Participant Bios

Participant Bios

  • Chris Beyrer President-Elect, International AIDS Society, MD, MPH

    Chris Beyrer MD, MPH, is Professor of epidemiology, International Health and Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He serves as Director of Johns Hopkins HIV Training Program in Epidemiology and Prevention Science, and founded and directs the university’s Center for Public Health and Human Rights. He is Co-Principal Investigator of the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and also serves as Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. He has extensive experience in conducting international collaborative research and training programs in HIV/AIDS and other infectious disease epidemiology, in infectious disease prevention research, HIV vaccine preparedness, in health and migration, and in health and human rights.

    Dr. Beyrer served as Field Director of the Thai PAVE and HIVNET studies from 1992-1996, based in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand, and has done extensive research in the epidemiology of HIV among key populations in Thailand, Burma, China, India, South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania, Russia, and Kazakhstan. He author of over 200 scientific papers, he has authored the 1998 book War in the Blood: Sex Politics and AIDS in Southeast Asia and co-edited the 2008 book Public Health and Human Rights: evidence-Based Approaches. He becomes President of the International AIDS Society in July, 2014

  • Fred Boltz Managing Director for Ecosystems, The Rockefeller Foundation

    Fred Boltz joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2013. As Managing Director for Ecosystems, Dr. Boltz brings to the Foundation scientific expertise in economics and ecology, combined with practical knowledge of climate change, freshwater and food security issues. His work enhances the Foundation’s global portfolio as we expand our investments in revaluing ecosystems as an underpinning of human well-being, resilience and equitable growth. Dr. Boltz has deep experience implementing programs in Africa, Asia and South America. For much of the last decade, Dr. Boltz served as Conservation International’s lead technical advisor on conservation strategy and practice, providing guidance to staff and partners in over 30 countries on marine and terrestrial conservation, community based conservation, ecotourism, enterprise development. In 2002, Dr. Boltz worked on a post-genocide recovery effort in Rwanda, where he designed a program of economic revitalization in communities buffering the Nyungwe National Park. His immersion in development practice traces to 1992, when Dr. Boltz established Conservation International’s first protected area conservation and rural development project in the eastern rainforest of Madagascar. Dr. Boltz holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Economics from the University of Florida, and earned his B.A. in East Asian Studies from Duke University. He has published actively in leading economic and environmental journals and has co-edited current books on climate change and ecosystem services. A native English speaker, Dr. Boltz is fluent in both French and Spanish, and conversant in Portuguese, Malagasy and Mandarin.

  • Gabriela P Burian Global Director Sustainable Agriculture Ecosystems, Monsanto

    Gabriela has been with Monsanto since 1996 in increasing roles at commercial business, marketing and strategy. In 2007 she started in Brazil the first Monsanto Regional Sustainability Area being the leader until 2012 when she became Sustainable Agriculture Environment Global Lead for the Monsanto Company. In 2010 she represented Monsanto at COP-10, Nagoya. She is based in company headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. In her current role, Gabriela is engaged with the agriculture-food value chain on issues relating to the environmental and economics sustainability of agricultural production systems. She is the liaison delegate for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Business Ecosystems Training, and NGOs partnerships across the world. Prior to her work at Monsanto, Gabriela worked with Brazilian Forestry Company (Votorantim).

    Gabriela is Agricultural Engineer (Unicamp - Brazil), has a Master Degree from France (Universite Laval Sciences et Technique du Languedoc - USTL), Post-Master-course from Universite Laval (Quebec, Canada), Sustainability specialization from Unicamp (Brazil), Executive Course on Sustainable Development Diplomacy and International Program on the Management of Sustainability from Wageningen and Sustainability Challenge Foundation (Netherlands). Gabriela and her husband have two children. 

  • Alex Ezeh Executive Director, African Population and Health Research Center

    Alex Ezeh joined APHRC in 1998, was appointed APHRC’s Executive Director in 2001, and has steered the institution to phenomenal growth to date. He is also the Director of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) and Honorary Professor of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Alex holds a PhD and a Master of Arts degree in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. Alex has more than 25 years of experience working in the population and public health fields and has authored numerous scientific publications covering a broad range of fields including population and reproductive health, urban health, health metrics, and education. He also currently serves on the boards and committees of several international public health organizations including the World Health Organization, PATH, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, and the Wellcome Trust. Alex believes that African researchers and scientists can do more to improve life and well-being in Africa; that African scholars can produce excellent, globally-respected and locally-relevant research while being based in Africa; and, it does not take a whole lot to make visible a difference in Africa.

  • Fernanda Bak Digital Content & Programming Manager, The Economist Events

    Fernanda is a New York-based Brazilian journalist that has worked for all the major Brazilian broadcasting television networks as a news reporter and newscaster for the past 15 years. She holds a Master’s degree from NYU Interactive Telecommunication Program and a Masters in Sustainability from Fundação Dom Cabral. Fernanda has moderated and hosted several events in Latin America and North America and has written extensively on environmental issues, state and national politics, foreign affairs, finance, technology and energy for Rede Globo, Rede Record and Rede Bandeirantes among others. Currently, she is leading content development for The Economist’s summits and events across the US and Latin America and is also a contributor to several publications including The Huffington Post, The Brics Post and SBT (Brazilian System of Television).

  • Ann M. Fudge Former Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands

    Ann M. Fudge is Former Chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, a global network of pre-eminent companies across the full range of marketing communications.  Young & Rubicam Brands companies include Y&R (advertising), Burson-Marsteller (public relations/public affairs), Wunderman (direct and database marketing), Landor Associates (brand consulting and creative design), Sudler & Hennessey (strategic healthcare communications) and Cohn & Wolfe (public relations) among others.  Ms. Fudge received her BA from Simmons College and her MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business. Ms. Fudge is married and has two sons and five grandchildren.

