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Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny
Assistant Director-General - Health Systems and Innovation, World Health Organization
Executive Secretary a.i., HMN
Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny was appointed WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Innovation in November 2012. Dr. Kieny was WHO Assistant Director-General for Innovation, Information, Evidence and Research from October 2010-November 2012. Prior to this, Dr. Kieny directed the WHO Initiative for Vaccine Research since its inception in 2001. Vaccines against poverty-related diseases and those that disproportionately affect poor and marginalized populations are continuing priorities since her first role in WHO.
Richard Horton FRCP FMedSci
Editor-in-chief of The Lancet.
Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet. He qualified in physiology and medicine from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He then joined The Lancet in 1990. 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 a Council member of both the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences and the University of Birmingham. In 2011, he was appointed co-chair of the independent Expert Review Group overseeing delivery of the UN Secretary-General's Global Strategy of Women's and Children's Health. In 2011, he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine. He has a strong interest in global health and medicine's contribution to our wider culture.
Professor Alan Lopez
Alan Lopez is the Executive Chair of the Health Metrics Network, Professor of Global Health and the former Head of the School of Population Health (2003-2013) at the University of Queensland. Starting early April, Professor Lopez will also be the Rowden White Chair of Global Health and Burden of Disease Measurement in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, and Director of the Global Burden of Disease Group at the University of Melbourne. He has over 20 years of experience at WHO including responsibility for global burden of disease assessment and the strengthening of country health information systems. His primary areas of expertise include the development and analysis of vital statistics, particularly causes of death, measuring population health and burden of disease and the application and interpretation of verbal autopsy methods.
Statistician-General, South Africa
Pali Lehohla started his career in official statistics in Lesotho in 1980. He then moved to Bophuthatswana in 1982 to work in the Statistics Office and conducting the second and third census of the homeland in 1985 and 1991 respectively and headed the North West office as director of Statistics in 1992. In 1995 he was transferred to the Central Statistics Office as Chief Director and led the first post apartheid census in South Africa in 1996. In November 2000 he was appointed South Africa's first Statistician-General.
Dr. Susan Lynn Bissell, PhD
Chief, Child Protection, Programmes
A native of Canada, Susan first served UNICEF in 1987, in New York, in what was then called DIPA – the Division of Information and Public Affairs. Thereafter she returned to the University of Toronto to complete a Masters degree in law, economics and international relations. In 1997, Susan resumed academic work this time for a doctorate degree in public health and medical anthropology at the WHO Key Center for Women's Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne. In 2009 Susan was appointed to her current position in New York, heading UNICEF's Child Protection work.