Global He@lth 2030 Innovation Task Force
The Global He@lth 2030 Innovation Task Force is dedicated to breakthrough research and development (R&D) as the catalyst for transformational change in data-driven health-care and well-being. Launched at the United Nations in New York on September 25, 2015 in support of the globally agreed post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, it pledges to “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” by 2030. An independent and non-profit innovation platform, the Task Force comprises the global decision-makers with the mindset and means to make a difference , and in a near-term timeframe. Laser-like focus through the lens of data-driven innovation will target better and lower-cost health-care and well-being strategies and solutions, for the greatest return on inventor, innovator and investor opportunity.
The Task Force is dedicated to developing a framework to enable, govern, finance and ensure equitable access to the benefits of health data ad research - and avoiding the emergence of a new digital divide - mobilizing connected data and research knowledge for evidence-based inquiry and science-based policy action to initiate and, most importantly, sustain priority projects of international collaborate.
The Advisory Council of the Task Force is led by four eminent co-chairs from business, government and civil society reflecting its multi-stakeholder make-up. Dr. Agnes Binagwaho is Minister of Health in the Republic of Rwanda. Dr. Sam Pitrodra is founder and chair of the Pitroda Group and the Global Knowledge Initiative and former Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovation. Mr. William H. Roedy is Founder and Chair, Staying Alive Foundation, a GAVI Alliance Board Member and former UNAIDS Ambassador and Chairman of MTV Networks International. Dr. Paul Stoffels is Chief Scientific Officer and Worldwide Chairman Pharmaceutical Group at Johnson & Johnson. The Task Force is the natural successor to the UN Digital He@lth Initiative which worked as a catalyst for the health-related UN Millennium Development Goals.
Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Vice Chancellor,University of Global Health Equity and former Minister of Health in Rwanda. After practicing as a pediatrician for over 15 years, Dr. Binagwaho led the National AIDS Control Commission between 2002 and 2008. She then served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health until 2011. Dr. Binagwaho serves on many academic boards academic.
Her engagements include research on health equity, HIV/AIDS, information and communication technologies (ICT) in e-health, and pediatric care delivery systems. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, serves on the International Advisory Board of Lancet Global Health, the Editorial Board of PLoS Medicine and of Health and Human Rights: An International Journal, and contributed to multiple books. She chairs the Rwanda Pediatric Society, is a member of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries.
Dr. Binagwaho is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She also serves on the International Strategic Advisory Board for the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London.
Dr. Binagwaho received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Dartmouth College in 2010. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Rwanda. She is active in advocacy and political mobilisation on behalf of women and children, in Rwanda and worldwide.
Professor IlonaKickbusch is the Director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Professor Kickbusch key interests relate to the political determinants of health, health in all policies and global health. She established the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. In this context she advises countries on their global health strategies and trains health specialists and diplomats in global health diplomacy.
She is a member of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board and the WHO High-Level Independent Commission on NCDS and is co-chair of UHC 2030. She acts as Council Chair to the World Health Summit in Berlin. She has been involved in German G7 and G20 activities relating to global health and chairs the international advisory board for the development of the German global health strategy.She publishes widely and serves on various commissions and boards. She initiated the @wgh300 list of women leaders in global health. She is program chair of the leaders in health network SCIANA.
Professor Kickbusch has had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization. She was a key instigator of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion and WHOs Healthy Cities Network and has remained a leader in this field, most recently advising on the WHO activities related to Promoting Health in the SDGs. She was the director of the Global Health Division at Yale University School of Public Health and responsible for the first major Fulbright Programme on global health.
She has recently been awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in recognition of her "invaluable contributions to innovation in governance for global health and global health diplomacy".
Professor Pascale Allotey is the Director of the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH). Prof. Allotey has a multidisciplinary background in clinical health sciences, anthropology, and epidemiology and has experience in countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Australasia. Her research has focused on health equity, health and human rights, gender and social determinants of health, forced migration and marginalisation.
