Dr Lina Matta
Lina Matta, MPH, BCPS is Director of Ambulatory Pharmacy, Clinical Pharmacy Practice Manager (Inpatient), and Director of the PGY2 Cardiology Pharmacy Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Department of Pharmacy Services, in Boston MA. During her tenure at BWH, Lina has lead the expansion of clinical pharmacy services across several multidisciplinary teams and she currently directs and collaborates on several hospital-wide clinical and process improvement projects. Her areas of clinical interest and research include cardiology, care redesign, and population health management. She has published several articles related to clinical topics in cardiology and the outcomes of process improvement initiatives. Lina graduated with BSPharm, and Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Rutgers University and a Masters in Public Health degree from Harvard University.
Deneen Vojta is Executive Vice President for Global Research & Development at UnitedHealth Group (UNH). With 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, health system and health plan executive and board member, she develops strategies for growth through innovation and investment. She has spent much of her career focused broadly on accelerating the design, execution and scaling of disruptive programs, leveraging general purpose technologies. Deneen has a strong history of building mutually beneficial partnerships with academics, governments and entrepreneurs to achieve the larger shared goals of improving health care quality, reducing care costs, more effectively engaging consumers in their health.
Deneen began her career at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where she was a resident in Pediatrics and a fellow in Hematology & Oncology. Subsequently, she launched CHOP’s pediatric hospitalist program, the first in the Delaware Valley. She later became Chief Medical Officer of Health Partners and then the Frankford Health System before leaving to found Mynetico, a disease management company acquired by UNH in 2006. Since joining UNH, she has been part of the leadership team that has built multiple businesses with successful exits.
Dr. Vojta currently serves on the governance board of Childrens’ Minnesota and the advisory board of The Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics at Penn Medicine. In 2014, she was an Emmy ® Award winner and in 2013, a CES® Innovation Design and Engineering Innovation Honoree.
Prof. Adolfo Rubinstein
- Director of the Center for Implementation and Innovation in Health Policies (CIIPS). Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy (IECS). Buenos Aires
- Former National Minister of Health of Argentina (2017-2019)
- Founder and Former Director General of IECS (2002-2017)
I was founder and chairman of the Division of Family and Community Medicine at the Hospital Italiano of Buenos Aires, one of the leading teaching hospital in Argentina, until 2010. I received a MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health in 1996 and a PhD with concentration in Public Health from the University of Buenos Aires in 2000. In 2002, I completed a postgraduate diploma in Health Economics at the University of York, UK. I am now full Professor of Family Medicine, Full Professor of Public Health and founder and former Director of the Master’s program in Clinical Effectiveness of UBA. I am also Visiting scholar of the Lown Cardiovascular program at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.
From 2009 to 2017, I was Director and PI of the Southern Cone American Centre of Excellence in Cardiovascular Health, (CESCAS/IECS), sponsored by NHLBI. My research is focused on health policy research, cardiovascular and NCD prevention and epidemiology and implementation research to improve prevention and control of NCD in Argentina and Latin America. In 2018 I was appointed as a Commissioner of the WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs. I have published more than 120 papers in peer review journals as well as textbooks and book chapters in health policy, clinical epidemiology, health services research and economic evaluations, focusing on NCD epidemiology, different aspects of the practice of primary care, and resource-allocation decision making. I am an investigator of the National Council of Scientific Research of Argentina (CONICET).
Prof David Wood
Professor Wood is a cardiologist committed to prevention of cardiovascular disease and holds joint emeritus academic appointments at Imperial College and the National University of Ireland-Galway. He has contributed to international policy and guidelines on cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention through the World Health Organisation, World Heart Federation and the European Society of Cardiology. He was a founder and President of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, a Board member of the European Society of Cardiology and most recently President of the World Heart Federation (2017-18).
He is the principal investigator for the ASPIRE and EUROASPIRE studies across 27 European countries, evaluating standards of preventive cardiology practice in hospital and primary care. He led the EUROACTION and EUROACTION+ trials in preventive cardiology evaluating nurse-led models of preventive care in hospital and general practice across 8 European countries, and the principals of EUROACTION were incorporated in the Imperial College NHS Cardiovascular Health programme for the NHS. He was Course Director for the Imperial College Masters degree programme in Preventive Cardiology (2008-18) providing education and training for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.
He is now working for the National Institute of Prevention and Cardiovascular Health at the National University of Ireland-Galway to support the development of research in all aspects of cardiovascular prevention and health, to help expand the MSc course in Preventive Cardiology at NUI-G into a portfolio of MSc courses in cardiovascular health and disease prevention, and to contribute to innovative service development in secondary and primary prevention of CVD.
He is Senior Editor of the European Society of Cardiology Textbook of Preventive Cardiology and also founded the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (now European Journal of Preventive Cardiology) and served as the first Joint Editor in Chief.
