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Meet the chairs of the 16th World Congress on Public Health

Walter Ricciardi, Italy

Co-Chair of the 16th World Congress on Public Health 

Walter Ricciardi is Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy, and Past-President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA). He manages undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities including a Master of Science programme and International Courses in Epidemiology. Since 2013 he serves as Member of the EU Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health. From 2011 to 2014 he was Member of National Board of Medical Examiners of the United States of America. In 2015, he was appointed Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health Policy, Governance and Leadership at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart. He is Editor of several leading journals: the European Journal of Public Health, the Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice and Founding Editor of the Italian Journal of Public Health and of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health.

Carlo Signorelli, Italy

Co-Chair of the 16th World Congress on Public Health

Carlo Signorelli is Professor of hygiene and public health at the Universities of Parma and Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan, Italy, where he is also Director of the Post-Graduate School in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine. He first qualified in medicine and surgery in 1986, before undertaking degrees in law and political sciences. He went on to a post-graduate specialization in hygiene and preventive medicine. Across his academic career, he has also taken a MSc in epidemiology and a PhD from the LSHTM, United Kingdom. He is the immediate Past-President of Italia Society of Public Health (SItI). He is Treasurer of EUPHA and a member of the Executive Board of ASPHER. His current research work is mainly in the field of public health, epidemiology, environmental health, health organisation and vaccination policies. He has been a member of the Hygiene Council since 2006 and a member of the International Forum on Home Hygiene since 2009. He was also a consultant to the Italian Senate and member of the Italian National Commission for Vaccination. 

Martin McKee, United Kingdom

Chair of the International Congress Committee and Chair of the International Scientific Committee

Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was the founding director of the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST). He is also research director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. He has published over 740 academic papers and 42 books and his contributions to European health policy have been recognised by, among others, election to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, and the US Institute of Medicine, by the award of honorary doctorates from Hungary, The Netherlands, and Sweden and visiting professorships at universities in Europe and Asia. In 2005 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). 

George Benjamin

Co-chair of the 16th World Congress on Public Health

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, is a well-known health policy leader, practitioner and administrator. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. He is also a former secretary of health for the state of Maryland, United States. He is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois College Of Medicine. He is board-certified in internal medicine, a Master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a fellow emeritus of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He serves on several nonprofit boards such as Research!America, the Truth Foundation and, the Reagan-Udall Foundation. He is also a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, a council that advises the President of the United States on how best to assure the security of the nation’s critical infrastructure.


Michael Moore

Co-chair of the 16th World Congress on Public Health

Michael Moore is Past President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) and in 2018 retired as CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA). He has been on a range of scientific committees for national and international health conferences and has chaired a number of health networks.  He was an Independent member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly for four terms from 1989 to 2001. He was Australia’s first independent Minister when he was appointed as Minister of Health and Community Care. In 2017 he was honoured by being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Michael Moore is a former teacher, small business owner and consultant who holds a post-graduate diploma in education, a master’s degree in population health from the Australian National University and a PhD from the University of Canberra examining effective public health advocacy. He is a Distinguished Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health, a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Canberra. He was the Public Health Association of Australia’s Sidney Sax Medallist in 2018 and was made a Life Member in 2019. He is widely published, including over thirty ‘peer review’ publications.  He is also a political and social columnist who has served on a range of academic and community Boards.  Michael Moore chaired the 15th World Congress on Public Health in Melbourne, 2017.

Iveta Nagyova

Co-chair of the 16th World Congress on Public Health

Iveta Nagyova is the Head of the Department of Social and Behavioural Medicine at Pavol Jozef Safarik University (UPJS) in Kosice, Slovakia. She is also the President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), a member of the European Advisory Committee on Health Research (EACHR) at WHO/Europe, and a founding member and Executive director of the Slovak Public Health Association (SAVEZ). She graduated in Clinical Psychology at UPJS, obtained her PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and received a postgraduate training at the University of Oxford within the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme. Her research interests are in biobehavioural and psychosocial innovations in chronic disease prevention and management, non-pharmacological interventions, and behavioural insights in public health. She is involved in academic publishing, supervision of PhD students, and knowledge translation.  She has won several national and international awards for her work, and she is frequently invited to act at conferences and expert committees.


Sabina F. Rachid

Co-chair of the 16th World Congress on Public Health

Sabina F. Rashid is a medical anthropologist and Dean (since 2013) and Professor at the BRAC School of Public Health, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She has over 25 years of work experience with expertise in ethnographic and qualitative research. Her research interests include gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights, sexuality, human rights, urban poverty, governance and health services; the well-being of adolescents, youth and marginalized populations.

Luís Eugênio de Souza

Co-chair of the 16th World Congress on Public Health

Luís Eugênio Portela Fernandes de Souza is a Brazilian scholar who has a degree in Medicine and a master degree in Community Health from the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil, and a doctorate in Public Health from the University of Montreal, Canada. He was a public health worker at the State Health Secretariat of Bahia from 1989 until 1995 and a professor at the Feira de Santana State University, Bahia, Brazil, from 1996 until 2004. Since 2004, he is a professor at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). He has taught and written on health policy analysis, scientific knowledge use and innovation, judicialization of health (courts’ decisions that impact the healthcare system) and the impact of economic crisis and austerity measures in healthcare and population health. In addition to his academic activities, he has assumed important political and managerial positions in the Brazilian Unified Health System. From 2005 to 2007, he was head of the Municipal Health Secretariat of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, and from 2008 to 2009, he was director general of the Science and Technology Department of the Ministry of Health. He is President-Elect of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA).

Sheila Tlou

Co-chair of the 16th World Congress on Public Health

Sheila Dinotshe Tlou is the Co-Chair of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition and the Co-Chair of the Nursing Now Global Campaign. From 2010 to 2017 she was Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa. She is a former Member of Parliament and Minister of Health of the Republic of Botswana (2004-2008).  She is also former Professor of Nursing at the University of Botswana and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development in Primary Health Care for Anglophone Africa.  She has conducted research and taught courses to nursing, pre-medical and social science students on gender issues relating to HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and rights, ageing and older persons. She has played a key role in the development of national nursing and medical education curricula, working to broaden the scope of health sciences education in her home country of Botswana. She holds a PhD in Nursing Sciences and post-graduate Certificates in Women’s health and Gender studies, from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a Masters degree in Nursing Education and Instruction from Columbia University Sheila Tlou has just made Avance Media’s list of 100 Most Influential Women in Africa.