Plenary Speakers

Cities and the Planet: How Urban Ecosystems Impact the Planet (Day 1)

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD (lead)

Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D., is President of the International Society for Urban Health (2017-9) and Clinical Professor of Global Public Health at the College of Global Public Health at New York University and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the NYU School of Medicine. She is the immediate past president of the New York Academy of Medicine (2007-2018) and served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. While at HHS, she was the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994–1997. She was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM) in 1992 and served on its Board on Global Health and served two four year terms as its Foreign Secretary from 2003 to 2011. She currently co-chairs the NAM Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health. She was elected to membership of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2015.

Michele Barry, MD, FACP, FASTMH (moderator)

Michele Barry, MD, FACP, FASTMH is the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Stanford University. She is the Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health and Senior Associate Dean for Global Health. As one of the co-founders of the Yale/Stanford Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholar Award program, she has sent over 1500 physicians overseas to underserved areas to help strengthen health infrastructure in low resource settings. As a past President of the ASTMH, she led an educational initiative in tropical medicine and travelers health which culminated in diploma courses in tropical medicine both in the U.S. and overseas. Dr. Barry is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine as well as Council for Foreign Relations. She has been selected for Best Doctors in America and is also the 2018 recipient of AMWA’s highest award – the Elizabeth Blackwell medal for creating pathways for women in medicine.

Anna Dyson

Anna Dyson is the Hines Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Professor of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale. Dyson is also the founding Director of the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (CEA) within Rudolph Hall connecting to other interdisciplinary labs on campus to collaborate on the vigorous research, development and deployment of novel architectural systems that are focused on reinventing the DNA of the built fabric in order to take on the challenge of metabolizing energy, water and materials within architecture in radically new ways.

Olga L. Sarmiento, MD, MPH, PhD

Olga L. Sarmiento is a Professor of the Department of Public Health at the School of Medicine at Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia). Dr. Sarmiento research interests include urban health, healthy behaviors, built environment and community interventions among the populations of children and adults in Latin America. Dr. Sarmiento has been a board member of the International Society of Physical Activity and Health and the Global Advocacy for Physical Activity (GAPA) council, the Urban Health Network for Latin America and the Caribbean and The International Society of Urban Health. She is currently a researcher of international studies including the Urban Health in Latin America project (SALURBAL), the International Physical Activity, and Environment Network (IPEN), The International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE) the Stanford-Colombia Collaboratory on Chronic Disease (S-C3) and the Our Voice in the city project in Bogotá.

John Rossant

John Rossant is the Founder and Chairman of NewCities, a global non-profit institution dedicated to improving the quality of life and work in cities. He is also leading CoMotion, the global annual event on the future of urban mobility, which takes place in the heart of Los Angeles and Miami. John previously led the production of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and of the e-G8.

David Vlahov, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Vlahov is Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Yale School of Nursing and Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Vlahov was Director of the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine and the founding President of the International Society for Urban Health. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Health, has edited four books on urban health, and has published over 666 scholarly papers. He led the Rockefeller Foundation project on the Roundtable for Urban Living Environment Research (RULER) on urban health metrics and a member of the WHO Knowledge Network for Urban Settlements as part of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. He served on the New York City Board of Health, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine currently serving of the Institute’s Board of Global Health.

Conversation: Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change (Day 1)

Britt Wray (interlocuter)

Science storyteller Britt Wray is the author of the book Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics and Risks of De-Extinction, a contributing host on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)’s national science TV show The Nature of Things, co-host of the BBC podcast Tomorrow’s World and guest host of CBC Quirks and Quarks. Over the last decade, Wray has produced narrative science documentaries for outlets such as BBC Radio 4, CBC Radio 1, WNYC’s Studio 360, and Love and Radio. Britt holds degrees in biology and media arts as well as a PhD in Science Communication (with a focus on synthetic biology) from the University of Copenhagen. She is now redirecting her research and practice towards the psychological impacts of the planetary health crisis. Britt is a 2019 TED Resident, a TED speaker, and has been a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Arthur L Carter Institute for Journalism.

Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD

Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is an adjunct professor and joint director of the Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries at the Public Health Foundation of India, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (where he co-founded the Centre for Global Mental Health in 2008), and is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008 and the WHO Public Health Champion of India award in 2016. He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.