    Prior to Young & Rubicam Brands, Ms. Fudge served as President, Beverages, Desserts and Post Division — a $5 billion unit of Kraft Foods. She served on Kraft’s Management Committee and has managed many businesses including Maxwell House Coffee, Gevalia Kaffe, Kool Aid, Crystal Light, Post cereals, Jell-O desserts and Altoids. Before joining General Foods, she spent nine years at General Mills, where she began as a Marketing Assistant and rose to the level of Marketing Director.

    She serves on the Board of Directors of General Electric, Novartis, and Unilever.  She is on the Board of Morehouse College and is a trustee of the Brookings Institution. Ms. Fudge also serves on the Boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, and is Chair of the U.S. Program Advisory Panel for the Gates Foundation. She was a recipient of the NY Executive Council’s Ten Awards, given for leadership and innovation in businessand was named one of Time Magazine’s Global Business Influentials.

    Ms. Fudge has received the Matrix Award for Advertising from New York Women in Communication. Among her other honors are Leadership Awards from the Minneapolis and New York City YWCA, an Alumni Achievement Award from Harvard Business School, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Ebony magazine, and a Legacy Award in Business from Black Enterprise magazine. She has been profiled in Black Enterprise, Business Week and The New York Times, among others and named by Fortune magazine as one of the 50 most powerful women in American business.

  • Andy Haines Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

    Andy Haines was Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine for nearly 10 years until October 2010 and continues to work at LSHTM as Professor of Public Health and Primary Care. He was previously Professor of Primary Health Care and Director of the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences at UCL and formerly Director of Research & Development at the National Health Service (NHS) Executive, North Thames.  He has also worked internationally including in Nepal, Jamaica and the USA.  He was knighted for services to medicine in 2005. He has been chair of the UK Medical Research Council Global Health Group, a member of the MRC Strategy Board and of many other national and international committees. He is a trustee of UK Biobank, the Medical Research Foundation and of the Royal Society of Medicine.

    His research interests are in epidemiology and health services research. He has published many articles on primary care research and global health issues, particularly on climate change and health. He was a member of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the second and third Assessment Reports in 1996 and 2001 and review editor for the health chapter in the report of WG 2 in the fifth assessment exercise. He chaired the Scientific Advisory Panel for the 2013 WHO World Health Report on Research for Universal Health Coverage.  He has led a number of Lancet series including chairing the Task Force on Climate Change Mitigation and Public Health which was supported by a consortium of funding bodies led by the Wellcome Trust to provide estimates of the public health impacts of climate change mitigation strategies in the electricity generation, household energy, transport and food/agriculture sectors which were published in 2009. 

  • Peter Head CBE FREng FRSA

    Peter is a civil and structural engineer who has become a recognised world leader in major bridges, advanced composite technology and in sustainable development in cities and regions with leadership posts in AECOM and Arup. He has won many awards for his work including the Award of Merit of IABSE and in 2009 the Sir Frank Whittle medal of the Royal Academy of Engineering for a lifetime contribution to Innovation in Engineering and the Environment.

    He joined Arup in 2004 to create and lead their planning and integrated urbanism team, which by 2011 had doubled in size to 800 people.

    In 2008 he was named by the Guardian Newspaper as one of 50 people that could ‘save the planet’.

    He was cited by Time magazine in 2008 as one of 30 global eco-heroes and has been one of CNN’s Principle Voices.

    In 2011 he was awarded the CBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to Civil Engineering and the Environment.

    In April 2011 he left Arup to set up The Ecological Sequestration Trust,  a Charity which has brought together the world’s top scientists, engineers , economists, financiers, health, ecology and other specialists to create a GIS platform to enable regions all over the world to plan, design and implement inclusive resilient growth  using  low carbon urban-rural development approaches which are energy, water and food secure. A key part of the approach is to make use of EO and ground based remote sensing data, fed into a human-ecology-economics agent-based systems model for practical collaborative planning and investment. The systems platform includes links between human well-being, human health, ecological and soil health and economics.

  • Richard Horton FRCP FRCPCH FMedSci, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet

    Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet.  He was born in London and is half Norwegian. He qualified in physiology and medicine from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He then joined The Lancet in 1990, moving to New York as North American Editor in 1993. Richard was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors and he is a Past-President of the US Council of Science Editors.  He is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and the University of Oslo. He has also received honorary doctorates in medicine from the University of Birmingham, UK, and the Universities of Umea and Gothenburg in Sweden. He is a Council member of University of Birmingham. In 2011, he was appointed co-chair of the independent Expert Review Group overseeing delivery of the UN Secretary-General's Global Strategy of Women's and Children's Health. He is a Senior Associate of the UK health-policy think-tank, the Nuffield Trust. Richard received the Edinburgh medal in 2007 and the Dean’s medal from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2009. He has written two reports for the Royal College of Physicians of London: Doctors in Society (2005) and Innovating for Health (2009). He wrote Health Wars (2003) about contemporary issues in medicine and health, and he has written regularly for The New York Review of Books and the TLS. He has a strong interest in global health and medicine’s contribution to our wider culture. In 2011, he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine

  • Peggy Liu Chairperson of JUCCCE

    Peggy Liu, Chairperson of JUCCCE, is one of the leading international experts on China‘s sustainability landscape and fostering international collaboration with China. JUCCCE is a non-profit organization most noted for its multi-sector convening power. Key JUCCCE milestones: holding the first public dialogues between US & China on clean energy, introducing Smart Grid to China, educating 600 Chinese government leaders on how to build sustainable cities, creating the China Dream initiative to reimagine prosperity for sustainable consumerism, creating early consumer awareness on the use of energy efficient lightbulbs and pollution masks.

