Global Health Equity

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Who Are We?

Ronald Labonté
Professor and Canada  Research Chair (Globalization and Health Equity)
School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University of Ottawa

Mickey Chopra
Chief of Health and Associate Director of Programs, UNICEF.
Dr. Chopra led UNICEF’s work on maternal, newborn, and child health; immunization; pediatric HIV/AIDS; and health systems strengthening, policy, and research.

Jaime Breihl
Co-chair, Executive director and co-founder, Centro de Estudios y Asesoría en Salud, Ecuador; director, Área de Salud de la Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar.

Ted Schrecker
Professor of Global Health Policy in the Centre for Public Policy & Health, Durham University
Ted’s academic background is in political science, and he has taught that discipline as well as environmental studies and population health (at the doctoral level) from an interdisciplinary perspective. For the past decade his research has addressed the consequences of transnational economic integration (globalization) for health and health equity; he also has a long-standing interest in issues at the interface of science, ethics, law and public policy.

Corinne Packer

Dr. Corinne Packer is the Assistant Director of Globalization and Health Equity and a Senior Researcher at the University of Ottawa’s School of Epidemiology and Public Health, working on global health equity matters. Her principal areas of research include reproductive health and rights, harmful traditional practices, women’s rights and, more recently, the international migration of health professionals.

Yilmaz Akyüz
Former director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
He was the principal author and head of the team preparing the Trade and Development Report, and UNCTAD coordinator of  research support to developing countries (the Group-of-24) in the IMF and the World Bank on International Monetary and Financial Issues.
Read his contributions in The South Centre Blog.

Carol Amaratunga
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria;
Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa
Dr. Amarantunga retired as Dean, Office of Applied Research in July 2011. In her role as Dean Applied Research with the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC), Carol Amaratunga lead and directed a number of JIBC Pan Institute applied research initiatives and helped the Institute to build extensive institutional and individual research capacity.

Patrick Bond
Director, Center for Civil Society and Professor, School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Visiting professor at Gyeongsang National University Institute of Social Sciences, South Korea
Dr. Bond is a political economist with longstanding research interests and NGO work in urban communities and with global justice movements in several countries. He teaches political economy and eco-social policy, directs the Centre for Civil Society and is involved in research on economic justice, geopolitics, climate, energy and water.

Chantal Blouin
Conseillère scientifique, agro-alimentaire et santé à l’Institut national de santé publique de Québec (INSPQ)

Ha-Joon Chang
Reader, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.

Giovanni Andrea Cornia
Professor, Department of Economics, University of Florence.

Roberto De Vogli
Associate Professor in Social Determinants of Global Health at the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California Davis
Before returning to California, he worked as an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Roberto has gained substantial international experience after having worked for UN agencies (the World Bank and the World Health Organization) and international organizations in Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Tanzania and Vietnam.

Nick Drager
Honorary Professor, Global Health Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; Professor of Public Policy and Global Health Diplomacy, McGill University; Adjunct Research Professor, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and Senior Fellow, Global Health Programme, The Graduate Institute, Geneva.
His work focuses on current and emerging public health issues related to globalization and health, especially global health diplomacy/governance, foreign policy and international trade and health. He has deep experience in global health diplomacy and high level negotiations on international health development issues.

Corinna Hawkes
Professor of Food Policy, Director, Centre for Food Policy, City University London
She has worked with international agencies, governments, NGOs, think tanks and universities at the international level, as well as nationally and locally in the UK, United States and Brazil. A regular advisor to governments, international agencies and NGOs, her specialism is the role of food systems policies in what we eat and how they can be levered for positive impact.

Rhys Jenkins
Professor of Development Economics, School of International Development, University of East Anglia. He is an economist by training with interests in international development issues, particularly trade and foreign investment, and in industrialization. His current research focuses on the impact of the growth of China on other developing countries, especially in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Ilona Kickbusch
Kickbusch Health Consultant; Director, Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
She is senior advisor to the Regional Directors of the WHO Regional Offices for Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. She has been deeply involved in the development of the Health 2020 European health policy framework. She is a member of the independent Ebola interim assessment panel of the WHO.

Meri Koivusalo
Researcher, National Research and Development Centre for Welfare and Health, Finland.
She is a medical doctor with a PhD in public health and MSc in environmental health policy. She has written and published on international and European health policies, including on trade and health.

Eeva Ollila
Ministerial advisor, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland; Chief Medical Officer Cancer Society of Finland

Kelley Lee
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences; Canada Research Chair Tier I. Dr. Lee is trained in International Relations and Public Administration with a focus on international political economy. She spent over twenty years at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she remains Honorary Professor of Global Health Policy, initially analyzing the role of the UN in health.

Adebayo Olukoshi
Director, UN African Institute for Economic Development and Planning; former executive secretary, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.
Before assuming his present post as Director of the UN African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP). He earlier held the position as Research Professor and Director of research and studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, and General Secretary of CODESRIA.

David Sanders
Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, Saskatchewan.

Claudio Schuftan
Consultant in public health and nutrition, World Public Health Nutrition Association; Member of the Steering Council, People’s Health Movement, Vietnam; Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of International Health, Tulane School of Public Health

Jerry Spiegel
Liu Institute for Global Issues; School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia. Co-Lead, Global and Indigenous Health Theme; Co-Director, Global Health Research Program
He has led research and capacity building programs and projects in Cuba, Slovakia, Ecuador and South Africa and is active in the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health.

Veronic Ouelette
PhD student, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia.

Yash Tandon
Former director, South Centre, Geneva.
He founded the Southern and Eastern Trade information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) of which he is still the Chairman. It is an NGO which seeks to build African capacity to negotiate, among others, on trade, investment and intellectual property issues.

Sebastian Taylor
Former Senior Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London.

Riaz Tayob
Tallinn University of Technology.

Mike Rowson
Institute for Global Health, University College London.

John Lister
Assoociate Senior Lecturer, Coventry University.

Rolph van der Hoeven
Professor, International Institute of Social Studies in The Hauge, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.
Previously, he was Director of ILO’s Policy Coherence Group, Manager of the Technical Secretariat of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization in Geneva , Chief Economist of UNICEF in New York and policy analyst for the ILO in Ethiopia and Zambia. His work concentrates on issues of employment, inequality and economic reform, topics on which he has published extensively.

Sarah Wamala
Director-general, Swedish National Institute of Public Health; Professor of Health Policy and Leadership at Karolinska Institutet
She served as a Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Stockholm County Council.Sarah is a Global healthcare thought leader at the Center for Healthcare Innovation, Chicago (USA) and is a distinguished executive mentor at the Global initiative for Women in Health Care and Life sciences.

Kevin Watkins
Executive Director, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
He is a former non-resident senior fellow with the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, and was previously director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report. His research focuses on education, globalisation and human development.

David Woodward
Independent researcher; former head, New Global Economy program, New Economics Foundation.
He has been a professional development economist for more than 30 years, working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the UK Executive Director Office in the IMF and World Bank, the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, Save the Children and Progressio, as well as for NEF and independently.

Vivien Runnels
Researcher, Globalization and Health Equity Unit, University of Ottawa.