Laura Alfers, M.Phil., has worked since 2009 as a researcher on the Social Protection Programme of WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing). WIEGO is an action research network which works to improve the status of the working poor (particularly women) in the informal economy. In her work for the Social Protection Programme, Ms. Alfers has been involved as a researcher and project manager of WIEGO’s Occupational Health & Safety for Informal Workers Project, which has run for more than 4 years in five countries: Brazil, Ghana, India, Peru, and Tanzania. She has conducted primary research and authored several reports and policy briefs which have emerged from the project, and she has also been involved in building the capacity of informal worker groups in Ghana to demand better urban health services from local government. In June 2013 Ms. Alfers was named as 1 of 10 winners in The Rockefeller Foundation’s Centennial Innovation Challenge. The award provided an opportunity to pilot ideas about the regulation of workplace health and safety in informal workplaces which were developed through the OHS Project and involved collaborations between informal worker organizations, local government institutions, urban planners, and health professionals. The project ran from January to December 2014 in the Warwick Junction informal trading area, which is in Durban, South Africa. The project also provided an opportunity to explore how digital technology and social media could be used to enhance the health and safety of informal workers in their workplaces.
Marleece Barber, M.D., joined Lockheed Martin in 2011 as the director of health and wellness and chief medical officer. Dr. Barber is responsible for the corporation’s strategy for optimizing the health and performance of Lockheed Martin’s global workforce. Dr. Barber’s focus is on developing a workforce that is informed and actively engaged in maintaining their personal health and well-being. Innovation and creativity are hallmarks of the programs she has developed and of her leadership style. Dr. Barber offers a wealth of experience in health and productivity management. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, she worked for Deere & Company where she was the global director of health, work life, and safety. She designed a strategy to create a culture of health at Deere locations around the world, emphasizing the importance of risk factor reduction, good nutrition, exercise, and stress management. She has also had the experience of serving as a regional medical director for Shell Oil. She holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Dillard University, a doctor of medicine from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and a master of science from Harvard University School of Public Health. She is an internist and occupational health physician and a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Public–Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety.
Peter Berman, M.Sc., Ph.D., is a health economist with more than 30 years of experience in research, policy analysis and development, and training and education in global health. He taught at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) from 1991 until 2004, at which time he joined the World Bank. He retired from the World Bank in mid-2011. While with the World Bank, Dr. Berman was the lead health economist in the HNP (Health, Nutrition and Population) anchor department and the practice leader for the World Bank’s Health Systems Global Expert Team from 2008 to 2011. From 2004 to 2008 he was based in the World Bank’s New Delhi office as the lead economist for health, nutrition, and population in India. He is visiting professor at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi, and an advisor to the China National Health Development Research Center for health care financing and health accounts. At HSPH from 1991 to 2004, Dr. Berman was a professor of the practice of population and international health economics, the founding director of the International Health Systems Program, and a principal investigator for two global projects at Harvard, the Data for Decision Making Project and the Partnerships for Health Reform. He also led a multiyear study to develop national health accounts with the Government of Turkey and numerous other international research collaborations. Dr. Berman has been co-director of the HSPH–World Bank Institute Flagship Global Core Course on Health Sector Reform and Sustainable Financing and directed
HSPH’s executive education programs in public–private partnerships and national health accounts.
Paurvi Bhatt, M.P.H., is the senior director for global access at Medtronic Philanthropy, where she leads a multi-million-dollar global strategic grants portfolio that focuses on empowering people affected by noncommunicable diseases, enabling frontline health workers, and advancing the policy dialogue to increase access to care for the underserved. She is a seasoned global health leader with deep multi-sectoral experience in business, nonprofit, and government sectors. She spearheaded global programs in several private companies, including at Levi Strauss and Abbott. Ms. Bhatt has also managed global health technical portfolios at the U.S. Agency for International Development and CARE USA. She has served as an international evaluator at the U.S. General Accountability Office. Her technical expertise is in HIV/AIDS, women’s health, and health systems and economics. She serves on several human resources, international health, and HIV/AIDS working groups and technical advisory committees and is on several boards, including the Global Business Group on Health, AIDSUnited, and GlobeMed. She holds a master’s of public health in health systems and economics from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Northwestern University.
