The Global Hygiene Summit is supported by our Content Committee members, our Organizing Partners, the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and the World Bank, and our Supporting Partners.
The Global Hygiene Summit 2023 Content Committee oversees the Summit programme ensuring the subjects for discussion are topical and meet the overall objectives. The members are drawn from diverse backgrounds and specialties and, together, have brought significant experience to the development and planning of the Global Hygiene Summit.
Dr Albert Ko Professor and Chair of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health and Chair of the Global Hygiene Summit Content Committee:
“We haven’t tapped the full potential of hygiene, whether water, sanitation, respiratory or dental, to improve health and well-being. The GHS is a key step in convening stakeholders and maximizing these benefits on the global scale”
Dr. Albert Icksang Ko, an infectious disease physician, is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale School of Public Health and Collaborating Researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazilian Ministry of Health. His research centers on the health problems that have emerged as a consequence of rapid urbanization and social inequity. Dr. Ko leads a research and training program on urban slum health in Brazil which combines multidisciplinary approaches to identify prevention and control strategies for emerging infectious diseases such as Zika, dengue and leptospirosis.
He is also a Program Director for the NIH-supported Global Health Equity Scholars Program, which provides training opportunities for fellows and students at 21 international sites.
Dr. Ko serves as a member of the WHO R&D Taskforce for Zika Virus and WHO R&D Blueprint Working Group on Clinical Trial Design. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he has mobilized investigators at Yale for the goal of implementing clinical and translational research, developing new diagnostics, and preparing cohorts for intervention trials. Dr. Ko served as co-chair of the Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group and continues to advise the State on its COVID-19 prevention and control plan.
Professor Yee-Sin Leo is the Executive Director of the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, Singapore.
As an adult Infectious Disease specialist, Prof Leo has led her team through multiple outbreaks in Singapore. These include Nipah in 1999, SARS in 2003, the pandemic influenza in 2009, Zika in 2016 and multiple surges of Dengue. She successfully managed Singapore’s first imported case of the Monkeypox in May 2019. Her current priority is now in the fight against COVID-19.
Prof Leo has published close to 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Her experience and expertise in outbreak management is frequently called upon as advisor and conference speaker at the national, regional and international level. Apart from her clinical and administrative duties, she is also heavily involved in research and teaching. Topics of her research interest include dengue, influenza, emerging infections, HIV and COVID-19.
She has won many awards among which are three National Day Awards including the most prestigious Public Service Star in recognition for her outstanding battle against SARS in 2003 and two Public Administration Medals in 2012 and 2020. Other awards include the Excellence Service Star Award 2005, Red Ribbon Award 2014, Lee Foundation-NHG Lifetime Achievement Award 2021 and the NUS Distinguished Alumni Service Award 2021.
Prof Leo is also named in BBC’s 100 women list in 2020 and was inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2022.
In April 2022, Prof Leo was conferred the title of Knight of the French Order of the Legion of Honour, by France’s Ambassador to Singapore Marc Abensour on behalf of the President of the French Republic.
Photo credit: NUS Office of Alumni Relations
Michelle A. Williams, SM ’88, ScD ’91, is Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Angelopoulos Professor in Public Health and International Development, a joint faculty appointment at the Harvard Chan School and Harvard Kennedy School.
She is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and a widely recognized academic leader. Prior to becoming Dean, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School and Program Leader of the Population Health and Health Disparities Research Programs at Harvard’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. Dean Williams previously had a distinguished career at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
Her scientific work places special emphasis in the areas of reproductive, perinatal, pediatric, and molecular epidemiology. Dean Williams has published more than 500 scientific articles and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016. In 2020, she was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and recognized by PR Week as one of the top 50 health influencers of the year. The Dean has an undergraduate degree in biology and genetics from Princeton University, a master’s in civil engineering from Tufts University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School.
Yik-Ying Teo, or commonly known as YY, is the second Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore. Trained as a mathematician at Imperial College and completed his MSc and DPhil at Oxford in statistical genetics, YY returned to Singapore in 2010 after working for four years as a Lecturer in Oxford and concurrently a researcher at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics.
Prior to his Deanship, he was the Founding Director for the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, and also the Director for the Center for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research. He is presently a member on the Council of Scientists for the International Human Frontier Science Program, as well as a member governing board member of the Regional Centre for Tropical Medicine and Public Health Network for Southeast Asia.
Patricia J. García is Professor and former Dean of the School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH) in Lima-Peru, and former Chief of the Peruvian National Institute of Health (INS).