Prior to joining UNU, Prof. Allotey served as Professor of Public Health and Deputy Head of School (Research and Development) at the Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University (Malaysia). She also was head of the Global Public Health unit and founding Associate Director of the South East Asia Community Observatory (SEACO, Malaysia).
Her previous experience includes Professor of Race, Diversity and Professional Practice, Brunel University (United Kingdom); Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow at the Key Centre for Women's Health, WHO Collaborating Centre for Women's Health, University of Melbourne (Australia); and Lecturer in the Tropical Health Program, Australian Centre for International and Tropic Disease and Nutrition, University of Queensland (Australia).
She is also a technical advisor on several WHO committees in Geneva, including serving as co-Chair of the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel; a member of the Technical Advisory Group on Universal Health Coverage for the WHO Western Pacific Region office in Manila; and associate editor for several public health and global health journals
Dr. Paul Stoffels is Chief Scientific Officer and Worldwide Chair Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson. In this role, he works with R&D leaders across Johnson & Johnson to set the enterprise-wide innovation agenda and is a member of the Johnson & Johnson Executive Committee.
Paul chairs the Johnson & Johnson R&D Management Committee and provides oversight to the Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation (JJDC) and the Johnson & Johnson Innovation centers, with the goal of catalyzing innovative science and technology. Additionally, Paul has oversight for product safety of all products of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies worldwide.
Paul also is Worldwide Chairman, Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, with responsibility for expansion of the company’s therapeutic pipeline through global R&D and strategic partnerships, licensing and acquisitions. He oversees teams across the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, which discover and develop treatments for unmet medical needs in the therapeutic areas of cardiovascular & metabolism, immunology, infectious disease &vaccines, neuroscience and oncology.
Prior to his role as Worldwide Chairman, he served as Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D from 2009 - 2011, as Company Group Chairman, Central Nervous System & Internal Medicine, from 2006 - 2009, and as Company Group Chairman, Global Virology, from 2005-2006. Paul joined Johnson & Johnson in 2002 with the acquisition of Virco and Tibotec, where he was Chief Executive Officer of Virco and as Chairman of Tibotec, and led the development of a number of leading products for the treatment of HIV.
Paul studied Medicine at the University of Diepenbeek and the University of Antwerp in Belgium and Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. He began his career as a physician in Africa, focusing on HIV and tropical diseases research.
Dr. Sam Pitroda is an internationally recognized telecom inventor, entrepreneur, development thinker, and policy maker who has spent 50 years in information and communications technology (ICT) and related global and national developments.
Credited with having laid the foundation for India’s telecommunications and technology revolution of the 1980s, Mr. Pitroda has been a leading campaigner to help bridge the global digital divide. During his tenure as Advisor to Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Mr. Pitroda led six technology missions related to telecommunications, water, literacy, immunization, dairy production, and oil seeds. He was also the founder and first Chairman of India’s Telecom Commission. In these plural roles, Mr. Pitroda helped revolutionize India's development philosophies and policies with a focus on access to technology as the key to social change.
As a way to induce the second phase of India’s technology revolution, in 2005 Mr. Pitroda headed India’s National Knowledge Commission (2005-2009), to provide a blueprint of reform for the knowledge-related institutions and infrastructure for the 21st century in the country.
Recently, Mr. Pitroda served as Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation, with the rank of Cabinet Minister. He served as the Chairman of the Smart Grid Task Force, as well as the committees to reform public broadcasting, modernize railways, deliver e-governance, and other developmental activities.
Mr. Pitroda is a founding Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union’s m-Powering Development Board that looks to empower developing countries with the use of mobile technology.
In addition, Mr. Pitroda is a serial entrepreneur having started several companies in the United States. He holds over 15 honorary PhD’s, close to 100 worldwide patents, and has published and lectured widely in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He lives in Chicago with his wife.
Barry Andrews was appointed Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs starting in April 2017 replacing Tom Arnold. Prior to the IIEA, Barry was CEO of international NGO GOAL from November 2012 to November 2016.
