Keynote Speakers

John P. Elder

Distinguished Professor and Division Head
Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science
San Diego State University
United States

“ Dengue infections and Childhood Obesity: Battling Epidemics that know no Boundaries. ”

John P. Elder is Distinguished Professor in the Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at San Diego State University Graduate School of Public, and Adjunct Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California-San Diego. He received his Bachelor degree from the University of Nebraska, the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University and an MPH from Boston University in international health. He currently serves as Principal Investigator of an obesity prevention research project funded by NIH/NIDDK, and of the CDC-funded San Diego Prevention Research Center.

He has authored 3 books and 345 other publications in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention, and behavioral epidemiology. Dr. Elder has consulted for USAID, DoD, the Rockefeller Foundation and WHO projects in 34 different countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. His international work has been in the areas of child survival, MCH, AIDS/HIV, dengue fever and malaria control, research design, and social marketing. Prof. Elder has also won more than $60 million in research funding.

Dr. Elder serves on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Family and Community Health, the Journal of Migrant Health, and the American Journal of Health Behavior. He received the “2003 American Academy of Health Behavior Research Laureate” award, and the R. Tait McKenzie Annual Lecturer from the, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in 2011. He also won the “President’s Leadership Award for Faculty and Staff Excellence” in 2012.

Prof. Ernest Madu

Founder of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean

” Reducing the Global Burden of Cardiovascular Disease: A Model for Sustainable Cardiac Care Development in Developing Countries. “

Professor Ernest Madu has had a distinguished career in clinical medicine and healthcare innovations. Dr. Madu is one of the “30 most Influential People in Public Health.” He is a pioneer in the development of healthcare infrastructure, health systems innovations and appropriate technology transfer to enhance quality and cost effectiveness of care in developing and low resource nations. Prof. Madu is the Managing Partner of IHS Group, Nashville, USA and also serves as Chairman and CEO of the Heart Institute of the Caribbean, Jamaica.

Dr. Madu is one of the very few non-European cardiologists to earn the prestigious title of Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology College He holds the academic rank of Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Imaging Technology and is respected globally for his contributions to cardiovascular medicine and health systems innovation. He is a leading expert in leveraging technology to bridge the access gap in quality healthcare delivery and has used his expertise in leading innovative and transformational healthcare projects in Africa and the Caribbean.

Prof. Madu is frequently invited around the world to speak about disruptive approaches to healthcare delivery. His opinions are regularly sought by leading international organizations and think tanks like TED, World Policy Journal, General Electric, UNICEF, US-Africa Business Summit, World Healthcare Congress, The Commonwealth Fund and World Medical Tourism Association. Prof. Madu has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer reviewed medical journals and his work has been profiled in leading journals and magazines. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology and the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, and was most recently awarded the fellowship of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences.

Dr. Chaiporn Promsingh

Dr. Chaiporn Promsingh M.D.

( Guest Speaker )
Medical Officer on Health Promotion, Advisory Level
Office of Senior Advisor Committee, Department of Health,
Ministry of Public Health,


Dr. Chaiporn Promsingh received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Khon Kaen University. He also received 2 diplomas, which are diploma of the Thai Board of Family Medicine, and diploma of the Thai Board of Preventive Medicine. During his career in Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, he was appointed as a general surgeon at Nong Kai Provincial Hospital and Buriram Provincial Hospital. Then he was promoted to Director of Kemmarat District Hospital, Ubonratchathani rovince in the northeastern region of Thailand. Then he was Provincial Deputy-Chief Medical Officer of Ubonratchathani Provincial Hospital. For his career in Department of Health, he was appointed as a Director of Regional Health Promotion Center 6 Chonburi, Director of Regional Health Promotion Center 1 Chiang Mai, Director of Regional Health Promotion Center 7 Khon Kaen, and Director of Regional Health Promotion Center 10 Ubonratchathani, respectively. After serving his duty outside metropolitan area, he was appointed as Director of Physical Activity and Health Division. Currently, his position is Medical Physician, Advisory Level in Health Promotion and also Chairman of Senior Expert Committee of Department of Health, Ministy of Public Health, Thailand.

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Dr. Forhad Akhtar Zaman

( Plenary Speaker )
Sikkim Manipal Institute

SESSION: ” Sexual and Reproductive Health “

TITLE: “Global Burden of Tuberculosis & Drug Resistant TB”


Dr Forhad Akhtar Zaman is one of the youngest Professor in India presently working in the Department of Community Medicine at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, India. He is associated with Million Death Study as a Coder & Adjudicator under Govt. of India & CGHR, Canada. He was awarded the Fellowship of Indian Public Health Association in 2017 for his outstanding contribution in the field of Public Health in India. He is also working as a Central Team Member in Annual Sentinel Surveillance for HIV Infection under Govt of India since 2010. He served as State Consultant for ICDS, Govt. of India for 3 years. He is also the nominated member of the International Forum of Teachers (IFT) of UNESCO Haifa Bioethics Chair. He was the speaker at the 53 rd National Conference of the Indian Public Health Association at KIMS, Bangalore in Jan 2009. He was the Keynote Speaker at the 12th South East Asia Regional Scientific Meeting of International Epidemiological Association at Bangkok in Nov 2015. He was the Plenary speaker in the 2nd and 3rd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PUBLIC HEALTH 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka and in 2017 at Kuala lumpur, Malaysia. He was awarded travel grants to present a research paper and Chaired Session at IEA World Congress of Epidemiology at Saitama, Japan in Aug 2017. He Completed Advanced Course on Death Certification conducted by the Centre for Global Health Research, affiliated with St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto and in collaboration with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). He has total 28 publications in various Indexed National & International Journals.