She was the Minister of Health in Peru from 2016-2017. As Minister of Health, Dr. Garcia introduced emergency contraception and contraception for adolescents through the public sector. She implemented new guidelines for cervical cancer screening including molecular testing, HPV vaccination, labelling of processed food (towards prevention of non- communicable diseases), and introduction of electronic medical records.
She is a recognized leader in Global Health, was a member of the Commission for the Education of Health Professionals of the New Century, and now is the Chair of the Panamerican Health Organization (PAHO) Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Disease Elimination (STAG-DE) Dr. García graduated from medical school in Peru, and trained in internal medicine, infectious diseases, and public health at the University of Washington. She has been a member of the STAG of the Reproductive Health Department at the WHO, Chair of the WHO HPV Expert Advisory Group, and the Latin America Regional of the International Union Against STI.
She is affiliate Professor of the Department of Global Health, at University of Washington and of the School of Public Health at Tulane University. During the pandemic she has been leading clinical trials in Peru as SOLIDARITY, Convalescent plasma and ivermectin use, and has been chairing the advising governmental committee on innovations to fight the pandemic during 2020.
She is actively involved in research and training on STI/HIV, Global health, HPV, medical informatics, diagnostics and innovations for public health and health systems strengthening. She is a member of the United States National Academy of Medicine, becoming the first Peruvian professional with such a distinction.
Dr Lee Tau Hong graduated from National University of Singapore in 2005 with his primary medical qualification. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians from the United Kingdom since 2010 and an accredited Infectious Disease specialist since December 2014. He is the head of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme and a senior consultant at the Department of Infectious Diseases, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). He is also the Head of Antimicrobial Resistance Coordinating Office at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.
His clinical interests include HIV medicine and traveller’s health. He received his Certificate of Knowledge from International Society of Travel Medicine in 2014 and was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan funding in 2016 to further study his interest in HIV and hepatitis C co-infection at Mortimer Market Centre, London. His research interests include antimicrobial stewardship and antibiotic use in the community.
Dr Lee is appointed as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer in Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and is a Clinical Tutor in the National Healthcare Group Residency Programme. He is a member of the Society of Infectious Disease (Singapore) and served as its Honorary Secretary in 2018-2020. He currently serves as the vice-chairperson for the Chapter of Infectious Disease Physicians, Academy of Medicine Singapore. He is also a member of Singapore’s Public Hygiene Council since 2018.
Claire Muñoz Parry is the Assistant Director at the Centre for Universal Health, Chatham House’s Global Health Programme, where she leads the Healthy Societies portfolio and is a focal point for business development, fundraising, external relations and partnership activities.
Her research interests include the social determinants of health and technology for health, specifically applications of artificial intelligence. She has contributed to research for the Lancet- Chatham House Commission on Improving Population Health post COVID-19 and in 2020 published the research paper Artificial intelligence for healthcare: insights from India, with Associate Fellow Urvashi Aneja.
Claire’s responsibilities include strategic advice, project supervision, event design, and programme and financial management.
Before working at Chatham House, Claire worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and at the Spanish Heart Foundation.
Claire holds degrees in International Relations and Security Studies from the University of Wales and a masters in Development Administration and Management from the University of Manchester.
Patricia Geli, PhD, is Executive Director of the Reform for Resilience Commission and a research scientist in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also guides Harvard’s participation in the Partnership for Central America, a coalition formed in response to Vice President Kamala Harris’ May 2021 call to address the root causes of migration from Central America.
Previously, Patricia worked at the World Bank for a decade, most recently as senior economist and task team leader for the Africa CDC program. She served on the World Bank’s COVID-19 task force and on an extended mission in Sierra Leone at the height of the Ebola crisis. Prior to that, she worked in the Public Health Agency of Sweden and Resources for the Future. Patricia’s academic background spans economics, epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, and mathematical modelling. She holds a PhD in mathematical statistics from Stockholm University.
Nick is Director of International Programs for BIT Asia Pacific. He is responsible for leading strategy, projects and clients across the Asia Pacific. He specialises in management, behaviour change and social impact. He has managed and advised multi-million dollar programs and diverse teams focused on health, education, sanitation, livelihoods, child development, governance, agriculture and environment issues throughout the Asia Pacific and Australia.
He is passionate about mixed method research, with interests in reproductive health, sanitation, clean cooking, behaviour change and marketing. Nick has a PhD (University of Sydney) in behaviour change, MBA (Deakin), Bachelor of Asian Studies (ANU), and he studied at Indonesia’s Universitas Gadjah Mada.
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