He was appointed Minister for Children by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen in May 2008 serving in that position as a member of cabinet until March 2011. Barry was called to the Irish Bar in 1997 and specialised in Children’s Law, practicing between 1997 to 2003 and 2011 to 2012.
A former Minister with the Irish Government, Barry was educated at Blackrock College and University College Dublin, where he received a Master’s Degree in Modern History.
He began his career as a history teacher, and spent seven years teaching in secondary schools in Dublin.
He was called to the Bar in 1997, and practiced as a barrister for five years. Barry became a public representative in June, 1999 when he was elected to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for the Blackrock Ward.
He was subsequently elected to the Irish parliament, Dáil Éireann, in 2002 and served as a member of parliament until 2011.
He was appointed Minister of State for Children and Youth Affairs in 2008. In that capacity, he drove a reform agenda in Child Protection services. One of his lasting achievements was the establishment, in 2010, of free pre-school education for all children.
Barry is particularly interested in the plight of mothers and children in the developing world.
Barry Andrews is married with three children, and lives in Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
Mr. Bill Roedy,
Bill Roedy is the former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International, where he and his team built from scratch a global operation of 200 channels, 20 brands (including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central) in 200 countries, reaching a potential audience of 2 billion people, launching the most channels in the history of TV.
In 1998 Mr Roedy was named Ambassador for UNAIDS and he has addressed the UN General Assembly on several occasions regarding the pandemic. He was a founding member and chair of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS from 1998 to 2002. In 2005, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed him founding chair of the Global Media AIDS Initiative Leadership Committee. Mary Robinson also appointed him as an Envoy for the Global Alliance for Vaccinations and Immunizations (GAVI) in 2010, and he joined the board in 2015.
Mr Roedy is the founding Chairman of the Staying Alive Foundation, which provides young people with resources to fight the epidemic at the grass roots level, in combination with MTV’s award winning HIV/AIDS programming.
In addition to the above, he is active in a wide range of other Global Health initiatives, including the boards of amfAR, Healthright, Fitzmi, The Hawn Foundation (Goldie Hawn) and Global Health Corps. His business roles include Zumba (Healthy Lifestyle), Moshi Monsters, Lionsgate, Ping4 (Mobile Alerts), DJZ and the private equity advisory boards of TowerBrook (NY/London) and ClearVue (Shanghai).
Roedy holds degrees of Bachelor of Science from West Point and an MBA from Harvard. He has recently joined the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Mr Roedy is one of the Exec Producers of the film documentary “Battle of amfAR”, which premiered on HBO on World AIDS Day, December 1st 2013. He is also the author of ‘What Makes Business Rock’, one of CNBC’s Best Books of Summer 2011. Bill is currently working on a second book on the art of intelligent perseverance.
Dr. C. James Hospedales
Dr. C. James Hospedales, a citizen of Trinidad & Tobago, is the Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency since February 2013. From 2006-2012, Dr Hospedales was responsible for the PAHO program for prevention and control of chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). He played a key role in increasing priority and resources for NCDs, including helping organize the CARICOM and UN Summits on NCDs. He pioneered the Pan American Forum for Action on NCDs, which brings together governments, civil society, academia & business. He has also been a champion for civil society involvement in efforts to improve health, and helped catalyze the formation of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition.
From 1998–2006, Dr. Hospedales was Director of the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre. He was instrumental in developing donor partnerships for HIV/AIDS prevention, and a partnership with the Caribbean tourism industry to improve health, safety and environment conditions.
Dr. Hospedales was a member of the Caribbean Commission on Health and Development, which made policy recommendations in 2005 to the Heads of Government and named chronic diseases as a super-priority for the Region.
Dr. Hospedales’ career has included service as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the US Centers for Disease Control, as an epidemiologist at CAREC, and several years working in public health for the UK National Health Service.
Dr. Hospedales graduated with honors in medicine from the University of the West Indies. He has a Masters of Science degree in community medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is a Fellow of UK Faculty of Public Health, and an accredited partnership broker with the Partnering Institute of the UK.
