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Alain Beaudet

President
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Alain Beaudet, MD, PhD, is the President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). As President, Dr. Beaudet acts both as Chair of the Governing Council and Chief Executive Officer of CIHR. Before joining CIHR in July 2008, Dr. Beaudet was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), a position held since 2004.
Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Beaudet built a distinguished career at the world-renowned Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI). He headed the MNI's functional neuroanatomy laboratory, pursuing basic research into the action mechanisms and role of neuropeptides in the central nervous system, the control of intracellular receptor trafficking and its involvement in neuron signalling and new pain therapies. From 1985 to 1992, Dr. Beaudet was associate director (research) at the MNI. He has also taught in McGill University's Neurology-Neurosurgery and Anatomy-Cell Biology departments. Dr. Beaudet has written more than 175 original articles and some 40 monographs and book chapters.
Dr. Beaudet has received numerous grants and distinctions, including the Killam postdoctoral fellowship, grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC), CIHR and FRSQ, and the Murray L. Barr Junior Scientist Award. In September 2004, he was awarded the Prix Adrien-Pouliot by the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas). He served as president of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience from 1995 to 1997 and has sat on many peer review committees, both in Canada (FRSQ, MRC) and elsewhere (National Institutes of Health, Human Frontier Science Program). In 2007, France bestowed the Order of Academic Palms distinguished Officer's award to him and he was made Doctor honoris causa of Université Pierre et Marie Curie. In 2011, he became a Knight of the National Order of Quebec, the highest honour awarded by the government of Quebec. In 2012, he was awarded the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) Medal and toured seven Australian cities as a keynote speaker to highlight the importance of patient-oriented research and illustrate how R&D can be used to face the health needs of aging populations and indigenous people.
Dr. Beaudet earned a medical degree and a PhD in neuroscience from the Université de Montréal. He did postdoctoral training at the Centre d'études nucléaires in Saclay, France and the University of Zurich's Brain Research Institute in Switzerland.

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Sara Bennett

Professor of health systems
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Sara Bennett is a Professor of Health Systems at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she is also Director of the DrPH Program and Associate Director of the Health Systems Program. Sara has broad interests in health systems research encompassing health financing, human resources for health, aid modalities, sustainability, capacity development and evidence to policy processes. She is an editor of the journal Health Policy and Planning. She is the chair of the Board of Health Systems Global.

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Nadine Caron

Academic Physician, Surgery
University of British Columbia
Nadine Caron is a general endocrine surgeon and an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, Northern Medical Program. As the first female First Nations student to graduate from the University of British Columbia's medical school, she won the Hamber Gold Medal as the top graduating student and was named one of Maclean's "One Hundred Canadians to Watch." During her surgical residency she completed her Master's degree in public health from Harvard University and was awarded UBC's Top Student Award. Passionate about Aboriginal health and Canadian health policy, she has served on numerous committees including the BC Medical Association's Committee on Aboriginal Health, the BC Advisory Committee to the Ministry of Health on provincial health goals, the Canadian Medical Association's Working Group on Aboriginal Health and the Native Physician's Association in Canada (as board member). Through role modelling, speaking engagements and formal committees, Dr. Caron aims to share her passion and foster ongoing opportunities to eliminate health disparities in rural, remote, northern and Aboriginal communities.

15 November

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Midori de Habich

Associated Researcher
Instituto de Estudios Peruanos
Midori de Habich is an economist with over 25 years of experience in research, policy design and implementation. As Minister of Health of Peru (July 2012 to November 2014), she led comprehensive health reform in Peru, aimed at achieving universal health coverage.
Midori is currently an associated researcher of the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, a highly respected and influential Peruvian think tank. Co-leader of the Public Policy Dialogue Initiative which has the aim of developing and disseminating Policy Briefs on crucial development issues, such as Health, Education, Water and Sanitation, Climate Change, Decentralization, Employment, among others. She is also a consultant for the World Bank and the International Development Bank regarding health reform.
Between 1995 and 2012, Midori served as Chief-of- Party of several USAID supported health projects in Peru, providing technical assistance for the development of management and financing systems within the Peruvian Health Sector. Prior to these projects, she also served as Chief of the Department of Macroeconomic Indicators and the Department of Social Studies for the Central Reserve Bank of Peru, and served as a technical advisor to the Minister of Health. Midori holds a Masters in Economic Policy and Planning from the Institute of Social Studies-Erasmus University.

