LEADERSHIP

Presidents

Christina MitchellChristina MitchellInternational President 2024 Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Monash University
Australia
Sophia ZoungasInternational President 2024 Head, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Monash University
Australia
Axel R. PriesAxel R. PriesWorld Health Summit President
Germany

Management

Carsten SchickerCarsten Schicker Managing Director
World Health Summit
Germany

Founding President

Detlev GantenDetlev GantenChairman of the Advisory Board World Health Summit
Germany

Council

The World Health Summit Council advises in major strategic aspects concerning the WHS main conferences, other events and products as well as in the development of the WHS community and the global, regional and national positioning of the WHS.

Co-Chairs

Foto: Ilona KickbuschIlona Kickbusch Founding Director, Global Health Center, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Switzerland
Elhadj As SyElhadj As Sy Chair of the Board, Kofi Annan Foundation
Switzerland

Members

Ricardo Baptista Leite
I-DAIR & UNITE - Parliamentarians Network for Global Health

Christoph Benn
The Joep Lange Institute 

Umej Bhatia
Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations Office in Geneva

Mukul Bhola
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Catharina Böhme
World Health Organization (WHO)

Jagan Chapagain
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Francesca Colombo
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Thomas B. Cueni
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)

Manfred Dietel
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Garth Graham 
Google Health

Lisa Heinrich
Wellcome Trust

David Humphreys
Economist Impact

Chikwe Ihekweazu
World Health Organization (WHO)

Tobias Kahler
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Neema Kaseje
Surgical Systems Research Group & Lodwar County Referral Hospital

Bernd Montag
Siemens Healthineers

Ole Petter Ottersen
University of Oslo

Magda Robalo
Institute for Global Health and Development

Christine Stegling
UNAIDS

Andrew Ullmann
German Parliament, Subcommittee for Global Health

Andrea Winkler
Technical University of Munich

Ambassadors

The World Health Summit Ambassadors are appointed to personally represent the World Health Summit around the world in order to communicate its cause, widen its network, consolidate its structure and strengthen its impact.

Photo: Ayoade AlakijaAyoade Alakija Special Envoy for the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-Accelerator), World Health Organization (WHO)
Bernhard SchwartländerBernhard Schwartländer Global Health Envoy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Germany

Former International Presidents

The annual International President of the World Health Summit is provided by the M8 Alliance on a rotating basis.

Adnan Ali Hyder2023Adnan Hyder Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Global Health
Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University
United States of America
Eugenio Gaudio2022Eugenio Gaudio Rector (until 2020)
Sapienza University of Rome
Italy
Foto: Luciano Saso2022Luciano Saso Professor, Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine
Sapienza University
Italy
Charles Ibingira2020 & 2021Charles Ibingira Principal (until 2020)
Makerere University College of Health Sciences
Uganda
Ali Jafarian2019Ali Jafarian Chancellor (until 2017)
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Iran
João Gabriel Silva2018João Gabriel Silva Rector (until 2019)
University of Coimbra
Portugal
Fernando Regateiro2018Fernando Regateiro Chairman of the Board of Directors (until 2020)
Coimbra University Hospitals
Portugal
Hélène Boisjoly2017Hélène Boisjoly Dean (until 2020)
Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal
Canada
Antoine Flahault2016Antoine Flahault Director
Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva
Switzerland
 Shunichi Fukuhara2015Shunichi Fukuhara Dean (until 2016)
School of Public Health, Kyoto University
Japan
José Otávio Auler, Dean, University of São Paulo Faculty of Medicine2014José Otávio Costa Auler Jr. Dean (until 2018)
Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo
Brazil
Portrait of John Wong2013John Eu-Li Wong Chief Executive
National University Health System
Singapore
Michael J. Klag2012Michael J. Klag Dean (until 2017)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
USA
Foto: Steve Wesselingh2011Steve Wesselingh Dean (until 2011)
Monash University, Melbourne
Australia
Stephen K. Smith2010Stephen K. Smith Pro Rector Health (until 2011)
Imperial College London
United Kingdom
Axel Kahn2009Axel Kahn Dean (until 2011)
Sorbonne Paris Cité
France