Amanda Glassman is executive Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and also serves as Chief Executive Officer of CGD Europe. Her research focuses on priority-setting, resource allocation and value for money in global health and aid, as well as data for development. Prior to her current position, she served as director for global health policy at the Center from 2010 to 2016, and has more than 25 years of experience working on health and social protection policy and programs in Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world.
Prior to joining CGD, Glassman was principal technical lead for health at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she led policy dialogue with member countries, designed the results-based grant program Salud Mesoamerica 2015, and served as team leader for conditional cash transfer programs such as Mexico’s Oportunidades and Colombia’s Familias en Accion. From 2005-2007, Glassman was deputy director of the Global Health Financing Initiative at Brookings and carried out policy research on aid effectiveness and domestic financing issues in the health sector in low-income countries. Before joining the Brookings Institution, Glassman designed, supervised and evaluated health and social protection loans at the Inter-American Development Bank and worked as a Population Reference Bureau Fellow at the US Agency for International Development.
Glassman holds a MSc from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Brown University, has published on a wide range of health and social protection topics, and is editor and coauthor of the books What’s In, What’s Out: Designing Benefits for Universal Health Coverage (Center for Global Development 2017), Millions Saved: New Cases of Proven Success in Global Health (Center for Global Development 2016), and From Few to Many: A Decade of Health Insurance Expansion in Colombia (IDB and Brookings 2010).
Dr. Timothy Grant Evans
Tim joined McGill University in September 2019, as the Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health (SPGH) in the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Vice-Principal (Global Policy and Innovation).
He joins McGill after a 6-year tenure as the Senior Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. From 2010 to 2013, Tim was Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Senior Advisor to the BRAC Health Program. From 2003 to 2010, he was Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to this, he served as Director of the Health Equity Theme at the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier in his career, he was an attending physician of internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and was Assistant Professor in International Health Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Tim has been at the forefront of advancing global health equity and strengthening health systems delivery for more than 20 years. At WHO, he led the Commission on Social Determinants of Health and oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report. He has been a co-founder of many partnerships including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) as well as efforts to increase access to HIV treatment for mothers and innovative approaches to training community-based midwives in Bangladesh. Tim received his Medical Degree from McMaster University in Canada and was a Research and Internal Medicine Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned a D.Phil. in Agricultural Economics from University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Edna Adan Ismail
From her time as a trainee nurse and midwife in London in the 1950s to her becoming the First Lady of Somalia, and presently running the pioneering Edna Adan Hospital, Edna has never ceased to be a tireless campaigner and champion of women’s rights and health. Born in Hargeisa in British Somaliland Protectorate, Edna trained as a nurse/midwife in London and returned home 1961. In 1963, she married Mohamed Ibrahim Egal who had been the President of an Independent Somaliland before moving to Libya in 1965 to share her skills as a midwife trainer for the World Health Organization (WHO). She returned to the Horn of Africa in 1967 when her husband became Prime Minister of the Somali Republic.
Despite the tragic setback of the civilian government being overthrown by a military coup led by General Mohamed Siyad Barre in October 1969, Edna Adan persevered with her work and in 1976, became the first woman director in the Somali Ministry of Health. In 1986, as Somalia descended into civil war, she re-joined WHO as Regional Nursing/midwifery Advisor, served as a Technical Officer for Reproductive Health from 1987-91, and then became WHO Representative in the Republic of Djibouti from 1991-97.
Edna founded the Edna Adan Hospital with the aim of improving women’s health in a region with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Established as a maternity teaching hospital with a goal of training 1,000 midwives, over the past 17 years it has grown into a major referral institution for obstetrical, surgical, medical and paediatric cases from a wide geographical area in the Horn of Africa. In parallel to the founding of the hospital, in 2002 Edna embarked upon a career in politics and served as minister of Social Affairs and Family Welfare in Somaliland and as a stellar Foreign Minister from 2003-06.
Among her numerous awards, Edna Adan received the French Légion d’honneur (2011), and was made Commandeur Dans l’Ordre National du 27 Juin, Djibouti (1997). Most recently she was named the inaugural recipient of the Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health by the University of Pennsylvania and was short-listed for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in the same year that she was also nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr Samuel O. Jones
Dr. Samuel Jones is a Cardiac Electrophysiologist at the Chattanooga Heart Institute in Tennessee, Electrophysiology Lab Director at Memorial Hospital and Chair of the Health Affairs Committee at the American College of Cardiology. He has a BS (Biology) from the United States Air Force Academy, MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and an MPH from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jones was Associate Professor of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (2013-2017) and Master Academician, Cardiology Service, San Antonio Military Medical Center (2014-2017). He is a Retired Colonel, US Air Force, active duty 1997- 2017.