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Prof. Dr. Hematram Yadav (Chair - 2023)
Conference Co-Chair
Prof. Dr. Hematram
Sr. Public Health Specialist,

Professor Dr. Hematram Yadav is former professor of Community Medicine Department in MAHSA University, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Prior to this appointment he was Head of Community Medicine in International Medical University and also Head of Family Health. Division in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in University Malaya (UM) and the Head of Family Health and Development Division in the Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia. He received his basic medical degree (MBBS) from University of Kerala, India and went on to do his Masters in Public Health (MPH) in University Malaya and MBA from Boston University. He has over 40 years of experience in the field of Public Health both locally and internationally. He worked as a consultant for WHO, UNICEF and In Develop (Sweden) mainly in countries in the Western Pacific Region in areas such as Primary Health Care, Maternal and Child Health Care, and Health Services Management in several countries. While in the Ministry of Health (MOH) he conducted several workshops in the area of Health and Hospital management both locally and in the Western Pacific region. He has organized several public health conferences besides he has also served in several technical committees and as Organizing Chairman of several conferences.

He has published more than 90 papers, author of several books and has presented technical papers in both local and international level. During his career in Ministry of Health he served as Chairman of the Reproductive Health Meeting organized by the Family Health Division at World Health Organization (WHO) HQ in Geneva, and also as Vice-Chairman of the Members of Interested Parties Meeting (MIP) in WHO HQ. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Malaysia (FAMM) Public Health Chapter and is on editorial boards of several journals. He has participated in several research projects and his current research interest is on maternal mortality and birth weight of infants. For his work he has received several awards locally and he is a recipient of the prestigious Hind Rattan Award from the NRI Welfare Society of India New Delhi for his work in the area of public health.

Dr. Alene H. Gelbard has over four decades of international experience advancing social and economic development. During the last 15 years, she has focused on helping businesses become more engaged in improving community well-being based on the experiences and perspectives of businesses. Results include a highly successful model for business/community organization partnership building that has produced sustainable local resources for partnership building in Indonesia. Today, a network of hundreds of businesses and community organizations in that country use the resources to increase their abilities to partner. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Social Enterprise in the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C. where she has taught business-nonprofit partnership building for the past six years.

She created ACCESS Partnerships as a successor to ACCESS Health Worldwide (ACCESS HW), a project she created and ran at the Public Health Institute (PHI) from 2004 – 2016. Her prior experience includes advising policymakers, program directors, and researchers on how to use data for effective policymaking and program development and management. Her positions include Senior Population Policy Advisor for the US Agency for International Development USAID) in Washington, DC, Senior Communications Advisor on Health, Population, and Nutrition for USAID/Indonesia, Advisor to the Ministry of Planning and Coordination in Bolivia, and Policy Analyst for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). As director of international programs at the nonprofit Population Reference Bureau (PRB), she served on U.S. delegations to several international conferences on development in the 1990s. She has lived and worked in Indonesia, Bolivia, France, Brazil, and the Philippines and worked in other countries in Asia, Latin American and Africa. She speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese, and limited Indonesian. She has a doctorate in population dynamics from the Bloomberg School of Public Health/Johns Hopkins University and a BA in French from the University of Washington.

Strengths include strategic planning, leadership, management, design thinking, coalition and network building, and oral and written communication skills, especially in multicultural and multilingual settings.

Alene H. Gelbard, Phd (Chair - 2023)
Conference Co-Chair
Alene H. Gelbard,

Founder and Principal, ACCESS Partnerships, Adjunct Professor of Social Enterprise, American University,
United States

Conference Advisor
Dr. Raman
Global Health and Epidemiology Unit, Umeå University,

Raman Preet is a dental public health professional with expertise in global health based at the Dept of Epidemiology and Global Health (EpiGH) at Umeå University, Sweden, currently serving as the Research Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer of the Dept of EpiGH. Having gained rich experience in health consortia management and working with teams in diverse cultures and contexts is competent in international research coordination; communication & dissemination; and diplomacy. Since last 9 years has been working with many large international multidisciplinary public health research projects especially European Union-funded grants on arboviral diseases involving around 38 organisations in 20 countries, presently Co-Coordinator of an ongoing EU H2020 health research project, ZikaPLAN.

As a voice for the inclusion and implementation of global health across disciplines and professions, Dr. Raman interacts with various health professional groups and teaches global health to medical, dental and public health students at Umeå University. She lectures nationally and internationally various topics especially project coordination, sustainable development goals in global health, gender perspective, and systems thinking approach to planning and management in public health.

With a bachelor’s degree in Dentistry (1998, India), MSc in Dental Public Health (2004, London) and Master in Public Health (2009, Sweden) Dr Raman has more than 15 years of teaching and 20 years of working experience in provision of dental care, public health and global health. As a member of the Swedish Society of Medicine’s Committee on Global Health supports various efforts in medical education. She served as an invited expert of the TDR (UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases) for contributing in the creation of a toolkit for incorporating gender analysis into research on infectious diseases. She features as a global health professional in the ‘Women in Global Health’ Sweden Chapter and is recognised as distinguished alumnus by her home institution in India.

Mr. Isanka P. Gamage
Conference Convener
Mr. Isanka P.


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Conference Secretariat
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