The GHD-NET Advisors are comprised of a diverse group of individuals with experience and expertise at the intersection of health and diplomacy. The Advisors assists GHD-NET by providing suggestions, feedback and advice regarding GHD-NET activities and publications. The Advisors serve in their individual capacities and do not represent their respective governments or institutions.
Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ambassador Lange is the author of a forthcoming case study on global health diplomacy describing international negotiations on sharing of pandemic influenza viruses and access to vaccines. He also has written journal and magazine articles on the Dar es Salaam bombing, crisis management, and military-civilian coordination in providing humanitarian assistance. He is a member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, the American Society of International Law, the American Foreign Service Association, and the University of Wisconsin International Studies Advisory Board. Lange is a "distinguished graduate" of the National War College (M.S. in national security strategy, 1996), a graduate cum laude of the University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1975), and a graduate “with distinction” of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. in political science, 1971). He was admitted to the bar in Wisconsin (1975) and New York (1979). He speaks French and Spanish.
Dr Sigrun Møgedal
Norwegian Knowledge Center for the Health Services
Sigrun Møgedal was the Chair of the Board for the Global Health Workforce Alliance from 2006 - 2010; and has been the Norwegian Ambassador or HIV/AIDS and Global Health Initiatives from 2005 until retirement from government service in 2010. She was State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for international development 2000-2001.
Mr. Luvuyo Ndimeni
Deputy Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, Geneva
Completed Postgraduate degree in Master of Public Administration: Executive Public Policy and Administration (International Political Economy and Advanced Management) at Columbia University, New York in May 2004. Focus was on International Economics, Trade and Finance and specifically, the impacts of globalization, environment, human rights and good governance within the multilateral system. Graduated at the University of South Africa (UNISA) with a BA in International Politics and Communication. I did my diplomatic training in Egypt (1992), Australia (internship) and at the Foreign Affairs Institute, Pretoria.
Posted at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York from 2000 -2005. In New York, I was responsible for negotiating South Africa’s positions on human rights, social development, crime and drugs, amongst some of the issues. In addition to managing these issues, was responsible for developing social development policy and directing international initiatives impacting on both the 2nd (economic issues) and 3rd (social, human rights and humanitarian issues) Committees of the UN.
In possession of extensive multilateral and negotiating experience spanning over 15 years in many of the political and socio-economic areas, especially work with the UN Commissions with mandates on human rights, social and economic development as well as numerous environmental negotiations. Participated in negotiations of the outcome documents of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR), the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), Fifth (2000) and Tenth Year Reviews (2005) of the World Summit for Social Development in New York. Participated in all sessions of the Commission for Social Development in New York from 2000 until 2008. Established the African Group of Third Committee Experts in New York in 2002 until departure at the end of posting December 2005. Led the African Group throughout the processes of negotiations during the era of UN Reform on human rights in 2005.
From 2004 until 2008, was appointed as Director: Social Development at the UN Multilateral, Department of Foreign Affairs, Pretoria and responsible for UNESCO (Paris), World Health Organization (Geneva) and Commissions for Social Development and Population and Development (New York) as well as UN Habitat (Nairobi). Appointed as the Deputy Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland since August 2008.
Initiated, negotiated and introduced on the agenda of the UN General Assembly, a new item and resolution entitled “Global Health and Foreign Policy”, which was endorsed and adopted during the 63rd and 64th Sessions of the General Assembly in 2008 and 2009. Participated in all the processes of the Foreign Policy and Global Health (FPGH), as well as the Bellargio Processes which is a network of academic institutions and experts in the area of global health diplomacy.
Currently, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations and Other Organizations since 2008.
Gaudenz Silberschmidt, M.D., M.A.
Ambassador, Head International Affairs Division
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health
Ambassador Gaudenz Silberschmidt heads the International Affairs Division of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health. Prior to joining the Swiss administration in 2003, he directed the International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE), a nongovernmental organization. In his current position, his primary achievements include chairing the draft committee for the World Health Assembly Resolutions WHA 58.3 on the Adoption of the International Health Regulations and WHA 59.24 on Public Health, Innovation, Essential Health Research and Intellectual Property Rights: Towards a Global Strategy and Plan of Action. He also initiated the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)/World Health Organization (WHO) reviews of the Swiss health system, led the elaboration of the Swiss Health Foreign Policy, led the negotiation team for the procurement of pre-pandemic vaccine, and is leading the negotiations toward a health agreement between Switzerland and the European Union.
Ambassador Silberschmidt is a member the Executive Board of WHO and its Program, Budget and Administration Committee. Before that he was member of the Standing Committee of the Regional Committee for Europe of WHO and the bureau of the OECD health committee. He received his medical degree from the University of Zurich and holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of St. Gallen. Dr. Silberschmidt also studied tropical medicine and public health at the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel. Amongst his publications figure a proposal in The Lancet to “create a committee C of the World Health Assembly” to improve coordination in global health governance; “The European Approach to Global Health Identifying Common Ground for a U.S.–EU Agenda, A Report of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center”; and the working paper 6 of the Global Health Program at the Graduate Institute Geneva on “How to set priorities for WHO”.
For the Global Health Program of the Graduate Institute he chairs the external advisory group and regularly teaches in and directs global health diplomacy courses in Geneva, Beijing, Nairobi and Jakarta.
Dr. Suwit Wibulpolprasert
Senior Advisor in Disease Control
Ministry of Public Health, Government of Thailand
Dr. Suwit Wibulpolprasert is a general practitioner, a public health specialist, an administrator, and a policy advocator. He began his career as a director and a practitioner in four rural district hospitals in Thailand from 1977 to 1985. Later he was the Director of the Northeastern Public Health College, Director of FDA Technical Division, Director of Bureau of Health Policy and Plan, Assistant Permanent Secretary and Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health.
His main interests are in health policy and planning, and international health. He has been extensively involved in research and development in the areas of human resources for health; health economics and health care financing; international trade and health; health promotion; health information; and pharmaceuticals. He has published more than 100 papers, reports and books locally and internationally.
In Thailand, Dr. Suwit is the editor of a local journal for para-medical personnel and had produced radio and television programs on health and social issues for more than 15 years. He is currently the President of the Folk Doctor Foundation; the evaluation Board member of the Thailand Research Fund; and the Board member of the Health Systems Research Institute, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, the National Health Security Board, the Thai Medical Research Council, the National Nanotechnology Centre, the Mahidol University Council, and the National Science and Technology Board. In addition to these responsibilities, he has run 8 marathons.
As parts of his international involvements, he represents Thailand in many international health forums and the World Health Assembly. He also represented Thailand and South-east Asia Region as member and Vice Chair of the Governing Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria from mid 2001 to March 2004. Besides, he was the President of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety from November 2003 to September 2006 and member and Vice Chair of the WHO Executive Board during 2004-2007.
At present, Dr. Suwit chairs the Boards of the Health Metrics Network; the Steering Committee of Asia Partnership on Avian Influenza Research and Steering Committee of the Asia-Pacific Action Alliance on HRH. He is also a member and Chair of the Program Coordinating Board of the UNAIDS, and member and Chair of the Program and Policy Committee of the interim Board of the Global Health Workforce Alliance. Dr. Suwit served as a Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, during 2000-2003. Currently, he serves at the highest rank of government official (PC 11) as a Senior Advisor in Disease Control after serving as a Senior Advisor in Health Economics during 2003-2006. He is also responsible for health policy and international health works of the ministry.