16 November

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Carissa Etienne

Director
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Dr. Carissa F. Etienne was elected Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) by the Member States of the Organization on 19 September 2012 and began her five-year term on 1 February 2013. From March 2008 until 1 November 2012, Dr. Etienne served as Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Services at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to that, as Assistant Director of PAHO from July 2003 to February 2008, she led five technical areas: Health Systems and Services; Technology, Health Care and Research; Health Surveillance and Disease Management; Family and Community Health; and Sustainable Development and Environmental Health.
During her tenures at WHO and PAHO, Dr. Etienne led the efforts to renew primary health care and to strengthen health systems based on primary health care, promoting integration and improved functioning of health systems. She has also spearheaded policy directions for reducing health inequalities and advancing health for all through universal coverage, people-centered care, the integration of health into broader public policies, and inclusive and participatory health leadership.
The World Health Report 2010 – Health systems financing: the path to universal coverage was produced under the direction of Dr. Etienne and WHO’s Deputy Director-General. The report is recognized worldwide for providing an agenda for action by countries at all stages of development to move more quickly and in a sustainable manner towards universal coverage, while proposing ways in which the international community can better support efforts to achieve universal coverage and improve health outcomes. Dr. Etienne has also led the WHO global agenda to support universal access to safe and efficacious medical products and the development of a global code of practice for the international recruitment of health personnel. She also chaired the International Health Partnership (IHP+) initiative, which seeks to commit partners to work together and put into practice international principles for effective aid and development cooperation in the health sector.
In her native Dominica, Dr. Etienne began her career as a medical officer at the Princess Margaret Hospital, where she eventually became the Chief Medical Officer. She has also served in other high-level posts in Dominica, including Coordinator of the National AIDS Program, Disaster Coordinator for the Ministry of Health, Chair of the National Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS, and Director of Primary Health Care Services.
Dr. Etienne received her medical degree (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery- MBBS) from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and her Master in Science (MSc) in Community Health in developing countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London.

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Asha George

South African Research Chair in Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change
University of the Western Cape
Asha George is a qualitative researcher engaged with health systems to advance health and social justice in low- and middle-income countries. With a gender and rights lens, she focuses on the frontline interface and governance of services taking into consideration community engagement and health worker perspectives. She is currently the South African Research Chair in Health Systems, Complexity and Social Change at the University of the Western Cape and on leave of absence from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Apart from being an advisor to UNICEF, WHO and USAID on community based approaches, she also co-founded and led RinGS, which collectively galvanizes attention to gender power relations in health systems (http://resyst.lshtm.ac.uk/rings). In India, she partnered with allies across community, district, state and national health systems to advance maternal health from a gender and rights perspective.

17 November

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Karina Gould

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development et la Francophonie
Government of Canada
Since her election on October 19th, 2015 Karina has actively and passionately engaged the citizens of Burlington in the House of Commons. She has been able to meet with Prime Minister Trudeau to discuss issues relevant to Burlington such as youth employment, pension enhancement, the environment, and the future of manufacturing. Karina has held pre-budget consultations with the business community, municipal and regional governments, and local social service organizations that resulted in key recommendations being made to the Finance Minister that helped shape Budget 2016’s priorities. She has also worked with the City to coordinate efforts to welcome privately sponsored and government assisted refugees from Syria who now call Burlington home. Karina continues to ensure active community engagement and constituent representation are her top priorities.
Karina was sworn in as Parliamentary Secretary on December 2nd, 2015. As the Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Karina has a number of additional parliamentary duties which include handling routine matters in the House of Commons, engaging in committee work, helping her Minister maintain contact with Senators and other Members of the House of Commons, and may be called upon to answer policy questions during Question Period.
Prior to her election, Karina worked as a trade and investment specialist. She is a community activist with deep roots in her hometown of Burlington. She fuelled her passion for public service and international development by spending a year volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico. As a student at McGill University, she served as president of the Arts Undergraduate Society, and organized a $20,000 fundraising campaign for victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. That same year, she began working as a consultant to the Migration and Development Program at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C. After completing her master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Oxford, she moved back to Burlington, where she worked as a trade and investment specialist for the Mexican Trade Commission. Karina has been an active member of her community. She is a member of the Oxford Cambridge Society of Toronto, and has volunteered at the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club, and as the social media coordinator for the Mississauga Furniture Bank.

