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Scientific Committee

Members appointed for the period 1 June 2016- 31 May 2019

University of Ottawa, Canada


(Vice Chair)

Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand


Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt

Rachel Cooper Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Art, Lancaster University, UK
Ana DIEZ-ROUX Department of Epidemiology, University of Michigan, USA
Keisuke HANAKI Department of Urban Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Saroj JAYASINGHE Faculty of Medicine, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Isaac LUGINAAH Western University, London, Canada
Tolullah ONI School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Céline ROZENBLAT Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland

Gérard SALEM

Université de Paris Ouest - Nanterre, France

R.B. SINGH Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, India
Huey-Jen SU National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan


Scientific Council of the National School of Public Health, Cuba


(ex officio, IAMP)

The New York Academy of Medicine, USA

Jose Siri

(ex officio, UNU)

International Institute for Global Health, UNU, Malaysia

Yongguan ZHU

(ex officio, IUE)

Institute of Urban Environment, Xiamen, China

(ex officio, ICSU)

International Council for Science (ICSU), France


Executive Director

Executive Director,  ICSU-UNU-IAMP Programme on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment: a Systems Analysis Approach, China


Hany M. Ayad


Hany M. Ayad is a Professor of regional and urban planning. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt, and his Ph.D. from the same University as a joint venture with the Illinois Institute of Technology, USA. He has been on Alexandria University in the Department of Architecture since 1987.

Prof. Ayad research focuses on the dynamics of urban growth in developing countries as well as the study of cities’ morphologies and evolution. He was involved in several projects with the UN-Habitat and UNDP in Egypt and Syria, and participated in the preparation of urban strategic and participatory guidelines and plans for several Egyptian cities and villages. In 2006, He received the Egyptian National Incentive Award for his work in the renovation of the Pharos area, one of the most important historical parts of Alexandria city. Prof. Ayad was also involved with the ISDF (Informal Settlements Development Facility) in delineating and preparing intervention action plans for several unsafe areas in Egypt.

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Jo Ivey Boufford


Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, is the President of The New York Academy of Medicine. She is a Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the New York University School of Medicine. She served as Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University from June 1997 to November 2002. Prior to that, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. While at HHS, she served as the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994–1997. From May 1991 to September 1993, Dr. Boufford served as Director of the King’s Fund College, London England, and she served as President of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest municipal system in the United States, from December, 1985 until October, 1989.

She was President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in 2002–2003. She was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1992 and is a member of its Executive Council, Board on Global Health and Board on African Science Academy Development. She was elected to serve a second four year term as the Foreign Secretary of the IOM beginning July 1, 2010.

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Rachel Cooper


Rachel Cooper  is Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University. She is Director of Imagination Lancaster, an open and exploratory design-led research centre conducting applied and theoretical research into people, products, places and their interactions, and also Chair of Lancaster institute for the Contemporary Arts. Professor Cooper’s research interests cover: design thinking; design management; design policy; and across all sectors of industry, a specific interest in design for wellbeing and socially responsible design. She has published extensively on these topics, including books 'Designing Sustainable Cities' and 'The Handbook of Wellbeing and the Environment'. She is also series editor of the Routledge series Design for Social Responsibility covering topics such as designing for sustainability, inclusivity, service design, sport, health, transport and policy. She was founding editor of The Design Journal and also founding President of the European Academy of Design.

Professor Cooper has undertaken several advisory roles to national and international universities, government and non-governmental organisations and is currently chair of Aalto School of Arts Strategic Advisory Board and was a member of the Research Assessment exercise for Gothenburg University 2010.

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Ana Diez Roux


Ana Diez Roux is Professor and Chair of Epidemiology and director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  She is also a research professor in the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.  Dr. Diez Roux has been an international leader in the investigation of the social determinants of health, the application of multilevel analysis in health research, and the study of neighborhood health effects.  Her research areas include social epidemiology and health disparities, environmental health effects, urban health, psychosocial factors in health, and cardiovascular disease epidemiology.  Recent areas of work include social environment-gene interactions and the use of complex systems approaches in population health.Diez Roux serves on numerous review and advisory committees and was awarded the Wade Hampton Frost Award for her contributions to public health by the American Public Health Association. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2009.

Dr. Diez Roux received an MD from the University of Buenos Aires, a master’s degree in public health and doctorate in health policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.


