Speakers

David J. Erickson, PhD

David J. Erickson, PhD Director, Center for Community Development Investments, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

David J. Erickson is director of the Center for Community Development Investments at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and edits the Federal Reserve journal Community Development Investment Review. His research areas in the Community Development department of the Federal Reserve include community development finance, affordable housing, economic development, and institutional changes that benefit low-income […]

Niels Lund, MBA

Niels Lund, MBA Vice President, Changing Diabetes, Novo Nordisk

Niels Lund is Vice President of Changing Diabetes® in Novo Nordisk – the global platform to advocate for improving prevention, early diagnosis and improving treatment of diabetes around the world. He is responsible for the global programs Cities Changing Diabetes, Changing Diabetes in Children, Changing Diabetes in Pregnancy and Team Novo Nordisk, the first and […]

Alex Ross, MSPH

Alex Ross, MSPH Director, World Health Organization (WHO) Centre for Health Development, Kobe, Japan

Mr. Ross is the Director of the WHO Centre for Health Development (a.k.a. WHO Kobe Centre or WKC), As part of WHO’s Headquarters, the Centre focuses on global research into health, social, and economic factors that contribute to health and development. For over a decade, WKC has led WHO’s research on urban health, focusing primarily […]

Eric Goosby, MD

Eric Goosby, MD Professor of Medicine and Director of Global HealthDelivery and Diplomacy, Global Health Sciences University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Eric Goosby is a Professor of Medicine and Director of Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy, Global Health Sciences, at the University of California, San Francisco.  From 2009-2013, he served in the Obama Administration as Ambassador-at-Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, overseeing the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and also […]

Dr. Shamim Talukder

Dr. Shamim Talukder President, The International Society for Urban Health. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Eminence.

Shamim Talukder, MD, is founder and CEO of Eminence Associates for Social Development in Dhaka, Bangladesh.   Since 2003, Eminence has been committed to improving the lives disadvantaged and marginalized populations through research, training, advocacy, community based interventions and communications in the areas of health, education, environment, governance and information technology. Dr. Talukder is the […]

David Vlahov, RN, PhD, FAAN

David Vlahov, RN, PhD, FAAN Dean and Professor, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco. Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Urban Health.

Dr. Vlahov was the founding President of the International Society for Urban Health (www.isuh.org). Dr. Vlahov is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Health, has edited three books on urban health. He is the Dean and Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to this, Dr. Vlahov led epidemiologic studies in Baltimore, […]

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD President, The New York Academy of Medicine

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, is President of The New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Boufford is Professor Emeritus of Public Service, Health Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. She is Co-Director of the National Program Office […]

Tracy Orleans, PhD

Tracy Orleans, PhD Senior Scientist, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

As the Senior Scientist for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Tracy Orleans has led or co-led the Foundation’s public policy and health care system grant-making in the areas of health behavior change, tobacco control, chronic disease management and prevention, physical activity promotion and childhood obesity prevention over the past 18 years.  Over the past seven years, […]

Ann Aerts, MD

Ann Aerts, MD Head of the Novartis Foundation

Dr. Ann Aerts has been Head of the Novartis Foundation since January 2013. The Novartis Foundation has the challenging goals of expanding access to quality healthcare and eliminating diseases such as leprosy and malaria.   Before her current role, Ann was Franchise Medical Director Critical Care for Novartis Pharma in Basel and Therapeutic Area Head […]

Yongguan (Y-G) Zhu, PhD

Yongguan (Y-G) Zhu, PhD Professor of Environmental Biology, Director General of the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Dr Yongguan (Y-G) Zhu, Professor of Environmental Biology, is the director general of the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He has been working on the biogeochemistry of nutrients, metals and emerging pollutants (such as antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes). Professor Zhu is a leader in taking multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approaches to […]