Helen Berry, MA, BSc, BAppPsych, PhD, GAICD

Professor Helen Berry MA BSc BAppPsych PhD GAICD is Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health at The University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine and Health. She is a widely published and awarded psychiatric epidemiologist specialising in health and wellbeing in the context of climate change, social capital and complex disadvantage in Australia, Europe and Asia. She established the field of climate change and mental health. She is a lead scientist on the Australian MJA-Lancet countdown on health and climate change project and the Australian member of the global Lancet Countdown team. She holds honorary appointments at the University of Melbourne and Macquarie University. She is a director of Altitude Consulting through which she advises government in evidence-based policy and the policy-research relationship and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Can the Private Sector Drive Change? (Day 1)

Katherine States Burke, MBA, MSc (lead)

Katherine States Burke, MBA, MSc, is Deputy Director of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, where she leads efforts in three focus areas: women’s leadership, planetary health, and initiatives aimed at vulnerable populations. The Center works across Stanford’s seven schools and connects with global partners. In 2017 Kathy played a key role in creating and leading the inaugural “Women Leaders in Global Health” conference, sparking a global movement and an ongoing partnership between Stanford and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Kathy began her career as a reporter, editor and publishing executive. In the past decade, she pursued a longstanding fascination with the health sector, earning a Master of Science in Global Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She also holds an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Alicia Seiger, MBA (moderator)

Alicia Seiger is a lecturer at Stanford Law School and leads sustainability and energy finance initiatives at Stanford Law, Graduate School of Business and the Precourt Institute for Energy. Alicia serves on the boards of Ceres and Prime, and co-founded Stanford Professionals in Energy (SPIE). A serial entrepreneur and pioneer of new business models, Alicia has been designing and executing climate and energy strategies for businesses, foundations, investors, and NGOs since 2004. She has served on the management teams of multiple startups, including at TerraPass, a pioneer of the US carbon offset market, and Flycast Communications, one of the world’s first web advertising networks. Alicia holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she also worked as a case writer for the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and a BA in Environmental Policy and Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.

Robert Strand, PhD, MBA

Robert Strand is the Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. His research and teaching compares U.S. and Nordic approaches to sustainable and socially responsible business. He has more recently turned attention to contrast varieties of capitalism in the U.S. and Nordic contexts and is currently working on the book project “Sustainable Vikings.” He was a United States Fulbright Scholar to Norway. Prior to joining academia as a professor with the Copenhagen Business School, Strand spent a decade in industry with IBM and Boston Scientific in a range of roles in manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, strategy, and investor relations. He holds a PhD in corporate social responsibility from the Copenhagen Business School, an MBA in international business from the University of Minnesota (completed at HEC-Paris), and a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Gretchen Daily, MS, PhD

Gretchen Daily is Bing Professor of Environmental Science, Senior Fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute, Director of the Center for Conservation Biology, and faculty director of the Natural Capital Project. Daily’s research is on understanding the dynamics of change in the biosphere, their implications for human well-being, and the deep societal transformations needed to secure people and nature. Through the Natural Capital Project, she works extensively with governments, multilateral development banks, businesses, communities, and NGOs. A global partnership that is integrating the values of nature into policy, finance and management globally, its tools and approaches are now used in 185 nations through the Natural Capital Platform. The partnership is increasingly focused on advancing understanding of nature’s contributions to human health. For scalable successes to date, see the forthcoming book, Green Growth that Works: Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms from Around the World (Island Press, Sept 2019).

Ranjani Varadan

Ranjani Varadan is Vice President of R&D at Impossible Foods, a Redwood City-based company that creates delicious plant-based meat products. Ranjani joined Impossible Foods in 2011 to reduce the impact of industrialized animal farming on the environment and to revolutionize the meat and dairy production system for the growing global population. Currently, Ranjani leads the R&D efforts at Impossible, focusing on how plant-based ingredients can be used to create a variety of textures and flavors for the next generation of Impossible products. Trained as a biochemist, Ranjani has worked on many aspects of development of the Impossible Burger, now available at nearly 6,000 restaurants across the U.S., Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. When she’s not working, Ranjani enjoys music and hiking.

John Fullerton

John Fullerton is an unconventional economist, impact investor, writer, and some have said philosopher.  He is the founder of the Capital Institute, and author of “Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Patterns and Principles Will Shape the New Economy” (2015), and, “Finance for A Regenerative World” (2019). After a 20-year career on Wall Street where he was a Managing Director of what he calls “the old JPMorgan,” John listened to a persistent inner voice and walked away in 2001 with no plan but many questions.  The questions crystalized into the creation of the Capital Institute in 2010, which is dedicated to the bold reimagination of economics and finance in alignment with living systems principles and the wisdom traditions that have stood the test of time. John is the Chairman of New Day Enterprises, PBC, a co-founder of Grasslands, LLC, a board member of the Savory Institute, Stone Acres Farm, and First Crop, PBC and is an adviser to numerous sustainability related initiatives.

