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Lawrence Gostin | John Monahan

Lawrence GostinLawrence Gostin, an internationally acclaimed scholar, is University Professor, Georgetown University's highest academic rank conferred by the University President. Prof. Gostin directs the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and was the Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law. He served as Associate Dean for Research at Georgetown Law from 2004 to 2008. He is Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University, Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, and Director of the Center for Law & the Public's Healthat Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities.

Prof. Gostin holds a number of international academic professorial appointments. He is Visiting Professor (Faculty of Medical Sciences) and Research Fellow (Centre for Socio-Legal Studies) at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Prof. Gostin is the Claude Leon Foundation Distinguished Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He serves on the Governing Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

John MonahanJohn Monahan, is the Senior Advisor for Global Health to Georgetown University President John J DeGioia; Senior Fellow,McCourt School of Public Policy; and Senior Scholar, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Most recently, he has served as the Special Advisor for Global Health Partnerships at the US Department of State (2010-2014) as well as Counselor to the Secretary and Director of Global Health Affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2010). Monahan served as the founding Executive Director of the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and as a Visiting Professor at Georgetown Law School (2007-2008). He was Senior Fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation (2000-2006); Non-Resident Senior Fellow atthe Brookings Institution (2001-2008); Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children and Families (1997-1999) and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs (1993-1996) at US Department of Health and Human Services; Counsel to Senator David Pryor (1990-1991); Investigatorfor the US Senate Special Committee on Aging (1989); Clerk for US District Court Judge John F. Grady (1988); and Associate with Hopkins and Sutter (1987). Monahan served on the Obama-Biden and Clinton-Gore transition teams, and he has worked on numerous campaigns.



Ala Alwan | Agnes Binagwaho | Gian Luca Burci | Luisa Cabal | Katherine DeLand | Tim Evans | David Fidler | Eric Goosby | Sara Hossain | Howard Koh | Gorik Ooms | Peter Piot | Mirta Roses Periago | Rodrigo Uprimny | Alicia Yamin

Ala AlwanAla Alwan, is the WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean from1 February 2012. He was Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health from February 2008 to February 2012. Dr Alwangraduated in Medicine from the University of Alexandria. He practiced medicine in Scotland and obtained his postgraduate training and qualifications in the United Kingdom. Following his return to Iraq, his home country, he held several positions in clinical and academic medicine and public health. He was Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Mustansiriya University, Baghdad.

In 1992, he joined WHO as Regional Adviser for NoncommunicableDiseases in the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean. He then served as WHO Representative in Oman, and Director, Division of Health Systems Development in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. In 1998, Dr Alwan was reassigned to WHO headquarters as Director for NoncommunicableDiseases Prevention and then Director of the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases Management. In 2001, he became WHO Representative in Jordan. From 2003 to 2005, he was Minister of Education and Minister of Health in the Government of Iraq. From 2005 toJanuary 2008, he was Representative of the Director-General and Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises.

Agnes BinagwahoAgnes Binagwaho, is a Rwandan pediatrician and serves as the Minister of Health of Rwanda. From October 2008 to May 2011, she served as Permanent Secretaryof the Ministry of Health in Rwanda. She specializes in emergency pediatrics, neonatology, and the treatment of HIV/AIDS; and she chairs the Rwandan Pediatric Society. From 1986 to 2002, she practiced medicinein public hospitals in Rwanda and several other countries before joining Rwanda's National AIDS Control Commission as Executive Secretary. She is a member of the editorial board of Public Library of Science and the Harvard University Health and Human Rights Journal. Dr. Binagwaho chairs the Rwanda Country Coordinating Mechanism of The GlobalFund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. She is a member of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries.

