2018 Speakers

Welcome Plenary Session
Speakers include:

  • Jennifer Musisi, Executive Director, Kampala City Council Authority, Uganda
  • Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Prime Minister of Uganda

The Governance of Complex Systems
Speakers include:

  • Eugenie Birch, Pennsylvania State University, USA (CHAIR)
  • Hon. Namuyangu Kacha Jenipher, Minister of State for Local Government, Uganda 
  • Catherine Kyobutungi, Executive Director, African Population & Health Research Center, Kenya
  • Lisa Latts, IBM, USA
  • Agis Tsouros, International Adviser on Health Policy and Strategy, UK

Culture & Inclusivity
Speakers include:

  • Jason Corburn, Professor, University of California Berkeley, USA (CHAIR)
  • Mary Bassett, Director, Harvard FXB Center of Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, USA
  • Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, President, International Society for Urban Health (Chair)
  • Philippa Howden Chapman, Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Otago, New Zealand
  • Kawaldip Sehmi, CEO, International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations, UK

Disasters, Epidemics and the Unexpected
Speakers include:

  • Olga Sarmiento, Los Andes University, Colombia (CHAIR)
  • Desmond Appiah, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Accra, Ghana 
  • Hans Guttman, Executive Director, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Thailand
  • Lidia Morawska, Professor, Science and Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Sotiris Vardoulakis, Research Director, Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), UK

Cities as Economic Engines
Speakers include:

  • Blaise Nguendo-Yongsi, University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon (CHAIR)
  • Liza Kimbo, Director, LiveWell Ltd, USA
  • Mr. Stuart Mwesigwa, Representative, Roofings Group, Uganda
  • Mr. Steffen Nielsen, Director, Cities Changing Diabetes,  Novo Nordisk A/S, Denmark
  • Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements, India

Safety, Security and Justice
Speakers include:

  • Yonette Thomas, International Society for Urban Health (ISUH), USA (CHAIR)
  • Jutta Bakonyi, Associate Professor in Development and Conflict, Durham University, UK
  • Robert Ndugwa, Head, Global Urban Observatory Unit, City Prosperity Initiative, UN Habitat, Kenya
  • Tracy Robinson, Lawyer / Lecturer, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • Ms. Diane Misenga Kabeya, Deputy Head of Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Delegation to the African Union, Ethiopia

Spiritual Health in the City
Speakers include:

  • Blessing MBeru, ISUH - Africa Working Group (CHAIR)
  • Eunice Karanja Kamaara, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology, Moi University, Kenya
  • Njeri Thirimu, Practitioner, Mater Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Mandivamba Rukuni, Founder and Executive Chairman, Barefoot Education for Africa Trust (BEAT), Zimbabwe 

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Conference Hosts
  • ISUH
  • PAHO
  • salurbal
  • Novartis Foundation
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Botnar