Plenary Speakers

Sunday, October 21

Dean Jamison

Dean Jamison is a Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington.  Over the past 22 years he has held faculty positions at Harvard, UCLA, and UCSF.  Jamison was at the World Bank from 1976-1988 as a senior economist in the research department, division chief for education policy, and division chief for population, health and nutrition, and in 1992-93 served as the Director of the World Development Report Office and as lead author for the Bank’s 1993 World Development Report, Investing in Health.  He studied at Stanford (A.B., Philosophy; M.S., Engineering Science) and at Harvard (Ph.D., Economics, under K.J. Arrow) and is a member in the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

His publications are in the areas of economic theory, public health, and education. Dr. Jamison studied at Stanford (B.A., philosophy; M.S., engineering sciences) and at Harvard (Ph.D., economics, under K. J. Arrow). In 1994, he was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Saskia Sassen

Saskia Sassen is currently a Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University; Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University; and Centennial Visiting Professor, London School of Economics.

Professor Sassen’s research and writing focuses on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), the new technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions.

In each of the three major projects that comprise her 20 years of research, Professor Sassen starts with a thesis that posits the unexpected and the counterintuitive in order to cut through established “truths”.

In addition to her appointments at Columbia University, she serves on several editorial boards and is an advisor to several international bodies. She is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Cities. She has received a variety of awards and prizes, most recently, a Doctor honoris causa from Delft University (Netherlands), the first Distinguished Graduate School Alumnus Award of the University of Notre Dame, and was one of the four winners of the first University of Chicago Future Mentor Award covering all doctoral programs. She has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International,Vanguardia, Clarin, and the Financial Times, among others.

Brian M. Greenwood, MD
Pneumonia: A neglected problem in African children

Canada Gairdner Global Health Award
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK

"for contributions to significantly reducing mortality in children due to meningitis and acute respiratory infection and to contributions to malaria prevention"

Dr. Greenwood studied medicine at the University of Cambridge (1962) and spent 3 years in Western Nigeria as a medical registrar and research fellow at University College Hospital, Ibadan. After receiving clinical immunology training in the UK, he returned to Nigeria in 1970 where he developed his research interests in malaria and meningococcal disease.

In 1980, he moved to the UK Medical Research Council Laboratories in The Gambia which he directed for the next 15 years. In The Gambia, he helped to establish a multi-disciplinary research program that focused on the most important infectious diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, measles, meningitis, hepatitis and HIV2.  Work undertaken during this period included demonstration of the efficacy of insecticide treated bed nets in preventing death from malaria in African children and demonstration of the impact of Haemophilus influenzae type b and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines when deployed in sub-Saharan Africa.

In 1996, he was appointed to the staff of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Medicine where he is now Manson Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine.


Monday, October 22

Jon Andrus

Jon Kim Andrus, M.D. is the Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). A graduate of Stanford University with a major in Biologic Sciences, a graduate of University California Davis Medical School, a graduate of the University of California San Francisco Family Practice Program at Santa Rosa, and a graduate of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and Preventive Medicine Residency, he is a physician and epidemiologist who has worked as a global health expert and researcher in the fields of vaccines, immunization and primary care in developing countries. He is the author of >70 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and nine book chapters on global health. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Expert Review of Vaccines and the Pan American Journal of Public Health. He served as Guest Editor of the Vaccine supplement on rubella and congenital rubella syndrome elimination in the Americas and Co-editor of the 2nd edition of the book, Recent Advances in Immunization.

Prior to becoming Deputy Director of PAHO in 2009, Dr. Andrus served as director and lead technical advisor for PAHO’s immunization program from 2003 to 2009, with a focus on the poorest communities of the Americas. In that capacity he oversaw technical cooperation to countries of the Western Hemisphere for the elimination of measles, rubella, and congenital rubella syndrome. He continues to be Principle Investigator of a large Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant for PAHO’s ProVac Initiative. The mission of ProVac is to strengthen national capacity to make evidence-based decisions for the introduction of new vaccines into national immunization programs.His first overseas assignment was as a Peace Corps Volunteer serving as the District Medical Officer of Mchinji District, Malawi, from 1985 to 1987. As District Medical Officer, Dr. Andrus oversaw all curative and preventive care services at the Mchinji District Hospital and 12 outlying bush clinics, serving approximately 210,000 people. From 1989 to 2000 Dr. Andrus worked in key positions as a Center for the Disease Control and Prevention epidemiologist seconded to the WHO for polio eradication and immunization in Latin America and South-East Asia. While in South East Asia, he oversaw and implemented WHO’s plan of technical cooperation for polio and immunization to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and Maldives. Dr. Andrus was Director of the Vaccinology and Immunization Program at the Institute for Global Health at the University California San Francisco from 2000 to 2002. In 2009, Dr. Andrus also served as Professor and Director of the Global Health Masters of Public Health Program of the George Washington University before becoming the Deputy Director of PAHO later that year. He maintains his faculty appointment at the George Washington University, and has adjunct appointments at University of California San Francisco, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Currently, Dr. Andrus also works on: PAHO’s Non-communicable Disease Task Force, the Technical Advisory Committee of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control, the Selection Committee of the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program, the Global Health Task Force of the Academic Pediatric Association of the United States, and the Advisory Committee of the Department of Global and Community Health of George Mason University.

