Mychelle Farmer (Chair)
Dr Mychelle Farmer is a pediatrician with a public health background and sub-specialty training in adolescent medicine. She has significant experience in international delivery of adolescent health programming, with a focus on the integration of non-communicable disease (NCD) screening and prevention into primary care and community-based settings. Currently, Dr Farmer is the Chief Medical Officer for Advancing Synergy, an organization that seeks to improve access to technology and research for the prevention and control of NCDs. She is the current Chair of NCD Child, as well as, an active member of American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Previously, she was the Senior Non-Communicable Disease Advisor for Jhpiego and worked in a variety of countries to better prepare health care providers to address non-communicable diseases during the prenatal and postpartum periods. Dr Farmer has also worked with country programs to find ways to expand sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and youth. She has a strong commitment to health services that are culturally relevant and technically excellent.
Amy Eussen (Chair-Elect)
Amy Eussen is an Australian international public lawyer practicing in the field of international criminal law, humanitarian law, human rights (specifically child rights) and public health. She has a passion for international and domestic relations, international public law, health law, social justice and equality, politics and the promotion and protection of human rights through legal avenues. Ms. Eussen is currently based in the Netherlands and employed as an Associate Legal Officer directly to the President of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (MICT), dealing with alleged violations of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other human rights and humanitarian law violations. She is also an expert with the Justice Rapid Response for deployment on missions for investigations and inquiries for UN and international agencies into alleged violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. Ms. Eussen also has experience in human rights litigation dealing with issues arising in Europe, Asia, Africa, Russia and South America.
Jonathan Klein (Past-Chair)
Dr. Jonathan Klein is Professor and Senior Associate Head (Chair) of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine. He is a specialist in adolescent medicine and in child and adolescent health services research. He is immediate past chair of NCD Child, a global coalition dedicated to inclusion of children and youth in the Non-Communicable Disease and SDG agenda, and is Strategic Advisor on NCDs for the International Pediatric Association and North American Vice President of the International Association for Adolescent Health. Dr. Klein attended Brandeis University, New Jersey Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He was a pediatric resident and chief resident at the Boston Floating Hospital/New England Medical Center and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina. He served on the faculty at the University of Rochester from 1992-2009, rising through the academic ranks to Professor of Pediatrics, Community and Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine, Associate Chair for Community and Governmental Affairs, and Division Chief for Adolescent Medicine. From 2009-2017 he was Associate Executive Director at the American Academy of Pediatrics, and he was founding PI and continues as Scientific Director of the Academy’s Julius B Richmond Center, dedicated to prevention of children’s exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke.
Dr Aman Pulungan is the President of Indonesian Pediatric Society, Head of Endocrinology Division Child Health department at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital/Faculty of Medicine University of Indonesia, Committee for Medical Specialist Deployment Ministry of Health Republic of Indonesia, President-Elect of Asia Pacific Pediatric Association, Standing Committee International Pediatric Association, Past President of Asia Pacific Paediatric Endocrine Society. For the past 8 years, he has been involved in many programs for Diabetes in Indonesia and in the region, amongst others, and is the project leader for the World Diabetes Foundation DM type 1 in Indonesia, and member of the Advisory Board for the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes.
Dr Pulungan initiated the formation of IKADAR, an organization for DM Families including patients, doctors and Educators. He took important roles in the formation of KAHAKI (Foundation for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia Families), Fosteo (Families Forum for Osteogenesis Imperfecta), TSI (Turner Society Indonesia). He is a member of organizations such as APPES, ESPE, ISPAD, International Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics, GPED, DOHAD Society Endocrine Society, and Editorial board of International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology. His research interests include Genetic of Pygmies Rampasasa Flores, Short stature and stunting, Congenital Hypothyroidism, Early life and metabolic syndrome and DM T2 and bone health in children.
Dr Alafia Samuels is the Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, University of the West Indies (UWI), in Barbados. She is a medical doctor, trained at UWI in Jamaica. Dr Samuels holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and a PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology, both degrees awarded with honors from Johns Hopkins University. Her past employment includes Advisor in Chronic Diseases at PAHO/WHO, Director of Outcomes at XL Health, and managing Primary Health Care Services in the South-East Region of the Ministry of Health, Jamaica. She is an appointed member of the multi-sectoral Barbados National Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Commission and was the principal author of the Barbados Ministry of Health's Strategic Plan of Action for NCDs 2015-2019, and the CARICOM/PAHO Strategic Plan of Action for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases.