He has published more than 60 papers and reports.
Prof. Dame Sally C. Davies
Prof. Dame Sally C. Davies(FRS FMedSci) became Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government in March 2011, having held the post on an interim basis since June 2010. Previously Dame Sally held responsibility for Research and Development, and was the Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) for the Department of Health.
Dame Sally is independent advisor to the Government on medical matters, with particular responsibilities regarding Public Health. She provides professional leadership for Directors of Public Health. Sally was actively involved in NHS R&D from its establishment and founded the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Sally sits on the WHO Executive Board and has led delegations to WHO summits and forums since 2004.
In March 2013, as CMO, Dame Sally published her 2011 annual report on infectious diseases. The report focused on and brought to light the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance, calling for national and international action to address the key areas of stewardship, monitoring and surveillance and antibiotic development.
Dame Sally has since been advocating globally on this topic: she has spoken on AMR at numerous events, including the WHA side event in May 2013, the G8 Science Ministers’ meeting in June 2013, the 2013 Global Health Security Initiative in Rome and a number of Chatham House conferences. She was chair of the 2013 AMR forum at the World Innovation Summit for Health in Qatar and is chair of the Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR to the WHO. She has also raised public awareness of the issue through publication of a Penguin book and a TED talk.
In 2014 Dame Sally was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.
Denis Gilhooly has over three decades of experience working in the field of global health and information and communication technology for development (ICT4D). He is currently Co-Chair, Global Digital Health Initiative 2030, Founder & CEO, Global Health 2030 Innovation Task Force, and Chief Strategy Officer, Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health (CWCDH) – multi-sector and inter-disciplinary partnerships dedicated to catalytic collaboration on data-driven innovation and investment for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) 2030.
Denis has served in the public sector as Executive Director, UN Digital He@lth Initiative and Executive Secretary and Lead Author, UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development. He was also previously Principal Adviser, Innovation & Information Infrastructure, World Bank Group (WBG), Principal Adviser to the Administrator & Director, Information & Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), UN Development Programme (UNDP), and Principal Adviser & Executive Coordinator, UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).
He was a member and lead author of An Taoiseach’s two Advisory Committees on Telecommunications and ICT for the Government of Ireland, a founding Commissioner of the Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC), and Executive Secretary and Lead Author of the G8 Digital Opportunity Task Force (G8 DOT-Force) and Director of the G8 Digital Opportunity Initiative. He was a founding member and lead author for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's UN ICT Task Force.
He has also worked extensively in the private sector as Vice President, Business Development, Teledesic LLC (the Broadband Internet-in-the-Sky venture of Bill Gates and Craig McCaw), Media & Technology Director, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones & Co., and founding Editorial & Publishing Director, Communications Week International, The Networked Economy and Global Mobile. Denis is a Senior Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information at Columbia Business School.
Dr. Farid Fezoua
Dr. Farid was born in France in 1966 from Algerian parents. He lived most of his life in Paris where he post Graduated in International Relations from Universit de La Sorbonne in Paris and speaks fluently French, English, Arabic and Russian.
Farid has a 15-year experience at senior positions in the International Banking sector specializing in Export and Trade Finance as well as Correspondent Banking and Institutional Relations. He started his banking career at BCEN-Eurobank, Paris (subsidiary of the Russian foreign trade Bank), he then occupied the functions of Deputy Head of Commodity and Trade Finance at B.A.I.I (Banque Arabe et Internationale d'Investissement, a subsidiary of BNP specialized in trade and investment in the MENA region) and before joining GE, Farid was Assistant General Manager & Head of Correspondent Banking and Trade Finance with Arab Banking Corporation, Paris Branch.
