Director of the Center for Health Equity Research; Sara Murray Jordan Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine & Senior Sociologist, RAND Corporation
Chloe E. Bird, Ph.D., FAAAS, FAAHB, is Director of the Center for Health Equity Research at Tufts Medicine, the Sara Murray Jordan Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Senior Sociologist at RAND. Her work focuses on addressing gaps in the evidence base on women’s health and healthcare, including work to inform the policy decisions that exacerbate the lack of research on women’s health. She currently leads a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute(PCORI) funded project engaging stakeholders in exploring policy approaches to reduce severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality for persons in California with Medicaid covered births, as well as a WHAM-funded team analyzing the returns on investment of increasing National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding focusing on women’s health, and a federally-funded study assessing the global status of women and LGBTQ persons. She is also collaborating on an NIH-funded study of the impact of interventions by quality-of-care collaboratives (QCCs) on maternal health outcomes across state and an NIH-funded study examining barriers to prenatal dental care in low-income urban women with dental coverage through New York’s Medicaid plan. Much of this work builds her book Gender and Health: The Effects of Constrained Choice and Social Policies, funded by the National Library of Medicine. Constrained choice provides a model that integrates social and biological theories to understand how the contributions of decisions made by families, employers, communities and those at the level of social and economic policy shape the opportunity to pursue a healthy life. This approach is designed to inform collaborations with stakeholders at all levels in addressing health disparities. Dr. Bird has served as a senior advisor in the NIH’s Office for Research on Women’s Health and as editor-in-chief of the journal Women's Health Issues. She received the 2020 William Foote Whyte career award from American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Sociological Practice and Public Sociology and the 2021 Distinguished Career Award in the Practice of Sociology from the ASA. Dr. Bird is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Health Behavior, and a member of Women of Impact in Healthcare. She earned her B.A. with honors in sociology from Oberlin College and her M.A. and Ph.D. with honors in sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
PAULA DIPERNA is a pioneer and leader of environmental finance and global climate policy, and the author of “Pricing the Priceless: The Financial Transformation to Value the Plane, Solve the Climate Crisis and Protect our Most Precious Assets (Wiley), named to the 2023 Financial Times roster of “Best Summer Reads: Economics.” She served as President of CCX International, the world’s first expansive emissions trading system to address global warming; President of the Joyce Foundation, a major philanthropy in the US; and writer and policy advisor for underwater hero, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Currently, DiPerna is Special Advisor to CDP, the world’s only integrated environmental disclosure system. DiPerna is a frequent media commentator and public speaker.
Keith Diaz, PhD is a certified exercise physiologist and Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He is Director of the Exercise Testing Laboratory at the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health. He conducts laboratory- and observational-based research to elucidate the role of prolonged sedentary behavior in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease, with a specific focus of iteratively optimizing feasible, sustainable, and cost-effective guidelines for reducing prolonged sitting. He currently serves as PI for several federally funded research studies. His work on sedentary behavior has been featured by the New York Times, CNN, CBS News, NPR, and the Guardian, among many others. He also is an expert in physical activity monitoring and has conducted several studies evaluating the accuracy of consumer-based activity trackers such as those made by Fitbit. He regularly serves as an expert witness in criminal cases involving physical activity trackers.
Dr. Diaz also devotes his professional efforts toward individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is the founder and Co-Director of Project PossABILITY, a disability hiring program at Columbia University Medical Center. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities.
A Political Scientist Peggy Maguire has worked at the international, regional and national level over the last twenty-five years highlighting the need for gender equity in biomedical research, public health and social policy. Prior to her role as Director General at the EIWH, Peggy was Director of Development at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin and Director of the Research and Education Foundation at the Irish College of General Practitioners.
As an advocate for a health literate public, Peggy developed a cancer communication and information initiative for and by women to ensure cancer information was women led. As part of her commitment to gender equality, Peggy has been a member of the WHO expert group on gender mainstreaming and contributed to the WHO Women’s Health Strategy for Europe. In 2014 Peggy worked on amendments to the Clinical Trials Regulation to ensure gender and age were included. Peggy is also former President of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). Peggy has initiated and contributed to EU projects such as Engender-Inventory of good practices in Europe for promoting gender equity in health; Engendering Research Ethics Committees (RECs) and EUGenMed, leading the research and the workshop on the inclusion of Sex and Gender in Healthcare Professional Education.
