Dr. Chandana Unnithan

Dr Chandana Unnithan is a recognised professional in Health informatics, Project Management and Business IT, from Australia. She is an interdisciplinary Professor in two public universities, with cross appointments in business, information systems and public health faculties. She is best known for her applied innovative, socio-technical approaches in change management and transformation. In Australia, she has partnered with public hospitals, IT companies (Intel/IBM), consulting practices (Deloitte), implementing innovative technologies in emergency departments of hospitals. She has also spent considerable time with the Information Communication Technology sector (ICT), managing projects in multinationals (IBM) to undertaking management consulting for smart city initiatives using IoT.

Currently associated with “Space and Global Health”​, an expert group (within the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), chaired by Public Health Agency, Canada – engaged in building interdisciplinary and applied projects with global partnerships. She has implemented the global ‘Trello’ platform for experts to work together virtually in this project. Chandana is also a panel member of IoT/wearable technologies on the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Series.

She has not only coordinated and managed an international workforce, but also managed projects and addressed the needs of a diverse (multi-ethnic, international) workforce. Conversely, she has run successful internship programs, developed/taught a range of courses within masters programs using innovative online courses/programs (using Blackboard, WebCT, D2L etc) and is on the PhD supervision panel, academic boards and faculty boards of Universities.

She continues to challenge her horizons with innovation and a vision for tomorrow.


PhD in Health Informatics (Information Systems Management), Victoria University, Australia

Masters in Business Computing (e-business research), School of Business Information Technology, Faculty of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

MBA, Graduate School of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne Australia

Professional Memberships:

Canada’s Health Informatics Association –   COACH

Expert Focus Group – Space and Global Health (Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of the United Nations Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) http://at6fui.weebly.com/dr-chandana-unnithan.html

Project Management Institute (PMI.org) [Global]

International Fellow, Centre for Advancement of Global Health (CAGH), India.

Australian Collaborative Education Network –   ACEN


Crhistinne Gonçalves PhD

Crhistinne Gonçalves

Faculty of Medicine, UFMS – Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, BRAZIL


Crhistinne is a public health researcher, practitioner and policy expert. She has experience in the area of Collective Health, with emphasis on public management, in the following themes: Health Promotion, Social Determinants of Health, Social Participation, Management and Health Planning, Public Policies, Evaluation of Health Services, Telehealth and Health of Indigenous Populations, Tuberculosis, Incarcerated Population.

During 2013-2016, Crhistinne was teaching as Professor of the Higher Teaching Department of Medical Course, UFGD – Federal University of Grande Dourados, Community Health disciplines and was Coordinator of the Specialization Course in Public Health of UFGD 2014-2016. This experience supported significant approach of   Health of Indigenous populations and researches of tuberculosis in prisions.

Nowadays, she is a Professor of Faculty of Medicine -UFMS- Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, Internship Collective Health discipline. It is an experience to engage students in different contexts in municipalities far away from urban centers.


  • Dentistry, Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul
  • PHd, Public Health Faculty, University of São Paulo
  • MHSc, Local Development, Dom Bosco Catholic University
  • Diploma, Investment for Health: Integrating Health in All Policies, University of Padova & WHO European Office for Investment in Health & Development

Irving Rootman PhD

Irving Rootman PhD. is a global pioneer & a leader in health promotion research and practice in Canada for over thirty years.

Dr. Rootman developed the first national health promotion survey; led a national project to develop knowledge in health promotion; was the first Director of the Centre for Health Promotion at the University of Toronto; stimulated the establishment of the Canadian Consortium for Health Promotion Research; and developed a national program of research in literacy and health. He was a member of the U.S. Institute of Medicine Expert Committee on Health Literacy and  Co-Chair of the Canadian Expert Panel on Health Literacy.

Currently,  Dr. Rootman is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria and a Visiting Professor in Gerontology at Simon Fraser University.  He is the Co-chair of the Capacity-Building Committee for the Public Health Association of BC, as well as the Chair of the Steering Committee for the BC Health Literacy Network.

Those who have been fortunate to work with Dr. Rootman over the trajectory of his career understand that he is a true visionary, enabler, mentor & role-model as he demonstrates through his collaborative style how to support others to reach their own potential to promote health.

Dais Gonçalves Rocha PhD.

Abrasco Meeting_May 2014Dais Gonçalves Rocha PhD. is a Professor of Health Promotion and Health Education; Human Rights, Culture and Society at the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Brasília-DF/Brazil. She is an Academic Advisor and Professor in the Unesco Chair of Bioethics Program at the University of Brasília, and  Co-coordinator of Theme Group on Health Promotion and Sustainable Development of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health.

Dais completed a post-doctoral fellowship at School of Population and Public Health in 2013-2014, University of British Columbia (Canada) and her PhD Degree in Public Health/Health Promotion, University of São Paulo (Brazil) in 2001. Previously Daid has obtained her Master Degree in Public Health/Health Education from the University of São Paulo (Brazil). Specialization in Health Promotion – 1998 and an undergraduate in Dentistry- Federal University of Goiás- Goiânia (Brazil) in 1990.

As professor and researcher Dais dedicated a lot of time to building alliances and a working agenda between university-services and social movements to reduce health inequities and promote the right to health. In this way, since 2010 she had coordinated a graduate level course called “Human rights, culture, and society” where masters and doctoral students carry out field studies on care related to Policies to Promote Equity in Health that the Brazilian Ministry of Health has implemented since 2003. These policies include: National Policies on Integral Care for Black Population; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transvestite/Transsexual communities; Rural and Forest Communities; and Integral Care for Adolescents.

Marilyn Rice, Senior Advisor in Health Promotion

Marylin RiceMarilyn Rice is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of merci (Marilyn E Rice Consulting International), an international consulting firm based in Washington, DC but with global reach. It specializes in advising on best practices and problem solving related to promoting equity in health and development. Until June of 2011 she was the Senior Advisor in Health Promotion and Coordinator of the Urban Health and Determinants of Health Team for the Area of Sustainable Development and Environmental Health for the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). She has over 30 years of experience working in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual environment, often playing the role of a facilitator to help ensure clear communication and collaborative efforts in developing and implementing initiatives.

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Dr. Kristine Sørensen, Health Literacy Global Advisor

KristineDr. Kristine Sørensen is health literacy expert and project coordinator of the European Health Literacy Project (HLS-EU) hosted by the Department of International Health at Maastricht University. Other related projects are the Collaborative Venture on Health Literacy; which integrates health literacy into business action and corporate social responsibility; the Diabetes Literacy Project supported by the European Commission, and the study on health literacy and the right to access to health in collaboration with Council of Europe. She has acted as advisor on health literacy for WHO, European Commission, the European Parliament, European Centre of Disease Control and other international organizations. She has recently received the European Health Award for the outstanding social and political impact of the European health literacy project. Continue reading

Sarah Simpson, Health Equity Global Advisor

header-logoSarah Simpson is an international consultant with a Masters in Public Health and degrees in health promotion and arts. She has over 20 years experience in health and social policy, and 10+ years on social determinants and equity, building skills and knowledge to take action in a range of country and policy contexts. At the WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development (2007-2012) she worked with ministries of health to incorporate an equity focus into policies and programmes. Sarah worked for WHO in Geneva, coordinating the knowledge networks established as part of the global Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Continue reading