WHO International Healthy Cities Conference
Michele Acuto
Research Director
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public policy (STEaPP) at University College London

Michele Acuto is Research Director in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public policy (STEaPP) at University College London, where he also leads the City Leadership Initiative. E: m.acuto@uucl.ac.uk and www.cityleadership.net

Michele Acuto is Research Director in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London, where he is also Senior Lecturer in Global Networks & Diplomacy, and Director of the City Leadership Initiative, a joint project of UCL, World Bank and UN-Habitat.

Michele is also Fellow of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford. He was Fellow of the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California, and Barter Fellow of the Programme for the Future of Cities at the University of Oxford. He taught at the Australian National University, University of Canberra and National University of Singapore. Michele worked at the Institute of European Affairs, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), the Kimberley Process for conflict diamonds, and on the European Commission's response to pandemic threats (SARS and Avian Influenza).

Michele is the author of, amongst others, Global Cities, Governance and Diplomacy: The Urban Link (Routledge) and the forthcoming Building Global Cities (Cornell), editor of Negotiating Relief (Hurst) and Global City Challenges (Palgrave).
Rodd Bond
Programme Director
Netwell Centre, School of Health & Science, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

Rodd is programme director of the Netwell Centre, within the School of Health and Science at Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland.  An architect by training, Rodd graduated with distinction from Oxford Brookes University in 1982 launching a career that has spanned hospital master planning and design (CRI Ltd, USA), spatial resource management (founder of FMW Ltd, Ireland) and ageing-and-place research (Netwell).  Rodd’s research and innovation interests are focussed on understanding the interrelationship between environmental structure and people’s health and wellbeing.  Rodd has been very involved in the WHO’s age-friendly cities movement from its inception, and is committed to improving the quality of life for older people through place-centred innovation, service improvement and social innovation. Rodd has supported the European Commission and its partners in the development of the Action Plan for Innovations in Age-Friendly Buildings, Cities and Environments, within the European Innovation Partnership on Active & Healthy Ageing.  Rodd has recently become chair of the Louth Age-Friendly Alliance where his activity is very much at the intermediary interface between research, policy and practice, with a focus on implementation and impact. 
Dr Joao Breda
Programme Manager Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity
World Health Organisation – Regional Office for Europe

João Breda is a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from Porto University. He graduated in Nutritional Sciences also at Porto University. He has done his Master Degree in Public Health by the Medical Sciences Faculty of the University Nova de Lisboa and an MBA from the European University in Barcelona. 

Dr Breda is the Programme Manager: Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Noncommunicable diseases and Health Promotion Division at WHO Regional Office for Europe and responsible for providing support to the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region on the implementation of the European Charter on Counteracting Obesity and the Vienna Declaration on Nutrition and Noncommunicable Diseases as well as evaluating their progress implementation. His team is leading for the largest and most comprehensive childhood obesity surveillance mechanisms globally and developed the new European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020 and working on the 1st Physical Activity Strategy for the WHO European Region. 

João Breda worked as a Public Health Nutritionist at the General Health Directorate in the Portuguese Ministry of Health having launched and led for several years the National Platform Against Obesity.  Published in scientific journals and presented in national and international congresses, several dozens of papers and also published 22 original books. He was Researcher and Professor of Nutrition at the University Atlântica and Head of Department of the Nutritional Sciences where he developed and implemented the first Nutritional Sciences Bachelor. Was also an academic at Algarve University, University School of Agriculture and the Tourism and Hospitality School in Coimbra. 
Sarah Burgess
Senior Lecturer in Health & Urban Planning
University of the West of England

Sarah Burgess is a qualified planner specialising in urban design and policy. Sarah is a senior lecturer in health and urban planning at the University of the West of England. She has experience in public and private practice in both Australia and the United Kingdom, working on projects and policies at local and strategic levels. Her research interests include the integration of health into planning processes and policies, urban form and the quality of the urban environment.
Dr Joan Clos
Executive Director
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Dr Joan Clos has been Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) at the level of Undersecretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly since October 2010.  
Born in Barcelona on 29 June 1949, he is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona serving two terms during the years 1997-2006. He was Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain between 2006 and 2008. Prior to joining the United Nations, he served as Spanish ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan.

