Speakers and senator group

Conference speakers and moderator

The speakers have been selected for their expertise and extensive experience in the focus areas of the Conference, they include:

  • Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus, WHO Regional Office for the Americas;
  • Dr Nurmuhammet Amannepesov, Minister of Health and Medical Industry, Turkmenistan;
  • Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland;
  • Professor Robert Beaglehole, Emeritus Professor, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand;
  • Professor Pekka Puska, Director-General, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland, and
  • Taavi Lai, Senior Analyst, University of Tartu, Department of Public Health, Estonia.

Mr Clive Needle, Director of EuroHealthNet, will moderate the Conference sessions

Senator group

The senator group is a high-level scientific group that is supporting WHO/Europe in drafting the Ashgabat declaration. The group comprises outstanding scientists from different backgrounds in the field of noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevention and control:

  • Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus, WHO Regional Office for the Americas;
  • Professor Ran Balicer, Director of Health Policy Research and Planning at Clalit Health Services, Tel Aviv, Israel;
  • Professor Robert Beaglehole, Emeritus Professor, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand;
  • Professor Reinhard Busse, Research Director, Department of Health Care Management, Technical University Berlin, Germany;
  • Dr Oleg Chestnov, Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, WHO headquarters;
  • Professor Ilona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland;
  • Dr Bjørn-Inge Larsen, Secretary-General, Ministry of Health and Care Services, Oslo, Norway;
  • Professor Martin McKee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom;
  • Dr Sania Nishtar, President of Heartfile, Islamabad, Pakistan;
  • Professor Pekka Puska, Director-General, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland;
  • Dr K. Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi;
  • Dr David Stuckler, Senior Research Leader, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; and
  • Dr Christopher Wild, Director, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).

This diversity among representatives of different research institutions reflects both the WHO European Region and the global health community.