Ole Petter Ottersen

Ole Petter Ottersen took office as vice-chancellor of Karolinska Institutet on August 1, 2017 after having served eight years (2009-2017) as rector (President) of the University of Oslo. From 2002 to 2009 Ottersen served as Director of Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience - one of Norway's Centres of Excellence. In 2006 he was appointed Chief Editor of Neuroscience - the official journal of the International brain research organization (IBRO) - for the period 2006 - 2009. Ottersen has carried out research on synaptic transmission in brain and on the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of brain edema. He has also been engaged in global health and the sustainable development goals (Lancet 2014 Feb;383(9917):630-67Lancet 2017 Jan;389(10067):365). He chaired the Lancet Commission that studied the political determinants of global health inequalities (The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health).


How you can learn to understand the world

Ola Rosling

Ola Rosling are Co-Founders of Gapminder Foundation.

Setting the Stage: Perspectives on Global Health Research

Agnes Binagwaho 

Agnes Binagwaho

Professor Agnes Binagwaho, MD, M(Ped), PhD is the Vice Chancellor of the University of Global Health Equity. She worked for 20 years in the public health sector in Rwanda and served in high-level government positions, such as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and for 5 years as the Minister of Health. She is a Professor of the Practice of Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

David Nabarro

David Nabarro, BM BCh, M.Sc, FRCP, secured his medical qualification in 1974 and has worked in over 50 countries – in communities and hospitals, governments, civil society, universities, and in United Nations (UN) programs. Dr. Nabarro had positions in non-Governmental Organizations and in British Universities until 1989. He worked for the British government in the 1990s serving as head of Health and Population and director for Human Development in the UK Department for International Development. He joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in January 1999: his responsibilities included malaria, sustainable development and responses to crises. As Executive Director he assisted with establishing the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He then moved to the Office of the UN Secretary-General in 2005 as assistant Secretary-General. Initially he was responsible for coordinating UN system responses to avian and pandemic influenza; from 2008 he coordinated UN system action on food insecurity, from 2010 he coordinated the Movement to Scale Up Nutrition, and from 2014 he served as the former UN Secretary-General's envoy for the West Africa Ebola outbreak and Under-Secretary-General. From 2016 he worked as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Cholera in Haiti. His service with the UN ended in June 2017. He now supports systems leadership for sustainable development – with a particular focus on Food, Land Use and Climate Change. He advises on global health issues from the perspective of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. His social enterprise 4SD is based in Switzerland: he also has an academic base in the UK.

Ulrika Modéer

State Secretary to the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin


Gaps and Opportunities in Global Health Research


Helene Hellmark Knutsson

Swedish Minister for higher Education and Research


Peter Friberg

Dr Peter Friberg is co-founder and Director of Swedish Institute for Global Health Transfornation (SIGHT). He is professor of clinical physiology at Sahlgrenska academy, University of Gothenburg and senior consultant at Sahlgrenska university hospital. He is the former president of the Swedish society of medicine, member of research review boards in Denmark and Sweden, including member of the committee for development research of the Swedish Research Council and chairperson of the health promotion and behaviour panel at Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare. His research is focused on the cardiovascular and psychosocial field, including joint research performance with African Population Health Research Center (APHRC).


Anders Nordström

Dr Anders Nordström is the Swedish Ambassador for Global Health at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm. A medical doctor from the Karolinska Institut, Sweden, Dr Nordström has a background that combines development experience in the field, national and international health policy and planning, and strategic leadership.
During 2002 Dr Nordström was the Interim Executive Director for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He has served as board member of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, GAVI, UNAIDS and PMNCH. And he has chaired and been a member of several international task forces and working groups.
He was the Acting Director-General of WHO from 23 May 2006 until 3 January 2007 following the sudden death of Dr LEE Jong-wook, Director-General, on 22 May 2006. After the successful handing over to Dr Margaret Chan, Dr Nordström was appointed Assistant Director-General for Health Systems and Services. Dr Nordström was appointed Ambassador for HIV/AIDS at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs by the Government on the 26th of August 2010. From 9 April 2015 to 9 June 2017 he was the Head of the WHO Country Office in Sierra Leone.

Kerstin Sahlin

Kerstin Sahlin is Secretary General of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Swedish Research Council. She is Professor of Public Management at Uppsala University. From 2006 – 2011 she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Uppsala University. Professor Sahlin has published widely on organizational reform, public management, governance of universities, corporate social responsibility, the global expansion of management ideas, and the development of global standards and regulations. She is a member of several learned societies, among them The Royal Academy of Science, The Royal Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities and The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.


Hampus Holmer

Hampus Holmer is a junior doctor (AT-läkare) at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, PhD candidate in Surgery and Global Health, and co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Surgery and Public Health at Lund University. His research focuses on global surgery, specifically data driven approaches to assessing and improving service delivery. He began his academic research as Research Associate of Harvard Medical School’s Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, and as a medical student subsequently carried out internships at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm and the Ministry of Health of Rwanda in Kigali. Most recently, he was seconded technical officer at the WHO Country Office in Sierra Leone and a research fellow of the King’s College London Centre for Global Health. He currently serves as president of the Swedish Society of Medicine’s Junior doctor and medical student section.


Birgitta Essén

Birgitta Essén is Professor in International Maternal and Reproductive Health at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health. She is a Senior Consultant in Obstetric and Gynaecology at the University Hospital of Uppsala where she is running a clinic especially for immigrant women. She has extensive research and field work experiences from both low-resource and multi-cultural settings, globally.
Her research profile is related to sexual and reproductive health and rights in a globalized society with special focus on perinatal and maternal mortality, female genital cutting, and honour –related violence. Since the last 20 years she has had a research collaboration with a medical anthropologist where they have translate theoretical knowledge of anthropology
– as social & cultural aspects of reproductive phenomena – and then made it applicable in reproductive health promotions or in maternity care.


