Paulo Ferrinho: NOVA University Lisbon, Portugal
Prof. Paulo Ferrinho is Full Professor of Global Public Health at NOVA University Lisbon, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (IHMT-UNL) and Center for Global Health and Tropical Medicine Research, and its former Director. He is currently Director of the Department of Global Public Health. His areas of interest include public health, One Health, epidemiology, human resources for health and capacity building of academic and research institutions in the Global South. He is a member of the extended Board of the International Federation of Tropical Medicina and the Scientific Advisory Committees of EDCTP2 and the Global Health EDCTP3 Joint Undertaking. He has been involved in collaborative international work in Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia.
Michael Makanga: European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership Assocation, The Netherlands
Dr. Michael Makanga is a clinician-scientist with 27 years of health and clinical research work experience in African and European institutions. He is Executive Director of the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership Association. Dr. Makanga has significant experience in global health, research for health capacity development, engagement with policy makers, ethics and regulatory authorities in Africa and Europe. Moreover, he has served in various scientific and policy advisory boards for international product development, philanthropic organisations, World Bank and pharmaceutical companies involved in developing medicinal products for poverty related and neglected tropical diseases.
Shabnum Sarfraz: P2Impact Associates, Pakistan
Dr. Shabnum Sarfraz is currently working as Global Director Gender and Health for the Women in Global Health (WGH), an organization with 47 chapters operating across 43 countries and committed to promoting gender equity amongst the Human Resource for Health (HRH) and increase the percentage of women in health leadership. She worked for the Federal Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan, where she was the senior techncial and policy lead for the national health, education, and gender portfolios. She has served as the Senior Technical Advisor at Marie Stopes International UK and Regional HRH Advisor at WHO EMRO, GHWA and was member of the WHO Gender Equity Hub. Her area of interest is in health policy and systems research with particular focus on gender transformative leadership and gender equity in HRH.
Mario Dal Poz: University of the Estate of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dr. Mario Roberto Dal Poz is a full professor and former vice-director of the Institute of Social Medicine at University of the Estate of Rio de Janeiro. He served as a health planning advisor in the cities of Niterói (1977-1980) and Rio de Janeiro (1980-1984), as well as the National Cancer Institute (1984-1985) and the ex-INAMPS-RJ (1985-1986). He worked as the World Health Organization's (WHO) coordinator of human resources for health in Geneva from 2000 to 2012. He is currently the emeritus Editor-in-Chief of the journal Human Resources for Health, fellow of CNPq, Prociência UERJ, and FAPERJ (Scientist of the State).
He is a pediatrician with a passion for public health who has worked in the field of health systems for over 40 years, gaining extensive experience in human resource development at the regional, national, and international levels. Master of Social Medicine with a dissertation on health-care delivery models in the context of Brazil's growing urbanization, and PhD in Public Health with a thesis on the development of a new method of analyzing human resources for health policies.
In addition to Brazil, he has worked in several Latin American, African, Middle Eastern, European, and Asian countries, primarily in the development of technical cooperation in human resources for health (HRH), with a focus on policy, planning, and information systems for health professionals, as well as health system reform. His interests include health service delivery, HRH policy planning and implementation, methodologies for health workforce planning and scaling-up, among others.
With the support of FAPERJ and CNPq, he has been coordinating a research team on the global health workforce crisis, determinants, and perspectives for health personnel education since 2013.
He has over 100 articles published in specialized journals, 30 book chapters, and has organized or edited over 20 books.