Derek Yach

Derek Yach
  • Executive Director
    The Vitality Institute

BSc (Hons), Univ. of Stellenbosch; MBChB, Univ. of Cape Town; MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Career focused on advancing global health. Formerly: Executive Director, Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health; World Health Organization (WHO); led the development of WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the Global Strategy on Diet and Physical Activity; headed global health, Rockefeller Foundation; Professor of Global Health, Yale University; established the Centre for Epidemiological Research at the South African Medical Research Council; SVP, Global Health and Agriculture Policy, PepsiCo. Currently, SVP, Vitality Group, part of Discovery Holdings; leads the Vitality Institute for Health Promotion. Author or co-author of more than 200 articles covering the breadth of global health. On several advisory boards including those of the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Economic Forum, the NIH's Fogarty International Centre and PepsiCo's Scientific Advisory Board.