Stephen Lewis
Celebrated Humanitarian and Former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

Stephen Lewis is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.  He is the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, dedicated to turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa, and he is co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World.

Mr. Lewis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.  He also serves as a Commissioner on the newly formed Global Commission on HIV and the Law, created by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Stephen Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades.  He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006.   From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations.  

Mr. Lewis is the author of the bestselling book, Race Against Time.  He holds 34 honorary degrees from Canadian universities and in June 2010 he received an honorary degree from Dartmouth College in the United States.  Mr. Lewis was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement, in 2003.

Hon Michael Kirby

When he retired from the High Court of Australia on 2 February 2009, Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest serving judge. He has served on many national and international bodies.  Amongst the latter have been service as a member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Commission on AIDS (1988-92); as UN Special Representative Human Rights in Cambodia (1993-6); a member of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Judicial Reference Group (2007-) and a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights (2004-).   He has been appointed to the UNDP Global Commission of HIV and the Law. In 2010, he was appointed to the Arbitration Panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (World Bank).

Professor Raina MacIntyre

Professor Raina MacIntyre is Head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at UNSW.  She has made a major contribution to control of infectious diseases threats in Australia, including bioterrorism and pandemic influenza. From 2012 she leads a NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence titled "Immunisation in under studied and special risk populations: closing the gap in knowledge through a multidisciplinary approach". 

A/Professor Heather Worth

Director, GlobalHealth @UNSW, Head International Program, Associate Professor Worth ‘s research group International HIV Research Group carries out HIV social and behavioural research in Asia and the Pacific.  Her research interests are globalisation, the politics of HIV, sexuality and gender and socio-economic well-being, development and HIV, social theory, and qualitative research.

Professor Richard Taylor

Richard has continuing international experience in the Asia Pacific, particularly in the Pacific Island region, but also in China, Mongolia and Vietnam, and has been involved in the epidemiology and disease control aspects of the health transition, especially concerning cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. He also has experience in control of communicable and vector-borne disease. Current research in the Pacific Islands focuses on mortality and cause of death analysis for the prioritization and evaluation of prevention and control activities. He is also involved in Indigenous health research in Australia. Before joining SPHCM UNSW in 2009, his public health career included Epidemiologist at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), numerous international health consultancies (especially with WHO), and in Public and International Health at the University of Sydney and University of Queensland where he was involved in international health teaching, research and service.

Dr Laksono Trisnantoro

Dr Laksono Trisnantoro

Dr Laksono Trisnantoro is a Professor in Health Policy and Administration and a senior researcher at Faculty of Medicine Universitas Gadjah Mada Indonesia. He obtained his MD from Universitas Gadjah Mada in 1987, and Master of Science (MSc) in Health Economics, in the Department of Economics University of York, UK. His Ph.D from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Ini 2001 he spent a year at Harvard Medical School, Department of Social Medicine, Boston.  He is currently the Director of Graduate Programme in Health Policy and Management Universitas Gadjah Mada and Chief Editor of Indonesian Journal of Health Service Managemement. His main interest is in health policy and administration, especially health service decentralization. He serves as consultant for Minister of Health and local government for many years. During the last 8 years, he is the director of various programs for supporting health services in remote areas under Universitas Gadjah Mada, local government, and Ministry of Health collaboration. During North Sumatera recovery after tsunami in 2004, Prof Laksono Trisnantoro directed a strong team for supporting health service for 4 years. At the moment he manages a consortium of hospitals and medical schools for supporting remote hospitals in Nusa Tenggara Timur province. He spends part of his time as short-term consultant and technical advisor to a number of international agencies such as World Health Organization, AusAid, and the World Bank. Currently he is one the Board of Directors member in the Asian Health System Strengthening Network (ANHSS).

Prof Dilip Matthai

Dr. Dilip Mathai is a Professor of Medicine and Head of the Department of Medicine in Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamilnadu in India.  He is Editor–in- chief: Journal for Global Infectious Diseases. His research interests include antimicrobial resistance surveillance, evaluation of newer anti-invectives, randomized control studies, community acquired pneumonias, HIV-TB co-infections, HPV infection among MSM in India, tropical diseases and control of hospital infections.

Professor Robyn Richmond

Robyn’s research encompasses a broad spectrum of public health issues conducted over 30 years. Her research has focussed on the reduction of smoking among patients attending general practitioners and hospital outpatients clinics; the evaluation of the use of a range of pharmacotherapies to assist smokers to quit; the reduction of risky alcohol consumption among patients attending general practitioners and hospital outpatients clinics; improvement of health and lifestyles and reduction of cardiovascular risk factors among high risk groups in workplace settings and Indigenous people, and disadvantaged groups such as among those with a mental illness and prisoners; and investigation of the cardiovascular health of centenarians.

A/Professor Rohan Jayasuriya

Dr Jayasuriya’s work in Health Systems in developing countries spans 30 years, working in Primary care to National Policy and Planning, first in Sri Lanka and subsequently as a consultant for WHO, AusAID, ADB, World Bank and UNICEF in a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region. His current research interests are in studies on health workforce performance, Primary Health Care reform and strengthening health systems to respond to chronic NCD in developing countries.

Prof Anthony Zwi

Professor Anthony Zwi

Professor Zwi completed his medical degree in South Africa, MSc in Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Public Health at University College London. He worked in the Health Policy Unit at LSHTM from 1991-2001 and was Head of Unit from 1997-2000.  He was appointed the first Head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) at UNSW in 2002.  He has sought to expand the interface between global health and development policy, with an emphasis on equity, social justice and human rights. He initiated and convened GlobalHealth@UNSW until 2011 and contributed to the establishment of the UNSW-based Initiative on Health and Human Rights, and the Human Resources for Health Knowledge Hub at UNSW.  In 2011 he chose to relocate within UNSW and took up his current position as Professor of Global Health and Development in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.  He coordinates the MA in Development Studies and works with a growing UNSW team to build creative and innovative research, education, and policy-practice partnerships around global health, rights and development. 

