Jonathan Klein (Chair)
Dr. Klein is an independent scientist on a self-directed sabbatical with academic appointments in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in New York and at the Center for Tobacco Research Education and Policy at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. From 2009-2017 he was Associate Executive Director and Senior Vice President for Global Health, Research and Policy at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), where he provided oversight for research, tobacco control, publishing, strategic planning and international health initiatives. He serves as Executive Director and chair of the governing council for NCD Child, a global coalition dedicated to the inclusion of children and adolescents in country and global NCD agendas.
A graduate of Brandeis University, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Klein trained in Pediatrics at the Floating Hospital, New England Medical Center and in health services research at the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UNC Chapel Hill. He was on the faculty of the University of Rochester School of Medicine from 1992-2009, as Professor of Pediatrics, Community and Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine, serving as Associate Chair of Pediatrics for Community and Government Affairs and as Acting Chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Klein is the founding director of the AAP Julius B Richmond Center of Excellence, dedicated to the elimination of children's exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke. He is a pediatrician and health-services researcher; his research expertise includes preventive services implementation, tobacco control and adolescent pregnancy prevention, survey methods in quality improvement and health services research with children and youth, and community-based program evaluation. Dr. Klein has extensive experience with practice-based research, including NIH-funded studies of adolescent smoking cessation and adolescent marijuana use in pediatric primary care, and has led AAP efforts to adapt and implement guideline-based care in low and middle income country settings in coalitions with support from USAID, Laerdal Global Health, Johnson and Johnson, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Kate Armstrong B Med, DCH, MPH is the Founder & President of CLAN (Caring & Living As Neighbours), an Australian-based NGO formally associated with the UNDPI/NGO. CLAN is committed to a rights-based, community development approach to improving health outcomes for children who are living with chronic health conditions in resource-poor countries. CLAN has been involved in supporting efforts to improve quality of life for children living with a range of chronic health conditions (including Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Diabetes, Autism, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Nephrotic Syndrome, Systemic Lupus Erythematosis and Rheumatic Heart Disease) in multiple low- and middle-income countries over the last decade.
With a background in clinical and public health medicine, Kate has been involved in the work of CLAN since 2004, and passionate about international advocacy efforts to promote children and adolescents within the global Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) discourse since 2010. CLAN founded NCD Child as an independent global coalition and platform for ongoing advocacy and action after the September 2011 UN High Level Meeting on NCDs. CLAN was the inaugural Secretariat of NCD Child, and Kate was proud to serve as Founding Chair of NCD Child from 2011 to 2014.
Robin King Austin
Robin King Austin has worked or served on boards in the non-profit arena since 1971 with positions in philanthropy, development and most recently, international development. Ms. Austin has spent the last 12 years in Vietnam changing the lives of children and preventing needless death as CEO of the VinaCapital Foundation. The Foundation aims to increase access to quality healthcare for the underserved poor and remote children; to improve capacity in the pediatric health care system through equipment donations and training programs; and to build leadership capacity through programs in education.
In 2013, VCF founded Lotus Impact, a social impact investing fund for Southeast Asia. The fund, which will launch in Q1, 2015 will invest in small and medium enterprises that provide a social impact. Seed funding enabled Lotus to make its first investment in KOTO Vietnam creating a new venture in teaching disadvantaged kids baking and operating a bakery which serves the Starbucks in HCMC.
Prior to coming to Vietnam, Ms. Austin held NPO positions as Director of Community Relations and Development at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, Executive Director of Chestnut Hill Retirement Community, and GM for a conservation-based development at Light Chaffin and Associates, all in the USA. She also served as development director for East Meets West in Vietnam prior to founding VCF in 2006.
Dr Swati Yashwant Bhave is the Executive Director of the Association of Adolescent and Child Care in India (AACCI) and the Regional Vice President of the International Association of Adolescent Health (IAAH) 2009-2017. She was President of the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) in 2000 and Technical Advisor of Adolescent Health (2008-13) of the International Pediatric Association (IPA). She was a member of WHO Geneva, Technical Steering Committee on Child and Adolescent Health (2007-09). She has been a trainer in WHO programs and has received fellowships from both the Indian and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). She has many awards to her credit including Lady Doctor of the Millennium by IAP in 2001 and Certificate of Appreciation by AAP for successful organization of the first IAP-AAP CME in India in 2000. She is a former Professor of Pediatrics and a pioneer of adolescent health in India. She edited the first text book of adolescent medicine in India which is named after her and also has an oration in her name instituted by the Adolescent Heath Chapter of IAP in 2006. Dr. Bhave has many publications including book editions, chapter, and research papers to her credit. Her NGO, AACCI, conducts community programs for parents, teachers and students both from school and college for prevention of lifestyle diseases and has won many awards for their multicentric surveys of adolescent behaviors.