From Research to Implementation: Success Stories


Sharon Fonn

Sharon Fonn is a full professor in the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She has been the Head of the School of Public Health and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. She was the President of the Association of Schools of Public Health in Africa (ASPHA) from 2014 – March 2017. In October 2015 she was presented with a Doctor Honoris Causa Medicine from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2011 she was awarded the University of the Witwatersrand Vice-Chancellor's Academic Citizenship Team Award for "evidence of influencing academic citizenship beyond their core responsibilities to re-build and strengthen capacity of African universities and enhancing communities of practice across Africa", and in 2005 was awarded a Distinguished Scientist Award – for contribution to the quality of life of women by the South Africa Government, Department of Science of Technology. She currently co-leads the Consortium of Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), is a panel member of the Market Inquiry in to the private health care sector for the Competition Commission of South Africa and is a member of Scientific Advisory Committee of the Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania. She has published over 70 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, a number of training curriculums and a range of technical reports, policy documents and publication for non-technical audiences.


Hussein Lesio Kidanto

Dr. Hussein L. Kidanto (MD, MMED, PhD) is a consultant in obstetrics and gynecology and senior lecturer and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Dr. Kidanto's research focuses on different aspects of improving quality of emergency obstetric care, including perinatal audit, caesarean section, and intrapartum fetal heart rate monitoring, and he is involved in several international research collaborations. As a Principal Investigator of the "Safer birth project", he also works with quality improvement of neonatal resuscitation. Dr. Kidanto is currently employed as a maternal and reproductive health expert at the Ministry of Health in Tanzania.

Nana Poku

Professor Nana Poku is Deputy Vice Chancellor of College of Law and Management Studies and also Executive Director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Over the past two decades, he has published 18 books and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book contributions, with a focus on the AIDS pandemic in Africa and its implications for economic, political and social change. In 2003, he led the UN Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa (UNCHGA) and was concurrently Director of Operational Research for the World Bank HIV Treatment Acceleration Program in Africa. In 2007, he was an expert witness to the US Congressional Committee on the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). From 2007 to 2010, he served as Special Advisor to British Government on Africa, and has been senior advisor on HIV and AIDS policies within Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers for the governments of Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Malawi, Namibia, Kenya, and Zambia.

Roy Nobhojit

Roy Nobhojit trained as a General and Trauma surgeon in Mumbai, India and the U.K. He also holds an MPH from John Hopkins University and a PhD from  Karolinska Institutet, with an interest in Trauma surgical outcomes and delivering healthcare in resource-poor settings.
Currently, he is the Advisor, Public Health Planning and Evidence at the National Health systems Resource centre (NHSRC) which provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at New Delhi, India. The mandate is to ensure equity and access across the healthcare system in India, and promoting evidence-based policy. From 1997-2017, he has served as the Chief of Surgery at the BARC Hospital (Government of India), which provides Universal Health Care to 100,000 people in Mumbai, India.
He also is the project Director and Public Health Specialist, Environmental Health Resource Hub at the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. For the Lancet, he has been one of the commissioners for Global Surgery (2013-2015) representing South East Asia Region and an expert with the Global Burden of Disease 2013 group of the Institute of Health Metrics, Seattle. Currently, he is a Lancet commissioner for NCD and Injuries in the poorest billion. He has been the Principal Investigator (Mumbai) of the WHO Trauma Patient Safety Checklist, which was implemented across 14 trauma centres around the world and its effect on mortality on the severely injured. He is a WHO senior expert for setting the standards of surgical skills and competence for mass casualty events, after sudden-onset large scale disasters. As a member of the WHO advisory group on Mass Gatherings, Roy focusses on South Asia.



Maria Teresa Bejarano

Maria Teresa Bejarano, is Senior Research Advisor at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) where she coordinates the support to health research initiatives and acts as focal point for antimicrobial resistance issues. She is also Adjunct Professor at Karolinska Institutet and lecturer at Global Health programs.
Dr. Bejarano has a progressive record of project management and policy development in global health, research-health, research, and higher education and over 20 years of international experience at senior level in research activities on infection biology/immunology. Dr. Bejarano serves as member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the WHO Tropical Diseases Research program and as Board member of the WHO-Sexual and Reproductive Health Research (HRP) and the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research (AHPSR).
Dr. Bejarano is trained as MD and earned her PhD in immunology/infection biology at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm and holds a Lic on Clinical Drug Development from Uppsala University.


Ernest Aryeetey

Ernest Aryeetey is the foundation Secretary-General of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), a network of 16 of Africa’s flagship universities. He is a Professor of Economics and former Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana (2010-2016). He was also the first Director of the Africa Growth Initiative of Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
Professor Aryeetey has held academic appointments at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London), Yale University and Swarthmore College in the U.S. at various points in time. He is a member of the Governing Council of the United Nations University, and was previously Chairman of the Governing Board of UNU-World Institute for Development Economics Research (Helsinki). He is also a member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Development Research at University of Bonn. He served as Resource Person and member of the Programme Committee of the African Economic Research Consortium (Nairobi) for many years.
Ernest Aryeetey’s research focuses on the economics of development with interest in institutions and their role in development, economic reforms, financial systems and small enterprise development.  His latest publication is the edited volume “Economy of Ghana Sixty Years after Independence”, Oxford University Press, March 2017.

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