International Advisory Committee

Professor Pascale Allotey

Pascale is the Director of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH). With a multidisciplinary background in clinical health sciences, anthropology, and epidemiology, she has two decades of experience as a researcher in global health across four continents to promote health and well-being. Her research has focussed on health equity, health and human rights, gender and social determinants of health, forced migration and marginalisation, sexual and reproductive health, infectious diseases, and non-communicable diseases.

Prior to joining UNU, Pascale served as Professor of Public Health, and Deputy Head of School (Research and Development) at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University (Malaysia). She also was head of the Global Public Health unit and founding Associate Director of the South-East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO, Malaysia).

Her previous experience includes Professor of Race, Diversity and Professional Practice, Brunel University (United Kingdom); Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the Key Centre for Women’s Health, WHO Collaborating Centre for Women’s Health, University of Melbourne (Australia); and Lecturer in the Tropical Health Program, Australian Centre for International and Tropic Disease and Nutrition, University of Queensland (Australia).

She is also a technical advisor on several WHO committees in Geneva, including serving as co-Chair of the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel; a member of the Technical Advisory Group on Universal Health Coverage for the WHO Western Pacific Region office in Manila; Advisor to the WHO TDR Expert Group Meeting on Gender and Intersectionality in Research on Infectious Diseases of Poverty; and associate editor for several public health and global health journals.

She holds a PhD in Public Health and a MMedSci degree in Community Health from the University of Western Australia. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, and more than forty book chapters and commissioned reports.

 

Dr Sania Nishtar

Sania is the internationally acclaimed Pakistani physician and public health expert. She currently co-chairs WHO’s High-Level Commission on Non-communicable diseases along with the presidents of Uruguay, Finland and Sri-Lanka. She also co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the future of healthcare and the U.S National Academy of Sciences Global Study on the Quality of Healthcare in low and middle-income countries. In addition, she also chairs the United Nations International Institute for Global Health’s Advisory Committee.

Sania is also a member of the International Advisory Board on Global Health of the Federal Government of Germany. She is the founder and president of the NGO Heartfile in Pakistan and has previously served as a federal minister in the Pakistan government in 2013. She was Pakistan’s nominee for director-general of the World Health Organisation in 2017 and was in the final shortlist of three. Earlier she was also founding Chair of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Women’s and Children’s health and chaired WHO’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity.

She has received many international awards for her work and is widely published. Sania Nishtar graduated from Khyber Medical University as the best graduate in 1986. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and took a Ph.D at Kings College London.

 

Professor K. Srinath Reddy

K. Srinath is the President of Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and formerly headed the Department of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He served as the First Bernard Lown Visiting Professor of Cardiovascular Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (2009-13).

He is presently an Adjunct Professor at Harvard and Emory & Honorary Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. He has served on many WHO expert panels & has been the President of the World Heart Federation (2013-14).  He chaired the High Level Expert Group on Universal Health Coverage, for the Planning Commission of India.  Prof. Reddy is a member of the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, established to assist the United Nations in developing the post-2015 goals and chairs the Thematic Group on Health in the SDSN.

K. Srinath is a member of the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. He has published more than 480 scientific papers. His several honours include WHO Director General’s Award and Luther Terry Medal of American Cancer Society for Outstanding contributions to global tobacco control and the Queen Elizabeth Medal for health promotion. He was conferred Padma Bhushan by the President of India in 2005.

 

Professor Salim Yusuf

Salim is a Distinguished University Professor of Medicine, and Executive Director of the Population Health Research Institute, McMaster University and Chief Scientist, Hamilton Health Sciences.

Salim is an internationally renowned cardiologist and epidemiologist, whose work over 40 years has substantially influenced prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. He medically qualified at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore in 1976, received a Rhodes Scholarship and obtained a DPhil from Oxford. The leading North American clinical trialist in this field, his epidemiologic work in more than 60 countries shows the majority of risks of both cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease are attributable to the same few risk factors. His large-scale studies involving several hundreds of thousands of individuals in dozens of countries have changed the way some of the world’s most deadly health conditions are prevented, treated and managed.

He holds a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario Research Chair and has received (among others) the Lifetime Research Achievement award of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society; the Paul Wood Silver Medal of the British Cardiac Society; the European Society of Cardiology gold medal, the clinical Research Prize of the American Heart Association and the International Award and the Braunwald Lecture of the American College of Cardiology. He has been inducted into the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame; been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada, and received the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award in 2014. He has received four honorary doctorates, and is among the top 20 most cited health researchers in history.

Salim has published more than 1,000 articles in refereed journals, rising to the second most cited researcher in the world for 2011.

 

Dr Enis Barış

Enis is a physician with graduate degrees in Public Health (M.Sc.) and Epidemiology (Ph.D.) and a wide range of experience as director, manager and technical expert in public health and healthy system development and research in Europe, East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America.  At present, Enis is Practice Manager for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice covering the region of Europe and Central Asia. Previously he was Sector Manager in the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank, a position he had come back to after having been Director of the Division of Country Health Systems at the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO EURO).

Since joining the Bank in 1999, He has worked in the regions of East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia and now Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining the World Bank in 1999, Enis was at the International Development Research Centre of Canada, as Senior Scientific Advisor. During his career, Enis has served as Board Member and Chair of various international agencies, notably the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Council of Health Research for Development and the Alliance for Health System and Policy Research.  He is the editor and author of several books and peer-reviewed publications.

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