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Catalina González Uribe

​Catalina González Uribe, PhD, MSc is a postdoctoral researcher at the Fundación Santa Fe de Bogotá and a professor at Universidad de los Andes. Dr. González’s work focuses on qualitative and quantitative applied methods in urban and rural population health. She is particularly interested in sexual and reproductive health inequities and vector- transmitted diseases in Colombia. ​

;#Data and methods;#Epidemiology;#Infectious diseases;#Population health;#Sexual and reproductive health;#
Gary O'Donovan
Gary O’Donovan, PhD is an expert in physical activity and health increasingly interested in the bold policies and large-scale interventions that might actually increase physical activity and decrease air pollution. Dr. O’Donovan is a British citizen, but lives in Medellín, Colombia. His team’s paper about "weekend warriors" is important in demonstrating that the dose of activity undertaken in the Ciclovía is sufficient to reduce all-cause mortality risk by 30% (O'Donovan et al., JAMA Internal Medicine, 2017;2017:335-42).
;#Mobility and physical activity;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Population health;#
Manuel Ramírez–Zea

​Manuel Ramírez–Zea, MD, PhD is the general coordinator of the Centro Integral del INCAP para la Prevención de las Enfermedades Crónicas, which aims to build local and regional capacities for health promotion and diet-related chronic disease prevention and care. Dr. Ramírez–Zea is also the principal investigator and co- investigator for local and multicentric projects on nutrition and lifestyle-related chronic diseases, early life nutrition and human capital, micronutrient deficiencies, intervention models to promote healthy lifestyles, and capacity building in the prevention and control of nutrition-related chronic diseases. ​

;#Behavioral health;#Food systems;#Noncommunicable disease;#Nutrition;#Policy and impact evaluation;#
Marcio Alazraqui

​Marcio Alazraqui, MD, PhD, MPH is the director of graduate programs in epidemiology and a professor of epidemilogy at the the Universidad Nacional de Lanús.  Dr. Alazraqui’s research focuses on mortality variations, health consequences of violence, and health disparities among the Argentine and Latin American populations.​​ 

;#Demography;#Epidemiology;#Population health;#Violence;#
Pedro Amaral

​Pedro Amaral, PhD is an associate professor in the Departamento de Ciências Econômicas of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and a fellow of the Center for Spatial Data Science of the University of Chicago. Dr. Amaral has experience in economics, focusing on regional and urban planning, working with regional imbalances, spatial econometrics, regional development, and urban networks. He serves as chair of the Regional Studies Association – Latin America Division and as co-editor of the journals Spatial Economic Analysis and Regional Studies and Regional Science. ​

;#Economics;#Regional studies;#Spatial analysis;#Urban planning;#
Karen Andes
United States

​Karen Andes, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Global Health and Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University. Since 2013, Dr. Andes has taught qualitative data analysis in Spanish at the summer institute of the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública in Mexico. She has also worked in Paraguay since 2005, conducting a variety of projects on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, positive youth development, masculinity and reproductive health, youth development and resilience, and positive transitions to adulthood in Asunción. Since 2014, Dr. Andes has collaborated with Manna Project International in Managua, Nicaragua, which serves the Villa Guadalupe community. This project is part of an effort to develop comparable case studies of informal urban settlements in Latin America; she is currently working to develop additional collaborations in Mexico City and Costa Rica.

;#Data and methods;#Global health;#Political sciences;#Regional studies;#Sexual and reproductive health;#
Amy Auchincloss
United States

​Amy Aunchicloss, PhD, MPH is a social and environmental epidemiologist. Dr. Aunchicloss’ research focuses on methods development and social and environmental determinants of chronic health conditions. Her on-going work examines risk factors within residential environments that influence health behaviors related to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Recent work has been focused on studying policies that affect restaurant environments and diet as well as studying new pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure and physical activity outcomes. Dr. Aunchicloss has used spatial/GIS methods as well as simulation tools from complex systems modeling in order to examine these topics.

;#Behavioral health;#Epidemiology;#Food systems;#Geographic information systems;#Noncommunicable disease;#Nutrition;#Public policy;#Social determinants;#Spatial analysis;#Systems science;#
Hector Balcazar
United States

​Hector Balcazar, PhD, MSc is the Dean of the College of Science and Health of Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science. Prior to this position, Dr. Balcazar served as Regional Dean of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in the School of Public Health of El Paso Regional Campus. He was also a tenured professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences. Dr. Balcazar also served for 10 years as the co-director of the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center, an NIH funded initiative in collaboration with the College of Health Sciences of the University of Texas at El Paso. He has conducted numerous studies of Latino birth outcomes, acculturation and health related behaviors, cardiovascular disease prevention programs in Latinos, and border health issues. 

;#Behavioral health;#Noncommunicable disease;#Nutrition;#Population health;#
Martha Barata

​Martha Barata, PhD, MA is a professor and research scientist at the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Dr. Barata is also a member of the Steering Group of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) and the Steering Group of the Sustainable Development Research Network- Brazil (SDSN Brasil). Dr. Barata collaborates with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and coordinates research projects designed to contribute to public management. Her research interests include economics and environmental health, focusing on urban climate risk management, mapping of vulnerability to climate risk in city populations, and the social costs of natural disasters. ​

;#Climate change;#Economics;#Environment and sustainability;#Public administration and management;#
Rebecca Barbosa de Decco Monteiro Marinho

Rebecca Barbosa de Decco Monteiro Marinho is a current Master-level research assistant for the Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) Project based at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Her main research interests are in health inequities within cities, urban health, and adolescent violence.​ 

;#Epidemiology;#Population health;#Social determinants;#Urban studies;#Violence;#
Joaquin Barnoya

​Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH is an associate professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Barnoya's research is focused on tobacco control in St. Louis and chronic disease prevention in Guatemala. He also leads a chronic disease prevention research training program in Guatemala and has served as an advisor for several medical students who have done electives in Guatemala.​

;#Behavioral health;#Food systems;#Noncommunicable disease;#Nutrition;#Medicine;#Population health;#
Mauricio Barreto

​Mauricio Barreto, MD, PhD, MPH is a senior researcher at the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz and a professor of epidemiology and collective health at the Universidade Federal da Bahia. Dr. Barreto’s interests include the study of social and environmental determinants of health, as well as the evaluation of the impact of health technologies and social programs on population health. ​

;#Environment and sustainability;#Epidemiology;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Tonatiuh Barrientos

​Tonatiuh Barrientos MD, PhD, MSc is a researcher at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Dr. Barrientos’s research focuses on occupational, environmental and social epidemiology with a particular interest in drug, alcohol, and tobacco use in work environments and exposure measurement and statistical modeling of environmental data.  ​

;#Behavioral health;#Data and methods;#Epidemiology;#Food systems;#Nutrition;#Social determinants;#
Usama Bilal
United States

​Usama Bilal, MD, MPH, PhD is a postdoctoral research fellow with the Urban Health Collaborative at Drexel University. Dr. Bilal’s main research interest revolves around the macrosocial determinants of chronic diseases, with a specific interest in nutrition-related conditions and their upstream causes. Among his interests are the role that city- and neighborhood-level dynamics have in generating disease, and the use of complexity methodologies to study the emergent properties of urban environments. Dr. Bilal has also conducted research on the social and clinical determinants of smoking and alcohol consumption.

;#Data and methods;#Epidemiology;#Food systems;#Noncommunicable disease;#Nutrition;#Medicine;#Social determinants;#Systems science;#
Jorge Bonilla
Jorge Bonilla, PhD, MA is an environmental economist and assistant professor at the Department of Economics, Universidad de los Andes and Director of the Research Group on Environmental, Natural Resource, and Applied Economic Studies (REES), which is the Colombian research center of the Environment for Development Initiative (EfD), hosted by UniAndes. Dr. Bonilla’s research interests are the performance of environmental policy instruments with particular application to externalities and climate change, and the use of real time data provided by Apps to conduct impact evaluation. Recent research is focused on the economic effect of industry and transport activity on air pollution, empirically studying the effectiveness, costs, and benefits of policy interventions designed to cut congestion and emissions, and analyzing how firms and drivers respond to different kinds of environmental regulations. His research seeks to provide valuable insights to policymakers by making visible the magnitude of the impacts of human decisions on air pollution, and enhance the discussion about the health effects on society. For more information:
;#Data and methods;#Economics;#Environment and sustainability;#
Paulo Fernando Braga Carvalho

​Paulo Fernando Braga Carvalho, PhD has a Bachelor’s in mathematics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and Master and Doctor in spatial information processing from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas). Dr. Braga Carvalho is currently a professor at PUC Minas in the graduate geography program in spatial information processing. He has experience in the areas of spatial analysis and quantitative methods, working primarily with the following themes: spatial analysis, quantitative methods, and spatial statistics. ​​

;#Data and methods;#Geography;#Geographic information systems;#Spatial analysis;#
Bridgette Brawner
University of Pennsylvania
United States

​Bridgette Brawner, PhD, MDiv, MSN is a nurse scientist and community-engaged researcher whose scholarship is rooted in cutting edge research methods. Dr. Brawner’s work examines multi-level influences on health, and design and test interventions to help mitigate risk and bolster protective factors. Her research is focused on the complex and systemic needs of disadvantaged communities, including racial and ethnic minorities in low-income urban environments. Dr. Brawner has expertise in neighborhood-level influences on health, psychiatric mental health, mixed methods research, community-based elicitation work and intervention science. ​

;#Behavioral health;#Biological sciences;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Langellier Brent
United States

​Brent Langellier, PhD, MA is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Dr. Langellier conducts research to understand and address the mechanisms that produce health disparities, particularly among racial/ethnic minorities and the poor. He conducts observational research using a variety of primary and secondary data sources, as well as multilevel intervention research in minority communities. Currently, Dr. Langellier uses complex systems methodologies (e.g., agent-based simulation models) to disentangle complex systems of factors that interact to produce health and health care disparities.

