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)

Luis Almeida Sampaio

President Strategic Council Organization, CHUC-UC, Portugal

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. 

Zubair Amin

Associate Professor, National University of Singapore, Singapore

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).

Jorge Atouguia

Associate Professor, SPMV - Portuguese Society of Travel Medicine, Portugal

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.

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.

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'.

Manoel Barral-Netto

Vice-President, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz – FIOCRUZ, Brazil

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.

Henrique Barros

President, Institute of Public Health, University of Porto, Portugal

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

Medical coordinator, Medicins Sans Frontieres, Greece

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.

Jan-Philipp Beck

CEO, EIT Health, Germany

Jan-Philipp Beck is since February 2018 CEO of EIT Health. He joined EIT Health in 2015 as COO and contributed significantly to developing its structure, system and processes in the establishment phase as well as managing the project portfolio. Prior to this he worked for EY and previously Deloitte where he supported industry, universities and research organisations i. a. with the development and roll-out of R&D. He holds a MA in Political Science, Economics and English from University Tübingen.

Silvana Belo

Assistant Professor, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical - Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Silvana Belo is Assistant Professor in Medical Helminthology/Parasitology at the Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, UNL since 2000. Pharmacy degree from the University of Coimbra; post-graduate in Clinical Pathology and in Tropical Medicine & Public Health; MSc in Medical Parasitology; PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Researcher and teacher in Medical Helminthology and Parasitology. Head of the Laboratory of immunodiagnostic of Helminthology. Author of various international and national papers.

Christoph Benn

Director of External Relations, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Switzerland

Christoph Benn is the Director of External Relations at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He has been responsible for building and maintaining relations with all Global Fund partners and mobilizing resources for the Global Fund almost since its creation in 2002. In this role, he has been managing the replenishment conferences, securing long-term commitments from donors and spearheading innovative approaches to resource mobilization including (Product) RED and Debt2Health.

Kesetebirhan Admasu Birhane

CEO, RBM Partnership To End Malaria, Switzerland

Dr Kesete served as Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia from 2012 to 2016. Dr Kesete has dedicated his career to public service and scientific research focused on major public health problems in Ethiopia and has received numerous national and international awards. A medical doctor by training with a Masters degree in public health, Dr Kesete has served in a number of clinical and public health positions.

José Manuel Boavida

President, APDP – Diabetes Portugal, Portugal

Endocrinologist. Endocrinology assistant at the Portuguese Cancer Institute (1988-2008). Endocrinology consultant at the Portuguese Diabetes Association (APDP – Diabetes Portugal). Graduation in Therapeutic Education in Chronic Disease - Geneva University (2002). Clinical Director of the APDP – Diabetes Portugal (2006-2008). President of the Diabetes Education Study Group (DESG) (2006-2011). Director of the National Diabetes Programme (2008-2016). President of the APDP – Diabetes Portugal

Hélène Boisjoly, Dean, University of Montreal, Canada

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 the University of Montreal and within the greater province of Quebec. She was the International President of the World Health Summit 2017.

Teresa Bombas

President , Portuguese Society of Contraception, Portugal

MD, Consultant in Gynecology and Obstetrician at Obstetric Service A. Coimbra University Hospital Center. Máster degree on Sexual and Reproductive Health. University of de Alcalá de Henares. Madrid Spain. Collaboration as coordinator and participant on national and international working and research groups on FP and abortion. Author and co-author of publications on Family Planning and Abortion. Member of ESC Expert Group on Sexual and reproductive health and education. Member of Scientific Committee of the European Society of Contraception and Sexual Health. 

Elena Bonfiglioli

Regional Business Leader Health and Pharma, EMEA, Microsoft, Belgium

Elena is responsible to drive strategy and business development for public health and pharma, working together with a community of over 150+ professionals across the region. She spearheaded key initiatives on Health 4.0 and health digital transformation. Mobilizing a core group of industry stakeholders, Elena started the European Cloud in Health Advisory Council, a vendor-neutral C-level forum aimed to foster cloud-first policies. Elena is part of HIMSS Europe Governing Board.

Jo Ivey Boufford

President of The New York Academy of Medicine, USA

Professor Emeritus of Public Service, Health Policy and Management and Former Dean at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the New York University School of Medicine. Jo served as the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. Former President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation and Member of Board on Global Health at the Institute of Medicine. She is Board Certified in pediatrics.

