Ann Aerts, M.D., M.P.H., D.T.M., has been the head of the Novartis Foundation since January 2013. The Novartis Foundation has the challenging goals of expanding access to quality health care and eliminating diseases such as leprosy and malaria. Before her current role, Dr. Aerts was the franchise medical director of critical care for Novartis Pharma in Basel and the therapeutic area head of cardiovascular and metabolism in Novartis Pharma Belgium. Prior to joining Novartis, she served as the director of the Lung and Tuberculosis Association in Belgium, as the head of the Health Services Department of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, and as the health coordinator for the ICRC in several countries. Dr. Aerts holds a degree in medicine and a master in public health from the University of Leuven, Belgium, as well as a degree in tropical medicine from the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp, Belgium. Dr. Aerts is a member of the advisory boards of the Global Health Group of the University of California, San Francisco; the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Network of Foundations Working for Development; the ITU/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Broadband Commission for Digital Development; and the Governing Council of the United Nations Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries.
Ricardo Baptista Leite, M.D., M.P., is a member of the Portuguese Parliament and serves on its Health Committee and its Foreign Affairs Committee. He is also the national spokesperson for health in the Social
Democratic Party and the head of public health at Universidade Católica Portuguesa. He is the founding president of Unite–Global Parliamentarians Network to End HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, and Other Infectious Diseases and the vice chair of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. One of six people globally nominated by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2016 as an “HCV Change Maker” in recognition of leadership in the field of hepatitis C, Dr. Baptista Leite is also a guest lecturer at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA) Information Management School and the NOVA Medical School. He is the former deputy mayor and city councilor of Cascais and was responsible for health, economic diplomacy, and international relations. Prior to being elected to the Portuguese Parliament, Dr. Baptista Leite worked as a practicing physician, including a 5-year infectious diseases residency program at the Western Lisbon Hospital Centre and an internship at the World Health Organization in Copenhagen. Among other publications, he is the main author of the book Citizenship for Health. He was a Ph.D. candidate at Maastricht University and completed postgraduate studies at multiple universities, including Johns Hopkins University, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baptista Leite is the founder of the initiative Creating Health–Research and Innovation Funding and the co-founder of the Estoril Conferences.
Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D., is the co-chair of the Forum on Public–Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety and the immediate past president of The New York Academy of Medicine. She is now a clinical professor of global public health at the School of Global Public Health at New York University, where she is also a professor of public service, health policy, and management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. In addition, she is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine. She served as the 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 the 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 was the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization from 1994 to 1997. She served in a variety of senior positions in and as president of the New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation, the largest municipal system in the United States, from December 1985 until October 1989. Dr. Boufford was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellowship at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in Washington, DC, for 1979–1980. She currently serves on the boards of the United Hospital
Fund and the Health Effects Institute. She was elected to membership in the NAM in 1992 and served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Global Health and Board on African Science Academy Development. She served two 4-year terms as the foreign secretary of the NAM between 2006 and 2014 and was elected to membership in the National Academy of Public Administration in 2015. She received honorary doctorate of science degrees from State University of New York, Brooklyn (1992); New York Medical College (2007); Pace University (2011); and The University of Toledo (2012). She has been a fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine since 1988 and a trustee since 2004. Dr. Boufford attended Wellesley College for 2 years and received her B.A. in psychology magna cum laude from the University of Michigan and her M.D., with distinction, from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is board certified in pediatrics.
Eugénie L. Birch, Ph.D., M.S., FAICP, RTPI (hon), holds the Nussdorf Chair for Urban Research in the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the founding co-director at the Penn Institute for Urban Research and is also the co-editor of Penn Press’s The City in the Twenty-First Century series and the co-editor of Social Science Research Network’s Urban Research eJournal. Her recent publications include Slums: How the Informal Real Estate Markets Work (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016) and More Than Window Dressing?: Stakeholders and Partnerships in the New Urban Agenda in URBANET (February 2018). Dr. Birch has served as a member of the New York City Planning Commission and on the jury for the World Trade Center site design. She served on the Barcelona Smart City and Expo awards jury for several years. She has also served as the chair of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme’s World Urban Campaign (2014–2016) and as the president of the General Assembly of Partners (2015 to present) and was a member of the U.S. delegation to Habitat III. She is a member of the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization at the World Economic Forum (WEF) and of the WEF Future of Urban Development and Services Advisory Board. Dr. Birch holds a doctorate of philosophy and a master of science in urban planning from Columbia University.
