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Ilona Kickbusch

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Ilona Kickbusch is the Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. She is the chair of the Global Health Europe - a platform for European Commitment to Global Health and of the Consortium on Global Health Diplomacy. In Switzerland she serves on the executive board of the Careum Foundation and is the chairperson of the World Demography and Ageing Congress St Gallen.

She advises organisations, government agencies and the private sector on policies and strategies to promote health at the national, European and international level. She has published widely and is a member of a number of advisory boards in both the academic and the health policy arena. She has received many awards. In 2007 she was appointed as the Adelaide Thinking in Residence for the subject area "Healthy Societies" at the invitation of the Premier of South Australia and continues to be involved in a range of projects in South Australia, in particular as regards Health in All Policies.

Her key areas of interest are health in all policies, the health society and health literacy, global health governance and global health diplomacy. She has had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization, at both the regional and global level. She then joined Yale University as the head of the global health division, where she contributed to shaping the field of global health and headed a major Fulbright programme. She is a political scientist with a PhD from the University of Konstanz, Germany. Details can be found on her website: www.ilonakickbusch.com.