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Olena Hankivsky

Professor
Simon Fraser University
Dr. Olena Hankivsky is a Professor in the public Policy Program and Director of the Institute Intersectionality Research and Policy at SFU. She is also a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Senior Scholar in Population Health and a CIHR-IGH Mid-Career Research Chair in New Perspectives on Sex/Gender, Diversity, and Health Reform. Olena specializes in public policy and political theory and has a particular interest in gender and health policy.
She is the editor of the recently published Health Inequities in Canada: Intersectional Frameworks and Practices (2011, UBC Press), and co-editor of Women’s Health in Canada: Critical Perspectives on Theory and Policy (2007, University of Toronto Press) and Gender, Politics and the State in Ukraine (forthcoming, University of Toronto Press). She is also the author of Social Policy and the Ethic of Care (2004, University of British Columbia Press) and co-author of The Dome of Silence: Sexual Harassment and Abuse in Sport (2000, Fernwood & Zed Publications). Dr. Hankivsky’s research has been published in journals such as Journal of Health and Social Policy, Critical Social Policy, International Journal of Health Services, Canadian Public Policy, International Journal for Equity and Health, and Social Science and Medicine (for which she is co-editor of a Special Issue on Gender and Health, forthcoming 2012).
In 2008-2010 Dr. Hankivsky was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Centre for the Study of Social Inequities in Health (Mailman School of Public Health) where she established a Canada-USA gender and health research group. She is also a Research Associate at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She regularly consults with government, including internationally, on gender and diversity analyses in public policy and health reform. She has held various academic appointments at the University of Western Ontario and the University of British Columbia, including a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia.

17 November

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Nila Heredia Miranda

Executive Director
Andean Health Organization
Nila Heredia Miranda, Bolivian physician, Masters in Public Health, Andean University. She was Vice-President of the Universidad Mayor San Andrés (1988/91), and Dean at its Department of Medicine (1985/88). Dr. Heredia was General Coordinator of the Latin-American Association of Social Medicine (ALAMES), 2009-2014; President of the Latin-American Federation of Relatives of Disappeared/Missing People by Military Dictatorships, 2004-2006, and also President of the Bolivian Association of Disappeared/Missing People in two opportunities. She acted as President of the Medical Association of the City of La Paz between 2004 and 2004. Heredia was Technical Director of the La Paz Departmental Health Service (2004/5); and twice Bolivian Minister of Health and Sports (2006/7 and 2010/11) during Evo Morales Presidency. She is currently Executive Director Andean Health Organization until 2018.

15 November

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Malcolm King

Scientific Director
CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health; Simon Fraser University
Dr Malcolm King, a member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, is a health researcher at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University and Scientific Director at the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health. In his career in pulmonary research, beginning at McGill University and then at the University of Alberta, Dr. King has developed new approaches to treat mucus clearance dysfunction in chronic lung disease, and is now working on addressing issues in airborne disease transmission, as well as research aimed at dealing with the respiratory health inequities facing Aboriginal people.
At the University of Alberta, he served as Chair of the Aboriginal Healthcare Careers Committee from 1993 to 2009; this training program has graduated more than 70 health professionals. Dr. King served as President of the Canadian Thoracic Society in 1999-2000, and from 2000-2004 was a member of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In his role as Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, he leads the development of a national health research agenda aimed at improving wellness and achieving health equity for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. His achievements have been recognized by the Alberta Lung Association (1999), the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (1999), and the University of Alberta Board of Governors (2003).

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Karsor Kollie

Program Director, Neglected Tropical and Non Communicable Disease Program
Liberia Ministry of Health
K. Karsor Kollie, PA, BSc, MPH is the Program Director of the Neglected Tropical and Non Communicable disease Program in the Ministry of Health in Monrovia, Liberia. Mr. Kollie is a Physician Assistant, received his BSc in economics from the University of Liberia. He then received his MPH from the James P. Grants school of Public Health, BRAC University Dhaka, BD and Cuttington University Graduate School in Liberia. Mr. Kollie has experience in community based strategic planning programs including preventive chemotherapy, coordinating monitoring and evaluation systems across a range of diseases, and is making significant progress in operational research. He has managed projects with grants for LSTM/FPSU, COUNTDOWN LSTM/DFID, APOC/WHO, Sightsavers, and Medical Assistant Program International (MAP) with effect:hope, ALM. He has led the establishment of first post war integrated NTDs program and sustained partnerships among multi-sector local and international organizations.