In 2019, the Minister for Health in Ireland appointed Peggy co-chair of the Women’s Health Task Force. Peggy’s research and advocacy work supports gender equity, ageing, patient and disability rights as well as the implications of social determinants on health and wellbeing. In October 2021, the WHO Academy Quality Committee announced the appointment of Peggy to its Board and chair of the patient and community engagement working group.
Sarah Graham is an award-winning freelance health journalist and founder of the Hysterical Women blog, specialising in mental health, women’s health, feminism and gender. She has written extensively on these subjects for the Guardian, New Statesman, i newspaper, Grazia, the Telegraph and many others. She was a finalist in the 2020 Medical Journalists’ Association Awards.
Edson Krenak Naknanuk (Krenak), Cultural Survival Lead on Brazil, is an Indigenous activist, writer, and a PhD student at Vienna University, Austria, where he develops studies in legal anthropology. He holds degrees in linguistics and literary theory at Sao Carlos Federal University in Brazil. He also works as a speaker and trainer at Uka Instituto in Brazil. As writer, he won the 10th Tamoios National Prize of Indigenous writers in Brazil with the book O Sonho de Borum', and his tale "Kren and Pockrane, Why There Are Not Twing among the Krenak People'' is part of the UNICED-nominated book Nos, Antologia de Contos Indigenas. Edson`s ancestors are known as the Botocudos. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English, and German.
Senior Advisor, Acumen; Adjunct Professor, Strategic and Political Communications, American University, Acumen
Dan Morrison is a senior global communications and public affairs executive, thought leader, former Pulitzer-nominated financial journalist, and TEDx speaker working at the nexus of the public and private sectors, policy, strategic communications, economics, geopolitics, data, and technology. He is currently a senior advisor to Acumen Public Affairs in Brussels, and an adjunct professor of strategic and political communications at American University in Washington. He is an advisor/member to Diplomats Without Borders, and is a mentor at the Techstars start-up accelerator.
Dan has led diverse domestic and international teams for some of the world’s most recognizable brands in New York, Washington, Brussels, and Paris for Bloomberg, IBM, the U.S. State Department, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the Pew Research Center. He has had executive leadership training from Wharton, Harvard Business School, and the London School of Economics, and has completed a certificate course at Wharton on Artificial Intelligence for Business Strategies and Decision-making.
Dan is a Fellow at Ditchley, and a Member of the Bretton Woods Committee. When he's not immersed in communications and public policy, he is a novelist, a foodie (he took culinary classes at the Cordon Bleu, Paris), a cross-country ski marathoner, a certified Iditarod dog handler, and an oyster farmer.
Director of Global Partnerships at the World Alliance | Global Impact Investing Lead, World YMCA
Kathleen ELSIG (US, Switzerland) is Director of Global Partnerships at the World Alliance of YMCAs. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, she took up the role in January 2022.
She has 20 years of international experience raising funds and building shared value partnerships with global and local non-profits, businesses, UN agencies, philanthropic organisations, academic institutions, and communities. She has held senior leadership roles, including for the Global Apprenticeship Network, WWF, Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. She is also a senior associate with the Partnering Initiative, where she has supported international foundations and philanthropic organisations pivot to a partnering approach with grantees.
With experience working in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central Asia, and North America, she has a Masters Degree in European Political Affairs, diplomas in nonprofit management and fundraising, and has studied widely in corporate sustainability.
Caroline is a social finance practitioner and systems change leader. Following ten years in strategy management consulting, she has held executive management positions for 20 years across venture philanthropy, catalytic philanthropy, community led finance and impact investing. Across the US, Australia, Asia and Europe, organisations include Accenture, New Sector Alliance, Social Ventures Australia, The ten20 Foundation and Opportunity Child and most recently World YMCA Geneva, Switzerland where she currently leads Global Impact Investing.
Caroline is interested in social investment practices that * harness the full potential of private and public capital for social impact * listen to and embed the voices of community and young people as those with the lived experience * set incentives that reshape traditional power dynamics and enable collaboration, joined up approaches and integrated solutions.