Jose Gabriel Siri, PhD, MPH, BS

Jose Gabriel Siri, PhD, MPH, BS Research Fellow, United Nations University

José Siri is an epidemiologist focusing on systems thinking for urban health research and policy—he joined UNU-IIGH in February 2014 as a Research Fellow in Urban Health. Dr. Siri works extensively with the International Council for Science (ICSU) initiative Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment – a Systems Analysis Approach, a global programme […]

Carlos Dora, MD, PhD

Carlos Dora, MD, PhD Coordinator, Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health Department, World Health Organization

Carlos Dora, MD, PhD, is a health policy expert with WHO leading work on health impacts of sector policies (energy, transport, housing , extractive industry) involving health impact assessment (HIA) and systems to manage health risks and benefits. He manages the WHO unit in charge of providing guidance health risks (air pollution, indoors and outdoors, […]

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH

Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH University Professor of Epidemiology and Dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University

Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, is Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology and Dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Originally trained as a pediatrician in her native Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She served on the faculties of […]

Joan Clos, MD

Joan Clos, MD Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Dr. Joan Clos is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), at the level of Under Secretary General by the United Nations General Assembly. He has held this office since October 2010. Born in Barcelona on 29 June 1949, he is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service […]

Jeffrey L. Sturchio, PhD

Jeffrey L. Sturchio, PhD President & CEO, Rabin Martin

Jeff is President & CEO of Rabin Martin, a global health strategy firm. A respected global health thought leader, Jeff is a trusted counselor to senior leaders in the private sector, multilateral organizations, governments, NGOs and foundations. Jeff has contributed to numerous publications in global health, most recently, Noncommunicable Diseases in the Developing World: Addressing […]

Yonette F. Thomas, PhD

Yonette F. Thomas, PhD Scientific Advisor on Urban Health to the New York Academy of Medicine and Senior Research Advisor to the American Association of Geographers

Dr. Yonette F. Thomas is science advisor for urban health to the New York Academy of Medicine, a member of the International Society for Urban Health board, and a senior research advisor to the Association of American Geographers.  She is a faculty affiliate of the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland College […]

Salin Geevarghese

Salin Geevarghese Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Policy Development & Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Salin Geevarghese serves as HUD’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) within the Office of Policy Development and Research.  Salin leads an innovation team charged with engaging philanthropic and other cross-sector partners – both internationally and domestically – to harness and apply best practices, programs and policies for the benefit of […]

Isabella Aboderin, PhD, BSc

Isabella Aboderin, PhD, BSc Senior Research Scientist and Head, Program on Aging and Development in sub-Saharan Africa, African Population Health Research Center (APHRC), Nairobi, Kenya

Isabella Aboderin is Associate Professor in Gerontology within Social Sciences: Ageing/Gerontology at the University of Southampton.  She holds a position as Senior Research Scientist at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Nairobi, Kenya, where she leads a Programme on Ageing and development in sub-Saharan Africa. From 2007 to 2013 she worked at […]

Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACP

Benjamin K. Chu, MD, MPH, MACP Executive Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc.; Group President, Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Georgia Regions; President, Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Benjamin K. Chu was appointed regional president of Kaiser Permanente Southern California in 2005.  In 2011 he was became responsible for overseeing the Hawaii region as a group president for Southern California and the Hawaii regions. He directs health plan and hospital operations for 14 hospitals and 168 medical offices to serve more than 3.6 […]

Olga L. Sarmiento, MD, MPH, PhD

Olga L. Sarmiento, MD, MPH, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, Universidad de los Andes

Olga L. Sarmiento is an Associate Professor of the Department of Public Health at the School of Medicine at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). She holds an M.D. from the Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá), an M.P.H., and a Ph.D. from the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at […]

Waleska Teixeira Caiaffa, MD, MPH, DSc

Waleska Teixeira Caiaffa, MD, MPH, DSc Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Belo Horizonte Observatory for Urban Health -- OSUBH

Dr. Waleska Teixeira Caiaffa holds a MPH (International Health and Epidemiology) by Johns Hopkins University (JHU) – Bloomberg School of Public Health, PhD in Parasitology, concentration area of epidemiology by the Federal University of Minas Gerais and post-doctoral epidemiology at JHU. She is full professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Federal University of […]