Planetary Health Case Study Series (Day 1)

Hilary Duff

As the Planetary Health Alliance’s Freelance Case Study Writer, Hilary Duff has been traveling the world since July 2018, conducting interviews with stakeholders, researchers, and organization leads to build an anthology of 10 planetary health stories. The cases shine a light on cross-sectoral solutions that optimize human health in the face of anthropogenic environmental change. Once published in late 2019, the cases will be available for free online and can be used as an education tool by planetary health practitioners and policymakers alike. Hilary is a multimedia journalist and storyteller. 

Mobilizing a Planetary Health Movement (Day 1)

Samuel S. Myers, MPH, MD (lead)

Dr. Sam Myers works at the intersection of human health and global environmental change. He received his BA from Harvard College, his MD from Yale Medical School, performed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Principle Research Scientist, Planetary Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Planetary Health Alliance. He is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Myers was Manager of an integrated conservation and development project in the Qomolangma Nature Preserve in Tibet for two years, worked as a fellow at USAID and was a Senior Director at Conservation International, designing and implementing community-level projects integrating population, health, and natural resource management in conservation “hotspots.”

Courtney Howard, MD (moderator)

Dr. Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, and board President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). She was the first author on the 2017 and 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers as well as being the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown.Dr Howard has led research into menstrual cups and wildfires, and participated in policy work and advocacy regarding active transport, plant-rich diets, health impact assessments, divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, and hydraulic fracturing. She sits on the boards of the Canadian Medical Association, Health in Harmony, and the Global Climate and Health Alliance, is part of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, and is on the Planetary Health Alliance’s steering committee. Fall 2019 she begins coordinating global planetary health policy engagement and advocacy with start-up CODAchange. Onwards!

Bill McKibben (by video)

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

Zoe Cina-Sklar

Zoë Cina-Sklar is the Partnerships Coordinator at Sunrise Movement, an army of young people working to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process. In her role, she collaborates with other organizations to build power in support of a Green New Deal that addresses the interwoven crises of climate catastrophe, economic inequality, and racism at the scale that science and justice demand. She also supports local organizing efforts as a leader in Sunrise’s Bay Area chapter. Previously, she worked as the climate justice campaigner at Amazon Watch, where she learned about the importance of following indigenous leadership and connecting the dots between financial and extractive industries around the world.

Sandy Naranjo

Sandy Naranjo was born and raised in San Ysidro and resides in National City with her husband Andrew McKercher and their children, Frida Ruth and Julius Joseph. Sandy pursued three bachelors’ degrees in honors with major concentrations on Political Science, Political Economy and Economics along with a minor certificate in Women’s studies from CSU San Bernardino. After graduation, Sandy worked in organized labor for 6 years and transitioned her career in the environmental justice movement at Environmental Health Coalition (EHC). At EHC, where she worked with community members to create healthy land use policies in order to transition their community from one that is overburdened with toxic pollution to a healthy thriving one. Sandy is currently the California Organizing Manager at Mothers Out Front where she is focused on mobilizing moms, grandmothers, and caregivers to create policies to end the climate crisis.

Emmanuela Shinta

Emmanuela Shinta is a Dayak leader, activist, environmentalist, filmmaker and writer with a reputation for leading and empowering young people. Her work has been recognized widely in Asia Pacific through her YOUTH ACT CAMPAIGN, an indigenous youth move-ment for climate action as the response to forest fire and haze in 2015. With organization called Ranu Welum Foundation which she founded in 2016, she has trained hundreds young indigenous people to use audiovisual media to speak about indigenous people’s rights. She has been speaking in international forums about Dayak people and bringing the stories from the Kalimantan Island to global audience through films and her book ME, MODERNISM AND MY INDIGE-NOUS ROOTS. She is the founder of the series of International Indig-enous Film Festival in South East Asia. In 2018, Shinta has started her first world storytelling tour with theme Stories That Matter in the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia countries.

Food Connects Land and Sea: Integrating Oceans into the Future of Food (Day 2)

Michelle Tigchelaar, PhD (lead)

Michelle Tigchelaar is an Early Career Fellow at the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions. There she coordinates the Oceans & Future of Food initiative, which aims to build a transdisciplinary research agenda on the role of the oceans within global food systems. As a climate scientist she is particularly interested in understanding how climate change will shape the many food system transformations of the future. Michelle received a PhD in oceanography from the University of Hawaii, and previously was a postdoc at the University of Washington.