Irene Klinger
Harnessing multistakeholder action to combat chronic disease in the Americas

Irene Klinger, a Chilean economist with 28 years of experience in the international arena, re-joined the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in January 2012 as Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Multi-Sector Collaboration. Before that she was the Director of the Department of International Affairs/Secretariat for External Relations at the Organization of American States (OAS). Dr. Klinger was responsible for advising and making recommendations to the Secretary General and the Organization’s policy-making bodies on relations with the OAS Member States, Permanent Observers, UN system agencies, Inter-American agencies, international finance institutions, and civil society. Prior to this appointment she served as Executive Secretary with the OAS Summit of the Americas Secretariat, working along with Member States to develop the economic, political and social agenda for the hemisphere and follow up on hemispheric Summit mandates. Before coming to the OAS, she was Director of External Relations at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). An international expert who is well-respected in Washington, Irene Klinger’s expertise covers external relations, diplomacy, fundraising and project management. She is a University of Chile graduate and holds a Masters degree in economics from the University of Amsterdam. 

Alex Palacios
Saving lives and improving health through partnership and innovation

Alex Palacios was appointed in 2008 as Special Representative for the GAVI Alliance. He is responsible for coordination between GAVI and the U. S. Government, non?government organizations, foundations and other entities.
Prior to his current appointment Alex served as the Managing Director for External Relations for the GAVI Alliance. In this role Alex was responsible globally for donor relations with governments, non?profit, and the private sector. He was appointed to this position after serving since 2003 as the Head of Program Funding for GAVI. Prior to joining the GAVI Alliance, Alex served in two high level positions at UNICEF. From 2001 to 2003 he was Chief of the International and Corporate Alliances Section of UNICEF. From 1995 to 2001, he served as a Senior Program Funding Officer at UNICEF. In these positions he served as a focal point for UNICEF’s relations with several government and private donors, including the United States, the United Kingdom, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the private sector.
Alex also held several posts within the US Government, including Deputy Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and Assistant General Counsel at the Peace Corps. Prior to those positions Alex served as the Assistant General Counsel at the Inter?American Foundation. From 1986 to 1993 Alex was the U. S. Representative for UNICEF in Washington, DC. In this capacity he worked with the U. S. Congress and various administrations on issues related to Child Survival and UNICEF. During this period he worked closely with UNICEF Ambassadors such as Hugh Downs, Judy Collins and Audrey Hepburn. An attorney, Alex is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia. He holds a BA in Anthropology from Amherst College and a JD from the Washington College of Law at American University.

Mark Fryars
The role of the SUN movement in increasing multi stakeholder efforts to improve nutrition

Mark Fryars has over 30 years of international development experience in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and the Americas in which he has focused on the design, management and evaluation of projects and programs in public health, education and governance and more recently, on micronutrient programming. He has worked with academic, government and non-governmental organizations, diagnosing needs and developing appropriate and sustainable solutions.

As Vice President Programs & Technical Services at the Micronutrient Initiative (MI), Mr. Fryars leads MI´s global programs and provides technical support to MI country programs that helps reduce the impact of vitamin and mineral deficiencies on the health and well-being of women and children at risk. He also oversees regional programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Fryars manages a team of 14 staff and an annual budget of CDN$18M, co-ordinates strategic and annual program planning and oversees corporate performance measurement and reporting. He also works closely with MI´s donors, particularly the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), to account for MI´s delivery of expected results.

Celina Gorre
Innovative partnerships for global health research

Celina Gorre is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.  In that role, she heads up a team based in London, who coordinates the research efforts of GACD member organisations of international research funding agencies, raises awareness on chronic diseases, and organises the research priority-setting for the organisation.  Previously, Ms. Gorre was the Managing Director of the Foundation for the United Nations Global Compact where she headed up the private sector funding arm of the UNGC.  From 2007-2009, Ms. Gorre was in the field with UNFPA and UNICEF in Angola as a Senior HIV/AIDS Advisor.  Prior to this, Ms. Gorre was the technical manager for the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (now GBCHealth), and with Gap Inc. as the Training Manager in their Social Responsibility department.  Ms. Gorre holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from UCLA and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard University.

