Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
The 6th President of Indonesia,
The Yudhoyono Foundation
Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (“SBY”) is the sixth President of the Republic of Indonesia, and also the country’s first directly elected President in the democratic era.
During his 2 (two) terms in office, Yudhoyono delivered what the World Economic Forum called “Indonesia’s golden decade”, a period between 2004 and 2014 that was marked by democratic development, political stability, high economic growth and resilience, conflict resolution and robust international role. Under his leadership, Indonesia became an emerging economy, a regional power, a G-20 member, and assumed important roles on issues ranging from climate change to post-MDG, terrorism to geopolitics, inter-faith to architecture, etc.
Yudhoyono’s life story has been nothing less than phenomenal: a military officer who became a 4-star general, who became cabinet minister and then politician, who became President and then one of Asia’s most respected statesmen.
As President of the country with the world’s largest muslim population, Yudhoyono has become a strong advocate for peaceful and moderate Islam, both internally as well as on the global stage.
SBY is actively engaged in social media. Today, he has around 10 million followers on Twitter, and 6 million on Facebook.
Lord Nigel CRISP
House of Lords, UK
Lord Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.
He spends much of his time working on global health, particularly in Africa, where he has been particularly involved in developing partnerships and supporting the training of health workers. He is currently leading the development of a global campaign on nursing, Nursing Now.
He was previously Chief Executive of the NHS in England, the largest health organization in the world with 1.3 million staff, and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health between 2000 and 2006.
He is an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, and a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Medicine.
Lord Crisp has written extensively on health. His book Turning the world upside down describes what high income countries can learn from middle and low income countries and takes further the ideas about partnership and mutual learning developed in Global Health Partnerships. His most recent books include African Health Leaders, edited with Francis Omaswa, and One World Health - and overview of global health.
Dame Sally DAVIES
Chief Medical Officer,
Department of Health,
Dame Davies was appointed Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government in March 2011, having held the post on an interim basis since June 2010. Dame Davies is an independent advisor to the UK Government on medical matters, with particular responsibilities regarding Public Health.
From 2004-2016, Dame Davies was the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for the Department of Health (DH), where she was actively involved in NHS R&D from its establishment and founded the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). In 2013, Dame Davies became a Non-Executive Director of Genomics England Ltd, wholly owned and funded by DH, to sequence 100,000 whole genomes from NHS patients by 2017.
Dame Davies sits on the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board and has led delegations to WHO summits and forums since 2004. She advises many governments and organisations on health and policy, holding positions on a number of Boards.
In March 2013, Dame Davies published her 2011 CMO annual report on infectious diseases. The report brought to light the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), calling for national and international action to address key areas including stewardship, monitoring and surveillance, and antibiotic development. Dame Davies continues to advocate globally on AMR. She has spoken on AMR at numerous events including, the World Health Assembly side event in 2013, the G8 Science Ministers’ meeting in 2013, the Global Health Security Initiative in 2013, and the UN General Assembly side event in 2016. She was chair of the 2013 AMR forum at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) and is chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR. She has raised public awareness of AMR through for example, the publication of The Drugs Don’t Work book and a TED talk.
Regional Humanitarian Representative in Asia,
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF),
Dr Maria Guevara is currently the Regional Humanitarian Representative in Asia for MSF, based between Hong Kong and Jakarta since 2012. Although originally born in the Philippines, Dr Guevara was raised in the US where she acquired her Medical Doctorate. After obtaining her medical degree from the University of Alabama, School of Medicine in 1993, she received training in Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada and specialized in Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Florida, College of Medicine. She was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians in 2003 and was a recipient of the CHEST Foundation International Humanitarian Recognition Award in 2006. She also received a diploma in tropical medicine at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Global Health Policy program at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
After practicing in various emergency and intensive care units in the US and serving as faculty at the University of Florida, she joined MSF in 2004. She has done field work for MSF in Liberia, Guatemala, Haiti, DRC, Nigeria, Myanmar, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and South Sudan in both emergency and stable settings. Her field roles has been as diverse as field doctor, hospital director, project coordinator, liaison officer, exploratory mission medical focal point, medical coordinator and interim Head of Mission.
