The Governing Council serves as the organization’s governing body, charged with establishing policies and strategies that support NCD Child’s mission and goals that affect the integrity, effectiveness, and sustainability of activities and initiatives of NCD Child. Members of the Governing Council include:
Marie Hauerslev (Chair)
Dr. Marie Hauerslev is a Danish physician and the Chair-Elect of NCD Child. She will begin her formal training in paediatrics at Herlev Hospital, Copenhagen in November. Previously, as Vice-President for External Affairs and Liaison Officer to WHO of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA), Dr. Hauerslev was the global leader of IFMSA’s external work, specifically as IFMSA’s primary focal point to the UN and World Medical Association. She was also the driving force behind the IFMSA Budva Youth Declaration: A Call to Action on NCDs. Dr. Hauerslev has worked as an intern at WHO Global Coordination Mechanism for NCDs focusing on children, youth. Currently, she serves as a member of the steering group of the WHO GCM/NCD community of practice on “NCDs and the next generation."
Alafia Samuels (Chair-Elect)
Dr. Alafia Samuels is the Director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, University of the West Indies (UWI), in Barbados. She is a medical doctor, trained at UWI in Jamaica. Dr. Samuels holds a Masters in Public Health (MPH) and a PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology, both degrees awarded with honors from Johns Hopkins University. Her 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 Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Commission and was the principal author of the Barbados Ministry of Health's 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.
Dr. Samuels' 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.
Mychelle Farmer (Past-Chair)
Dr. Mychelle Farmer is a pediatrician and current Chair of NCD Child. She serves as 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 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. 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 NCDs during the prenatal and postpartum periods. Dr Farmer 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. Dr Farmer is a longstanding member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Dr. George Msengi is a recently graduated Tanzanian physician and member of the Executive Committee of NCD Child. Dr. Msengi also holds leadership roles as the founder and chapter leader of Young Professionals’ Diseases Network (YP-CDN) Tanzania, Dar Es Salaam Chapter; Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) master trainer and Hubert Kairuki Memorial University’s HBB Outreach Chairperson; and Steering Group member of “NCDs and the Next Generation,” WHO’s NCDs community of practice.
In addition to his leadership positions, Dr. Msengi also completed a research project in 2017, 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. His other activities include volunteering weekly as a health helpline counselor for young people in Tanzania at Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA); serving as a breast cancer screener for programs hosted by Aga Khan Hospital; and chairing the organizing committee and Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) outreach for Hubert Kairuki Memorial University and Kairuki Hospital. Dr Msengi is passionate about young people and global advocacy.
Aman Pulungan is the President of the Indonesian Pediatric Society and Asia Pacific Paediatric Association. He is the Coordinator of Subspecialization Program in Pediatric Endocrinology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia, and the committee for medical specialist deployment, Ministry of Health (MOH) Republic of Indonesia.
Dr Pulungan has been active in various international organizations, such as the Past President of the Asia Pacific Paediatric Endocrine Society, Standing Committee of International Pediatric Association, NCD Child Governing Council, Health Advisory board of The Australia-Indonesia Centre, and member of Media and Communications, Global Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. Other organizations in which he is a member are APPES, ESPE, ISPAD, International Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics, GPED, DOHAD Society, and Endocrine Society. He is included in the editorial board of the International Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and The Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism.
For the past 16 years, he has been involved in many programs for diabetes in Indonesia and the region, amongst others, as the project leader for the World Diabetes Foundation type 1 DM in Indonesia and member of the advisory board of the Physician International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes.
Dr Pulungan was awarded as one of the most eminent people actively involved in the national immunization program by the MOH of Indonesia. The Turkish National Pediatric Society also awarded him an honorary membership for dedication and contribution to child health.
He initiated the formation of IKADAR, an organization for Diabetes Families consisting of 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), and TSI (Turner Society Indonesia).
Amongst his many research interests are the genetics of Pygmies Rampasasa in Flores, short stature and stunting, congenital hypothyroidism, early life and metabolic syndrome, type 2 DM, and bone health in children.
Amy Eussen is an Australian international public lawyer and has practiced 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 was previously based in the Netherlands and employed as a Legal Officer directly to the President of the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for 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 recently returned to Australia to work for the Attorney-General’s Department in the International Division as a Senior Legal Officer.
Felicia Marie Knaul
Felicia Marie Knaul, BA (International Development, University of Toronto), MA, PhD (Economics, Harvard University) is Professor at the Miller School of Medicine and Director of the Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (UMIA) at the University of Miami. She is Senior Economist at the Mexican Health Foundation, member of the Mexican National Academy of Medicine, and senior member of the Mexican National System of Researchers. From 2014–2017, she served as Chair of the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief and lead-authored its October 2017 report, Alleviating the Access Abyss in Palliative Care and Pain Relief—an Imperative of Universal Health Coverage.
