Marmot's research has been devoted to establishing the chain of disease causation from the social environment, through psychosocial influences, biological pathways, to risk of cardiovascular and other diseases.
Professor Marmot was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health set up by the World Health Organization in 2005: 'Closing the Gap in a Generation'. At the request of the British Government, he conducted a review of health inequalities in England, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010.
Michael Marmot has also been invited by the Regional Director of WHO Euro to lead the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, which will report in September 2012. He has also agreed to chair the Breast Screening Review for the NHS National Cancer Action Team. In November 2011 Marmot launched the UCL Institute of Health Equity. The new Institute is supported by the Department of Health, UCL and the BMA. It will seek to increase health equity through action on the social determinants of health, specifically in four areas: by influencing global, national and local policies; by advising on and learning from practice; by building the evidence base, and; by developing capacity.
Hossain Zillur Rahman is an academic, economist and policy maker from Bangladesh. By training an eminent economist and a political sociologist, Hossain Zillur Rahman is renowned as a poverty and governance specialist of the country. He led the drafting of the poverty reduction strategy of the government in 2005 and was a member of the Independent South Asian Commission on Poverty Alleviation (ISACPA). He founded the Dhaka-based think-tank Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC)in 1996 and prior to that was for over twenty years a leading researcher at the Bangladesh Institute of development Studies.
He worked on Board of Advisors of Digital Network, a think tank on Information Technology. Previously he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies. He was a Member of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Independent Commission on Poverty (ISACPA. He was the Coordinating author of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper for the government of Bangladesh (Unlocking the Potential, GOB, 2005) and was on the Board of Bangladesh Bank 9central bank of the country). He has been a consultant to various international and national organizations including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the UK Department for International Development, Danish International Development Agency, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sustainable Development Commission, ActionAid, Japan International Cooperation Agency, International Food Policy Research Institute and Japan Bank for International Cooperation. He is also a Director of the Shrimp Foundation. He has been a regular columnist for The Daily Star (Bangladesh) from 20 December 2011.
David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and Editor of the international journal Environment and Urbanization. A development planner by training with a Doctorate in social policy, he has long had an interest in the power and capacity of grassroots organizations formed by residents of informal settlements; this was the focus of a book written with Jorge Hardoy in 1989 entitled Squatter Citizen. More recent books published by Earthscan include: The Earthscan Reader on Sustainable Cities (editor), 1999; Environmental Problems in an Urbanizing World (with Jorge Hardoy and Diana Mitlin), 2001; Empowering Squatter Citizen (co-editor with Diana Mitlin), 2004 and Adapting Cities to Climate Change (co-editor with Jane Bicknell and David Dodman), 2009.
Most of his work since 1979 has been in research, working with collaborating institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America, mainly on issues of urban poverty, housing, health, environment, urban development and rural-urban linkages. This includes a particular interest in what causes and underpins the vulnerabilities of low-income groups to environmental hazards, including extreme weather events. Advice on urban issues provided to many international agencies including UNICEF, UN Habitat, World Health Organization, OECD, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Development Directorate of the European Commission, United Nations Population Division, DFID, UNRISD, DANIDA, ActionAid, WaterAid, CARE and the Brundtland Commission
Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka is Director, of the Monitoring and Research Division at UN-HABITAT in Nairobi, and a Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, where he served as Senior Researcher and Professor of Technology Management and Industrialization until December 2006. A Nigerian national, he joined the former UNU-INTECH (now UNU-MERIT) in March 2001 after working with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as senior economic affair officer coordinating the ten-yearly review of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
Prior to that he was professor at the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), Ibadan , Nigeria. For several years he also served as National co-coordinator of the African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) Network in Nigeria. Professor Oyeyinka obtained a DPhil. in Technology Policy and Industrialization from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), University of Sussex . His current research focuses on comparative institutional analysis of systems of innovation in developing countries. He has done considerable work on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and small and medium enterprise (SME) and clusters, within the systems of innovation framework. He is a contributor to recent books including: (1) Putting Africa First: The Making of African Innovation Systems", (Aalborg Press, 2003); and (2) "Africadotedu: IT Opportunities and Higher Education in Africa ", (McGraw Hill, 2003).