He is a medicine graduate from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), and specialized in Public Health and Epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). Dr. Clos then joined the Barcelona Municipal Government as Director of Public Health in 1979.
As a city councillor between 1983 and 1987, he earned a reputation for improving municipal management and for urban renewal projects, notably managing the renovation of downtown Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella district. From 1990 to 1994 he was Deputy Mayor in change of Finance and Budgeting, playing a key role during the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Joan Clos is also widely credited with inspiring far reaching investment programmes for Barcelona. One of the most ambitious was the Barcelona@22 programme which gave the city’s dilapidated industrial zones a facelift. In 2004 one of these newly refurbished neighbourhoods near the old dockyards was chosen as the site for the second gathering of UN-Habitat’s World Urban Forum, the premier global conference on cities.

At the international level, in 1998 he was elected President of Metropolis, the international network of cities. Two years later, he was elected President of the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities, (WACLAC). Between 2000 and 2007, he served as Chairman of the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities, (UNACLA). And between 1997 and 2003, he was member of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, (CEMR).

Dr. Clos has received a number of awards which include a gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1999 for transforming Barcelona. In 2002, he won the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award for encouraging global cooperation between local authorities and the United Nations.
Prof. Evelyne de Leeuw
Public Health & Health Policy, Faculty of Health
La Trobe University

Professor de Leeuw started her academic career with a brief excursion into landscape architecture, but soon discovered health sciences at the Universiteit Maastricht, The Netherlands. After a Masters in Health Policy and Administration there (1985) she acquired an MPH at the University of California at Berkeley in comparative health systems research (1986) and a PhD on the feasibility of true health policy—public and private policies for health, not restricting itself to the health care sector or public health—in The Netherlands (Maastricht, 1989).

She has been involved in World Health Organization (WHO) health promotion endeavours since the 1986 Ottawa Conference and attended all subsequent international health promotion conferences; at the fourth one (Jakarta, 1997) and eight one (Helsinki, 2013) she acted as conference rapporteur.

Since its initiation in 1986, she has been active in the international Healthy Cities movement. From 1992 to 2001 she held the position of Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research on Healthy Cities at the Universiteit Maastricht. Professor de Leeuw continues to act as Advisor for Evaluation to the European Network of Healthy Cities. She assists WHO regionally and globally in Healthy City evaluation reporting, most recently in special issues of Health Promotion International and the Journal of Urban Health.

She has worked with local, national and international government agencies on five continents in framing, defining and implementing strategies for Healthy Cities.

Between 1992 and 1998 she served two terms as Secretary-General of the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region. These six years were characterised by public health training acquiring higher prominence on political agendas throughout Europe, as well as an opening up of a renewed interest in ‘new public health’ in countries of Central and Eastern Europe; this resulted in a need for quality assurance mechanisms for both ‘old’ and ‘new’ schools of public health. As Secretary-General, Professor de Leeuw made substantial contributions to such mechanisms.

Evelyne currently holds appointments as Honorary Professor, Deakin University; Visiting Professor, Université de Montréal; Visiting Professor, Maastricht University and Associate Professor, La Trobe University.

Evelyne is Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed journal Health Promotion International and considered a leading global health promotion scholar, as evidenced by her appointments to high-level research panels (e.g., the Academy of Finland, and Science Ministries in Japan and Germany).

In 2013 she started a consultancy firm (Glocal Health Consultants) that assists in policy development and implementation for health locally and globally. Glocal Health Consultants specialises in capacity building (training) and advice, and has provided its services so far to local and national governments in Australia, Korea, Cambodia and Lao People's Republic.

She has produced several textbooks on health promotion and health policy, published six books and over 150 articles, and enjoys writing ‘lighter’ material. Her most recent book (with Carole Clavier) is ‘Health Promotion and the Policy Process’, published in September, 2013 by Oxford University Press.
Carlos Dora
Health Policy Expert

Carlos Dora, MD, PhD, is a health policy expert with WHO leading work on health impacts of sector policies (energy, transport, housing , extractive industry) involving health impact assessment (HIA) and systems to manage health risks and benefits. He manages the WHO Unit in charge of providing guidance health risks (air pollution, indoors and outdoors, radiation, occupation), as well as monitoring, evaluation and tracking related policies and health impacts. Dr Dora leads WHO’s work on “Health in a Green Economy” analyzing health co-benefits from climate change mitigation policies, and is developing WHO’s work on health indicators for post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. He is engaged in the health co-benefits of sustainable energy initiatives, including SE4All, GACC, and CCAC. He previously worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine; at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, and as a senior policy adviser to the WHO Director General. Before that he worked in the organization of primary care systems in Brazil, where he also practiced clinical medicine. He served in US and Chinese science and policy committees. His MSc and PhD are from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His publications cover health impacts of sector policies, Health Impact Assessment and health risk communication.