Rosamond Naylor, MS, PhD (moderator)

Roz Naylor is the William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Professor (by courtesy) in Economics, and founding Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) at Stanford University. She received her PhD from Stanford University in applied economics, her Masters in economics from the London School of Economics, and her Bachelors degree(s) in economics and environmental science from the University of Colorado. Her research focuses on policies and practices to improve global food security and protect the environment. She is currently engaged in a wide range of research initiatives that span oil palm production in Indonesia and West Africa, food-energy-water linkages in India, the impact of climate variability on global food security, and oceans and the future of food. In addition to her many peer-reviewed papers, Naylor has published two books on her work: The Evolving Sphere of Food Security (Naylor, ed., 2014), and The Tropical Oil Crops Revolution: Food, Farmers, Fuels, and Forests (Byerlee, Falcon, and Naylor, 2017). She is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and serves on the scientific advisory boards for Oceana and the Aspen Global Change Institute.

Samuel S. Myers, MPH, MD

Dr. Sam Myers works at the intersection of human health and global environmental change. He received his BA from Harvard College, his MD from Yale Medical School, performed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Principle Research Scientist, Planetary Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Planetary Health Alliance. He is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Myers was Manager of an integrated conservation and development project in the Qomolangma Nature Preserve in Tibet for two years, worked as a fellow at USAID and was a Senior Director at Conservation International, designing and implementing community-level projects integrating population, health, and natural resource management in conservation “hotspots.”

Shakuntala Thilsted, PhD

Shakuntala Thilsted is the Research Program Leader for Value Chains and Nutrition at WorldFish. Prior to joining WorldFish in 2010, she worked as an Associate Professor in the human nutrition departments of the University of Copenhagen and The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark. She has more than 25 years’ experience in research and has published many refereed articles on food and nutrition security in low-income countries. Shakuntala holds a Ph.D from the The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark .

Ling Cao, PhD

Ling Cao completed her Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Growing up on a family fish farm in China and trained as an agronomist and environmental scientist, Ling has focused on interdisciplinary research at the interface between sustainable seafood production and environmental conservation. She was selected as a recipient of the “National Thousand Talents Program for Distinguished Young Scholars,” an initiative of the Chinese government to attract high-level talent from overseas to work full-time in China. In addition, she was also selected as a fellow of the “Shanghai Thousand Talents Program” which aims to recruit top-talent who are leaders in their fields to help enhance Shanghai’s future development and sustainable competitiveness. Ling is now an associate professor in the School of Oceanography at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and continues to work on aquaculture and fisheries research and ocean conservation.

Jorge Torre, PhD

Jorge Torre, Ph.D., is the General Director and co-founder of Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI,, a non-governmental organization that aims for marine biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries through effective participatory approaches. His work has focused on the development of integral research applied to solve problems in marine conservation and sustainable fishing, always accompanied by the production of science by fishers (citizen science). He has more than 50 scientific and general public collaborative publications. Currently, his interest is to achieve gender equality in the decision-making fisheries management processes and to identify the best way to transmit the knowledge of conservation and management generated in the last two decades to the new generation of fishers to adapt for the global changes that are impacting coastal communities daily.

Fire: Wildfires, Deforestation, and Planetary Health (Day 2)

Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD (lead and moderator)

Dr. Kari Nadeau is one of the nation’s foremost experts in adult and pediatric allergy and asthma. She is the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, Section Chief of Allergy and Asthma at the Stanford School of Medicine, and an endowed professor under the Naddisy Family Foundation. Dr. Nadeau received her MD and PhD from Harvard Medical School, completed a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and a clinical fellowship in asthma and immunology at Stanford. After completing her residency, she spent 5 years in the biopharmaceutical industry, where she was instrumental in obtaining FDA approval for two biologics in the fields of autoimmunity and oncology, before starting her fellowship at Stanford.