;#Data and methods;#Public policy;#Population health;#Regional studies;#Social determinants;#Systems science;#
Roberto Briceño Leon

​Roberto Briceño Leon, PhD, MSc is a professor of sociology and parasitology at the Universidad de Central de Venezuela and the director of the Laboratorio de Ciencias Sociales. Dr. Briceño Leon also coordinates the Observatorio Venezolano de Violencia. His work focuses on the social and environmental aspects of vector- transmitted diseases and violence and insecurity in urban areas.

;#Environment and sustainability;#Infectious diseases;#Regional studies;#Social determinants;#Sociology;#Violence;#
Melissa Burroughs Peña
United States

​Melissa Burroughs Peña, MD, MSc is an assistant professor of clinical medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Burroughs Peña’s research interests include the effect of urban development policy and environmental exposures on cardiovascular disease outcomes. She focuses much of her work in low- and middle-income countries, including research in Peru on the effect of air pollution on cardiac structure and function as a NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellow in 2014. She has previously interned at the Pan American Health Organization working on hypertension surveillance in Latin America and the Caribbean. As a cardiology fellow at Duke University, Dr. Burroughs Peña also was fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. 

;#Environment and sustainability;#Noncommunicable disease;#Medicine;#Public policy;#
Letícia Cardoso

​Letícia Cardoso, PhD, MSc is a researcher at the Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública of the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Dr. Cardoso is also a member of the research team of the Longitudinal Adult Health Study (ESLA-Brasil). ​

;#Epidemiology;#Food systems;#Health systems;#Nutrition;#
Mariana Carvalho de Menezes

​Mariana Menezes, MSc, PhD is a research assistant at the National School of Public Health of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (ENSP-FIOCRUZ). Dr. Menezes is a member of the research team of the Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) and also a member of the Interventions in Nutrition research group of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Her research focuses on nutritional epidemiology; her interests include the study of food environments, food intake, lifestyle interventions, and food policy. ​

;#Behavioral health;#Epidemiology;#Food systems;#Nutrition;#Public policy;#Population health;#
José Caléia Castro
School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
José Caléia Castro, MSc. is an architect and urban planner with a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. Mr. Castro is a current PhD student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked extensively in Angola and Brazil and particularly focuses on informal transport, urban space structuring, urban and regional planning, and urban development in the metropoles of developing countries. ​

;#Architecture;#Environment and sustainability;#Mobility and physical activity;#Transportation systems;#Urban planning;#
Adrián Estuardo Chávez García

​Adrian Estuardo Chávez García, MD is a medical doctor and surgeon graduated from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala and candidate for a Master of Public Health. Dr. Chávez García completed medical residency in infectiology and rehabilitation and has also worked as a technical assistant in the Monitoring and Evaluation Supervision Unit and in Strategic Planning for the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance. Other positions that he has held include various faculty positions and serving as the head of the Health and Social Security Division of the Institute of National Problems (IPNUSC), and representative of the University of San Carlos on the National Health Council, technical vice-minister of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance. Dr. Chávez García is currently the head of the Dvision of Health and Social Security at IPUNSAC. ​

;#Health systems;#Infectious diseases;#Medicine;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Population health;#
Uriyoán Colon-Ramos
United States

​Dr. Uriyoán Colón-Ramos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Science at the George Washington University. She is a public health nutrition investigator with expertise working in Latin America and the Caribbean, and with minority populations in the United States. She has published about mortality and diet-related chronic disease morbidity in Puerto Rico, and was born and grew up in Puerto Rico. Her work has contributed to the knowledge of existing dietary disparities among Hispanic subgroups by country of origin, the process of translation of science into nutrition policy in Latin America, and the social and environmental determinants of dietary behaviors among vulnerable populations in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean. She studies the neighborhood, home, and sociocultural determinants of diet, seeking to identify how to engage family and community partners in actions to improve access to foods and nutrition care when there are other competing priorities to their wellbeing. Dr. Colón-Ramos holds a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from Cornell University, and doctorate in public health nutrition from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her post-doctoral training at the National Cancer Institute in the National Institutes of Health.​

;#Epidemiology;#Food systems;#Noncommunicable disease;#Nutrition;#Population health;#Public administration and management;#
Carlos Contreras

​Carols Contreras, MD is the current Human Development Manager of the Municipality of Miraflores. Dr. Contreras is a physician by training and has a Master’s degree in Project Management and Social programs from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, with a post-graduate specialization in Social Management from the Institute of Social Development of the Inter-American Development Bank. He is a graduate of the Health Promotion Diploma and has extensive experience in management and public administration in the local, national, and regional spheres. Dr. Contreras’ past positions include serving as the General Director of Health Promotion, the Manager of Health and Social Welfare of the Municipality of Miraflores, and the Regional Director of health of Madre de Dios. He was responsible for the coordination of the Network of Healthy Municipalities and Communities of Peru from 2005-2006. Dr. Contreras has experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and projects in social investment, public health, and medical education as the Vice-President of the Peruvian Society for the Promotion of Health. He is also the Director of Health for the civil association Solidaridad en Marcha.​​
;#Business and private sector;#Economics;#Government;#Health systems;#Medicine;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#Population health;#Public administration and management;#
Andrea Cortínez

​Andrea Cortínez, MSc is a researcher in public health at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a member of the research Group Ufroactivate of the Universidad de la Frontera. Ms. Cortinez’s research interests focus on physical activity promotion through active transport and built environment interventions, with special attention to gender and socioeconomic disparities. ​

;#Behavioral health;#Nutrition;#Mobility and physical activity;#Social determinants;#
Heloisa Costa

​Heloisa Costa, PhD, MSc is a professor in the Departamento de Geografia at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Dr. Costa’s primary research focus is related to urban and environmental politics and planning, as well as housing and public policies. Her recent projects include Project Nature and City in the Periphery and ADEPT: Developing the Ecosystem Approach to Derive Positive Urban Transformations in the Context of Intersecting Vulnerabilities. ​

;#Architecture;#Demography;#Environment and sustainability;#Geography;#Housing;#Public policy;#Urban planning;#
Sandra Costa de Oliveira

Sandra Costa de Oliveira, PhD holds a Doctoral degree in Global Health and Sustainability from Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and currently works in the Centro de Documentação em Cidades at USP. Dr. Costa has experience in the area of public policy, having worked in the Mayor’s cabinent for the Municipal Government of the city of Ubatuba, São Paulo. Her previous experience includes multiple teaching appointments at the university level, research projects, and serving as an editor of journals. ​

;#Global health;#Government;#Public policy;#Sustainable development;#
Aldo Crossa
United States

​Aldo Crossa, MSc is a research scientist for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Mr. Crossa’s current work involves using survey data to study social determinants of health, particularly the effects of active transportation and economic displacement on chronic conditions like obesity, hypertension and diabetes. He has a special interest in spatial methods and using new technologies to evaluate neighborhood level effects. Prior to his current position, he worked for over ten years on infectious disease surveillance (specifically tuberculosis and sexually transmitted infections in adolescents) and participated in numerous aspects of disease control including outbreak investigations, development and maintenance of disease registries and analysis of program data for operational and research purposes.

