Key note speakers
WHO Regional Director for Europe
Zsuzsanna Jakab took up her duties as Regional Director on 1 February 2010. A native of Hungary, she has held a number of high-profile national and international public health policy positions in the last three decades.
Before her election as Regional Director, Ms Jakab served as the founding Director of the European Union's European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. Between 2005 and 2010, she built ECDC into an internationally respected centre of excellence in the fight against infectious diseases.
Between 2002 and 2005, Ms Jakab was State Secretary at the Hungarian Ministry of Health, Social and Family Affairs, where she managed the country’s preparations for European Union accession in the area of public health. She played a key role in the negotiations leading up to the Fourth WHO Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, held in Budapest in June 2004.
Between 1991 and 2002, Zsuzsanna Jakab worked at the WHO/Europe in a range of senior management roles. As Director of Administration and Management Support, she managed strategic and operational planning for the Regional Office and guided the work of its governing bodies. Before this, as Director of Country Health Development, she was in charge of external relations and strategic partnerships: coordinating collaboration with the 51 Member States in the WHO European Region and international partners. During her long tenure with WHO/Europe, she also served as Director of the Division of Information, Evidence and Communication and Coordinator of the EUROHEALTH programme.
Born in 1951 in Hungary, Mrs Jakab holds a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest; a postgraduate degree from the University of Political Sciences, Budapest; a diploma in public health from the Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden; and a postgraduate diploma from the National Institute of Public Administration and Management, Hungary. She began her career in Hungary’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in 1975, being responsible for external affairs, including relations with WHO.
Professor Don Nutbeam
Don Nutbeam is currently the Vice-Chancellor (President) of the University of Southampton and a Professor of Public Health. His career has spanned positions in universities, government, health services and an independent research institute.
Professor Nutbeam’s research interests have included public health intervention research in schools and communities as well as studies of health literacy, and adolescent health behaviour. He is author of more than 100 publications in peer reviewed journals as well as two popular public health text books
Professor Nutbeam has substantial international experience in both developing and developed countries, working as an advisor and consultant for the World Health Organisation over a 20 year period, and as consultant and team leader in projects for the World Bank.
Professor Margaret Barry
Margaret M. Barry, Ph.D. is Professor of Health Promotion and Public Health and Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion Research at the National University of Ireland Galway.
Professor Barry has published widely in health promotion and works closely with policymakers and practitioners on the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion interventions and policies at national and international level. Currently Project Leader of a three-year (2009-2012) project funded by the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers on Developing Competencies and Professional Standards for Health Promotion Capacity Building in Europe (CompHP), and Project Coordinator of a three-year programme of research on Translating Health Communications funded by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
Elected as Global Vice President for Capacity Building, Education and Training by the International Union for Health Promotion and Education from 2007-2010, she has served as board member of a number of international and European steering groups, research councils and scientific committees. Professor Barry has acted as expert adviser on mental health promotion policy development in a number of countries around the world and she is co-author of the international text Implementing Mental Health Promotion (Barry and Jenkins, 2007) published by Elsevier.
Dr. Glenn Laverack
Dr. Laverack is seen as a world leader in empowerment and has a distinguished career for more than 25 years in public health and health promotion working in Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and the Pacific regions. Formerly the Coordinator (Empowerment) at the WHO in Geneva he provided the strategic advice for the empowerment of health researchers in disease endemic countries with special attention to diseases of poverty. Dr Laverack has a wide range of publications in regard to empowerment including books in English, Russian and German and forthcoming books in Japanese, Estonian, Spanish, Italian and Farsi. His Ph.D. investigated the accommodation of community empowerment within top-down public health programming in the South Pacific. His range of professional experience in many cross-cultural settings helps to provide a broad insight into both the theoretical and practice aspects of public health. Dr. Laverack is committed to working with others to find solutions to the practical application of strategies to improve health outcomes.
Dr Viv Speller, BSc, PhD, FFPH
Director, Health Development Consulting Ltd., Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of Southampton.