Mirai Chatterjee, M.P.H., is the director of social security at the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India. She is responsible for SEWA’s health care, child care, and insurance programs. She is currently chairperson of the National Insurance VimoSEWA Cooperative Ltd and is actively involved with the Lok Swasthya Health Cooperative. Both cooperatives are promoted by SEWA. She joined SEWA in 1984 and was its general secretary after its founder, Ela Bhatt. Ms. Chatterjee serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Friends of Women’s World Banking, the Public Health Foundation of India, and the Health Action Partnership International. She was an advisor to the National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganized Sector and is in the advisory group of the National Rural Health Mission. She was also a commissioner in the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. She was most recently a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC), appointed by the Prime Minister of India. Ms. Chatterjee has a B.A. from Harvard University in history and science and a master’s from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Martha Chen, Ph.D., is a lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and the international coordinator of the global research and policy action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Orga-
nizing (WIEGO). An experienced development practitioner and scholar, her areas of specialization are employment, gender, and poverty, with a focus on the working poor in the informal economy. Before joining Harvard in 1987, she had two decades of resident experience in Bangladesh working with BRAC (now the world’s largest nongovernmental organization) and in India, where she served as field representative of Oxfam America for India and Bangladesh. Dr. Chen received a Ph.D. in South Asia regional studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of numerous books, including Bridging Perspectives: Labor, Informal Employment, and Poverty (co-edited with Namrata Bali and Ravi Kanbur), The Progress of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Work and Poverty (co-authored with Joann Vanek, Francie Lund, James Heintz, Renana Jhabvala, and Chris Bonner), Mainstreaming Informal Employment and Gender in Poverty Reduction (co-authored with Joann Vanek and Marilyn Carr), Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Picture (co-authored with Joann Vanek), and Perpetual Mourning: Widowhood in Rural India. Dr. Chen was awarded a high civilian award, the Padma Shri, by the government of India in April 2011 and a Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War award by the government of Bangladesh in December 2012.
Somsak Chunharas, M.D., M.P.H., is the secretary general of the National Health Foundation, a Thai nongovernmental organization, working on knowledge-based health policy and system development. He is a medical doctor in preventive medicine with a master’s degree in public health, and he has also received training in medical education and health financing. Dr. Chunharas started his career as a physician and director in community hospitals in rural Thailand, then shifted to international health and health planning with particular interest and experiences in health policy and system research, health insurance systems, research ethics, information systems, human resource development, and knowledge management. He has written articles and book chapters in both Thai and English and was the founding director of the Health Systems Research Institute, which provided crucial technical support in designing the Thai Universal Coverage Scheme. He worked with various organizations in health policy and system development both at home and abroad, for example, serving in World Health Organization (WHO) advisory committees on health research in two regional offices as well as at the headquarters level, and he has been a board member of international organizations such as the Council on Health Research for Development and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. Dr. Chunharas has been a consultant for the WHO and UNICEF as well as being on the expert advisory panel of the ministerial leadership program of the Harvard Kennedy School and School of Public Health.
David de Ferranti, Ph.D., is the president of Results for Development and one of its co-founders. Previously, Dr. de Ferranti was the regional vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean at the World Bank, where he was responsible for a $25 billion loan portfolio and a staff of 700 in 16 locations. He also headed the World Bank’s work on social sectors (nutrition, health, education, population, and social safety net and protection programs), where he oversaw research, policy work, and financial operations in countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. He has led research at Rand and served in the U.S. government, where he was second-in-command of the 2,300-employee federal government agency responsible for food and nutrition programs for low-income households in the United States. He is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a visiting fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He is also an advisor to a number of individuals and organizations, including the United Nations Foundation. Dr. de Ferranti serves on the board of numerous organizations, including the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Synergos, and The Micronutrient Initiative. He spent 10 years on the board of The Rockefeller Foundation, where he chaired the oversight of how its $4 billion endowment is invested. Dr. de Ferranti holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University, with an Outstanding Dissertation Award, and a B.A. from Yale University, with Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude honors. His recent publications include How to Improve Governance: A New Framework for Analysis and Action and a Lancet article, “Reforming How Health Care is Paid for in China: Challenges and Opportunities.”