16 November

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Soonman Kwon

Chief of Health Sector Group
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Professor Soonman Kwon is the Chief of Health Sector Group (Technical Advisor on Health) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is in charge of overall health sector operational support and knowledge work in ADB. Until recently, he was the Dean of the School of Public Health, Seoul National University, South Korea and held visiting positions at the Harvard School of Public Health, London School of Economics, the University of Toronto, and Peking University.
He is currently the Associate Editor of Health Policy (Elsevier). He was the editor of the Korean Journal of Public Health in 2007-09 and Korean Journal of Health Economics in 2014-15. He was the president of the Korean Association of Schools of Public Health in 2013-14 and the Korean Gerontological Society in 2015-16. He has been a member of advisory committees of WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, GAVI, WHO Kobe Centre, and Swiss National Research Council. As a short-term consultant of WHO, World Bank, GIZ, and ADB, he worked on the health system and financing in Algeria, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Uganda, and Vietnam.
He holds BA in business economics and MPH from Seoul National University and PhD in health economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

18 November

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Jean-Frederic Levesque

Chief Executive
Bureau of Health Information
Dr Jean-Frederic Levesque joined the Bureau of Health Information in March 2013 as Chief Executive. Dr Levesque is also Conjoint Professor at the Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity of the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and has a Doctorate in Public Health, a Masters in Community Health and a medical degree from the University of Montreal, Canada. He is currently a member of the Strategic Analytic Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute of Health Information.
Prior to his arrival in Australia, Dr Levesque held senior positions responsible for publicly reporting information about the Canadian health system. He was previously Scientific Director, Analyses and Evaluation of Health Systems at the National Institute of Public Health and the inaugural Deputy Commissioner, Performance Appraisal and Analysis, at the Health and Welfare Commission in Quebec. In 2011–12, he was a Visiting Academic at the University of Melbourne.
Dr Levesque’s research focuses on access to care and organisational performance, particularly in terms of how different models of care and healthcare reform impact on patient’s access, experience and outcomes of care.

17 November

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Kopano Matlwa Mabaso

Rhodes Scholar
University of Oxford
Dr. Kopano Mabaso is a South African medical doctor currently undertaking a DPhil (PhD) in Population Health at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Kopano’s research interests lie in health policy and systems research, particularly with regards to strengthening of health systems in reform. She is the founder & Co-Director of Transitions Foundation an organization that seeks to help South Africa’s youth transition from hopelessness to personal fulfillment. As a medical student, she also co-founded WREMS (Waiting Room Education by Medical Students), a health promotion organization educating patients and their families on common health conditions in the waiting rooms of mobile clinics. Kopano is a published fiction writer and the winner of the European Literary Award (2007) and joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa (2010) Her two novels Coconut and Spilt Milk are social commentaries on post-apartheid South Africa and between them, have been translated into 4 languages. In 2008 and 2009 she was singled out as one of 300 young South Africans ‘you must take to lunch’ by the Mail & Guardian Newspaper. Kopano is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, was selected as a Young Physician Leader by the Interacademies Medial Panel in 2014, forms part of the 2015 class of Tutu Fellows and is one of the Aspen Institute’s 2015 New Voices Fellows.

18 November

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Anne Mills

Deputy Director & Provost and Professor of Health Economics and Policy
LSHTM
I became interested in health economics immediately after my first degree, in history and economics at Oxford, when I was offered the position of economist in the Ministry of Health in Malawi. After 2 years there, I returned to the UK to do a postgraduate qualification in health economics, and then spent 3 years researching the planning system of the UK NHS. A post of lecturer in the LSHTM turned up just at the right time, and I have been here ever since including doing my PhD on malaria in Nepal, 4 years in a joint post with LSE, and from 1990-2010, Director of the Health Economics and Financing Programme, which was supported by a variety of research grants from funders such as DFID, the Wellcome Trust, EU and WHO. In 2006 I became Head of the Faculty of Public Health and Policy, in 2011 I took up the position of Vice-Director, and in 2014 my role was renamed Deputy Director and Provost. In 2014 I became a Fellow of the Royal Society and was made a Dame in the 2015 New Year's Honours.
My main research interests are: (1) issues concerned with the financing and organisation of health care in low and middle income countries. I am interested in the impact of different systems of finance and provision on demand, utilization, equity and efficiency, and particularly in exploring the relevance of provider markets and contracting-out in various developing country contexts. I am also interested in health insurance systems, particularly their relationship with and impact on the private health sector. (2) the economics of tropical disease control, especially malaria. This extends beyond work on the cost-effectiveness of malaria control to an interest in how activities in the private sector affect malaria control and can be re-shaped to be more supportive (3) general issues of how to encourage the use of economic thinking and analysis in decision making. I have been active in making economic evaluation techniques accessible to a non-specialist audience, for example through supporting the development of guidelines and manuals. I have also been heavily involved in initiatives to build capacity in health economics through supporting the efforts of agencies such as WHO TDR. Until recently I chaired the Board of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, which is based in WHO. I was a member of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health, and co-chaired Working Group 1 of the High Level Taskforce on Innovative International Financing for Health Systems. I was President of the International Health Economics Association for 2012-13, and am currently a Board member of Health Systems Global. I am a member of the joint Wellcome Trust, DFID, MRC, ESRC Health Systems Research initiative funding panel.