;#Data and methods;#Infectious diseases;#Noncommunicable disease;#Mobility and physical activity;#Social determinants;#Spatial analysis;#
Genaro Cuadros

​Genaro Cuadros, MSc is a researcher and director of the Laboratorio Ciudad y Territorio of Universidad Diego Portales. Mr. Cuadros is also an urban adviser in public policies related to urban heritage and the regeneration of neighborhoods and an international consultant in matters of public safety and urban planning. He is an architect by training. ​

;#Architecture;#Public policy;#Urban planning;#Urban studies;#
Maria da Consolação Magalhães Cunha,


Maria da Consolação Magalhães Cunha, PhD worked in the Department of Health of the state of Minas Gerais from 1985-2015. Dr. Cunha is a current professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (2000-present) and researcher at the Belo Horizonte Observatory for Urban Health at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.​

;#Epidemiology;#Health systems;#Population health;#Public administration and management;#
Nelson da Cruz Gouveia

​Nelson da Cruz Gouveia, MD, PhD, MSc is an associate professor in the Departamento de Medicina Preventiva at the Faculdade de Medicina of the Universidade de São Paulo. Dr. Gouveia is the vice-president of ABRASCO (The Brazilian Association of Collective Health) and a member of its Thematic Group on Health and the Environment. His research focuses on environmental health, with a focus on air pollution, electromagnetic fields, chemical exposures, water pollution and geographic information systems. ​

;#Environment and sustainability;#Epidemiology;#Geographic information systems;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Transportation systems;#
Dário Alves da Silva Costa

​Dário Alves da Silva Costa is a public health professional and current researcher at the Belo Horizonte Observatory for Urban Health of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. His interests and experiences include statistical analyses, applied health statistics, epidemiology, and urban health. ​

;#Data and methods;#Economics;#Health systems;#Population health;#
Rita de Cássia Novaes Barretto
CIDACS, Fiocruz
Rita de Cássia Novaes Barretto, Eng.​ is a researcher at CIDACS Fiocruz and lecturer at University Center Jorge Amado. A GIS specialist, Novaes Barretto has held positions at the Federal University of Bahia, as a Project Manager for the General Prosecutor's Office of the State of Bahia and the Civil House of the Government of the State of Bahia, and as a data manager in telecoms.​
;#Data and methods;#Geographic information systems;#
Amélia Augusta de Lima Friche
Amélia Augusta de Lima Friche, PhD, MA is an assistant professor at the Faculdade de Medicina of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Dr. Friche is also a researcher and deputy-director of the Observatório de Saúde Urbana de Belo Horizonte. She has expertise in epidemiology, with an emphasis on multi-level studies and individual and contextual social determinants of health. ​
;#Data and methods;#Epidemiology;#Social determinants;#
Lídia Maria de Oliveira Morais
​​Lídia Maria de Oliveira Morais, MA is a research assistant for the SALURBAL project at Observatório de Saúde Urbana de Belo Horizonte based at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. Ms. Oliveira Morais’ main interest areas are comprehensive urban development and the relationship between socio-cultural and natural environments. ​​
;#Environment and sustainability;#Sustainable development;#Sociology;#Urban studies;#
Thiago Hérick de Sá

​Thiago Hérick de Sá, PhD, MPH has been a professor in the master’s and doctoral programs in health sciences at the Faculdade de Medicina do ABC and a researcher at the Núcleo de Pesquisas Epidemiológicas em Nutrição e Saúde of the Universidade de São Paulo since 2012. Dr. de Sá’s research interests are at the intersection between transportation, public health, equity in health and environmental sustainability, with a particular focus on daily activities. ​

;#Environment and sustainability;#Epidemiology;#Mobility and physical activity;#Systems science;#Transportation systems;#
Maria Angélica de Salles Dias

​Maria Angélica de Salles Dias, MD, MA is a doctor by training and a medical epidemiologist, having worked for 30 years in the health departments of the state of Minas Gerais and the municipality of Belo Horizonte. Dr. de Salles Dias is currently a researcher at the Observatório de Saúde Urbana de Belo Horizonte (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais) and a doctoral student in collective health. Her research interests are in aeras related to collective health, including spatial analysis, geoprocessing, health promotion and social determinants of health, intersectoriality, health in large urban areas, and the evaluations of the health impact of interventions related to social and urban public policies that transcend the health sector​. ​

;#Epidemiology;#Government;#Health systems;#Medicine;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#Population health;#Public administration and management;#Social determinants;#Spatial analysis;#
Amanda Cristina de Souza Andrade

​Amanda Cristina de Souza Andrade, MSc is a current PhD student in Public Health at the Faculdade de Medicina of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Ms. Sousa’s main research interests are individual and contextual social determinants of health. ​

;#Behavioral health;#Data and methods;#Epidemiology;#Mobility and physical activity;#Social determinants;#
Francisco Del Río
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Francisco Del Río is a masters student of epidemiology at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile with a particular interest in Food Sociology from an interdisciplinary approach. Francisco works as a professor in the Undergraduate major of Nutrition and Dietetics at PUC Chile and conducts research on how urban characteristics influence food use and choice related to health.​
;#Epidemiology;#Food systems;#Nutrition;#
Vanessa Di Cecco

​Vanessa Di Cecco, MPH is a professor and researcher at the National University of Lanús in the area of epidemiology. Her current research areas include health inequalities, the social determination of health, mortality patterns and trends, and gender and sexuality​. ​

;#Epidemiology;#Gender;#Population health;#Sexual and reproductive health;#Social determinants;#
Sonia Maria Dias

​Since 1985, Sonia Maria Dias has played a key role in helping to integrate social aspects into the technical planning of waste collection and recycling. Dr. Dias has previously worked as a city officer for the Municipality of Belo Horizonte. She received a Master of Human Geography, concentrating on the role of local governments in strengthening waste picker organizations and a PhD in Political Science, focusing on the role of participation in solid waste management in Brazil. Dr. Dias has also been a JICA fellow at Kitakyuschu University, member of the Waste and Citizenship Forum, and has served as the Latin America representative to the Collaborative Working Group ​

;#Economics;#Environment and sustainability;#Government;#Political sciences;#
Ana V. Diez Roux
United States

​Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH is a distinguished professor of epidemiology and Dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Dr. Diez Roux’s research focuses on the social determinants of population health and the study of how neighborhoods affect health. Other areas of her research include chronic disease epidemiology, psychosocial factors and health, air pollution and health, urban health, race/ethnic health disparities, and health in Latin America. 

;#Data and methods;#Epidemiology;#Noncommunicable disease;#Medicine;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#Population health;#
Maria Izabel Dos Santos
CIDACS, Fiocruz
Izabel Dos Santos, MS holds a master's degree in economics from the Federal University of Bahia (2013), with a dissertation on health efficiency and income inequality in the state of Bahia. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Economics from the Federal University of Goiás (2010). She has experience in health economics, focusing on econometric and statistical models, acting on the following subjects​: inequality, productive efficiency and public policy evaluation.
;#Economics;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#Social determinants;#
Ana Clara Duran

​Ana Clara Duran, PhD, MS is currently a research fellow at the Núcleo de Pesquisas Epidemiológicas em Nutrição e Saúde of the Universidade de São Paulo. Her research interests are related to social and environmental determinants of diet and health outcomes, as well as the evaluation of food, nutritional, and social policies and programs. ​

;#Environment and sustainability;#Epidemiology;#Nutrition;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#
Nilson Ariel Espino

​Nilson Ariel Espino, PhD, MSc is the director of the Foro y Observatorio Urbano and lecturer of the Panama Field Study Semester course of McGill University. Dr. Espino’s research focuses on affordable housing, informal housing, and urban social segregation.​

;#Architecture;#Housing;#Urban planning;#Urban studies;#
Lorena Estrada-Martinez
University of Massachusetts, Boston
United States
Lorena Estrada Martinez, PhD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Urban Public Health at UMass Boston. Her research focuses on trajectories of mental health in light of changing neighborhood and family contexts.​
;#Behavioral health;#Population health;#Psychology;#
Laís Fajersztajn

​Laís Fajersztajn, PhD received is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of São Paulo. Dr. Fajersztajn has been studying urban health since 2009, first with NGOs, and from 2012, in academic positions. At the Institute of Advanced Studies, she is the vice-coordinator of a study group on Urban Space and Health issues (focus on spatial analysis) and collaborates on a project aimed at studying sustainability and policies at the city level using tools of complex systems methods.​

;#Public policy;#Population health;#Sustainable development;#Spatial analysis;#Systems science;#
Breno Ferandes Mendes

Breno Fernandes Mendes is a socioenvironmental scientist and current research fellow at the Belo Horizonte Observatory for Urban Health. Mr. Mendes is also a member of the epidemiology research group at the School of Medicine of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. ​b

;#Epidemiology;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Julián Alfredo Fernández Niño

Julián Alfredo Fernández Niño, MD, PhD, MPH, MSc is a Doctor of Medicine from the National University of Colombia (2007). He has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Antioquia (2012), a Master’s degree in Biostatistics from the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (2013) and a Doctorate in Epidemiology from the same institution (2017). Dr. Fernández Niño has served as a research professor at the School of Public Health of Mexico and was the Head of the Department of Epidemiological Analysis and Spatial Statistics of the Information Center for Public Health Decisions (CENIDSP) in Mexico. He is currently a professor at the Department of Public Health of the Universidad del Norte. Dr. Fernández Niño’s areas of interest include social epidemiology, mental health, aging and, recently, the relationship between migration and health. Additionally, he is increasingly interested in the difficulties in incorporating the methodological approaches of social epidemiology to the rural contexts of social conflict, human displacement, and ethnicity in Latin America. ​

;#Data and methods;#Epidemiology;#Noncommunicable disease;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Anderson Freitas

​Graduated in Land Surveying Engineering and Cartography. Experience in the fields of topographical surveying and area measurement, rural and urban cadaster, allotments, production of geospatial data, maps, charts, spatial analysis of georeferenced data. Execution of descriptive analysis of data. Organization of cartographic database for the city of Salvador for an evaluation of public health policies. Organization of technical reports.​