    She is also an executive advisor to Marks & Spencer, an advisor to the World Economic Forum Project Board on Sustainable Consumption, and Volans. She is a member of the FTSE Environmental Markets Committee, and a Thought Leader at Criticaleye. She served as a sustainability advisor to HP in 2013, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on Sustainable Consumption 2012-13 and on New Energy Architecture 2011-12, and an energy adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008.

    As one of the leading green voices in China, Peggy was honored as a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment, a Forbes "Women to Watch in Asia", a China top 50 innovative business leaders by China Business News Weekly, WEF Young Global Leader, the Hillary Step for Climate Change Solutions.  Also features such as Oriental Outlook ("China Dream"), Global Times (“Green Goddess”), Beijing Tatler (“Green Miracle”), Vogue ("3 Women Who Better the World"), Madame Figaro "Top Life" award, L’Officiel ("China's Most Successful Women").

    In 2007, Peggy organized the MIT Forum on the Future of Energy in China from which JUCCCE was formed. This forum was the first public dialogue between US and Chinese government officials on clean energy in China. Prior to JUCCCE she had a diverse career as a venture capitalist in Shanghai, an ecommerce pioneer in Silicon Valley, a software marketing executive, a McKinsey consultant, and a computer programmer. She is a graduate of MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and completed programs at Harvard Kennedy School and at Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy.  

    Peggy has a passion for making the world a better place. She believes in the power of one person to inspire collaborative change, that the most helpful skill is telling a good story, that cultural translators are the most important job of the next generation, and that those who can, should. Peggy is Chinese-American and resides in Shanghai with her husband and two sons.

  • Dr Loke Wai Chiong Director, Development (Regional Health System); Jurong Health Services

    Dr Loke began his career in Medicine after graduating from the National University of Singapore on the Dean’s List. He is professionally qualified as a Family Physician, having completed the Master of Medicine and Fellowship in Family Medicine. In the early 2000s, he was Director over operations and clinical services of two busy primary care polyclinics. Keen to make a broader strategic and system-level impact, he took on hospital and Group HQ roles and was Director of Quality, Resource Management, Clinical Standards and Improvement at the National Healthcare Group. Concurrently, he was Director Human Resource overseeing HR management for 700+ doctors. Subsequently, he joined the government and was Director of Health & Wellness Programme Office at the national level, kick-starting the novel joint initiative between the Ministry of Health and Singapore Economic Development Board. With the government, he was also concurrent Executive Director of National Medical Research Council, and was tasked to promote translational clinical research excellence, develop initiatives to build a vibrant biomedical research community and improve human health and realize economic benefits through strategic collaborations.

    From 2011 to 2014, he was management consultant and Director of KPMG Global Healthcare Practice. There, he worked with clients, governments and people across 22 countries to address the challenge of providing quality healthcare at affordable cost. His projects included care system redesign, quality and margin improvement, due diligence for healthcare transactions, risk management and health IT projects around the world.

    In his latest assignment with Jurong Health Services, Dr Loke’s task is to develop the Regional Health System strategy of accountable care, and oversee the development and operation of community services, facilities and care integration initiatives. A big part of his role is to lead in engagements with private and public sector, primary care and long-term care providers, non-profit and charity bodies, government agencies, community and grassroots organizations, to pursue the goal of total population health.

    Besides his medical qualifications, Dr Loke received his Double MBA from the University of California (Los Angeles) and the National University of Singapore.

  • Sarah Molton, PhD Head of Sustaining Health, Wellcome Trust

    Sarah heads the Sustaining Health team at the Wellcome Trust. This forms part of the Trust’s developing strategy in connecting environment, nutrition and health. The Trust wants to foster multidisciplinary research in this area to inform the global response, working in partnership with others to put health at the core of sustainable development. Further information can be found here.

    Prior to taking on this role, Sarah worked in Innovations at the Wellcome Trust managing a broad portfolio of healthcare investments. Sarah joined the Trust in 2010 from Cancer Research Technology Ltd., where she was a Business Manager for four years. She holds a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of York and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. Sarah’s post-doctoral research was completed at the University of California San Francisco.

  • Sania Nishtar SI, FRCP, Ph.D, Heartfile

    Sania Nishtar graduated from medical school in 1986 as the best graduate with 16 gold medals, a college record, which remains unbroken to date. In 1999 she left a lucrative career as Pakistan’s first woman cardiologist to establish the NGO think-tank, Heartfile which today is the most powerful health policy voice and catalyst for health reform in Pakistan and is recognized as a model for replication in other developing countries. She is the founder of many other health institutions, Pakistan’s Health Policy Forum and Heartfile Financing, a program to protect people against health impoverishment. In 2013 she served as a Federal Minister in Pakistan’s Interim Government, where she held four portfolios, including Education and Trainings, Science and Technology, Information Technology and Telcom, and Health.

    Sania Nishtar’s has in-country and international experience. Internationally, she is a member of many Expert Working Groups and Task Forces of the World Health Organisation and is co-chair of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity. She is a member of the board of the International Union for Health Promotion, the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. She is Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council and a member of the Ministerial Leadership Initiative for Global Health, the Clinton Global Initiative and is Chair of GAVI’s Evaluation Advisory Committee. She also led the Pakistan Lancet Series on Health Reform. She has previously headed many global initiatives, including the award winning Global World Heart Day campaign. She is a regular plenary speaker, chair or moderator at global health meetings and a part of organizing major international conferences. She has chaired or been part of many international declarations and statements of the World Health Organization. 

