PLENARY SPEAKERS

Plenary speakers

Dr. Emanuele Di Angelantonio

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge – United Kingdom

Plenary: Digital health, health information and Artificial Intelligence

  • Head of the Health Data Science Centre at the Human Technopole in Milan and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at University of Cambridge, Emanuele Di Angelantonio works on big data analysis applied to the study of cardiometabolic diseases, blood donors, and risk prediction.

    After specialising in internal medicine in Rome, he obtained a Master’s degree in medical statistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Cambridge.

    During his career, he has held senior positions at University of Cambridge, NHS Blood and Transplant, European Society of Cardiology, and World Health Organisation. He is the author of more than 25studies published in prestigious journals, including Lancet, JAMA and New England Journal of Medicine.

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Dr. Zijian Feng

Secretary General and Executive Vice President of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association – China

Plenary: COVID-19: The Ongoing Challenge, Lessons Learnt and How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

  • Dr. Zijian Feng is the Secretary General and Executive Vice President of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association and senior research fellow of Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC). He is also the member of the Expert Committee on Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism for COVID-19 of the State Council, member of the Expert Advisory Committee on Health Emergency Response and Disease Control of National Health Commission, Chairman of Committee for the Infectious Disease Standards, Head of the Technical Working Group of the National Immunization Advisory Committee,  Vice Chairman of the Public Health Physician Sub-committee of Chinese Medical Doctor Association, Vice Chairman of the Epidemiology Sub-committee of Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, and the former Chairman of the Public Health Sub-Committee of the Chinese Medical Association. He is also the member of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group for Infectious Hazards (STAG-IH), PHSM and Global Health Crises Task Force (GPMB). He has been engaged in infectious disease prevention and control, national immunization program and health emergency management for 35 years at provincial and national public health agencies. Since 2002, he has served as Deputy Director of National Immunization Program center, Director of Disease Control and Emergency Response Office, Director of Health Emergency Response Center, and Deputy Director of China CDC.

    Dr Feng is also Deputy Chief Editor of China CDC Weekly and Chinese Journal of Epidemiology. He has published over 100 research articles in international journals and Chinese journals, including The Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, PLoS Medicine, BMJ, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Vaccine, et, edited (translated) multiple professional works, and supervised over 50 master’s and doctoral students.

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Dr. Mehreen Hunter

University of Cape Town – South Africa

Plenary: Skills and capacity for health improvement: growing the global public health workforce

 

  • Dr. Mehreen Hunter is a medical doctor by training, currently specializing in Public Health Medicine. She is a registrar affiliated with the University of Cape Town and currently working the Health Intelligence Directorate within the Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness. She has a passion for maternal health, health system strengthening and promoting the development of an internationally recognized, consolidated, responsive and competent public health workforce.

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Dr. Alejandro R. Jadad

MD DPhil FRCPC FCAHS FRSA LLD – Canada

Plenary: Social, economic and political determinants of health and health equity

  • Dr. Jadad is a Canadian-Colombian physician, innovator, entrepreneur and philosopher. He leads initiatives with heads of state, multinational companies, communities, entrepreneurs and scientists from all over the planet, accompanying them during critical decisions in periods of maximum uncertainty.

    He holds a medical degree from Xavierian University in Colombia, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Balliol College, at the University of Oxford in the UK.

    He founded the Centre for Digital Therapeutics in Toronto, Canada, a simulator of the future of health and medicine, and created the Jadad Scale, the most widely used tool to assess clinical trial quality. He has authored 12 books and hundreds of scientific publications. His latest book, published in 2023, is ‘Healthy No Matter What’.

    Dr. Jadad is a member of the Public Health Leadership Coalition, a group of world-class individuals assembled and coordinated by the World Federation of Public Health Associations, to support evidence-informed decisions and accountability around existential threats facing humanity, and to enable a more equitable and sustainable approach to health for all.

Dr. Catherine Kyobotungi

Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) – Kenya

Plenary: Digital health, health information and Artificial Intelligence

  • Dr. Catherine Kyobutungi is the Executive Director of the African Population and Health Research Center based in Nairobi, Kenya. She previously served as the Center’s Director of Research and Head of the research Unit on Health and Systems for Health. Catherine has a medical background and is a trained epidemiologist with research interests in the interface between Non-Communicable Diseases and Health Systems Strengthening. She has led research projects on the epidemiology of NCD risk factors in Kenya, and designed and tested service delivery models for resource-constrained settings such as slum settings. She has also conducted research on the policy context for NCD prevention in several African countries. Catherine is a strong advocate for the societal benefit of research beyond traditional research outputs. At APHRC, she has strengthened the Center’s approaches to policy engagement and advocacy and supported the development of policy and advocacy models to ensure timely and effective uptake of evidence in decision making.  She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers, sits on multiple national and global expert advisory panels.

