M8 Alliance Executive Committee

Hélène Boisjoly
Acting International President
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal, Canada

Detlev Ganten
Founding President
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

João Gabriel Silva
Incoming International President
Rector, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Antoine Flahault
Past International President
Director, Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Axel Radlach Pries
Dean of Host Institution

Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Michael J. Klag
Strategic Co-operation and Stakeholder Liaison
Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA

Ben Canny
Governance and Fundraising
Head, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, Australia

José Otávio Auler Jr.
Officer at large

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

Heads of Delegation


Christina Mitchell

Dean, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Christina Mitchell trained as a physician scientist specializing in clinical hematology. Her work for the last twenty years has focused on characterizing the function of unknown genes that regulate cell proliferation and growth, and when mutated or deleted lead to human disease.


José Otávio Auler Jr.

Dean, University of São Paulo Faculty of Medicine, Brazil

Professor José Otávio Auler 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.

Eduardo Krieger

Former President, Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Brazil

José Eduardo Krieger is Professor of Genetics and Molecular Medicine at the University of São Paulo Medical School and Director of the Laboratory of Genetics & Molecular Cardiology at the Heart Institute (InCor). He is the President of the State of Sao Paulo Academy of Science and regular member of the Brazilian Academy of Science.


Hélène Boisjoly

Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Montreal, Canada

An accomplished corneal surgeon and ophthalmologist, Hélène Boisjoly is the first woman to hold the position of Dean of Faculty of Medicine at both the Université de Montréal (UdeM) and in the province of Quebec. She founded and directed the FRSQ Provincial Vision Research Network.

Tarik Möröy

President and Scientific Director, IRCM, Canada

Since 2006, Dr. Tarik Möröy is the President and Scientific Director of the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), as well as Director of the Hematopoiesis and Cancer research unit and Full IRCM Research Professor. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Hematopoiesis and Immune Cell Differentiation. He is also Full Research Professor at the Université de Montréal and adjunct professor at McGill University. Since 1991, he has trained over 50 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students and he has authored more than 150 scientific publications. Until 2006, he held several senior management positions in Germany. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSBM) and Research Canada. He is also appointed “Honorary Guest Professor” by the Capital University in Beijing for outstanding achievements in immunology. 



Xuetao Cao

President, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical College, China

Professor Cao Xuetao major interests are immunobiology of APCs (dendritic cells, macrophages), TLR signaling and immune regulation, cancer immunotherapy and gene therapy. In recent years he is investigating the mechanisms for immune recognition and TLR signaling.

Depei Liu

Chinese Academy of Engineering; Co-Chair, InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health, China

Professor Depei Liu's central research interests are medical molecular biology and research in gene regulation. He executes various prestigious positions, including former President of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) & Peking Union Medical College (PUMC).


Gérard Friedlander

Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Paris Descartes, France

Professor Gérard Friedlander focused his experimental and clinical research on the molecular basis of phosphate homeostasis in health and disease, and on the cellular mechanisms underlying the progression of renal lesions during chronic kidney disease. Special fields of his interests and expertise are the links between clinical practice, clinical investigation, experimental and translational research and medical education.

François Houllier

Acting President, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, France

Alumnus of Ecole Polytechnique and of AgroParisTech and PhD graduate of Claude Bernard University, Lyon, and former chairman and CEO of the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (Inra), he is now the acting President of Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC).


Karl-Max Einhäupl

CEO, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Professor Karl Max Einhäupl is a trained Neurologist. In 2004, he was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit. From 1993-2008 Director of the Clinic for Neurology, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and from 2007 to 2008 Head of the Centre “CC15: Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry”. Since 2008, he is Chief Executive Officer of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

Axel Radlach Pries

Dean, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Axel R. Pries is a Professor of Physiology and Dean of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. His major research fields are microcirculation, organ perfusion, endothelial function, endothelial surface, vascular adaptation, angiogenesis, tumor microcirculation and blood rheology.


Luciano Saso

Vice-Rector for European University Networks, Sapienza University, Italy

A learned pharmacologist, Luciano Saso is a member of the Council of International Relations since 2005, Erasmus Institutional Coordinator since 2007, and since 2008 Delegate of the Rector for International Mobility.


Shunichi Fukuhara

Dean, School of Public Health, Kyoto University, Japan

Shunichi Fukuhara received his clinical training at the University of California at San Francisco, and was board-certified in Internal Medicine. He practices cardiology in Japan. His main research interests are clinical evaluative research and health services research. In 2000, Fukuhara founded Kyoto University’s Department of Healthcare Epidemiology.


João Gabriel Silva

Rector, University of Coimbra, Portugal

After coordinating the work on the first Portuguese computer, designed and produced industrially in Portugal, he became one of the founders of the Center for Informatics and Systems of the University of Coimbra. Almost uninterrupted, he participated in the University's management since joining the University of Coimbra in 1975.

Russian Federation

Ivan Dedov

President, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Russian Federation

Professor Ivan Dedov is the president of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He devoted much time to fundamental and applied problems of endocrinology and is one of eminent organizers in medical science in Russia.

Evgeny Sidorenko

Vice-President, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Russian Federation

Professor Evgeniy I. Sidorenko is a member of the Russia State Medical Academy and President of the Russian Pediatrics Ophthalmology Association. His scientific activity is mainly devoted to the use of infrasound in medical practice; hypoxia and its role in ophthalmopathology; retinopathy of prematurity; refractive surgery; laser therapy; and surgery.


