Dr Horacio Arruda

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Horacio Arruda
GNHiAP Chairperson

Assistant Deputy Minister
Health Promotion and Prevention
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec

Dr. Arruda is a medical specialist in public health and preventive medicine. For many years, he focused on field epidemiology as well as prevention and control of infectious diseases.

From 2012 to 2022, he served as the National Director of Public Health at the Québec Department of Health and Social Services. He was a leader in the fields of infectious and communicable diseases, nosocomial infections, occupational and environmental health, emergency measures, as well as health promotion and prevention.

It was also under his leadership that the first Governmental Health Prevention Policy – 2015-2025 (PGPS) was launched. This policy and its resulting action plan were the first of their kind in North America in the field of preventive medicine. It was designed as a global governmental approach for stakeholders to include prevention in all decision making. Since June 2022, Dr Arruda has served as the ambassador of the PGPS.

Dr. Arruda also contributes to making Québec shine internationally. Notably, he is President of the Global Network for Health in All Policies (GNHiAP), created at the 70th WHO Annual Assembly in May 2017.

Debashis BasuDebashis Basu

Clinical and Academic Head of Public Health Medicine
Steve Biko Academic Hospital
University of Pretoria

Debashis Basu is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine Specialist. He is involved in both postgraduate and undergraduate teaching and supervision of master’s and doctoral students in the university covering the areas of public health and preventive and social medicine. In addition, he is involved with teaching at a number of international universities in India, Italy, Kenya, and USA.

He was nominated as the course coordinator by the WHO for the training of trainers course in ‘Health In All Policies (HiAP) in Africa and served as Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for SDH and HiAP (pending redesignation). In 2015, he was awarded a fellowship for Salzburg Global.

Debashis Basu currently serves as the chief editor of the Southern African Journal of Public Health. His national and international involvements include President of the South African Public Health and Preventive Medicine Association, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Network for Health in All Policies, among others. He is an active member of the University of Pretoria’s COPC Research Unit, which focuses on community-based implementation science research.

Peter Beznec

Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota

Peter has over 20 years of experience as a project manager and has served as Director of the Centre for Health and Development Murska Sobota since 2014. He is also a PhD candidate in Health Sciences at the Angela Boškin Faculty of Health Care, in Slovenia. Among his many areas of expertise, his coordination and leadership skills have been demonstrated in several health and development projects with the WHO. He also has extensive experience in international projects, including his collaboration as a part of an expert consultation group for an information paper on Policies to Address Social Determinants of Health. Peter is a member of the WHO Regions for Health Network Steering Group focused on approaches to health and development.

Julia Caplan

Executive Director
State of Equity
Public Health Institute

Julia is the Executive Director of State of Equity, a program which seeks to “move racial equity and health to the heart of public institutions.” In this role, Julia and her team have spent nearly 14 years working with over 60 state agencies, departments, and offices to build collaborative partnerships and incorporate racial equity, health equity, and environmental sustainability considerations into decision making and government operations. This includes launching the California Health in All Policies Task Force in 2010, the Capitol Collaborative on Race and Equity (CCORE) in 2017, and now building a national strategy for racial equity in state governments across the United States. Julia holds master’s degrees in public policy and public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Julian Fisher

German registered non-governmental organization Zero Water Day Partnership (ZWDP)

Julian is a policy advisor and educator with focused expertise in social and environmental determinants of health, health in all policies and multisectoral action, health security, and capacity development for sustainable development.

Julian is Director of German registered non-governmental organization Zero Water Day Partnership (ZWDP) which is a member of the UN Mountain Partnership. ZWDP is a co-sponsor of the Children’s Call to Action to protect mountain areas from the impact of climate change and is lead organization for the ‘Saving the World’s Water Towers’ campaign. ZWDP is cooperation partner with the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations, supporting policy work on sustainable mountain tourism and guiding with a focus on health equity. ZWDP has hosted side events at the UN Water Conference 2023 and at COP Climate Conferences.

Julian’s work experience covers a diverse range of professional domains including international public health policy and advocacy (consultancies for UN agencies including WHO, UNESCO & UNEP), health profession (federation) management, health workforce undergraduate and post-graduate education, as well as primary and secondary school education.

Julian is co-editor of the WHO publication Integrating the social determinants of health into health workforce education and training. He leads international HiAP and SDH summer schools at universities around the world.

Lauri Kokkinen

WHO Collaborating Centre on Health in All Policies and the Social Determinants of Health
Tampere University

Lauri has extensive experience in Health in All Policies (HiAP) at both national and local levels, including serving on the Finnish inter-ministerial Advisory Board for Public Health. Lauri co-directs the WHO Collaborating Centre on Health in All Policies and the Social Determinants of Health at Tampere University in Finland. His theoretical expertise focuses on the institutional foundations of population health and wellbeing, making him an institutionalist. Methodologically, he employs a diverse range of approaches, often utilizing data from registers, questionnaires, interviews, and documents in his research.