Lynn P. Freedman is Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability (AMDD) program at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. AMDD is a global program of research, policy analysis, and technical support that, since 1999, has worked with UN agencies, NGOs, and governments in more than 50 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to reduce maternal mortality. As director of the Law & Policy Project at Columbia´s Mailman School of Public Health from 1997 to 2009, Lynn became a leading figure in the field of health and human rights, working worldwide with women´s groups and human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Before joining the faculty at Columbia University in 1990, she worked as a practicing attorney in New York City.
Lynn has published widely on issues of maternal mortality and on health and human rights, with a particular focus on gender and women´s health. The current focus of Lynn’s research is on promoting inclusive health systems that can ensure equitable access to quality maternal and newborn health care. Increasingly, this research draws on insights and methodologies from implementation science to examine health interventions in their larger social and policy context.
By researching in-depth the way programs are implemented as well as the content of the programs themselves, Lynn and colleagues are breaking new ground in addressing long-standing challenges in maternal and newborn health. Focus on implementation ensures that AMDD’s research relates to frontline realities, and is thus actionable and can be used to inform relevant policy. Recent work has examined social accountability and health governance; disrespect and abuse and quality of care in maternal health care; referral in maternal and newborn health systems; urban health, especially in slums, including the challenges and opportunities of informal systems; and issues surrounding human resource management, such as task-shifting, and posting and transfer practices in the health sector.
Dominic Montagu is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and Lead of the Private Sector Healthcare Initiative at the UCSF Global Health Group. His work is focused on the private delivery of health services in developing countries and on market function for health services and health commodities. Dr. Montagu holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from MIT, as well as masters degrees in business administration and public health and a doctorate in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.
He has worked extensively in Africa and Asia, including five years in Vietnam where he was the country director for the American Friends Service Committee and country advisor for the Population Council. Dr. Montagu has served as the secretariat for the World Health Organization’s project on the Non-State Sector, and has been a co-investigator on HIV/AIDS impact and service assessments in Botswana and Rwanda. Dr. Montagu has published papers on a range of issues related to developing country health service delivery.
Having trained in cardiology and epidemiology, Prof. Reddy is presently regarded as a global leader in preventive cardiology and a thought leader in global public health. He has been a researcher, teacher, policy enabler, advocate and activist who has worked to promote cardiovascular health, tobacco control, chronic disease prevention and healthy living across the lifespan. He was appointed as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.
He has played a particularly active role in advancing the agenda of tobacco control, he was awarded the WHO Director General’s Award for outstanding contributions to global tobacco control, at the 56th World Health Assembly at Geneva, in May 2003 and the Luther Terry Medal of the American Cancer Society for outstanding leadership in global tobacco control in 2009.
Prof. Reddy has won numerous awards and accolades and has sits on the on the editorial board of many international and national journals. He has published hundreds of journal articles, books and monographs. He has been a visiting faculty/guest speaker at Harvard School of Public Health (USA), McMaster University (Canada), Heidelberg University (Germany) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK). His contributions to public health have been recognized through several awards and honours. He is a Consultant to the WHO and the World Bank.
Professor Chris Webster is Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, HKU. Until January 2013 he headed Cardiff University’s School of Planning and Geography, one of Europe’s largest planning schools and there built a partnership with Cardiff Medical School to explore the association between spatial environmental configuration and individual health outcomes.
He is an urban planner, spatial analyst and urban economist by training and intellectual tradition but was drawn into the science of healthy cities by years of researching Mainland China’s phenomenal urban growth; the lack of connect between practicing city-planners and public health scientists; his life-long study of self-organising complex urban systems; and the inspiration and encouragement of epidemiologists such as John Gallacher, Peter Elwood and Stephen Palmer, to revisit the Public Health roots of Urban Planning.
His spatial analysis team has developed sDNA (spatial Domain Network Analysis) a network analysis tool that allows the measurement of an individual’s home-based accessibility to health-improving and detracting destinations, measured at multiple spatial scales. He has recently partnered with Professor Gabriel Leung’s Public Health group at the University of Hong Kong and with Cambridge University’s GIS lab.