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Davide Mosca

Director of Migration Health Department
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
Davide Mosca earned his MD at the University of Milan and specialized in Emergency Surgery and ER at the University of Modena. He has worked for 24 years in Africa and the Middle East. From 1984 to 1994 he worked in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) for the Italian Technical Cooperation first as a surgeon and later in public health, directing various primary healthcare and health education programs for community nurses and nomadic health workers. He was also co-chair of the Regional Commission of Environmental Sanitization (CRAM-Shaba), a large public-private partnership enhancing rural and urban environmental health. He joined the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Mozambique in 1994, and as part of the UN Mission he designed health programs for the reintegration of internally displaced people, returning refugees, and demobilized soldiers. In 1996, he relocated to Angola on similar post-conflict programs of the UNAVEM III Mission. From 1998 to 2008 he was based in Nairobi, Kenya, where he led IOM medical teams as the Regional Medical Officer for Africa and the Middle East. In that capacity he worked in the resettlement of refugees, health assessment for migrants, and migration and health programs through a variety of innovative programs and initiatives that utilized multidisciplinary approaches in the areas of HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, and health promotion and in addressing the migration of healthcare workers from Africa. He also coordinated IOM’s emergency health programs after the second Gulf War and implemented medical evacuation of civilians affected by the war in Iraq. Appointed to his current position in 2008, he manages IOM health programs worldwide, employing more than 1,200 health and operations personnel in more than 60 countries, in the clinical provision of immigration medical examination and public health–related initiatives, promotion of health of migrants through a variety of health programs with particular focus on communicable diseases, and response to emergencies, including the 2014–2015 Ebola crisis in West Africa.Dr. Mosca has taken part as speaker, panellist, chair, and lecturer in several Congresses and Seminars on Surgery, Primary Health Care, Tropical Medicine, Emergencies and Disasters, Humanitarian Aid and Human Rights, Global Health , and Migration Health. Dr. Mosca has published several publications and studies, has contributed to several review panels in global health issues, and has provided training and lectures world-wide. He sits on several global health advisory boards including Stop TB Partnership, Roll Back Malaria, and the Expert Advisory Group on the WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel, among others.

16 November

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Moses Mulumba

Executive Director
Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD)
Moses Mulumba is an advocate of the High Court of Uganda and currently heads the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD). His current areas of interest include: Global Health Law, Human Rights and Equity. At CEHURD, Mulumba works with a team that has lead activism through ground breaking litigation in the areas of maternal health and access to medicines. He has current research interests in governance and community participation in health systems. He is a Board Member of the Uganda National Drug Authority (NDA) representing the public and also a Cluster Co-coordinator within EQUINET.

18 November

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Ben Ramalingam

Leader of the Digital & Technology Cluster
Institute of Development Studies
Ben Ramalingam is a researcher, author, advisor and facilitator focusing on global development and humanitarian issues. Currently Leader of the Digital & Technology Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies, his research agenda includes economy and inequality; government and service delivery; citizenship, activism and rights; sustainability, resilience and humanitarianism; and digital practices, tools and methods.
He previously served as Head of Research and Development at ALNAP, a unique multi-stakeholder network for aid effectiveness, performance and learning. Prior to this, he led the Knowledge and Learning research programme at the Overseas Development Institute, and was Deputy Director of the Humanitarian Futures Programme based at Kings College London. He has also worked in strategy consulting and investment banking.
Working at the interface of research, policy and practice, he has written and worked extensively on development and humanitarian issues ranging from climate change, urbanisation, food prices and economic development to humanitarian crises, health systems and environmental sustainability. He works with and advises many international agencies including the United Nations, World Bank, NGOs, national and regional governments and businesses.
Ben co-founded and is Chair of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, the first dedicated fund for new ideas and approaches in international disaster responses. This work has been featured in Wired Magazine.
His 2013 book Aid on the Edge of Chaos: Rethinking International Cooperation in a Compex World (published by Oxford University Press) has been widely cited and received positive acclaim from across development experts and the media. It explores how ideas from the cutting-edge of science can help aid become more relevant, innovative and catalytic.