;#Data and methods;#Geography;#Geographic information systems;#
Patricia Frenz

​Patricia Frenz, MD, MPH, PhD is a professor and the research executive coordinator of the Escuela de Salud Pública at the Universidad de Chile. Dr. Frenz’s main research focus is on equity and social determinants in health, social epidemiology of chronic diseases, and analyses of inequalities in access to health care. She has also participated in research related to health policy reforms and occupational health.  ​

;#Epidemiology;#Health systems;#Noncommunicable disease;#Public policy;#Social determinants;#
Luisa Carolina Garcés Murillo
Ms. Garcés Murillo holds a Masters in Health Sciences with a disciplinary concentration in Epidemiology from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
;#Epidemiology;#Population health;#
Fatima Ghani
United Nations System

​Fatima Ghani, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Institute for Global Health (United Nations University) working on a range of international projects, including Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL). Dr. Ghani’s doctoral research in urban health (social epidemiology) used data from a large Australian multilevel longitudinal study called HABITAT to identify the social and physical changes required to mitigate gender and age inequalities in recreational and utilitarian walking within neighbourhoods. Previously, she completed a Bachelor of Nursing and a Master of Public Health. Dr. Ghani has also worked within the Australian Public Health sector in a range of projects involving communicable and non-communicable diseases, and in roles including health promotion, health surveillance, policy development and data analysis at the Australian Government Department of Health, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the former Australian National Preventive Health Agency. In 2017, Dr. Ghani was a member of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health (ISPAH) Communications Committee, which launched The Bangkok Declaration on Physical Activity for Global Health and Sustainable Development. ​

;#Epidemiology;#Infectious diseases;#Noncommunicable disease;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Sandra Viviana Gordon Contador

​Sandra Gordon is an architect with experience in social projects involving basic sanitation and social infrastructure, school infrastructure projects, public education policies, social programs for urban improvement, urban planning, improvements for informal settlements, monitoring and evaluation, and the economic evaluation of social projects. Ms. Gordon has gained further experience with the development and implementation of social urbanist projects working with the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro with programs financed by the Inter-American Development Bank. She has previously worked with the city of Santiago de Chile in roles related to public program planning and the development of educational infrastructure projects. Ms. Gordon has also worked with various private sector urban design projects in Spain. 

;#Architecture;#Urban planning;#
Philipp Hessel


​Philipp Hessel, PhD is an associate professor at the Escuela de Gobierno at the Universidad de Los Andes. Dr. Hessel’s research combines demography, public health, and gerontology and employs cross-national data from Europe, the United States and Latin America. In particular, his work focuses on the role of social protection programs in mitigating adverse labor market shocks, as well as the health-effects of pension reforms across Latin America.  ​

;#Demography;#Economics;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#Population health;#
Martha Hijar

​Martha Hijar, PhD, MPH is the research coordinator at Fundación Entornos. Dr. Hijar is a senior professor and researcher with professional experiences for more than 34 years, particulary with a focus on injuries and violence. She also worked for 24 years at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública​ and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization where she was the former director of the Collaborative Center on Injury and Violence Research. Dr. Hijar as also worked in the federal government as Technical Secretary of the National Council for Injury Prevention.  

;#Global health;#Government;#Health systems;#Injury;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#Population health;#Violence;#
Andy Hong
United Kingdom
Andy Hong, PhD, MPA, MUP is a Lead Urban Health Scientist at The George Institute for Global Health, University of Oxford. Dr. Hong is also Co-founder of the Healthy Cities Network, a global nexus of innovators dedicated to sharing cutting-edge information on urban health. His research seeks to bridge the gap between data science, geography, and public health and work with civic leaders, urban planners, health practitioners, and community members to develop evidence-based policy solutions to a wide range of environmental health challenges in marginalized communities.
;#Data and methods;#Geographic information systems;#Population health;#Urban planning;#
Katy Indvik

​Katy Indvik, MSc is the Policy Officer on the Salud Urbana en América Latina based in Chile. In her current role, Ms. Indvik leads policy translation and outreach activities aimed at connecting the project with stakeholders and coordinating platforms for dissemination. Ms. Indvik has a background in environmental and political sicence, with an emphasis on climate change impacts, adaptations, and resilience. She has particulary focused her work on bridging the science-policy gap within academia and nonprofit sectors, as well as on issues of international cooperation and development perspectives. 

;#Climate change;#Environment and sustainability;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Political sciences;#Public policy;#Sustainable development;#
Ricardo Jordán Fuchs
United Nations System

​Ricardo Jordán Fuchs, MSc is the chief of the Human Settlements Unit of the Division of Sustainable Development and Human Settlements. Mr. Jordán has coordinated several projects on urban local management and assistance to municipalities in cities in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

;#Geography;#Housing;#International affairs;#Regional studies;#Sustainable development;#Urban planning;#
Clara Juárez Ramírez
Centro de Investigación en Sistemas de Salud, Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública de México
Clara Juárez Ramírez, PhD  has worked as a Research Professor at Centro de Investigación en Sistemas de Salud of the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública since 1995. Dr. Juárez Ramírez is the author and co-author of books, book chapters, scientific articles, and various dissemination materials about social determinants of health and their impact on the organization of the health system. She is a member of Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, a Level 1 distinction granted by Mexico’s Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología. ​
;#Health systems;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Vera Kiss
United Nations System

​Vera Kiss, MPH is an associate economic affairs officer in the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division. Ms. Kiss focuses on sustainable urban development and most recently coordinated the Latin America and Caribbean regional report for Habitat III for the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development held in Quito in October 2016.

;#International affairs;#Regional studies;#Sustainable development;#
Clavida Kochergin

​Clavdia Kochergin, PhD has a background in nursing and holds a Master’s and Doctoral degree in Public Health from the Federal University of Minas Gerais with a concentration in epidemiology. Dr. Kochergin is current professor of Nursing at the Federal University of Bahia- Vitória da Conquista, specializing in adult health, preoperative nursing, and collective health. ​

;#Epidemiology;#Health systems;#Population health;#
Jonatan Konfino
Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES)
Jonatan Konfino, MD, is a medical doctor, holds a Masters in Clinical Effectiveness and is a PhD candidate in Medicine at the University of Buenos Aires. He is a researcher at the Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad (CEDES), an important research center in Argentina focusing on health equity, social justice and non-communicable diseases. Dr. Konfino has published more than 30 papers in peer reviewed journals, 5 book chapters and participated in many other reports. Additionally, he is a professor in Public Health at the Universidad Nacional Arturo Jauretche and an academic consultant of the Sovereignty in Health Foundation. He has experience in public health administration at the national and local level, after directing health programs and evidence-based interventions at a population level at the national Ministry of Health and currently in the Municipality of Almirante Brown, Buenos Aires. He is currently an Atlantic Senior Fellow in Health Equity at the George Washington University.​
;#Noncommunicable disease;#Medicine;#Public administration and management;#
Alejandra Leal

​Alejandra Leal is a specialist in pedestrian and cycling mobility in urban areas, road safety, and public-private partnerships. Ms. Leal holds a BSc in Economics from CIDE (Mexico) and Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance (Germany). She currently works as the Co-Director of Céntrico S.C., a social enterprise focused on sustainable urban mobility projects, where her responsibilities include serving as a liaison between the government and civil society. ​

;#Gender;#Government;#Mobility and physical activity;#Public policy;#
Adriana C. Lein
United States

​Adriana Lein, MSc is the Communications and Outreach Specialist for the Salud Urbana en América Latina (Urban Health in Latina America) project of the Urban Health Network for Latin America and the Caribbean. In her role, Ms. Lein manages outreach and engagement with a range of stakeholders, including policymakers, researchers and practitioners, civil society, and the private sector. Her interests include social policy, sustainable development, inclusive growth, governance, and human rights. 