The expanded Cardiff-Cambridge-HKU team is setting about the task of adding a set of highly discriminating spatial environmental measures to large study cohorts such as the UK Biobank, the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study; the Children of 1997 Hong Kong Chinese birth cohort; and the Prospective Chinese Elderly Cohort. Chris Webster’s books include Webster and Lai (2003) Property Rights, Planning and Markets: managing spontaneous cities, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar; Glasze; Webster and Frantz, (2006) Private Cities, London, Routledge; Wu, Webster, He and Liu, (2010) Urban Poverty in China, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar; Wu and Webster (Editors) (2011) Marginalisation in Urban China. London: Palgrave McMillan; and Sarkar, Webster and Gallacher (March 2014) Healthy Cities: Public Health Through Urban Planning. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Professor Webster has five prize-winning academic papers on urban theory. His present professional mission is to change the way cities are planned in China.
Dr. Vlahov is Dean and Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. He has served on the faculty as Professor of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins and Columbia Universities.He hasresearch expertise in epidemiology, infectious diseases, substance abuse and mental health. Dr. Vlahov has led epidemiologic studies in Harlem and the Bronx, which have contributed much information on racial/ethnic disparities in health and approaches to address such disparities.
Dr. Vlahov initiated and served as the first President of the International Society for Urban Health (www.isuh.org). He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Health, has edited three books on urban health and published over 600 scholarly papers. Dr. Vlahov is a member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2012 he was invited by the National Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. In 2013 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Mr Ross is a public health policy expert trained in the United States at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to his joining the Centre, he served as Director for Partnerships at WHO Headquarters (Geneva) for four years, as well as in senior advisory posts to Assistant Director-Generals for Communicable Diseases and for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria for four years. During this time, he led development of a WHO partnerships policy, nurtured WHO’s engagement with global health initiatives, non-governmental and private sectors. He also provided inputs to the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness framework negotiations, including strategies for engaging vaccine manufacturers, other private sector entities, and the World Bank/IMF to help provide funds to countries in need.
Mr Ross was very involved in developing innovative health financing approaches, such as the Solidarity Tobacco Contribution, and has been part of the creation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and UNITAID.
Before joining WHO, Mr Ross served in senior positions in the UK Department for International Development between 2001 and 2003, and in several U.S. Government agencies between 1987 and 2001 (USAID Bureau for Africa, U.S. Public Health Service, U.S. House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee, and U.S. General Accounting Office).
Anthony Kolb has worked as the Urban Health Advisor for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for over four years. His primary focus is supporting USAID country missions in improving and expanding health activities among the urban poor and integrating field experience from those efforts into agency best practice. Addressing environmental health concerns, especially those related to water supply and sanitation, in urban slums is a related focus of his work. Anthony holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Wisconsin in environmental engineering and completed PhD studies in public health at the University of North Carolina. His 25-year career has included work with the United Nations, bilateral donors and NGOs in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa and the Former Soviet Union on health and environmental policy research and development.
Tim Evans is the Senior Director for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. Dr. Evans has been active in the international health arena for more than 20 years.
Before joining the World Bank he was the Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health of BRAC University in Bangladesh. Previously he served as Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization, heading the Evidence, Information, Research and Policy Clusters, where he oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report. Dr.
Evans has been a leader in advancing global health equity and health systems performance throughout his career, notably through his work with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health and with his contributions to the development of innovative partnerships, including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization, INDEPTH and Health Metrics networks, the Global Health Workforce Alliance and the World Alliance for Patient Safety.
Dr. Evans earned his DPhil in agricultural economics at Oxford, and pursued medical and postgraduate studies at McMaster and Harvard Universities.
Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, is President of The New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Boufford is Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. She served as Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University from June 1997 to November 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. While at HHS, she served as the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994–1997.
Dr. Boufford currently serves on the board of the United Hospital Fund, Public Health Solutions and the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation and chairs the Public Health Committee of the State Public Health and Health Planning Council. She was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1992 and is a member of its Board on Global Health, Board on African Science Academy Development and serves as its Foreign Secretary . She has received honorary degrees from the State University of New York- Brooklyn, New York Medical College, Pace University, and the University of Toledo. She has been a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine since 1988. Dr. Boufford received her BA from the University of Michigan, and her MD with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is board certified in pediatrics.