In her current role as MSF regional representative, she served as a member of the Advisory Group on Reform of WHO's Work in Outbreaks and Emergencies with Health and Humanitarian Consequences from July 2015 to January 2016. Dr Guevara has also volunteered in different charities and associations aside from MSF and has participated in conferences as speaker/lecturer/panelist. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Tagalog.
Professor of Health System Economics
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Professor Kara Hanson is Professor of Health System Economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She holds degrees from McGill University, the University of Cambridge and Harvard University.
Her research focuses on the economics of health system financing and organisation in low-and middle-income countries and has included work on health financing arrangements, the role of the private sector in health systems, and the economics of delivering malaria interventions.
She is co-Research Director of RESYST – Resilient and Responsive Health Systems, a health policy and systems research consortium.
Dr Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet. He was born in London and is half Norwegian. He qualified in physiology and medicine with honours from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He 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 received honorary doctorates in medicine from the University of Birmingham, UK, and the Universities of Gothenburg and Umea in Sweden. In 2016, he was appointed to the High-Level Working Group for the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children, and Adolescents. In 2016, he also chaired the Expert Group for the High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, convened by Presidents Hollande of France and Zuma of South Africa. From 2011 to 2015, he was co-chair of the UN’s independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health.
Dr Horton received the Edinburgh Medal in 2007 and the Dean’s Medal from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2009. In 2016, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the British Pharmacological Society. 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 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. He is passionate about the idea of planetary health – the health of human civilizations and the ecosystems on which they depend. In 2011, he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine. In 2015, he received the Friendship Award from the Government of China. In 2016, he received the Andrija Stamper medal from the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European region.
Executive Mind Leadership Institute
Peter F. Drucker School of Management
Dr Jeremy Hunter is the great-grandson of a sumo wrestler. He serves as the Founding Director of the Executive Mind Leadership Institute as well as Associate Professor of Practice at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management.
For over a decade, he has helped leaders develop themselves while retaining their humanity in the face of monumental change and challenge.
He created and teaches The Executive Mind, a series of demanding and
transformative executive education programs. They are dedicated to
Drucker’s assertion that “You cannot manage other people unless you
manage yourself first.”
He has designed and led leadership development programs for a wide variety of organisations, including Fortune 200 aerospace, Fortune 50 banking and finance, accounting, the arts and civic non-profits. Program impacts have lead to both positive professional, personal and financial outcomes for participants.
Dr Hunter has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. He has been voted Professor of the Year five times.
His work is informed by the experience of living day-to-day for 17
years with a potentially terminal illness. When faced with the need for
life-saving surgery more than a dozen former students came forward as
Dr Hunter received his Ph.D. from University of Chicago, under the direction of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. He also holds a degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and in East Asian Studies from Wittenberg University.
Department of Medicine,
University of Toronto,
Dr Kamran Khan is an infectious disease physician and scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. Motivated by the global SARS epidemic in 2003, Dr Khan has been studying human population mobility and other global drivers of infectious disease emergence and spread for more than a decade.
In 2013, Dr Khan founded BlueDot, a social enterprise dedicated to strengthening global readiness against dangerous epidemics by harnessing the vast potential of big data and information technologies. Through BlueDot, Dr Khan has partnered with a variety of government agencies (e.g. Global Affairs Canada, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to protect human health and security from dangerous epidemics, whether originating from naturally occurring events, accidents, or deliberate acts.
Director, The Vaccine Confidence Project and Professor of Anthropology, Risk and Decision Science,
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine,
Dr Heidi J. Larson, is an anthropologist and Director of The Vaccine Confidence Project (VCP); Professor, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Clinical Professor, Institute of Health Metrics & Evaluation, University of Washington; and Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security Fellow.
