The  World Health Summit Regional Meeting 2018 - Portugal, Coimbra brings together leading researchers, physicians, government officials and representatives from industry, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and healthcare systems worldwide.

Among the confirmed speakers are:
(in alphabetical order)

President, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz

Nísia Trindade Lima

President, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil

PhD in sociology. Nísia Trindade Lima has been the President of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation - Fiocruz since January 2017, being the first woman to occupy this position in 116 years of institutional history. At Fiocruz, she previously held the positions of Vice President of Education, Information and Communication (2011-2016), Director of Casa de Oswaldo Cruz (1998-2005) and Scientific Editor of Editora Fiocruz (Fiocruz Press) (2006-2011). As a researcher, she has her main academic activity in the fields of the history of public health and social thought in Brazil.

Maria de Jesus Trovoa

Minister of Health, Ministry of Health, Sao Tomé and Principe

Maria de Jesus Trovoada is Minister of Health of Sao Tomé and Principe. Maria holds a PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Coimbra (2004), she has extensive experience in Public Health. 

Mahnaz Vahedi

Scientist, WHO/TDR, Switzerland

Mahnaz Vahedi (MD, MIPH) has been working in TDR research capacity strengthening unit since 2012. She is currently manages TDR postgraduates scheme & provides technical and strategic support to TDR’s regional and sub-regional networks. From 2004 to 2012, Mahnaz has been working in TDR’s unit on evidence for TB/HIV policy. She has coordinated two of TDR’s largest clinical trials known as 4FDC and TB-HAART conducted in six countries in sub- Sahara Africa.

Tomas Valvez, Chairman of National Public Health Institute of Cabo Verde, National Public Health Institute, Ministry of Health and Social Security of Republic of Cabo Verde

Tomas Valdez

Chairman, National Public Health Institute, Ministry of Health and Social Security, Cape Verde

Medical Doctor and Master in Public Health. Specialist in Total Quality Management. Former National Director of Health of Cape Verde. President of the National Institute of Public Health. Member of the Cape Verdean Medical Association. Lecturer in several medical and public health congresses in Cape Verde and abroad. Visiting Professor at the University of Cape Verde.

Duarte Nuno Vieira

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Network of Forensic Sciences. Past-President: International Academy of Legal Medicine, International Association of Forensic Sciences, European Council of Legal Medicine, World Association of Police Medical Officers, Mediterranean Academy of Forensic Sciences, etc. Member of the International Forensic Advisory Board of ICRC and of the Forensic Expert Group of the IRCT. Temporary forensic consultant of UN OHCHR.

Muhammad Zaman, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Global Health, Boston University

Muhammad Zaman

Professor, Boston University, USA

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University. Zaman’s research is focused on developing robust technologies, and systems level solutions, to improve the quality of medicines, particularly as they are related to anti-microbial resistance. Author of the forthcoming book Bitter Pills (Oxford University Press, 2018), he is actively engaged in improving access to health in refugee environments in Africa and the Middle East and building education and research capacity among students to tackle complex refugee health problems. Regular contributor for Project Syndicate, Huffington Post, Pakistan daily and Express Tribune.