Karin Cooke, M.B.A., is the director of Kaiser Permanente (KP) International, where she designs educational programs and presentations for international health care leaders to share KP’s leading practices and success with its integrated health care model. These programs highlight KP’s focus on community health, innovation, and patient-centered care. Prior to joining KP International in 2018, Ms. Cooke was a director with KP’s Technology Innovation, a group that identifies emerging technologies that
are relevant for KP. KP Technology Innovation partners with KP leaders and frontline innovators to test solutions that can transform how care is delivered. Ms. Cooke led a cross-functional team that fostered innovation projects from across the organization through funding, design coaching, designing pilot projects, navigating legal and intellectual property issues, and fostering stakeholder engagement. Prior to working at KP, Ms. Cooke worked in venture philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, health care, and education and focused on capacity building and leveraging technology to support the different communities served. Ms. Cooke has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.
William H. Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., is the chair of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. From 1997 to 2012, he was the director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prior to his appointment to CDC, he was a professor of pediatrics at the Tufts University School of Medicine and the director of clinical nutrition at the Floating Hospital for Children within the Tufts Medical Center (formerly the New England Medical Center). At the Floating Hospital, he was the director of the pediatric weight control program and a clinic for children with failure to thrive. He has been a councilor and a past president of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and a past president of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a member of the Advisory Board to the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism, and Diabetes of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. In 1995, he received the John Stalker Award from the School Nutrition Association for his efforts to improve school lunches. Dr. Dietz served on the 1995 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. In 1997, Dr. Dietz received the Brock Medal of Excellence in Pediatrics from The New York Academy of Medicine. In 1998, Dr. Dietz was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. In 2000, he received the William G. Anderson Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and was recognized for excellence in his work and advocacy by the Association of State & Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors. In 2002, he was made an honorary member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and he received the Holroyd-Sherry Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of children, adolescents, and the media. In 2005, he received the George Bray Founders Award from the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. In 2006, he
received the Nutrition Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for outstanding research related to nutrition of infants and children. In 2008, he received the Oded Bar-Or Award from The Obesity Society for excellence in pediatric obesity research. In 2012, Dr. Dietz received a Special Recognition Award from the AAP Provisional Section on Obesity as well as the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Georgia Chapter of AAP. He was the co-chair of the commission that produced The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change: The Lancet Commission Report in 2019. He is the author of more than 200 publications in scientific literature and the editor of 5 books, including Clinical Obesity in Adults and Children and AAP’s Nutrition: What Every Parent Needs to Know. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1966 and his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. After completing his residency at Upstate Medical Center, he received a Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ana V. Diez-Roux, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., is the dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health and directs the Urban Health Collaborative at Drexel University. She is internationally known for her research on the social determinants of population health and for her study of how neighborhoods, particularly urban ones, affect health. Her work on neighborhood health effects has been highly influential in policy debates on population health and its determinants. The related programs she has led have spanned physical environments (including air pollution and built environment factors), social environments, and policy effects. She is particularly interested in methodological aspects of special relevance to urban health research, including multi-level analysis and the application of the tools of complex systems methodologies to urban health problems. She has led large National Institutes of Health and foundation-funded research and training programs in the United States and in collaboration with international partners. Most recently, she convened the Urban Health Network for Latin America and the Caribbean, which focuses on promoting research, training, and policies to promote urban health throughout the region. She is the principal investigator of the Salud Urbana en America Latina/Urban Health in Latin America study, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Dr. Diez-Roux has served on numerous editorial boards, review panels, and advisory committees relevant to urban health, including the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (as chair), the Committee on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment of the International Council for Science, and the Environmental Health Matters Initiative of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She was awarded the Wade Hampton Frost Award for her contributions to public health by the American Public
Health Association. She is an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the National Academy of Medicine.