Dr Larson’s research focuses on the analysis of social and political factors that can affect uptake of health interventions and influence policies. Her particular interest is on risk and rumour management from clinical trials to delivery – and building public trust. She served on the US FDA Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Emergency Communication Expert Working Group, and is Principle Investigator of the EU-funded (EBODAC) project on the deployment, acceptance and compliance of an Ebola vaccine trial in Sierra Leone. Dr Larson previously headed UNICEF’s Global Immunization Communication.
The VCP has developed multiple metrics to measure population confidence in vaccines, from a survey-based Vaccine Confidence Index to temporal analysis of media and social media, and qualitative research to understand the drivers of vaccine reluctance and refusal. The research also includes tracking transnational influences on public trust in vaccines.
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
Helena Legido-Quigley is an associate professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and has a parallel position with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is also an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
She has conducted research on health policy and health systems in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and currently with a focus on Southeast Asia. Specific areas of expertise include global health, health systems strengthening, chronic conditions, Antimicrobial Resistance, and migrant health. Her latest research focuses on the future of the global health architecture in Asia.
Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals such as the Lancet, British Medical Journal and PLOS Medicine. It has also been widely covered in International media including The Times, The Economist, the Financial Times and the Huffington Post.
Alan D LOPEZ AC
University of Melbourne Laureate Professor,
Rowden-White Chair of Global Health,
Burden of Disease Measurement,
University of Melbourne,
Professor Alan Lopez AC is a Melbourne Laureate Professor and the Rowden-White Chair of Global Health & Burden of Disease Measurement at The University of Melbourne. He was Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland from 2003-2012.
He worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva for 22 years including Chief Epidemiologist in WHO’s Tobacco Control Program (1992-95), Manager of WHO’s Program on Substance Abuse (1996-98), Director of the Epidemiology and Burden of Disease Unit (1999-2001)).
He was Chair of the Board of the Health Metrics Network, and is a member of the US Institute of Medicine. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2016.
Mari Elka PANGESTU
Professor of International Economics,
University of Indonesia,
Professor Mari Pangestu is a Senior Fellow at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia and on the Board of Directors, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta. She currently serves on a number of boards such as the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN); member of the High Level Commission on Carbon Prices; distinguished fellow Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong; board member to Australia Indonesia Council; member of editorial board of Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, ANU; member of the Global Future Council on Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum; and board member of the United in Diversity (UID) Foundation, Jakarta.
Professor Pangestu is also a Commissioner on the Board of Astra International and Chairman of Bank BTPN in Indonesia; sits on the International Advisory Board of McLarty Associates, Washington DC; Board Member of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris and is also active as an advisor to various other social and business organizations.
Professor Pangestu served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011, and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 until October 2014. As Minister of Trade she led all the international trade negotiations and cooperation for Indonesia. Professor Pangestu worked with Jeffrey Sachs on the UN Secretary General Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Review (2003-2005), was the WTO Group-33 Chairperson (2005-2011), nominated as a candidate for the WTO Director General (2013). In December 2014, she was awarded the “lifetime achievement in leadership” award during the World Chinese Enterprise Forum in Chongqing China. Professor Pangestu obtained her BA and MA from the Australian National University (ANU), and her PhD from the University of California Davis.
Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Honorary Professor of International Mental Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Co-founder and Member of Managing Committee, Sangath, Goa, India
Adjunct Professor and Joint Director, Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries, Public Health Foundation of India, India
Professor Vikram Patel is Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School. He is Joint Director of the Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries at the Public Health Foundation of India and is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008 and the WHO Public Health Champion of India award in 2016.