Dr. Binagwaho co-chaired the Millennium Development Goal Project TaskForce on HIV/AIDS and Access to Essential Medicines for the Secretary-General of the United Nations under the leadership of Professor Jeffrey Sachs. She was the global co-chair of the Joint Learning Initiative on Children and HIV/AIDS. In addition to her medicaldegree and master's in pediatrics, she received an honorary doctor of sciences degree from Dartmouth College. Dr. Binagwaho serves as a seniorlecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Gian Luca BurciGian Luca Burci, is Legal Counsel to the World Health Organization, and Adjunct Professor of Law, Graduate Institute in Geneva. Mr Burci has worked for WHO since June 1998, advising WHO's director-general and senior management team, as well as its governing bodies, on a broad range of international, constitutional and procedural issues. Mr Burci's work focuses on WHO's role in global health governance, its status under international law, and the interactions between WHO's normative and policy-setting functions and other areas of international law and policy.

Among other achievements, he has been closely involved with the conclusion of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its recentProtocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, the revision and implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005), and the WHO reform. Since 2010, Mr Burci has been teaching a course on international health law at the Graduate Institute and collaborating on ajoint degree in international law between the Graduate Institute and Georgetown University School of Law. Mr Burci is also a Senior Fellow atthe Global Health Programme of the Graduate Institute.

Luisa CabalLuisa Cabal, is the Chief of Human Rights and Law at UNAIDS. In 2014 she was a Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. From 2011 through 2014 she was a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University School of Law.

Until 2014, she oversaw the Center for Reproductive Rights' legal and advocacy efforts in the United States and globally as the Vice President of Programs. She joined the Center 1998 developing and expanding the Latin America and the Caribbean Program, and was at the helm of the Global Legal Program from 2005 through 2012, where she was instrumental in the expansion of the program to offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Kathmandu. During her tenure, Ms. Cabal pioneered the Center's international litigation and advocacy efforts, litigating landmark cases and overseeing the international litigation, law reform and advocacy strategies that have yielded groundbreaking results at the United Nations, regional bodies, and national-level courts and legislative and human rights bodies.

She has developed human rights training and fellowship programs that were critical in supporting young leaders in the reproductive rights field, and co-founded the first network of Latin American law professors (RED ALAS) working to integrate gender and sexuality into law school curricula. She has served as co-chair of the World Health Organization's Reproductive Health Department's Gender Advisory Panel; as a member of the International Federation of OB/GYN's (FIGO) Sexual and Reproductive Rights Committee; and as a member of the scientific advisory panel of the University of California's Global Health Institute.

Ms. Cabal graduated from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She received her Master of Laws from Columbia University School of Law.

Katherine DeLandKatherine DeLand, is the Chief of Staff of WHO's Ebola Response, Katherine has worked closely with the Special Representative of the Director-General and Ebola Response Leader, WHO Country Offices in Guinea, Liberia, Mali and Sierra Leone, the United Nations Mission on Emergency Ebola Response anda diversity of UN Agencies and NGOs to help drive the efforts to eliminate Ebola in West Africa. Prior to holding this position, Katherine founded DeLand Associates in 2011 to fill a growing niche for independent, flexible, highly trained and responsive consulting, advising and project management in international law, health and public policy. Professionally, her focus has been on multilateral negotiations,large-scale public health project management and donor relationships, whole-of-government approaches to trade and health, and sustainable health and development policy design and implementation. She has worked in Switzerland, Kenya, Australia and the United States for organizationsas diverse as the World Health Organization, the L'Etwal Foundation, the World Bank, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University of Sydney. She holds a BA in biochemistry and molecular biology from Reed College, and a JD and an MPH from UCLA.

Tim EvansTim Evans, is the Senior Director for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. Dr. Evans has been active in the international health arena for more than 20 years.

Before joining the World Bank he was the Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health of BRAC University in Bangladesh. Previously he served as Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization, heading the Evidence, Information, Research and Policy Clusters, where he oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report. Dr. Evans has been a leader in advancing global health equity and health systems performance throughout his career, notably through his work with the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health and with his contributions to the development of innovative partnerships, including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization, INDEPTH and Health Metrics networks, the Global Health Workforce Alliance and the World Alliance for Patient Safety.