Gordon Feller is the founder of Meeting of the Minds, a nonprofit that brings together urban sustainability and technology leaders to share knowledge and build lasting alliances. Mr. Feller is also a retired member of the U.S. Electricity Advisory Committee (retired 2018) and a former member of the executive office at Cisco Systems HQ (retired 2017). In addition, Mr. Feller acts as a consultant to chief executive officers in numerous organizations, including nonprofits, for-profits, and government. He is a Wilson Center Global Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in the United States.
Allison Goldberg, Ph.D., is the executive director of AB InBev Foundation, where she oversees the execution of the foundation’s strategic vision according to its guiding principles: promoting transparency, supporting local leadership, and maintaining academic integrity. Dr. Goldberg leads the Foundation’s mission to reduce harm from alcohol worldwide and tests new models for cross-sector collaboration. A recognized expert in private-sector-led public health initiatives, Dr. Goldberg earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in public health and political science from Columbia University and a B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan. She is a 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar and holds an academic appointment as a lecturer at Columbia University where she teaches a course titled “Global Intractable Challenges: Innovations, Frameworks, and Change.” Dr. Goldberg has more than 30 publications across outlets such as the United Nations Foundation’s Global Daily and other journals such as the Journal of Health Communication–International Perspectives, Global Public Health, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, and Sexually Transmitted Infections.
Sir Andy Haines, M.D., M.B.B.S., was the dean (subsequently the director) of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine for nearly 10 years, until October 2010, and is currently a professor of environmental change and public health at the same institution. He was a family doctor in inner London for many years and is a former professor of primary health care at the University College London. His international experience includes a secondment at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva and work in Jamaica, Nepal, and the United States. He has participated in many national and international bodies, including the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (on three occasions), the United Kingdom’s Department for Interna-
tional Development Research Advisory Group (latterly chair), and the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research. He was the chair of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and led several Lancet series including Public Health Benefits of Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (2009). He is currently a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council, the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, and The Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health. His research interests focus on the linkages between health and natural systems and the health (co-)benefits of “low carbon” policies, sustainable healthy cities, and food systems.
Clarion Johnson, M.D., the co-chair of the Forum on Public–Private Partnerships for Global Health and Safety, served as global medical director of ExxonMobil until his retirement in 2013. Currently, Dr. Johnson is a consultant to ExxonMobil, the immediate past chair of the Joint Commission’s International and Resource Boards, and a member of the Yale School of Public Health Leadership Council. He serves on several boards including those at the Bon Secours Hospital System; the Yale School of Public Health; and the Milbank Memorial Fund. Dr. Johnson previously served on the Board on Global Health at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. He also holds a secretary appointment from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. In addition, he was a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Health Reform and was the co-chair of the Governor’s Insurance Reform Task Force in Virginia. He is the past chair of the Virginia Health Care Foundation and of the Board of City Lights Public Charter School in Washington, DC. He served as an advisor and a lecturer in the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Continuing Education Global Clinic Course from 2005 to 2008. In 2013, he received the President’s Award from the Oil and International Petroleum Industry Environment Conservation Association and Oil and Gas Producers for contributions to health. In 2012, he received the Society of Petroleum Engineers Award for Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility. In 2011, he received a medal from the French Armed Forces Biomedical Research Institute for “Project Tetrapole,” a public–private partnership in malaria research. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and a member of its board of trustees as well as a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine. While on active duty in the U.S. Army, he also trained as a microwave researcher at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and occupational medicine.
Niels Lund, M.Sc., M.B.A., is the vice president for health advocacy at Novo Nordisk, a global health care company with more than 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. Mr. Lund is responsible for managing Changing Diabetes flagship programmes (including Cities Changing Diabetes) and the Access to Insulin Commitment, which includes Changing Diabetes in Children and Partnering for Change with the International Committee for the Red Cross. Additionally, his responsibilities include partnerships with patient organizations and patient advocates globally. Mr. Lund acts as the co-chair of the Health and Healthcare Strategy Officers’ Council in the World Economic Forum (WEF) and contributes to WEF’s agenda blog platform. Mr. Lund has a master of science in economics from the University of Copenhagen and a master of business administration in health services management from The George Washington University. He joined Novo Nordisk in 2007 as a health economist and worked in various roles before being appointed the vice president in 2012. Before joining Novo Nordisk, Mr. Lund worked in international development with assignments from the United Nations’ Children’s Fund in India and the World Bank in Washington, DC.