Professor Capon is a public health physician and an authority on environmental health and health promotion. He has more than two decades of senior leadership and management experience in public health research, education and policy, and has consulted in many countries and for a wide variety of organizations. Since 2008, he has been working with the International Council for Science to develop a global interdisciplinary science programme on health and well-being in the changing urban environment using systems approaches. He has held prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) and World Health Organization fellowships, as well as leadership roles with the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians) and the International Society for Urban Health.
Roderick J. Lawrence graduated from University of Adelaide (Australia) with First Class Honours. He has a Master’s Degree from the University of Cambridge (England) and a Doctorate of Science from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne (Switzerland). In January 1997 he was nominated to the New York Academy of Science. In 1999 he was nominated Professor in the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at the University of Geneva.
He currently is Head of the Human Ecology Group at the Institute of Environmental Sciences. He is the founding Director of the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Development and Agenda 21 since 2003. He is also Director of the Global Environmental Policy Programme at the University of Geneva in partnership with UNEP since 2010. His biography has been included in Marquis Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in Science and Engineering.
Dr. Jean Luc Poncelet is presently the PAHO/WHO representative in Haiti. Till April 2013 he was directing the Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Reduction Program of the Pan American Health Organization which is also the regional office of the World Health Organization for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has actively participated in almost all major emergencies that have affected the Western Hemisphere since 1986 by either leading health field response, or in its sub-regional or regional capacity to coordinate international health assistance in support to member states. He has elaborated or participated in the elaboration of many technical publication produced by PAHO/WHO as well as in high level courses for senior management in health disaster management.
Dr. Poncelet is a national of Belgium, Medical Doctor, Master in Public Health and Specialist in Tropical Medicine. He has been PAHO/WHO staff since 1986. He worked before that as General Practitioner.
Marcel Tanner obtained a PhD in medical biology from the University of Basel and a MPH from the University of London. He is Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (formerly the Swiss Tropical Institute) and Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology at the University of Basel and at the Federal Institute of Technology.
Since 1977, his research has ranged from basic research on the cell biology and immunology of malaria, schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis and filariasis to epidemiological and public health research on risk assessment, vulnerability, health impact and district health planning. His research, teaching and health planning expertise are based on long term experience working in rural and urban areas in Africa (mainly Tanzania, Chad, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire) and Asia (China, Thailand, Laos). He was co-investigator and coordinator of the first African malaria vaccine trial in 1992 and participated since then in several major intervention trials on malaria (iron supplementation, intermittent preventive treatment) and schistosomiasis. He has published over 400 original research papers as well as numerous book chapters and reviews.
He also acts as advisor on communicable diseases research and control, health systems strengthening and capacity building in various national and international agencies/bodies and in boards/committees such as e.g. WHO/STAC-TDR, DNDi, CHNRI, INCLEN-Trust. Dr. Poncelet is a national of Belgium, Medical Doctor, Master in Public Health and Specialist in Tropical Medicine. He has been PAHO/WHO staff since 1986. He worked before that as General Practitioner.
Kenneth R. Weiss writes about science, environment and public health. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting and many other awards for his work as the lead writer on a five-part series Altered Oceans published in the Los Angeles Times. He is currently working with the Pulitzer Centers on Crisis Reporting, covering development, health and environmental themes covered by his last series, Beyond 7 Billion, published in 2012 in the Los Angeles Times.
In addition to a Pulitzer Prize, Weiss has won the George Polk Award, the Grantham Prize, the Scripps Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Award and many others. He holds a bachelor’s degree in folklore from UC Berkeley and lives in Carpinteria, California.
Roger-Mark De Souza is the director of population, environmental security, and resilience for the Wilson Center. He leads programs on climate change resilience, reproductive and maternal health, environmental security, and livelihoods, including the Global Sustainability and Resilience Program, Environmental Change and Security Program, and Maternal Health Initiative.