Dr. Nasrin Banu Laskar

Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences

SESSION: ” Environmental Health “

TITLE: ” Clean India Mission “


Dr. Nasrin Banu Laskar is a young and dynamic public health specialist in India, presently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, India. She is an eminent teacher in Community Medicine, guiding several Postgraduate students and PhD scholars. She has been associated with the Million Death Study (under Govt. Of India & CGHR, Canada) since 2008 as a Coder, Adjudicator and Transcriptionist. She has served as a State Consultant for ICDS in Sikkim for the Govt. Of India. She has served as an Editorial Board Member for the Indian Public Health Association and is a Peer Reviewer for the Indian Journal of Public Health.

She was the speaker at the 53rd National Conference of the Indian Public Health Association at KIMS, Bengaluru in January 2009. She has completed Advanced Course on Death Certification conducted by the Centre for Global Health Research, affiliated with St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto and in Collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). She has authored chapters on ‘Reproductive and Sexual Health of Adolescent Females’ in Books for Community Nursing. She is involved in multiple Public Health Research activities and has several publications in various Indexed National and International Journals.

Dr. Raghib Ali

Director of the Public Health Research Center at NYU Abu Dhabi
New York University Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

SESSION: ” Non-Communicable Diseases “


Dr. Raghib Ali is the Director of the Public Health Research Center at New York University Abu Dhabi and Adjunct Associate Professor in Public Health and in Population Health at New York University. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford & Honorary Consultant in Acute Medicine at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust. His main research interests are the etiology, prevention & treatment of non-communicable diseases in Middle Eastern and South Asian populations and he has published more than 80 papers with over 10,000 citations and an H index of 27.

He is the Principal Investigator for the UAE Healthy Future Study, the first prospective cohort study in the UAE investigating risk factors for obesity, diabetes and Cardiovascular disease in 20,000 adults. He graduated in Medicine from Cambridge University in 1999 and also has postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Oxford and London. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2013.

Dr. Keith Buckley

Director of Physical and Health Education
Rollins College Winter Park


SESSION: ” Social Determinants of Health “

TITLE: ” Evaluating the Right to Affordable Healthcare “

Dr.  Buckley is a Professor who has taught in the Health and Physical Education department for the last 15 years at Rollins College. . He earned his Doctorate in Education from the University of Central Florida in 2003 specializing in Instructional technology. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Crummer School of Business at Rollins College (1995) and earned his undergraduate degree from Rollins College.

He is the Director of Physical Education at Rollins College and serves on the the Health and Wellness committee for the college.  He holds the Greene Chair which was established in 1967 by Raymond W. Greene, who stipulated that the chair-holder should encourage reverence for the “Amazing Creation of the Human Body and Its Functions.” He also is the soccer coach of the college and has accumulated over 300 wins in his coaching tenure. The college is recognized as one of the top academic soccer schools in the country. The team has won regional and conference championships.

Prof. Dr. Pei Lin Lua

Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA)


SESSION: ” Social Determinants of Health “

TITLE: ” Community Health Education Empowerment Via e-Health Innovations “

Prof. Lua obtained her PhD in Pharmacy from Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom in 2003 specialising in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) studies. Prior to that, she has studied Pharmacy in the same university and graduated in 1998 with a B.Pharm (First Class Honours) and later pursued her pharmacy training in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu. Her first permanent job was as a lecturer at Universiti Malaysia Sabah from 2003 until 2005, whereby she was entrusted with the responsibility of being the Head of Psychology And Social Health Research Unit.

She later joined the Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam as a senior lecturer and was influential in setting up the Centre for Drug Policy And Health Economics Research as well as being appointed as the Head of B.Pharm programme. In 2007 upon moving to Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) in her hometown of Terengganu, she diligently helped establish the Centre for Clinical And Quality of Life Studies which spearheads a variety of clinical and behavioural health studies. Most recently she pioneered the set-up of the new Faculty of Pharmacy in UniSZA in 2016. With over 80 publications, 200 presentations and 40 awards under her belt, she contributes tremendously in postgraduate supervision and training while acting as invited reviewer and consultant panel for various reputed journals and expert committees. Her main research field involves HRQoL investigations in chronic diseases with psychosocial implications, besides a special interest in e-health technologies for health education and promotion.

Prof. Steven L. West

Professor and Chair, Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
The University of Memphis
United States

Session: “Social Determinants of Health”
Title: Routine Dental Exams of Persons with Disabilities in the U.S.