In his various previous roles Farid has been covering various geographies such as Europe, Eastern Europe & Russia but has continuously maintained a strong focus on MEA over the last 19 years. Farid has been intensively involved in the financing of trade and investment flows between MEA and Europe and has a deep knowledge of trade and export /project finance techniques and practices together with a large portfolio of banking and institutional relations in the Region. Farid joined GE in 2003 and led the customer finance efforts within GE Healthcare in Buc (France) covering the Middle East, Africa and Turkey Region. In 2005, Farid relocated to Dubai as Regional Executive for GE Capital Markets Corporate to lead Customer and Project Finance activities supporting all industrial businesses of GE.
Effective June 15, 2012 Farid transitioned to the position of President & CEO, GE Healthcare Africa. Farid relocated with his family to South Africa. In his new role, Farid will have responsibility for the strategy and commercial growth of GE Healthcare in Africa, continuing to build on the successes achieved in a growing region.
Prof. Dr. Jeremy Farrar
Prof. Dr. Jeremy is Director of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health by supporting bright minds in science, the humanities and social sciences, and public engagement. Before joining the Trust he was Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam, where his research interests were infectious diseases, tropical health and emerging infections. He has contributed to 500 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has served on several World Health Organization advisory committees. Jeremy was appointed OBE in 2005 for services to tropical medicine, and he has been awarded the Memorial Medal and the Ho Chi Minh City Medal by the Government of Vietnam, the Frederick Murgatroyd Prize for Tropical Medicine by the Royal College Physicians and the Bailey Ashford Award by the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Jeremy is married with three children. He loves all sport and walking in the Alps.
Ms Johanna Ralston
Johanna Ralston has worked in global NCDs and their risk factors for over two decades. She has served as CEO of World Obesity Federation since 2017, focusing on changing the narrative and elevating obesity on the global agenda. From 2011-2016 Johanna served as CEO of World Heart Federation, the main CVD organization in official relations with WHO and a founder of NCD Alliance. Johanna’s work included mobilizing the CVD community around the NCD agenda and WHO initiatives including the Global Action Plan on NCDs 2013-2020, Global HEARTS, and the health-related SDGs, as well as a shared strategy to address rheumatic heart disease. Johanna also served as Vice Chair, steering group member and Interim Director of NCD Alliance during that period, and led the communications strategy for the 2011 UN HLM and strategic planning for the second business plan. From 1999 until 2011 Johanna was Vice President of Global Strategies at American Cancer Society, overseeing global advocacy and building the global capacity building program to strengthen community based cancer and tobacco control in LMICs. She is also a fellow at Geneva Centre for Security Policy, leading the course on global health security.
A dual citizen of Sweden and the US, Johanna is an alumna of Harvard Business School and studied public health at Johns Hopkins, after a first degree in literature. She serves on various committees and boards including Lung Cancer Alliance, the WEF Global Future of Health and Healthcare Council, and the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Surgical Care and the NCD Business Plan Expert Group.
Johanna’s interest in NCDs grew significantly in her 20s when she was diagnosed with cancer and MS. She has been in remission from both for close to two decades and has written on the role of lived experience with NCDs and the NCD narrative.
Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor
Professor Nii Narku Quaynor is Chairman of the National Information Technology Agency of Ghana. He is one of the founding members of the Computer Science Department at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, and continues to hold a professorship there. He is also a member of the Council of the University of Ghana.
In 2000, he became director of ICANN for the African region.
Nii graduated in engineering science from Dartmouth College in 1972 and received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Thayer School of Engineering there in 1973. He then studied Computer Science, obtaining an M.S. from the State University of New York at StonyBrook in 1974 and a Ph.D. from the same institution in 1977.
On Quaynor's return to Ghana from the United States in the early 1990s he established some of Africa's first Internet connections and was involved in setting up some key organisations, including the African Network Operators Group (AfNOG).He introduced Value Added Networks in the region through the introduction of the SWIFT, Internet and Commerce networks, and was founding chairman of AfriNIC, the African numbers registry.
Quaynor is the Chairman of the Ghanaian company Network Computer Systems, a member of the United Nations Secretary General Advisory Group on ICT, member of the ITU Telecom Board, Chair and of the OAU Internet Task Force, President of the Internet Society of Ghana, and member of the World Bank Infodev TAP.