From 2009–2015, Dr. Knaul directed the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, chaired the Global Task Force on Access to Cancer Care and Control, and edited Closing the Cancer Divide: an Equity Imperative. After her breast cancer diagnosis, she founded Cancer de Mama: Tómatelo a Pecho in 2008, a Mexico-based, non-profit organization that promotes research, advocacy, awareness, and early detection throughout Latin America. As President of the organization and from the perspective of a patient-advocate and health systems researcher, she lectures globally on the challenge of breast cancer in the developing world, and recently served as President of the Latin American Union against Women’s Cancers (2016–2018). She has worked for the governments of Colombia and Mexico and global and regional institutions, including the World Bank and the World Health Organization. Dr. Knaul has over 225 peer-reviewed publications and her research focuses on global health; health financing; health systems and reform; cancer, especially breast cancer in low- and middle-income countries; access to pain control and palliative care, including pediatric palliative care; poverty and inequity; gender equity; and at-risk children and youth. She has two daughters, Hannah and Mariana, and is married to Dr. Julio Frenk.
Dr Geneviève Bois is a family physician originally from Montréal who is currently living and working in Whapmagoostui, a Cree and Inuit community of Nunavik in Québec. She is a clinician, teacher and advocate involved in overdiagnosis, NCD management, women's health and Indigenous health. Dr Bois has been involved in the field of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and particularly tobacco control over the last years and has served as the spokesperson of the Québec Coalition for Tobacco Control in the past. In addition, she spent one year with the Copenhagen School of Global Health working on projects for the NCDs unit, as well as, curriculum development for pre-departure training and global health ethics. Dr Bois is passionate about NCDs, equity, and using the environment to influence health positively.
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.
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. He is also the founder of the Atfaal Welfare Society, which works for the betterment of children at NICH. Professor Raza is also a founding member and current President of Society of Pediatric Endocrinology in Pakistan. He is currently holds the 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.
John Butler has been with Global Health Strategies’ (GHS) since 2012 and currently leads GHS’s European office based in London. He leads GHS’s work on access to medicines and polio. With a background in political science, Mr Butler started his career in development working in South Africa for the Treatment Action Campaign, a grassroots HIV/AIDS movement, 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. Mr Butler 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. Mr Butler 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. Mr Butler 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.
Dr. Jonathan Klein is Professor and Executive Vice Head (Chair) of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine. He is a specialist in adolescent medicine and in child and adolescent health services research. He is immediate past chair of NCD Child, a global coalition dedicated to inclusion of children and youth in the non-communicable disease and SDG agenda, an elected Executive Committee and Standing Committee member of the International Pediatric Association, and North American Vice President of the International Association for Adolescent Health.
Dr. Klein attended Brandeis University, New Jersey Medical School, and the Harvard School of Public Health. He was a pediatric resident and chief resident at the Boston Floating Hospital/New England Medical Center and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of North Carolina. He served on the faculty at the University of Rochester from 1992-2009, rising through the academic ranks to Professor of Pediatrics, Community and Preventive Medicine and Family Medicine, Associate Chair for Community and Governmental Affairs, and Division Chief for Adolescent Medicine. From 2009-2017, Dr. Klein was an Associate Executive Director at the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was also the founding PI and Director (2006-17) of the Academy’s Julius B Richmond Center, which is dedicated to prevention of children’s exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke. He currently serves as Scientific Director for the Richmond Center.
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.
Luis Manuel Encarnacion
Luis Manuel Encarnacion has studies in International Relations, a diploma in Political Science by the Institute d'Études Politiques (Sciences Po) - France, and a MSc in International Health Policy at the London School of Economics (LSE). He holds certificates in legislative planning, public health, health economics, and civil society management. Between 2013-2016, Mr. Encarnacion was the Director of Fundación Mídete, a Mexican non-government organization working on prevention and control of obesity and diabetes. Between 2013-2017, he was the Coordinator of the ContraPESO Coalition, becoming one of the most important spokespersons and advocates of the soda tax in Mexico; as well as the Co-coordinator of the México Salud-Hable Coalition (2013-2017), a national NCD alliance with more than 100 members. Mr. Encarnacion is also the former leader of the Mexico City chapter of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YPCDN). He’s currently a member of NCD Child’s Governing Council for the period 2018-2020, and from January 2019 a Senior Capacity Development Officer at NCD Alliance (based in Mexico City).
Victoria Watson, MSc. is a global health policy specialist committed to achieving equity in how young people access services, care, and prevention in their community. Victoria currently works as the Executive Director for the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP), an organization part of the Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. Since 2016, she has contributed to NCD Child as a Governing Council member and a convener of young leaders, and has led the coalition’s youth engagement efforts by serving as the chair to both the Youth Voices Committee and the Young Leader Program. Victoria has a long-standing background in health policy research and program development, having worked in Washington, D.C. as a research analyst at the Center for Health and Gender Equity, and prior, as a policy coordinator for Cancer Care Ontario where she supported provincial colorectal cancer screening program design.
Victoria is currently based in Toronto, ON.