;#Communications;#Global health;#Health systems;#International affairs;#Public policy;#Population health;#
Gabriela Lima Diniz

Gabriela Lima Diniz is a current researcher at the Belo Horizonte Urban Health Observatory of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She has experience in the areas or urban and regional geography, socio-environmental and socioeconomic research, and spatial analysis.​ 

;#Geography;#Population health;#Social determinants;#Spatial analysis;#
David López García

David López García is a PhD candidate in the Public and Urban Policy at The New School University, in New York. Mr. López García holds an MA in Comparative Public Policy from FLACSO campus Mexico, and a BA in Management from the University of Guadalajara. He works as a research fellow at the Observatory on Latin America (OLA) and the Global Urban Futures Project (GUF), both at The New School. Before joining the doctoral program, he served in the Mexican government for eight years in positions ranging from transparency and public participation advisor to the chief of staff at the Ministry of Planning and Evaluation of the State of Jalisco. In the field of civil society, Mr. López García was a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Civil Society Consultative Council for Mexico. He has been published by the Mexican Network of Urban Research (RNIU), the University of Guadalajara, and the Journal of Public Deliberation. For his doctoral dissertation, he is researching the political economy of public transit infrastructure in Mexico City.​

;#Public policy;#Public administration and management;#Transportation systems;#Urban planning;#
Larissa Loures Mendes
Larissa Loures Mendes, PhD is an assistant professor of nutrition and researcher at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Dr. Mendes’ interests and expertise include epidemiology, noncommunicable diseases, and built and social environmental determinants of health. Her projects have included drivers of overweight and obesity in adolescents and children and the effects of school-based nutritional education in Brazilian cities. ​
;#Epidemiology;#Food systems;#Noncommunicable disease;#Nutrition;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Gina Lovasi
United States

​Gina S. Lovasi, PhD, MPH co-directs the Urban Health Collaborative at Drexel University, where she is the Dornsife Associate Professor of Urban Health. Dr. Lovasi studies the potential health implications of local contexts and policies outside of the health care sector (e.g., urban planning decisions, public transportation infrastructure, regulation and taxation of foods and food-related businesses). Much of her work is framed around understanding local environments can be changed to prevent cardiorespiratory problems and their risk factors. 

;#Epidemiology;#Noncommunicable disease;#Mobility and physical activity;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Population health;#Sustainable development;#Urban planning;#
Diego Lucumi Cuesta

​Diego Lucumi Cuesta, MD, PhD, MSc is an associate professor of public health in the Escuela de Gobierno of the Universidad de los Andes. Dr. Lucumi’s research focuses on social and physical factors that contribute to health and health disparities with a particular focus on cardiovascular diseases in Colombia. He is interested in understanding the effects of these factors on urban contexts in order to design and implement comprehensive interventions. Dr. Lucumi’s work mainly involves participatory approaches and mixed methods design. ​

;#Behavioral health;#Data and methods;#Noncommunicable disease;#Medicine;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#
Lily MacIver
United States
Lily MacIver is a current graduate student in City and Regional Planning and Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

Lina Martinez

Lina Martinez, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Observatory of Public Policy (POLIS) of Universidad Icesi in Colombia. Dr. Martinez’s main interests and specializations are in the area of urban studies and policy, social policy, and poverty reduction. She focuses her current research on policy evaluation, urban policies and the provision of public goods, life satisfaction, the informal economy, and education policies. 

;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#Urban studies;#
Kevin Martínez-Folger

​Kevin Martinez-Folgar, MD is a researcher and medical data analyst at the Centro Integral del INCAP para la Prevención de las Enfermedades Crónicas. Dr. Martinez-Folgar’s research interests focus on cancer epidemiology, nutrition, urban health, open science and georeferenced data for epidemiological analysis. He has worked on large nutritional and health studies in rural areas, and as medical student was a founder of the Scientific Society of Guatemala (a medical student association to promote research and international publication in peer-reviewed journals). ​

;#Data and methods;#Epidemiology;#Noncommunicable disease;#Nutrition;#Population health;#
Ana Lucia Mayen

​Ana Lucia Mayen, PhD, MPH is a current post-doctoral researcher at the Centro Integral del INCAP para la Prevención de las Enfermedades Crónicas. Dr. Mayen’s research is mainly focused on the social determinants of diet in low- and middle-income countries. She is also participating in projects related to healthy lifestyles, hypertension, and cancer. Dr. Mayen also works as a consultant for the World Health Organization on publications related to nutrition and equity. ​

;#Behavioral health;#Food systems;#Noncommunicable disease;#Nutrition;#Public policy;#Social determinants;#
Monica Mazariegos

​Monica Mazariegos, RDN, MPH is a current doctoral student in nutritional epidemiology at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (INSP). At INSP, Ms. Mazariegos is working with the Mexican Teachers’ Cohort to study reproductive factors and their association with chronic diseases. She is also the co-coordinator of a multicenter research project to assess social disparities in malnutrition in Latin America. Dr. Mazariegos is from Guatelama and has worked as a researcher at the Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) in Guatemala. Her research primarily focuses on nutrition-related chronic diseases, epidemiology, and food policy. ​

;#Epidemiology;#Food systems;#Noncommunicable disease;#Nutrition;#Public policy;#Social determinants;#
Roshanak Mehdipanah
United States

​Roshanak Mehdipanah, PhD, MSc is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Mehdipanah specializes in innovative research methods including realist evaluations and concept mapping to develop conceptual frameworks linking complex interventions to health. She has published in the areas of urban renewal, housing, and policies aimed at eliminating health inequalities.

;#Data and methods;#Housing;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#Social determinants;#
Roberta Mendes Abreu

​Roberta Mendes Abreu is a current Master’s student in public health with an area concentration in epidemiology. Her research interests and current project span areas of chronic disease care among vulnerable populations, adolescent health, physical activity in urban settings, and health promotion. ​

;#Noncommunicable disease;#Mobility and physical activity;#Population health;#
Yvonne Michael
United States

​Yvonne Michael, ScD, SM is the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs an associate professor of epidemiology at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Dr. Michael’s research is focused on three primary areas: active aging, women’s health, and health disparities. The unifying theme across these research areas is the use of epidemiology as a method of inquiry to identify social characteristics of communities and individuals and describe the impact of these factors on population health. 

;#Behavioral health;#Epidemiology;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
María Angélica Milla

​María Angélica Milla, MD is a professor at the Universidad Católica de Honduras and UNITEC. Dr. Milla is the current president of the Honduran Society of Nutrition and Obesity and an active member of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Diabetes and IEA. Her primary areas of focus are social epidemiology, urban health, and public policies in the context of capacity building in Central America. ​

;#Epidemiology;#Nutrition;#Medicine;#Public policy;#Population health;#
Jaime Miranda

​Jaime Miranda, MD, PhD, FFPH, MSc is a researcher professor and director of the Centro de Excelencia en Enfermedades Crónicas at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Dr. Miranda’s works brings together epidemiological and health policy aspects of chronic non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries with an emphasis on obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. He has served as councilor for Latin America and Caribbean wtih the International Epidemiological Association (2011-2014), co-chair of the Joint Technical Steering Committee of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (2012-2016), member of WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (2015-2016), and as president of the Advisory Committee on Health Research for the Pan American Health Organization (2014-2016). ​

;#Epidemiology;#Noncommunicable disease;#Medicine;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#Social determinants;#
Michele Monroy-Valle

​Michele Monroy-Valle, MPH is the coordinator of the Research Unit in Food and Nutrition Security at the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Institute. Ms. Monroy-Valle’s primary research is related to nutrition management and its translation into preventive interventions delivered by health systems and made available to populations. She is also a member of Central American research groups that work to measure poverty from household food consumption and information regarding nutritional intake and requirements. Ms. Monroy-Valle’s work on food composition research projects contributes information on the nutritional and economic value of purchased meals in urban settings. 

;#Behavioral health;#Epidemiology;#Food systems;#Health systems;#Nutrition;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Felipe Montes

​Felipe Montes, PhD has a Doctorate in Engineering that contributes to apply computational and data-driven complex systems methods for exploring the social contagious nature of chronic diseases. Dr. Montes is interested in promoting health behavior change by proposing complex systems methods to potentiate public health interventions using data analytics and mathematical simulations, specially by applying network science. His work involves interdisciplinary teams and projects across the continuum of science.​

;#Data and methods;#Engineering;#Population health;#Systems science;#
Camila Montesinos Guevara
Universidad UTE
Camila Montesinos Guevara, MSc is a recently-graduated Master's student from Global Health and Development at University College London who is currently working as junior researcher at UTE University in Ecuador. She currently work on projects related to public health and clinical epidemiology.​
José Carlos Monzon

​José Carlos Monzon MD, MSc is the director of El Instituto de Investigación y Estudios Superiores en Ciencias de la Salud of Universidad Rafael Landívar. Dr. Monzon’s main research interests focus on secondhand smoke exposure, smoke-free law compliance, and chronic disease risk factors in Guatemala. He has also worked as a consultant for the Pan American Health Organization for the Global Youth Tobacco Survey and the Global School-based Health Survey. ​

;#Behavioral health;#Noncommunicable disease;#Medicine;#Population health;#
Rodrigo Mora Vega

​Rodrigo Mora Vega, PhD, MSc is a researcher at the Laboratorio Ciudad y Territorio of Universidad Diego Portales. Dr. Vega’s main research interests are related to mobility and physical activity and urban planning. His recent projects include work with the city of Santiago on the characterization of cyclists and outdoor gym users, as well as a survey of the city’s infrastructure for outdoor physical activity including parks, bicycle lanes, soccer grounds, and green areas.​

;#Behavioral health;#Environment and sustainability;#Mobility and physical activity;#Urban planning;#
Débora Moraes Coelho

​Débora Moraes Coelho has a Master's degree in public health with emphasis in epidemiology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2018). Ms. Moraes was previously a research assistant for the Research Group on Chronic and Occupational Diseases (GERMINAL), working primarily with the Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brazil). She is currently a volunteer professor in the Department of Applied Nursing at the School of Nursing of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Ms. Moraes is also research assistant for the Urban Health Research Group of Belo Horizonte (OSUBH) and works mainly with the SALURBAL Project or "Urban Health in Latin America". She has experience in collective health, specializing in the following topics: epidemiology of noncommunicable chronic diseases, social epidemiology and epidemiology of the course of life. ​

