Seema Lakdawala University of Pittsburgh Assistant Professor Seema Lakdawala is an Assistant Professor in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Department at the University of Pittsburgh. The Lakdawala lab studies the molecular properties contributing to the epidemiological success of influenza A viruses to better predict future pandemics. There are two main areas of research in her lab 1) exploring the dynamics of influenza viral RNA assembly and 2) defining properties necessary for

Ana Carolina Lima Conduta Izzo Losco Harmonia Corretora de Seguros Domestic and International Benefit Director Ana Losco started her professional life as a dentist, running her own practice for nine years before joining Harmonia Corretora de Seguros in 2005. Now, as Domestic and International Benefit Director, Ana has been responsible for national and international corporate accounts and SME segment. Her decade of experience in the insurance industry and

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Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert @Drmom26 Rockland County, New York State, USA Commissioner of Health and Hospitals Dr. Ruppert is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and a Distinguished Lecturer in Epidemiology and Community Medicine at New York Medical College. She began her career in a faculty medicine practice for St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, in Paterson, New Jersey, then in a private internal medicine practice

Jennifer Kraschnewski Pennsylvania State University Associate Professor, Medicine, Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences who joined the faculty at the Penn State College of Medicine in July 2009. She completed her medical degree at the University of Wisconsin and her Internal Medicine Residency at Duke University Medical Center. Following completion of her medical training, she was

Mike Lean University of Glasgow Chair of Human Nutrition My research covers many aspects of Human Nutrition, encouraging molecular, clinical and public health. The main major focuses are on obesity/diabetes/cardiovascular risk, and on plant-food antioxidants; particularly new phenolics. Several important international bodies have reviewed parts of my research between 2000-2005. Importantly, in 2001 the Adult Training Programme III of NIH Cholesterol Education Program published its authoritative diagnostic definition

David Spencer – University of Leeds Professor of Economics and Political Economy David Spencer, Professor of Economics and Political Economy at the University of Leeds, holds a PhD in Economics and a MA in Economics, both from the University of Leeds, as well as a BA (Hons) in Economics, CNAA. His general interests lie in the economics and political economy of work, employment relations/work studies, the history

David Prologo Emory University Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences Dr. Prologo is an academic interventional radiologist with a dual board certification in obesity medicine, working to help humans with pain or obesity (or both). Innovator of The Catching Point. Currently, he is assistant professor in the Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, at the Emory University School of Medicine. Previously, he was an Assistant professor in the

David Bishai Johns Hopkins University Professor of Health Economics David Bishai has over 200 peer-reviewed papers in health economics. He begins his term as president of International Health Economics Association on January 1, 2018.

Sophie Medlin King’s College London Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics Sophie Medlin is a Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at King’s College London and a Freelance Dietitian. Sophie is an experienced clinical dietitian, having worked in the NHS for many years specialising in surgical gastroenterology and intestinal failure. Sophie moved from clinical dietetics to academia in 2014 and pursues research interests in colorectal and gastrointestinal disorders. Sophie maintains

Emmanuel Stamatakis University of Sydney Professor of Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Population Health Emmanuel completed a PhD on physical activity and childhood obesity at the University of Bristol (UK). Between 2003 and 2014 he was based at University College London where he initially led the development and implementation of physical activity measures in large-scale nationwide epidemiological surveillance studies. He was subsequently awarded a Postgraduate Fellowship Award (2007) and a Career Development Fellowship (2011) by

It’s common for people to focus on their health at the start of the year. But few consider the well being of the microbes that live inside the human gut – the microbiome – which are vital to an individual’s good health.

Amanda Klekowski Von Koppenfels, Ph.D. University of Kent Senior Lecturer in Migration and Politics Director, MA in International Migration Director, Graduate Studies (Taught) Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels received her PhD in Government and MA in Germany and European Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, DC and an AB from Harvard University. She has been Visiting Scholar at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies 2012-13 and Visiting Professor at the

Mark Cook Willis Towers Watson – Global Services and Solutions Group Director, Global Services and Solutions Mark Cook is a Director in Willis Towers Watson’s Global Services and Solutions group based in London and advises on a range of international employee benefits issues. He is an international benefits expert and has worked at Willis Towers Watson for over 20 years. Mark leads Willis Towers Watson’s benefit financing group

Philippe Viénot BNP Paribas Risk Manager Philippe was trained as an aerospace engineer with a MBA. He worked 6 years with Astrium (EADS) as satellite architect and system’s engineer. In 1996, he joined Marsh France, managing the space practice for 6 years, before becoming deputy head of FINPRO. He was hired by AIG France in 2006 to manage the Financial Institutions and the Professional Liability lines, then he managed

James W. Reid MetLife Global Employee Benefits Executive Vice President James W. Reid is the Executive Vice President for MetLife’s Global Employee Benefits (GEB) business and is responsible for expanding MetLife’s employee benefits business in more than 40 countries, broadening relationships and fueling growth across the globe via partnerships with multinational corporations as well as through distribution relationships with financial institutions. Prior to this role, James led the U.S.

