The Commission

In addition to the Chair, rector Ole Petter Ottersen, seventeen commissioners are on board for this important work to provide new insights into the area of global governance for health.

Chair of the Commision

Rector Ole Petter Ottersen (Norway)

Ole Petter OttersenOle Petter Ottersen is the Rector at University of Oslo. He is also professor of Anatomy. He has been Vice-Dean of Research at the Medical Faculty, and headed the Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience – one of Norway’s centres of excellence.


Dasgupta, Jashodhara (India)

Jashodhara DasguptaMs Jashodhara Dasgupta is the Coordinator of SAHAYOG (Lucknow), an NGO working with women's health and gender equality using human rights frameworks. She has been working with issues of women's rights in Uttar Pradesh for nearly 25 years and is currently a researcher and policy advocate on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The Commission

Blouin, Chantal (Canada)

Chantal BlouinProfessor Chantal Blouin is Associate Director of the Centre for Trade Policy and Law, and Co-director of the Health and Foreign Policy Initiative at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. Dr. Blouin is also the editor of the Health Diplomacy Monitor and in 2008-2009, she was a Senior Fellow at the Canadian International Council. Her research interests include among others trade and health, global health and labour mobility.

Buss, Paulo Marchiori (Brazil)

Paulo Marchiori BussProfessor Buss is Director of Brazil’s national institute of public health, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation’s (FIOCRUZ) Center for Global Health. He has previously represented Brazil in the World Health Organization’s Executive Council (2004-2007 and 2008-2011), been a member of the Executive Board of the International Association of National Institutes of Public Health (IANPHI) (2006-2009) and President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) (2008-2010). He was a founder and the first Executive Director of the Brazilian Association for Collective Health (ABRASCO). From March 2006 to March 2008 he served as Chair of the Brazilian Commission on Social Determinants of Health and was the coordinator in Brazil of the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health (2011).

Chongsuvivatwong, Virasakdi (Thailand)

Virasakdi ChongsuvivatwongVirasakdi Chongsuvivatwong is professor of Community Medicine at Prince of Songkla University, Hatyai, southern Thailand. He has been running an International Programme for Graduate Study for Asian students since 1992. He also served as a WHO visiting consultant to various research institutes in Asia over 40 times, mostly on proposal development and data analysis.

Frenk, Julio (US/Mexico)

Julio FrenkSince January 2009, Dr. Julio Frenk is Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health and T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development. Dr. Frenk served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, where he introduced universal health insurance. He has also held leadership positions at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, the Mexican Health Foundation, the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Carso Health Institute.He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico. In September of 2008, Dr. Frenk received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing “the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health.”

Fukuda-Parr, Sakiko (Japan)

Sakiko Fukuda-ParrFukuda-Parr is a development economist and professor of International Affairs at the New School. She has worked on a broad range of issue related to global poverty and development, and currently specializes in human rights and economic policy. She was the lead author and director of the UNDP Development Reports 1995-2004. She was appointed to the UN Committee for Development Policy and serves on boards of several NGOs that advocate human rights and technology for development.

Gawanas, Bience Philomina (Namibia)

Bience GawanasH.E. Advocate Bience Gawanas has since her return from 12 years of exile in 1989, served in different capacities in Namibia including being a member of the Public Service Commission and the Ombudswoman. She has been a gender law lecturer at the University of Namibia, a Member and a Chairperson of the Law Reform and Development Commission as well as a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Namibia. She was a teacher in SWAPO’s exiles’ centers in Angola, Cuba and Zambia. Since 2003, she has been Commissioner for Social Affairs on the African Union Commission. In this capacity, she served on various global taskforces and Commissions and also contributed articles to journals and publications.

Giacaman, Rita (Palestine)

Rita GiacamanProfessor Rita Giacaman is director of the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University in the occupied Palestinian territory. As a researcher and practitioner, she was active in the development of the Palestinian primary health care model, including the use of community health workers. Giacaman is a leading scholar in the Palestinian women’s movement and her main research interests are mental health system building in war like conditions, social epidemiology and women’s health.

Gyapong, John (Ghana)

John GyapongProfessor John Gyapong the Pro-Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Innovation and Development of the University of Ghana. He is a Public Health Physician. He studied medicine in Ghana and Public Health and Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the University of London. His main area of research is infectious disease epidemiology, especially lymphatic filariasis and other neglected tropical disease and malaria. He has been involved in several large scale field epidemiological trials in Ghana. For over 10years he was Director for Research and Development of the Ghana Health Service where he was also Programme Director of the Ghana-Netherlands Programme for Health Research and Development. Before assuming responsibility as Pro-Vice Chancellor he was the Vice-Dean and Professor of Public Health at the School of Public Health of the University of Ghana, and an Adjunct Professor of International Health at the Georgetown University in Washington.