    Catherine is also the co-Director of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) – Phd and Post-doctoral fellowship Program to strengthen the capacity of eight public Universities in Africa to produce the next generation of African research leaders.

    Catherine is a Joep Lange Chair at the University of Amsterdam and is working on Chronic Disease Management as an entry point to make healthcare systems more responsive to NCDs in Africa. She is also a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Heidi J. Larson

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine – United Kingdom

Plenary: Vaccine preventable diseases and Vaccine confidence

  • Professor Heidi J. Larson,Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project and Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; University of Washington, Seattle; and University of Antwerp and KULeuven, Belgium. Her research focuses on managing risk and rumors. She is particular focused on public cooperation during emergencies – disease outbreak, natural disasters, terrorism and conflict.

    Prof. Larson previously headed Global Immunization Communication at UNICEF, chaired Gavi’s Advocacy Task Force, and served on the WHO SAGE Working Group on vaccine hesitancy. She is author of STUCK: How Vaccine Rumors Start – and Why They Don’t Go Away  (Oxford University Press, 2020). In 2021, she was awarded the Edinburgh Medal and BBC named her as one of the 100 most influential women in the world.

Dr. Laura Magaña

President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health – USA

Plenary: Skills and capacity for health improvement: growing the global public health workforce

  • Dr. Laura Magaña is president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. During her tenure, ASPPH has significantly grown its global engagement, launched the academic public health leadership institute, and enhanced the voice of academic public health through advocacy efforts. She has over 35 years of experience leading the transformation of organizations and academic institutions globally. Most recently, she was dean of the School of Public Health in Mexico at the National Institute of Public Health. Her diverse portfolio features 90 academic publications and educational technological developments—many of which relate to learning environments, the use of technology in education, and public health education. She has been a faculty member and lecturer in diverse universities around the world.

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Dr. Wahid Majrooh

Former Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan – Afghanistan

Plenary: Conflict and public health: prevention, responses, recovery, rehabilitation, reconciliation

 

  • Dr. Wahid Majrooh is the Ex. Minister of Health of Afghanistan, previously served as Deputy Minister for Healthcare Service Delivery, Senior International Relations Advisor and Technical Advisor to the Health Minister. He has the background of working at senior positions with national and international institutions including U.S Embassy, USAID, EU, World Bank, Afghan Government.

    Dr. Majrooh has an MD, two Masters Degrees in Global Health Policy (LSHTM) and Political Science and 14+ years of experience in global health, diplomacy, strategic communication, healthcare delivery to undeserved communities with exceptional capacity in emergency and crisis management.

    Dr. Majrooh currently sits on the WHO’s Executive Board, having previously served as the 1st Vice Chair of WHO Executive Board and alternate Board Member at GAVI.

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Dr. Martin McKee

CBE MD DSc MSc FRCP(Lond) FRCP (Edin) FRCPI FFPH MAE FMedSci – United Kingdom

Plenary: Skills and capacity for health improvement: growing the global public health workforce

 

  • Prof. Martin McKee qualified in medicine in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with subsequent training in internal medicine and public health. He is Professor of European Public Health and Medical Director at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is also research director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Past President of the European Public Health Association. He is President of the British Medical Association for 2022-23. He has published over 1,400 academic papers and 50 books and, measured by citations, is in the top 400 living researchers worldwide.  His contributions to European health policy have been recognised by, among others, election to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, Academia Europaea, and the US National Academy of Medicine, by the award of honorary doctorates from Greece, Hungary, The Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK and visiting professorships at universities in Europe and Asia, the 2003 Andrija Stampar medal for contributions to European public health, in 2014 the Alwyn Smith Prize for outstanding contributions to the health of the population, and in 2015 the Donabedian International Award for contributions to quality of care. In 2005 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He has an active following on Twitter as @martinmckee. Prof. McKee is a member of the Public Health Leadership Coalition, a group of world-class individuals assembled and coordinated by the World Federation of Public Health Associations, to support evidence-informed decisions and accountability around existential threats facing humanity, and to enable a more equitable and sustainable approach to health for all.

