Dr Solange Hakiba
Deputy DG, Rwanda Social Security Board
Ms Gogontlejang Phaladi
Founder and Executive Director of the Gogontlejang Phaladi Pillar
Gogontlejang Phaladi is a philanthropist and development practitioner from Botswana. She is the Founder and Executive Director of a non profit making Non Governmental Organization (NGO) called the Gogontlejang Phaladi Pillar of Hope Organization (GPPHO) which is a member of the UNFPA African Youth and Adolescent Network (AfriYAN) and a member of the PMNCH Adolescent and Youth Constituency. GPPHO is an NGO that is mandated in community capacity building, human rights advocacy, promoting gender equality and doing humanitarian work. She is also a member of the continental advocacy network- African Youth and Adolescents Network (AfriYAN) on population and development, leading the demographic dividend thematic committee. Gogontlejang Phaladi is an African woman leader who is passionately about transforming lives and believes a world free of poverty, with equity and dignity is possible with more youth driving the development agenda as agents of change. She is a seasoned human and social development expert who has served as a member of the African Union High Level Advisory Group on Humanitarian Effectiveness in Africa, Botswana Presidential Task Team of Vision 2036, UNICEF Botswana Child Ambassador, a former Radio Presenter, currently a member of the WHO external advisory group on the Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA) Framework and a Motivational Speaker. She is also a trained SRHR, CSE and HIV and AIDS educator and campaign facilitator having done several campaigns aligned with UNFPA and UNESCO. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate studies in LLB (Bachelor of Law) and doing humanitarian work as well as development work consultancy. During her spare time, she mentors girls and women through an initiative dubbed #SIMI (She Is My Inspiration) and she enjoys farming.
Dr Mary AMUYUNZU-NYAMONGO
Founder Director and Technical Adviser for the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD)
Dr. Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo is the Founder Director and Technical Adviser for the African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD), an organization based in Nairobi, Kenya that conducts research, training and advocacy on health and development issues. Mary has published widely in the areas of health and development, focusing on NCDs, HIV/AIDS, gender, youth, mothers and children under-five, rural and urban poverty, and health promotion in general. She also serves on various international committees/boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO), International Food and Policy Research Institute and the Mectizan Donation Program. Mary holds a PhD (Social Anthropology) from Cambridge University in the UK and BA (Social Anthropology) from the University of Nairobi,
Dr. Timothy G. Evans
Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population, World Bank Group
Tim Evans is the Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank Group. From 2010 to 2013, Tim was Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Senior Advisor to the BRAC Health Program. From 2003 to 2010, he was Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to this, he served as Director of the Health Equity Theme at the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier in his career he was an attending physician of internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and was Assistant Professor in International Health Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a board member of a number of international health alliances.
Tim has been at the forefront of advancing global health equity and strengthening health systems delivery for more than 20 years. At WHO, he led the Commission on Social Determinants of Health and oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report. He has been a co-founder of many partnerships including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) as well as efforts to increase access to HIV treatment for mothers and innovative approaches to training community-based midwives in Bangladesh.
Tim received his Medical Degree from McMaster University in Canada and was a Research and internal Medicine Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned a D.Phil. in Agricultural Economics from University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Dr Bernice Dahn
Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM, FMedSci, FBA
Director of the Institute of Health Equity (UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health)
Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, and Immediate Past President of the World Medical Association.
He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (Bloomsbury: 2015) and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (Bloomsbury: 2004). Professor Marmot holds the Harvard Lown Professorship for 2014-2017 and is the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health 2015. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from 18 universities. Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for 40 years.
He chairs the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas, set up in 2015 by the World Health Organizations’ Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/ WHO). He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’ in August 2008.
At the request of the British Government, he conducted the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, which published its report ’Fair Society, Healthy Lives’ in February 2010. This was followed by the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, for WHO Euro in 2014. He chaired the Breast Screening Review for the NHS National Cancer Action Team and was a member of The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health.
He set up and led a number of longitudinal cohort studies on the social gradient in health in the UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health (where he was head of department for 25 years): the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality; the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), and several international research efforts on the social determinants of health.
He served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011, and is President of the British Lung Foundation. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology; a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences; an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years and in 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities. Professor Marmot is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.