Laura Healy Nottingham Trent University Senior Lecturer in Sport Coaching Dr. Laura Healy is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Coaching Science and teaches on the BSc Coaching and Sports Science programme. She supervises undergraduate and postgraduate research projects in areas related to sport psychology. Dr Healy joined Nottingham Trent University in September 2017. She successfully defended her Doctorate in Sport Psychology from the University of Birmingham in July 2015, which

Onil Bhattacharyya University of Toronto Frigon-Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research, Women’s College Hospital Dr. Onil Bhattacharyya is a family physician and the Frigon-Blau Chair in Family Medicine Research at Women’s College Hospital. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and an assistant professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. He received his medical degree

Libby Richards Purdue University Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Richards’ research efforts focus on understanding and intervening on the individual, interpersonal, and environmental influences on physical activity behavior. Past studies have focused on the use of dog walking to increase physical activity and included the implementation and evaluation of two randomized controlled trials (funded by the American Kennel Club and the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative). These interventions demonstrated effectiveness

Carly Wood University of Westminster Lecturer in Nutrition and Exercise Science I am a lecturer in Nutrition and Exercise Science at the University of Essex and have both a BSc (hons) and PhD in Sports and Exercise Science. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My research interests are focused on the role of natural environments in facilitating physical activity and whether being active in green spaces (Green Exercise) can

Sven Roelandt GEB – Generali Employee Benefits Regional Manager WEMEA Sven Roelandt joined the Generali Employee Benefits Network as Area Manager for the Nordics and Benelux back in 2012. He is currently holding the position of Regional Manager with responsibility for the Brussels Regional Office team, which overlooks the WEMEA region. Sven holds a degree in mathematics and physics, but has been active in the field of Employee

Ruchika Pal Talent Root Consulting Founder Ruchika Pal is the founder of Talent Root Consulting, which specializes in areas of Talent Rewards, Performance and Analytics. She is an experienced talent management and total rewards professional, with a good understanding of the talent landscape of Southeast and South Asia, including India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa and Sri Lanka. She has more than 16 years of

Darrell Cockburn Assistant Professor of Food Science Pennsylvania State University Our interests center around the processing of dietary fiber by the human gut microbiome. This fiber is composed primarily of the undigested carbohydrates in our diet. Humans can really only directly use the polysaccharide starch (mostly, see below), the disaccharides lactose, sucrose and maltose and their constituent monosaccharides glucose, galactose and fructose. All other carbohydrates are untouched by human

Alda Dhingra Prudent Insurance Brokers Pvt. Ltd. (India) Vice President – International Business Practice Alda’s 28-year career has spanned investment banking in the United States, training and instructional design in India, and entrepreneurship in insurance broking at Prudent Insurance Brokers. Alda co-founded the Delhi branch of Prudent Insurance Brokers Pvt. Ltd. in 2005 and has been part of the senior leadership that has grown the company to over 650

Connie Rogers Pennsylvania State University Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences My research focuses on the role of changes in energy balance and related nutritional factors on inflammation, immune regulation and cancer risk using both animal models and human subjects.

Hal Sosabowski University of Brighton Professor of Public Understanding of Science Professor Hal Sosabowski holds a Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Brighton in the UK. He has an international reputation for performing high-end exhibition science, most recently at the All Russia Science Festival in Moscow and the Abu Dhabi Festival of Science. He has also toured Europe extensively. He was the first scientist

Anja Shortland King’s College London Reader in Political Economy Dr Anja Shortland is Reader in Political Economy and Director of Postgraduate Research in the Department of Political Economy. Her current research projects are in peace science and the economics of crime. Although largely based on data analysis, her work usually cuts across disciplinary boundaries adopting techniques and insights from sociology, engineering, geography, politics, international relations and economics. Anja