Dr. Viv Speller’s experience in health promotion spans over thirty years at local, national and international levels. Currently Director of Health Development Consulting, she has previously held positions as Executive Director of the Health Development Agency for England, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton. Her particular interests are in the quality and effectiveness of health promotion, partnership working, and public health workforce development. She has been an adviser to WHO, European Commission, IUHPE and other national and international bodies. Currently she is Consultant to the Royal Society for Public Health on the European CompHP project developing professional standards for health promotion, and is actively engaged in research and teaching in public health. She is a registered public health specialist on the UK Voluntary Public Health Register.
Mr. Clive Needle
Mr. Clive Needle is a former Member of the European Parliament specialised in health, environment and development issues, authoring parliamentary reports on economic cooperation and public health strategies in addition to national and international official opinions, global media and campaigning work on human rights and social policies.
Clive Needle is an independent international public policy advisor for organisations. Since 1999 he has been strategic advisor and director for EuroHealthNet, a network of public bodies developing health promoting and social equity policies in Europe. Clive has advised and supported numerous activities of the World Health Organisation, including chairing and moderating international processes and events for Health Promoting Schools, Poverty and Health, Social Determinants and Health, Transport, Climate Change and Environment. He is a member of the WHO Advisory Group on Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Systems. Clive advises various other international civil society organisations, local and national authorities and academic bodies, and some sectoral groups including on innovation and biotechnologies for health. Since 2010 Clive has become European Representative for Health Action Partnerships International a new initiative to support technical assistance, capacity development and public health improvement globally.
Professor Maurice Mittelmark
Maurice B. Mittelmark is a psychologist and epidemiologist, and a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. He conducted health behaviour research and community-based studies of chronic disease prevention at the University of Minnesota from 1978 to 1987. At Wake Forest University (1987-1995) he directed the Center for Human Services Research and several community studies related to the health needs of vulnerable population sub-groups including older adults and African-Americans. At the University of Bergen since 1995, his research interests include health promotion partnerships, salutogenesis, and health equity in the Global South. Professor Mittelmark was President of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) in the period 2001-2007 and served after that as IUHPE Vice President for Communications, and Editor-in-Chief of the IUHPE’s journal Promotion & Education.
Arja R Aro
Arja R Aro (PhD, DSc) is Professor of Public Health and Head, Unit for Health Promotion Research, University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark. Her present research focuses on evidence-informed health promotion, policy and guidance development; her previous research activities included health screening, cancer prevention and quality of life. She has wide experience with working in different cultural contexts; with scientific organizations; with international research projects and with research council work. She has published over 170 papers. Currently she is the Coordinator of the Research into Policy to enhance Physical Activity - REPOPA project (www.repopa.eu). REPOPA is a seven-country, nine-institute, five-year research project funded by European Commission FP7, Research programme.
Prof. Margus Viigimaa MD, PhD, FESC
Margus Viigimaa is Head of the Heart Health Centre, North Estonia Medical Centre and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Tallinn University of Technology. His main research interest is hypertension and cardiovascular prevention. He has done postdoctoral research Kyoto University (Japan, 1990-1991). M. Viigimaa has published 220 original scientific papers. He is editor of the Seminars in Cardiovasular Medicine, member of the editorial board of the Journal of Hypertension and Blood Pressure. Prof. Viigimaa is Officer at Large of the European Society of Hypertension, Past President of the Estonian Society of Cardiology, Past President of the Baltic Atherosclerosis Society, Vice president of the Estonian Society of Hypertension, Honorary member of the Swedish Society of Hypertension and the Bulgarian Hypertension League. He is also Director of Estonian WHO CINDI Programme, Chairman of the Estonian CVD Prevention Programme and Member of the Board of the Estonian Heart Strategy. M. Viigimaa has been an invited speaker and chairman on numerous international meetings including European Meetings on Hypertension, ESC Congresses, World Congress of Angiology, Baltic-Nordic Hypertension Meetings, Baltic Atherosclerosis Congresses, Nordic-Baltic Cardiology Congresses etc.