Before joining the Center in 2013, De Souza served as vice president of research and director of the climate program at Population Action International, where he provided strategic guidance, technical oversight, and management of programs on population, gender, climate change, environment, and reproductive health. From 2007 to 2010, as the director of foundation and corporate relations at the Sierra Club, he led a multi-million dollar foundation and corporate fundraising program. Prior to working at the Sierra Club, he directed the Population, Health, and Environment Program at the Population Reference Bureau for 10 years, where he designed and implemented research, communications, and capacity-building projects in the United States, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
De Souza holds graduate degrees in international relations and development policy from George Washington University and the University of the West Indies.
Linong Ji is a Professor of Medicine and Vice-President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) 2013-2015. He is the Director of Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism at Peking University People’s Hospital and Co-Director of the Diabetes Centre of Peking University. He is also President of the Endocrine and Metabolic Physician Society under the Chinese Physician Association, chief editor of the Chinese Journal of Diabetes and a Vice-President of the Chinese Diabetes Society. Dr Ji's studies are focused on clinical work in endocrinology and research in molecular genetics of diabetes and its treatment.
Professor Ji is also a member of Herbalife's Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), based in China. The NAB is made of leading international experts in the fields of nutrition and health who educate and train independent Herbalife distributors on the principles of nutrition, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.
Professor Ji received his medical degree from Beijing Medical University. He studied at the Joslin Diabetes Center of Harvard Medical School in 1993-96 and was a visiting Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard University from 1997 to 1999.
Professor Ji is the Chief Investigator of the Observational Registry for Basal Insulin Treatment (ORBIT) study, the largest study on basal insulin ever conducted in China, involving 20,000 people with type 2 diabetes nationwide.
Lester Coutinho has joined recently as the Deputy Director, Family Planning Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.Lester had worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation as program officer since November 2010. Previously, for nearly a decade, Lester worked as country program advisor to the Population and Reproductive Health Program in India. Between 1995 and 2000 he conducted research and taught at the Health Policy Research Centre of the Institute of Economic Growth (Delhi), the Centre for Development Economics, and the Department of Sociology (University of Delhi). In 2000 Lester was awarded the Population and Reproductive Health Leadership Development Fellowship by the MacArthur Foundation. He also previously worked as a journalist at The Times of India between 1989 and 1992.
Lester holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature (Hons.) from St. Xavier’s College (Ahmedabad, India), a master’s degree in Political Science from University of Gujarat (India), and a master’s degree in Philosophy (Sociology) from the University of Delhi. During the past two decades Lester has partnered in research and training with various national and international universities and public health institutions, and has published and presented papers on health issues at numerous international conferences.
Professor Nam H. Cho currently resides in South Korea and serves as chairman of the International Diabetes Federation Western Pacific Region (IDF-WPR) 2013-2015.
Dr. Cho became interested in diabetes in 1984 and has developed an academic career in diabetes research that focuses on epidemiology and public health areas. He has published over 80 peer reviewed papers on type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. He is a world renowned diabetes epidemiologist and continually strives in his quest for a better understanding of diabetes. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a clinical epidemiology degree in 1989 and was a medical faculty member at Northwestern University Medical School until he was recruited by the Korean government's “Korean national brain pool recruitment project” during the presidency of Kim Young Sam.
Dr. Cho has served in national and international levels of diabetes organizations. He is the founder of the type 1 diabetes registry in Korea and is also responsible for estimating the prevalence of type 2 diabetes for the Korean population. He served as a committee member for the IDF clinical guidelines on gestational diabetes and the IDF report on bariatric surgery. Since 2004, Dr. Cho has been elected twice (for 6 years) as an executive council member of IDF-WPR and was as Chair Elect of the Region in 2010-2012. Dr. Cho is also the founder of the Korea-Cambodia twining project which helps Cambodia to construct a National Diabetes Center, located in Phnom Penh.
Dr. Cho has served as chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Ajou University School of Medicine and is a director of clinical epidemiology at the University's Hospital. He is also currently the CEO and owner of two companies and since 2000 has served as the president of a humanitarian medical NGO which provides medical services to under-developed countries.
ICUH2015 will be held at the Bangabondhu International Conference Center, Bir Uttom Khaled Mosharraf Avenue, Dhaka 1207