City Health International Patrons

We are delighted that a number of high profile thought leaders from different aspects of urban health have accepted the invitation to be Patrons of City Health International.

The Patrons support the aims of the network and lend valuable advice and support in our efforts to promote its activities.

Ingrid van Beek

Dr Ingrid van Beek AM

Dr Ingrid van Beek is a public health and addiction medicine physician who has worked at the sharp end of harm reduction for the past 30 years. She was the Director of Sydney’s Kirketon Road Centre until 2017, which is among the world’s most comprehensive primary health care services for ‘at risk’ young people, sex workers, and people who inject drugs. She was also the founding Medical Director of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, which was the first and still only service of this kind in Australia, describing its establishment and early years in a book entitled: In the eye of the needle: diary of a Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (Allen & Unwin 2004).

Ingrid was awarded membership of the Order of Australia in recognition of her contribution to public health in 2010. She was also honoured to receive the Paolo Pertica Award at the City Health International 2017 conference, for her humane and compassionate approach to the often complex problems of criminalised populations.

Harry Burns

Sir Harry Burns

Sir Harry Burns is the Professor of Global Public Health, at the University of Strathclyde, having been the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland from 2005 to 2014. He has become known for his work to address health inequalities. He is a member of the Council of Economic Advisers in Scotland.

Born in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire he graduated in medicine from the University of Glasgow and initially pursued a career in general surgery. For five years he was a consultant surgeon at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, later becoming the Medical Director of the hospital.

Harry completed a master's degree in Public Health in 1990, going on to work as Medical Director of Glasgow Royal Infirmary, before becoming the Director of Public Health for Greater Glasgow in 1995.

In 1999 he was awarded a visiting professorship in public health medicine at the University of Glasgow, and he also became a senior research fellow in the School of Business and Management at the university.

Harry took up the post of Chief Medical Officer for Scotland in September 2005 and began to help Scotland conceptualise health improvement differently, being aware that the small gains that resulted from a range of interventions can add up to produce significant overall improvements.

Harry stepped down as CMO in April 2014 to take up the appointment of Professor of Global Public Health at University of Strathclyde University.

Harry was knighted in the 2011 the Birthday Honours in recognition of outstanding achievement and service to society and, In December 2014, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the first Scottish Public Service Awards, recognising his lasting contributions to public service in Scotland.

Geoff Gallop

Emeritus Professor Geoff Gallop AC

Dr Geoff Gallop completed degrees at the University of Western Australia (BEc), Murdoch University (MPhil) and as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where he completed his doctorate in 1983. He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from Murdoch (2006) and the University of Western Australia (2012).

He was a Member of the Western Australian State Parliament from 1986 to 2006 during which he was a Minister in the Lawrence Government (1990 to 1993), Leader of the Labour Party (1996 to 2006) and State Premier from 2001 to 2006.

From 2006 to 2015 he was Director of the Graduate School of Government and is now an Emeritus Professor of the University of Sydney.

Geoff has served on a range of Commonwealth Government bodies, most notably the Hospitals and Health Reform Commission, the COAG Reform Council and the Australia Awards Board (Chair). He also chaired the Australian Republican Movement (2012 – 2015), and is an active supporter of deliberative democracy as a means for tackling complex issues.

Michel Kazatchkine

Professor Michel Kazatchkine

Professor Michel Kazatchkine is a French physician, diplomat and advocate, best known for his work in international AIDS treatment issues. A former Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, in July 2012 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed him as his United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Michel is also a Senior Fellow with the Global Health Programme of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, a member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy and serves as Chair of the Board of the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks Fund.

Following graduation from medical school in Paris, he then studied immunology at the Pasteur Institute. He first treated AIDS patients in 1983, and by 1985 had founded a clinic in Paris specializing in AIDS treatment and directed the French National Agency for AIDS Research between 1998-2005. He is a member of Médecins du Monde and one of the founders of Nova Dona, which is a non-profit organization giving services to drug users in Paris.

From 2004-2007 Michel also served as a Chair of the World Health Organisation's Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS and as a member of the WHO's Scientific and Technical Advisory Group on tuberculosis. In February 2005 he became France's HIV/AIDS and communicable diseases global ambassador and served in this role until 2007.

David Wilson

Professor David Wilson

Professor David Wilson is the Global HIV/AIDS Programme Director, at the World Bank. He was previous a Professor at the University of Zimbabwe for almost 20 years and an adviser to many governments as well as many bilateral and multilateral international agencies with HIV prevention programmes he developed often cited as examples of international best practices by the World Health Organisation, and other international agencies.

Since joining the World Bank in 2003, David has worked around the world providing strategic AIDS advice to governments such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, India, China, Vietnam, Lebanon and Papua New Guinea. He leads the Bank’s delegations to the International AIDS Conferences, as well as at other major international meetings and events.

As AIDS Director, David is responsible for guiding and implementing the Bank’s Global AIDS strategy, focusing on four key areas: promoting effective HIV prevention strategies, especially among high-risk groups; helping countries integrate AIDS treatment and other HIV-related health services into their public health systems; harnessing the Bank’s leading expertise in social protection to develop safety nets for those most impacted by the disease, particularly widows, orphans and marginalized groups such as injecting drug users; and leading economic analysis to help countries improve the effectiveness and sustainability of their AIDS responses.