Tasso Azevedo

Tasso Azevedo is a consultant and social entrepreneur in the fields of forests, sustainability and climate change and general coordinator of the System for Estimation of GHG Emissions (SEEG) and the Initiative for Annual Mapping of Land Cover in Brazil (MapBiomas). Tasso was founder and director of the Institute of Forest and Agriculture Management and Certification (IMAFLORA), Director of the National Forest Program at the Ministry of Environment, Secretary General of the National Forest Commission and former Chief & Director General of the Brazilian Forest Service. Tasso was one of the key people involved in the design and implementation the National Plan to Combat Deforestation in the Amazon, the Amazon Fund and the Brazilian targets to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. He is Brazil Lab Affiliated Scholar at Princenton University. In 2013 he won the Bright Award, Stanford University’s Global Sustainability Award, was a TED Global Lecturer in 2014 and a climate and forest consultant for the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Ruth DeFries, PhD

Ruth DeFries is a professor of ecology and sustainable development at Columbia University in New York. She uses images from satellites and field surveys to examine how the world’s demands for food and other resources are changing land use throughout the tropics. Her research quantifies how these land use changes affect climate, biodiversity and other ecosystem services, as well as human development. A particular focus of her work is in the globally-important tiger landscape of central India, with research that underpins management approaches to reconcile needs of both people and wildlife. She has also developed innovate education programs in sustainable development. DeFries was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, one of the country’s highest scientific honors, received a MacArthur “genius” award, and is the recipient of many other honors for her scientific research. In addition to over 100 scientific papers, she is committed to communicating the nuances and complexities of sustainable development to popular audiences, most recently through her book “The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis.”

John Balmes, MD

Dr. Balmes received his MD degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1976. After internal medicine training at Mount Sinai and pulmonary subspecialty, occupational medicine, and research training at Yale, he joined the faculty of USC in 1982. He joined the faculty at UCSF in 1986 and is currently Professor in the Divisions of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG). His major academic activities include several collaborative epidemiological research projects, various advisory and editorial committees, Director of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, Director of the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (a consortium of programs at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UCSF). Since 2008 he has been the Physician Member of the California Air Resources Board.

Allison Wolff

Allison Wolff is the CEO of Vibrant Planet, which leverages the power of narrative, culture change, and real-world & digital experiences to mobilize positive social change. Allison’s expertise is strategy and narrative development, and building brand and product experiences. After overseeing the development of the Netflix brand and digital experience she advised corporate and nonprofit leadership teams on vision, strategy, and social and environmental innovation. Clients have included Google, eBay, Facebook, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Omidyar Network, Patagonia, Nike, HP, Drawdown, Conservation International, and GlobalGiving. She is now leveraging her skills, network, and commitment to develop solutions for forest and landscape resilience and carbon drawdown.

NCDs and Planetary Health: Common Challenges and Co-Beneficial Solutions (Day 2)

Herb Riband (lead and moderator)

Herb Riband is currently pursuing a one-year fellowship at Stanford University, with a primary focus on innovative global health and healthcare delivery models, connecting Stanford and Silicon Valley projects with health system leaders from around the world.  Herb has had a diverse 31-year international career with leadership roles in multinational enterprises in biotechnology (Amgen), medical technology (Medtronic), consumer goods (Diageo), consulting (Ernst & Young) and law (Baker & McKenzie).  He built international healthcare policy, government affairs, market access, strategic philanthropy, corporate communications and law functions. In particular, Herb co-led the launch of value-based healthcare delivery programs incorporating holistic “beyond the drug and device” solutions and promoting policies focused on measuring and improving patient health outcomes. He also built partnerships with health system stakeholders to accelerate patient access to appropriate therapies and to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs). A native of Philadelphia, Herb received degrees from Cornell University and the University of Michigan Law School.  He is a citizen of the United States and Switzerland.

Howie Frumkin, MPH, DrPH, MD

Howie Frumkin is Head of Our Planet, Our Health (OPOH) team at Wellcome Trust. Prior to his position, he was a professor of environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he served as dean from 2010 to 2016. He is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist. Previously, he directed the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2005–2010) and was a professor and the chair of environmental and occupational health at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health (1990–2005). Frumkin’s research interests include the public health aspects of the built environment, climate change, energy policy, and nature contact. He is the author or coauthor of more than 200 scientific journal articles and chapters. His books include Urban Sprawl and Public Health (2004); Emerging Illness and Society (2004); Safe and Healthy School Environments (2006); Green Healthcare Institutions: Health, Environment, Economics (2007); Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability (2011); and Environmental Health: From Global to Local (third edition, 2016). Frumkin holds an AB from Brown University, an MD from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MPH and DrPH from Harvard University.

William Dietz, MD, 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.

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.

Modi Mwatsama, MSc, PhD

Modi leads the Wellcome Trust Our Planet Our Health Programme’s research, partnership and policy work on healthy diets and sustainable food systems. Before joining Wellcome, she was Director of Policy and Global Health at the UK Health Forum. Modi played a major role in incorporating sustainability concerns into the UK government’s Eatwell Guide, and promoting sugar reduction in Childhood Obesity: A Plan for Action. She was educated at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSc and DrPH).

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