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Professor Ilona Kickbusch


Director of the Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of Int'l and Development Studies

Professor Kickbusch key interests relate to the political determinants of health, health in all policies and global health. She established the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva. In this context she advises countries on their global health strategies and trains health specialists and diplomats in global health diplomacy.

She was a member of the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel, to undertake an assessment on all aspects of WHO’s response in the Ebola outbreak and now serves on the Secretary General's taskforce on Health Crisis. She acts as an advisor to the yearly World Health Summit in Berlin and the Centre is a member of the M8 Alliance. She has been involved in German G7 and G20 activities relating to global health. She publishes widely and serves on various commissions and boards. She initiated the @wgh300 list of women leaders in global health.

Professor Kickbusch has had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization. She was a key instigator of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion and WHOs Healthy Cities Network and has remained a leader in this field. She was the director of the Global Health Division at Yale University School of Public Health and responsible for the first major Fulbright Programme on global health.