He is a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences and has served on several WHO expert and Government of India committees. His work on the burden of mental disorders, their association with poverty and social disadvantage, and the use of community resources for the delivery of interventions for their prevention and treatment has been recognised by the Chalmers Medal (Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, UK), the Sarnat Medal (US Institute of Medicine), an Honorary Doctorate from Georgetown University, the Pardes Humanitarian Prize (the Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation) and an Honorary OBE from the UK Government. He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Professor Piot is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Professor of Global Health. He is also a visiting Professor of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. He was the founding executive director of UNAIDS and under secretary-general of the United Nations from 1995 until 2008, and was an associate director of the Global Programme on AIDS of the World Health Organization.
Professor Piot co-discovered the Ebola virus and investigated the first known outbreak of Ebola infection in Zaire in 1976, and led research on AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, women’s health, and public health in Africa. He was a professor of microbiology, public health, and global health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium; the University of Nairobi in Nairobi, Kenya; and Imperial College London. He was also a senior fellow at the University of Washington, a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and held the “Knowledge against Poverty” chair at the Collège de France in Paris.
Currently a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, the Académie Nationale de Médecine of France, and the Royal Academy of Medicine of his native Belgium, Dr. Piot is also a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK, and the Royal College of Physicians. He was president of the International AIDS Society, and chairman of the King Baudouin Foundation. He has published over 580 scientific articles and 17 books, including his memoir, “No Time to Lose”, and “AIDS between Science and Politics”.
Professor Piot has received numerous awards, including the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize for Medical Research, the Prince Mahidol Award, the Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, the Calderone Prize, the INSERM International Prize, the Robert Koch Gold Medal, the Sir Patrick Manson Medal, and the Bloomberg Hopkins Centennial Award, and was a 2014 Time Person of the Year. He was knighted as a baron in Belgium in 1995, and received an honorary knighthood from the United Kingdom in 2016.
CEO & Executive Director
Global Health Innovative Technology Fund
Previously, Dr Slingsby was the global head for access strategies at Eisai Co., Ltd. where he developed new business models for R&D and overlooked market access in the developing world.
He has helped launch numerous start-ups in Japan and the U.S., and currently advises at the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University.
Dr Slingsby graduated from Brown University, earned his Masters and Doctorate from Kyoto University, the University of Tokyo, and received his Medical Doctorate from the George Washington University.
Fiona CHUAH Leh Hoon
Research Associate, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore
Fiona Chuah is a research associate at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Psychology and was awarded the Graduate Scholarship for ASEAN nationals to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) at NUS, which she completed in 2015. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, she worked with the UN Refugee Agency in Malaysia on health and assistance programs for refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia. She is currently working on projects relating to health systems research on chronic conditions and integration of services, community participation in health initiatives, the global health architecture in Southeast Asia, as well as refugee health and forced migration.
KUA Ee Heok
Tan Geok Yin Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, National University of Singapore
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, National University Hospital, National University Health System
Dr Kua Ee Heok is the Tan Geok Yin Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at the National University Hospital, Singapore.
He was trained as a doctor at the University Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, and received postgraduate training in psychiatry at Oxford University and geriatric psychiatry at Harvard University.
A member of the World Health Organisation team for the global study of dementia, he is the previous Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine and the Chief Executive Officer and Medical Director at the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore.
His research interest includes dementia, depression and psychotherapy.
The former President of the Pacific-Rim College of Psychiatrists, he was Editor of the Singapore Medical Journal and Asia-Pacific Psychiatry Journal.
Dean, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
A student of philosophy and history, Professor Kishore Mahbubani is the Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. Concurrently, Prof Mahbubani serves in the Boards and Councils of institutions around the world, including the Yale President's Council on International Activities (PCIA), University of Bocconi International Advisory Committee, World Economic Forum - Global Agenda Council on Geo-economics and as Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee. Before that, he enjoyed a long career with the Singapore Foreign Service from 1971 to 2004. He had postings in Cambodia (where he served during the war in 1973-74), Malaysia, Washington DC and New York, where he served two stints as Singapore’s Ambassador to the UN and as President of the UN Security Council in January 2001 and May 2002. He was Permanent Secretary at the Foreign Ministry from 1993 to 1998.