16 November

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Arash Rashidian

Director of Information, Evidence and Research in the Eastern Mediterranean Region
World Health Organization
Since May 2015, Dr Arash Rashidian is the Director of Information, Evidence and Research in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of the World Health Organization in Cairo, Egypt. He is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Department of Health Management and Economics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
He has an established career in health policy and systems development and research. His areas of interest are financing, coverage and purchasing policies, organization of primary care and hospital services, pharmaceutical policies, quality of care. Over the past ten years, he has been closely involvement in national and international health and research policies, including consultancies in countries in Asia, Africa and Europe, and membership of advisory and policy making committees.
Professor Rashidian has supervised several PhD students (and many MSc/MPH students), has taught at post-graduate level, has co-authored over 100 research papers, has been an editor of prestigious journals, and has had honorary academic positions at high-rank universities in three countries.
He has as acted as a methodological advisor to the National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care (affiliated to NICE, UK), Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK), founding Director of National Institute of Health Research (Iran) and Deputy Chancellor for Public Health and Primary Care of TUMS (Iran). He has received his MD degree from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences and his PhD from the University of York. He is married and has two daughters.

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TK Sundari Ravindran

Professor
Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology
TK Sundari Ravindran has a Ph.D in Applied Economics from the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. She is currently professor at the Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, and Visiting Faculty at the School of Public Health at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Sundari is former co-editor of the international journal Reproductive Health Matters, and is currently a member of its editorial advisory board. She has worked with the World Health Organization at its headquarters and with its regional offices in various capacities. She was also a member of the United Nations’ MDG Task Force on Maternal and Child Health and of the Foundation Council of the Global Forum for Health Research.
Sundari Ravindran is a Founder Member of RORE (Rights Oriented Research and Education in sexual and reproductive health), an international network; of the National Coalition for Maternal-Neonatal Health and Safe abortion (India) established in 2006. She is also a Founder Member of Rural Women’s Social Education Centre (RUWSEC), a grassroots women’s health organization in Tamil Nadu, and has been involved in the organisation’s activities in various capacities since its inception in 1981 till the present.

17 November

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Daniel Reidpath

Professor of Population Health and Head of Public Health
Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia
Professor Daniel Diamond Reidpath has been a Public Health academic since 1997, although his disciplinary background was originally in Computer Science and Psychology.
He is a Professor of Population Health and Head of Public Health at Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. He is also the Director of the South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO) Research Platform in Segamat, Johor.
The focus of his research has principally been the measurement of population health, social stigma (particularly HIV related stigma), and health equity. He was appointed as Professor of Population Health at Monash University in September 2009. Prior to that he held the inaugural Chair in Public Health at Brunel University from January 2005. At Brunel he was the founder director of the Centre for Public Health Research and was heavily involved in the development of a new Doctor of Public Health program. Prior to his arrival in the UK he won a nationally competitive Senior Public Health Research Fellowship awarded by the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) in Australia to undertake a 5-year research program in social determinants of health. He was a co-Principal Investigator on a large six-country study of HIV/AIDS related discrimination (focussed on South, East, and South-East Asia) and coordinated independent research teams in each country. He has also been involved in research in Cameroon and Ghana.
Prof Reidpath has published widely including peer reviewed articles, book chapters, a journal special issue, commissioned reviews, and editorials. He has also published across a wide range of areas including medical sociology, public health, epidemiology, and biostatistics. He supervised to graduation several PhD and numerous Masters students. He has held research funds from the Ford Foundation, the Global Forum for Health Research, TDR/WHO, VicHealth, the Royal Society of Public Health, and the Wellcome Trust, most recently as co-Principal Investigator of a grant to establish an Institute of Infectious Diseases of Poverty in West Africa. He has also acted as a research consultant for WHO, UNICEF, and Family Health International.

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Saira Shameem

Head
United Nations Population Fund
Saira Shameem has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Otago, New Zealand and a post-graduate diploma in health science from Edith Cowan University, Australia. She is currently enrolled in the 2016/2017 Master of Science in Public Health for Development at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Saira has been working in the field of human rights, women’s rights and the right to health for the last 27 years in various capacities, spanning community mobilization, public education, organisational development, advocacy as well as national and international policy development. She was the Executive Director of a regional women’s health and rights organisation called the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW) for seven years, where she was able to support the work of over 25 grassroots advocacy organisations across 17 countries, despite challenging local conditions including civil war, natural disasters and communal violence.
Between 2010 and 2013, she was the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Group for the South East Asian Community Observatory (SEACO) Demographic & Health Surveillance Site located in Segamat, Malaysia. She has spent over 12 years within the UN system, and presently heads the United Nations Population Fund country office in Malaysia where she manages a complex programme addressing persistent pockets of marginalization within a middle-income country context. She lives in Kuala Lumpur with her partner who runs an online, award-winning political news website called Malaysiakini, and four children, including a pair of twin girls.

