Plenary Speakers

  • Irene Agyepong

    Chair of the Board, Health Systems Global. Professor, University of Ghana School of Public Health, Ghana

    Irene Akua Agyepong is currently a teacher and researcher in the Department of Health Policy, Planning and Management of the University of Ghana School of Public Health and also chair of the Board of Health Systems Global.
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  • Mahaman Tidjani Alou

    Dean, Faculty of Economics and Law, Université Abdou Moumouni, Niger

    Professor Mahaman Tidjani Alou is Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Law at Abdou Moumouni University (Niamey), Niger.
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  • Sara Bennett

    Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA

    Sara Bennett is Associate Director of the Health Systems Program and Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA.
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  • Deborah Birx

    US Global AIDS Coordinator

    Deborah L. Birx, M.D. is Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of the United States Government activities to combat HIV/AIDS globally.
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  • Margaret Chan

    Director-General, World Health Organization

    Margaret Chan joined the Hong Kong Department of Health in 1978 and in 1994 was appointed Director of Health of Hong Kong where she launched new services to prevent the spread of disease and promote better health.
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  • Keith Cloete

    Chief Director, Metro District Health Services, Western Cape Government

    Keith Cloete is a medical doctor by training. He has a medical degree (University of Cape Town, 1988) and post-graduate diplomas in Child Health and Health Management.
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  • Tim Evans

    Senior Director, Health, Nutrition & Population, World Bank Group, Washington DC

    Tim Evans is the Senior Director for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group.
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  • Abdul Ghaffar

    Executive Director, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research

    Dr Abdul Ghaffar is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research at the World Health Organization.
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  • Lucy Gilson

    Co-Chair, South Africa Local Organizing Consortium

    Lucy Gilson is professor both at the University of Cape Town and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom. Over her career, her research has been driven by concern for equity in health and health care.
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  • Kausar S Khan

    Associate Professor and Head, Division of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Aga Khan University, Pakistan

    Education: Humanities and Social Sciences, with special emphasis on human thought and development. Over 20 years of experience in community-based work with urban and rural poor, with focus on child malnutrition, women’s empowerment and community participation.
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  • Rene Loewenson

    Director, Training and Research Support Centre, Zimbabwe

    Dr Rene Loewenson is an epidemiologist and director of Training and Research Support Centre.
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  • James Macinko

    Associate Professor of Public Health and Health Policy, New York University, USA

    James Macinko is Associate Professor of Public Health and Health Policy in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health and directs the MPH Program in the New York University Global Institute of Public Health.
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  • Bruno Marchal

    Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium

    Bruno Marchal is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Public Health, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (Belgium) and visiting researcher at the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town.
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  • Malebona Precious Matsoso

    Director-General, National Department of Health, South Africa

    Malebona Precious Matsoso was appointed Director General of the National Department of Health of South Africa in June 2010.
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  • Clara Mbwili-Muleya

    District Medical Officer, Ministry of Health, Zambia

    Clara Mbwili-Muleya (MD, MPH) has over 20 years of experience in district health service management and systems strengthening in Zambia.
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  • Martin McKee

    Professor of European Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

    Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he founded the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), a WHO Collaborating Centre.
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  • Barbara McPake

    Director, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia (as of July 2014)

    Barbara McPake (BA Economics; PhD Health Economics) specialises in health policy and health systems research.
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  • Sharmila Mhatre

    Programme Leader, International Development Research Centre

    Sharmila Mhatre heads the Governance for Equity in Health Systems (GEHS) programme and the Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, Canada.
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  • Thandika Mkandawire

    Professor of African Development, London School of Economics, UK

    Professor Thandika Mkandawire is the first Chair in African Development at the London School of Economics.
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  • Sisonke Msimang

    Activist and writer, South Africa

    Sisonke Msimang is one of the most significant voices in contemporary South Africa. She is a regular columnist for the Daily Maverick, writing about money, power and sex in Africa and beyond. 

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  • Anne Musuva

    Director, Malaria and Child Survival, Population Services

    Anne Musuva is a medical doctor and a public health professional. She works for an NGO in Kenya called Population Services Kenya as the Director for Malaria and Child Survival.
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  • Kumanan Rasanathan

    Senior Health Specialist, UNICEF, New York

    Kumanan Rasanathan is a public health physician and Senior Health Specialist at UNICEF in New York.
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  • Fernando Ruiz

    Deputy Minister of Health of Colombia

    Fernando Ruiz Gomez is the Deputy Minister of Health of Colombia. He attended medical school in his country and holds a master’s degree in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia) and a master’s in Public Health and Occupational Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
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  • Belgacem Sabri

    Chair, Association for Defending the Right to Health, Tunisia

    Belgacem Sabri is a Tunisian public health professional with over 35 years of national and international experience in his home country and WHO EMRO.
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  • Gita Sen

    Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, USA

    Gita Sen is Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health, following her position as Professor of Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore until 2013.
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  • Amit Sengupta

    Associate Global Coordinator, People’s Health Movement

    Dr Amit Sengupta trained as a physician and is based in New Delhi, India. He works with social movements in India and globally on issues on 'science and society', public health and medicines policy, and innovation and intellectual property rights.
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