Lightning Talk Speakers

Steve Luby, PhD (emcee)

Dr. Luby serves as the Director for Research of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health. He is also appointed as a Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and a Senior Fellow to Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Dr. Luby has worked full time on research on low income countries for the last 25 years including living in Pakistan for 5 years and Bangladesh for 8 years. Dr. Luby is a prolific researcher who is particularly interested in developing and evaluating approaches to counter the perverse incentives where people earn money by destroying the environment and health.

Liz Grant, PhD (emcee)

Liz Grant is the Director of the Global Health Academy and Assistant Principal for Global Health. Liz is also a Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Development in the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh, and co-directs the online Masters in Family Medicine, the MSc in Global Health Non communicable diseases, and the MSc Global eHealth. She is also the director of the Certificate in Global Health Challenges, one of the three certificates which constitute the innovative new MSc in Global Challenges, a training programme delivered through a collaboration between the University’s Global Academies – a global networks of experts from over 25 academic disciplines developing innovative solutions for the world’s most challenging problems.

Renzo Guinto, MD (emcee)

A Filipino physician with broad interests in global health and sustainable development, Dr. Renzo Guinto is a third-year Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He was gifted with a broad array of skills that are essential in reimagining health in the 21stcentury – from global perspective and effective communication, to strategic thinking and network-building. His experience spans a wide breadth of the public health realm – from universal health care, medical education, and migrant health, to global health diplomacy, noncommunicable diseases, and climate change & energy policy.

Kristie L. Ebi, MS, MPH, PhD

Kristie L. Ebi is has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for more than twenty years, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vectorborne diseases. She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce climate change-related risks in multi-stressor environments. She has worked in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. She was a lead author for the IPCC special report on warming of 1.5°C, and of the 4th US National Climate Assessment. She also co-chairs the International Committee On New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS). Dr. Ebi has edited fours books on aspects of climate change and has more than 200 publications.

Valerie Stull, MPH, PhD

Valerie Stull is an interdisciplinary environmental health scientist by training. As a postdoctoral research associate in the Global Health Institute, she is investigating issues at the intersection of agriculture, the environment and global health. Stull explores various aspects of food security and food sovereignty in a changing climate. She has worked in Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, India, Peru and Palestine on research, health and agriculture development projects with non-profit organizations, donor agencies, and governments. At the forefront of Stull’s current research is the MIGHTi Project, which assesses ways to optimize the use of edible insects for human nutrition, smart economic development, recycling and agroecosystem sustainability. MIGHTi is a collaborative research project with several multifaceted projects including evaluations of social perceptions of edible insects, the impact of insect consumption on the human gut microbiome, as well as the nutritional value of insects reared using agricultural byproducts. 

Songhee Han

Songhee graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor of Science Honors in Earth Systems in 2018. She completed her thesis “Effects of Land Use and Land Cover Change (LULC) and Climate Change on Mosquito-Borne Disease Transmission in Colombia: An Integrated Spatiotemporal Approach” under the guidance of prof. Erin Mordecai and Dr. Andy MacDonald. After graduation, she completed her ten-month Fulbright U.S. student research fellowship in Medellín, Colombia. She collaborated with researchers from the World Mosquito Program and the University of Antioquia looking at effects of microclimate and socioeconomic strata on mosquito abundance and disease incidence in Medellín. She founded one of the first One Health student groups in Colombia and presented her preliminary research findings at the Fulbright researcher seminar in Lima, Peru and also at the Instituto Nacional de Salud in Bogotá, Colombia. She looks forward to continue her passion in researching the intersection between environmental change and human health.

Enrique Barros, MD

Enrique Barros is a doctor in a rural under-served community in Southern Brazil, Professor of Medicine in the Universidade de Caxias do Sul, and Chair of the Working Party on the Environment of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). He is also aWONCA Air Health Train-the-Trainer program participant and co-author of the The Lancet Countdown 2018 Briefing for Brazilian Policymakers. Enrique is currently developing methods to introduce Planetary Health into the medical and life sciences curriculum and serves as a co-organizer of the Porto Alegre Symposium on Planetary Health. Enrique loves to walk in the forest nearby his home, swim in the waterfalls with his wife and two children, and to be surprised by the always changing local biodiversity.

Cristina Tato, PhD

Dr. Tato received a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied transcription factor families and their downstream signaling pathways. As a post-doctoral fellow (NIH and Schering-Plough Biopharma) she continued using in vivo models of infection and autoimmune inflammation, to gain insight into how these transcription factors mediate host resistance to infection, regulate the production of inflammatory cytokines, and affect the development of innate and adaptive immunity. At Stanford’s Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection, Dr. Tato focused on the tactical application of systems immunology methods for studying human health and disease and for evaluating vaccine efficacy. She now leads the Rapid Response Team at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub where she oversees planning and implementation of Biohub activities to strengthen global emergency response efforts to epidemics.

Beatrice Akinyi Otieno, MPH

Beatrice Akinyi Otieno joined MWA Kenya in December 2016. Previously, she worked for AMREF, ACF-USA, and Save the Children International, where she managed multisectoral nutrition-sensitive and nutrition-specific programs in partnership with other non-governmental agencies and State Departments both at County and National levels. She has more than 11 years of experience working in both development and humanitarian contexts in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and South Sudan with interests in project design, management, monitoring, evaluation, documentation, partnership and awards management, and donor liaison. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a BSC in Nutrition from Kenyatta University. She is a member of the Kenya Nutritionists and Dieticians Institute.

Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN

Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN is Dean, and Linda Koch Lorimer Professor, Yale University School of Nursing. Dr. Kurth is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine) and a member of the 2014-2018 US Preventive Services Task Force, which sets screening and primary care prevention guidelines for the United States. Dr. Kurth is chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. An epidemiologist and clinically-trained nurse-midwife, Dr. Kurth’s research focuses on HIV/reproductive health and global health system strengthening. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIAID, NIDA, NIMH, NICHD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, CDC, HRSA, and others, for studies conducted in the United States and internationally.  Dr. Kurth has consulted for the NIH, Gates Foundation, WHO, USAID and CDC, among others. 

Divya Veluguri

Divya Veluguri is currently a Research Associate at the Harvard School of Public Health, studying the political economy of government programs working towards sustainable agriculture in India. She has previously worked at the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Hyderabad, where she was part of various projects studying challenges to adoption of sustainable practices in the Indian context – particularly on the reduced use of agrochemicals, adoption of organic farming practices and reduction of crop residue burning. She is also associated with a network on non-profit organizations working towards securing farmer livelihoods and advocating for policy changes to promote sustainable practices. She has a BA in Business and Development from The Ohio State University.

John S. Ji, PhD

John S. Ji is Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Science at Duke Kunshan University, and holds a secondary appointment in the Division of Environmental Science & Policy in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. John is the Director of Graduate Studies for the international Masters of Environmental Policy (iMEP) program at DKU. John’s research interests are in environmental health, gene-environment interaction, neuro-epidemiology, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. John has work experiences as Medical Device Fellow at the US FDA, Program Manager at China Medical Board, Senior Researcher at Harvard Business School, Asia Editor at The Lancet, and Consultant for HNP Global Practice at The World Bank Group. He received his bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and his doctoral degree in Environmental Health from Harvard School of Public Health; his concentration was Environmental & Occupational Medicine & Epidemiology, supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health ERC program.

Mikaela Patrick

Mikaela is an architectural designer and researcher with several years’ experience in architectural practice in Spain and China. Her research background focuses on the interrelation of architecture, environment and health. Mikaela is currently researching the role of design and innovation in health in low-resource settings with STEMA, working in Peru and Sierra Leone. At the Royal College of Art, Mikaela is a visiting lecturer and guest critic on the Environmental Architecture course and a Research Associate at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, where she collaborated with the University of York Department of Sociology on the ESRC-funded project “Buildings in the Making: A sociological exploration of architecture in the context of health and social care.” Mikaela also collaborates with INTERPRT, investigating contemporary environmental crimes using transdisciplinary research, architectural methodologies and spatial analysis, focusing on the Pacific as a site for environmental justice.

Vijay Limaye, PhD

Vijay Limaye is an environmental health scientist working as a Climate Change and Health Science Fellow at NRDC’s Science Center. He is broadly interested in addressing international environmental health challenges—quantifying, communicating, and mitigating the risks associated with climate change—with a focus on the public health burden of air pollution and extreme heat events. Prior to his role at NRDC, he worked for three years as a scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional offices in San Francisco and Chicago, focusing on Clean Air Act regulatory implementation, risk communication, citizen science, and air-quality monitoring policy. Limaye, who also speaks Spanish and Hindi, has conducted interdisciplinary research quantifying the health impacts of climate change-triggered air pollution and heat waves for populations in the U.S. and India. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in environmental epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

William Dietz, PhD

Dr. Dietz is the Chair of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at School of Public Health at George Washington University. From 1997-2012 he was the Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC. He received his BA from Wesleyan University in 1966 and his MD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970. He subsequently received a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1998, Dr. Dietz was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He was the co-chair of the Lancet Commission on Obesity’s 2019 report on the Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change. He is the author of over 200 publications in the scientific literature, and the editor of five books, including Clinical Obesity in Adults and Children.

Sarah Nelson

Sarah Nelson is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney looking at understanding water resource decision-making for human and ecosystem health to improve sanitation and health outcomes in Fiji. Her project is part of the Watershed Interventions for Systems Health in Fiji (WISH Fiji) which is looks at securing health in Fiji through strengthened health system & integrated water management to tackle the Three Plagues: typhoid, dengue and leptospirosis. She completed a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Hons) in 2011 from Victoria University of Wellington, and in 2013 completed a Postgraduate Diploma from the University of Auckland. She has previously worked at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the UK in maternal and newborn health, and at the Health Promotion Agency in New Zealand building an evidence base to support implementation of plain packaged cigarettes.

Randall Kramer, PhD

Randall Kramer is the Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Global Environmental Health in the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Global Health Institute. Before coming to Duke in 1988, he was on the faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Kramer’s research is focused on the economics of ecosystem services and on global environmental health. He is currently conducting a study on the effects of human land use decisions on biodiversity, infectious disease transmission and human health in rural Madagascar. Recent research projects have used decision analysis and implementation science to evaluate the health, social and environmental impacts of alternative malaria control strategies in East Africa. He has also conducted research on health systems strengthening, economic valuation of lives saved from air pollution reduction and the role of ecosystems services in protecting human health.

Eleanor Eaton

Eleanor Eaton is a Research Administrator at the University of Bath Department of Economics and a current PhD student. Her research focuses on valuing the urban environment by its potential impact on human health, part of the UPSTREAM project. She also serves as Project Coordinator of the WATEF network at the University of Bath.

Katharine Kreis, MPH

Katharine Kreis is the director of strategic initiatives at PATH and the lead for nutrition innovation. She works to engage experts from across academia, civil society, and the private sector tackle the alarming burden of malnutrition, while simultaneously looking to improve additional development indicators and reduce negative consequences for people and the planet we share. Katharine has an extensive background in global health and international development and has previously held positions with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US Agency for International Development, the International Medical Corps, and also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She is a founding member of the Bridge Collaborative Secretariat, has held a number of positions on international advisory groups including the World Economic Forum, the Micronutrient Forum Steering Committee, and several WHO steering committees. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan.

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