Eugenie L. Birch, PhD

Eugenie L. Birch, PhD Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Education & Research, University of Pennsylvania. Chair of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme's World Urban Campaign

Professor Birch is the Lawrence C. Nussdorf Chair of Urban Research and Education. She teaches courses in planning history, global urbanization and serves as chair, Graduate Group in City and Regional Planning, co-director, Penn Institute for Urban Research, co-editor, City in the 21st Century Series, University of Penn Press and co-editor, SSRN Urban Research e-journal.   Professor Birch is […]

Rajesh Anandan, BSc, MEng

Rajesh Anandan, BSc, MEng Senior Vice President UNICEF Ventures, Co-creator UNICEF Kid Power, Co-founder ULTRA Testing

Since joining the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in April 2009, Rajesh has overseen the rapid growth of cross-sector partnerships, turned around the organization’s national cause campaigns, co-led the strategic planning process, and led digital platforms and fundraising initiatives. In 2011, Rajesh set up UNICEF Ventures to incubate and scale social ventures, and has since launched […]

Sandra J. Winter, PhD, MHA

Sandra J. Winter, PhD, MHA Director: Wellness Living Laboratory/Research Associate Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University School of Medicine

Sandra J. Winter was born and raised in Zimbabwe, then moved to Cape Town in South Africa where she was a successful entrepreneur, owning and operating a number of businesses in the advertising industry. In 2003 Sandra moved with her family from Cape Town, South Africa to Lexington, Kentucky where she completed a Master of […]

Tolullah Oni, MBBS, MRCP, MPH(Epi), DFPH, MD(Res), FCPHMA(SA)

Tolullah Oni, MBBS, MRCP, MPH(Epi), DFPH, MD(Res), FCPHMA(SA) Senior Lecturer, Division of Public Health Medicine School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town

Tolu Oni is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa. As a Public Health Medical Specialist and Urban Epidemiologist, she is a passionate advocate of health equity and health in all policies. Her research aims to contribute significantly to existing knowledge on the changing […]

Philippa Howden-Chapman, PhD

Philippa Howden-Chapman, PhD Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand

Philippa Howden-Chapman, QSO, PhD, Dip Clin Psych, Dip Tchng, FRSNZ is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, where she teaches public policy. She is director of He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.  She has conducted a number of […]

Martin Dijst, PhD

Martin Dijst, PhD Professor of Urban Development and Spatial Mobility, Department of Human Geography and Planning, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University

Martin Dijst is full professor of Urban Development and Spatial Mobility, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. Originally, his research was focused on analysing the impact of spatial configurations of land uses, transport infrastructures and ICTs on activity and travel behaviour and accessibility. He has been coordinating as PI […]

Andy Haines, MBBS, MD

Andy Haines, MBBS, MD Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Chair, The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health

Andy Haines is Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at LSHTM. He was Dean (subsequently Director) of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine for nearly 10 years until October 2010.He was a family doctor in inner London for many years and formerly Professor of Primary Health Care at UCL. His international experience […]

Michael E. Emch, PhD

Michael E. Emch, PhD Professor and Chair of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Michael Emch is Professor and Chair of Geography, Fellow at the Carolina Population Center, and Professor of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  His expertise is in infectious disease ecology, spatial epidemiology, neighborhood determinants of health, and geographic information science applications of public health. He leads the Spatial Health Research Group which conducts research that explores spatio-temporal patterns of disease, primarily infectious […]

Mark W. Rosenberg, PhD

Mark W. Rosenberg, PhD Professor, Canada Research Chair in Development Studies, Department of Geography and Planning, Queens University

Mark W. Rosenberg is a Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography and Planning, cross-appointed as a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Canada Research Chair in Development Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is also an adjunct professor in the United Nations University Institute for Water, […]

