Speaker Four Columns

Mazda Adli, Chief Physician, Fliedner Clinic Berlin, Germany

Mazda Adli

Chief Physician, Fliedner Clinic Berlin, Germany

Mazda Adli is a renowned expert for treatment of depression and stress-associated diseases. His focus lies on the topic “mental health for the urban population” and on the treatment and prevention of stress-associated mental diseases in our modern living environment. In 2009, he co-founded the World Health Summit with Detlev Ganten.

Mahmut Ak, Rector, Istanbul University

Mahmut Ak

Rector, Istanbul University, Turkey

A trained historian, he is Rector of the Istanbul University and Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Haliç University. 

Hanan Mohamed Al-Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, Qatar

Hanan Mohamed Al-Kuwari

Minister of Public Health, Qatar

Prior to becoming the Minister of Public Health, she was the Managing Director of Hamad Medical Corporation from 2007-2016. Under her leadership, HMC was transformed into an integrated academic health system and has achieved numerous international accreditations and awards. She sits on numerous boards of health related organizations, such as the JCI Middle East Advisory Council, the Association of Academic Health Centers International and the Institute of Global Health Innovation.

George Alberti

Visiting Professor Kings College, United Kingdom

George Alberti has had a longstanding interest in diabetes and metabolism. He has worked extensively in Tanzania and Mauritius. He has particular interests in the metabolic syndrome and also diagnostic tests for diabetes & has participated in several WHO Expert Committees and working groups relating to diabetes. He has published more than 1100 papers and chapters.

Peter Albiez, CEO, Pfizer Germany

Peter Albiez

CEO, Pfizer, Germany

He is a veteran of the company, having joined in 1996 as a pharmaceutical consultant immediately after graduating from university with a biology degree. He then worked his way up the ranks in Germany including Head of Primary Care and Head of the company's Sales organization.

Jutta Allmendinger

President, WZB Berlin, Germany

A Professor of Educational Sociology and Labor Market Research, Jutta Allmendinger is a former Director of the Institute of Employment Research (Nuremberg), Professor of Sociology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Munich), and a Fellow at Harvard Business School’s Program for Organizational Behavior (Cambridge). She has authored various monographs and discussion papers, and received several awards for her outstanding work.

Yukiya Amano

Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria

After serving as Chair of the Agency’s Board of Governors, Yukiya Amano was Japan's Resident Representative to the Agency from 2005 until his election as Director General in 2009. He has extensive experience in disarmament and non-proliferation diplomacy, as well as nuclear energy issues, and was Director-General for the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department at the Japanese Foreign Ministry from 2002-2005.

Marie Archambault

Full Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Montreal, Canada

Dr. Marie Archambault received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Montreal in 1993. She obtained an MSc in Veterinary Pathology and Microbiology in 1995, a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology in 2000. From 1999 to 2004, she was the head bacteriologist at the Animal Health Laboratory of the University of Guelph where she was also an Adjunct Faculty member. She joined the University of Montreal as a Faculty member in 2004. Her areas of research include antibiotic resistance in veterinary and zoonotic pathogens. Her Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) research program is on the investigations into the association between antibiotic resistance and virulence factors of Gram-positive organisms with a focus on Clostridium perfringens. She has also developed a strong research program on Livestock-Associated-Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus with the government of Quebec. She is the author/co-author of more than 40 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals on the topic of antibiotic resistance. She also co-edited the second edition of the Clinical Veterinary Microbiology textbook.

Rifat Atun, Director, Global Health Systems Cluster, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Rifat Atun

Director, Global Health Systems Cluster, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, United States

From 2006-2013, Professor Atun was Head of the Health Management Group at Imperial College London. From 2008-2012 he served as a member of the Executive Management Team of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as the Director of Strategy, Performance and Evaluation Cluster. His research focuses on the design and implementation of health systems transformations and their impact on outcomes.

Jose Otavio Auler

Dean, USP Medical School (FMUSP), Brazil

Full Professor at the University of São Paulo Medical School (FMUSP), Department of Surgery – Anesthesiology Division. Currently, Professor Auler is the Dean of the Medical School, elected in October 2014, and the Acting Chair of the General Hospital Board since January 2011, where he served as Clinical Director from 2007 to 2010. 

José Otávio Auler, Dean, University of São Paulo Faculty of Medicine

José Otávio Auler Jr.

Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo, Brazil

José is specialized in anesthesiology and in intensive care. His clinical research activities focus on fluid restitution, hemodynamic monitoring, mechanical ventilation, sepsis, patients at high surgical risk and experimental hemodilution.

Clare Bambra

Professor of Public Health, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Clare Bambra PhD is Professor of Public Health Newcastle University Medical School (UK). Her research focuses on the health effects of labour markets, health and welfare systems, as well as the role of public policies to reduce health inequalities. She has published extensively including How Politics Makes Us Sick: Neoliberal Epidemics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Health Divides: Where you live can kill you (Policy Press, 2016). She can be followed on Twitter @ProfBambra

Ricardo Baptista-Leite, Member of Parliament, Head of Public Health, National Parliament (Portugal), Catolica University

Ricardo Baptista Leite

Member of National Parliament, Head of Public Health at Catolica University of Portugal, Portugal

MD and Member of the Portuguese National Parliament (Health and Foreign Affairs Committees). Founding President of ‘UNITE – Parliamentarians Network to End HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis’, a global platform of policy makers. Globally acknowledged by ‘The Economist’ as a ‘HCV Change Maker’ in recognition of his leadership in the field of hepatitis C. Head of Public Health at Catolica University of Portugal, Coordinator of Sustainable Healthcare at NOVA Information Management School and Guest Lecturer at NOVA Medical School. Founder of ‘CREATING HEALTH – Research and Innovation Funding’. Main author of the book ‘Citizenship for Health'.

Christian Baron

Vice-Dean of Research and Development, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, Canada

Christian Baron received a Ph.D. in Microbiology at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich in August Böck’s group in the Department of Microbiology in 1993, followed by postdoctoral research with Patricia C. Zambryski at UC Berkeley (CA, USA). In 1997 he returned to Munich as University Assistant to build his independent research group in the Department of Microbiology and in 2002 he was recruited as Associate Professor in the Biology Department at McMaster University in Hamilton (ON, Canada). In 2008 he joined the Department of Biochemistry at the Université de Montréal (QC, Canada) as Full Professor and Chair. In 2015 he was nominated as Vice-Dean of Research and Development at the Faculty of Medicine.

Gaétan Barrette

Minister of Health and Social Services - Quebec, Canada

Dr Gaétan Barrette is Quebec’s Minister of Health and Social Services since 2014. A 1985 graduate in medicine of l’Université de Montréal, Dr Gaétan Barrette became a member of Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1989. In 1991, he pursued a Fellowship in Vascular and Surgical Radiology at the University of California, San Diego. He currently practises at Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital where he has been an active member since 1990. Dr. Barrette has been President of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec between 2006 and 2014. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Financière des professionnels inc. which manages a $2 billion portfolio. He was also a member of the Boards of the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). Dr Barrette participates regularly in various conferences and forums on the subject of specialized medicine throughout Quebec, across Canada and abroad.

Werner Baumann, CEO, Bayer AG, Germany

Werner Baumann

CEO, Bayer AG, Germany

After studying economics he joined Bayer in the Corporate Finance Department. He held several international positions in the company, including member of the Executive Committee and Head of Central Administration & Organization at Bayer HealthCare and Chief Financial Officer of Bayer AG.

Nancy Beauregard

Associate professor, School of Industrial Relations, Université de Montréal, Canada

Associate professor, School of Industrial Relations, Université de Montréal
Nancy Beauregard, holds a PhD in population health from University of Ottawa. She is an associate professor at the School of Industrial Relations, University of Montreal. She is also a regular researcher at the Institut de recherche en santé publique de l’Université de Montréal (IRSPUM). Nancy Beauregard is interested in the influence of organizational context, and in particular, of the organizational learning process, on occupational health and safety. In addition, her recent work focuses on the association between work injuries and mental health among the workforce. Her researches on at risk industrial sectors and occupations have received financial support from the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST). Hence, the theme of agricultural health and safety crosses her main research interests.