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Agnés Soucat

Director for Health Systems, Governance and Financing
World Health Organization
Dr Agnés Soucat is the Director for Health Systems, Governance and Financing at the WHO in Geneva. Until recently she was Global Leader Service Delivery and Lead Economist at the World Bank.
She previously was the director for Human Development for the African Development Bank, where she was responsible for health, education, and social protection for Africa, including 54 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb.
She has over 25 years of experience in health and poverty reduction, covering Africa, Asia and Europe. She was a pioneer of several innovations in health care financing including community based financing and performance based financing and authored seminal publications on these topics. She is also the co-author of the World Development Report 2004 “Making Services Work for Poor People” and of the Lancet Commission report “Global Health 2035: a world converging within a generation”. She recently was commissioner of the recent Lancet and Rockefeller Commission on Planetary Health. Dr Soucat did also extensive work on the health labor market dynamics in Africa. Dr Soucat holds an MD and a Masters in Nutrition from the University of Nancy in France as well as a Master of Public Health and PhD in Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Mark Tyndall

Deputy Provincial Health Officer
British Columbia Centre for Disease Control
Dr. Mark Tyndall is the Executive Medical Director of the BC Centre for Disease Control and Professor at the UBC School of Population and Public Health.He also serves as a deputy Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia and is the Director of the UBC Centre for Disease Control Research Institute. Prior to coming to Vancouver, he was the Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Ottawa and a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. His career awards include the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Senior Scholar Award and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Applied Research Chair. He is an author on over 200 peer-reviewed publications, with a focus on HIV care and prevention, drug use, and public health intervention research.

Dr. Tyndall received his Medical degree and internal medicine training at McMaster University and his infectious diseases fellowship training at the University of Manitoba. He received a doctoral degree in epidemiology from Harvard University with a focus on health and human rights. He has conducted international research and consultation in a number of countries and resided in Kenya for 4 years as part of the WHO collaborative research group on HIV. From 1999 to 2010 he was the Program Director for Epidemiology at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and was co-lead investigator on the evaluation of Insite, North America’s first supervised injection site. He has conducted numerous community-based research projects in Vancouver and Ottawa, including epidemiologic studies of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, antiretroviral access among injection drug users, and health care utilization among marginalized populations. Dr. Tyndall is a strong advocate and leader for public health in Canada and has fostered a number of community-based collaborations that have led to health policy changes.

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Rajani Ved

Advisor, Community Processes and Primary Health Care
National Health Systems Resource Center, India
Dr. Rajani R. Ved is Advisor, Community Processes and Primary Health Care, at the National Health Systems Resource Center, which provides technical support to the Government of India’s National Health Mission. Her work focuses on linking community processes with health systems and supporting the implementation of comprehensive primary health care. She has worked for nearly thirty years as a practitioner researcher with grassroots NGOs, governments, donors and private foundations in programme implementation, evaluation and research and policy formulation in the area of women and children’s health and nutrition and health systems. Her special interest is implementing research on scaling up innovations to large scale health systems. She has a degree in medicine from Madras University and a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University.

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Nana Yaa Boadu

Policy Analyst, Office of International Affairs for the Health Portfolio
Public Health Agency of Canada
Nana is a Policy Analyst with the Office of International Affairs for the Health Portfolio within the Bilateral Engagement and Horizontal Policy and Trade Division at PHAC - the Public Health Agency of Canada,. Nana has a PhD in Public Health Sciences with a focus on Global Health and Policy (University of Alberta), MPH in Health Policy and Management (Emory University), and a BSc in Biochemistry (University of Ghana). Her doctoral research focused on global and national health policy compliance among primary care providers in Ghana, in the area of malaria diagnosis and diagnostics. After her PhD, Nana worked with the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, as the 2014 Research Award Recipient with the Global Health Research Initiative. Following that, she completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, working on community-based HIV research to build resilience, and to address structural and societal inequities in access to HIV preventive services and information among vulnerable populations in Ontario.
Nana’s interests include global health and global health diplomacy, health policy and systems, infectious diseases, international development, health equity and human rights. She has conducted several independent consulting projects on global health, health systems strengthening, and infectious disease management policies in limited resource settings. Prior to joining PHAC, she was a consultant for RESULTS Canada, outlining Canada’s five year (2010 – 2015) R&D funding landscape on medicines and vaccines for diseases of poverty.
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Christina Zarowsky