Dr. Steve is Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research. Steve joined the faculty of CEPR in August 2016 after a 15-year career with the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. During his time at VCU, Steve spent nine years in the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling and six years in the Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering.

Prof. Steve is President of the Board of the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, the national certifying organization for professional rehabilitation counselors. As an advocate for persons with disabilities, he served for five years as a member of the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services’ Human Research Review Committee.

Prof. Steve is a leading scholar on substance abuse treatment access for persons with disabilities (PWDs). Along with colleagues at Virginia Commonwealth University, he pioneered the self-report assessment of the impact of access barriers on substance abuse treatment and was the first to demonstrate that access barriers lead to service denials to PWDs. Steve continues to conduct research on access to care, and also pursues research in the areas of military and veteran health, moral injuries, and traumatic brain injuries

M. Nasir Uddin-Plenary Speaker_ICOPH 2018

Assoc. Prof. M. Nasir Uddin

Texas A&M University College of Medicine

Session: “Social Determinants of Health”
Title: Molecular pathogenesis of preeclampsia and its potential therapeutics.
Nasir Uddin, PhD, FAHA is the Founder Executive & Scientific Director of Orion Institute for Translational Medicine and Founder and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Emergent Biotechnology, LLC., Temple, Texas. Dr. Uddin is serving as an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University College of Medicine. He served as a Director of Research for OB/GYN Residency and Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program at Baylor Scott & White Health/Texas A&M University College of Medicine, USA.
He is also serving as an Adjunct Professor of Texas Bioscience Institute. Dr. Uddin is a Visiting Professor and Founding Coordinator of Department of Public Health at North South University, Bangladesh. Dr. Uddin is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and also serves as a Councilor of the Central Texas Society for Clinical and Translational Research. His research currently focuses on two diseases of high unmet medical need: preeclampsia (hypertension during pregnancy) and gynecologic cancer, in particular ovarian cancer. A major long-term goal of his lab is to determine the pathogenesis and molecular signaling in preeclampsia and ovarian cancer and to evaluate potential therapeutic interventions. With worldwide collaborations with universities, research institutes, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies, Dr. Uddin has active and pending NIH and foundation funding.
He has published more than 150 peer reviewed articles and has presented more than 300 abstracts in national and international meetings. Dr. Uddin mentored more than 100 medical students, medical residents and fellows, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He is a member of several professional societies and also a peer review member of several Journals and funding agencies at USA and several other countries.

Dr. J. Paulo Moreira

Princeton Healthcare International (Director for Europe; Senior Associate for China)

TITLE“Financing Health and Wellness Tourism Projects: Success Factors”


Currently, Paulo is Director for Europe and Senior Associate for China at Princeton Healthcare International and Senior Associate for China the leading US based global agency for financing health and wellness.

At the European Union (EU) and international level Paulo had the opportunity to support and lead several healt communication and management projects in the context of European health systems within several topics/areas of professional regulation, healthcare management development and strategic support to European governments.

Recently he was Deputy Head of Unit of the health communication and capacity building unit in an EU Agency (eCDC, based in Stockholm, Sweden) where he co-lead a team of 40 people working on health management issues for Public Health in the European Union.. This is the European Agency to support European governments in public health activities. In this executive experience he was involved and/or lead several strategic support programs which included different dimensions and programs and campaigns on healthcare professional and public for the prevention of communicable diseases, applied research, training and communication with a strong dimension of public relations, public affairs and institutional networking. In this work experience, Paulo created and lead oe EU wide research project on assessing innovation for public health activities developed to support eHealth developments and social marketing approaches. He also lead several health communication strategic issues for the Director of ECDC (she is currently the Director of WHO Europe). In this work experience, Paulo also had the opportunity to collaborate with several colleagues at CDC/Atlanta involved in health management and economics topics and innovation developments. He also lead the committee on Health Advocacy and Communication of ASPHER (a Brussels based NGO – the European Association of Public health Schools) particularly involved in advocating for Regulation more supportive of public health and new technologies development and in this context on regulating public health professional skills in the European Union and national governments and universities (public health schools and departments).

In 2013 he became consultant of the Government of Kazakhstan on assessment of innovation and heath technologies. He has been consultant for health ministries and hospitals in Portugal, Spain, Brazil and Angola in similar activities.

Paulo is an ad-hoc invited expert of the World Health Organization WHO/Geneva on research projects and expert meetings / advisory panels on Health Management, eHealth, Health communication and social marketing topics and has also been involved in research on CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility and Public Health), geared to assess and develop programs for public health in businesses within the CSR framework. In his country, he has been strategic government advisor to two health secretaries of state and was involved in several eHealth development programs and related change management processes.

His former executive experience, of over 20 years, which started with work as International healthcare manager for a British ehealth/telemedicine/telecare company, also evolved in roles at BUOA the British based health insurer, and private healthcare organizations, including hospital management (namely member of the board leading change management for the King’s Fund Healthcare Quality Accreditation projects, a rival system of the Joint Commission) and several NGOs. He holds experience of over 5 years in senior hospital management of a Private healthcare group with hospital units in Portugal (also active in Spain and Brazil) where he was Director of Marketing, Communications and Public Relations.