Christine Beerli, Vice President, International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland

Christine Beerli

Vice President, International Committee of the Red Cross, Switzerland

After a successful career, she retired from politics in 2003. Since 2006, she has headed Swissmedic, the Swiss supervisory authority for therapeutic products. In 2008, she was appointed permanent Vice-President of the ICRC. Her areas of focus include helping to ensure the cohesion, smooth running and development of governance mechanisms and internal control, as well as strengthening and developing relationships within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Marcel A. Behr

Director of the McGill International TB Centre and Microbiologist-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre, Canada

Dr. Marcel Behr is Professor of Medicine at McGill University where he is Director of the McGill International TB Centre and Microbiologist-in-Chief of the McGill University Health Centre. His training included BSc (Biochemistry) from the University of Toronto, MD from Queen’s University, Residency training in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology at McGill, an MSc (Epidemiology) from McGill and then post-doctoral studies of Molecular Epidemiology and Bacterial Genomics at Stanford.  Dr. Behr’s research interest is the application of bacterial genetics to study the epidemiology and pathogenesis of mycobacterial diseases, specifically, M. tuberculosis, BCG, and non-tuberculous mycobacteria, including members of the M. avium-intracellular complex. This work has been recognized by numerous awards, in Quebec (Chercheur National of the Fonds de la Recherche en Sante du Quebec) and beyond (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, 2016 and Election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation, 2010).

Klaus M. Beier, Director, Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Klaus M. Beier

Director, Institute of Sexology and Sexual Medicine, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Klaus M. Beier is in charge of the undergraduate training of medical students in sexual medicine as well as postgraduate training for physicians and psychologists in this field. He is in charge of the outpatient clinic of the institute which offers assessment and treatment of the full range of sexual disorders and gender dysphorias. His current research focuses on the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Robin Bell

Deputy Director of the Women’s Health Research Program, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Professor Robin Bell MBBS (Hons) PhD MPH FAFPHM Grad Cert Health Professional Education. Professor Robin Bell is the Deputy Director of the Women’s Health Research Program in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Professor Bell is a medical epidemiologist specializing in the health of women at midlife and older and has published 180 peer reviewed publications. Professor Bell is also the Curriculum and Assessment Lead for one of the 4 vertical themes in the medical course at Monash, the theme of Society, Population, Health and Illness. Professor Bell teaches population health, health promotion and prevention science as well as a module on the health of women at midlife. Monash University currently has an undergraduate medical course, a post-graduate course and a separate campus with a medical course in Malaysia. There are, in total, about 500 students in each year level of the medical courses at Monash.

Christoph Benn, Director, External Relations, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Switzerland

Christoph Benn

Director, External Relations, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Switzerland

A physician specialized in tropical medicine and public health, he was one of the founding board members of the Global Fund in 2002 and has served in his current position since 2003. Prior to joining the Global Fund, he worked as a clinician and public health official in the UK, Germany and as Doctor-in-Charge of a rural hospital in Tanzania. He has more than 25 years of experience in global health and health advocacy with a special focus on AIDS and infectious diseases. 

Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Seth Berkley

CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Switzerland

Seth Berkley is Gavi’s CEO and d medical doctor specializing in infectious disease epidemiology. He founded the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) in 1996, where he served as President and CEO. Prior to that, he worked for the Health Sciences Division at The Rockefeller Foundation, held posts at the Center for Infectious Diseases, the US Centers for Disease Control; the Massachusetts Department of Public Health; and the Carter Center, where he was assigned as an epidemiologist to the Ministry of Health in Uganda. 

Arnaud Bernaert

Head of Global Health and Healthcare, World Economic Forum, Switzerland

Formally the Senior Vice President and CFO for Philips Home Healthcare Solutions, he joined Philips from Baxter Healthcare, where he acted as the European Regional Controller. He accumulated more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, recently completing about 25 M&A transactions with a particular focus on targets in the areas of Home Healthcare, Clinical Decision Support, Imaging and Image Guided Intervention and Treatment.

Victoria Berquist

Chair of the Australian Medical Students’ Association Junior doctor, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Victoria is Chair of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, a graduate of Monash University, and is a junior doctor at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. She has been heavily involved in medical leadership and particularly in the wellbeing and rights of medical students. She has advocated locally, nationally and internationally for the mental health of medical students as President of the Monash University Medical Society where she worked on bullying advocacy as well as whistleblowing and reporting procedures. On an international level, Victoria worked as the inaugural Mental Health Program Coordinator for the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, discussing experiences with and creating tools for students from around the world.

She is passionate about non-formal education in the medical curriculum and believes that to learn broadly and with enthusiasm in fields beyond medicine will make students more holistic, empowered, people-focussed doctors, with greater influence to enact change within our societies.