Ilona Kickbusch

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

Ilona Kickbusch is currently the director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, which she established in 2008. Her key interests relate to the political and commercial determinants of health, health in all policies and global health. She advises countries and organizations on their global health strategies and trains health specialists and diplomats in global health diplomacy and on health in all policies (HIAP) approaches. She has been deeply involved in the development of Health 2020, the European health policy framework and the 13th General Programme of Work of the WHO. She was a member of the Ebola Interim Assessment Panel, to undertake an assessment on all aspects of WHO's response in the Ebola outbreak and served on the UN Secretary General's taskforce on Health Crisis. Presently she serves on the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board and the Independent High Level Commission on NCDs of the WHO. She acts as council chair to the World Health Summit in Berlin and has been involved in German G7 and G20 activities relating to global health. She chairs the International Advisory Board on Global Health to the German Minister of Health. She is very committed to women's leadership and initiated the @wgh300 list of women leaders in global health. She serves on the board of the Careum Foundation. She was a key instigator of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion and WHOs Healthy Cities Network. She was the director of the Global Health Division at Yale University School of Public Health and responsible for the first major Fulbright Programme on global health. She has recently been awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in recognition of her "invaluable contributions to innovation in governance for global health and global health diplomacy.