Dr. Julio Frenk, Chair
Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and former Minister of Health, Mexico
Dr. Frenk is an eminent authority on global health who served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000-2006. He is perhaps best known for his work in introducing a program of comprehensive national health insurance, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for tens of millions of previously uninsured Mexicans. Dr. Frenk was the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, one of the leading institutions of health education and research in the developing world.
Prof. Dr. Recep Akdag
Former Minister of Health, Turkey
Prof. Dr. Akdag served as the Minister of Health for Turkey from 2002-2013. He is a child health and disease specialist, and has been a professor in the Medical Faculty of Ataturk University since 1990. During his tenure as the minister of health Dr. Akdag led the Health Transformation Program, a people-oriented approach to healthcare service delivery. Major aspects of this health system reform include integration of public hospitals, increased patient access to services and pharmaceuticals, implementation of a Family Medicine system, improved national vaccination rates, improved quality and reach of Emergency Services, and establishment of a National Medical Rescue Team. Dr. Akdag is a founding member and board member of the Erzurum Branch of the National Pediatrics Association, a member of the Turkish Pediatric Hematology Association and a member of the Turkish Hematology Association.
The Hon. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho
Minister of Health, Rwanda
Dr. Binagwaho is at the vanguard of the global fight against HIV/AIDS. From October 2008 to May 2011, she served as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health of Rwanda. From 2002-2008, Dr. Binagwaho was the Executive Secretary of Rwanda’s National Commission to Fight AIDS. She is also a member of the Expert Panel of the Country Coordinating Mechanism in Rwanda for the Global Fund, the National Steering Committee on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission, and the Technical Advisory Group for HIV/AIDS in the Ministry of Health. By training, Dr. Binagwaho is a pediatrician specializing in Emergency Pediatrics and the treatment of HIV/AIDS in children and adults and practices part-time in Kigali.
Dr. Lincoln Chen
President, China Medical Board
Dr. Chen is President of the China Medical Board of Cambridge, Massachusetts, an independent foundation that seeks to advance health in China and Asia by strengthening medical education, research, and policies. From 2001-2006, Dr. Chen founded and directed the Global Equity Initiative of Harvard University’s Asia Center. Dr. Chen was also the Taro Takemi Professor of International Health and Director of the university-wide Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies and has served as Executive Vice-President of the Rockefeller Foundation. Dr. Chen is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Lord Nigel Crisp, Vice Chair
Former Permanent Secretary for Health, United Kingdom
Lord Crisp is a prominent global health leader and advocate and served as the Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) and as the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Health of the United Kingdom from 2000-2006. From 2007 to 2008, he co-chaired the Alliance Taskforce on Education and Training and coauthored the report Scaling up, Saving lives and later co-founded the Zambia UK Health Workforce Alliance to implement the recommendations of the Taskforce. Lord Crisp has published several books such as “Turning the World Upside Down: The Search for Global Health in the 21st Century” and “24 Hours to Save the NHS- the Chief Executive’s Account of Reform 2000 to 2006”.
Dr. Francisco de Campos
Former Secretary of Work Management and Education, National Ministry of Health, Brazil
Dr. Campos is a full professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Dr. Campos was among those that launched the proposal for unification of the Brazilian health system, coordinating the Human Resources Group in the National Commission of Health Reform. He joined PAHO/WHO as a staff member and returned to Brazil to coordinate the Nucleus of Education in Public Health of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. From 2005-2010, he served as Secretary of Management of Education and Workforce in Health. He represented Brazil in WHO’s Executive Board.
Dr. David Ellwood
Dean, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and former Assistant Secretary of Health, United States
Dr. Ellwood is recognized as one of the nation’s leading scholars on poverty and welfare and his scholarship has been credited with influencing public policy in the United States and abroad. In 1993, he was named Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he served as co-chair of President Clinton’s Working Group on Welfare Reform, Family Support and Independence. Dr. Ellwood is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Research Affiliate of the National Poverty Center at University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
The Hon. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Minister of Foreign Affairs, and former Minister of Health, Ethiopia
Dr. Adhanom Ghebreyesus was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia in 2012. Previously he served as Minister of Health since 2005. He is widely regarded for leading a process of systems wide health reforms that have substantially improved access to health services and key outcomes. Dr. Adhanom Ghebreyesus is a past Board Chair of the Global Fund Against HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria; the Partnership for Maternal, Neonatal Clinical Health; and the Roll Back Malaria initiative. Dr. Adhanom Ghebreyesus is a PhD graduate of the University of Nottingham.
