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Meet our Emerging Leaders
Anna heads a research laboratory of economic analysis of epidemiology surveys and preventive technologies in the national research center for preventive medicine (Moscow, Russian Federation). Anna is also involved in the activities of Russian Society of Cardiology (director of educational programs), which is the member of WHF. Her experience includes research in the field of cardiovascular prevention and heath economics and practical work on the preventive program development and implementation in Sberbank of Russia. Economic results of her research were presented to Ministry of health and were used as an argument for investment in CVD prevention, including antismoking measures.
Amit Yadav joined HRIDAY in 2007 as a Legal Officer and since then have effectively contributed in the development and implementation of strengthened tobacco control through legal, policy, research and advocacy initiatives in India. He has completed the Global Tobacco Control Leadership Programme at the JHSPH in 2011 and is perusing his PhD on ‘Public Health, Tobacco and International Trade Treaties: A Constitutional Analysis’ from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. He is engaged in liaising, assisting, advising, building capacity and advocating for advancing tobacco control and NCD prevention and control in particular and public health law in general. His areas of expertise include Public Health Law, Policy and Advocacy, Legal and Policy Research and Analysis. He has also been closely associated with and contributing to the global developments for accelerated implementation of the WHO-FCTC as an active member of the Framework Convention Alliance. He participated at two different sessions of the Conference of Parties of the WHO-FCTC (in 2007 and 2012) and attended the Working Group meeting on Article 6 of the WHO-FCTC in 2011. He has been elected to the Board of Directors of FCA to represent SEARO (2016-19). He was co-chair of the organising committee of the Endgame Conference 2013 held in New Delhi and with the COP7 to be held in India in November 2016, he is keen to promote the global learnings and lessons to advance tobacco control in India and SEARO keeping with the CVD Roadmap on Tobacco Control. He is presently the Director, Public Health Law and Advocacy at HRIDAY.
Fabian B. Lewis is Director of the Research and Analysis Unit at the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Jamaica. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester. His research focuses primarily on applied public finance, empirical international trade, energy supply analysis, the development of labour market information systems and productivity measurement. He has written several pieces of research while working for the Jamaican Government (including the Planning Institute of Jamaica and the Ministry of Labour). Recently, his work has appeared in refereed economics journals including the International Trade Journal and the Electricity Journal. Dr. Lewis is also a graduate of the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) and an active member of the Mamby Park Baptist Church, Jamaica.
Irene Reyes is a public health lawyer and has worked closely with government officials and legislators on the passage of key tobacco control laws. She provides technical assistance in the drafting of the bills, contributes with the research to support the legislation, and implements communications and media advocacy in order to gain public support for the policies. She has served as legal consultant of the Philippines in international meetings, most recently at the 6th Meeting of the Conference of Parties for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC COP6).
Irene is also the Managing Director of HealthJustice, a non-profit organization that aims to bridge the gap between health and law by pushing for effective public health policies through research, capacity building, and media advocacy. She is part of the Advisory Board of Corporate Accountability International’s network for tobacco control, which focuses on communicating and assisting different countries for the institution of preventive and transparency measures to make sure that health policies are protected from the interference of the tobacco industry.
Michal Stoklosa is a Senior Economist, Taxation & Health within the Economic and Health Policy Research Program at the American Cancer Society. Michal’s research focuses primarily on topics related to economics of tobacco control such as tax policies, illicit cigarette trade, and the tobacco industry’s strategies to undermine tobacco control efforts. As economic arguments have become increasingly important to the formulation of health policies, Michal’s research projects aim to provide governments and health advocates with credible economic evidence to support health policy change. His time with the American Cancer Society has led to opportunities of sharing his research findings with policy makers, such as testifying before Budgetary Control Committee of the European Parliament. His most recent research interests include the taxation of electronic cigarettes.
Adrian Pana, is a senior consultant physician with background in public health, health policy, and management. Currently he is working as a health consultant, involved in several projects focused on health system governance, accountability and transformation, value-based health care services and their outcomes, burden of diseases studies and their impact on health system, reshaping & designing new models of delivery of healthcare services, multi sectorial approaches on social determinants of health and health inequities, and evidence based policies for assessment of new health technologies.
His professional background consists in over 15 years of working experience for the Romanian Government at the central level also for more than 5 years of work as a consultant in international projects on the health sector. He gained this, by working as a Secretary of State as well as a management executive in several departments for the National Health Insurance House and later on for the National Institute for Health Research and Development, the Ministry of Health, and for the Health Commission at the Romanian Parliament. During this period he had also the opportunity to be part in several projects in collaboration with international organizations (WHO, The World Bank, and the European Commission).
Dr. Shang is a Senior Research Specialist in the Health Policy Center, Institute for Health Research and Policy at University of Illinois at Chicago. She investigates the impact of various tobacco control policies including tobacco taxation, tax structure, smoke-free air laws and other tobacco control efforts on smoking behavior and consequences in the United States and in many low- and middle-income countries. She is the Principal Investigator of two pilot studies aiming to evaluate the effects of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) attributes on use behavior. She also serves as a key Co-Investigator of one ongoing Center for Tobacco Regulatory Science project. Her other research interests include evaluating policies related to alcohol consumption and physical inactivity. Dr. Shang earned her doctorate in economics from the City University of New York in 2011 and her BA from Fudan University in 2005.