Dr Judith Healy

Judith Healy is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University in Canberra.  She has also worked in the United Kingdom and United States, for the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and currently chairs the Research Advisory Group for the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. She conducts research on health sector governance and health care systems analysis and has published widely on social and health policies. Recent publications include Improving Health Care Safety and Quality: Reluctant Regulators (Ashgate 2011), and a chapter in Short & McDonald Health Workforce Governance (Ashgate 2012).

Professor Vivian Lin

Vivian Lin is Chair of Public Health (and was Head of the School of Public Health from 2000-2005) at La Trobe University in Melbourne. She has held senior positions within the NSW Health Department, the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, and the Victorian Health Dept (and its successors), where she has had responsibility for policy, planning, and program development across a wide range of health issues. Vivian consults for the World Bank, World Health Organization, and the UK Dept for International Development, particular in China and the Asia-Pacific Region, on health systems and health promotion. Her research interests are in political economy and social determinants of health, health system development, and public health policy (and its implementation), and she has authored a number of key texts used in Australia, including health planning, public health practice, and evidence-based health policy.

Dr Alex Wodak

Dr Alex Wodak has been Director of the Alcohol and Drug Service, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia since 1982. Dr. Wodak is President of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and was President of the International Harm Reduction Association (1996-2004). He helped establish the first needle syringe programme and the first medically supervised injecting centre in Australia (when both were pre-legal) and often works in developing countries on HIV control among injecting drug users.

Professor  David Legge

David Legge is an associate professor in the School of Public Health at La Trobe University.  His interests are in the political economy of health, comparative health systems, primary health care and international health policy. David has been involved with the international People’s Health Movement since its formation in December 2000 in Bangladesh. 

Professor Adrian Bauman

Dr. Bauman is the Sesquicentenary Professor of Public Health, University of Sydney, Australia. He directs the Centre for Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity Research. His international research and policy work includes global physical activity and obesity surveillance, and he coordinates the Asia Pacific Physical Activity Network, and was expert adviser to the World Health Organization for the development of the Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health 2002-2004.

Mr Edward Reis

Mr Edward Reis

Edward Reis is the International Manager for the Australasian Society for HIV Medicine and oversees HIV clinical care support programs in Asia and the Pacific. He has worked in development and HIV for over 25 years at both program delivery and policy levels. His particular interest is understanding the ways that international HIV and public health policies impact upon HIV programs and their subjects at local and regional levels. He is currently undertaking a PhD on the construction of human rights within international HIV policy.


Mrs Thazin Nwe

Mrs Thazin Nwe joined Myanmar Maternal & Child Welfare Association ( MMCWA) in 2001 as a pre-school, early childhood care and development specialist. She continued as visiting lecturer and supervisor/examiner of Masters candidates at the Institute of Education (Yangon). From 2008 Mrs Nwe has held the position as Secretary of MMCWA, with responsibilities for coordination with government departments, other non government organisations, and international agencies, as well as implementation of MMCWA activities in the health, education, social and economic spheres.


Dr Tran Thi Mai Oanh

Dr Tran Thi Mai Oanh

Dr Oanh graduated as a medical doctor from the Hanoi Medical University in 1990. She has been the Deputy Director of the HSPI since July 2007. HSPI, a research institute under the Vietnam Ministry of Health, conducts research on health policies and strategies to provide evidence for policy making. HSPI provides advice on health policies and strategies, conducts training around the development of health policies and strategies, and collaborates with international research partners on health policies and strategies relevant to Vietnam


Dr Gulin Gedik

Dr Gülin Gedik

Dr Gülin Gedik is the team leader for Human Resources for Health at the World Health Organization, Regional Office for Western Pacific Regional Office. She has worked in World Health Organization European Regional office and Headquarters prior to the Western Pacific Regional Office, working on health policies, health system and human resources for health.


Mr Stuart Watson

Mr Stuart Watson

Stuart holds BA, MA and MPhil degrees in linguistics, anthropology and development studies from the United States and New Zealand. He is the Representative of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV (UNAIDS) to Papua New Guinea having previously held the same position as UNAIDS Representative to Fiji and the other 13 United Nations member states in the Pacific.  He joined UNAIDS assigned to re-establish the UNAIDS presence in the Pacific Islands after serving as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific HIV Programme Manager.  Prior to Joining the UN system, Stuart worked on HIV and development programmes for the Australian and New Zealand Governments in Papua New Guinea, Bougainville and Southeast Asia; and was the Programme Manager for Oxfam New Zealand.  In addition, Stuart lectured at universities in Kuwait, the US, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and served briefly in the US Foreign Service.  He is a national of both New Zealand and the United States.

Prof Kate Dolan

Prof Kate Dolan

Kate Dolan leads the research programs “Treatment and prevention for those in the criminal justice system” and the “Program of International Research and Training (PIRT)” at the National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre at UNSW. Kate’s research provided the first estimate of HIV prevalence among prisoners in the UK and was mentioned in the House of Lords. She completed her PhD at UNSW on HIV risk behaviour, transmission and prevention in prison. Her Program of International Research and Training aims to build capacity among clinicians and researchers in the developing world. She has worked in Iran, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar. In 2007 she led a team of Iranian clinicians and researchers to establish and evaluate the first drug treatment Clinic for women in Tehran. Her research was featured in the series Lunch with the Lancet 2008, a column in the eminent medical journal which profiles key figures in the health world. She has over 180 publications and has received over $18 million in funding.