Plenary Speaker

José Siri, Senior Science Lead - Cities, Urbanisation and Health for Our Planet Our Health Programme, Wellcome Trust
London, United Kingdom

Dr. Tolullah Oni

Dr. José Siri is the Senior Science Lead for Cities, Urbanization and Health for the Wellcome Trust’s Our Planet Our Health Programme where he supports urban research and strategic engagement to advance the field of planetary health. He has worked to develop and apply systems approaches to urban health, focusing on leveraging science for healthy development, developing simple systems tools to catalyze better decision-making, and improving understanding of complex challenges.

His interests span urban and planetary health, epidemiology, ecology, systems thinking, sustainable development, transdisciplinarity, infectious disease, malaria control, climate change, and urban studies. He has published broadly in academic and policy literature and contributed to global policy, including for the SDGs and New Urban Agenda, developing extensive experience with UN agencies, local and national governments, and civil society. Dr. Siri was a co-founder of the Urban Health Research Network for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC-Urban Health) and a commissioner on the Tsinghua-Lancet Commission for Healthy Cities in China and continues to work closely with the Future Earth Urban and Health Knowledge-Action-Networks (KANs).

As a research fellow at the UN University International Institute for Global Health (2014-18), he led an urban health focus, serving as a co-investigator in the SCHEMA and SALURBAL projects and convening the global urban health community at meetings like the 9th World Urban Forum and Habitat III. He was previously a researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), an associate editor for the PAHO Journal, and a consultant for the International Council for Science (ICSU), helping to plan and develop their interdisciplinary programme on Systems Science for Urban Health. He has lived in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, is proficient in several languages, and runs marathons when time permits.

Dr. Siri holds a PhD in Epidemiology and an MPH in International Health from the University of Michigan, and BS in Biology from Cornell University.


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