Showcase Keynote Speakers

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Professor Rod McClure

Research Professor, University of New England

Rod McClure is a Research Professor at the University of New England. After graduating MBBS, and undertaking a period of clinical work in emergency medicine, Rod completed a doctorate in injury epidemiology and training in public health medicine. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, an honorary medical officer at the Armidale Rural Referral Hospital, and Editor in Chief of BMJ Injury Prevention. 

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Chief Superintendent Michael Morris

Chief Superintendent Community Safety and Research, Fire and Rescue New South Wales

Michael is an Emergency management, community services and consumer advocacy specialist with a strong focus on outcomes that are community centric. He is currently the Chief Superintendent Community Safety and Research for Fire and Rescue NSW where he has responsibility for leading the development, planning and delivery of robust policy and investigative and community engagement frameworks and actively engage communities in prevention and risk management for improved safety outcomes.  Michael has also held a range of leadership positions in other government, community and non-profit organisations, including being CEO of a not-for-profit foundation. He maintains a passion to continue to learn, and develop himself and others to contribute to the community.

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Captain Holly Billie

US Injury Prevention Program Manager, Indian Health Service 

CAPT Holly Billie, an officer in the US Public Health Service, is the Indian Health Service Injury Prevention Program Manager. CAPT Billie’s career in injury prevention has spanned 30 years, all in the service of American Indians and Alaska Natives. CAPT Billie has worked with indigenous populations addressing suicides, older adult falls, traffic injuries, and opioid poisoning through program planning and implementation, data collection, coalition building, and grant preparation. CAPT Billie also worked at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in the areas of road safety, older adult fall prevention, and data quality improvement.

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Dr Brett Shannon

Occupational and Environmental Registrar (RACP) and PhD Scholar, University of Illinois - Chicago

Brett Shannon is an Occupational and Environmental Registrar (Royal Australasian College of Physicians), receiving his Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Queensland. He also completed a Master of Applied Epidemiology at the Australian National University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. He is a proud Ngugi (Quandamooka) descendant and in 2020 will complete his term as Chairperson of the Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service. Brett received a 2021 John Monash Scholarship, to undertake a PhD at the University of Illinois – Chicago, on the topic of Occupational Injuries, to review occupational injury management and prevention strategies in Indigenous and vulnerable populations.


Dr Marlene Longbottom

PostDoctoral Research Fellow, Ngarruwan Ngadju First Peoples Health and Wellbeing Research Centre, Australian Health Services Research Insititute, University of Wollongong

Dr Marlene Longbottom is a Yuin woman from Roseby Park mission (Jerrinja) on the South Coast of NSW, Australia. Dr Longbottom is a PostDoctoral Research Fellow at the Ngarruwan Ngadju First Peoples Health and Wellbeing Research Centre, based at the Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia. Dr Longbottom’s work includes community based research with Indigenous communities that focuses on health, wellbeing and social justice issues.

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Associate Professor Emma Wyeth

Associate Professor - Māori Health & Director - Ngāi Tahu Māori Health research Unit, University of Otago

Emma Wyeth is Ngāi Tahu, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Tama and Ngāti Mutunga and has lived her entire life within her own Ngāi Tahu tribal communities in Southern New Zealand. She is an Associate Professor in Māori Health and the Director of the Ngāi Tahu Māori Health Research Unit at the University of Otago. For over fifteen years, the majority of Emma's research has focused on Māori injury outcomes and experiences. She is currently the Principal investigator of the “POIS-10 Māori: Outcomes and experiences in the decade following injury” study, a longitudinal study of injured Māori which aims to understand and improve long-term outcomes and experiences for injured Māori and their whānau (family).

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Dr Puspa Raj Pant

Research Fellow, University of the West of England/Nepal Injury Research Centre

Dr Puspa Raj Pant is the recipient of the first round of the RoSPA PhD Scholarship in 2009 and supervised by Prof Elizabeth Towner. He has published over a dozen of journal articles and a book chapter on injury prevention. He has experience of teaching and working with communities for prevention of injuries. His booklet for parents on 'protecting children from injuries' is receently published on Unicef Nepal's parenting education website. At Nepal Injury Research centre, he has led a household survey, a policy document review, and a Delphi study for road safety research priority identification. Dr Pant is a GBD collaborator and was a lead author for the article Burden of injury in Nepal which was published in early 2020. He has also contributed to WHO VIP Mentor programme as a mentor. Puspa also make appearances in media and actively promotes injury awareness on social media, Twitter.

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Dr Robbie Parks

Post-doctoral research scientist, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Dr Parks is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Dr Parks' is primarily interested in understanding the impact that climate, weather, and air pollution has on mortality and disease outcomes, particularly injury and mental health-related, and how these impacts may be different in sub-groups of a population. He is also interested in developing new statistical methods relevant to these concerns. Dr Parks aims to use his research capacity to pursue linked goals of social and climate justice.