Charlotte Marchandise-Franquet has worked as a coordinator, communications officer, and project manager in the corporate world and in nongovernmental organizations. In 2014, Ms. Marchandise-Franquet was elected the deputy mayor for health for Rennes, France; the president of the World Health Organization’s Healthy Cities Network; and the chair of the political vision group of European Healthy Cities. Ms. Marchandise-Franquet is an international expert in Health in All Policies and urban health approaches. She defends whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches. Ms. Marchandise-Franquet also developed a local policy of health promotion, health equity, and environmental health using a systematic, democratic point of view in order to empower inhabitants. Ms. Marchandise-Franquet advocates for city diplomacy and Health in All Policies and works to organize cooperation between cities as well as among city networks, ministries, and university-based grassroots movements. Ms. Marchandise-Franquet believes cities are global actors and advocates to include them systematically in high-level conferences and especially in pursuits to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Rebecca Martin, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Martin has worked both domestically and internationally in immunization, HIV, and health system strengthening and now leads CDC’s global efforts to protect and improve health globally through science,
policy, partnership, and evidence-based public health action. Dr. Martin has more than 18 years of experience working in international health. Since 1991, Dr. Martin has worked in the global health arena and has had CDC assignments in Kenya, Tanzania, and Denmark (2002–2011). She was detailed to the World Health Organization (WHO) African Regional Office from 2002–2006 and was based in Kenya as a senior epidemiologist in the inter-country immunization program office for eight East African countries. From 2006–2008, Dr. Martin served as the program director for strategic information and human resources for health within the CDC country office in Tanzania. Partnering with the Ministry of Health, she led and implemented studies to measure and evaluate the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to strengthen the national capacity to respond. Between 2008 and 2011, Dr. Martin was detailed to the WHO European Regional Office as the regional advisor for immunization, and she spearheaded regional efforts to strengthen immunization and surveillance systems, provide evidence for the introduction of new vaccines, achieve the goal of measles and rubella elimination, and maintain the region’s polio-free status. Most recently, from 2012–2016, Dr. Martin served as the director of the CGH Global Immunization Division, which leads CDC’s global polio eradication efforts, accelerates disease control for vaccine-preventable diseases, introduces new and underused vaccines, and strengthens immunization systems. Dr. Martin began her career with CDC in 1997 in the Epidemiology and Surveillance Division of the National Immunization Program. Prior to joining CDC, she worked at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore, Maryland, as the immunization program epidemiologist. There, she led efforts to increase vaccination coverage, conduct outbreak investigations, coordinate the development and introduction of Maryland’s immunization registry, and support the state’s Vaccines for Children program. Dr. Martin received her doctorate of philosophy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in international health with a focus on infectious disease epidemiology. Over the past 15 years, she has collaborated with multilateral organizations and development partners and has worked closely with ministries of health and nongovernmental organizations. She has co-authored manuscripts and has developed strategic plans and normative guidance and guidelines on immunization strategies, vaccine-preventable diseases, and surveillance methods for both immunization and HIV.
A. David Napier, Ph.D., is a professor of medical anthropology at the University College London and the director of its Science, Medicine, and Society Network. Dr. Napier has been involved in three Lancet commissions and led the 2014 Lancet Commission on Culture and Health. He regularly writes for the press (e.g., Le Monde) and his work has been
widely featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, and The Guardian. For his activities with more than 100 charities, the government and research councils in the United Kingdom (UK) awarded him the first Beacon Fellowship in Public Engagement. He also received the Burma Coalition’s Human Rights Award. Dr. Napier has consulted on vulnerable populations in the aftermath of natural and human disasters for, among others, the World Health Organization, CRISIS UK, the United Nations, and the International Organization for Migration. Currently, he is global academic lead for the Cities Changing Diabetes public–private partnership, which works in 19 countries with city governments that represent more than 120 million people.
Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen, Ph.D., is a world expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk and impact assessment and focuses on healthy urban living. His experience and expertise are in all-cause mortality; respiratory and cardiovascular disease; mental health and cognitive function; cancer and reproductive health; exposure measurement and modeling of indoor and outdoor air pollution; green spaces; ultraviolet (UV) exposure; noise; temperature and physical activity; and new technology such as geographic information systems, smartphones, personal sensors, and remote sensing. Dr. Nieuwenhuijsen leads the international TAPAS study (http://www.tapas-program.org), which examines the health impacts of active transport in six European cities; the European Commission (EC)-funded PHENOTYPE (www.phenotype.eu) study, which examines the relations between green spaces and health; and the SUMA HIA project, funded by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, on health impact assessment in low- and middle-income countries. He has been a co-investigator in many projects, including ICEPURE (www.icepure.eu), which examines exposure to and health effects of solar UV; ESCAPE (www.escapeproject.eu) (and related VE3SPA), which examines the long-term health effects of air pollution; CAVA, funded by the National Institutes of Health, which aims to validate smartphone-based data-collection methods; EC-funded CITISENSE (http://citi-sense.eu), which aims to empower citizens using smartphone technology; EC-funded HELIX (http://www.projecthelix.eu), which examines the early life exposome and childhood diseases; EC-funded EXPOsOMICs (http://www.exposomicsproject.eu), which examines air pollution, water exposome, and health; the EC-funded PASTA study (http://www.pastaproject.eu), which promotes active transportation through sustainable transport; the EC-funded BlueHealth project (www.bluehealth2020.eu), which evaluates the relationship between blue space and health; and the EC-funded LifeCycle project (http://lifecycle-project.eu) on birth cohort coordination in Europe. Dr. Nieuwenhuijsen edited three books: one on exposure
assessment, one on environmental epidemiology, and one on the integration of human health into urban and transport planning. He has also coauthored 400 papers that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and 30 book chapters. In 2018, he was awarded the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology John Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Epidemiology.
Susan Parnell, Ph.D., is a global challenges professor in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol and an emeritus professor at the University of Cape Town, where she co-founded the African Centre for Cities. She has recently been a visiting professor at LSE Cities, a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University College London (UCL), and the Emeka Anyaoku Visiting Chair at UCL. She has been actively involved in local, national, and global urban policy debates around the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and advocates for better science policy engagement on cities. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, historical and contemporary, that document how cities respond to policy change. Recent books include Building a Capable State: Post Apartheid Service Delivery (Zed, 2017) and The Urban Planet (Cambridge, 2017).
William B. Rouse, S.M., Ph.D., is a researcher, educator, author, and entrepreneur. His current positions include principal at Curis Meditor, professor in the School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology, and professor emeritus in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). His earlier positions include the executive director of the university-wide Tennenbaum Institute and the chair of the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. He was the chief executive officer of two innovative software companies—Enterprise Support Systems and Search Technology—and held earlier faculty positions at Georgia Tech, the University of Illinois, the Delft University of Technology, and Tufts University. His expertise includes individual and organizational decision making and problem solving, as well as design of organizations and information systems. In these areas, he has consulted with more than 100 large and small enterprises in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, where he has worked with several thousand executives and senior managers. His current research focuses on understanding and managing complex public–private systems such as health care delivery, urban systems, and defense and emphasizes mathematical and computational modeling of these systems for policy design and analysis. Dr. Rouse received his B.S. from The University of Rhode Island and his S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Olga L. Sarmiento, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., is a professor in the Department of Public Health at the School of Medicine at the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). Currently, she is the director of the Group of Epidemiology at the Universidad de Los Andes. Dr. Sarmiento’s research interests include urban health, healthy behaviors, and the built environment in relation to children and adults in Latin America. She has been a board member of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health and of the Global Advocacy for Physical Activity council, the Urban Health Network for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the International Society for Urban Health. Her current research focuses on international studies and includes the Urban Health in Latin America project; the International Physical Activity and Environment Network; the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle, and the Environment; the Stanford-Colombia Collaboratory on Chronic Disease; and the Our Voice in the City project in Bogotá. She holds an M.D. from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá) and an M.P.H. and a Ph.D. from the Department of Epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Remy Sietchiping, Ph.D., leads the Regional and Metropolitan Planning Unit at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). He oversees the development of strategic programmes within UN-Habitat, including national urban policy, urban–rural linkages, smart cities, metropolitan development, and the application of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning to the health sector. He manages an active global portfolio in more than 40 countries. Prior to joining UN-Habitat, Dr. Sietchiping was project leader of the Global Land Tool Network where he coordinated work on tool development processes—particularly on access to land, tenure security, land management and planning, land information, land policy and legislation, and land-based financing. His working experience spans more than 25 years across the United Nations systems, academia, the private sector, the public sector, and nongovernmental organizations in Australia, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Jamaica, and other parts of the world. Dr. Sietchiping has more than 40 publications, including books, peer-reviewed articles, papers in proceedings, and reports. He speaks French and English and holds a Ph.D. in geography from The University of Melbourne in Australia.