Paulo Buss, Director, Fundação Oswaldo Cruz - Centro de Saúde Global e Cooperação Sul-Sul

Paulo Buss

Director, Collaborating Center for Global Health and South-South Cooperation, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil

Medical doctor and Master in Social Medicine. Full professor of the National School of Public Health and Director of the Centre for Global Health at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil. Doctor Honoris Causa of the University NOVA de Lisboa, Portgal and Member of the National Academies of Medicine of Brazil, Portugal and Argentina. Paulo is author of more than 50 chapters of books and 170 papers. Main author of the book ‘Diplomacia da Saúde e Saúde Global: Perspectivas latino-americanas’ (Health diplomacy and global health: Latin-American perspectives).

Waogodo Joseph Cabore

Director for Programme Management, World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa, Congo

Dr Joseph Waogodo CABORE is the Director for Programme Management at the WHO Regional Office for Africa in February 2015. He oversees all technical programmes as well as the work on the SDGs and the work with the Governing Bodies in the WHO African Region. He joined WHO in 2000 and has since then served in senior positions as Inter-country Polio and Immunization Adviser for Central African countries, WHO Country Representative to Burundi and WHO Country Representative to the DRC

Maria Hermínia Cabral

Director, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - Partnerships for Development Programme, Portugal

Graduated in Economics.Master in International Cooperation and Development. Consultant on European Affairs-Portuguese Parliament (1997-2002), Head of Office for State Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Deputy Secretary of State for Reg. Develop. (2004). Manager of Operational Health Program (2004-05). Managed Gulb. Advanced Healthcare Training Programs (2008-09).Currently Director Gulb. Program Partnerships for Development.Member Steering Commitee of GPEDC

Nazzareno Capitanio, Full Professor of Biochemistry, University of Foggia - Dept. of Clinical and Experimental Medicine

Nazzareno Capitanio

Full Professor, University of Foggia, Italy

Full professor of Biochemistry at University of Foggia – School of Medicine Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine – Laboratory of Medical Chemistry and Biochemistry. Research Activities and Interests: Molecular mechanisms of energy transduction of the respiratory chain complexes; Oxidative metabolism and redox signalling; and Physio-pathology of mitochondrial cellular bioenergetics in the contest of stem cell biology, cancer development, immune response, viral infection and circadian rhythms.

Placido Cardoso, President, National Public Health Institute

Placido Cardoso

President, National Public Health Institute, Guinea-Bissau

President of the National Publich Health Institute, Guine-Bissau. Member of the IHMT Consultative Board and of the CHAMPS Global Partner Board. Former positions: Director General of the West African Health Organization, CCM Permanent Secretary at Global Fund, Director General of Public Health, Member of the National Medical Commission, Physician in charge of Adults Meningitis cases during Epidemics, Physician and Director in the Bandim Health Centre, Public Health Regional Director of Cacheu. National health public studies on educating pairs, reproductive health and health services financing.

Gustavo Carona

Intensive Care Especialist, Portugal

Doctor. Anesthesiologist. Intensive Care specialist. Humanitarian Missions: Mozambique, RDCongo, Pakistan, Afeghanistan, Syria, Central African Republic, Iraq. Author of the Book: 1001 Letters to Mosul.

Eunice Carrilho

Board of Director's Member, Order of Dentists | Portuguese Dental Association, Portugal

Dentist, licensed by Dentistry Faculty of Lisbon University. Full Professor of Operative Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Operative Dentistry and Aesthetics Post-Graduate Course Coordinator. Researcher at the Biomedical Institute of Light and Image, IBILI, FMUC. Member of Faculty of Medicine Scientific Council, University of Coimbra, Portugal. Member of Dental Association Directive Council.

Hugues Cormier

Professor, Faculté de Médecine, Université de Montréal, Canada

H. Cormier, prof, Faculté de médecine, U de Montréal, founder PRÉSENCE Mindfulness Montréal Ctr. PRÉSENCE 8 pilars of health: Resilience; Ecology; Spirituality; Exercice, physical & mindful; Nutrition; Connectedness; Engagement. The goal is to promote student and medical School community Well-Being. MD with a specialty in psychiatry, a Harvard Master of Public Health, a Strasbourg diploma médecine méditation neurosciences, Oxford mindful + Hopkins Intl Health training.