She is an active Board member of a range of Australian and Asian based non-profits that tackle poverty, gender equity, biotech innovation, and the Arts. Caroline is an Honorary Senior Fellow at The University of Melbourne, Australia where she graduated Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and holds a Masters of Business Administration from I.M.D Lausanne, Switzerland, and a diploma Managing Non Profit Organisations from Harvard University, USA.
Recognised as one of the UK’s most influential voices in Health and Safety, author, consultant, Gill Kernick, is an expert in developing the leadership and organisational culture needed to prevent catastrophic events. Gill’s book, Catastrophe and Systemic Change: Learning from the Grenfell Tower Fire and Other Disasters, draws from her experience of consulting organisations in high hazard industries combined with a deeply personal perspective as former resident of Grenfell Tower (2011 – 2014). Seven of her immediate neighbours from the 21st floor, were amongst the 72 people who tragically lost their lives on the 14th of June 2017. In 2022, Gill joined Arup, a global sustainable development consultancy, as Transformation Director within its centre of excellence, Arup University.
Researcher, PhD Student in immigrant entrepreneurship, UMONS / IRFAM / Migration Responsable
"PhD researcher in Migration Economics in a joint program of three universities (University of Mons, Free University of Brussels and University of Liège), Honorine is also administrator of Migration Responsable, and works as project manager for social and professional integration at the CAI of Namur (the regional center of Intercultural Action within the Province of Namur).
She has been a researcher at the Institute for Research, Training and Action on Migration (IRFAM), focusing on the integration of migrants into the labor market, in particular through the support for entrepreneurship dedicated to migrant populations. Her varied academic background has endowed her with a particularly advantageous flexibility at the crossroads of economics, social sciences and management. She holds a Master's degree in International and Development Economics, as well as a Master's degree in International Relations - International Marketing, and she then became interested in development economics by carrying out research in circular economy and technology.
Determined and dynamic, she likes challenges, and her various initiatives in terms of entrepreneurship, sustainable and circular economy, communication and digital marketing etc. give her the ability to manage a complex project and an ease in establish and maintain contacts in a friendand committed, Honorine is naturally empathetic and jovial. She is close to her collaborators with excellent listening skills and great strength of conviction. Highly involved, responsive and reliable, she deploys herself on a daily basis to drive innovation in society globally, as well as fair and sustainable economic growth. Honorine is also involved in the associative environment, and she is administrator of the MRAX (Movement against Racism, Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia)."
Professor Mihov is the longest serving Dean at INSEAD and will be stepping down in August 2023 after completing two successful five-year terms. During his ten years in the role, he has overseen a remarkable period of transformation for the school, which has included the expansion of the Singapore campus, the opening of a San Francisco Hub in 2020 and the launch of a new Master’s in Management program in 2019. INSEAD has been ranked number 1 three times by the Financial Times for its MBA programme during this decade and the school has also become the second largest provider of Executive Education courses in the world. An integrated digital strategy means INSEAD now delivers a range of pioneering online, hybrid and in-person courses, while its faculty have received over 250 awards for their ground-breaking research.
Professor Mihov has led INSEAD’s engagement, pioneering business as a force for good through his leadership of a capital campaign that raised a record €314 million. This has enabled a 39% increase in the number of scholarships on offer and has helped the school grow its endowment to more than €360 million from €160 million in 2013.
An advocate of the potential of business to act as a force for good, he was the founding Academic Director of the Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society, which was launched in 2018, and was the Chair of the Board at the UN Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), a United Nations Global Compact initiative from 2020-2023.
Professor Mihov has also continued the tradition of championing diversity at INSEAD. During his deanship the number of female faculty increased by 80%, the MBA programme reached a record 39% female intake in 2022 and the school recently achieved a gender balanced board as part of the commitments made when INSEAD became a HeForShe champion in 2021.
Professor Mihov is concurrently the Rausing Chaired Professor of Economic and Business Transformation. He joined INSEAD in 1996 and has taught macroeconomics and econometrics in the MBA, EMBA, PhD and for many executive education programmes, as well as at the Global Leadership Fellows Programme of the World Economic Forum. He has been nominated several times as one of the best teachers in the MBA and EMBA programmes and has won the Outstanding Teacher Award multiple times.
