The Experts 2018

Meet the Experts

Mira B. Aghi, PhD
Board Member, Chair of Tobacco Control, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)

Indu Ahluwalia, PhD, MPH
Chief of the Global Tobacco Control Branch of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Maria Carmen Audera-Lopez, PhD, MPH
Program Manager of the Convention Secretariat to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC)

Olalekan A. Ayo-Yusuf, BDS, MSc, MPH, PhD
Professor of public health at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in South Africa and Director of the Africa Center for Tobacco Industry Monitoring and Policy Research (a WHO Secretariat Observatory for Tobacco Industry Monitoring)

Douglas Bettcher, PhD
Former Director of the Department for Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO), and previous Director of the WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative Department

Eduardo Bianco, PhD           
Cardiologist, Latin American Director of the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), as well as President of the Tobacco Epidemic Research Center in Uruguay

Tania Cavalcante, PhD
Head of the Tobacco Control Division at the National Cancer Institute of Brazil (INCA)

Frank Chaloupka, PhD
Director of the Health Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Joanna Cohen, PhD
The Bloomberg Professor of Disease Prevention and the Director of the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Elif Dagli, PhD
Pediatric Pulmonologist, Lecturer at Marmara University, Acibadem University, East Mediterranean University, and Chair of the Health Institute Association (Istanbul, Turkey)

Kim Bao Giang, PhD
Vice Director of the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Hanoi Medical University

Roberto Iglesias, PhD
Technical Officer, Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases with the World Health Organization

Ziauddin Islam, PhD
Director of the Advancing Tobacco Control Initiative in Pakistan, Tobacco Control Cell of Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Government of Pakistan

Soewarta Kosen, PhD
Policy Researcher at the National Institute of Health Research and Development, Ministry of Indonesia

Suchitra Krishnan-Sarin, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Substance Abuse, Yale Tobacco Center for Regulatory Science

Donald Makoka, PhD
Research Fellow at the Center for Agricultural Research and Development at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi

Nandita Murukutla, PhD
Vice President, Global Policy and Research Policy, Advocacy and Communication Division at Vital Strategies

Matthew L. Myers, JD
President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK)

Nigar Nargis, PhD
Director of Economic and Health Policy Research at the American Cancer Society

Jeremias Paul
Coordinator of the Tobacco Control Economics Unit in the Department of the Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO)

Gan Quan, PhD
Director of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) China Office

Luz Myriam Reynales Shigematsu, PhD
Head of the Department of Tobacco Research at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health (INSP)

Gustavo Sóñora
Legal Advisor for the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union)

André Szklo, PhD
Senior Researcher, Population Research Unit, the Brazilian National Cancer Institute (INCA)

Dan Xiao, PhD
Head of the Tobacco Medicine and Tobacco Cessation Center of the China-Japan Friendship Hospital and the WHO’s Collaborating Center for Tobacco Cessation and Respiratory Diseases Prevention

Ghazi Zaatari, PhD
Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the American University in Beirut, and Chair of the WHO’s Study Group on Tobacco Product Regulation

Rong Zheng, PhD
Professor from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China, and Director of the WHO’s Collaborating Center for Tobacco and Economics