Hanifa M. Denny, M.P.H., Ph.D., is an associate professor and the director of the Undergraduate Study Program of Public Health with the Department of Occupational Health and Safety at Diponegoro University in Semarang, Indonesia, where she has recently initiated the launch of a doctoral program in public health. In addition, she is currently serving her second term as president of the Indonesian Public Health Union and as vice president of the Indonesian Professional Occupational Health Management Union. Besides her academic activities from 2006 to present, she has also been assigned as the main occupational health consultant for informal sectors with the Indonesian Ministry of Health. Dr. Denny received her bachelor of science in public health from the College of Medicine at Diponegoro University and obtained her master of public health in occupational health from the College of Public Health at the University of the Philippines, Manila. Following her M.P.H., she earned her Ph.D. in public health from the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. As of the end of 2013, she had 4 peer-reviewed publications, 1 book chapter, and 16 unpublished research reports; she
had participated in and conducted 6 specialized public and occupational health training sessions and workshops; and she had contributed to 12 national and international meeting presentations. In addition, she has been awarded several grants while at Diponegoro University. Dr. Denny has been the recipient of 12 noteworthy awards and currently is a member of 6 professional organizations, for 2 of which she successfully provides leadership and vision. She reviews for and is a consultant for journals, government agencies, and private sector industries. Her current focus is on the betterment of public and occupational health system solutions for informal and formal sector workers, primarily in Indonesia and other developing countries.
Victor J. Dzau, M.D., is the President of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM). In addition, he serves as Chair of the IOM Division Committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He is Chancellor Emeritus and James B. Duke Professor of Medicine at Duke University and the past President and CEO of the Duke University Health System. Previously, Dr. Dzau was the Hersey Professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine and Chairman of Medicine at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Stanford University.
Bob Emrey, M.B.A., M.P.H., is a lead health systems specialist in the Office of Health Systems at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) headquarters in Washington, DC. Since joining USAID in 1989, he has led headquarters projects on health financing and governance and served as chief of the Health Systems Division. He served on the executive board of the Health Metrics Network. Before joining USAID, he was consultant adviser to country health agencies, USAID missions, and the World Bank, focusing on strengthening health systems in the areas of strategic planning, management, and financial reform. For 4 years he was director of international programs at the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, where he led a project to develop metrics to assess health program management in developing countries. Earlier he was a policy research specialist focusing on management information systems in U.S. local governments at the Public Policy Research Organization at the University of California, Irvine. He began his public health career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). He served in the USPHS Indian Health Program at headquarters and as a service unit and hospital director at the Crow–Northern Cheyenne Service Unit, Montana. He received his education in California with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Occidental College; an M.B.A.
from the University of California, Los Angeles; and an M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley, and he completed all of the requirements for a Ph.D. in public administration, except the dissertation, at the University of California, Irvine.
Lorna Friedman, M.B.A., M.D., is a partner in Mercer’s Global Health Management practice based out of the company’s New York office. She is board certified in pediatrics and licensed in New York State, with more than 20 years of experience in health care. Her broad experience provides a 360-degree view of medical care, total health management, strategic health care planning, and global health options. Prior to joining Mercer, she spent more than a decade at Cigna, with the past several years in the international division. Her responsibilities included strategic planning for emerging markets, including evaluating global health systems and related health improvement opportunities. Her successful efforts working with large employers of the national accounts division earned her the Gold Circle Award. Earlier in her career at Cigna, she served in quality, medical management, technology assessment, and product and marketing roles, with an emphasis on assisting diverse multinational employer groups with their benefit strategies and programming to improve the health of their employees. Before joining Cigna, Dr. Friedman was an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at Cornell University Medical College–New York Hospital. She also practiced at New York Hospital, where she served as director of the Division of Primary Care, Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Friedman completed her residency at the University of Pennsylvania’s Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she served on the ethics committee and was director of the Homeless Health Initiative. Her efforts in ensuring health care for homeless children earned her the Nancy Elizabeth Barnhart Award for Child Advocacy. She is a graduate of New York Medical College and the Columbia Graduate School of Business.