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Dr. Samuel Myers

Principal Research Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health

Director of the Planetary Health Alliance United States

Plenary: Planetary Health and Public Health

 

  • Dr. Samuel Myers is a Principal Research Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and is the founding Director of the Planetary Health Alliance. Samuel’s research explores the human health impacts of global environmental change. His projects currently include exploring the human nutritional consequences of rising concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere, falling populations of pollinating insects, and changes in global fisheries in response to ocean warming. He is interested in policy interventions to improve human health while stabilizing Earth’s natural systems. As the Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, Sam oversees a multi-institutional effort (over 320 organizations in over 60 countries) focused on understanding and quantifying the human health impacts of global environmental change and translating that understanding into action globally. For his research, Dr. Myers was the inaugural recipient of the Arrell Global Food Innovation Award in 2018 and Prince Albert II of Monaco prize for research at the interface of health and environment in 2015. He is the co-editor with Howard Frumkin of Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves published in August 2020, and he has authored over 100 peer reviewed articles and book chapters.

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Dr. Maria Neira

WHO Director for the Department of Environmental, Climate Change and Health – Switzerland

Plenary: Planetary Health and Public Health

 

  • Dr. Maria P. Neira was appointed Director of the Department of Environmental, Climate Change and Health at the World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland in September 2005. Prior to that, she was Vice-Minister of Health and President of the Spanish Food Safety Agency. She had previously held several senior positions in WHO. Dr Neira began her career as a medical coordinator working with refugees in the Salvador and Honduras for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). Dr Neira is a Spanish national, and a medical doctor by training. She specialized in Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases; and Public Health. Dr Neira has been awarded the Médaille de l’Ordre national du Mérite by the Government of France and is a member of the Academy of Medicine, Asturias, Spain.

Dr. Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele

Former Director of the Vaccines and Immunization Department, WHO – Congo 

Plenary: Vaccine preventable diseases and Vaccine confidence

  • Dr. Okwo-Bele has worked for more than 40 years at the national and international levels in support of child health, emergency disease control and immunization programmes. He was Director of the WHO Vaccines and Immunization programme, overseeing vaccine research, vaccine regulation and immunization service delivery activities from 2004 to 2017 when he retired. He strengthened the WHO’s vaccine policy-recommendations processes and was involved with the Gavi operations and governance. Previously, he served as Chief of the UNICEF global immunization unit in 2002-2004, Regional Head of the WHO immunization programme in Africa from 1989 to 2002 and Manager of the DR Congo Immunization programme during the period 1984-1989.

    He now provides board advisory and consulting services. He is a member of the Leadership Coalition Group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

    Author of >40 articles and book chapters, Dr Okwo-Bele received the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow recognition for advancing polio eradication in Africa.

    Dr Okwo-Bele is a member of the Public Health Leadership Coalition, a group of world-class individuals assembled and coordinated by the World Federation of Public Health Associations, to support evidence-informed decisions and accountability around existential threats facing humanity, and to enable a more equitable and sustainable approach to health for all.

Keynote speakers

Dr. Rosana Onocko-Campos

Full professor at the State University of Campinas – Brazil

Plenary: Mental health and social wellbeing

 

  • Graduated in Medical Sciences (Argentina, 1986), residency in Internal Medicine (1989), Specialization in Hospital Management (Technnion Institute/Israel 1993), Master’s and PhD in Public Health from the State University of Campinas (1998; 2001) and full professor at the State University of Campinas since 2004. She coordinated the Postgraduate Program in Public Health and the postgraduate committee. Psychoanalyst. She was Visiting Professor at Yale University (2018-19). She has experience in: collective health, management and subjectivity, mental health, health planning and evaluation. She participates in the training of doctors and coordinates the Residency Program in Mental and Collective Health. She leads the research group Public and Mental Health: Interfaces since 2003. In addition, she is a master’s and doctoral supervisor.

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Dr. Agostino Sibillo

CEO Software Research and Development Holding Spychatter Inc. – United States

Plenary: Digital health, health information and Artificial Intelligence

 

  • Dr. Sibillo is an Italian American Computer Scientist renowned worldwide for his prolific path of great inventions and patents. He is the CEO of the multibillion dollars Software Research and Development Holding Spychatter Inc. He is the inventor of “Augmented Reality Sharing” valued over 300 billion dollars (Metaverse) and Cloud Computing. The CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, and Amazon Prime made a documentary on him, his company and his inventions. (Season 6 Episode 1). Dr. Agostino works with several governments on Cyber Security and Digital Health. Dr. Sibillo is on the cover page of Marquis Who’s Who in America and Millennium Magazine as one of the top inventors and computer scientist in the world.

Txai Suruí

Brazilian activist – Brazil

Plenary: Planetary Health and Public Health

Dr. Adrian Te-Patu

Chair of the Indigenous Working Group of the World Federation of Public Health Associations – New Zealand

Plenary: Mental health and social wellbeing