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Céline Rozenblat


Céline Rozenblat, is Professor of Urban Geography at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and President of the Urban Commission of the International geographical Union (IGU). She developed studies of cities’ systems at European and world scale, multinational firms’ networks, inter-urban dynamics, comparative urban data, mapping and visualization of networks in geography, and spatial analysis. Her researches are widely directed on the relations between location evolutions and networks dynamics into cities’ systems. In order to develop these topics in a comparative point of view, she built many databases on large European cities samples and on networks. In particular, she has dealt since 1990 with databases on located multinational firms networks, on cities properties and evolution at the level of Europe and the World in a multi-dimensional and long temporal approach. Diachronic and dynamic studies supply materials to develop spatial and dynamic models and visualizations. For several years she has been dealing with the relation between networks’ developments and multi-level urban processes. She participated in the European projects like ESPON FOCI 2008-2011, FP7 FET Insite (2011-2013) and Multiplex (2012-2016). She is involved to the EuropeAid project with China MEDIUM (2015-2019) on medium size cities in China and begun recently a new project LOGIICCS (FNS 2015-2018) on the modelization of Indian and Chinese cities’ integration in global networks of multinational firms and innovation.

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Huey-Jen Su


Huey-Jen Jenny Su is currently the President at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and a distinguished professor with the program of Environmental and Occupational Health. Trained at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Su has engaged most of her research efforts in the area of air pollution related health effects, with particular focus on the airborne microbial hazards and emerging chemicals. Her efforts of comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) research have successfully leaded to the establishment of only the 2nd IAQ Law in the world. She was inducted as the Fellow of International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences (IAIAS) in 2008, the first Asian female scientist recognized in the highest academy of the related field. Dr. Su has extended her investigation into the health outcomes attributable to global climate changes, and the scientific findings were taken as the foundation to form the Taiwan’s Guidelines of Climate Change Adaptation on Health Sector, as the highest level adaptation guidance in the country. She also initiated the “Taiwan Sustainable Campus Program” with Taiwan Ministry of Education to mobilize all levels of campuses to adopt environmental friendly designs and corresponding curriculum to reform the sustainable education.

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Keisuke Hanaki


Keisuke Hanaki is Professor at Department of Urban Engineering and Adjunct Professor at Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo (UT). Having completed doctoral program at UT in 1980, he worked at Tohoku University (1980-1983), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (1985-1987) and UT (1983 -1985, and 1987 to now).  His research field is holistic environmental management in urban area for sustainability.  Integrated analysis of emission reduction of green house gas from urban activity, mitigation of urban heat island, solid waste and wastewater management for lower environmental loading, and quality of life in urban area are his research field.

He  published 50 books and 176 peer-reviewed papers in the field of urban environmental engineering, and gave 180 talks at various academic meetings or at panel discussion. He was an editor of Journal Water Research, President of Japan Society on Water Environment, and currently a vice president of Society of Environmental Science, Japan. He was a lead author in water chapter of IPCC 2nd and 3rd assessment report.

He was an Member of Science Council of Japan (2006 - 2011), and has been its Council Member since October 2011.

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Saroj Jayasinghe

Sri Lanka

Professor Jayasinghe, qualified with MBBS honours from University of Colombo in 1979 and joined the University of Colombo as a lecturer in 1982. He was an advisor to the National Development Council (1997-1999) and a member of the Presidential Task Force on Health Policy (1997-1999). In 2005 he initiated Sri Lanka’s partnership with the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (SDH) and helped establish the Working Group on SDH in Sri Lanka. He is a steering committee member of an Asia-Pacific health equity network (HealthGAEN) and chairs the Sri Lanka Medical Association’s committee on Health Equity. He is a member of the Research Panel on Health, of the National Science Foundation and a former committee member of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (Section A on Health).

His research interests include newer approaches to clinical teaching, health equity and social determinants of health (SDH), and application of complexity science to health. Recent publications include the role of complexity science in population health (http://www.ete-online.com/content/8/1/2) and in clinical medicine (http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/0025-6196/PIIS002561961200211X.pdf).

He has wide teaching and clinical experience in the UK and in Malaysia. He is currently a consultant physician at the National Hospital of Sri Lanka, a professor and head of Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Colombo.

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Isaac Luginaah


Isaac Luginaah is a Professor and a Canada Research Chair in Health Geography at Western University, London, Canada. His research addresses how emerging epidemics are radically changing health landscapes in the face of increased burdens from environmental exposure in both developed and developing countries.  He has led several projects on population, environment and health. His work in Africa and North America has made strong theoretical and methodological contributions, addressing environmental hazards and deficiencies in health service provision. Dr. Luginaah's work has been highly recognized. Among others, in 2008, he was recognized by the Canadian Association of Geographers with the Julian M. Szeicz Award for Early Career Achievement. In 2011 he was honoured as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in recognition of his “service above self” in his community and globally. From 2012-2014, he was the Editor of the African Geographical Review. Dr. Luginaah earned his BSc. (Hon.) and Diploma in Education, from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He obtained an MSc in Computer Science and Applications from the Queens’ University of Belfast and a Master of Environmental Studies from York University, Toronto. He completed his PhD in Geography (Health/Medical) at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, in 2001. In 2014, Dr. Luginaah was inducted into The Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars.