Dr Samuels' research interests include policy and practice in NCD prevention and control, clinical quality of care and evaluation of NCD programs. She is the Principal Investigator of the IDRC funded evaluation of the CARICOM Heads of Government 2007 Non-Communicable Diseases Declaration of Port of Spain.
Professor S. Jamal Raza is the Director of the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) in Karachi, Pakistan. He is also a Professor of Pediatric Medicine and Head of the Pediatric Endocrine Unit at the NICH. Professor Raza received his MBBS from Dow Medical College and is a member of the Royal College of Physicians London and Fellow of the College Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan. He is a lifetime member of the Pakistan Pediatric Association and founder and lifetime member of the Pakistan Endocrine Society.
From 2012-2014, Professor Raza served as the Secretary General for the Pakistan Pediatric Association. He is also the founder of the Atfaal Welfare Society, which works for the betterment of children at NICH. Professor Raza is also a founding member and current President of Society of Pediatric Endocrinology in Pakistan. He is currently holds the position of Dean, Faculty of Pediatrics at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Pakistan. Recently, he has been made Chairman of the NCD Committee at Asia Pacific Pediatric Endocrine Society for the next 2 years.
Nicola Gray is an independent pharmacist researcher in Manchester, England, with experience of community, hospital and academic pharmacy practice. Her research and policy interests are young people’s health, community pharmacy services, medicines information and health literacy. She was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow in International Health Policy in 2001/2. She is a Trustee of the UK Association for Young People's Health, European Vice-President of the International Association for Adolescent Health, and was awarded Fellowship of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine in 2010 for research and national leadership. She has explored young people’s adherence to medicines for NCDs; recent projects explored the experience of young people living with juvenile arthritis and the potential support role of pharmacists, and the possible contribution of the pharmacist to assisting children and families with asthma inhaler technique. She wrote content for the UK website ‘Headmeds’, presenting statutory information about mental health medicines refocused on young people’s concerns, alongside real-life narratives of their experiences. She hopes that she will be able to bring her experience of young people’s use of medicines, and of facilitating young people’s engagement in health research and policy development, to the work of NCD Child.
Elizabeth Rowley is the Founder and Director of T1International, and non-profit focused on global type 1 diabetes advocacy. She received a Master’s Degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and spent time in various health organizations and working with health advocacy groups before founding T1International in 2013. T1International’s aim is to unite the diabetes community and advocate for equal access to insulin, diabetes supplies, medical care and education for all people living with type 1 diabetes, no matter where they live. The UK-based charity supports local communities around the world by giving them the tools they need to stand up for their rights so that access to insulin and diabetes supplies becomes a reality for all.
Ms Rowley also founded The Access Alliance, a group of like-minded organizations around the world working to improve access to medicine and care for people with diabetes. She believes strongly that grassroots advocacy has the power to lead to the rebuilding of broken systems. She has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 25 years and was born in the USA, but now lives in the United Kingdom.
John Butler has been with Global Health Strategies’ (GHS) since 2012 and currently leads GHS’s European office based in London. He leads GHS’s work on access to medicines and polio. With a background in political science, Mr Butler started his career in development working in South Africa for the Treatment Action Campaign, a grassroots HIV/AIDS movement, which successfully won a national antiretroviral rollout for people living with HIV, brought generics into the country and defeated AIDS denialism. From South Africa, he went on to work between British Parliamentarians and civil society for Children England before moving to India for three years, coalition building with Indian Parliamentarians, bureaucrats and civil society. Mr Butler worked for the Centre for Legislative Research and Advocacy mainly on HIV and AIDS, and MDR-TB, before joining Save the Children India, where he focused on maternal, newborn and child health. Mr Butler then transferred to Save the Children International, in New York, where he led on the development and implementation of global flagship health and humanitarian issues. Mr Butler also led on the NCD section of Save the Children’s work, moderating and speaking on ‘health system strengthening’ and ‘movement building’ at the Global Conference on NCDs in Oakland.
Born and raised in Canada, Victoria Watson is a 26-year-old health policy analyst working in patient engagement and cancer screening. Her personal experiences with optimal healthcare motivated a life-long commitment to non-communicable disease (NCD) advocacy and community engagement driven by the desire to achieve similar healthcare for youth in low-resource settings to that which is provided in developed countries. As a teenager, Ms. Watson was an ambassador for Canada’s Children’s Wish Foundation, being a public speaker and sharing her story as a survivor to emphasize the need for integrated social support for cancer patients. Following her undergraduate education in Public Policy and MSc. in Global Health, she applied her research and work experiences to better understand the social determinants to health that put youth at greater risk of NCDs, and what health systems can do to make care more accessible, affordable, and meaningful for diverse populations. This lead her to work at high-level global health organizations such as the Clinton Foundation, to working within hospitals in southern India. Ms. Watson currently splits her time between Ottawa and Toronto, and contributes to NCD Child as a Youth Voices Committee member.