Charu C. Garg, Ph.D., is a health economist, currently working as an international consultant, a visiting professor, and the director at the Population Health and Nutrition Program at the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi. She worked as a health financing expert at the World Health Organization in Geneva and at the World Bank in Washington, DC, for almost 10 years. Before that, she worked at academic and research institutions and nongovernmental organizations in India for 20 years. She has experience in generating knowledge products for strengthening health systems and providing strategic policy advice to governments globally. Her work has focused on the cross-cutting themes of health financing, information, and service delivery with diseases programs (non-
communicable diseases and HIV) and population groups (children, workers, and the economically disadvantaged). She has managed projects and multi-stakeholder alliances, built capacity, and led resource mobilization efforts at a global level. She has organized and participated in several international conferences and has an excellent publication record. She has a postdoctoral degree from Harvard University in the United States and a Ph.D. from the Delhi School of Economics in India.
John Howard, J.D., M.D., is the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He also serves as the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in HHS. Dr. Howard was first appointed NIOSH director in 2002 during the George W. Bush administration and served in that position until 2008. In 2008–2009, he worked as a consultant with the U.S. government’s Afghanistan Health Initiative. In September 2009, Dr. Howard was again appointed NIOSH director in the Barack Obama Administration. Prior to his first appointment as NIOSH director, Dr. Howard served as chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the State of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency from 1991 through 2002. Dr. Howard received a doctor of medicine degree from Loyola University of Chicago, a master of public health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health, a doctor of law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master of law degree in administrative law and economic regulation from George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the State of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health law and policy.
Ivan Dimov Ivanov, M.D., Ph.D., coordinates the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) global action on workers’ health and leads current projects on linking occupational health to primary health care, on the diagnosis of occupational diseases, and on addressing occupational risks for noncommunicable diseases, including cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. He carried out research on the delivery of essential interventions for workers’ health at the primary care level in six countries and completed a global survey on country actions for workers’ health. Dr. Ivanov started working at the WHO in 2000, first in the Regional Office for Europe as manager of the programs on environmental health policies and occupational health. In 2005 he was transferred to the WHO headquarters, where he facilitated the development of the Global Plan of Action on Workers’ Health and currently coordinates its implementation. Prior
to joining the WHO, Dr. Ivanov was a deputy chief medical officer and senior adviser in occupational health at the ministry of health of his native country, Bulgaria. He is a medical doctor and a specialist in occupational health, and he has studied health administration in the Ministry of Welfare, Japan. Dr. Ivanov obtained his Ph.D. in the sociology of health and environment from Michigan State University in the United States, where he has a faculty appointment as an adjunct professor at the Institute of International Health.
Clarion Johnson, M.D. (Forum Chair), recently retired from ExxonMobil Corporation as the global medical director of its Medicine and Occupational Health Department. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and occupational medicine. Dr. Johnson received his medical degree from Yale University, and in addition to a cardiology fellowship, he did a military/basic science fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, followed by a postdoctoral program in the field of microwave research. He has published a variety of articles in various fields. He is a member of the Urban League’s advisory board BEEP (Black Executive Exchange Program); a past chairman of the Virginia Health Care Foundation; and a member of the Millbank Memorial Fund. He was a member of the National Research Council/Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee to Evaluate the NIOSH Health Hazards Evaluation from June 2007 to December 2008. He is co-chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Public–Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety.
