Plenary Speakers

Gianna Gayle (Herrera) Amul

PhD Student (Global Health track) at the University of Geneva's Institute of Global Health

Gayle is a Filipino PhD student (Global Health track) at the University of Geneva's Institute of Global Health. Her PhD project is focused on examining alcohol and tobacco industry interference in policymaking in Southeast Asia, particularly in Singapore and the Philippines. She holds an MSc in Asian Studies from Nanyang Technological University (2012) and a BA in Political Science from the University of the Philippines, Diliman (2007). She is currently a Research Associate under the Dean's Office at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. She is one of the Research Fellows of the IDRC-funded Advancing Tobacco Taxation in Southeast Asia Project hosted by the Ateneo Policy Center (Philippines). She was previously Research Associate in Global Health Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. She was also Senior Analyst at the Centre for Non-Traditional Security (NTS) Studies in the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) from 2012-2015. Prior to that, she was Research Officer at the Department of National Defense in the Philippines.

Nicholas Carah

Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School in the School of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland.

Nicholas Carah is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of School in the School of Communication and Arts at The University of Queensland. His research examines the algorithmic and participatory advertising model of digital media platforms, with a focus on digital alcohol marketing. He is the author of Brand Machines, Sensory Media and Calculative Culture (2016), Media and Society: production, content and participation (2015), Pop Brands: branding, popular music and young people (2010). He is the co-editor of Digital Intimate Publics and Social Media (2018). He has also been involved in research projects on alcohol-related harms and nightlife culture and the use of digital media in fostering cultural change in drinking culture. He is the director of the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.

Frank J. Chaloupka 

Research Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of the UIC Health Policy Center

Frank J. Chaloupka is a Research Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Director of the UIC Health Policy Center. He holds appointments in the School of Public Health’s Division of Health Policy and Administration, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of Economics.  Hundreds of professional publications and presentations have resulted from Dr. Chaloupka's research on the effects of prices, policies, and other environmental factors on tobacco use, alcohol use and abuse, illicit drug use, diet, physical activity, obesity, and related outcomes. Much of this research has focused on youth and young adults.  At GAPC 2020 Frank Chaloupka is speaking on "Economic costs of alcohol and critical analysis of industry arguments.

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Suzanne Costello

CEO of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland

Suzanne Costello is the CEO of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland since December 2018.
Previously, Suzanne worked for Alcohol Action Ireland, where she served as the organisation’s CEO from 2013. From 2015, Suzanne also acted as the Interim Policy Lead for the Health Service Executive (HSE) Alcohol Programme.  In both roles, Suzanne was involved in the campaign to support the passage of the Public Health Alcohol Act which became law in Ireland 2018.
Prior to joining Alcohol Action Ireland, Suzanne was Samaritans Executive Director for Ireland for six years.  
Suzanne has a primary degree in Social Science from University College Dublin, and an MBS from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD.

Cynthia Dapaah-Ntow

Cynthia Dapaah-Ntow is a Senior Legal Advisor with the Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana.
With a wide range of expertise in Food, Drugs, Herbal Medicinal Products, Cosmetics and Medical Devices Regulation, she has since joining the FDA in 2014 supported regulatory work with the development of guidelines and regulations in the health sector.
She established the Legal Department of the FDA, and is currently working to ensure that judges, investigators, police officers and relevant stakeholders are trained on the FDA law to enhance enforcement.
Cynthia is currently spearheading the development of the Alcohol Control Bill to strengthen the regulation of the production, advertisement and sale of Alcohol in accordance with meeting the SDGs.
Before joining the FDA, Cynthia practiced law with the law firm E. A. Mingle & Co.

Ilona Kickbusch  

Director, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Dubbed a ‘global health reformer’ by the Lancet she was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit by Germany, her native country, in 2019. Ilona Kickbusch has had a distinguished career in WHO, government, and academia. Since leaving WHO she has maintained a close relationship with the organisation and was, for example, a member of the WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs in 2018. At GAPC she will address "Building momentum for an FCAC"

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Martin McKee

Professor of European Public Health, Past President, European Public Health Association, Research Director European Observatory on Health Systems & Policies

Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he founded the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition (ECOHOST), a WHO Collaborating Centre. He is also Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and Past President of the European Public Health Association. He has written extensively on health and health policy, with a particular focus on countries undergoing political and social transition. AT GAPC Professor McKee will speak on "Corporate and Commercial Determinants of Health".