    Sania Nishtar is a key health policy voice in Pakistan, the author of Pakistan’s first health reform plan, Pakistan’s first compendium of health statistics, and the country’s first national public health plan for NCDs. One of her books, an analysis of Pakistan’s health systems became the blue print for the country’s health policy. She is a member of many boards, advisory groups and task forces and a voice to catalyze change at the broader governance level in Pakistan.

    Sania Nishtar is the author of 6 books, more than 100 peer review articles and around the same number of op-eds. Her latest, Choked Pipes, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. She is the recipient of Pakistan’s Sitara e-Imtiaz, a presidential award, the European Societies Population Science Award, and many accolades of the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge and the American Biographical Center. In 2011 she received the prestigious Global Innovation award, which was given only to four individuals in the world, one of them being President Bill Clinton. Sania Nishtar holds a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and a Ph.D from Kings College, London. 

  • Steve Osofsky Senior Policy Advisor for Wildlife Health

    Steve Osofsky, DVM, joined the WCS Field Veterinary Program in December 2002 as the Society's first Senior Policy Advisor for Wildlife Health, subsequently becoming Director, Wildlife Health Policy.  In 2013, he became the Executive Director for Wildlife Health & Health Policy, overseeing all of the WCS Global Conservation Program's work in the health realm. Previously, Steve served as WWF's Director, Field Support for species programs in Asia and Africa. In the early 1990s, he was the first Wildlife Veterinary Officer for the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Dr. Osofsky has also worked in the zoological community and was Director of Animal Health Services at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas for several years.  As an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Diplomacy Fellow, he served as a Biodiversity Program Specialist at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he focused on ground-truthing integrated conservation and development projects, providing technical advice on wildlife management, and on working with the USFWS on the Rhino-Tiger and African Elephant Grants Programs as well as on CITES policy. 

    Steve's earliest fieldwork was as a Harvard University Traveling Fellow in Africa in the mid-1980s, and it was this experience, observing wildlife species in Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda while examining conservation challenges from the perspectives of local people, NGOs, and governments, that convinced him to pursue a career in wildlife conservation. Steve has more than 30 scientific publications to his name, including the edited volume Conservation and Development Interventions at the Wildlife/Livestock Interface: Implications for Wildlife, Livestock and Human Health. Dr. Osofsky received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University, and completed a small animal medical/surgical internship at Virginia Tech. Dr. Osofsky developed the Animal & Human Health for the Environment And Development (AHEAD) Program, one of the foundational components of the WCS 'One World, One Health' initiative. More recently, he worked with a range of public health and environmental science colleagues to launch the Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages (HEAL) Program. Dr. Osofsky is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.

  • Montira Pongsiri PhD, MPH, Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations

    Dr. Montira Pongsiri was the first Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), where she worked on science and technology issues as part of U.S.-ASEAN engagement.  Dr. Pongsiri led the Mission’s efforts to shape U.S. long-term science cooperation with ASEAN, to develop and apply science and technology to support ASEAN’s sustainability goals and to improve the capacity and quality of science-based policy-making in ASEAN.

    She was on overseas assignment to the U.S. Mission to ASEAN from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development, where she is an Environmental Health Scientist.

    At the EPA, she leads a research initiative on biodiversity and human health which studies the links between anthropogenic stressors, changes in biodiversity, and infectious disease transmission.  The research is aimed at developing new, sustainable, environmentally-based tools and technologies to reduce and prevent human infectious diseases, while at the same time, conserving the environment and enhancing our ecosystems.  She manages an extramural portfolio and is a co-investigator on interagency projects examining the links between land use change, biodiversity, and human disease. She also works closely with interagency partners on scientific outreach.

    Before joining EPA, Montira completed her Ph.D. at Yale University.  Her dissertation focused on the institutional capacity to assess and manage tradeoffs of the use of DDT for malaria control.  She also holds Masters’ degrees in Environmental Studies and Public Health from Yale, and a B.S. in Neuroscience from Oberlin College.  She is a native English speaker, proficient in Thai, and conversant in Spanish.

  • Tara  Acharya Senior Director, Nutrition Issues Strategy, in Global Research & Development at PepsiCo

    In this capacity she works with internal stakeholders and external partners to  guide and develop PepsiCo’s global positions in nutrition.  These positions are intended to help PepsiCo navigate both risks and opportunities with regard to nutrients in our global portfolio of products.  Previously, Tara worked in Global Health Policy in PepsiCo, where she worked primarily on external partnerships focused on improving global health. 

    Prior to this, Tara held the position of Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation focusing on international development issues, and making grants to promote open innovation for development and to control the spread of infectious diseases derived from animals.  She was formerly a consultant to the Rockefeller  Foundation  and the Bill & Melinda Gates  Foundation  in Global Health, with  a focus  on public‐private partnerships to meet the health needs of poor people worldwide.   Before her work in the field of global health policy, Tara was a scientist in the biotechnology industry, working in the areas of personalized medicine at Genaissance Pharmaceuticals and proteomics at Celera.  She received both her  PhD  in  biochemistry  and her MPH in international health from  Yale University.

