The Global Hygiene Summit is supported by our Content Committee members, our Partners, the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and WaterAid, our Academic and Technical Collaborators, the World Bank and the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, as well as our Supporting Partners.


National Centre for Infectious Diseases - Partner

The National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) is a purpose-built facility designed to strengthen Singapore’s capabilities in infectious disease management and prevention. NCID houses clinical services, public health, research, training and education and community engagement functions under one overarching structure. In addition to the clinical treatment of infectious diseases and outbreak management, the expanded roles and functional units of NCID include the National Public Health and Epidemiology Unit, the National Public Health Laboratory, the Infectious Disease Research and Training Office, the Antimicrobial Resistance Coordinating Office, and the National Public Health programmes for HIV and Tuberculosis. Benchmarked to international standards and best practices, NCID will enhance Singapore’s ability to effectively manage infectious diseases.

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National Centre for Infectious Diseases
Professor Yee-Sin Leo Executive Director, National Centre for Infectious Diseases “Hygiene generally refers to conditions and practices that help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases. Despite its intimate link to health, hygiene is ill-defined and often intertwined with socioeconomic status, and cultural belief and practices. Hygiene is a fundamental pre-requisite for sustainable public health and with our dual mission of clinical and public health, NCID is pleased to partner RGHI and World Bank for this inaugural summit in Singapore. Leveraging on prominent stakeholders, this summit will elevate hygiene to the highest global agenda in promoting and sustaining health.”

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WaterAid - Partner

WaterAid is an international, not-for-profit, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere within a generation. Only by tackling these three essentials in ways that last can people change their lives for good.

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The World Bank - Academic and Technical Collaborator

As the world’s largest multilateral source of financing for water in developing countries, the World Bank is working closely with partners to achieve “A Water-Secure World for All,” by investing in solutions that enable universal access to water supply and sanitation, promote water security, and build resilient societies.

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Jennifer Sara
Global Director, Climate Change Group, World Bank Group

“The importance of hygienic behaviour for better public health outcomes has never been more apparent in the context of the COVID 19 pandemic. The Global Hygiene Summit in Singapore in May 2022 will shine a light on the often neglected subject of behaviour change and put it on the same level in terms of public health impact as clean water and sanitation. The World Bank is delighted to partner with RGHI and NCID Singapore in organizing this event”

Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health - Academic and Technical Collaborator

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health brings together dedicated experts from many disciplines to educate new generations of global health leaders and produce powerful ideas that improve the lives and health of people everywhere. As a community of leading scientists, educators, and students, we work together to take innovative ideas from the laboratory to people’s lives—not only making scientific breakthroughs, but also working to change individual behaviors, public policies, and health care practices. Each year, more than 400 faculty members at Harvard Chan School teach 1,000-plus full-time students from around the world and train thousands more through online and executive education courses. Founded in 1913 as the Harvard-MIT School of Health Officers, the School is recognized as America’s oldest professional training program in public health.

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Global Hygiene Summit Content Committee

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”

The Global Hygiene Summit Content Committee members are:

Committee Chair

Dr Albert Ko

Professor Dr. Albert Ko
Professor and Chair of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases, Yale School of Public Health

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

Executive Director, National Centre for Infectious Diseases

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.

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Dean Michelle Williams

Dean Michelle A. Williams
Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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.

Prof Yik Ying Teo

Yik Ying Teo
Dean and Professor, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

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 Garcia

Patricia Garcia
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).

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 Tao Hung

Dr Lee Tau Hong
Consultant – Department of Infectious Diseases, Head – Antimicrobial Resistance Coordinating Office, National Centre for Infectious Diseases

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 Munoz Parry

Claire Munoz-Parry
Assistant Director at the Centre for Universal Health, Chatham House’s Global Health Programme

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

Patricia Geli, PhD
Executive Director, Reform for Resilience Commission, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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.

Dr nick goodwin

Dr Nick Goodwin
Director of International Programs, Asia Pacific, Behavioural Insights Team

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.