Yohsuke Takasaki is a director of Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Japan, and has engaged in health policy, health finance, global health, addressing aging, and health innovation with ICT. He has also served as a policy advisor to governments of low-middle income countries on UHC with fully utilizing ICT. Yohsuke got a PhD (Okayama University), and two master’s degrees (Harvard University and Columbia University), and continues his academic activities as a visiting associate professor. Yohsuke has devoted his early career to both advanced medical services and primary care as a family doctor. He has also been organizing a study group for leaders of the public and private healthcare sectors in Japan.
A physician by training, Amirhossein Takian (MD MPH PhD FHEA) is Chair and Associate Professor at the Department of Global Health & Public Policy, and Vice-Dean for International Affairs at the School of Public Health (SPH)- Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Iran. He is also Advisor for Medical Education Reform and Member of the National Examination Board for Health Policy, Economics and Management, at the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME)- Iran. Amir is Chief Research Officer at the Health Equity Research Centre (HERC)- TUMS and TUMS’ focal point at M8 Alliance, serving as a member of WHS Executive Committee since 2017, and Secretary of 7th World Health Summit Regional Meeting, 2019. Dr. Takian is a member of National Committee for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, MOHME, Iran; member of editorial board at the International Journal of Health Policy and Management; and member of editorial board at the International Journal of Public Health. Amir has published over 75 peer reviewed journal articles, 12 books, 2 book chapters, and 8 commissioned national and international reports.
Professor Teo Yik Ying is Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore. Prof Teo has gained international recognition for his work in genomics. He has conducted large scale genomic studies on populations from Africa, Europe and Asia, and currently chairs an international consortium investigating the genetic diversity of cosmopolitan and indigenous populations in Asia. Prof Teo has served as the Director for the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research and is the Founding Director for the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research. For his contributions and achievements to academic and public health, Prof Teo was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Outstanding Young Persons of the World award in the category of Academic Leadership and Achievements.
Prof. Michael Thiede is the director of Scenarium; a consulting firm specialised in international healthcare management and policy consulting. He is also a professor of healthcare management at IUBH International University, Berlin. He regularly lectures on health economics and financing in international postgraduate programmes, and has previously been an an associate professor for health economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has worked with and advised leading development organisations, including UN bodies, NGOs, government agencies and private sector enterprises. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Kiel in Germany.