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Ms Sophia Monica San Luis

Executive Director, ImagineLaw

Sophia is a public interest lawyer specializing in public health policy development and advocacy. She is a co-founder and executive director of ImagineLaw, a public interest law organization that designs and advocates for policies to help people live healthy and meaningful lives. Between 2016 to 2020, Sophia led ImagineLaw's work on Road Safety, advocating for policies to address speeding, child restraints use and other road safety risk factors. Under her leadership, ImagineLaw successfully advocated for the issuance of a national policy on speed limit setting and enforcement and over 20 local road safety laws. Sophia also continues to provide technical and legal assistance to CSOs and government agencies involved in the development and implementation of Republic Act No. 11229 or the Child Safety on Motor Vehicles Act of the Philippines and currently leads ImagineLaw's work on tobacco control in the Philippines and civil registration and vital statistics in the Philippines and other Asia Pacific countries.

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Ms María Fernanda Rodríguez

President, Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez

   María Fernanda "Nani" Rodríguez was born on January 23, 1975 in Montevideo, Uruguay. Founder and president of the Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez (FGR). In 2000, she decided to honor her brother, Gonzalo Rodríguez, a race car driver who passed away in 1999, by creating the Fundación Gonzalo Rodríguez to help improve the quality of life of children in Latin America. His involvement includes strategic planning, fundraising and being the Foundation's spokesperson. Since the organization's inception, he has advocated to guarantee children's right to travel safely, beginning with the promotion of the mandatory use of child restraint systems (CRS) for children under 12 in private vehicles and safe school transportation in Uruguay.

Today the foundation, which has offices in Uruguay and Argentina -and soon in Chile-, is positioned as one of the leaders in child traffic protection in LAC, working hard on the possibility of introducing good practices in road safety in other countries with similar characteristics.

Maria Fernanda is also a board member of LatinNCAP, the United Nations Road Safety Commission (UNRSC), and a founding member of the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety.
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Dr Lindsey Barranco

Behavioral Scientist, Centers for Disease Control, Division of Violence Prevention

Lindsey Barranco, PhD is a Behavioral Scientist on the Technical Assistance Coordination and Translation team at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) in the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP).  She has over 20 years of experience implementing and supporting others in program evaluation, performance measurement, and planning at the program and system levels. Prior to CDC, she provided technical assistance to states and local communities addressing homelessness and worked at a state agency providing policy, program and evaluation guidance. Lindsey received her PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina.

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Professor Lucie Cluver

Professor of Child and Family Social Work, University of Oxford, University of Cape Town

Lucie Cluver is a Professor at Oxford University and at the University of Cape Town. She works closely with a superb team of partners, postdoctoral, doctoral and master’s researchers. Together, they collaborate with the South African government, UNICEF, World Food Programme, UNAIDS, USAID-PEPFAR and CDC, UNDP, IAS, the World Health Organisation and Global Fund, and with other international NGOs, to provide evidence that can improve the lives of children and adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Dr Jamie Lachman

Research Fellow, University of Oxford, University of Glasgow

Dr Jamie M. Lachman has over 20 years of experience developing, testing, and scaling up family and parenting programmes to reduce violence against children and improve child wellbeing in low- and middle-income countries. He is a research officer at the University of Oxford Department of Social Policy and Intervention and a research fellow at the University of Glasgow MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit. He is also the founder of Clowns Without Borders South Africa and a co-founder of the Parenting for Lifelong Health initiative. The programmes and resources that Jamie has co-developed have reached over 134 million beneficiaries in 182 countries. He is also a storyteller, banjo-player, songwriter, facilitator, and clown. Dedicated to promoting our human capacity for peace and laughter, Jamie strives to live each day fully with compassion and amazement.

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Dr Etienne Krug

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 Debra Houry

Director, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Debra Houry, MD, MPH, is the Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States. Dr. Houry oversees innovative research and science-based programs to prevent injuries and violence and to reduce their consequences. Under her leadership, the Injury Center is addressing three urgent and related priority public health issues: adverse childhood experiences, overdose, and suicide, among other injury and violence prevention efforts.

Dr. Houry has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on injury prevention and violence. She received her MD and MPH degrees from Tulane University and completed her residency training in emergency medicine at Denver Health Medical Center. This year she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

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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 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 Olive Kobusingye

Senior Research Fellow, Makerere University SPH, and Distinguished Fellow, The George Institute for Global Health

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.  Olive is the Board Chair of the Road Traffic Injury Research Network, an international agency working to improve road safety especially in low- and middle-income countries.