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.

Other Speakers

Keynote Speakers

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.

Prof. Dr. Forhad Akhtar Zaman

( Plenary Speaker )
Sikkim Manipal Institute


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.