Kelsey Lucyk

Health Equity Policy Directorate,
Public Health Agency of Canada

Kelsey has a background in population and public health. She works out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where she oversees a team that is dedicated to working across sectors and advancing the conditions for success required for HIAP governance. To date, her team has brought health perspectives into key whole-of-government initiatives, such as wellbeing policy (Quality of Life Framework for Canada) and federal Impact Assessment. The team also supports knowledge exchange among HIAP practitioners in Canada (Canadian Network for Health in All Policies) and was responsible for launching PHAC’s first community funding program dedicated to upstream, intersectoral action on the social determinants of health (Intersectoral Action Fund).

Charlotte Marchandise

Executive Director
European Public Health Association (EUPHA)

Charlotte is an international expert and trainer in Health in All Policies, with a keen focus on global and urban health. Her experience spans participation, empowerment, and governance, highlighting her commitment to creating inclusive and healthy communities.

With over two decades of dedication to the associative world, from capacity building to advocacy, she has contributed to public health policy and practice. From 2014 to 2020, Marchandise was the elected Deputy Mayor of Rennes for Health, and President of the French WHO Healthy Cities Network and political Chair of the European Network, where she promoted healthier environments through innovative and sustainable public health strategies. She also worked as consultant to the WHO in fostering intersectoral collaborations for enhanced health equity and evidence-based decisions, and the integration of patients and communities in the WHO Academy training program design.

Gladys Mugambi

Acting Head of the Directorate of
Health Promotion and Education,
Ministry of Health, Kenya

Gladys has a degree in Home Economics, an MSc in Food and Nutrition, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Systems Management.

She has worked as a nutritionist with the Ministry of Health at both district and national level at leadership level and has worked with diverse communities. She has served as Co-chair of the Scaling up Nutrition Movement Executive Committee. The movement champions multisectoral approaches to tackle the triple burden of malnutrition. She leads a team of health promotion experts who implement advocacy, communication and social mobilization activities in the country and ensures that there are policies in place to address social determinants of health.

Tipicha Posayanonda

Assistant Secretary-General of the National Health Commission
Director of Knowledge and Innovation Management Department
National Health Commission Office of Thailand (NHCO)

Tipicha Posayanonda, PhD, is currently working as Assistant Secretary-General of the National Health Commission and Director of Knowledge and Innovation Management Department of the National Health Commission Office of Thailand (NHCO). Her responsibilities include facilitating the generation and management of knowledge and innovation related to the participatory healthy public policy processes focusing on those under NHCO mandates, aiming for ‘mainstreaming health into public policies’, ‘Health in All Policies’ and ‘health equity’ at all levels.

She received her MPH in Toxicology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, and a PhD in Biopharmaceutical Sciences from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Nicole Valentine

Technical Officer & Programme Lead
Equity/Social Determinants of Health
World Health Organization (WHO)

Dr. Valentine has over 25 years of experience working in public health. She currently leads the multi-country WHO Special Initiative for Action on the Social Determinants of Health for Advancing Health Equity, run from the Equity and Health Unit in the Department of Social Determinants of Health, WHO Geneva. She is the WHO focal point for guidance on the Health in All Policies approach, and has worked extensively on training and evidence reviews. She has authored over 25 peer-reviewed publications and produced more than 25 WHO publications covering health systems performance, intersectoral action, monitoring, equity, and social determinants of health. She served in the global WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2005-2008), where she co-led the country action work stream. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s (Economics) degrees from the University of Cape Town, a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a PhD in Public Health from the Erasmus Medical Centre, The Netherlands.

Carmel Williams

Centre for Health in All Policies Research Translation
Health and Medical Research Institute
School of Public Health at the University of Adelaide

Carmel is Founding Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Advancing Health in All Policies and has overseen the establishment and sustainability of South Australia’s Health in All Policies approach from its commencement in 2007 until 2021. Recently, she co-authored the newly released World Health Organization guidance: Working Together for Equity and Healthier Populations: Sustainable multisectoral collaboration based on Health in All Policies Approaches. The approach works across government to influence public policy decision to improve health and wellbeing. Carmel led numerous collaborative projects on the social and environmental determinants of health, drawing research, policy and practice together to deliver evidence informed public policy outcomes. Carmel was awarded full academic status with Flinders University at the level of Associate Professor. Through, Carmel’s extensive experience in the field of health promotion and public health, she has earned the honorary academic status of Associate Professor with the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide and has recently been appointed as a Visiting Fellow with University of Canberra. Carmel works extensively with the WHO and other international organizations, undertaking knowledge translation and capacity building programs, with researchers, policy makers and practitioners.