Dr Yvonne Doyle
London Regional Director
Public Health England

Yvonne Doyle works across London to improve and protect the health of Londoners. She is the London Regional Director of Public Health England – the agency of the Department of Health established in 2013. She influences the development of National Policy, manages public health input to a number of regional initiatives and supports the local public health system that is now established in local authorities, particularly in the development of the public health workforce.  Her team is based across London, including specialist advisers within NHS England London.
She is the health adviser to the Mayor of London and has a prominent position in the London Health Commission.
As technical adviser to the World Health Organization she has led work on European Healthy Cities and has advised the World Economic Forum, the EU and the World Bank on the public health aspects of population ageing. Yvonne is a trustee of the Royal Society of the Prevention of Accidents and a member of the major grants committee of The Guy's & St Thomas' Charity. She is also a fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Yvonne qualified as a doctor in Ireland in 1981. She has worked in the NHS, the private and academic sectors in the UK since 1989 and has 20 years of board level experience as a public health and a medical director and 15 years of close working with local and regional government. In 2010, she was seconded to the Department of Health to support the development of Public Health England, alongside her other public health roles including Director of Public Health for NHS South of England.
Dr Jill Farrington
Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Honorary Senior Lecturer
Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds, UK

Dr Jill Farrington is a Consultant in Public Health Medicine from the UK and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds, UK. She has over 25 years experience in clinical medicine and public health, including 17 years in international public health, at local and national level in Europe, Asia and Africa. Working for the WHO Regional Office for 11 years, she was Deputy Head, Centre for Urban Health and Manager, WHO Healthy Cities Network during 1997-2003 and then as Coordinator, Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO European Region 2004-2008. Since her return to the UK, she has continued teach and contribute to international public health, most recently as part of the evaluation team of Phase V of the WHO Healthy Cities Network.
Bianca Maria Hermansen
Architect, Urban Designer PhD

Bianca is founder and CEO of CITITEK, a research-based urban design office. In addition she works as external consultant at Gehl Architects, Copenhagenize Design and Arki_Lab as well as a number of other professional advisory boards. Finally Bianca is lecturer and instructor at DIS the Danish Institute of Study Abroad, Copenhagen University, University of Washington, Seattle and the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. Bianca is an active conference speaker, advisor and workshop facilitator.
Arto Holopainen
Development Director
Kuopio Innovation Ltd

Mr. Arto Holopainen, M.Sc (Tech.) is Development Director at Kuopio Innovation Ltd., Vice President at Finnish Society of Telemedicine and eHealth, Secretary at European committee for standardization (CEN)/TC251/WGIV, Member of the Board at Finnish Social and Health Informatics Association, Liaison - International and Regulatory Affairs at Finnish Medical Technology Association. He is also a member of IEEE Personal Health Devices working group as well as member of ISO/TC215. 
Mr. Holopainen has more than 15 years of experience in the development and implementation of eHealth and mHealth solutions. He is promoting the use of international standards and following closely regulatory development in the eHealth domain. He is working with startups to create new global business innovations and to help existing companies to grow as well as to advance cooperation between public, private and third sector. He has also had an opportunity to influence many international conferences as an invited lecturer. He is actively participating to building up Games for Health Finland network.

Prof. Maged Kamel Boulos
Professor and Chair of Digital Health
Alexander Graham Bell Centre for Digital Health, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK

Maged N. Kamel Boulos is Professor and Chair of Digital Health at the Alexander Graham Bell Centre for Digital Health, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK. He worked before that at Plymouth University, University of Bath and City University London (all in UK). As well as his medical degree (MBBCh) and Master's in Dermatology, he holds a Master's in Medical Informatics from King's College, University of London, and a PhD in Measurement & Information in Medicine from City University London. Maged teaches and has >120 publications (h-index: 28) on a specialist range of medical, health and public health informatics topics. He is Senior Member of IEEE and served as Co-Chair of WG IV/4 within ISPRS (International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing) Commission IV, 2008-2012. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MEDLINE-indexed Int J Health Geogr. His research received wide media coverage and is/has been funded by national and international bodies, including World Health Organization EMRO and EURO (serving as WHO Expert Adviser back in 2011); European Commission (e.g., eCAALYX project among others); UK TSB KTP Programme; UK AHRC (Arts & Humanities Research Council); and Public Health Agency of Canada (funding one of his former PhD students). goo.gl/KXr3o