  • Juith Rodin President, The Rockefeller Foundation

    Judith Rodin is president of The Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations. She was previously president of the University of Pennsylvania and provost of Yale University. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, Rodin has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century and today the Foundation supports and shapes innovations to strengthen resilience to risks and ensure more equitable growth around the world. The Foundation accomplishes these goals through initiatives to address climate change in poor communities, to strengthen global health systems, to catalyze the field of impact investing, to mobilize an agricultural revolution in Africa and to shape smart, sustainable transportation policies in the United States. A widely recognized international leader in academia, science, and development, Rodin has actively participated in influential global forums, including the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the United Nations General Assembly. She is also a member of the African Development Bank’s High Level Panel, a board member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (co-created by The Rockefeller Foundation). In November 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo named Rodin Co-Chair of the New York state 2100 Commission on long-term resilience following Superstorm Sandy. A pioneer and innovator throughout her career, Rodin was the first woman named to lead an Ivy League Institution and is the first woman to serve as The Rockefeller Foundation’s President in its nearly 100-year history. A research psychologist by training, she was one of the pioneers of the behavioral medicine and health psychology movements. She is the author of more than 200 academic articles and has written or co-written twelve books. She has received eighteen honorary doctorate degrees and has been named one of Crain’s fifty most powerful women in New York for three years in a row. She has also been recognized as one of Forbes world’s 100 most powerful women in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Rodin serves as a member of the board for several leading corporations and nonprofits including Citigroup, AMR Corporation, Comcast, and the White House Council for Community Solutions. Rodin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University. She resides in New York City.

  • Tim Shorten Development professional and evaluator

    Tim Shorten is a development professional and evaluator with over 10 years’ experience in undertaking and managing complex multi-stakeholder evaluations and processes. He primarily focusses on monitoring and evaluation and impact and accountability. His areas of technical focus and experience include: Aid Effectiveness, Reproductive Maternal & Newborn Health (RMNH), HIV and AIDS, Health Systems, Education and Governance. Tim is experienced in development and implementation of international and national level policy, working closely with developing country governments, bilateral and multilateral institutions, civil society and private sector, as well as with parliamentarians.

    Tim’s most recent work has been on designing and implementing a monitoring and evaluation framework for the International Health Partnership (IHP+), in evaluating DFID’s RMNH and Malaria Frameworks for Results, on health and human security, on health and the post-2015 development agenda, and on human resources for health (for the 3rd Global Forum on HRH).   Previously, Tim also contributed to the 5 year evaluation of UNITAID, and led work on developing an M&E framework for SADC’s Pharmaceutical Business Plan, which have involved assessing the evaluability of these programmes. Prior to this, he spent 8 years working in various capacities for the UK’s Department for International Development, including leading the development of the 2008 UK AIDS strategy in developing countries (both the policy and the M&E framework).

  • Samantha Silberberg Global Program Manager, The Economist

    Samantha Silberberg is a Global Program Manager at The Economist, and a media maven. Samantha is responsible for overseeing the successful execution of integrated campaigns across multiple business units.  An active participant at General Assembly, the premier international think tank headquartered in New York, Samantha strives to apply new business models and learning throughout all of her projects. While at The Economist, Samantha played an incremental role redesigning the look and narrative of The Economist Group's Lean back blog and is a regular contributor.  Prior to The Economist, Samantha worked in strategy and planning at Zenith and OMD media agencies. Samantha has a B.A. in Advertising from the Journalism School at the University of Colorado and currently resides in New York City.

  • Agnes Soucat Phd., Director for Human Development for the African Development Bank

    Dr. Agnes Soucat is the Director for Human Development for the African Development Bank, where she is responsible for health, education, and social protection for Africa, including 54 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb. Dr. Soucat was previously a Lead Economist at the World Bank. She is a commissioner of the recent “Lancet Commission on Investing in Health” 2013, and a co-author of the WDR2004 “Making Services Work For Poor People “. She recently published “ The labor market for health workers in Africa”. Dr. Soucat holds an MD and a Masters in Nutrition from the University of Nancy in France as well as a Master of Public Health and Ph.D in Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University.

  • Sarah Whitmee PhD.

    I am a conservation biologist and macroecologist interested in the relationships between ecosystem change and human health, drivers of species extinction and the efficacy of biodiversity conservation measures. I completed my PhD in 2011 at Imperial College London, where my research focused on modelling the impact of climate change on mammal species ranges. I frequently work with large data sets, meta-analysis techniques and on modelling projects which utilize both environmental and socio-economic data. My current work, based at University College London, centres around 1) measuring the effectiveness of protected areas in both terrestrial and marine systems and 2) improving understanding of ecosystem service trade-offs and the impacts of environmental change on human health. 

  • Freya Williams EVP, Group Head, New York, Business + Social Purpose

    Freya Williams, EVP, Group Head, New York, Business + Social Purpose is a seasoned brand strategist with a strong track record helping clients incorporate sustainability, responsibility and purpose into their brands and brand their sustainability and CSR initiatives. As Group Head, Freya has responsibility for Edelman’s CSR, sustainability and citizenship offering in New York.

    Prior to joining Edelman, Williams co-founded OgilvyEarth, a dedicated sustainability and CSR communications practice within global communications network Ogilvy. As the strategic lead on N. American and global OgilvyEarth client engagements, Freya was responsible for the strategy behind brand initiatives and campaigns including Coca Cola's PlantBottle, Hellmann's switch to free range eggs and the award-winning Hopenhagen campaign in support of the United Nations at the COP15 climate change conference in Copenhagen. She also advised clients including Tetra Pak, Waste Management, Domtar, Delhaize Group and GSK. In 2011, Williams co-authored the influential report Mainstream Green: Moving sustainability from niche to normal. She is a regular public speaker at venues including Columbia and Harvard. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, and in “The Financial Times”, “Newsweek” and even “The Onion”. Her work at OgilvyEarth was awarded with a Cannes Lion for creative excellence, a David Ogilvy award for innovation in market research and an Atticus Award for outstanding thought leadership for the booklet “From Greenwash to Great: Great Green Marketing without the Greenwash”.

    Prior to founding OgilvyEarth, Williams spent 10 years as a senior brand strategist, advising major global blue chip clients as diverse as Dove, Goldman Sachs, Hershey, Kodak and American Express on their brand and marketing strategies. A native Brit, she has lived in the US since 2000.