John Eu Li Wong

Chief Executive, National University Health System Senior Vice President (Health Affairs), National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professor John Eu-Li Wong is a medical oncologist-haematologist. He is actively involved in the development of Biomedical Sciences as a key pillar of Singapore's economy, as well as the development of Singapore's first Academic Health System linking the National University Hospital and the National University of Singapore's medical, public health, dental, and nursing schools under one unified governance.

Khay Guan Yeoh

Dean, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professor Yeoh's research interest is in the early detection of gastric and colorectal cancers. He is the Lead Principal Investigator of the Singapore Gastric Cancer Consortium, a national flagship research group. He also chairs the National Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee of the Health Promotion Board, Ministry of Health.


Henri Bounameaux

Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Professor Henri Bounameaux is director of the Division of Angiology and Haemostasis, and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University Hospitals of Geneva. His research interests include all aspects of venous thromboembolism.

Antoine Flahault

Director, Institute of Global Health, Switzerland

A professor of Public Health at University Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, he is chair of the Centre Virchow Villermé de Santé Publique Paris-Berlin, co-chairs the European Academic Global Health Alliance, is president of the European Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation and Founding Director of the Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva. In 2016, Antoine Flahault was the International President of the World Health Summit.

Ilona Kickbusch

Director, Global Health Program, Graduate Institute, Switzerland

As a leading contributor to academic and political debates on governance for health at the national and the global level, she conducts global health diplomacy seminars in many regions and advises the World Health Organization (WHO) at regional and global level. In Switzerland she serves on the executive board of the Careum Foundation and as an advisor for Health 2020.

Bertrand Levrat

CEO, Geneva University Hospitals, Switzerland

Lawer by training, he worked at the International Committee of the Red Cross on field missions as delegate, chief of under-delegation, legal advisor for Asia and Latin America, representative of the ICRC at the United Nations in New York, and was in charge of policies for the disabled and substance dependence. In 2004, he became Director General of the Hospice General. In 2013 he was appointed new Director General of the Geneva University Hospitals.

Claudine Mathieu-Thiébaud

Director, National and International Affairs, the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG), Switzerland

Trained in Internal Medicine and Nephrology in Switzerland, Australia, France,  and the UK, she is still active as a Senior Consultant of Nephrology at the HUG and a member of the Swiss and the Paris Medical Association. She also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Geneva with a focus on Health Economy and Policies.


Chang-Chuan Chan

Associate Dean, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Parallel to his current position as Associate Dean, Chang-Chuan Chan is also joint-appointed Investigator of the Division of Environmental Health and Occupational Medicine, National Health Research Institutes. He is a known expert for topics like air pollution, epidemiological studies on industrial pollution and global health research.


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. 

Bahaüddin Çolakoglu

Dean, Istanbul University, Faculty of Medicine, Turkey

Educated in Istanbul University Medical School, he is a specialist for internal medicine and the research on allergies.


Nelson K. Sewankambo

Principal, Makerere University, Uganda

Professor Nelson K. Sewankambo has devoted his professional life to the advancement of medical education, research and capacity development. He was honored by the Royal College of Physicians in London and awarded a Fellowship of the College. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from McMaster in Canada.

United Kingdom

Peter Piot

Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK

Professor Peter Piot was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 until 2008, and was an Associate Director of the Global Programme on AIDS of WHO. He was a co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, and his research focused on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and women’s health.

Elio Riboli

Director of the School of Public Health, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Professor Elio Riboli was based at Lyon’s the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). In 1989 he initiated the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). He was Head of the Nutrition and Hormones Group of IARC from 2004 to 2005. He was rated one of the top two epidemiology and public health submissions to the UK’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2009.


Michael J. Klag

Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

He is a world renowned kidney disease epidemiologist whose scientific contributions have been in the prevention and epidemiology of kidney disease, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. He led pioneering studies in kidney disease epidemiology, including the first study to assess the incidence of end-stage renal disease and to identify blood pressure as a risk factor for the development of kidney failure.


Depei Liu

Chinese Academy of Engineering; Co-Chair, InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health, China

Professor Depei Liu's central research interests are medical molecular biology and research in gene regulation. He executes various prestigious positions, including former President of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) & Peking Union Medical College (PUMC).

Leonel Valdivia

President, World Federation of Academic Institutions for Global Health (WFAIGH)

Professor Valdivia is co-Director and founder of the Global Health Programme of the School of Public Health, University of Chile. Previously, he chaired the School’s Department of Health Promotion and Education (2005-2010). He completed a successful career in international development cooperation in the United States, having worked for UNFPA, PAHO/WHO, IPPF, and USAID. 

Steven A. Wartman

President & CEO, Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), USA

Professor Steven A. Wartman is a internist, sociologist and Master of the American College of Physicians. Since 2005, he is the 3rd President of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), a non-profit association based in Washington, DC, that seeks to advance health and well-being through leadership of the multifaceted institutions that educate the next generation of health professionals. 

Individual Members

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.

Ben Canny

Head, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania, Australia

Ben Canny is Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Tasmania, where he has responsibility for Medicine, Pharmacy and Paramedicine.  Prior to this he was the convenor of the Medical Degree at Monash University.  Ben has always had a vital interest in Medical Education and Medical Science, and has led the Medical Education initiative of the M8 Alliance.  At present, he is leading the development of a harmonized curriculum of Global Health Education for Health Professionals to be shared by members of the M8 Alliance.  He is also Vice-President of the Australian and New Zealand Associate for Health Professional Educators.