;#Epidemiology;#Noncommunicable disease;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Uriel Moreira Silva

​Uriel Moreira Silva, MSc is a current doctoral student in statistics at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, concentrating in exact and earth sciences. Mr. Silva also has experience in economics focused on mathematical, econometrical, and statistical methods and modeling.  ​

;#Data and methods;#Economics;#Environment and sustainability;#
Roberto Moris

​Roberto Moris, MSc is the co-director of the Instituto de Estudios Urbanos y Territoriales and researcher at XLAB and the Centro Nacional de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Desastres Naturales. Mr. Moris’ work focuses on exploratory analyses and the development of new urban planning instruments that could help decision-makers improve urban investments. He is an architect by training.  ​

;#Architecture;#Data and methods;#Urban planning;#
Pricila Mulacherry
United States
Pricila Mullachery, PhD, is a researcher with experience in domestic and international settings, currently studying the health consequences of urban scaling in the US and Latin America. Her doctoral work focused on the effect of health care policies in the context of socioeconomic inequalities and its potential implications for disparities in health care utilization across different localities and social groups.
;#Data and methods;#Health systems;#Population health;#
Jasneth Mullings
The University of the West Indies
Jasneth Mullings, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist who has contributed to the design and implementation of community health research, educational and intervention programmes within the Caribbean over the last decade. Through these programs, critical partnerships have been forged with governmental and non-governmental organizations. More recently my research programme has focused on an examination of the effects of neighbourhood structural and social processes on the health of the Jamaican population, with a focus on mental health effects. Dr. Mullings' publications in this field include a book and book chapters. Dr. Mullings is looking forward to engaging in urban health research interventions focused on the Caribbean region to expand this growing body of work.​
;#Behavioral health;#Psychology;#Social determinants;#
Sergio R. Munoz
Sergio R. Munoz, PhD is Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at Universidad de La Frontera, Chile. Dr. Munoz holds a PhD Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.​
;#Data and methods;#Population health;#
Agustín Muñoz del Guayo
Costa Rica

​Agustín Muñoz Del Guayo, MBA, MSc is the current director of the Instituto de Estudios Urbanos, which is dedicated to analyzing urban development and quality of life in different cities in Costa Rica. Mr. Muñoz has worked primarily in the private sector in Central America (Costa Rica, Panamá, and Nicaragua) focusing on quantitative and qualitative research with socio-economic topics​. 

;#Business and private sector;#Data and methods;#Social determinants;#Urban studies;#
Mark Nieuwenhuijsen

Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen PhD is an expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living.  He has experience and expertise in areas of all-cause mortality, respiratory and cardiovascular disease, mental health and cognitive function, cancer and reproductive health, and exposure measurement and modelling of indoor and outdoor air pollution, green space, UV exposure, noise, temperature and physical activity, using new technology such as GIS, smartphones, personal sensors and remote sensing. He leads the international TAPAS study, examining the health impacts of active transport in six European cities and the EC funded PHENOTYPE study, examining the relations between green space and health, and the ISGlobal funded SUMA HIA project on health impact assessment in low and medium income countries. He is a co-investigator in ICEPURE, that examines exposure to and health effects of solar UV exposure, ESCAPE (and related (VE3SPA), that examines the long term health effects of air pollution, NIH funded CAVA  which aims to validate smartphone based data collection methods, EC funded CITISENSE that aims to empower citizens using smartphone technology, EC funded HELIX, that examines the early life exposome and childhood diseases, EC funded EXPOsOMICs, that examines the air pollution and water exposome and health, the EC funded PASTA study, which promotes active transportation through sustainable transport, the EC funded BlueHealth project evaluating the relationship between blue space and Health and the EC funded LifeCycle project on birth cohort coordination in Europe. ​ 

;#Data and methods;#Environment and sustainability;#Epidemiology;#Public policy;#Population health;#Sustainable development;#Social determinants;#
Diana Pamela Ochoa
Ministerio de Salud Pública de Guatemala

​Pamela Ochoa, MPH has a Master’s in Public Health. Her research interests involve a broad spectrum of topics on nutrition such as early risk factors for chronic diseases, micronutrient supplementation, and the double burden of malnutrition. Research is her main interest. Ms. Ochoa currently works as an epidemiologist in Guatemala’s Ministry of Health. ​

;#Epidemiology;#Food systems;#Government;#Noncommunicable disease;#Nutrition;#Public policy;#Population health;#
Ana Ortigoza
United States

​Ana Ortigoza, MD, MSc is a PhD student in epidemiology at the Dornsife School of Public Health. Dr. Ortigoza’s research interests focus on childhood, youth violence and health disparities.

;#Epidemiology;#Maternal and child health;#Medicine;#Social determinants;#
Ligia Paina Bergman
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
United States

​Ligia Paina Bergman, PhD has an educational background in international studies and global public health systems. Dr. Paina’s research aims to improve understanding of how to intervene in complex systems in order to ensure quality and affordable health care access, particularly for poor, rural, and underserved populations. She is experienced with both qualitative and quantitative research and interested in applying systems thinking tools and approaches to public health. She has previously worked in both private sector and bilateral agency environments. 

;#Business and private sector;#Data and methods;#Health systems;#International affairs;#Public administration and management;#Systems science;#
Daybel Pañellas

​Daybel Pañellas, PsyS, MSc is a professor of psychology at the Universidad de La Habana. Ms. Pañellas is also the president of the Scientific Committee of the School of Psychology of the Universidad de La Habana. Her primary research interest is the exploration of relationships between health, urban settings, and social subjectivity. ​

;#Communications;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Carolina Perez- Ferrer

​Carolina Perez- Ferrer, PhD works as a researcher on the SALURBAL project and is based at the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública. Dr. Perez-Ferrer’s main research interests include social determinants of health, the epidemiology of obesity, and the nutrition transition in middle-income countries.​

;#Epidemiology;#Nutrition;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Marcia Pescador Jimenez
United States
Marcia Pescador Jimenez, PhD, MSc, MA is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on addressing the influence of geographic contextual factors throughout the life-course, such as access to green space and neighborhood socio-economic status, on cardiovascular health. Using longitudinal data, Dr. Pescador Jimenez seeks to examine how the geographic features of the neighborhood throughout the participant’s life-course might explain their risk of obesity and hypertension. Her research has added novel geographic-based variables to two long-standing cohorts, opening new pathways for research on social determinants of health and urban planning. Her related research aims to understand the multi-level and multi-factorial determinants of chronic diseases and their differential risk of mortality. Dr. Pescador Jimenez holds a doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the Brown University School of Public Health, a Master of Statistics from the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium, and a Master of Sociology from Northeastern University, where she was research associate and data manager for the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities.
;#Data and methods;#Epidemiology;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Fátima Pina

​Fátima Pina, PhD, MSc is a researcher at the Instituto de Comunicação e Informação Científica e Tecnológica em Saúde of the Fundação Oswaldo. Dr. Pina is also a current member of the European Innovation Network for Active and Healthy Ageing. ​

;#Computational sciences;#Engineering;#Geographic information systems;#Spatial analysis;#
Anne-Helene Prieur-Richard

​Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard, PhD, MSc is the Global Hub Director for Future Earth Montreal. Dr. Prieur-Richard oversees the activities of the Montreal hub, focusing on synthesis and foresight, general coordination, and science-policy interfaces, as well as the overall activities of Future Earth as part of the Secretariat Executive Team. She has worked at the University of Paris and also has teaching experience at the Universities of Paris and Montpellier. In 2001, Dr. Prieur-Richard joined DIVERSITAS, the international programme of biodiversity science, as a science office and was promoted to Deputy Director in 2006 and Director in 2013, overseeing all research and science-policy activities.  ​

;#Biological sciences;#Climate change;#Environment and sustainability;#Public policy;#Sustainable development;#
Fernando Augusto Proietti

​Fernando Augusto Proietti, MD, PhD, MSc is a researcher at the Brazilian National Council of Research (CNPq) and professor at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and the Instituto Renê Rachou of the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz- Belo Horizonte. He has experience in the area of collective health, working primarily in epidemiology, urban health, human retrovirology (HTLV-1 and 2), emerging and reemerging infectious diseases, and bloodborne diseases. ​

;#Epidemiology;#Infectious diseases;#Medicine;#Population health;#
José Puppim de Oliveira
United Nations System

​José Puppim de Oliveira, PhD, MSc is a visiting research fellow at the United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health and visiting scholar at MIT-UTM (Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia). Dr. Puppim de Oliveira’s research is multi- and interdisciplinary involving applied social sciences and their links with health sciences and engineering. He is particularly interested in patterns of governance, institution building and policy implementation at different levels, examining how global institutions are linked to local governance.