Blaise Nguendo-Yongsi, PhD

Blaise Nguendo-Yongsi, PhD Professor, Health Geography IFORD, University of Yaounde II, Cameroon

Blaise Nguendo Yongsi earned his BEd at Laurentian University (Sudbury–Canada) and his PhD in Geography at Paris-X (France). He has a longstanding interest in urban health and has empirically focused on the spatial disparities of diseases and access to health care in Cameroon. His work involves an integrative understanding of the broad determinants of population health and research on environment […]

Marcus Grant

Marcus Grant Editor-in-Chief, Cities & Health, Director of SHINE (Supporting Healthier Inclusive Urban Environments) Bristol Health Partners

Marcus Grant is an ecologist, who works as an urban designer and landscape architect. As a former Associate Professor and deputy director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, he has worked with the WHO European Healthy Cities Network for over 15 years. With a wealth of experience he has examined issues of […]

Gina S. Lovasi, PhD

Gina S. Lovasi, PhD Assistant Professor in Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Gina S. Lovasi is an assistant professor in Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  Her research examines how local policies and initiatives influence cardiovascular and respiratory health, seeking to understand whether the anticipated health benefits have been realized and to explore any unanticipated health effects.  She works to incorporate GIS into […]

Jason Corburn, PhD

Jason Corburn, PhD Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

Jason Corburn is associate professor in the School of Public Health and Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. He is Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development and the Center for Global Healthy Cites at UC Berkeley. His research examines the links between environmental health and social […]

Clive Sabel, PhD

Clive Sabel, PhD Professor in Quantitative Geography, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol

Following a BSc (Hons) in Geography from Lancaster in 1990 and an MSc in GIS from Edinburgh University in 1991, I took a few years off to travel to many interesting and far flung places. I returned in 1996, and completed my PhD in 1999 under Profs Tony Gatrell and Robin Flowerdew at Lancaster University, […]

Gerard Salem PhD

Gerard Salem PhD Professor, University of Paris Ouest

Pr. Gérard Salem is 63 years old. After completing a B.A. and M.A. degree in geography (University of Paris 1 – Sorbonne), he went on to receive a Ph.D. in African Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (E.H.E.S.S.) in Paris. Additionally, he completed a master in urbanism at the Institut d’Etudes […]

Daniel A. Griffith, PhD

Daniel A. Griffith, PhD Professor and Faculty member School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Daniel A. Griffith is an Ashbel Smith professor of Geospatial Information Sciences at the U. of Texas at Dallas, affiliated professor in the College of Public Health at the U. of South Florida, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the U. of Alberta. Previously he was […]

Mei-Po Kwan, PhD

Mei-Po Kwan, PhD Professor, Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Mei-Po Kwan is Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chair of the International Geospatial Health Research Network. She is currently Editor of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers and the book series entitled “SAGE Advances in Geographic Information Science and Technology.” Kwan has received […]

Douglas Richardson

Douglas Richardson Executive Director, The American Association of Geographers (AAG)

During the past decade, Douglas Richardson has led a highly successful organizational renewal of the AAG, developing many dynamic research and international initiatives, and building strong academic, publishing, diversity, and financial foundations for the AAG, and for geography’s future.   Prior to joining the AAG, Dr. Richardson founded and was the president of GeoResearch, Inc., […]

Edwin M. Lee

Edwin M. Lee Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco

Edwin M. Lee, 63, was sworn in on January 8, 2012 as the 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco. Lee is the first Asian-American mayor in San Francisco history. In his first term, Mayor Lee focused on economic development and job creation, raised the minimum wage for San Francisco’s lowest wage workers, […]

Barbara A. Garcia, MPA

Barbara A. Garcia, MPA Director of Public Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Barbara A. Garcia is director of health at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She previously served as deputy director starting in 1999, when she became responsible for the department’s community programs, which were comprised of more than 2,000 civil-service employees and 150 community-based organizations delivering primary care, behavioral health, maternal and child health, prevention […]