The Hon. Dr. Chrispus Kiyonga
Minister of Defence, former Minister of Finance, and former Minister of Health, Uganda
Dr. Kiyonga is a Member of Ugandan Parliament and has been the Minister of Defence since 2006. Prior to that, he held several cabinet posts including Minister of Finance (1986-92), Minister of Internal Affairs (1994-96), Minister of Health (1996-2001), and Minister Without Portfolio in the Office of the President from (2005-2006). Dr. Kiyonga has also served as the Chairman of the Global Fund and as a consultant with the World Bank and the African Development Bank. Dr. Kiyonga attended Makerere University School of Medicine, and has an MHS in Population Dynamics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Adetokunbo Lucas
Founding Director, Division for Tropical Disease Research Program, World Health Organization
Dr. Lucas is an international leader in the field of tropical parasitic and infectious diseases. Dr. Lucas founded and directed the WHO Tropical Disease Research Program and later became involved in programs for the prevention of maternal morbidity and mortality. Dr. Lucas served as chair of Carnegie Corporation’s grant program concerned with strengthening human resources in developing countries for four years and also chaired the Global Forum for Health Research. Dr. Lucas represented West and Central Africa on the Governing Board of the Global Fund for Fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria during its startup phase and he holds an appointment at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Florence Manguyu
Specialist Pediatrician, Aga Khan University Hospital, Kenya
Dr. Manguyu is an ardent and respected advocate for the health and well-being of women and children around the world. In her home country of Kenya, she pioneered the drafting of the first comprehensive Act on the Rights of the Child. She is a member and past president of the Medical Women’s International Association and served on the International NGO Steering Committee for the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. She also chaired the NGO Forum of the conference. Dr. Manguyu serves on a number of local and international boards on policy issues and is senior policy advisor at the East African Regional Office of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
Dr. Pascal Mocumbi
Former Prime Minister, Mozambique
Dr. Mocumbi currently serves as the World Health Organization’s Goodwill Ambassador for maternal, newborn, and child health in the WHO African Region. Dr. Mocumbi was Prime Minister of the Republic of Mozambique from 1994-2004. Prior to that, he led Mozambique’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health. As Prime Minister, he oversaw the establishment of the National AIDS Council of Mozambique to coordinate the implementation of the national response to HIV. Dr. Mocumbi served from 1989-1998 on the WHO Task Force on Health and Development and he is currently the High Representative of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) based in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Ms. Joy Phumaphi, Vice Chair
Former Minister of Health, Botswana
Ms. Phumaphi is a leader in human development and is currently Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA). Previously she was Vice President and Head of the Human Development Network at the World Bank. In 2003, Ms. Phumaphi joined the World Health Organization as the Assistant Director General for Family and Community Health Department, managing a staff of over 1100 globally. She sits on the Board of GAVI and has also served as a member of the United Nations Reference Group on Economics and a United Nations Commissioner on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa.
Ms. K. Sujatha Rao
Former Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, India
Ms. Rao has over twenty years of experience in the health sector in India at the state and national level. Most recently, she served as the Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India and led the launch of the first national program for non-communicable diseases. Ms. Rao has represented India on Boards of the World Health Organization, Global Fund, and UNAIDS. She is co-chair of the WHO’s Advisory Panel on Developing a Global Health Systems Research Strategy and a founding Board member of the Public Health Foundation of India.
Dr. K. Srinath Reddy
President, Public Health Foundation of India
Dr. 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, and national collaborative studies on epidemiology of coronary heart disease and community control of rheumatic heart disease. He is Coordinator of the Initiative for Cardiovascular Health Research in the Developing Countries (IC Health). Dr. Reddy was awarded the WHO Director General’s Award for Global Leadership in Tobacco Control at the 56th World Health Assembly in May 2003 and was elected Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine (US National Academies) in 2004.
Dr. Mongkol Na Songkhla
Former Minister of Health, Thailand
Dr. Songkhla served as Minister of Health in Thailand from 2006-2007. Notable among his measures was making the universal healthcare program completely free. He also issued compulsory licenses for several patented drugs, including various HIV/AIDS drugs and heart disease drugs. Dr. Songkhla served as Permanent Secretary of Health from 1998-2006, overseeing implementation of some of Thailand’s most significant health reforms.
The Hon. Dr. Timothy Thahane
Minister of Energy, Meteorology and Water Affairs, and former Minister of Finance, Lesotho
Dr. Thahane served as the Executive Director of the Africa Group at the World Bank from 1976-1978. He was Lesotho’s ambassador to the United States from 1978-1980 after which he became Vice President and Secretary to the World Bank and its Affiliates. Dr. Thahane was Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank from 1996-2001, and was appointed to the Lesotho Cabinet as Minister of Finance and Development Planning in 2002. He held that position until 2012 when he was appointed Minister of Energy, Meteorology and Water Affairs. Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Johns awarded Dr. Thahane an LLD (Honoris Causa) in recognition of his contributions to finance in 1999.