Department Director
University of Montreal

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The Rockefeller Foundation

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The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission is to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. It pursues this through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses.
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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health with vaccines and other life-saving tools and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
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Wellcome Trust

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The Wellcome Trust is an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health.
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The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

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The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation aims to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being.
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Global Affairs Canada

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Global Affairs Canada is the Government of Canada department that leads Canada’s foreign affairs, international trade and development, and humanitarian assistance.
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Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

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Sida is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world.
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China Medical Board (CMB)

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The Rockefeller-endowed China Medical Board (CMB), an independent American foundation, aims to advance health in China and neighboring Asian countries through strengthening medical, nursing and public health research and education.
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Health Systems Global

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Health Systems Global (HSG) is the first international membership-based organization fully dedicated to promoting health systems research and knowledge translation. It is driven by a diverse, global membership of researchers, decision-makers and implementers.
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World Health Organization

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World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations’ system. Health systems is one of the main areas of work of WHO.
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Pan American Health Organization

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PAHO is the specialized international health agency for the Americas. It works with countries throughout the region to improve and protect people’s health. PAHO engages in technical cooperation with its member countries to fight communicable and noncommunicable diseases and their causes, to strengthen health systems, and to respond to emergencies and disasters.
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Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR)

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The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) is an international collaboration hosted by the World Health Organization. It promotes the generation and use of health policy and systems research as a means to improve the health systems of low- and middle-income countries.
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Canadian Society for International Health

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The Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) brings the Canadian global health community together to better achieve a shared goal of improving health worldwide.
CSIH accomplishes its mission by providing spaces for its members and the broader Canadian global health community to share knowledge and build partnerships, by improving health systems through international projects, and by preparing future global health leaders.
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International Development Research Centre

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Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world.
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Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada’s health research investment agency.CIHR was created in 2000 under the authority of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Act. It is an independent agency and is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Health.
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The ​First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is the first province-wide health authority of its kind in Canada with the vision of transforming the health and well-being of BC’s First Nations and Aboriginal people by dramatically changing healthcare for the better.

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The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is the first province-wide health authority of its kind in Canada with the vision of transforming the health and well-being of BC’s First Nations and Aboriginal people by dramatically changing healthcare for the better.
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BC Centre for Disease Control

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The BC Centre for Disease Control provides diagnostic and treatment services for people with diseases of public health importance, and analytical and policy support to the government and health authorities.
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Simon Fraser University

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Born in 1965, The Simon Fraser University (SFU) has become Canada’s leading comprehensive university where innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach intersect.
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University of British Columbia

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The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo.
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Abt Associates

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries. - See more at: http://abtassociates.com/About-Us/Overview.aspx#sthash.mpzkv0Be.dpuf
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Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research

The Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR) is an international collaboration hosted by the World Health Organization. Since its inception in 1999, the Alliance’s mission has been to promote the generation and use of health policy and systems research (HPSR) as a means to strengthen the health systems of low- and middle-income countries. Through its work with more than 350 partners around the world, the Alliance aims to make progress towards this goal through four objectives:
  • Providing a unique forum for the health policy and systems research community;
  • supporting institutional capacity for the conduct and uptake of health policy and systems research;
  • stimulating the generation of knowledge and innovations to nurture learning and resilience in health systems; and
  • increasing the demand for and use of knowledge for strengthening health systems.
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Amref

Amref Health Africa in Canada provides program oversight and management, raises funds and engages Canadians on African health issues. In Canada, Amref Health Africa is led by an Executive Director and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of diverse Canadians who oversee and ensure due diligence in financial performance, management and growth.
We are committed to improving the health of people in Africa by partnering with and empowering communities, and strengthening health systems.
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BC Centre for Disease Control

In partnership with federal and provincial partners, public health officials throughout the world, and host countries, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) participates in international health and development initiatives including:
  • the ASPIRE program in Uganda
  • HIV prevention in Rwanda.
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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
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BioMed Central

For 15 years, we have been making scientific research freely accessible and discoverable through partnerships, innovation and collaboration with the scientific community. Dedicated to open research, we now publish over 290 quality peer-reviewed journals in Biology, Clinical Medicine and Health.
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