    Williams first book will be published by AMACOM in 2015. It will provide an analysis of the shared characteristics of nine leading companies that have succeeded in building billion dollar businesses with sustainability or social good at their core.

    Her mission, as her career showcases, is to help move sustainable business, behaviors and brands into the mainstream. 

  • Derek Yach Executive Director of the Vitality Institute

    Derek Yach has focused his career on advancing global health. He is currently the Executive Director of the Vitality Institute.

    Prior to that he was Senior Vice President of Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo where he supported portfolio transformation and led engagement with major international groups as well as new African initiatives at the nexus of agriculture and nutrition. He has headed global health at the Rockefeller Foundation, been a Professor of Global Health at Yale University, and is a former Executive Director for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health of the World Health Organization (WHO). At WHO, Dr. Yach served as cabinet director under Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland, where he led the development of WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the Global Strategy on Diet and Physical Activity. Yach established the Centre for Epidemiological Research at the South African Medical Research Council. He has authored or co-authored over 200 articles covering the breadth of global health, regularly publishes blog posts, and is cited by the Huffington Post, The New York Times and The Economist. Dr. Yach serves on several advisory boards including those of the Clinton Global Initiative, the New York Academy of Sciences, the World Economic Forum, the NIH’s Fogarty International Centre, the Mass General Global Health Board and PepsiCo’s Scientific Advisory Board. He is Chairman of the Board of Cornerstone Capital. His degrees include an MBChB from the University of Cape Town, BSc (Hons Epi) from the University of Stellenbosch; an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and a DSc (Honoris Causa) from Georgetown University. He lives in Connecticut, USA and is an avid swimmer.

  • Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, PhD

    Dr. Dias has over three decades of experience in biodiversity science and policy and its implementation at national and international levels. He brings a unique combination of scientific training and extensive experience in negotiation. He obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Brasilia and went on to obtain his PhD in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh in 1981.

    While working as division chief for environmental studies for the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and as Associate Professor of Forest Protection and Ecology at the University of Brasilia, he became increasingly involved in the negotiations leading up to the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity. He was involved in the meetings of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1991 and 1992, served on the Brazilian Delegation for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992, as well as on the Intergovernmental Committee of the CBD in 1993 and 1994. Mr. Dias has since participated in each of the meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity as a member of the Brazilian Delegation, and was one of the co organizers of the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, held in Curitiba Brazil in 2006.

    He has also been a member of the Brazilian Delegation in most of the meetings of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA), and was vice president of the SBSTTA bureau representing Latin America 1994-1996.

    During the period 1992-2011, he participated extensively in the major inter-sessional meetings and workshops of the CBD, and played a prominent role in the preparation, conception and negotiation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, which was adopted by Governments in Nagoya Japan in October 2010.

    His scientific background and training has been mobilized in the service of a number of international initiatives relating to biodiversity science and policy. He was a member of the Scientific Steering Committee and the Advisory Committee of the DIVERSITAS Program from 1997 to 1999, coordinator of the Steering Committee of the Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN/OAS) from1997-2002 and vice-president of the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) from 2004-2007.

    Dr. Dias also was a member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP/UNEP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) from 2006 to 2007. Mr Dias’ experience at the international level is informed by his work at the national level in Brazil in implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity. Among others, he coordinated the National Biodiversity Programme (PRONABIO) since 1994, coordinated the negotiations for the creation of Brazil’s National Biodiversity Policy (1998-2002) and coordinated the National Biological Diversity Project– PROBIO (1996-2005). His interest in ways to mainstream biodiversity into the activities of other economic sectors was realized in his coordination of the National Biodiversity Mainstreaming Project –PROBIO II (2009-present) and his work on the relationship of business and biodiversity. He has occupied leading positions in the Brazilian Federal Government administration. Before joining the Secretariat, he was Secretary of Biodiversity and Forests at the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment since September 2010, and before that was Director for Biodiversity Conservation since 1999, overseeing national biodiversity and forest programs directly implemented by the Ministry of the Environment and the national programs implemented by institutes subordinate to the Ministry.

    Mr. Dias joins the Secretariat at the beginning of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity and the first years of implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

  • Robert Garris Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

    Robert Garris is the Managing Director of Bellagio Programs and a member of the senior leadership team at The Rockefeller Foundation, where his work enhances and extends the Foundation’s global network, search activities, and overall convening capacity through outreach, recruitment, and selection of conferences and resident fellows at the Foundation’s Bellagio Center in northern Italy. He also leads the Foundation’s global and U.S. work on the philanthropic sector. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Rob spent eight years at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where he served most recently as Senior Associate Dean. In this role, he was responsible for ensuring that strategic planning, external affairs, global partnerships, and student affairs advanced the School’s core mission to train students and produce research that promoted global public interests. Prior to SIPA, he held leadership positions at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Garris holds a Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Carolina with a focus on immigration and urban policy. He resides in New York City.

  • Anthony Capon Professor and Director, International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University, Kuala Lumpur

    Anthony Capopn is a public health physician and an authority on environmental health and health promotion, with research interests in urban sustainability and human health. Prior to joining UNU, Tony served as professor of public health and head of discipline at the University  of Canberra.  He concurrently held the post of visiting professor in the faculty of built environment at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.   

     
    With more than two decades of senior leadership and management experience in public health research, education and policy, Tony has consulted in many countries and for a wide variety of organizations.  He was the founding convenor of the climate change adaptation research network for human health in Australia.  Previously, he was director of public health with the Western Sydney Area Health Service and worked on prevention of non‐communicable diseases with the charitable organization Oxford Health Alliance.   
     
