Dr Margaret Chan was the Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) from 2007 to 2017. Dr Chan joined WHO as Director of the Department for Protection of the Human Environment in 2003. She was elected Director-General in 2006 and was appointed for a second five-year term in 2012.
Denis Gilhooly has over three decades of experience working in the field of global health and information and communication technology for development (ICT4D). He is currently Chief Strategy Officer, Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health (CWCDH), Founder & CEO, Global Digital Health 2030 Innovation Task Force & Co-Chair, Global Digital Health Initiative 2030 – multi-sector and inter-disciplinary partnerships dedicated to data-driven innovation and investment for catalytic collaboration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) 2030.
After holding several positions including Staff Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg and Chair of the Department of Immunology at the University of Ulm, he became the Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin. The Microbiology and Immunology expert is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
Dr. Sania Nishtar is an internationally acclaimed Pakistani physician and public health expert. She currently co-chairs WHO’s High-Level Commission on Non-communicable diseases along with the presidents of Uruguay, Finland and Sri-Lanka. She also co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Healthcare and the U.S National Academy of Sciences Global Study on the Quality of Healthcare in low and middle-income countries. In addition, she also chairs the United Nations International Institute for Global Health’s Advisory Committee.
Naoko Yamamoto brings nearly 30 years of experience working on health in Japan and most recently served as Senior Assistant Minister for Global Heath in Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. In this capacity, she was heavily involved in Japan’s Global Health leadership. Prior to this role, she served in numerous health-related positions within the government of Japan. She holds a medical degree, a PhD in epidemiology and a Masters in Public Health.