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Philippa Howden-Chapman

New Zealand

Philippa Howden-Chapman, QSO, PhD, Dip. Clin. Psych., Dip Tchng., FRSNZ is a professor of public health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand, where she teaches public policy. She is director of He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.  She has conducted a number of randomised community housing trials in partnership with local communities and sector agencies to provide an evidence base to inform housing, health and energy policy. She has a strong interest in reducing inequalities in the determinants of health and has published widely in this area, receiving a number of awards for her work including the Queens Service Order, the Liley Medal and the Dame Joan Metge Medal. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. In 2014, she and the He Kainga Oranga team were awarded the Prime Minister’s Science Prize. She was a member of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty and is currently the chair of the WHO Housing and Health International Guideline Development Group.

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Pierre Ritchie


Pierre L.-J. Ritchie, is Full Professor, School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Canada where he is Director of the Centre for Psychological Services and Research. He is the Secretary-General of the International Union of Psychological Science and psychology’s main representative to the World Health Organization. Professor Ritchie served on the Committee on Scientific Planning and Review of the International Council for Science (2002-2009). Dr. Ritchie is also Executive Director of the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. His clinical expertise focuses on differential diagnosis. His scholarly interests address health policy as well as ethics in health practice and in research involving human participants. He has published widely on these subjects and been extensively involved in national and international professional and scientific organizations.

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Gérard Salem


Pr. Gérard Salem after completing the equivalent of a B.A. and M.A. degree in geography (University of Paris 1 – Sorbonne), he went on to receive a Ph.D. in African Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (E.H.E.S.S.) in Paris. Additionally, he completed a two-year degree (D.E.S.S.) at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (with a focus on urbanization and national and regional development), and a degree in epidemiology from the Pasteur Institute in Paris. As a researcher with ORSTOM, he worked from 1980-1988 in Senegal, as part of a primary health care program, and then he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Montreal from 1989-1992 where he taught Geography of Africa and Medical Geography. Since 1997 he has been a Professor of Geography at the University of Paris-Nanterre where he is Director of the Master’s program in Medical Geography and of the research program “Space, Health and Territories.”

His domains are thus the environment, geography of health, and social geography in general, with a particular interest in urban geography in all geographic areas. I has published more than 200 articles, chapters and books. Every year he takes frequent professional trips to Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa,

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R.B. Singh


R.B. Singh is Professor and co-coordinator of UGC-SAP-DRS III, Department of Geography, University of Delhi, India and is Vice-President of the International Geographical Union (IGU).  Professor Singh has specialized in Urban Environment, Climate Change and Vulnerability, Urban Heat Island and related Health risks, Disaster Risk Reduction, Remote Sensing and GIS.   He has to his credit 43 research volumes/books and more than 200 research papers published in journals with high impact factor (Climate Dynamics, Energies, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Environmental Science and Policy, Physical Geography, Advances in Meteorology, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth, Asian Geographer). Professor Singh was awarded the prestigious Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellowship at Hiroshima in 2013. The UNESCO/ISSC (Paris) awarded him Research and Study Grants in Social and Human Sciences. He is IAP–Global Network of Science Academies representative on Disaster Risk Reduction; Invited by UN to Moderate a Working Group on Exposure and Vulnerability at UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on SFDRR, 2015-2030, Geneva, 2016 and IAP invited him as Panelist on Science Advise in Times of Disaster Emergencies in South Africa, 2016.

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José Siri

Kuala Lumpur

José Siri is an epidemiologist focusing on systems-analytic research and global urban health, with the United Nations University’s International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia since February 2014. Dr. Siri has long been involved with the ICSU global interdisciplinary programme on “Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment – a Systems Analysis Approach”—a programme co-sponsored by UNU and the Interacademy Panel (IAP), and hosted at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute for Urban Environment in Xiamen, China. He previously conducted research at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria, encompassing such diverse thematic areas as the role of maternal education in childhood malaria risk, models of malaria and Helicobacter pylori transmission and analysis of the long-term evolution of air pollutants in response to European Union policy. Dr. Siri is a member of the Lancet Commission for Healthy Cities in China and the core team for the Future Earth Cities/Urban Knowledge Action Network. He earned his BS in Ecology and Systematics from Cornell University, and his MPH in International Health and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan

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Yongguan Zhu


Yongguan Zhu, Professor of Soil Environmental Sciences and Environmental Biology, currently works in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), he is the director general of the Institute of Urban Environment in Xiamen. He has been working on soil-plant interactions, with special emphasis on rhizosphere microbiology, biogeochemistry of nutrients, metals and emerging chemicals (antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes). Before joined CAS in 2002, he was working as a postdoctoral fellow in The University of Adelaide, Australia. He obtained his BSc in soil science from the former Zhejiang Agricultural University in 1989, and MSc in soil science from the Institute of Soil Science, CAS in 1992, and then a PhD in environmental biology from Imperial College, London in 1998.

