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Derek Yach

Founder; President-Designate, Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

BSc (Hons), University of Stellenbosch; MBChB, University of Cape Town; MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; DSc (Hons), Georgetown University. Has focused career on advancing global health. Currently, Global Chief Health Officer, Vitality. Formerly: established the Centre for Epidemiological Research, South African Medical Research Council, headed global health, Rockefeller Foundation; Professor of Global Health, Yale University; Executive Director for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, World Health Organization, serving as cabinet director under Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland; Senior Vice-President, Global Health and Agriculture Policy, PepsiCo; Executive Director, Vitality Institute. Formerly with the Lancet Commission for Planetary Health. Member of the Advisory Board: Clinton Global Initiative; New York Academy of Sciences; NIH’s Fogarty International Centre; Mass General Global Health Board. Chairman of the Board, Cornerstone Capital. Chair Global Agenda Council on Ageing, World Economic Forum. Author or Co-Author of over 200 articles covering the breadth of global health; blogger. Cited by the Huffington Post, New York Times and Economist.

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