GOVERNING COUNCIL

Prof. Walter Ricciardi

Prof. Walter Ricciardi

President 
Italian Society of Hygiene,
Preventive Medicine and Public Health

Professor of Hygiene and Public Health at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Prof. Ricciardi is Scientific Advisor to the Italian Minister of Health for the coronavirus pandemic and he is Scientific Director of Istituti Clinici Scientifici (ICS) Salvatore Maugeri. President of the Mission Board for Cancer of the European Commission, he is also Coordinator of the Scientific Advisory Board of Human Technopole Foundation. He is the current President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

Prof. Luis Eugenio De Souza

Prof. Luis Eugenio De Souza

Vice-President
Brazilian Association of Collective Health

Professor at the Federal University of Bahia, Prof De Sousa has a degree in Medicine, a Master’s degree in Community Health and a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Montreal. In addition to his academic activities, he has assumed important political and managerial positions including being the Director General of the Science and Technology Department of the Ministry of Health. He has been a leading member of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health (Abrasco). He is the current Vice-President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

Prof. Laetitia Rispel

Prof. Laetitia Rispel

Immediate Past President
Public Health Association of South Africa

Professor and past Dean at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg, Prof. Rispel holds a Research Chair from the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation. She was the President of the Public Health Association of South Africa from 2008 to 2014. She is one of commissioners of the South African Lancet Commission, established as part of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High-Quality Health Systems in the Sustainable Development Goals era. She is the current Immediate Past President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.

Dr. George Amofah

Dr. George Amofah

Africa
Ghana Public Health Association

Dr. Amofah is a public health consultant with extensive expertise covering health systems strengthening, health policy and service delivery, monitoring and evaluation of health services, epidemiology and disease control. He was the Deputy Director General of Ghana Health Service, Vice-President of the Ghana Public Health Association and the Chairman of the Geneva-based global Roll Back Malaria Partnership Board. He represents the African region on the WFPHA Governing Council.

Dr. Deogratias Sekimpi

Dr. Deogratias Sekimpi

Africa
Uganda National Association of Community and Occupational Health

Dr. Deogratias Sekimpi has been a public health specialist for over 40 years and has been in Uganda National Association of Community and Occupational Health (UNACOH) leadership since 1987. He was a founder member, Secretary General, President and he is currently its Acting Executive Director. He has led various advocacy, public awareness, research, training and health development projects and programs of UNACOH. He represents the African region on the WFPHA Governing Council.

Dr. Georges Benjamin

Dr. Georges Benjamin

Americas
American Public Health Association

As the Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, Dr. Benjamin has provided strong leadership and strategic direction to the organization. Dr. Benjamin is a seasoned professional with extensive experience in policy and management at all levels of government. Dr. Benjamin is a nationally recognized public health leader who has led state and local level public healthcare systems. He represents the Americas region on the WFPHA Governing Council.

Dr. Jesus Gonzalez

Dr. Jesus Gonzalez

Americas
Mexican Society of Public Health

Dr. Gonzalez is a surgeon from the Faculty of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He studied for a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the Economic Research and Teaching Center (ClDE). He also has a Master’s Degree in Hospital Management from the University of Alcala de Henares in Spain. He is a specialist in Public Health certified by the National Council of Public Health. He represents the Americas region on the WFPHA Governing Council.

Adrian Te Patu

Adrian Te Patu

Asia-Pacific
Public Health Association of New Zealand

Mr Te Patu is a Maori Caucus member. He has worked for government departments, crown agencies, Iwi and District Health Boards. He has also served on the board of the Health Promotion Forum of New Zealand and has been an elected member of the Christchurch City Council on the Lyttelton Mt Herbert Community Board. He was the Co-Vice President of the Public Health Association of New Zealand. He represents Asia-Pacific region on the WFPHA Governing Council where he is also the first indigenous member.

Dr. Xiaofeng Liang

Dr. Xiaofeng Liang

Asia-Pacific
Chinese Preventive Medicine Association 

Dr. Liang is the Executive Vice President and Secretary General of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association. Previously Director of the National Immunisation Programme and Deputy Director and standing member of the Party Committee of China CDC, he has been a committee member of the SAGE group. He currently represents the Asia-Pacific region on the WFPHA Governing Council.

Dr. Isabelle Nicoulet

Dr. Isabelle Nicoulet

Europe
French Public Health Society

Dr. Nicoulet is Head of Department, in charge of preventing and screening infectious diseases in the Seine Saint Denis district. She is a member of the research team on « Education, Ethic, Health » collaboration between General Practitioner medicine, Public Health and Education and Training. She represents the European region on the WFPHA Governing Council.

Dr. Geir Sverre Braut

Dr. Geir Sverre Braut

Europe
Norwegian Public Health Association

Dr. Braut is a medical practitioner who specialises in community medicine. He has been Deputy Chief county medical officer and Deputy Director General at the Norwegian Board of Health Supervision. Since 2014 he has been working as Senior Advisor at the Department of research at Stavanger University Hospital and Professor at University of Stavanger and Western Norway University College. His main areas of research concern societal safety, community risk mitigation and emergency preparedness and interinstitutional collaboration. He is currently representing the European region on the WFPHA Governing Council.

Dr. Saber Perdes

Dr. Saber Perdes

Eastern-Mediterranean
Afghanistan Public Health Association

Dr. Perdes is a Public Health specialist and Medical Doctor with over 12 years of professional experience in programme management, capacity building and research in government and non-government organisations. He is currently serving as International Relations Coordinator at the Afghanistan National Public Health Association. He represents the Eastern-Mediterranean/Middle East region on the WFPHA Governing Council.

Dr. Stefan Buttigieg

Dr. Stefan Buttigieg

Young Professionals
Malta Public Health Association

Dr. Buttigieg is a Specialist in Public Health Medicine with a deep interest in Clinical Informatics, Social Media and Digital Health. He currently lectures at the University of Malta Faculty of Health Sciences on the topics of Digital Health and Social Media in Healthcare. He is the Vice-President of the EUPHA Section on Digital Health. He currently represents the Students and Young professionals on the WFPHA Governing Council.