Global Health Night 2015 Speakers
Hans Rosling is a Professor of international health, co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation and international educator in global health trends. He is also a member of the Swedish Academy of Sciences. As a young doctor Professor Rosling worked as a doctor in in Mozambique. His 20 years of research since has focused on links between economic development, agriculture, poverty and health. He has been a health adviser to WHO, UNICEF and several aid agencies. In 1993 he was one of the initiators of Médecins Sans Frontières in Sweden. Professor Hans Rosling co-founded the Gapminder Foundation, which promotes a fact-based world view. Gapminder developed the Trendalyzer software that converts international statistics into moving, interactive and understandable graphics. The software was originally developed as a tool for improving teaching at Karolinska Institutet.
Helena Nordenstedt is a medical doctor and researcher. Finishing her medical degree from Karolinska Institutet in 2007, Helena Nordenstedt has a PhD in epidemiology/surgery. Helena Nordenstedt has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in DR Kongo and in recent years in Liberia and Guinea during the Ebola crisis. Together with Professor Anna Mia Ekström, Helena Nordenstendt is co- chairing the elective course Global Health at Karolinska Institutet. In recent years, Helena Nordenstedts´s research focus has changed towards Global Health, including Ebola clinical management and epidemiology as well as non- communicable diseases.
Johan Lundin, MD, PhD, is Research Director at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) and Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Helsinki. He is also currently Guest Professor of Medical Technology at Karolinska Institutet. Johan Lundin´s overall research aims are to study the use of information and communication technologies for improvement of diagnostics and care of individual patients. In Helsinki, he developed the web- microscope, in order to facilitate diagnostics of blood samples in low- resource settings. Together with Professor Vinod Diwan, Johan Lundin has developed MoMic; a mobile app for detection of malaria and other infectious diseases.
Kristina Ljungros is President of RFSU and boardmember of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).Originally a political scientist, Kristina Ljungros, has an extensive experience from working with sexual and reproductive rights and gender- and democracy issues. She has lived and worked in south and east Africa and has worked with humanitarian aid through Forum Syd. Kristina Ljungros is also a democracy consultant working with both national and international projects. In 2015, Kristina Ljungros was on Ledarnas´ list of Future Female Leaders.
Taha Hirbod Alexandersson
Taha Hirbod Alexandersson is an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases the Karolinska Institutet. She is currently working at the WHO with the development of the Global Health Emergency Workforce. She has worked cross-disciplinary with Global Health related issues for more than 15 years in areas such as biomedical laboratory sciences, clinical trials, development of education, and project management. Taha Hirbod Alexandersson's scientific work within the area of mucosal immunity and HIV in vulnerable populations, conducted in partnership with the Kenya AIDS Control and the Rakai Health Sciences Programs, has resulted in several original findings and technical developments. In 2014, she was in charge of the construction and management of the KI Ebola training center and in April 2015 she started working with the Ebola response team at the WHO.
Professor Dileep Mavlankar is the Director of the Indian Institute of Public Health, India. Originally an MD, he received his MPH and PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in the US. Dr. Mavalankars´ current work includes improving management of emergency obstetric care in rural hospitals, strengthening reproductive health programmes as well as health policy management and family planning. He has worked in various research and academic institutions worldwide and has authored over 20 publications on public health and health management topics. Dr Mavalankar has worked as a consultant for many agencies including Columbia University, WHO, UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank. Dr. Mavalankar has achieved various honours and awards and is currently the Chair of the Technical Working Group on Maternal Health at the Government of Indi