Kamran Abbasi

Executive Editor, The BMJ, UK

Kamran Abbasi is a doctor, journalist, editor, and broadcaster. Following five years in hospital medicine, in various medical specialties such as psychiatry and cardiology, he worked at The BMJ from 1997 to 2005. He is now back at The BMJ in a new role as executive editor for content, leading the journal's strategic growth internationally, digitally, and in print.

Mohammad Abdolahad

Faculty Member, University of Tehran, I. R. Iran

Mohammad Abdolahad was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1982. He received his PhD. In Nanoelectronic Engineering from University of Tehran in 2013 and immediately joined to the university as faculty member in school of electrical and computer engineering. During recent 4 years, he published more than 25 papers and 9 USA Patents in the field of cancer detection by nanoelectronic devices. He introduced CNT-ECIS, SiNW-ECIS, NELMEC, Metas-Chip and CDP as new miniaturized systems for cancer diagnosis. He won the “Best Young Inventor” medal of WIPO in 2016 based on his research and developed systems on technology of cancer diagnosis. He received the “Best Young Scientist from Iran Academy of Science” Also he published the first Iranian paper in “Nature Communications” journal. He published more than 20 USA Patents in the field of technical cancer diagnosis. He is now the coordinator of nanobioelectronic devices lab in UT and Adjoin professor of Tehran university of Medical Sciences.He also supervises more than 5 clinical trial projects on innovative electrical methods in cancer diagnosis and therapies under the ethical certificate of TUMS. He is undergoing to develop the “electro technical oncosurgery” as a new joint Fellowship-Post doc between surgery and electrical engineering disciplines.

Mazda Adli

Academic Member, Fliedner Klinik Berlin, Germany

Mazda Adli is Director of the Mood Disorders Research Group at the Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, and Chair of the Fliedner Klinik Berlin, Centre for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic Medicine. He has dedicated his research and personal engagement on strategies to overcome treatment-resistant depression and the treatment of bipolar disorder. Another area of interest is the investigation of modulators of individual stress vulnerability. In addition, he has initiated an interdisciplinary Research Group for Neurourbanism that examines the relation between cities and the mental health of their inhabitants. As executive Director, he was among the cofounders of the World Health Summit until 2012.

Mohammad Esmaeil Akbari

Director, Cancer Research Center Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, I. R. Iran

Ali Akbari Sari

Professor, Dean School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, I. R. Iran

Dr Ali Akbari Sari is a Professor of Health Policy and Economics, and Dean of School of Public Health at Tehran University of Medical Sciences since 2013. He has got an MD from Tehran University of Medical Sciences (1997), and a PhD in Health Policy from University of York, UK (2006). He is also Associate Editor of Hakim Health Systems Research Journal, advisor of Deputy for Research in Iran Ministry of Health, and Secretary of the Committee for Iran Scientific Medical Journals. He has supervised over 100 postgraduate students and published over 120 papers in peer reviewed journals.  

Omar Al-Rawas

Faculty Member, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Professor Omar Al-Rawas is the Director of the Medical Research Centre at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), and a Professor and Senior Consultant Pulmonologist at the Department of Medicine of College of Medicine and Health Sciences (COMHS), SQU. His research focuses is on lung function and epidemiology of respiratory conditions, with more than 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and many conference presentations and published abstracts. He has previously been the Dean of COMHS - SQU, Chairman of SQUH Board, President of Oman Medical Association, and Chairman of the Health Sector Committee of the Research Council of Oman.


Najeeb Al-Shorbaji

President, E-Health Development Association, Jordan

Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji has been working as Freelance consultant in knowledge management and eHealth since March 2017. He is the former vice-president for Knowledge, Research and Ethics at eMarefa and the former director of Knowledge, Ethics and Research at WHO. He has worked for WHO in Amman, Alexandria and Cairo as Coordinator and information Scientist. He is currently the President of the eHealth Development Association, a Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics and a member of a number of national, regional and international scientific associations and committees.

Atiye Alaeddini

Researcher, Institute for Disease Modelling, USA

Atiye has a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nonlinear Dynamics and Control Laboratory from the University of Washington, Seattle. Atiye also holds a MSc in Computer Engineering, Control and Robotics Laboratory from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Atiye brings seven years of experience working on projects from optimal detection of epidemic disease outbreaks to privacy of networks using online optimization algorithms, distributed conflict resolution, and bio-inspired design of a ground robot. Atiye is interested in developing mathematical models for complex disease dynamics which provide accurate inferences from disease surveillance data which will aide in future endeavors for improving and saving people’s lives. As a member of IDM’s team Atiye will be developing a statistical model and optimization algorithm for model calibration and parameter space exploration. These novel methods will be used to generate quantitative results across various disease models.

