The GHD-NET Advisors that helped guide the establishment of the network are comprised of a diverse group of individuals with experience and expertise at the intersection of health and diplomacy. The Advisors assisted GHD-NET by providing suggestions, feedback and advice regarding GHD-NET activities and publications. The Advisors served in their individual capacities and do not represent their respective governments or institutions. The founding members of the Advisory board were


Charlanne Burke
Senior Associate
Rockefeller Foundation

Charlanne Burke joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 1991. As a Senior Associate, she assists in developing strategic direction and providing administrative oversight for select Foundation initiatives. She is currently working on initiatives devoted to strengthening disease surveillance networks in southeast Asia and Africa, and improving the lives of workers in America. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Foundation, Dr. Burke served in the Peace Corps in Lesotho, southern Africa. She also has worked as an adjunct assistant professor of anthropology in the City University of New York (CUNY) system. Dr. Burke received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego, a master’s degree in education from Teachers College, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.)

Dr Sigrun Møgedal
Special Advisor
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.

Dr Møgedal is a medical doctor with professional and diplomatic engagement in the global health and HIV/AIDS response, partnership development, global and national health architecture and reform and global health challenges to foreign policy. Her main areas of professional involvement are the HIV/AIDS response and Global Health Initiatives, with focus on policy and strategy development, coordination, global and national architecture. She also works on issues of development policy, international health policy analysis, human resources for health, health systems development and reform. She is currently a Special Adviser at the Norwegian Knowledge Center for the Health Services and is also a Special Adviser to UNAIDS Executive Director, and a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. As a Special Adviser to the Norwegian Minister for Foreign Affairs, she served as a lead for the Expert Group of the Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative, and now serves as a member of the University of Oslo-Lancet Commission on Global Governance for Health.  She joined the Board of the Medicines Patent Pool in June 2011. She has served on the Board of  the Global Fund to Fight against Aids, TB and Malaria (GFATM), the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and UNITAID.  She was a founding member of Board, Global Forum for Health Research. During the 1970s she was Director of the Lalitpur District Community Health and Development Programme in Kathmandu, Nepal, and worked with the government of Nepal as a Medical officer for primary health care at Lumbini Zonal Hospital. From 1980-82 she was the Health Services Director of the United Mission to Nepal.

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.

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.