Patrick W. Kelley, M.D., Dr.P.H., joined the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in July 2003 as the director of the Board on Global Health. He has subsequently also been appointed as the director of the Board on African Science Academy Development. Dr. Kelley has overseen a portfolio of IOM expert consensus studies and convening activities on subjects as wide ranging as the evaluation of the U.S. emergency plan for international AIDS relief (PEPFAR); the U.S. commitment to global health; sustainable surveillance for zoonotic infections; substandard, falsified, and counterfeit drugs; innovations in health professional education; cardiovascular disease prevention in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs); interpersonal violence prevention LMICs; and microbial threats to health. He also directs a unique capacity-building effort, the African Science Academy Development Initiative, which over 11 years has aimed to strengthen the capacity of eight African academies to provide independent, evidence-based advice to their governments on scientific matters. Prior to coming to the Academies, Dr. Kelley served in the U.S. Army for more than 23 years
as a physician, residency director, epidemiologist, and program manager. In his last U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) position, Dr. Kelley founded and directed the DoD Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System (DoD-GEIS). This responsibility entailed managing surveillance and capacity-building partnerships with numerous elements of the federal government and with health ministries in more than 45 developing countries. He also founded the DoD Accession Medical Standards Analysis and Research Activity and served as the specialty editor for a landmark two-volume textbook titled Military Preventive Medicine: Mobilization and Deployment. Dr. Kelley is an experienced communicator, having lectured in English or Spanish in more than 20 countries. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 scholarly papers, book chapters, and monographs and has supervised the completion of more than 25 book-length IOM consensus reports and workshop summaries. While at the IOM he has obtained grants and contracts for work conducted by his unit from more than 60 governmental and nongovernmental sources. Dr. Kelley obtained his M.D. from the University of Virginia and his Dr.P.H. in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He has also been awarded two honorary doctoral degrees and is board certified in preventive medicine and public health.
Barry Kistnasamy, M.D., is a medical doctor with additional training in public health, occupational health, and environmental health. He has 25 years of experience in health policy, health planning, and management in the public, nongovernmental, and private sectors as well as the provision of occupational health and HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis interventions in South Africa. He has worked with the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, and the World Bank and has served on many national and international boards, committees, and commissions. He served in the South African Department of Defense during the integration of the armed forces; was the deputy director-general and head of health, welfare, and environment in the Northern Cape province during the first term of the democratic government; and was the dean of the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban. He is the executive director of the Institute for Occupational Health and the National Cancer Registry as well as compensation commissioner for occupational diseases covering compensation for occupational diseases in the mines and works sector in South Africa, and he reports to the Minister of Health. He trained as a medical doctor and specialist in public health at the University of Natal and has had additional education and training in health economics at the University of York in the United Kingdom, in occupational and environmental health at the University of Michigan in the United States, in advanced epidemiology at Tufts University in the United States, and
in health leadership at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. He is an associate fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine of South Africa and has specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
Francie Lund is a senior research associate specializing in social policy. She is the director of the Social Protection Programme of the global research and advocacy network, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing, or WIEGO. Trained as a sociologist and social worker, she practiced as a grassroots organizer in the fields of early childhood development and urban infrastructure, with a special interest in participatory research methods as an organizing tool. A long-standing research interest has been the impact of South Africa’s pensions and grants in mitigating poverty and redressing inequality. This led to her involvement in a range of policy interventions, including chairing the Lund Committee on Child and Family Support in 1995, which led to the introduction of the child support grant. She has been involved in the global debates around cash transfers, such as the child support grant, as a form of intervention in addressing poverty and inequality. She is engaged locally and globally in research and policy advocacy about informal workers, especially regarding local government intervention, and about the provision of social security, and occupational health and safety. An emerging research interest is occupational health and safety for informal workers. She is a research associate at the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester.
Michael Myers, M.A., performs a number of leadership roles at The Rockefeller Foundation, including coordinating strategies for the foundation’s work in the United States and leading two key initiatives, the global Transforming Health Systems initiative and transportation issues in the United States. Mr. Myers joined The Rockefeller Foundation in 2010 and led the organization’s successful centennial program, which included an array of global activities to build on past successes and to help shape the foundation’s future direction. Prior to coming to The Rockefeller Foundation, Mr. Myers served in leadership capacities in the U.S. Senate for much of his career, including as chief counsel and staff director to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He worked on a range of issues, including health care, employment, economic development, refugees, immigration, and education. Before his career in government, Mr. Myers worked on refugee and international humanitarian matters for nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Mr. Myers holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in political science from Columbia University.
