved to Cape Town in January 2002, then completed his qualification as a Fellow of the College of Emergency Medicine (London) in 2003, and graduated his MD in paediatric disaster triage in 2006.
In the Western Cape, he is responsible for clinical governance for the provincial EMS system and 40 hospital Emergency Centres, and has led the re-design of 10 new Emergency Centres. His division comprises undergraduate medical students, 48 speciality registrars, 100 Masters and 25 PhD students.
He is founder and President of the African Federation for Emergency Medicine, Editor in Chief of the African Journal of Emergency Medicine, and has authored several book chapters and over 130 journal articles. He edited the Oxford University Press AFEM handbook of Acute and Emergency Care, has been involved in the development of emergency care systems in several Africa countries, and consults widely for academic institutions and governments in the region. Lee takes over as president of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine in early 2016.
Richard Horton (BSc MB FRCP FMedSci) was born in London and qualified in medicine from the University of Birmingham in 1986. In 1990, he joined The Lancet as an assistant editor, becoming Editor-in-Chief two years later. He was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors and is a Past-President of the US Council of Science Editors. He is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and the University of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Founder Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences.
He currently chairs the Royal College of Physicians' Working Party on Physicians and the Pharmaceutical Industry; co-chairs a WHO Scientific Advisory Group on Clinical Trials Registration; is a Council Member of the Global Forum for Health Research; is a Board Member of the Health Metrics Network; sits on the External Reference Group for WHO's Research Strategy; and is an External Advisory Board Member for the WHO European Region.
In 2004, The Lancet won the UK's Medical Publication of the Year and, in 2007, he received the Edinburgh Medal for professional achievements judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding of human health and wellbeing. In 2008, he was appointed a Senior Associate of The Nuffield Trust, a think tank for research and policy studies in health services. He has been a medical columnist for The Observer and writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and New York Review of Books. A book about controversies in modern medicine, Second Opinion, was published in 2003.