Full CV and List of Publications (ORCID: 0000-0003-2400-6303): http://healthcybermap.org/publications/MNKB_CV.pdf

Prof. Ilona Kickbusch
Adjunct Professor
Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Geneva

Professor Ilona Kickbusch is recognized throughout the world for her contribution to health promotion and global health. She is currently adjunct professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and director of the Global Health Programme. She advises organisations, government agencies and the private sector on policies and strategies to promote health at the national, European and international level. She has published widely and is a member of a number of advisory boards in both the academic and the health policy arena. Professor Kickbusch has received many awards and served as the Adelaide Thinker in Residence at the invitation of the Premier of South Australia. She has launched a think‐tank initiative “Global Health Europe: A Platform for European Engagement in Global Health” and the “Consortium for Global Health Diplomacy”. Her key areas of interest are global health governance, global health diplomacy, health in all policies, the health society and health literacy. She has had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization, at both the regional and global level, where she initiated the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion and a range of “settings projects” including Healthy Cities. From 1998 – 2003 she joined Yale University as the head of the global health division, where she contributed to shaping the field of global health and headed a major Fulbright programme. She is a political scientist with a PhD from the University of Konstanz, Germany.
Jinhee Kim
WHO Kobe Centre (WKC)

Jinhee Kim is currently consultant at WHO Kobe Centre (WKC), working on intersectoral action for health (ISA) in the Urban Health Team. She has been involved in healthy cities in the Republic of Korea for over 10 years in research and in practice. As a researcher, she participated in studies on developing healthy cities indicators and evaluation for Korean healthy cities, worked with many local governments in developing and implementing healthy cities programmes and other topics including health impact assessment. She was the healthy cities coordinator at the Gangnam district government, Seoul in 2009-2011. Her research interests include intersectoral action for health, local government health policies and community-based participatory methods. She is pursuing a PhD at Seoul National University on her dissertation titled “Innovation and change in the local health promotion system: the case of healthy cities in Seoul”.
Christine McLaren
Journalist, Founding Partner
Discourse Media

Christine McLaren is a journalist who investigates solutions to urban problems. She has worked on three continents with Canadian and international media outlets such as Monocle, GOOD, Metropolis, Next City, The Globe and Mail, Xinhua News Agency and MSN, among many others.

Christine was the lead researcher for Happy City, a book that investigates the link between urban design and the science of happiness (2013, Farrar, Straus & Giroux; Penguin/Alan Lane; and Doubleday). Now she serves as Happy City research director and speaks publicly on the book, its findings and their application to city development around the world today.

From 2011 to 2013 she travelled around the world as resident writer of the BMW Guggenheim Lab, a mobile urban think tank project of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and co-authored the project’s interactive online glossary and book series, Participatory City: 100 Urban Trends (2013, Specter Press).

Christine is a founding partner of Discourse Media, an organization dedicated to producing collaborative, solutions-oriented journalism.
Bosse Pettersson

Bosse Pettersson, born 1946 has a longstanding professional experience in public health since 1976. He has worked internationally since the beginning of the 1980’s with WHO, bilaterally and since the early 1990’s also with the EU. The professional career is two tiered. Mainly in the public health policy and administrative domain in domestic public health state agencies and in the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs. But also in the academic domain, being one of the founders of the health promotion module in Karolinska instituet’s Master programme in public health. His experiences ranges from the local settings to the global scene. Bosse’s foci are reducing health inequalities, sector overarching mechanisms through health in other policies and integrating  determinants of health in strategic planning and policy development. His work in local settings has in particular been devoted to governance and management including developing models for implementation.
Paul Rosenberg
Technical Officer, Urban Health
World Health Organization Centre for Health Development