Julietta Rodriguez-Guzman, M.Sc., M.D., is a regional advisor on workers’ and consumers’ health at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Coming from Colombia, she received an M.D. degree from Pontific Xaveriana University, a specialty degree in occupational health from El Bosque University, and an M.Sc. applied degree in occupational health sciences at McGill University in Canada. Holding several diplomas in social security, occupational epidemiology, distance education, and labor medicine and rehabilitation, she was awarded a research policy fellowship at the McGill University Institute of Health and Social Policy. During the past 24 years, her work has focused on formulating and assessing occupational health and workers’ compensation systems, policies, and programs; supporting the development of worker’s health promotion; and studying different working conditions in Colombia and other Latin American countries (heavy metals, violence at work, occupational cancer, respiratory diseases, ethics in occupational health practice, rural workers, and gender mainstreaming). She also continued her academic appointment at El Bosque University, becoming an associate professor in occupational health. Her work–life interests are aimed at helping understand and guide social policies, processes, and institutions in order to improve working and living conditions for working people, with a particular emphasis on vulnerable populations, mainly in Colombia and Latin America. Her long-lasting contributions to the workers’ health programs at PAHO, the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, and other international organizations granted her the credentials and the experience to be appointed as regional advisor in workers’ health for the Americas. She is committed to continuing her efforts to focus on the improvement of working and living conditions that can lead to protecting the health and life of millions of workers who live in the region.
Vilma Santana, M.D., Ph.D., is a full professor at the Institute of Collective Health, Federal University of Bahia in Brazil, where she is the coordinator of the Program of Environmental and Occupational Health. Her major interest is the production of knowledge for action, focusing on workers who are underrepresented in research or health and social protection programs and policies, such as informal workers, domestic workers, children, and adolescents, and how their work conditions, together with poverty and social inequities, affects their health and well-being. Other areas of research interest are discrimination in the workplace, gender and work, the evaluation of occupational and safety programs, the costs of occupational injuries and illnesses, and labor and human rights. Most of her studies are developed on work injuries because they represent the vast
majority of reported occupational-related ill-health problems. Dr. Santana teaches courses for the master’s degree and doctorate in public health and is also the coordinator of two diploma courses in workers’ health and occupational epidemiology. From 2006 to 2010 she was the co-chair of the Knowledge Network on Employment Conditions and Health Inequalities (EMCONET), a component of the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinants of Health, and she is responsible for the Case Brazil, Occupational Health Safety for Informal Workers, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing. From 2008 to present she has served as the coordinator of the Collaboration Center for Workers’ Health Surveillance of the Health Ministry, National Coordination of Workers’ Health.
Karen Sichinga, M.Sc., is the executive director of the Churches Health Association of Zambia (CHAZ), which is made up of 135 affiliates representing 16 different churches, both Catholic and Protestant, with a majority of them based in rural areas of Zambia. She is a professional nurse and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta, Canada, and a master’s degree from Leeds University, England. Mrs. Sichinga serves as a member of the regional reference group for Southern Africa for the Ecumenical HIV and AIDS Initiative in Africa, a project of the World Council of Churches (WCC). She holds the position of chair of the Africa Christian Health Associations Platform, an arm of the WCC, and she works closely with the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance.
Orielle Solar, M.Sc., M.P.H., M.D., is a research coordinator for program employment, equity, and health at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences and an assistant professor in the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Chile. She performs collaborative group work with Greds–EMCONET (Grup de Recerca en Salut Desigualtats in the Employment Conditions Knowledge Network) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. She served as a researcher at the Center for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto University, Ontario, Canada, in 2010. Dr. Solar practiced as the chief cabinet under-secretary for public health at the Ministry of Health of Chile from January 2008 to March 2010. Previously, she coordinated the research team that developed the National Survey of Conditions of Employment, Labor and Equality of the Ministry of Health of Chile. She worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva in the Department of Equity, Poverty and Social Determinants of Health (2004–2007), and she was a member of the technical secretariat of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health at the WHO. She was head of the Department of Occupational Health and Environmental Pollution at the Public Health
Institute of Chile (2002–2004) and served as the medical director of medical health services for the metropolitan region (1998–2002). Dr. Solar also serves as an international consultant in the areas of social determinants of health, equity of access, employment conditions, occupational health, and health in all policies.