Julia Sanchez

Julia Sanchez, who was appointed in May 2011 as the new President-CEO of CCIC, brings 18 years of experience in top?level international development management, including 13 years working in developing countries. Until last year, she served as Regional and National Campaigns Director for the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA/Tcktcktck.org) and previous to that worked for 14 years at the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), one of Canada’s oldest and largest international development agencies. She has also worked as a consultant with Oxfam Great Britain, with USAID, and in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and a variety of other donor agencies such as IDB, ADB, UNHCR, etc.
Throughout her career she has provided leadership to a wide variety of projects in 16 countries - including Bolivia, Guatemala, Nepal, India, Mali, and other countries in Asia and Latin America - in areas such as humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, governance, democratic development, community-based economic development and international volunteering.
Julia completed a double major in Political Science and Economics at McGill University (1985) and returned to McGill for an MA in Economics (1996) after doing several years of development work in Bolivia and Guatemala. Her specialization is in development and international economics.
Julia has now moved to Ottawa from India with her husband and 12-year-old son, and formally joined CCIC on August 15th, 2011. Established in 1968, CCIC is a coalition of 93 Canadian voluntary sector organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development, end global poverty and promote justice and human dignity for all.

Tuesday, October 23

John Ralston Saul

Economic Failure, Rising Disorder, and Health at the End of the Globalist Era

John Ralston Saul, a long-time champion of freedom of expression, was elected President of International PEN in October 2009.

An award-winning essayist and novelist, Saul has had a growing impact on political and economic thought in many countries. Declared a “prophet” by TIME magazine, he is included in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries. His works have been translated into 22 languages in 30 countries.

Saul is perhaps best known for his philosophical trilogy - Voltaire's Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West, The Doubter's Companion: A Dictionary of Aggressive Common Sense and The Unconscious Civilization. This was followed by a meditation on the trilogy - On Equilibrium: Six Qualities of the New Humanism.

He is General Editor of the Penguin Extraordinary Canadians project, a series of 18 biographies that reinterprets important Canadian figures for a contemporary audience by pairing well-known Canadian writers with significant historical, political and artistic figures from 1850 onwards. His most recent work of non-fiction, a biography of Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine and Robert Baldwin, is his own contribution to this series.

In 2005 in The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World, Saul warned that, like it or not, globalism was already collapsing and that if we did not act quickly we would be caught in a crisis and limited to emergency reactions. The Collapse of Globalism was re-issued in 2009 with an updated epilogue that addresses the current crisis.

In his 2008 national bestseller, A Fair Country: Telling Truths about Canada, Saul argued that Canada is a métis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by aboriginal ideas: egalitarianism, a proper balance between individual and groups, and a penchant for negotiation over violence are all aboriginal values that Canada absorbed.

He has received many national and international awards for his writing, most recently South Korea's Manhae Grand Prize for Literature. The Unconscious Civilization won Canada's Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, as well as the Gordon Montador Award for Best Canadian Book on Social Issues. His Reflections of a Siamese Twin was chosen by Maclean's magazine as one of the ten best non-fiction books of the twentieth century. His novel, The Paradise Eater, won Italy's Premio Lettarario Internazionale.

He has published six novels, including The Birds of Prey, as well as The Field Trilogy, which deals with the crisis of modern power and its clash with the individual. It includes Baraka or The Lives, Fortunes and Sacred Honor of Anthony Smith, The Next Best Thing, and The Paradise Eater. His most recent work of fiction - the first in over fifteen years - is Dark Diversions, a picaresque novel in which he observes the life of modern nouveaux riches Americans.

President of Canadian PEN from 1990-1992 and an active member of Centre québécois du PEN international, he helped create the Canadian PEN Writers In Exile Network in 2004. He is a member of the Norway based Council of Writers and Experts of ICORN (International Cities of Refuge Network).

John Ralston Saul is co-Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a national organization working with new citizens. He is also Founder and Honorary Chair of Le français pour l'avenir/French for the Future, an organisation which advances the use of French among secondary school students. He is Founder and Chair of the LaFontaine-Baldwin symposium, which advances an egalitarian and inclusive approach to democracy, and the patron of PLAN, a cutting edge organization serving people with disabilities. A Companion in the Order of Canada, he is also Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. His 17 honourary degrees range from McGill University in Montréal to Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Photo credit: Kate Szatman