IANPHI Executive Board Adds New Directors

(Nov. 2, 2010)  During the 2010 IANPHI Annual Meeting in Atlanta, IANPHI members elected five members to the Executive Board. The Executive Board comprises directors of 11 IANPHI member institutes, each representing a different region of the world. The  board provides policy oversight from respected leaders of NPHIs from all over the world. 

The new members of the IANPHI Executive Board include the following: 

Professor Mahmudur Rahman is the director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) and National Influenza Center in Bangladesh. He served as the professor and head of the Department of Epidemiology of National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (NIPSOM) from 2002 to 2004, following six years as associate professor of epidemiology in NIPSOM. He has devoted most of his academic career to the fields of epidemiology and public health. His past research has focused on disease surveillance, communicable and noncommunicable disease epidemiology, and public health policy issues. Read more.

Amabelia Rodrigues is president of the new National Institute of Public Health (INASA) in Guinea-Bissau. She received her PhD at the University of Copenhagen in 2001, concentrating on the epidemiology of cholera. She has done research on cholera, rotavirus, malaria, and vaccines. Read more.

Mario Henry Rodriguez is the general director of the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publica in Mexico. He did a medical residency at the National Institute of Nutrition from 1975 to 1978; from 1983-1986 he was research fellow at Harvard School of Public Health. From 1987 to 1995 he headed the Malaria Research Center in Tapachula, Chiapas. He later served as Director of the Center for Research on Infectious Diseases. In 2007 he was appointed director General of the National Institute of Public Health. Read more.

Yu Wang, director-general of the China CDC, Ministry of Health of China,  was elected for a second term on the IANPHI Executive Board. He earned his doctorate degree in medicine from Peking Medical University and PhD from Jichi Medical School of Japan. His research field was molecular virology and immunology of hepatitis virus. Read more.

Jane Wilde is chief executive of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland. She is a doctor and consultant in public health with more than 30 years experience across different domains of public health. Her experience has focused on public health policy, particularly the prevention of noncommunicable diseases, social determinants of health, and action to tackle health inequalities. She has contributed to government committees on housing, poverty, food policy, agriculture, consumer affairs, and chronic diseases where she has been a passionate advocate for public health. Read more.


To read more about other members of the Executive Board, click here. 

IANPHI's Executive Board members share a belief in the importance of building broader and deeper public health capacity and infrastructure globally through strong and connected national public health institutes.

View 2010 Executive Board meeting minutes:

April 8, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland
October 31, 2010, Atlanta, USA
November. 2, 2010, Atlanta, USA