    Since 2008, he has been working with the International Council for Science to develop the global interdisciplinary science programme on health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment using systems approaches.  Tony has held National Health and Medical Research Council and World Health Organization fellowships, as well as leadership roles with the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and the International Society for Urban Health. 
  • Paul Bunje Senior Director, Oceans at the XPRIZE Foundation
    Paul ME Bunje, PhD is a Senior Director, Oceans at the XPRIZE Foundation. Dr. Bunje comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with more than 12 years of experience in science, policy, education, and environmental leadership. Dr. Bunje brings his unique ability to bridge the gap between science and society to the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE to help lead the identification of solutions to the challenges facing our world’s oceans. 
     
    Prior to joining XPRIZE, Dr Bunje served as the founding Executive Director of the UCLA Center for Climate Change Solutions and as the Managing Director of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability. In these roles, he facilitated innovative research and communication between scientists, decision makers, and the public and led the  creation of regional  climate  change programs for the 10 million people of Los Angeles County.  
     
    Dr Bunje has served as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as an educator at science museums in California and Minnesota. Dr. Bunje’s service includes the City of Los Angeles’ Green Retrofit Advisory Council, a fellow of the Center for Tropical Research, board member of Climate Resolve and the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative, and as an advisor to USAID, Clean Tech LA, and the Asia Society. Dr. Bunje has lived and conducted scientific research in Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific—providing first‐hand insight into the diverse challenges we face in protecting critical habitats and communities. 
     
    Dr Bunje is trained in biology, with a BS from the University of Southern California and a Ph.D. from the University  of  California, Berkeley. He is  an  Associate  Researcher at the UCLA  Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and continues to serve in a number of leadership roles in environment, energy, and sustainability. 
  • Vijay Vaitheeswaran China Business and Finance Editor, The Economist

    Vijay Vaitheeswaran is the China Business and Finance Editor at The Economist and an award-winning senior correspondent. His editorial responsibilities range from business and finance to science, technology, and innovation. His latest book, Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems (Harper Collins), is about the future of global innovation. Vaitheeswaran is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum and a regular speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative. He teaches at NYU’s Stern Business School and his commentaries have appeared on NPR and the BBC, in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the New York Times. Vaitheeswaran joined The Economist’s editorial staff in 1992 as its London-based Latin America correspondent and opened the magazine’s first regional bureau in Mexico City. From 1998 to 2006, he covered the politics, economics, business, and technology of energy and the environment. From 2007 to 2011, his portfolio encompassed innovation, global health, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. 16 Revaluing Ecosystems

    Vaitheeswaran is an engineering graduate of the MIT, where he was named a Harry S. Truman Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Congress. He resides in Shanghai.

  • Howard Frumkin Dean, and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, at the University of Washington School of Public Health
    Howard Frumkin is Dean, and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, at the University  of  Washington School of Public Health is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist.  From 2005 to 2010 he served at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), where he established programs in Climate Change and in Healthy Community Design, and as Special Assistant to the CDC Director for Climate Change and Health.  From 1990 to 2005, he was Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Emory Medical School. 
     
    Dr Frumkin currently serves on the Boards of the U.S. Green Building Council, the Bullitt Foundation, the Children and Nature Network, and the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, on the Executive Committee of the Regional Open  Space  Strategy for Central  Puget  Sound, on the Yale Climate and Energy Institute External Advisory Board, on Procter & Gamble’s Sustainability Expert Advisory Panel, and on Advisory Boards for the National  Sustainable Communities Coalition and the Partnership for Active Transportation.   His research interests include public health aspects of the built environment, climate change, energy policy, and nature contact; toxic effects of chemicals; and environmental health  policy.  He is the author or co‐author of over 200 scientific journal articles and chapters, and his books include Urban  Sprawl  and  Public Health (2004),  Emerging  Illness  and  Society (2004),  Environmental Health: From Global to  Local (2005 and 2010), Safe and Healthy School Environments (2006), Green Healthcare Institutions: Health, Environment, Economics (2007), and Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well‐Being, and Sustainability (2011). 
     
    Dr Frumkin received his AB from Brown University, his MD from the University of Pennsylvania, and his MPH and Dr PH from Harvard.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Collegium Ramazzini and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
  • Selina Lo Senior Editor, The Lancet
    Covers global health content for the journal ‐in particular commissions and series in global health. She is a physician trained in tropical medicine and public and international law. Selina is currently based in Beijing, China. 
     
    Previously, she  led the  global medical scientific team  at the Access to Medicines Campaign MSF  in Geneva, and was policy advisor for Save the Children UK in sexual and reproductive health. Selina has also worked for the Clinton Foundation as international advisor to the director of the national HIV AIDS treatment programme, China CDC. 
     
    From 1996, Selina led medical humanitarian aid projects in China, Burma, Afghanistan,  Bangladesh  and  Thailand  for  the  Clinton  HIV AIDS Initiative and MSF  Doctors Without Borders, on HIV, Malaria, MNCH  and rural  primary  health programmes for  vulnerable  and displaced populations.  Originally from Melbourne, Selina has worked as a clinician in sexual health and HIV and general medicine. 
  • Natasha Loder Healthcare Correspondent, The Economist
    While at The Economist Natasha has presumed the role of Midwest correspondent and her brief covered politics and Midwestern life, agriculture, education and infrastructure.  She has also spent over a decade as the science and technology correspondent at The Economist. There, her brief included medicine, technology, space and biology, forestry, oceans  and conservation.  Natasha has a special interest in the economic dimensions of environmental issues, whether this is governing fishing, finding the right price for a piece of rainforest or regulating the wildlife trade.  
     