In December 2007, Quaynor was awarded the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award from the IETF (The Internet Engineering Task Force). Also on 26 June 2013, he was selected for induction into the Internet Hall of Fame by the Internet Society.
He serves as a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.
Dr. Paul Litchfield
Dr. Paul Litchfield (OBE OStJ FRCP FFOM) has been Chief Medical Officer for BT Group plc since 2001 and has been active in the field of workplace health and disability for more than 30 years. He has been involved in UK national and European initiatives to promote good physical & mental health, to improve rehabilitation back into work and to reduce the stigma of mental ill health. In April 2015 he was additionally appointed as Chair of the UK’s What Works Centre for Wellbeing, which is dedicated to understanding what can be done to improve wellbeing across society. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Mental Health and he chairs the ethics committee for the UK Defence Medical Services. In 2013 and 2014 he was appointed to undertake statutory independent reviews of the Work Capability Assessment and to advise the Secretary of State for Work & Pensions. He was previously a co-author of the independent review for the UK Government “Realising ambitions: Better employment support for people with a mental health condition”.
Prof. Sinclair Stockman
Professor Sinclair Stockman is currently Chairman, Connected Health Innovation Centre, University of Ulster and Director, Digital Northern Ireland 2020. He is on the Advisory Board of FabLab Ireland, and Advisor to the Health Analytics Collaborative Network and an Associate of the TM Forum (Smart Cities and Health), and European Connected Health Forum.
Previously, Sinclair was Founder ofActive Minds (Smart business models, with focus on large scale transformation, business and social, enabled by digital technology), Entrepreneur in residence Northern Ireland Science Park as well as various pro bono roles in community development.
Previously he had an extensive career in telecommunications systems as Transformation Programme Director for BT Group, Group CIO BT, and President BT Global Services Systems and Networks, responsible for systems programme management across the group. He was also Chairman of the Digital City Exchange ands BT company champion for deployment of digital technology to support recovery following natural disasters.
Sinclair has served on the Advisory Board of the UN Digital He@lthInitiative and Advisor to the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development. The primary focus of his current work is help organisations, communities and companies to realize maximum benefit from exploitation of the rapidly evolving global digital platform.
He is a graduate in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, and gained a doctorate in relativistic quantum theory from Queens, Belfast. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Ulster.
Prof. Vajira H. W. Dissanayake MBBS, PhD, FNASSL
Prof. Dissanayake is the Chair Professor of Anatomy Genetics and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was one of the founders of the Health Informatics Society of Sri Lanka (HISSL) in 1998 and its President since 2009. He founded the Biomedical and Health Informatics Programme in the University of Colombo in 2008. This programme offers a MSc in Biomedical Informatics and a MD in Health Informatics leading to specialist board citification in Health Informatics making Sri Lanka the only country in the world to recognise Health Informatics as a medical specialization. As of April 2018 the programme had produced 127 MSc graduates. There are 61 MSc and 39 MD students in training. In 2016 he founded the Commonwealth Digital Health Initiative as the flagship project of his Presidency of the Commonwealth Medical Association that resulted in the establishment of the Commonwealth Centre for Digital Health in London in 2018. He is a Working Council Member of the Asia eHealth Information Network, the President Elect of the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics, HISSL’s representative to the International Medical Informatics Association and a member of the Guidelines Development Group for Digital Health of the World Health Organization. Professor Dissanayake was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of Sri Lanka in 2013.
Dr. Vinton G. Cerf
Dr. Vinton G. Cerf has served as Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. Cerf also served at MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Agency (DARPA), and as a member of the Stanford University Faculty.
Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-inventor of the architecture and basic protocols of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M.Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.
Cerf served as chairman of the board of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (CANN) from 2000-2007and as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995, and in 1999 served a term as chairman of the Board. Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf also served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state and industry boards and committees focused on cyber-security and other topics.
Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He has received twenty honorary degrees.