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Lennarth Hjelmåker

Lennarth Hjelmåker is Deputy Director General of the Department for International Development Cooperation (SIDA) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sweden. He is also Head of the Department for Global Development at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Hjelmåker entered the Swedish Diplomatic Service immediately after obtaining his Bachelors degree in Economics, Political Science, Civil and Commercial Law. From 1990-1995 he served as Counselor at the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in New York. From 1995-1996 he was Minister of Economic Affairs at the Permanent Mission in New York. During that period he was nominated Representative of Sweden to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). He also served as Vice-President of the Executive Board of UNICEF.

He was then appointed Ambassador of Sweden to Zimbabwe where he remained 5 years before returning to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm.

Suwit Wibulpolprasert

Dr. Wibulpolprasert is a general practitioner with extensive experience in the area of public health. His main focus is on health policy and planning and international health. He has published more than 70 papers in local and international journals.

Dr. Wibulpolprasert is the editor of the international “Human Resources for Health Development Journal” (HRDJ). He is also editor of a local journal for paramedical personnel. He is Director of the International Health Policy Program, a joint program for international health policy development of the Ministry of Public Health and the Health Systems Research Institute.

As former deputy permanent secretary responsible for international health and health policy, he now represents Thailand in many international health forums. He is currently responsible for the implementation of the new universal health insurance scheme in Thailand.

Geoffrey Lamb

Mr. Lamb, an Irish national, is manager of the World Bank's concessional finances, especially IDA, which provides approximately $7 billion per year to 80 of the world's poorest countries. He is also responsible for the World Bank's role in financing the HIPC initiative.

Geoffrey Lamb has overall responsibility for the Bank's expanding work on global public goods. He is vice chairman of the board of directors of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative.

Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Lamb held senior development research and academic positions, notably at the University of Sussex, UK. He has held operational and managerial assignments working on Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East, focusing on economic policy, governance and public sector reform, and has also held a number of senior policy and strategy positions in the Bank.

Chrispus Kiyonga

Dr. Kiyonga is Chairman of the Board of the Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and Minister without portfolio in Uganda.

From 1996 to 2001 Dr. Kiyonga was Minister of Health. During that period he carried out fundamental reforms in the country’s health care delivery system that helped improve access to health care. His leadership also led to the creation of public-private partnerships in the area of health care delivery.

From 1994 to 1996 Dr. Kiyonga was Minister of Internal Affairs and prior to that he was Minister of Finance.

Dr. Kiyonga holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Makere University in Uganda and undertook postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nairobi.

Vitalii Moskalenko

Prof. Moskalenko is currently Minister of Health of Ukraine. Prior to this he was Deputy Mayor of the City of Kharkiv in charge of issues dealing with social protection. He is also Professor at the Health Administration Chair, at the Kiev Post-Diploma Medical Academy, and author of over 300 scientific publications.

Prof. Moskalenko graduated as general practitioner from Kharkiv Medical University and became Head of the Cardiology Intensive Care Unit of the Kharkiv city hospital. His clinical experience includes preventive and cilinical treatment of cardio-vascular diseases, as well as complicated heart failures.

Philippa Lawson

Philippa Lawson is the International HIV AIDS Team Leader/ Senior Program Manager for the Academy for Educational Development. She has worked in numerous countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Philippa is a woman living with HIV AIDS and has extensive linkages to key local, national and international networks including the International Community of Women Living with HIV AIDS (ICW). Philippa has worked with numerous marginalized communities, and her emphasis over the years has always been to ensure that the needs of women and children are always considered. She has extensive experience working with advocacy and on review and technical bodies.

Peter Piot

Before joining UNAIDS as its first Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations in 1995, Dr. Piot was Associate Director at the World Health Organization Global Programme on AIDS. His long academic and scientific career has focused on AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, and women's reproductive health in the developing world.

Dr. Piot has a medical degree from the University of Ghent and a PhD in microbiology. He has held Professorships in Microbiology and Public Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, the Free University of Brussels, and the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He also undertook research at the University of Washington, Seattle. He was one of the discoverers of the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976. Born in 1949 in Belgium, Dr. Piot is the author of 12 books and over 500 scientific articles.

Clare Short

Ms. Clare Short is Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom.

Ms. Short entered the House of Commons in 1983 as the Member of Parliament for the Midlands constituency of Birmingham Ladywood, which she has held since then, and which is the area in which she grew up.

From 1996 until the 1997 general election, she was opposition spokesperson on overseas development. She was Shadow Minister for women from 1983 to 1995 and Shadow Secretary of State for Transport from 1995 to 1996. She has been Opposition spokesperson on environment protection, social security and employment.

A member of the Home Affairs Select Committee from 1983 until 1985, she was Chair of the All-Party Group on Race Relations from 1985 to 1986, member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Labour Party since 1988, Chair of the NEC Women’s Committee from 1993 to 1996 and Chair of the NEC International Committee since 1996. She is also Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Socialist International since 1996. Ms. Short graduated as Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science.

Gro Harlem Brundtland

A medical doctor and Master of Public Health (MGH), Gro Harlem Brundtland spent 10 years as a physician and scientist in the Norwegian public health system. For more than 20 years she was in public office, ten of them as Prime Minister.

In the 1980s she gained international recognition, championing the principle of sustainable development as chair of the World Commission of Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission). The Commission’s recommendations led to the Earth Summit – the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

Dr. Brundtland was elected Director-General of the World Health Organization in January 1998 and took office in July the same year.

Mireille Guigaz

Mrs Mireille Guigaz, a French national, is Director of Development and Technical Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris, France. Ms Guigaz has a doctorate in Medical Law and Health Economy from the University of Lyon and a European Master in Negotiation from the Institute Kürt Bösch – Switzerland.

Prior to this position, she was the General Delegate of the Centers to fight Cancer, Technical Advisor at the Cabinet of the French Minister of Health and Social Security, Regional Director for Social and Health Affairs in the French Rhône -Alpes - Lyon Region and Senior Operation Officer at the World Bank, in Washington. She also held a number of senior level positions at the Ministry of Cooperation and Development.

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