Dr Erio Ziglio
Dr. Erio Ziglio has been the Head of the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development in Venice since 2002.
In addition to his 20 years of work with the World Health Organization, he has over 15 years of professional experience in the academic world both in Europe and North America. He worked for the European Commission for three years as a public health consultant in the late 1980s. He has lectured internationally and published widely on the subjects of health promotion, health policy and planning and health and development. He held an Honorary Professorship at the University of York, and was an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, where he received his PhD in 1985. For several years he was a part of the international teaching staff of the Public Health School at Yale University.
Dr Mark Dooris
Mark is Director of the Healthy Settings Development Unit and Reader in Health and Sustainable Development within the School of Health at the University of Central Lancashire. Mark and his team have are engaged in research, evaluation, teaching, training, network development and programme delivery. They currently lead the UK Healthy Cities Network and the English Network of Healthy Universities and help co-ordinate the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health and Prisons. Mark studied at Oxford University and Southbank Polytechnic, has completed the National Public Health Leadership Programme, undertook his Doctorate at Deakin University (Australia) – entitled ‘Healthy Settings: Past, Present and Future’ – and is currently Visiting Professor in Wellbeing at London South Bank University. He has a background in health promotion, public health, community development, healthy cities and environmental and transport policy – and has worked in a range of roles within the health service, voluntary sector and local government. Mark has been a member of the evaluation team for Phases III and IV of WHO’s European Healthy Cities Programme and has undertaken wider consultancy work relating to Healthy Cities, community participation and sustainable development. He is a member of the National Healthy Further Education Steering Group, the National Healthy Universities Leadership Advisory Group and the Editorial Board of Critical Public Health. He was co-chair of the UK Health for All Network from 1992-1994 and chaired the International Union of Health Promotion and Education’s Global Working Group on Healthy Settings from 2007-2011.
Dr Gauden Galea
Dr Gauden Galea is Director of Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
He is a public health physician working with the World Health Organization since 1998, with experience in the Western Pacific, in WHO headquarters, and most recently, in the WHO European Region.
He has a special interest in the social determinants of NCDs and in the links between noncommunicable diseases and the development agenda.
Professor Jürgen M. Pelikan
Jürgen M. Pelikan, Dr. phil., is Professor emeritus for Sociology at University of Vienna (Austria); Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Healthcare (www.hph-hc.cc/) and Key researcher at Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research, Vienna. (http://lbihpr.lbg.at) He is Adjunct Professor at Griffith University, Brisbane (Australia); member of the BoT of IUHPE and Editorial Board of Health Promotion International, and a former President of the European Society of Health and Medical Sociology.
He was influential in initiating and shaping concept development, implementation and evaluation of the international Health Promoting Hospitals network. He is interested in linking health promotion with quality management and sustainability. He also was involved in projects of Healthy Cities and Healthy Schools and has a special interest in theory and practice of the settings approach and in a social science theory of positive health and illness.
As Director of the EU-Project Migrant Friendly Hospitals – An European Initiative to Promote Health and Health Literacy for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities, he got interested in health literacy and helped to initiate the Health Literacy Survey – Europe, where he was a member of the steering group and responsible for its data analysis and reporting.
Professor Richard Parish
Professor Richard Parish is Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, a multidisciplinary organisation whose membership comprises pharmacists, public health specialists and many others. Richard has held senior academic appointments in York and Sheffield, and has been a Chief Executive in the NHS.
Originally a biologist by training, Richard is also a qualified educationalist and communications practitioner. He holds postgraduate degrees in health promotion and in public health policy.
Currently he holds Honorary Professorial positions at a number of universities and is a board member for the International Union for Health Promotion and Education. He is a regular advisor to the international agencies, including the World Health Organisation.
Richard sits on a number of national bodies and has recently been appointed by Government as Chair of the Pharmacy and Public Health Forum for England.