Leaning, Jennifer (USA)

Jennifer LeaningJennifer Leaning is Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at Harvard School of Public Health. She is also Associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the FXB Centre for Health and Human Rights. From 2005-2009, Dr. Leaning founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Leaning's research and policy interests include among others issues of public health, international humanitarian law in crisis settings and problems of human security in the context of forced migration and conflict.

Marmot, Michael (United Kingdom)

Michael MarmotSir Michael Marmot is Director of the International Institute of Society and Health and MRC Research Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University College London (UCL). Sir Michael Marmot has led a research group on health inequalities for 35 years. He is Principal Investigator of the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants and leads the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years, and served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011. In 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, ‘for services to Epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities’. He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH) , which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’. At the request of the British Government, he conducted a review of health inequalities, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. He has now been invited by the Regional Director of WHO Euro to conduct the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide.

McNeill, Desmond (Norway)

Desmond Mc NeillProfessor Desmond Mc Neill is the Director of the Research School at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM) at the University of Oslo. He has previously been the director of SUM and has also been a lecturer at The University College London and the University of Edinburgh. McNeill has worked as a consultant for the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). His main research fields are governance, sustainable development and the relationship between research and policy.

Mongella, I. Gertrude (Tanzania)

I. Gertrude MongellaMongella was the first President of the Pan-African Parliament, elected in 2004. Previously, she had among others served as Member of Parliament in Tanzania, as Goodwill Ambassador to the WHO, as Leader of the OAU Election Observer Team to Zimbabwe, as Member of the Regional reproductive health task force in the WHO Africa region and as President of the NGO Advocacy for Women in Africa. Mongella has also served as UN Assistant Secretary General and Secretary General for the Forth World Conference on Women in Beijing 1995, and has since been known as “Mama Beijing”. In 2005, Mongella received the Delta Prize for Global Understanding. Since 2008, she has served as Chair of the International Advisory Board at the African Press Organisation.

Moyo, Nkosana D. (Zimbabwe)

Nkosana MoyoDr Nkosana Moyo is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Mandela Institute for Development studies (MINDS). He was until August 2011, the Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Moyo has worked at Actis Capital LLP as Managing Partner for the Africa Business. He also served on boards of a number of companies in the cement, sugar, finance, tourism, mining, airline and food sectors. He served as Minister of Industry & International Trade of Zimbabwe and for three years, Moyo was the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum – Africa Regional Agenda Council on the Future of Africa. In the Tertiary Education sector, Dr. Moyo has served as an Advisory Board Member of the London Business School as well as the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Møgedal, Sigrun (Norway)

Sigrun MøgedalDr. Sigrun Møgedal is a Special Adviser at the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services. She is a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for the Polio Eradication initiative and a Board Member of the Medicines Patent Pool. She served as the Ambassador for HIV/AIDS and Global Health Initiatives in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador from 2005 until retirement in March 2011, and before that in various posts in the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. From 2000-2001 she was State Secretary for International Development in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Møgedal was the Chair of the Board for the Global Health Workforce Alliance from 2007 to 2010 and has also served as a Board Member for Norway in the Board of The Global Fund to Fight Aids,TB and Malaria (GFATM), the Global Alliance for Vaccines (GAVI) and UNITAID. Møgedal was Director at Centre for Partnership in Development (DIS) in Oslo, Norway and has worked in Nepal with Primary Health Care Development and as the Health Services Director of the United Mission to Nepal.

Ntsaluba, Ayanda (South Africa)

Ayanda NtsalubaDr Ayanda Ntsaluba was appointed Executive Director of Discovery Holdings in July 2011. Discovery is an integrated financial services organisation and the largest administrator of Health Insurance in South Africa. The group also operates in UK, USA, and China. Ntsaluba holds a medical degree from the University of Natal, specialised in Obstetrics and Gynecology, a MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the University of London, and an Executive MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. Previously, Ntsaluba has served as Director-General of Health in South Africa (September 1998 - August 2003) and as Director-General of Foreign Affairs of South Africa (2003-2011). During his time in office he coordinated South Africa’s participation in the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative and he also served on one of the working groups of the WHO Commission on Macro Economics and Health.

Ooms, Gorik (Belgium)

Gorik OomsProfessor Gorik Ooms is a human rights lawyer. He became Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières Belgium in 2004 and in 2008 he obtained a Ph.D. in Medical Science from the University of Ghent. He was appointed as Global Justice Fellow at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University 2009-2010. Currently Ooms serves as postdoctoral assistant at the Department of Public Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium.

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