Geoffrey So, M.S., is the head of partnerships at Novartis Foundation. He leads the foundation’s global health policy discussions and works across the portfolio of foundation initiatives to identify strategic partnership needs. He also actively cultivates collaborations with partners across sectors to materialize opportunities that leverage comparative strengths for
health impact and sustainability. Prior to joining the Novartis Foundation in 2016, Mr. So worked at the United Nations (UN), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In the UN Executive Office of the Secretary-General, he served as a global health specialist for the Every Woman Every Child initiative and worked on the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health. He also served as an advocacy and communications lead in the Post-2015 Unit to support adopting and launching the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Global Goals campaign. At WHO/Roll Back Malaria Partnership, Mr. So was responsible for external relations with governments, civil society, and the private sector to raise the political profile of malaria and to mobilize resources to combat the disease. Mr. So holds a master of science in population and public health research methodology (clinical epidemiology and biostatistics) and degrees in microbiology and biotechnology.
David Vlahov, R.N., Ph.D., is an associate dean for research and a professor at the Yale School of Nursing. He is also a professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. His primary area of focus has been urban health. His studies in Baltimore, Harlem, and the Bronx have served as a platform for subsequent individual, community-level, and policy-level intervention studies. This work has contributed new knowledge to efforts to promote health equity. Dr. Vlahov was the director of the Center for Urban Epidemiological Studies at The New York Academy of Medicine and was the founding president of the International Society for Urban Health (www.isuh.org). He has been a visiting professor at the medical school in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and has served as an expert consultant to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Urban Health Center in Kobe, Japan. He is the editor in chief of the Journal of Urban Health, has edited 4 books on urban health, and has published more than 666 scholarly papers. He was the principal investigator of The Rockefeller Foundation’s Roundtable for Urban Living Environment Research project on urban health metrics. He was also a member of the WHO Knowledge Network on Urban Settings, which was part of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. He served on the New York City Board of Health. Currently, he is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and serves on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Global Health.
Adele Waugaman, M.A., is a senior advisor in digital health at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she leads the development of a new strategy to guide the agency’s investments in digital technologies to support global health programs and outcomes. She co-chairs
the 200-member Digital Health and Interoperability Working Group and serves on the advisory groups of a variety of development and humanitarian initiatives, including the Global Digital Health Network and the Humanitarian Innovation Fund. An affiliated expert and a former fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, she has appeared in news outlets such as BBC News and National Public Radio as well as the Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she was the founder and the managing director of Catalyst Advisory, LLC, which provides strategic, technical, and advisory support to organizations using communications technologies to strengthen global health, humanitarian assistance, and global development efforts. Prior to that, she was the senior director of technology partnerships at the United Nations Foundation, where she managed a $30 million partnership with Vodafone that leveraged digital technologies to strengthen global health and humanitarian work. Ms. Waugaman has authored and edited numerous reports on trends at the intersection of digital technologies and international development, including Fighting Ebola with Information: Learning from the Use of Data, Information, and Digital Technologies in the West African Ebola Outbreak Response (co-author) and Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies (editor).