Poonsap Suanmuang Tulaphan has more than 30 years of experience working with women and informal workers through projects of the Appropriate Technology Association and HomeNet Thailand (Foundation for Labor and Employment Promotion). She has helped develop women’s potential and improve their economic situations using local knowledge of science and technology as well as community enterprise as strategies, which resulted in target women increasing their income for traditional hand-woven cloth. Moreover, she provided the assistance needed to create and run micro finance intermediaries (MFIs) and assistance to the users of MFIs’ service for saving and credit. At present, she is a director of HomeNet Thailand, which is responsible for promoting and advocating for social protection policies and legislation covering informal workers in Thailand. HomeNet Thailand has continuously advocated for informal workers, universal health care coverage, social insurance, occupational health, safety and working environment, elderly pension, and child support allowance. In addition, Homenet Thailand successfully advocated for the Homeworkers Protection Act and the Ministerial Regulation to protect the labor rights of domestic workers in Thailand.
Katherine Taylor, Ph.D., is a research professor in the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Notre Dame. She is also the director of operations and director of global health training at the university’s Eck Institute for Global Health. In her current position, she serves as the university liaison for a number of international global health partnerships. She is also actively involved in training and global health education as the director of the master of science program in global health. Dr. Taylor earned a B.Sc. from Purdue University, an M.Sc. from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. from the Vrije University, Brussels. Her research experience includes 14 years in Kenya, initially employed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on malaria research projects in collaboration with the U.S. Army and the Kenya Medical Research Institute. During her last 10 years in Kenya she worked on the immunology of African trypanosomes in livestock at the International Livestock Research Institute and served as the project leader for immunology and vaccine development. Dr. Taylor left Kenya in 2001 to join the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Division of Microbiology
and Infectious Diseases, as a program officer. There she developed and led a new drug development section within the Office of Biodefense that funded a portfolio of contracts for the development of new drugs against high priority biothreats. Dr. Taylor is currently the president of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Committee for Global Health, and also serves on the program committee of the society. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Forum on Public–Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety.
Yuka Ujita, M.D., Ph.D., serves as the labor administration and labor inspection officer at the International Labour Organization’s (ILO’s) Geneva headquarters. Dr. Ujita, a Japanese national, is a medical doctor by profession and holds a Ph.D. in preventive medicine from the University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan (UOEH) as well as a diploma of occupational health. In addition, she has completed two postgraduate courses at UOEH. Her work experience in the medical field spans more than 20 years. She has served as a medical officer at several medical facilities, including the hospital of UOEH and the Japan Overseas Health Administration Center. As a certified occupational physician, she offered occupational safety and health services to both workers and employers in various settings. In 2003 she joined the International Labor Organization (ILO) Subregional Office for East Asia as the technical officer on occupational safety and health. Since then, Dr. Ujita has contributed to the improvement and promotion of safety and health at work through policy and technical advice, training, knowledge sharing, awareness raising, and project backstopping at both the ILO headquarters in Geneva and the field levels. After 4.5 years of assignment as a specialist in occupational safety and health as part of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, Dr. Ujita assumed her current position of labor administration and labor inspection in June 2014.
Orrapan Untimanon, Ph.D., is an occupational health epidemiologist by training. She has worked at the Department of Disease Control of the Bureau of Occupational and Environmental Diseases (BOED) in Bangkok, Thailand, for 17 years as a senior of professional level. Dr. Untimanon’s major responsibilities at the BOED are (1) studying and development of a body of knowledge to prevent occupational and environmental diseases and control their health hazards; (2) determination and development of the standard for implementation of surveillance programs to prevent occupational and environmental diseases and control their health hazards; (3) development of occupational health services among enterprises, hospitals, and primary care units; and (4) collaboration with both
national and international agencies to strengthen the body of knowledge on occupational and environmental health. Her current projects focus on the development of occupational health services provided by hospitals and primary care units and the development of occupational services for health workers.