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Brenda Mkwesha

Representative for the Swedish IOGT-NTO International work in the East Africa Region

Brenda Mkwesha is a citizen of Zimbabwe and Kenya, but presently lives in Tanzania where she is the new representative for the Swedish IOGT-NTO International work in the East Africa Region. Previously Brenda was a board member of IOGT International, she has worked for the Swedish development NGO Forum Syd as a Grants Manager for Eastern and Southern Africa, IOGT-NTO Movement as a Project Officer and Kenya Girl Guides Association as an Executive Officer. Brenda has a vision of an Africa free from Violence against Girls and Women. She has been a spokesperson for the African women being targeted by transnational alcohol corporations. Big Alcohol tops off this aggressive push by linking their products to women’s rights, gender equality, female empowerment and even feminism. At GAPC 2020 Brenda will speak about “Alcohol industry targeting women in Africa.


More information: See Brenda's blog

Photo: Nathalie C. Andersson

Maria Neufeld

Maria Neufeld is a scientist who focuses on health policy research in the areas of mental health and substance use, with a special interest in drinking patterns, socio-economic status and alcohol-attributable harm at the individual as well as population level. Maria completed her graduate studies at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany and the University of Vienna, Austria. Leading own studies on alcohol consumption and policy in Russia and collaborating with other Russian experts on theirs, she further serves as a Consultant for the Alcohol and Illicit Drugs Programme at the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in Moscow.

David (Rāwiri) Ratū

David Rawiri Ratu is an indigenous Maori of  Aotearoa, New Zealand. He holds several positions at community level related to alcohol harm, including as a Maori Warden, an organisation with legal responsibilities in relation to Maori and alcohol.  He has expressed  strong concern over the disproportionate alcohol harm experienced by Maori  and has critiqued the licensing processes. Under the Treaty of Waitangi (the founding document for New Zealand) the Crown undertook to protect Maori and in 2018 David initiated a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal (which advises NZ government) arguing  the government has breached the Treaty by failing to protect Maori from alcohol harm. Mr. Ratū has spoken extensively at various hui/conferences including sharing a speaking role with Auckland Regional Public Health Services (ARPHS) at the IHUPE indigenous peoples conference in Rotorua on alcohol and the harm to Māori (2019). In 2019 he was the recipient of the Health Ministers Volunteer of the Year Award, for work carried out in the alcohol space and raising issues concerning the unequal harm of alcohol on Māori people.

Jürgen Rehm

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Professor Jürgen Rehm is a leader in generating and analysing the scientific data needed to inform policy-makers of strategies to reduce alcohol-related harm. His recent research has more and more included interactions between socio-economic status, poverty and substance use, including analysis of policies and interventions with respect to reducing or increasing inequalities. At GAPC Dr. Rehm will speak in the opening session about "Trends in global alcohol exposure and harm and implication for equity"

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Viroj Tangcharoensathien

Dr Viroj Tangcharoensathien, MD. PhD, is the Senior Adviser, International Health Policy Program (IHPP), Ministry of Public Health, Advisor on Global Health to Permanent Secretary Office of the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand and the Secretary General of IHPP Foundation. 
While working for nearly 10 years as a rural doctor he completed an award winning PhD on community health financing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Viroj has held various positions in the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). In 2001 he joined the newly created International Health Policy Programme (IHPP), Ministry of Public Health, Thailand. 
His scholarly contributions are huge  with 227 international publications, the majority of which are in high impact peer-reviewed publications.
He has also held influential roles in global technical and advisory bodies, including in GAVI and the Global Fund. Dr Viroj has been involved in a number of intergovernmental negotiations including as chair of drafting groups and negotiations at the WHA and WHO Executive Board.

Douglas Webb

Douglas Webb is with UNDP, as a Team Leader in the HIV, Health and Development Practice. In 2014-2015 he was seconded to be a Deputy Director in the UN Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) in West Africa. In UNDP his work focuses on infectious and chronic epidemic response governance and the social determinants of health. From 2008-2011 he was with UNICEF in Ethiopia managing UNICEF’s child focused social protection, HIV prevention and AIDS impact mitigation. He was the Chief of the Children and AIDS Section in the UNICEF Regional Office in Kenya (2004-8). He was the Global HIV/AIDS Adviser for Save the Children UK (2000-2004). Previous appointments included to UNICEF Zambia (1995-1997). His doctoral thesis examined HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa (University of London, 1995). He has over 50 published articles and book chapters and is the author of HIV and AIDS in Africa and co-editor of Social Protection for Africa’s Children.

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