Kamran B. Lankarani

Director of Health Policy Research Centre, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, I. R. Iran
Photo: Ricardo Baptista Leite

Ricardo Baptista Leite

Member of Portuguese Parliament, Portugal

Ricardo Baptista Leite MP, MD is a Medical Doctor (ID-trained), member of Portuguese Parliament (Health and Foreign Affairs Committees) and National Spokesperson for Health of Social Democratic Party. He is the President of ‘UNITE – Parliamentarians Network to End HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Other Infectious Diseases’; a global platform of parliamentarians committed to ending HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and other infectious diseases as global health threats by 2030. He is one of six people acknowledged globally by ‘The Economist’ as a ‘HCV Change Maker’ and is the Head of Public Health at Católica University of Portugal, Coordinator of Sustainable Healthcare at NOVA Information Management School and Guest Lecturer at NOVA Medical School. He has also served as the former Deputy Mayor of the city of Cascais.

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”.

Hamid Bohloli

Advisor & Head of Department, Supreme Concil of Health and Food Security, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, I. R. Iran

Hamid Bohloli [MD MPH MRes PhD(Manchester)] is an international advisor, analyser, thinker, strategist and theory builder on public policy and health politics, author of many scientific papers and books. Dr Hamid Bohloli is the author of the book entitled "The Public Policy Process in the Revolutionary Context, with special focus on impact of idea transmision and social evolution on health reform, towards building the theory of Societal Energy. He is also a specialist in governance and health system analysis of developing countries focusing on irregular states. Apart from his scientific field of action he is involved in social networking, lecturing and writing in public media and formal newspapers with thousands of followers to guide public participation in the development path and socialisation of health. Dr Bohloli is best known for his work on reengineering of Ministry of MoHME (1998-2001) and leading the health institutional reform in Iran as a pioneer. He has participated in the Health Reform Flagship Course of the World Bank, Washington Dc.,USA,1998, and designed and conducted many national reform programs and establishing a steering committee of health reform in MoHME. He currently serves as the Chair of International Health and Sustainable Development Department, Secretariat for Supreme Council of Health and Food Security, MoHMe, Iran. He is also a member of Medical Academy and many of national policy advisory boards in the country. Dr Bohloli has the experiences of many years of teaching in social policy and social research methods at the Manchester University and currently is a visiting assistant professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Tehran University. He is a member of editorial board at the World Healthcare Journal in the UK, and has been acting as an author and editorial board member of the Public Policy Reference Media in Iran.


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.