;#Engineering;#Environment and sustainability;#International affairs;#Policy and impact evaluation;#
Alex Quistberg
United States

​Alex Quistberg, PhD, MPH is an assistant research professor at the Dornsife School of Public Health. Dr. Quistberg is an injury epidemiologist whose research has focused primarily on road safety, the built environment, active transportation and global health. He has experience working with trauma care, health literacy, health disparities, teen driver safety, child passenger safety, pediatric window falls, and boating safety. Dr. Quistberg currently serves on the editorial board of the BMJ journal Injury Prevention as the Statistical Editor.

;#Behavioral health;#Data and methods;#Epidemiology;#Injury;#Mobility and physical activity;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Transportation systems;#
Eugen Resendiz Bontrud
Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública, México
Eugen Resendiz is a masters student of Public Policy at Universidad Iberoamericana de la Ciudad de México (UIA) and Junior Researcher at the Department of Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyles at the Center of Research on Nutrition and Health (CINyS) of the National Institute of Public Health in México (INSP). Her main area of research is mixed methods urban health and built environment assessments related to health outcomes. Some of her additional interests include physical activity, chronic disease prevention, urban policy and health disparities. Eugen is currently working on the Cities Changing Diabetes Partnership Programme in Mexico City, coordinating the built environment component of the project, in order to study the impact and relationship between cities and diabetes. She is also part of the planning and coordination team of the SALUBAL policy evaluation “Effect of a large-scale, public bicycle-sharing program on urban health: A natural experiment in Mexico City.” In August 2019, Eugen will begin the Health Sciences Doctoral Program of the Brown School at Washington University of St. Louis under the guidance of Dr. Deborah Salvo of the Prevention Research Center.
;#Noncommunicable disease;#Mobility and physical activity;#Public policy;#Urban planning;#
Maria Esperanza Rock Núñez
Maria Esperanza Rock Núñez, PhD is a theoretician and art historian. Dr. Rock Núñez holds a PhD in ethnohistory and a certification in strategic communication, having also specialized in qualitative research methods using diverse participation tactics​.
Alejandro Rodriguez

​Alejandro Rodriguez, PhD is a social epidemiologist. Dr. Rodriguez is from Ecuador and his research interests are centered on the effects of urbanization and migration processes on population health in developing countries. His work aims to identify and evaluate which characteristics of the urban processes contribute to the occurrence of communicable and non-communicable diseases. Over the past 12 years, Dr. Rodriguez been involved in several research programs supported by Wellcome Trust Centres of Excellence in Latin America Award that investigates the associations between urbanization and the occurrence of asthma and other allergic diseases in schoolchildren living in urban and rural areas of Ecuador.​

;#Epidemiology;#Infectious diseases;#Noncommunicable disease;#Population health;#Urban studies;#
Daniel Rodriguez
United States

​Daniel Rodriguez, PhD is the Chancellor's Professor of City and Regional Planning at University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Rodriguez’s research focuses on the reciprocal relationship between the built environment and transportation, and its effects on the environment and health. He has a distinguished publication record, include co-authoring the book Urban Land Use Planning (University of Illinois Press). 

;#Environment and sustainability;#Mobility and physical activity;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#Sustainable development;#Systems science;#Transportation systems;#Urban planning;#
Santiago Rodríguez López

Santiago Rodríguez, BSc, MSc, Ph.D., is a researcher at the Research and Study Center on Culture and Society (CIECS, CONICET y UNC). Dr. Rodríguez’ main research interest is the study of social inequities in health, particularly the socioeconomic stratification of health among adults of Argentina. He is also involved in projects related to childhood/adolescent growth and nutrition under different socioeconomic environments in the city of Córdoba. Dr. Rodríguez has also conducted research on the biosocial determinants of healthy aging.​

;#Anthropology;#Demography;#Nutrition;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
David Rojas-Rueda

​David Rojas-Rueda, MD, MPH, PhD is a researcher specializing in Health Impact Assessment, Risk Assessment and Burden of Disease approaches. He completed his medical degree at National University of Mexico and his general surgical residency at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. From there, he completed a Master of Public Health at the University Pompeu Fabra, followed by PhD in Epidemiology at ISGlobal in Barcelona, Spain. He has worked on issues related with air pollution, physical activity, traffic accidents, diet, cardiovascular risk, lead poisoning, multiple occupational exposures, diabetes and experimental surgery. He is currently working on European projects on exposome (Helix) and transport and health (PASTA and TAPAS II).​

;#Behavioral health;#Environment and sustainability;#Epidemiology;#Injury;#Medicine;#Mobility and physical activity;#Policy and impact evaluation;#
Paty Romero-Lankao
United States

​Paty Romero-Lankao is a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and currently leads its Urban Futures initiative. Dr. Romero- Lankao’s research examines the dynamics of urbanization and cities that shape urban emissions, vulnerabilities, and risk. She also examines why and how urban actors attempt to meet the challenges of reducing emissions and improving their response capacity to environmental impacts. In addition to her research work, Dr. Romero-Lankao has participated in urban sustainability endeavors promoted by IPCC, C40 and UN-HABITAT. She also was a part of ADAPTE which brought together scholars from different countries and disciplinary backgrounds to investigate the independent and combined effects of exposure to weather-related stresses, air pollution, and human vulnerability on urban health in Buenos Aires, Bogota, Mexico City, and Santiago. 

;#Environment and sustainability;#Public policy;#Public administration and management;#Regional studies;#Sustainable development;#Urban studies;#
Karl Samuelsson
Karl Samuelsson, MSc is a PhD student in GIS integrating urban geography, environmental psychology and resilience science, with the aim to contribute to a systems understanding of urban environments’ impact on urban dwellers’ wellbeing. Samuelsson is lead author of two recent studies on Stockholm: Samuelsson et al. (2018). Impact of environment on people’s everyday experiences in Stockholm. Landscape and Urban Planning, 171: 7-17. Samuelsson et al. (In review). Urban resilience at eye level: Spatial analysis of empirically defined experiential landscapes.​
;#Climate change;#Environment and sustainability;#Geographic information systems;#Urban planning;#
Gervásio F. Santos

​Gervásio F. Santos, PhD is currently a professor and researcher in the Department of Economics at the Federal University of Bahia. Dr. Santos conducts research in the areas of energy economics, regional and urban economics, and micro-development, with an emphasis on the importance of space in the analysis of politics and economic and social planning. He has served as Economic Advisor to the Secretariat of Planning of the State of Bahia (SEPLAN) and was a consultant of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).​

;#Economics;#Public administration and management;#Spatial analysis;#Urban planning;#
Carlos Santos-Burgoa

​Carlos Santos-Burgoa, MD, PhD, MPH is a professor of Global Health Policy at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. Dr. Santos-Burgoa has occupied several government positions in Mexico and worldwide. In Mexico, he helped to develop the Federal Commission for Sanitary Risk Protection, the Health Services Organizational Reform, the Health Promotion Operative Model and the Healthy Nutrition National Strategy. At PAHO/WHO, Dr. Santos-Burgoa has been responsible for projects related to health and human security, urban health and, most recently, work on risk factors for NCDs.  ​

;#Behavioral health;#Government;#Health systems;#Noncommunicable disease;#Medicine;#Population health;#
Olga Lucía Sarmiento Dueñas

​Olga Lucia Sarmiento, MD, PhD, MPH is an associate professor of public health at the Facultad de Medicina of the Universidad de los Andes and the director of EpiAndes. Dr. Sarmiento’s current research interests include physical activity, nutrition and the built environment among populations in Latin America. She is currently working with the International Physical Activity and Environment Network for the evaluation of the Recreovía program that promotes physical activity in community settings.  ​

;#Behavioral health;#Environment and sustainability;#Epidemiology;#Nutrition;#Medicine;#Mobility and physical activity;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Transportation systems;#
Maria Schewenius

​Maria Schewenius, MSc is Research Coordinator of the Urban research theme at SRC, working on projects like the Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES), Accelerating and Rescaling Transitions to Sustainability (ARTS), and the Green Town Stockholm initiative. She currently works in Fortaleza, Brazil, through the C/O City Project, where a Virtual Reality experience and short documentary were made in 2016 to present the reality of life in a favela. Her research interests include development trends in urban areas in Latin America and Asia, sustainable management of the associated social-ecological systems, and the connections between urban areas and the often geographically distant resource-providing areas upon which the cities depend. She studied environmental and social-environmental science at Gothenburg University, specializing in Human Ecology. Schewenius is pursuing a PhD on applying resilience assessments to urban areas at Stockholm University.​

;#Environment and sustainability;#Regional studies;#Sustainable development;#Social determinants;#Urban studies;#
Anne Sebert Kuhlmann
United States

​Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, PhD, MPH is an assistant professor in public health at Saint Louis University and has several years of experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Sebert Kuhlmann is currently collaborating with Unversidad San Francisco in Ecuador and the Universidad Nacional Autónomo in Honduras. Most of her work focuses on maternal and reproductive health. 