    She won an Outstanding Journalism Award from CGIAR for an article about fish farming in 2004; in 2009 she won a bronze medal from United  Nations Correspondent's Association and The Prince Albert Foundation for coverage of Climate Change for her work uncovering problems in the forest  carbon market; and in 2013 won an energy writing award for a piece on the future of battery technology. 
     
    Prior to arriving at The Economist in 2000, Natasha worked as a journalist at the scientific journal Nature and The Times Higher Education Supplement. She is a former chair of the Association of British Science 
    Writers and in 2010 created the UK Conference of Science Journalists—a meeting that is now in its third year—and launched the ABSW’s national science writing awards.   
  • Michael Myers Managing  Director, The Rockefeller Founation
    Michael Myers, Managing Director 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 US.
     
    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 United 
    States Senate for much of his  career, including 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 non‐governmental organizations and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. 
     
    Mr Myers holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in political science from Columbia University. 
     
  • Samuel S Myers MD, MPH Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health
    Samuel S Myers, MD, MPH Research Scientist, Harvard School of Public Health works at the intersection of human health and global environmental change.  He received his BA from Harvard College, his MD 
    from Yale, performed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He is a Research Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. 
     
    Dr. Myers worked for two years as the founding  Field Manager of an integrated  conservation and human health project in the Qomolangma Nature Preserve in Tibet. He then worked in the Global Health Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as an AAAS fellow where he designed a new mechanism for administering and studying projects that integrate human health, population growth, and environmental change in developing countries.  
     
    After two years as an AAAS fellow, Dr. Myers was hired by Conservation International as a Senior Director to run the Healthy Communities Initiative, a $5 million project to design and implement integrated conservation  and human health activities in biodiversity hotspot regions around the world. 
     
    After finishing a clinical research fellowship in general medicine at Harvard Medical  School and the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Myers began a research career focused on quantifying the human health impacts of large scale,  anthropogenic environmental change.  He is currently  the  principle investigator on four transdisciplinary research projects that include: 
     
    1) quantifying the impact of rising concentrations of atmospheric CO2 on the nutrient content of crops and the impacts of these changes on the distribution of deficiencies of micronutrients like iron and zinc for the national populations of 176 countries; 
     
    2) quantifying the importance of access to terrestrial and marine wildlife species as a source of macro and micronutrients in the diets of subsistence populations; 
     
    3) quantifying the human health impacts of landscape fires in SE Asia and developing new tools that allow fine‐grained modeling of the specific morbidity and mortality for a particular population attributable to specific land use types and geographic locations; 
     
    4) modeling the nutritional vulnerability of different populations around the world to loss of animal pollinators with respect to specific micronutrients
  • Subhrendu K. Pattanayak Professor and Environmental Economist

    Professor Subhrendu K. Pattanayak is an environmental economist, whose recent research focuses on the design and evaluation of household environmental health interventions by collecting survey and household level environmental  data  and  conducting  statistical analysis and by collaborating with ecologists, epidemiologists, and other social scientists. He has led several interdisciplinary projects. In order to fund, design, implement, and disseminate results from his research, he has collaborated with policy‐makers in multi‐lateral agencies, national, state, and local governments, as well as NGOs, academics, and local research organizations in India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the U.S. 

    Professor Pattanayak has written and published several systematic reviews on environmental, health, and development policies, including on the microeconomics of technology adoption and diffusion generally and environmental health specifically. He teaches a graduate seminar on global environmental health (which has a module on the impacts and political economy of household energy) and advises theses on environmental health policies, including improved household energy products. He leads a new multi‐disciplinary initiative at Duke University on household health and energy, focused on ICS. Professor Pattanayak has also published papers derived from primary analysis of household energy choices in Nepal, India, and West Africa. He is also a Fellow and faculty member of the South Asian Network of Development and Environmental Economists. 

  • K. Srinath Reddy Professor and President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI)

    Prof. K. Srinath Reddy is presently President, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).  He was appointed as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. PHFI is engaged in capacity building in Public Health in India through education, training, research, policy development, health communication and advocacy. 

    Having trained in cardiology and epidemiology, Prof. Reddy has been involved in several major international and national research studies including the INTERSALT global study of blood pressure and electrolytes, INTERHEART global study on risk factors of myocardial infarction, national collaborative studies on epidemiology of coronary heart disease and community control of rheumatic heart disease. 

    Widely regarded as a leader of preventive cardiology at national and international levels, Prof. Reddy has been a researcher, teacher, policy enabler, advocate and activist who has worked to promote cardiovascular health, tobacco control, chronic disease prevention and healthy living across the lifespan.  

    He edited the National Medical Journal of India for 10 years and is on editorial board of several international and national journals. He has more than 400 scientific publications in international and Indian peer reviewed‐journals.    

    He has served on many WHO expert panels and is presently the President of the World Heart Federation (2013‐14).  He also chairs the Core Advisory Group on Health and Human Rights for the National Human 

    Rights Commission of India and is a member of the National Science and Engineering Research Board of Government of India. He recently chaired the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage, set up by the Planning Commission of India. He also serves as the President, of the National Board of Examinations which deals with post‐graduate medical education in India. 

     Prof. Reddy is a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, established to assist the United Nations in  developing  the  post‐2015  goals for sustainable development.  He chairs the Thematic Group on Health in the SDSN.

  • Peter Ward Paleontologist and Professor, University of Washington

    Peter Ward is currently examining the nature of the Cretaceous‐Tertiary extinction event with studies in France and Spain involving detailed field work which concentrates on ammonites and bivalves. Ward is also researching speciation patterns and ecology of the living cephalopods Nautilus and Sepia. A final field of research is examining the stratigraphic history of West Coast Cretaceous basins through detailed biostratigraphy and basin analysis. Areas of Interest: Paleontology, Astrobiology, mass extinctions and habitability, conservation biology of coral reefs.