Dr. Evans earned his DPhil in agricultural economics at Oxford, and pursued medical and postgraduate studies at McMaster and Harvard Universities.

Eric GoosbyEric Goosby, serves as the United Nations Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB). He also serves as a Professor of Medicine and the Director of the Institute for Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy in Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Special Envoy Goosby has over 30 years of experience with Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS as a clinician, researcher, and policy maker. After receiving his MD from UCSF, he spent his early years treating patients at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). When AIDS first emerged, he was an intern and as more and more patients presented with HIV, he became particularly interested in HIV-associated TB and sought mentoring from leaders in tuberculosis research. During this period, he conducted clinical research on the diagnosis and treatment of opportunistic infections, the development of antiretroviral agents, and effectiveness of TB diagnostics. He assumed several leadership positions within SFGH, including Associate Medical Director of the HIV Clinic and attending physician of the TB clinic-the largest in the U.S.-where he set up early DOTS programs, protocols for MDR-TB, and was himself infected with TB in 1985.

In 2009, Special Envoy Goosby returned to government service and was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the Ambassador-at-Large and United States Global AIDS Coordinator, where he led all U.S. Government international HIV/AIDS efforts. In this role, he oversaw implementation of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the largest public health program in history, and served as the U.S. Board Member to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Under his tenure, PEPFAR expanded its scope to more aggressively address TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment as part of HIV treatment and care, as well as to support coordination of HIV and TB programs, the development and use of molecular TB diagnostics and overall integration of HIV and TB into primary health care.

In December 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton asked Special Envoy Goosby to serve as the founding Director of the Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State in addition to his role as the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. The office guides diplomatic efforts to advance the United States' global health agenda to improve and save lives and foster sustainability in partner countries. He stepped down from this role in October 2013, when he again returned to UCSF to start an institute for Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy in order to apply scientific methods to the design and implementation of local health systems.

Special Envoy Goosby has longstanding working relationships with leading bilateral and multilateral organizations, including: UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNFPA, the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the World Health Organization. He also has developed strong relationships with heads of state, world leaders, and philanthropists, community and civil society organisations. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, magazines, and newspapers and has contributed to several books. He is a tireless advocate for patients, and in addition to his leadership roles, continues his clinical practice in the HIV clinic and the in-patient AIDS ward at San Francisco General Hospital.

Sara HossainSara Hossain, is a barrister and has practiced in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, mainly in the areas of constitutional, public interest and family law, since 1992. She is a partner at the law firm of Dr. Kamal Hossain and Associates, and is currently serving pro bono as the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust. She is a member of, among others, Ain o SalishKendra (ASK), a national human rights organization, the Madaripur LegalAid Association (MLAA), the Human Rights Committee of the InternationalLaw Association (ILA), the Advisory Committee of the Women's International Coalition on Gender Justice (WICG); and a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). Sara earlier ran the South Asia Programme at INTERIGHTS from 1997 to 2003, and was a foundingboard member of the South Asia Women's Fund (SAWF).

Howard KohHoward Koh, is Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership and Director of the Leading Change Studio at the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health. In these roles, he advances leadership education and training at the School of Public Health as well as with the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Business School and across Harvard University.

From 2009-2014, Dr. Koh served as the 14th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), after being nominated by President Barack Obama and beingconfirmed by the U.S. Senate. During that time he oversaw 12 core public health offices, including the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, 10 Regional Health Offices across the nation, and 10 Presidential and Secretarial advisory committees. He also served as senior public health advisor to the Secretary. During his tenure, he promoted the disease prevention and public health dimensions of the Affordable Care Act, advanced outreach to enroll underserved and minority populations into health insurance coverage and was the primary architect of landmark HHS strategic plans for tobacco control, health disparities and chronic hepatitis. He also led interdisciplinary implementation of Healthy People 2020 and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy as well as initiatives in a multitude of other areas, such as nutrition and physical activity (including HHS activities for Let's Move!), cancer control, adult immunization, environmental health and climate change, women's health, adolescent health, Asian American and Pacific Islander health, behavioral health, health literacy, multiple chronic conditions, organ donation and epilepsy.

