Keynote Speakers

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Prof. David C. Bellinger
Professor in the Department of Environmental Health
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, USA.

David C. Bellinger, a pediatric neuropsychologist and environmental epidemiologist, is a Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Boston Children’s Hospital and a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. His research focuses primarily on the neuropsychological and behavioral sequelae of children’s chemical exposures and has included studies on lead, methylmercury, elemental mercury, arsenic, manganese, perfluoroalkyl acids, fluoride, organophosphate pesticides, PCBs, and general anesthetics. Many of these studies have been conducted in developing countries, including India, Tanzania, the Philippines, Mexico, Bangladesh, China, and Mongolia. He has published more than 400 papers and been invited to lecture in two dozen countries. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Toxics and an Associate Editor (children’s health) of Environmental Health. He is the President of the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment, Chairperson of the WHO Committee on Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lead Poisoning, and a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Food Safety. He has served on advisory committees of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency, and on committees of the National Academies focused on lead, methylmercury, seafood risks and benefits, and inorganic arsenic.

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Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
Director-General of Health Malaysia &
Senior Consultant in Breast & Endocrine Surgery

Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah is the current Director-General of Health Malaysia since 1st March 2013. He is also a Senior Consultant in Breast and Endocrine Surgery, Hospital Putrajaya. Prior to this, he also held the post of Deputy Director-General of Health (Medical Programme) between January 2008 until end of February 2013. He obtained both his Medical Doctor (M.D.) degree in 1988 and his Master of Surgery (M.S.) in 1994 from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Four years later in between 1997-1998, he completed his Fellowship training in Breast & Endocrine Surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He received his Fellowship of the Academy of Medicine Malaysia in 2004 and an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians London in 2012. He has also been conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Medicine from Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (2014), Honorary Fellowship of the Academy of Family Physicians of Malaysia (2015) and Honorary Fellowship of the International College of Dentists (2016). He is a world renowned for contribution in Endocrine surgery, especially on Thyroid surgery. He has presented many papers in local and international conferences and has had numerous invitations to speak at local and international events. Apart from that, he is also a prolific writer with extensive publications in local and international journals and has authored many chapters in various textbooks on endocrine surgery. He also actively involved in World Health Organisation (WHO), including his recent achievement as the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) Representative for the Working Group on Strategic Budget Space Allocation, WHO. He has led many innovative initiatives in health, while pushing others towards creative innovation with utilisation of home grown talents. He believes in breaking down silos and working together across the divide within the ministry and beyond — as every sector is a health sector. To meet the challenges ahead, he also mooted the idea of the Talent Grooming Programme (TGP) for Technical Healthcare Professionals for succession planning and developing good future healthcare leaders. In addition to that, he is a strong advocate of the utilisation of social media as a smarter, cheaper, faster, more efficient and transparent tool in reaching out and engaging with the public and various stakeholders, thus delivering real-time information on various healthcare issues locally and internationally.