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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, elected for a five-year term in May 2017, is the first WHO Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO's chief technical and administrative officer. Prior to this election, he served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012–2016. He served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005–2012. In 2009, he was elected as Chair of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Board.
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.
A trained historian, he is Rector of the Istanbul University and Chairman of the Board of Overseers of the Haliç University.
Dr Svetlana Akselrod from the Russian Federation has been appointed Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health. She brings more than 15 years of experience in public health coordination and global health diplomacy. Prior to this role, Dr Akselrod was Coordinator at the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, where she oversaw WHO’s regional work to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases in eastern Europe and central Asian countries. In addition, she served as Deputy Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Public Affairs within the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation between 2012 and 2016. In this capacity, she coordinated the government of the Russian Federation's global health engagement in key forums including the G8, G20 and BRICS summits, and the development of health programmes including those focused on noncommunicable in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Northern European countries. She has served on several global health committees and advisory groups both as a chair and member. In addition, she has represented the Government of the Russian Federation in the WHO Executive Board and for the World Health Assembly. She is trained as a paediatrician and holds a doctorate degree in public health as well as a diploma in international law
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 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.
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.
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.
Luís de Almeida Sampaio Porto, 1957; Law Degree University Coimbra,1982; Diplomatic Service in 1983; Portuguese Mission NATO,1987; Deputy Director Office NATO’s SG, 1990-1993; Cabinet Portuguese EC Commissioner, 1995-1997; Political Adviser SFOR, Bosnia 1998-1999; Embassy Luanda, 1999-2002; Pres. Development Cooperation, 2003-2004; Ambassador in Algiers, 2004; Ambassador in Belgrade, 2008; Ambassador in Berlin, 2012; Ambassador to NATO, 2015; Pres. Strategic Council CHUC-UC.
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.
Dr Amin is a clinician and an educator at the School of Medicine. He is currently the Head of Dept of Neonatology at National University Hospital. He was the Deputy Head of Medical Education Unit and Asst Dean for Curriculum and Assessment. He has authored several books and many articles. He is the recipient of University Teaching Excellence Award(2006), Friends of the Medical Students Award (2008) by the Medical Society, and NUSMed Special Mentor Award (2017).
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.
Jorge Atouguia, born in 1956 Infectious Diseases Specialist, Tropical Medicine Specialist, Aviation Medicine Specialist MSc and PhD in Tropical Medicine - NOVA Medical School. Associate Professor - Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, NOVA Medical School (retired in 2014). President of the Portuguese Society of Traveler's Medicine (2015-) Main research areas: Malaria, Sleeping Sickness, Geohelminths, Arbovirus, Emerging Diseases, Vaccines, and Traveler's Medicine.
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.
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 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 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
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 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.
Manoel Barral-Netto, MD. PhD is an investigator at Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) and currently Vice-President for Education, Information and Communication. For his scientific work he was awarded by UNESCO. He served a Director of the Brazilian Natl Res Council (CNPq). Dr. Barral-Netto is a member of the Brazilian National Academy of Sciences, a Knighter of the National Order of Scientific Merit and a member of the Presidential National Council of Science and Technology.
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.
Professor of Epidemiology at the Medical School, President of the Institute of Public Health, University of Porto and President of the IEA. Responsible for designing and implementing three on-going Portuguese population-based cohorts following adults(EPiPorto), adolescents(EPITeen) and new-borns(G21); which made possible to train a large number of Master and PhD candidates and resulted in multiple publications covering such topics as obesity, violence and social aspects of ageing.
Declan Barry trained as a paediatrician in Ireland before joining Medicins Sans Frontieres in 2010. With MSF he has worked in many different settings in both clinical and management positions, including Libya 2011, Afghanistan 2012 & 2015, and Syria 2013. He is currently the Medical Coordinator of MSF's response in Greece.
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.