Dr Geneviève Bois is a family physician originally from Montréal who is currently living and working in Indigenous communities in Northern Québec and involved in medical education, overdiagnosis and NCDs. She has been involved in the field of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and particularly tobacco control, even serving as the spokesperson of the Québec Coalition for Tobacco Control in the recent past. In addition, she spent one year with the Copenhagen School of Global Health working on projects for the NCDs unit, as well as, curriculum development for pre-departure training and global health ethics. Dr Bois is passionate about NCDs, building healthy cities, and using the urban environment to influence health. She is the past Vice-President of Internal Affairs of the world’s largest medical student organizations, the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA), has served on the Student Committee of the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC) for over 2 years and on the Canadian Society of International Health (CSIH) Board for 2 years.
George Msengi is a fourth-year medical student at the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University. He is an NCD (non-communicable diseases) advocate who recently completed a research project as the principal investigator with the Government’s Ministry of Health and the Pediatric Association of Tanzania (PAT), an interventional study to combat childhood obesity in secondary school children. He volunteers weekly as a health helpline counselor at Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA).
Mr. Msengi is the founder and current chapter leader of Young Professionals’ Chronic Diseases Network (YP-CDN) Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam chapter. His other activities include being a breast cancer screening volunteer for the programs hosted by the Aga Khan Hospital; serving as scientific conference chairperson of the organizing committee for his current university (Hubert Kairuki Memorial University) and hospital (Kairuki Hospital); and acting as the University’s Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) outreach chair. Mr. Msengi is also a HBB master trainer where he has participated in training of 900+ individuals. He is a member of the steering group of the WHO GCM/NCD community of practice on "NCDs and the next generation." Mr. Msengi most recently served as a co-moderator in the 71st World Health Assembly Youth Townhall with Dr. Sania Nishtar.
Luis Encarnacion is an International Relations graduate, with a diploma in Political Science by the Institute d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po), France, and currently studying a MSc in International Health Policy at the London School of Economics (LSE). He holds certificates in legislative planning, public health, health economics, and civil society management. Between 2013-2016, Mr Encarnacion was the Director of Fundación Mídete, a Mexican non-government organization working on prevention and control of obesity and diabetes.
Between 2013-2017, Mr Encarnacion was the Coordinator of the ContraPESO Coalition, becoming one of the most important spokespersons and advocates of the soda tax in Mexico; as well as, Co-coordinator of the México Salud-Hable Coalition, a national NCD alliance with more than 100 members. Mr Encarnacion is also the former leader of the Mexico City chapter of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YPCDN). Additionally, between 2012-2017, he was a member of the Mexico City Council for Obesity Prevention and Integral Management, as well as, a member of the Mexican Observatory on NCDs (OMENT), headed by the Ministry of Health in Mexico.
Felicia Maria Knaul
Felicia Marie Knaul, BA (International Development, University of Toronto), MA, PhD (Economics, Harvard University) is Professor at the Miller School of Medicine and Director of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (UMIA) at the University of Miami. She is Senior Economist at the Mexican Health Foundation; member of the Mexican National Academy of Medicine, and holds the highest level of the Mexican National System of Researchers. From 2014-2017, she served as Chair of the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief and lead-authored its October 2017 report, “Alleviating the access abyss in palliative care and pain relief-an imperative of universal health coverage.”
From 2009-2015, Dr. Knaul directed the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, chaired the Global Task Force on Access to Cancer Care and Control, and edited Closing the Cancer Divide. After her breast cancer diagnosis, she founded Cancer de Mama: Tómatelo a Pecho, a Mexico-based, non-profit organization that promotes research, advocacy, awareness, and early detection throughout Latin America. As President of the organization and from the perspective of patient-advocate and health systems researcher, she lectures globally on the challenge of breast cancer in the developing world, and serves as President of the Latin American Union against Women’s Cancers (2016-2018). She has worked for the governments of Colombia and Mexico, as well as for several global and regional institutions, including the World Bank and the World Health Organization. Dr. Knaul has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and her research focuses on global health, health financing, health systems and reform, cancer and especially breast cancer in low- and middle-income countries, access to pain control and palliative care, poverty and inequity, gender equity and children in especially difficult circumstances. She has two daughters, Hannah and Mariana and is married to Dr. Julio Frenk.