Prof Mahbubani has spoken and published globally. He is the author of Can Asians Think?, Beyond The Age Of Innocence, The New Asian Hemisphere, The Great Convergence (which was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of 2013) and Can Singapore Survive?. His latest book, The ASEAN Miracle, was published by NUS Press in March 2017. More information on his writings can be found at www.mahbubani.net.
Prof Mahbubani was awarded the President’s Scholarship in 1967. He graduated with a First Class honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Singapore in 1971. From Dalhousie University, Canada, he received a Masters degree in Philosophy in 1976 and an honorary doctorate in 1995. He spent a year as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 1991 to 1992. Prof Mahbubani was conferred The Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore Government in 1998. He was listed as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines in September 2005, and included in the March 2009 Financial Times list of Top 50 individuals who would shape the debate on the future of capitalism. He was selected as one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he was described as “the muse of the Asian century”. Most recently, he was selected by Prospect magazine as one of the top 50 world thinkers for 2014.
John Eu-Li WONG
Chairman, Organising Council, 2nd Raffles Dialogue 2017
Isabel Chan Professor of Medical Sciences
Senior Vice President (Health Affairs), National University of Singapore
Chief Executive, National University Health System
Dr John Eu-Li Wong, Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences, is Senior Vice President (Health Affairs) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Chief Executive of the National University Health System (NUHS), incorporating the National University Hospital, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, National University Heart Center, Singapore, National University Center for Oral Health, Singapore, the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Jurong Community Hospital, Jurong Medical Center, the National University Polyclinics, Alexandra Campus (2018) and the National University of Singapore's medical, nursing, dental, and public health schools under one unified governance in a fully integrated academic health system.
He is actively involved in the development of Health and Biomedical Sciences as a key pillar of Singapore's economy and serves as a member of the National Health and Biomedical Sciences Executive Committee.
A medical oncologist-haematologist, Dr Wong obtained his medical degree from NUS and did his residency and fellowship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, where he was the Chief Resident in Medicine, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has previously served as Director of the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore; Chairman, Medical Board of the National University Hospital; Dean, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore; Vice President (Life Sciences) and Vice Provost (Academic Medicine), National University of Singapore. He has also served as Chairman, Board of Directors, Health Sciences Authority, Singapore and serves on the Singapore Medical Council.
WONG Marn Heong
Senior Consultant and Trainer, Potential Project
Dr Marn-Heong Wong is Senior Consultant and Trainer with Potential Project, a global leader in customised, organisational effectiveness programmes based on mindfulness. Prior to that, she was Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) and Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School), National University of Singapore. She has also held positions at the University of Adelaide; Macquarie Graduate School of Management; Australian Productivity Commission; Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council. She received a PhD degree in Economics from the Australian National University.
Dr Wong has been researching on factors that impact on the productivity of firms and countries, particularly in ASEAN and the Asia Pacific region, and strongly believes in the power of mindfulness in enhancing decision-making, organisational productivity and wellbeing. She has delivered courses, workshops and talks on mindfulness at the LKY School, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technopreneurship Center, the APEC Secretariat and Singapore International Foundation, among others.
Deputy Chief Executive, National University Health System
Dean, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
Dr Yeoh is concurrently Dean of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Deputy Chief Executive, National University Health System. He practices as a Senior Consultant at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, National University Hospital (NUH). His research interest is in enhancing the early detection of gastric and colorectal cancers. He is the Lead Principal Investigator of the Singapore Gastric Cancer Consortium, a national ﬂagship research group, which aims to improve the outcomes for gastric cancer in Singapore. He also chairs the National Colorectal Cancer Screening Committee of the Health Promotion Board, Ministry of Health, which recommends guidelines for the national colorectal screening programme in Singapore.
