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INTERNATIONAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE

International Organising Committee Members

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Dr Etienne Krug MD MPH

Director, Department for Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr Krug is Director of the Department for Social Determinants of Health at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He leads global efforts to prevent violence and injuries, to address social determinants of health and promote healthy ageing. He oversees the development of intergovernmental resolutions and global reports, the implementation of multi-country development projects, and advocacy campaigns. He chairs the International Organizing Committee for World Conferences on Injury Prevention, the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration and co-chairs the Executive Committee of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children. He is a member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals. Before joining WHO, Dr Krug worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, USA, with Médecins sans Frontières and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Dr Krug holds a degree as Medical Doctor from the University of Louvain in Brussels, Belgium and a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard University and has received many awards. 

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Dr Adnan Hyder

Senior Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Global Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

Adnan A. Hyder, MD MPH PhD, is the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Global Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, USA. For over 20 years, Dr. Hyder has worked to improve global health in low- and middle- income countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East; and pioneered empirical work around road traffic injuries, trauma, health systems, and non-communicable diseases. He has conducted studies focusing on defining the epidemiological burden, understanding risk factors, exploring potential interventions, estimating economic impact, and appreciating the socio-cultural correlates of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors around the world. Dr. Hyder has extensive experience leading large capacity development programs in developing countries including several major training grants funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and has co-authored over 350 scientific peer-reviewed papers and numerous world reports. He also serves as the founding Director of the Center on Commercial Determinants of Health at George Washington University.

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Dr Robin Ikeda

Associate Director for Policy and Strategy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Ikeda began her public health career as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control at the New York State Department of Health. She loved that assignment and public health so much that she moved her family to Atlanta, where she worked on injury prevention issues such as youth violence, suicide, and motor vehicle crashes at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). Since then, she has held a range of positions at the agency, serving as Associate Director for Science at NCIPC, Associate Director for Science at CDC’s Epidemiology Program Office, Acting Director for NCIPC, and Acting Director for the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Dr. Ikeda received her B.A. from Stanford University, her M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and her M.P.H. (Epidemiology) from the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and holds the rank of Rear Admiral in the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Ikeda lives in Atlanta with her husband and has two daughters in college.

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Dr Gopalkrishna Gururaj

Former Director and Senior Professor - Department of Epidemiology, WHO Collaborating Centre for Injury Prevention and safety Promotion, Centre for Public Health, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, India

Prof. Gururaj was Senior Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and was head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for injury prevention and Safety promotion and the Centre for Public Health at National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, India. He completed his MD from Government Medical College in Bangalore, Postdoctoral training in injury and Neurotrauma from UCLA School of Public health and underwent training in injury epidemiology and prevention in India and in universities abroad. He has extensive experience in the areas of Road Safety, Neurotrauma, Suicide, Childhood injuries, Work place injuries and trauma care. His major contributions over time are related to research, institutional strengthening mechanisms, human resource strengthening, legislations, policy and programme development, monitoring and evaluation, and public and political advocacy. He has worked with national and international organizations in India, Asia and Middle Eastern countries and serves as a resource person for several road safety and injury prevention programmes, technical committees and professional organizations and has several publications, presentations and awards to his credit.

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Professor Shanthi Ameratunga

Professor of Public Health, University of Auckland and Senior Researcher, Counties Manukau Health, Auckland

A paediatrician and public health physician by training, Shanthi is a Professor of Public Health at the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland and Senior Researcher at Counties Manukau Health, Auckland, New Zealand. She has led a multi-disciplinary research program focusing on injury prevention, road traffic injuries, accessible transport, post-trauma care and disability. Her work supporting injury prevention efforts in the Asia-Pacific region has been motivated by an enduring commitment to addressing physical, social and health care barriers to equitable health outcomes across the lifespan; and supporting the next generation of injury prevention and public health practitioners and scholar activists.

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Dr Olive Kobusingye

Senior Research Fellow, Makerere University School of Public Health, and the Institute for Social and Health Sciences of the University of South Africa

Dr. Kobusingye is an Accident & Emergency surgeon and injury epidemiologist. She is a Senior Research Fellow at Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda, where she heads the Trauma, Injury, & Disability Unit. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the George Institute for Global Health, Australia.

 

She is the Board Chair of the Road Traffic Injury Research Network, an international agency working to improve road safety through research globally. Previous positions include lecturing in the Department of Surgery, Makerere University, surgeon, Accident & Emergency Department, Mulago Hospital, and Regional Advisor on violence and injury prevention and control, World Health Organization, African Region. Kobusingye has published extensively on road safety, injury surveillance, trauma registries, and emergency trauma care in low- and middle-income countries.

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