Gorik OomsGorik Ooms, is a researcher at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, in Antwerp Belgium. During most of his professional career, he worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres Belgium, of which he became the executive director in 2004. He was the head of mission for Medecins Sans Frontieres in Burundi and Mozambique. In March 2008, Gorik Ooms obtaineda Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Ghent, for a thesis on the subject "The right to health and the sustainability of healthcare: Why a new global health aid paradigm is needed." In August 2008, he joined the Department of Public Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp. He was appointed as Global Justice Fellow atthe Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University, for the 2009-2010 academic year. Gorik Ooms papers have been published in leading medical journals (The Lancet, PLoSMedicine), and in the Health & Human Rights journal.

Peter PiotPeter Piot, is the Director of the School and a Professor of Global Health. He is the Chair of the MRC Global Health Group and a member of the MRC Strategy Board. He is a member of the Board of the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund in Tokyo and of the Oxford Martin Commission on Future Generations. Previously he was President of the InternatioanlAIDS Society and Chair of the King Baudouin Foundation and Chair if theEuropean Froum for Forward Looking Activities.

In 2009-2010 he was the Director of the Institute for Global Health at Imperial College, London. He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 until2008, and was an Associate Director of the Global Programme on AIDS of WHO. Under his leadership UNAIDS became the chief advocate for worldwideaction against AIDS, also spear heading UN reform by bringing together 10 UN system organizations.

Mirta Roses PeriagoMirta Roses Periago, is Neglected Tropical Disease Special Envoy for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases and a Board Member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Dr. Roses Periago served as the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) from 2003-2013. She received her medical degree from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina, in 1969 and specialized in public health, epidemiology, clinical medicine and infectious diseases in her graduate studies at universities in Brazil and Argentina. Dr. Roses has shown unwavering commitment to achieving equity in the delivery of health care and continues to champion the cause of marginalized populations.

Rodrigo UprimnyRodrigo Uprimny, is a Colombian lawyer who holds a Ph. D. inPolitical Economy from the University of Amiens Picardie, a DSU (Master's Degree) in Sociology of Law from the University of Paris II, and a DEA (Master's Degree) in Social Economy of Development from the University of Paris I (IEDES). He is currently the director of the Center for the Study of Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia), and a professor of constitutional law, human rights, and theory of the state at the National University of Colombia. He was an auxiliary magistrate of the Constitutional Court and is amember of the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights. He is the author of numerous articles on human rights, constitutional law, tensions between law and economics, drug trafficking, and the courts.

Alicia Ely YaminAlicia Ely Yamin, is a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and the Program Director of the Health and Human Rights Initiative. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer on Law and Global Health at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and a founding Global Fellow at the Center on Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen, Norway. Yamin has published dozens of scholarly articles and various books relating to health and human rights, in both English and Spanish, and has been awarded multiple distinctions in respect of her work on health and human rights, and in particular her leadership on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She frequently consults for the UN and other global agencies, including serving as the lead consultant for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the application of rights-based approaches to the reduction of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity, which was adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2012. Yamin's work is also frequently cited by national and global entities, such as the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, as well as by courts enforcing health rights. In 2011, she was named to serve as the only non-Colombian independent expert appointed by the Colombian Constitutional Court regarding the implementation of Judgment T 760/08, a major judgment that restructured the health system, and in 2015 was appointed by the Constitutional Implementation Committee of Kenya as only non-Kenyan on the Oversight Committee regarding activities to Implement Rights-based Approaches to Health Services Delivery. She regularly advises on strategic litigation and conducts training for both lawyers and judiciaries regarding the enforcement of health-related rights, including sexual and reproductive rights. Yamin was also recently honored by being named the Visiting Gladstein Professor of Human Rights 2015-16, at the University of Connecticut.