Dr. Bruce Dick is an Independent Consultant specializing in adolescent health in low and middle-income countries; a Senior Associate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and President of the International Association for Adolescent Health. He has spent the last 25 years working internationally in the field of adolescent health, from 2001-10 with the World Health Organization, Geneva, and from 1993-2001 as Senior Advisor, Youth Health, for UNICEF in New York. He qualified in medicine from Guy’s Hospital, London, in 1972, and after starting off in pediatrics moved to community medicine, working in South Africa and the UK. In the early 1980’s he was a Research Fellow on refugee health in the Evaluation and Planning Centre, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. From 1985-92 he was Head of the Health Section, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva. He was a co-founder of the NGO Health Poverty Action and a founding member of the NCD Child Advisory Council. He has made presentations at international conferences and published widely on a range of topics relating to child and adolescent health. He is one of the core staff for the WHO/London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine annual short course on Adolescent Health in Low and Middle-Income Countries.
Ms. 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 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 rostered 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 past 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 Neighbours (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.
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 also a member of the Governing Council for NCD Child, and she is an active member of medical professional organizations, including the 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. Using an approach focused on adolescents, new reproductive health services will be appropriate for their age and developmental stage as well, says Farmer.
After trying out the fields of business, government, academia and television production, Molly Lepeska has been working in the field of public health communications for over a decade. Since 2010 she has served as the Director of Communications for AYUDA, an organization that empowers youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world. Prior to that, she worked for over five years for the World AIDS Campaign in Amsterdam collaborating on global mobilization campaigns and related advocacy tools. Molly has a Master's Degree in Life Science Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Molly has been living with Type 1 diabetes since 1999.
HRH Dina Mired
HRH Princess Dina Mired has led the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) in Jordan as Director General since 2002. In her capacity as Director and mother of a cancer survivor, she founded and developed the Fundraising and Development Department at KHCF, making it one of the best fundraising institutions in Jordan and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against cancer.
Under her direct leadership, KHCF has succeeded in enlisting all segments of society in the fight against cancer with the purpose of supporting cancer patients in Jordan and the Arab World. Furthermore, Princess Dina is one of the leading figures advocating early detection and screening of breast cancer for women and is the Honorary Chairperson of the Jordan Breast Cancer Program and currently leads the largest not-for-profit cancer coverage program (CCP) in Jordan, with over 110,000 members.
Princess Dina is an Honorary Co-President of Harvard University’s Global Task Force for Expanded Access to Cancer Control and Care in the Developing World; Presidential Advisory Panel of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC); Ambassador of the UICC World Cancer Declaration Ambassadors Program; a LIVESTRONG Global Envoy for the LIVESTRONG Foundation and an Honorary Member of the Mediterranean Task Force for Cancer Control in Italy.
In September 2011, HRH delivered the keynote speech on behalf of all civil society (social, civic and voluntary organizations) on opening of the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs); the first ever High Level meeting on NCD’s.
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.
Barbara Reynolds is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs) at the University of Guyana. Prior to this, she was Head of Education for Save the Children UK and prior to that spent some twenty-two years with UNICEF in a range of capacities, including representation and program assignments in education, child protection and innovation. Apart from promoting the prevention and mitigation of non-communicable diseases, Professor Reynolds has a keen interest in the developmental response to internally displaced persons, the role of the private sector in the delivery of basic social services and the integration of computer technologies in developmental and humanitarian response. She holds a B.A. in Education (USC), M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching (Howard), Diploma in Distance Education (London), Ed.D in International Education Development/Curriculum and Instruction (Columbia) and M. St in International Human Rights Law (Oxford).
Geneviève trained as a doctor in Montréal, Canada and is currently working in tobacco control, as the spokesperson for the Québec Coalition for Tobacco Control, and as the Young Professionals against Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN) Community Director.
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.
Jamie Rose Rodas
Jamie Rose Rodas is a youth representative of the NCD Child Advisory Council and an international consultant. She joined NCD Child in early 2013 with the inaugural secretariat, Caring and Living as Neighbours (CLAN), as the program manager. She continues to sit on CLAN's General Committee. Trained in global health and public health, she has worked on health promotion, health education, community engagement and capacity building projects in Canada and abroad. Rose holds a position as the program coordinator at the University of Toronto, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Global Health Program with a work focus on equitable primary health care systems, social justice, and vulnerable populations. Rose speaks fluent English and Spanish and elementary Mandarin.
Elizabeth Rowley has lived with type 1 diabetes for over 20 years. She received a Master’s Degree in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and founded 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 charity raises awareness about the challenges of life with Type 1 diabetes in resource-poor settings and tries to amplify the voices of people with diabetes by working closely with organizations on the ground around the globe. It also pushes for more data collection related to type 1 diabetes and access issues.