Dr Zhu serves as a Member, Standing Advisory Group of Nuclear Applications, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Associate Editor, Environmental Pollution; Advisory Editorial Board, Trends in Plant Science; Advisor, New Phytologist and Editorial board, Environment International, Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

Professor Zhu has published extensively in the last 20 years, so far over 160 papers have been published in international journals, including Lancet, Environmental Science and Technology, Plant Physiology, Environmental Microbiology, Trends in Plant Science, New Phytologist, Environmental Pollution etc. These publications have attracted nearly 4000 citations with an H-index of 34.

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Franz Gatzweiller


Franz Gatzweiler studied Agricultural Science at Bonn University and International Agricultural Economics at the Humboldt University of Berlin. His doctoral research topic was on the “Nature of Economic Value”

with a case study on indigenous rubber forest gardens in West Kalimantan, Indonesia among indigenous Dayak communities. Franz Gatzweiler received stipends from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) which enabled him to visit the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis in 2003. He teaches a course on Biodiversity and Conservation Management at the

faculty of Life Sciences of the Humboldt University of Berlin and a course in Institutions and Development at the University of Bonn. Franz Gatzweiler is the lead author on a chapter about the “Socio-cultural context of Ecosystem and Biodiversity Valuation” to the 2010 published book on the Ecological and Economic Foundations of the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), co-editor of the 2014 published Book “Marginality – Addressing the Nexus between Poverty, Exclusion and Ecology”, and editor of the 2013 published book on “Institutional and Livelihood Changes in East African Forest Landscapes”. Franz Gatzweiler’s research interests lie at the intersection of ecological, economic and social research disciplines and have covered problems of value in complex socio-ecological and living systems, institutions and institutional change in polycentric organization, marginality and technology innovations for productivity growth in rural development. His recent research interest is on the economics of living systems

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Tolullah Oni

South Africa

Tolu Oni is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa. As a Public Health Medical Specialist and Urban Epidemiologist, she is a passionate advocate of health equity and health in all policies. Her research aims to contribute significantly to existing knowledge on the changing patterns of disease and implications for health and wellbeing of the population in the context of urbanization. Having worked within the unplanned South African urban setting since 2007, her research focuses on understanding the interaction between commonly co-occurring chronic conditions (HIV, TB, non-communicable diseases (NCD)), upstream health determinants, the unplanned urban environment, and the impact on health outcomes; with a view to developing integrated inter sectoral public health interventions. She has received several awards in recognition of her research contribution including the South African National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Emerging Researcher award, the Carnegie Corporation “Next Generation of African Academics award, the Claude Leon Merit award, and the UCT College of Fellows Young Researchers awards.

As a member and co-Chair of the South African Young Academy of Science, and member of the Global Young Academy, she works actively to encourage public engagement to translate research findings into policy and practice. She serves on the Academy of Science of South Africa Standing Committee on Science for the Reduction of Poverty; and aims to promote science and research as key drivers of development in Africa. She strives to actively promote a coordinated approach to engagement with other scientific and societal communities, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Global South to identify creative strategies to address complex population health and broader societal challenges. She was selected as a 2016 Next Einstein Forum Fellow (http://nef.org/nef-fellows/), and a World Economic Forum Young Scientist. Her activities to promote public health science in Africa and globally was recognized with a profile in the Lancet journal in 2016.

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Vela Valdés


Vela Valdés is a medical doctor from University of Havana specializing in the organization and administration of Public Health. He is full professor of Public Health at the National School of Public Health and was appointed as Provincial Director of Public Health in the province of Camagüey, Cuba.1972-1975, Former Chancellor of the University of Camagüey, Cuba from 1975 to 1982, and Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Cuba. 1982,  He has held some important positions as Chancellor of the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences in Havana. 1982-1994, Chancellor of the University of Habana.1994-2006, Minister of Higher Education of the Republic of Cuba 2006-2009, National, Director of Higher Medical Education of the Ministry of Public, Health,2009-2011, member of the Parliament of the Republic of Cuba. 2008-2013. He is currently member of the Scientific Council of the National School of Public Health since 2012.

He has experience of more than 40 years in positions of academic and scientific leadership in the training of university professionals of different profiles...He is the moment the editor in chief of the Cuban Journal of Public Health.

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