CUGH2018 HEARD Project Satellite Session Panelist Bios


At the 9th annual conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), USAID’s Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project led a satellite session on Creating Incentives for Greater University Engagement in Global Health Implementation Science. The half-day session consisted of three high-level panels of global health university and non-university stakeholders on the challenges with, and models and potential strategies for enhancing the participation of academic institutions in implementation science. Here are the panelist bios for each session.

Panel 1: An academic perspective on the challenges with university engagement in global health implementation science

  • Asri Adisasmita, Panel Chair (Vice Dean for Resource, Venture and General Administration, Universitas Indonesia)
  • Dilys Walker (PI, East Africa Preterm Birth Initiative, Professor, FACOG, University of California, San Francisco)
  • Denis Nash (Executive Director, CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health, City University of New York)
  • Rajesh Vedanthan (Associate Professor of Medicine and Cardiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)
  • David Peters (Professor and Edgar Berman Chair in International Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Panel 2: Best practices in partnering with universities on implementation science from the client perspective
  • Laura Reichenbach, Panel Chair (Director, BREAKTHROUGH Research, Population Council)
  • Shang-Ju Li (Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Americares)
  • Joe Thomas (Executive Director, Partners in Population and Development)
  • Montasser Kamal (Program Leader, Maternal and Child Health Team, International Development Research Centre)
  • Scott Ratzan (President, AB InBev Foundation)
  • Stefan Peterson (Chief of Health, UNICEF)
Panel 3: Deans’ Roundtable on overcoming barriers to university engagement
  • Stefano Bertozzi, Panel Chair (Dean, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley)
  • Ayman El-Mohandes (Dean, School of Public Health, City University of New York)
  • Sabina Faiz Rashid (Dean, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University)
  • Agustin Kusumayati (Dean, Faculty of Public Health, Universitas Indonesia)
  • Iman Nuwayhid (Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, Lebanon)
  • Jimmy Volmink (Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University)



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