Jonathan Klein (Past-Chair)
Dr. Jonathan Klein is Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Associate Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since 2014 he has served as Executive Director and Chair of the Governing Council for NCD Child, a global coalition dedicated to inclusion of NCD prevention and treatment for children and adolescents in the non-communicable disease agenda and the SDG global goals. He also serves as the Scientific Director of the American Academy of Pediatrics Julius B Richmond Center, dedicated to prevention of children’s exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke, and is the NCD technical advisor for the International Pediatric Association. Jon attended Brandeis University, New Jersey Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and trained in Pediatrics at New England Medical Center and at the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program at UNC Chapel Hill. He served as faculty at the University of Rochester from 1992-2009 as Professor of Pediatrics, Community and Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine, and from 2009-2017 was Associate Executive Director at the American Academy of Pediatrics, a US-based membership organization of 64,000 pediatricians and pediatric medical and surgical specialists dedicated to the health of all children. JKlein@NCDChild.care
Dr Alafia Samuels is the Director, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, University of the West Indies (UWI), in Barbados. She is a medical doctor, trained at UWI in Jamaica. She holds a MPH (Masters in Public Health) and a PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology, both degrees awarded with honors from Johns Hopkins University. 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 NCD (Non-Communicable Diseases) Commission and was the principal author of the Barbados Ministry of Health 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. Her 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. email@example.com
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 MOH 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. He 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.
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, to the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Mechanism for International 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 has experience in human rights litigation dealing with issues arising in Europe, Asia, Africa, Russia and South America and serves as the UN Coordinator and Human Rights Advisor for an Australian-based NGO, Caring & Living as Neighbors (CLAN), that provides a rights-based, community development approach, known as the five pillars, to children suffering living with chronic health conditions through Asia and the Middle East. She is also the pro bono Legal Advisor to World Childhood Cancer (formerly SIOP and ICCCPO).
Mychelle Farmer (Chair)
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, Mychelle 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 an active member of the NCD Child Governing Council, 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. Mychelle 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.
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. Professor Raza is also the founder of the Atfaal Welfare Society, which works for the betterment of children at NICH. He is also a founder member and current President of Society of Pediatric Endocrinology in Pakistan. He is holding a 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.
Geneviève is physician from Montréal and is currently working in remote Indigenous communities in Northern Québec. She has worked in public health in the field of Non-Communicable Diseases, most recently as the spokesperson of the Québec Coalition for Tobacco Control. She spent one year with the Copenhagen School of Global Health working on projects for the NCDs unit, but also involved curriculum development for pre-departure training and global health ethics. Geneviève 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.
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.
Elizabeth 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.
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 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, Victoria 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 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. She currently splits her time between Ottawa and Toronto, and contributes to NCDChild as a Youth Voices Committee member. firstname.lastname@example.org
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
John leads Global Health Strategies work on access to medicines and polio and joined the organization in 2012. He is the head of GHS’s European office based in London. With a background in political science, John started his career in development working in South Africa for the grassroots HIV/AIDS movement, the Treatment Action Campaign, 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. John 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. John 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. John 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.
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 TAYOA (Tanzania Youth Alliance). George is the founder and current chapter leader of YP-CDN (Young Professionals’ Chronic Diseases Network) 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 current university (Hubert Kairuki Memorial University) and hospital (Kairuki Hospital) scientific conference chairperson of the organizing committee; and acting as the University’s Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) outreach chair. George is also a HBB master trainer where he has participated in a training of 600+ individuals.