His research has been focused on topics related to monetary policy, fiscal policy and economic growth. Professor Mihov’s papers have appeared in many academic journals including the American Economic Review, Harvard Business Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. He has given interviews for the BBC, CNBC Asia, Agence France Presse, the Financial Times, Dow Jones Newswire, Wall Street Journal and many other newspapers and magazines.
Professor Mihov is a regular keynote speaker, lecturer and panellist at events organised by Alstom, Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, Cartier, Deutsche Bank, Hewlett-Packard, KPMG, PwC, Swiss Re, WEF, the United Nations and many other global organisations.
He holds a PhD from Princeton University, where his thesis supervisor was Ben Bernanke, and a BSc in business administration from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina where, in 2006, he was recognised as a Distinguished Young Alumnus. In 2018, he received the UN Women (Singapore Chapter) HeForShe Leader Award for his outstanding service and contributions towards gender equality at INSEAD.
Professor Mihov is on the Stewardship Asia Centre (SAC) board of directors and the advisory panel of the Home Team Academy (Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore). He was also formerly a board member of the American School of Singapore and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).
North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction, North Carolina State Government
Since her first days as a classroom teacher, Catherine Truitt’s priority has been students. Ensuring that students have an opportunity to receive the best education possible is the driving force in her day-to-day work. She recognizes that today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce and remains committed to readying graduates for college or career. As North Carolina state superintendent, Truitt’s work is focused on improving the state’s public schools, expanding innovation, and creating new opportunities for students to learn, grow, and successfully transition into the post-secondary plans of their choice.
Truitt’s service in education began as a high school English teacher, where she spent 10 years in the classroom at both the high school and middle school levels. Her last three years in the classroom were spent at West Johnston High School, where she taught English to 11th and 12th grade students. It’s this classroom experience that Truitt draws from when considering how to best equip students, engage parents and invest in teachers.
In 2012, Truitt joined the International Center for Leadership in Education, where she worked as a school turnaround coach with underperforming school districts. She collaborated with principals and superintendents to craft plans to close achievement gaps while developing whole-district transformation initiatives. Truitt also served as a coach for teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade, helping them develop strategies to foster student engagement and cultivate learning.
In 2015, Truitt was given the opportunity to apply her experience as a teacher and coach to help shape education policy in North Carolina when Gov. Pat McCrory appointed her as his senior education advisor. In the Governor’s Office, she coordinated policy for all dimensions of public education and helped lead the development of strategic state education policy goals for ages 0-20.
Most recently, Truitt served as chancellor of non-profit Western Governors University North Carolina (WGU NC). As chancellor, she focused on increasing access to higher education for the 1.5 million North Carolinians with some college but no degree. Truitt collaborated with community colleges, hospitals, school districts and economic development groups to ensure that state workforce demands were being met. Prior to joining WGU NC, Truitt served as Associate Vice President of University and P-12 Partnerships at UNC General Administration, helping strengthen the educator pipeline and supporting public colleges of education.
Truitt is a 1994 graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She received her master’s in education from the University of Washington in 1997. She and her husband, Jeff, an attorney and captain in the U.S. Navy Reserves, live in Cary. They have one daughter in college and a son and daughter enrolled in Wake County public schools.
Laura-Jane (LJ) left school at 16 with poor GCSE grades, she had experience of being a free school meal student and being singled out because of it. Through her early career she worked in retail and sales, using each step to build her skills, experience and confidence. Whilst working in recruitment Laura-Jane began to see that the barriers she faced were not unique to her and became a passionate advocate for young people transitioning between education and employment. Spending time to better understand the structural issues of youth unemployment and the policy around the area, Laura-Jane founded Youth Employment UK in 2012.
Laura-Jane is a passionate campaigner for youth employment and the rights for all young people to access quality employment and have their voices heard on the issues that affect them. Laura-Jane believes that it is for all of us to create a youth friendly society so that young people can fulfil their potential.