;#Behavioral health;#Maternal and child health;#Population health;#Sexual and reproductive health;#
Aaron Shwartz
United States

Aaron Schwartz is a current PhD student in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. His research interests include global environmental change, complex systems, human health, and ecological environments. For his thesis, Mr. Schwartz is applying methods from computational social science to understand the link between urban greenspace and health outcomes. He has previously studied in Chile, conducting research on cellular phone use and agricultural market price discovery.​

;#Climate change;#Environment and sustainability;#Population health;#Spatial analysis;#
María Jesús Silva Rozas

​María Jesús Silva Rozas is a sociologist with experience in qualitative and quantitative studies in non-governmental organization. Ms. Silva has worked with the coordination of evaluation and strategic planning efforts for non-governmental organizations, specializing in the design, management and evaluation of projects of public interest.  ​

;#Data and methods;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Sociology;#
Mariella Siña

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

​Mariella Siña, MSc is a current PhD student in Public Health at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Ms. Siña’s research and thesis focuses on sustainable consumption patterns at the household level in cities. She also is experienced with climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies at the municipality level in Lima. ​

;#Climate change;#Environment and sustainability;#Population health;#Sustainable development;#
José Siri
United Nations System

​José Siri, PhD, MPH is a research fellow in urban health at the United Nations University- International Institute for Global Health. Dr. Siri’s work is focused on systems approaches to research and policy, infectious disease transmission, and global urban health. He has conducted research for the Health and Global Change, World Population, and Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases and Atmospheric Pollution programs.​

;#Environment and sustainability;#Epidemiology;#Global health;#Infectious diseases;#Public policy;#Population health;#Systems science;#
Claire Slesinski
United States
​Claire Slesinski, MSPH, Project Manager, manages a 5-year research project focused on urban health in Latin America, funded by the Wellcome Trust. She received her MSPH in Health Communication from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She previously worked as a Program Officer supporting and coordinating global social and behavior change communication programs in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. She speaks fluent Spanish and elementary Portuguese.​​
;#Communications;#Global health;#
Anne Dorothée Slovic

​Anne Dorothée Slovic, PhD is a researcher at the Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas of the Universidade de São Paulo. Dr. Slovic’s research interests include air pollution, mobility, and social justice. She is primarily interested in interactions between research and public policy and how they can contribute to reducing environmental health degradation and improving quality of life. Past projects include sustainable development efforts focused on the growth of small- and mid-sized industries within the nonprofit and private sectors, as well as income generating ventures that target social, community, and environmental development in Brazil, France, and the United States. ​

;#Environment and sustainability;#International affairs;#Mobility and physical activity;#Public policy;#Sustainable development;#Transportation systems;#
Orielle Solar

​Orielle Solar, MD, MPH is a researcher and coordinator of the program Trabajo, Empleo, Equidad y Salud of the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales. Dr. Solar is also a professor at the Escuela de Salud Pública of the Universidad de Chile and collaborating member of GREDS-EMCONET, a research group focused on the study of inequities in health and employment conditions at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain. She is a physician by training. ​

;#Medicine;#Public policy;#Social determinants;#
Mariana Souza Lopes

​Maria Souza Lopes, MSc is a current PhD student in Public Health at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Ms. Lopes is a member of the research team of the Belo Horizonte Observatory for Urban Health and is also a part of the Interventions in Nutrition Research Group of the Federal University of Minas Gerais. Her interests include social epidemiology, with a focus on health inequities in cities, urban health, and food environments​.​

;#Epidemiology;#Food systems;#Nutrition;#Population health;#Social determinants;#
Ivana Stankov
​Ivana Stankov, PhD focuses her research on understanding the social and environmental determinants of health and disease using soft and hard systems methods. Dr. Stankov’s current research employs participatory methods to identify and understand built environments implicated in the development of cardiometabolic risk. She is actively involved in research that employs simulation-based methods, including spatial agent-based modelling, to understand place-health relations and explore the effectiveness of policy-relevant interventions on health-related behavior and chronic disease outcomes. ​​
;#Data and methods;#Noncommunicable disease;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Social determinants;#Systems science;#
José Tapia Granados
United States

​Jose Tapia, MD, PhD is an associate professor of politics at Drexel University. Dr. Tapia’s research focuses on the impact of economic conditions and business cycles on health and health inequalities globally.

;#Business and private sector;#Economics;#Political sciences;#Public policy;#Population health;#
Waleska Teixeira Caiaffa

​Waleska Caiaffa, MD, PhD, MPH is a professor of epidemiology and public health at the Faculdade de Medicina of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Dr. Caiaffa directs the Observatório de Saúde Urbana de Belo Horizonte and is a current board member of the United Nations University-International Institute for Global Health. ​

;#Epidemiology;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#
Camila Teixiera Vaz

​Camilia Teixeira Vez, MSc is an assistant professor of physiotherapy and current doctoral student in public health. For her thesis, Ms. Vez is conducting analyses using data from the Salud Urbana en América Latina (SALURBAL) project and is interested in multicentric studies. ​

;#Data and methods;#Health systems;#Population health;#
Leandro Martin Totaro Garcia

​Leandro Martin Totaro Garcia, PhD, MS is a current postdoctoral researcher at the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, working in the Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública and the Programa de Computação Científica. Dr. Garcia’s main research interests are related to social, environmental, and individual determinants of population patterns and inequalities in leisure-time physical activity and active modes of transportation, using conceptual frameworks and methods of epidemiology and systems science. ​

;#Computational sciences;#Demography;#Epidemiology;#Mobility and physical activity;#Social determinants;#Systems science;#Transportation systems;#
Natalia Tumas

​Natalia Tumas, Phd, MSc is a researcher at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones and a tenured profesor of biostastics at Universidad Católica de Córdoba and Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Dr. Tumas’ main research interest is the study of social and environmental inequities in health. She is involved in projects related to urban food markets and child health promotion in marginalized neighborhoods in the city of Córdoba. ​

;#Behavioral health;#Demography;#Food systems;#Nutrition;#Maternal and child health;#Social determinants;#
María Ursula La Rosa Sánchez Paredes
Municipalidad de Lima

​ María Ursula La Rosa Sánchez Paredes is a biologist and coordinator of the Healthy Schools Program (Programa Escuelas Saludables) of the Health Sub-Secretariat. Ms. La Rosa Sánchez Paredes has expertise in microbiology and parasitology, with 14 years of experience in the sanitary surveillance of food and services. She also conducts trainings on themes of food safety, healthy food, and parasitology. ​​

;#Biological sciences;#Food systems;#Public policy;#Population health;#
Clara Vadillo Quesada

Clara Vadillo Quesada holds a BA. and a MA in Urban Governance from Sciences Po Paris, France, and has experience in analyzing urban public policies and promoting international and Franco-Mexican cooperation. Ms. Vadillo Quesada is the leader of public policy projects in the Mexican office of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), where she promotes integrated road safety actions and leads research related to active mobility and health. She advocates for multi-actor types of collaboration in response to urban challenges and the inclusion of a gender perspective in sustainable mobility policies.​

;#Government;#Mobility and physical activity;#Public administration and management;#Transportation systems;#
Magdalena Vicuña

​Magdalena Vicuña, PhD, MSc is an assistant professor at the Instituto de Estudios Urbanos y Territoriales of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Dr. Vicuña’s main research focus is urban planning. She is currently working on a project that aims to analyze the impact of regional and local policies on quality of life in metropolitan cities in Chile.  ​

;#Architecture;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#Regional studies;#Urban planning;#Urban studies;#
Quelia Vieira Carvalho

​Quelia Vieira Carvalho is a current Bachelor’s student in Nutrition at the Federal University of Bahia and an environmental technician trained by the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Bahia.​

;#Environment and sustainability;#Food systems;#Nutrition;#
Luz Yazmin Viramontes Fabela

​Luz Yazmin Viramontes Fabela holds a Bachelor's degree in architecture from Tecnológico de Monterrey, along with graduate diplomas in "social urbanism", "urban environmental and social processes", and "universal accessibility and design for all: strategies for intervention in achitecture and urban planning."  Ms. Viramontes Fabela has wide and diverse experiences with social projects and citizen participation focused on youth and has worked with the Transportation and Development Policies Institute (ITDP), advising local governments on the implementation of active mobility projects. ​

;#Architecture;#Mobility and physical activity;#Policy and impact evaluation;#Public policy;#Transportation systems;#
Alejandra Vives

​Alejandra Vives, MD, PhD, MPH is an assistant professor in public health at the Universidad Católica de Chile. Dr. Vives’ research interests focus on epidemiological studies exploring the relationship between precarious and informal employment and health. She is also a research member of the Centro de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable, where she is currently investigating the spatial variability of social vulnerabilities, as well as the health impacts of air pollution in the greater Santiago. ​

;#Environment and sustainability;#Epidemiology;#Medicine;#Social determinants;#Spatial analysis;#Urban studies;#
Xize Wang
United States

​Xize Wang, PhD is a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the intersection among transportation, demography and health.

;#Demography;#Economics;#Population health;#Transportation systems;#Urban planning;#