Paul Rosenberg is a Technical Officer for Urban Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) Centre for Health Development in Kobe, Japan. He is currently overseeing the development of the Centre’s second global report on urban health and health equity. He is responsible with colleagues for the development of the Centre’s new edition of its Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool (Urban HEART), as well as its work on Age-Friendly City Indicators.  Prior to working at WHO, he managed the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s investments in demographic and health research and training in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as strategy for the INDEPTH Network of demographic and health research centres. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his master’s degrees in international and public affairs, economic and political development from the Columbia University (NY).
Prof. Gabriel Scally
Visiting Professor of Public Health
University of the West of England (UWE)

Gabriel Scally is Visiting Professor of Public Health in the University of the West of England (UWE). His major academic role has been as Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Healthy Urban Environments at the University. Prior to 2012 he was a Regional Director of Public Health in England from 1994. In that role he was both a senior civil servant in the Department of Health and a Director in successive National Health Service bodies. Before moving to England he was Chief Administrative Medical Officer and Director of Public Health in the Eastern Health and Social Services Board from 1986 to 1993 and Chair of Belfast Healthy Cities.

Gabriel is a public health physician and is currently a member of the Governing Council of the World Federation of Public Health Association. He has co-authored a standard textbook on public health in the UK, has edited a further book, contributed chapters to several and authored a substantial number of papers in professional journals. This included the landmark paper on ‘clinical governance’ following some of the major clinical failures in services in England. 
Prof. Dr. Johannes Siegrist
Seniorprofessur ‚Psychosoziale Arbeitsbelastungsforschung‘
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Johannes Siegrist, Ph. D., born 1943 in Switzerland, was Professor of Medical Sociology and Director of the School of Public Health at the University of Duesseldorf, Germany. Since 2012, he holds a Senior Professorship for Work Stress Research at this University. He was also Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, and at Utrecht University, Netherlands. His main research is concerned with health-adverse psychosocial work environments and social inequalities in health. Among his many offices he contributed to the WHO Report on Social Determinants of Health (Copenhagen 2014) as a Task Group Leader.
Gayle Souter-Brown
Managing Director
Greenstone Design UK Ltd

Gayle Souter-Brown is Founder and Director of the international salutogenic landscape + urban design consultancy Greenstone Design UK Ltd, Trustee of the Barrier Free NZ Trust, and Advisory Board member of the US consultancy Consulting for Health, Air, Nature and a Greener Environment (CHANGE) LLC.

Recognized as a leader in salutogenic landscape and urban design with demonstrated capabilities in peer review, stakeholder engagement, research, planning and design. She is known for cost-effective healthcare, education, housing, public and private sector environments in UK, Africa, Europe, NZ, US and Russia.

Author of the seminal book Landscape and Urban Design for Health and Well-Being, Gayle lectures widely and is an international conference speaker. She has recently been selected as an Investigator to join the VUW-led Centre of Research Excellence funded Nature HQ: People, Cities, Nature and commissioned to write NZ’s mental health accessible design guidelines. Based between London and Wellington she travels frequently to projects on a global basis. She is married with three children, two dogs and a garden full of wild birds.
Ninna Thomsen
Mayor of Health and Care
City of Copenhagen

Ninna Thomsen is the Mayor of Health and Care in the City of Copenhagen since 2009. 
The City of Copenhagen’s ambitious health policy, Smoke Free Copenhagen 2025 and the effort to reduce  inequalities in health are some of Ninna Thomsen’s key issues in the area of public health. Founder of the Smoke Free Cities Alliance in 2014.
Dr Agis Tsouros
Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Wellbeing
World Health Organization, Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen,Denmark

He is Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Wellbeing at the WHO Regional Office for Europe.  The Division is responsible for the implementation of the new European Health Policy - Health 2020; national and sub-national health policies; governance for health; social determinants of health and mainstreaming equity, gender and human rights; vulnerability and health including migrants and Roma health; the Healthy Cities and Regions for Health networks; mainstreaming health promotion and coordination of the healthy settings networks. Since he joined the WHO Regional Office for Europe in 1988 he has had programmatic and managerial responsibility for several areas including urban health policies and healthy cities; healthy ageing, public health, NCD and risk factors, environmental health and health policies at national and sub-national levels.  During the period 2004 to 2006 he was seconded to the Greek Ministry of Health and assumed the position of Chairman of the National Board of Public Health and President of the Greek CDC. He played a central role in the public health preparedness for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.