Tikki PANG (PANGESTU)
Visiting Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Tikki joined the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy after 13 years at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland as Director of its Research Policy & Cooperation department. In this capacity he worked with countries to strengthen their national health research systems, developed mechanisms and initiatives to improve the efficiency and transparency of global health research, and helped formulate an Organization-wide research policy. Prior to his WHO career, Tikki was Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the Institute of Postgraduate Studies & Research, and Associate Professor/Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
After following a traditional academic career path in Malaysia, his experience at the WHO convinced him that the generation of knowledge must be accompanied by its translation and utilization, and the bridging of the ‘know-do’ gap into effective and sustainable public policies in order to improve the health of humankind, especially in the developing world. In turn, and in order to ensure its effective implementation, effective public policies must exist in a climate of good global governance as health in a globalized world is increasingly becoming a trans-national issue which knows no borders. As a corollary, good global health governance is dependent on strong national governance. In an increasingly globalized world, healthy, evidence-informed public policies are crucial for sustainable human development and its development must involve and engage politicians and civil society. Health, as a microcosm of the world’s problems, can also act as a vanguard to address and analyze governance challenges in other sectors of the economy.
Tikki’s main research and academic interests are in infectious diseases, the impact of genomics on public health, global health governance, national health research systems, knowledge translation, research transparency & accountability, and the use of evidence in health policy development. In these areas he has published more than 200 scientific articles and 12 books, edited volumes and reports. This includes several major WHO reports, including Genomics and World Health (2002), the World Report on Knowledge for Better Health (2004) and a History of Research in WHO (2010). His involvement with the LKY School of Public Policy began in 2009 through the ST Lee Project on Global Health Governance.
CEO, Ikana Media & Health, New York, USA
Janet Tobias is an Emmy-Award winning filmmaker with parallel careers in medicine/technology and film/television. Tobias started her film and television career at CBS’ 60 Minutes as Diane Sawyer’s associate producer. She then worked as a producer at ABC News’ Prime Time and as the editorial producer for ABC’s legal and criminal justice coverage. Later, she worked as a national producer at Dateline NBC, and then as an executive producer at VNI (which became New York Times Television). After working at the networks, she moved to PBS where she created and executive produced the Emmy Award-winning PBS program Life 360. In 2001, Tobias founded her own television/film production company Sierra/ Tango Productions. In the last decade, Sierra/Tango has produced over a dozen documentaries on social issues ranging from medical ethics to the life of teenagers in America. Tobias made her theatrical debut in 2012 with the documentary feature No Place On Earth, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and was later nominated for Best Feature Documentary Screenplay by the Writers Guild of America. Janet Tobias is also an adjunct assistant professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a research professor of Global Public Health at NYU. She was a member of the Drug Forum of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences from 2009 to 2015.
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
Joanne Yoong is an applied micro-economist conducting research on behavioural economics, health and financial decision making, and economic development. Dr. Yoong is a Senior Economist at the University of Southern California, where she directs the research program for the Center for Economic and Social Research (East). She is also jointly appointed as Associate Professor of Health Systems and Behavioral Sciences at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Health Services and Policy Research at the National University Hospital System. Dr Yoong is also an honorary senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and an adjunct economist at the RAND Corporation. She is the previous Director of the Asia Pacific Regional Capacity-Building for Health Technology Assessment (ARCH) Initiative, an APEC-funded multi-country collaboration to promote health technology assessment among member economies, and was previously Director of the RAND Behavioural Finance Forum 2012. She is currently the co-president of the Singapore Health Economics Association. Dr. Yoong’s academic research has been published in leading economics and public health journals including the American Economic Review and has been funded by the WHO, OECD, NIH, DFID, World Bank and USAID. Dr Yoong received her Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University as an FSI Starr Foundation Fellow and her AB summa cum laude in Economics and Applied and Computational Mathematics from Princeton University.