Recognised as a leading youth employment expert Laura-Jane provides support, insight and expertise to many groups such as the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment, she is the co-founder of the Youth Employment Group, and has supported a range of expert groups on issues of social mobility, employment and skills. Laura-Jane is also a Board Member of the Youth Futures Foundation, DIGIT and the Federation for Education Development, she also spent 8 years as a Secondary School Governor.
Marcelina Palamar is a Polish national living in the UK. She is studying at the University of Cambridge and is currently interning at the OECD. She manages the Forum Network.
Marcelina is deeply passionate about social equity and along with her partner, they founded a charity that helps Ukrainian refugees feel more at home in the UK. They provide English lessons to children and young adults, ensuring that the transition to British education is smooth and as fulfilling as possible.
In her spare time, Marcelina writes for multiple journals on topics ranging from Polish art to the democracy in Central Europe.
Marek Wallenfels is the Director for Education and the Next Generation at the Bertelsmann Foundation. Marek has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of political communications and nonprofit leadership. Prior to joining the foundation in September 2022, he was the Executive Director of the educational organization EDUCATION Y. He has also served as Secretary General of the Mercator Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), as Managing Director of the 2° Corporate Leaders Foundation, and as Director for sustainability and corporate responsibility at WestLB bank. Marek started his career in consulting and as team leader at GIZ. He is also the Co-Founder of the democracy incubator buergerpolitik.org. Marek is an economist by training and holds an MBA degree.
Policy Analyst & Co-Founder | Assistant Professor with the Department of Health, Aging & Society, Associate Director of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, Vivic Research | McMaster University
Robin Shaban is an accomplished economist, policy analyst, and co-founder of Vivic Research, a firm leveraging data-driven research for social justice causes. Also, they established the Canadian Anti-Monopoly Project, a think tank addressing monopoly-induced issues in Canada. Recognized for their impactful contributions to Canadian competition policy and law, Robin is a 2021 recipient of the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Changemaker’s Award. They hold an MA in Economics from Queen’s University, a BA (Hons) from the University of Alberta, and is pursuing a PhD at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration.
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Nicole Dalmer, MLIS PhD, is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Health, Aging & Society at McMaster University and is an Associate Director of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging. Dr. Dalmer’s current work examines the impact of social and digital infrastructures on feelings of connectedness in later life while reflecting on questions of social status and social inequality that surround and shape aging and technology debates. In recognition of her research excellence, Nicole was awarded the Canadian Association on Gerontology’s New Investigator Award and McMaster University’s Faculty of Social Science Early Career Researcher Award, both in 2022.
Narayan Khanal is currently studying to become Doctor of Medicine (MD) at the University of Wollongong. Narayan is passionate about building leadership opportunities in communities and tackling challenges such as barriers to youth empowerment, racism, and misrepresentation of diverse young people. In 2022, he represented Australia at the Y20 summit, an official engagement group of G20. He attended Y20 Indonesia through a Global Voices scholarship. He previously travelled to Geneva to attend the Global Summit of Refugees which brought together leaders from across the world to create policies relevant for refugees. He also attended the United Nations Human Rights Council whilst in Geneva. For his efforts, he was awarded Young Citizen of the Year for Wollongong and a finalist for the Australian Human Rights commission’s Young Human Rights Medal.
Hernando is Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia. His research interests include families, masculinities, gender and human rights. Hernando has worked with various local government departments to develop gender and family policies and has consulted with UN Women Colombia and UNESCO on various gender and masculinities projects.He was recognized by the municipality of Medellin with the Don Juan del Corral Order of Merit in 2012 for his work on human rights and social leadership.
Venugopal is a Professor of Supply Chain Operations at Nyenrode Business Universiteit. His teaching and research activities are focused on Supply Chain Management, Value Chain Management, Operations Management, and Modelling Business Decisions.
He has held visiting faculty positions in other countries such as India and China. His research has been widely published in International academic journals such as the European Journal of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Research, and Decision Support Systems. He has received the ‘Professor of the Year Award’ for Teaching Excellence in different degree programs. He has also received the ‘MCB Award for Research Excellence’.
He is a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, an opt-in research community of business professionals. Also, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the IIMB Management Review, the International Journal of Procurement Management, and the International Journal of Mathematics in Operational Research. He also serves as a referee for several International Journals.