Abdelkader Allali

Director, Moroccan Association for Health and Environment, Morocco

Dr. Allali is the principal chief engineer with more than 25 years of experience as official staff member of the Moroccan government, leading member of civil society, and international expert in Climate Change, Environment and Green Economy; providing diverse services as workshop organisation, project evaluation, and preparation of policy and operational financial mechanisms. He is a lead author and leading member of the IPCC Bureau for the preparation of the Third and Fourth Assessment reports (1998-2008). Nobel peace award collaborator of the IPCC in 2007, and founder of the Moroccan association on environment and health since in 2009.

Seyed Farshad Allameh

Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology, Imam khomeini Hospital, I. R. Iran

Saeed Reza Ameli

Secretary of National Cultural Council, I. R. Iran

Christoph Andreas Hamelmann

Director,World Health Organization, I. R. Iran

Dr. Christoph Hamelmann is the WHO Representative in Iran. He has previously been the director of WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development in Venice; a center of excellence focusing on determinants of health, health equity and investment approaches for health and well-being in the context of a people-centered approach to universal health coverage. He also led the UNDP Regional Health and Development Programme in Europe, Central Asia and the Arab States, and was the Global Coordinator of the UN Interagency Initiative on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector.

Kiarash Aramesh

Director, The James F. Drane Bioethics Institute, College of Science and Health Professions, USA

Dr. Kiarash Aramesh is the director of The James F. Drane Bioethics Institute and a faculty member at the Department of Biology and Health Professions at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Before joining the Edinboro University, he worked as a Visiting Scholar at Duquesne University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has also been faculty member at the Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. His research interests include clinical research ethics, global health governance, and the science-pseudoscience debate.

Fariba Asghari

Associate Professor, Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, I. R. Iran

John Ashton

Medical Doctor, World Health Organization, UK

Dr. John Ashton is a graduate of the University of Newcastle and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with a background in psychiatry, family medicine and sexual health. He is also a specialist in public health. The author of many scientific papers and books, Dr. Ashton is best known for his work on Health Promotion, Aids prevention, harm reduction and Healthy Cities. Former President of the United Kingdom Faculty of Public Health, he is senior consultant to the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and senior adviser on recovery following the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in London.

Fereidoun Azizi

Distinguished Professor Director, Research Institute for Endocrinology and Metabolism, I. R. Iran

Mehrdad Azmin

Head of Quantitative and Data Science, Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center, Endocrinology & Metabolism Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, I. R. Iran

Kamran B. Lankarani

Director of Health Policy Research Centre, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, I. R. Iran

Siamak Bidel

Researcher, Helsinki University, Finland

Siamak Bidel MD, PhDMedical Doctor and Epidemiologist, Senior Researcher working for more than 20 years in medical practice and research.Currently working as a senior researcher, Department of Public Health, University of Helsinki, and Diabetes Unit, National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and as a clinician city of Helsinki health care system, Helsinki, Finland. Published many articles, book chapters, and commentary in the international level. Research interests include the epidemiology and prevention of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and so on.

Yelzhan Birtanov

Minister of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Teodor Blidaru

International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), Romania

Teodor Cristian Blidaru is a 5th year medical student from Romania, currently serving as the Liaison Officer to Student Organizations of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). Teodor’s work is focused mainly on developing networks of healthcare students coming from interprofessional backgrounds, aiming to increase the impact of youth in Global Health. The main structures Teodor is involved in are the World Health Students’ Alliance and the World Healthcare Students’ Symposium. He is also IFMSA’s focal point and advocate on the topic of Antimicrobial Resistance.

Charles Boelen

Medical Doctor, Consultant, France

Dr. Charles Boelen is a medical doctor and international consultant, a specialist in public health (University of Montreal, Canada), epidemiology (McGill University, Montreal), health system management (Harvard and Stanford Universities, USA) and education of health professionals (University of Paris XIII, France). In over 30 years of collaboration with the World Health Organization, he developed health workforce development projects with Ministries of Health and Higher Education, professional associations and academic institutions. He is best known for his work on Social accountability of academic institutions, Primary health workers, the WHO strategy “Towards Unity for Health”.

Jo Ivey Boufford

President, International Society for Urban Health, USA

Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D. ​is President of the International Society for Urban Health (2017-9) and Clinical Professor of Global Public Health at the College of Global Public Health at New York University. She served as President of The New York Academy of Medicine (2007-2017) and Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University (1997-2002. Prior to that, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. She served in a variety of senior positions in (1982-1985) and as President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) (1985-1989). Locally, she serves on the boards of the United Hospital Fund, Emblem Health, and the Regional Plan Association. She is Vice Chair of the NYS Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) and Chair of its Public Health Committee. She was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM) in 1992. She is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Boufford received her BA (Psychology) magna cum laude from the university of Michigan, and her MD, with distinction, from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is Board Certified in pediatrics.

Gilbert Burnham

Professor, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Professor Gilbert Burnham is a physician trained in Internal Medicine with and MSc and PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has the experience of working in Africa before joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a professor of international health and founder of the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health. He has extensive work with the public health needs of populations in Africa and Middle East and has worked with migrants from North Korea.

Tahereh Changiz

Professor of Medical Education, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, I. R. of Iran, I. R. Iran