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Aalok Khandekar

Indian Institute of Technology

Aalok Khandekar is Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Sociology at the Department of Liberal Arts and the Department of Climate Change at the Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad. Khandekar’s research focuses on understanding and developing collaborative infrastructures—the (often collaboratively built) socio-technical systems undergirding contemporary lifeworlds that allow a variety of differently situated social actors to come together to address complex issues. His recent research has focused on issues of urban environmental governance, focusing on air quality, and more recently, as part of the Cool Infrastructures project, on how vulnerable groups in the global urban south experience and manage rising temperatures. As part of this research, Khandekar also participates in the development of open data infrastructures to help build capacity for addressing complex conditions that characterize our worlds today. Khandekar is the incoming editor-in-chief of Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, the Open Access journal of the Society for Social Studies of Science.

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Abhiyant Tiwari

Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management

Abhiyant Tiwari is an Assistant Professor and Program Manager at the Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management, Gandhinagar, India. He is trained as a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Environmental Health Sciences from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Since 2013, as a public health researcher and practitioner at the Public Health Foundation of India, Abhiyant has worked with knowledge partners like Natural Resources Defense Council, U.S., and policy partners like national and sub-national government agencies on developing, implementing and scaling heatwave health adaptation plans in India. He is a member of the National Disaster Management Authority of India’s technical experts’ group that develops national guidelines for heatwave adaptation plans. He recently led a preliminary study for National Disaster Management of India to estimate local temperature thresholds for heatwave warning systems in more than 100 cities of India. Abhiyant has also worked on developing guidelines for air pollution health risk communication plans in Indian cities. He is also a member of the Indian Meteorological Society, LEAD India Fellow, and Climate Reality Fellow.

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Alina Herrmann, M.D.

Heidelberg Institute for Global Health

Alina Herrmann is a medical doctor, who is particularly interested in the role of health professionals at the crosslink of climate change and health. In her doctoral thesis she investigated general practitioners' role in protecting elderly in heat waves. She was involved in developing feasible guidelines for heat health action plans in Germany. Due to her expertise in heat health, she has also been invited as a consultant by the WHO Europe as well as several national stakeholder like the German Ministry of Health, the federal state of Baden-Württemberg and Saxony and the city of Cologne.

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Andreas Flouris

University of Thessaly

Andreas Flouris is an Associate Professor at the University of Thessaly, in Greece, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is the Founder and Director of FAME Lab [(F)unctional (A)rchitecture of (M)ammals in their (E)nvironment], a research unit of 16 full-time researchers investigating the health and performance effects of environmental factors, with a particular focus on the impacts of heat. Dr. Flouris is a Coordinator or Partner in a series of large international projects in Europe and North America and he has published widely on the effects of different environmental factors on human health, productivity, and performance. He is currently participating in several Working Groups tasked to develop prevention measures to reduce the impacts of environmental factors for workers, athletes, and the general population, including the World Health Organization, the International Labour Organization, and the Greek Ministry of Labour.

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Andreas Matzarakis

Research Centre Human Biometeorology, German Meteorological Service, Freiburg

Prof. Dr. Andreas Matzarakis is leading since August 2015 the Research Center Human Biometeorology of the German Meteorological Service in Freiburg and responsible for the Heat Health Warning System in Germany. Appointed as extraordinary Professor at the University of Freiburg since October 2006. He received a degree in Meteorology in 1989 from the Physics Department, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich in 1989 and a Ph.D. degree in Meteorology and Climatology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. From 1995 to 2001 he was a scientific assistant at Meteorological Institute of the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg and earned his habilitation about the "thermal component of the urban climate” in 2001. He is appointed to Professor at the University of Freiburg in October 2006. His research is mainly focused on urban climatology, human-biometeorology, tourism climatology and climate impact research. Several models and tools in applied climatology and biometeorology i.e. RayMan Model, SkyHelios Model and CTIS (Climate-Tourism/Transfer-Information-Scheme) have been developed by him.

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Anouk Roeling

City of The Hague

Anouk Roeling (MSc) is a Resilience Officer for the City of The Hague, The Netherlands, focusing on strengthening communities in their efforts to become more (climate) resilient.

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Benjamin Zaitchik

Johns Hopkins University

Benjamin Zaitchik (PhD) is an associate professor in the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, United States. His research addresses hydroclimatic variability across a range of spatial and temporal scales, including work on heatwaves, the urban heat island, and flash droughts.

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Bernd Eggen

Public Health England (PHE)

Bernd Eggen (PhD) worked at both the Met Office and Public Health England on climate change & human health effects & adaptation of the health system; with expertise on temperature effects on health across timescales and Copernicus Climate Change Services (C3S). C3S provides applications to the European and international communities to make their sectors more relilient to climate change, this includes the health sector.

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Brenda Jacklitsch

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dr. Brenda Jacklitsch is a research health scientist and occupational heat stress subject matter expert at CDC/NIOSH and serves as Coordinator for the NIOSH Small Business Assistance Program. She was the lead project officer for the NIOSH Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Heat and Hot Environments and was involved in the redesign and update of the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool app, which calculates the heat index and provides recommendations. In addition, she has developed a variety of educational materials related to heat stress targeting outdoor workers and employers. She is interested in studying how to maximize the utilization and adoption of heat stress prevention products and messaging by better understanding barriers to adoption among outdoor worker populations. Dr. Jacklitsch has a PhD in Health Education from the University of Cincinnati, and an MS in Epidemiology and a BS in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University.

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Calvin Lee Kwan

Link REIT

Calvin Lee Kwan is a passionate believer in using creativity and innovation to advance corporate sustainability in today’s world of high urban density and smart city living. With a D.Env from UCLA and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, he possesses a strong foundation in understanding the integrated nature of society, the environment and the challenges of operating a business within their context. He has worked for Link REIT since 2012, in the capacity of General Manager, Corporate Development and Strategy. He is a committee member of United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative’s Investment Committee, co-chair and Asia Pacific representative of the Property Working Group and is a member of the Benchmark Committee of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark.

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Carolina Cerrudo

NMS Argentina

Carolina is a meteorologist from the University of Buenos Aires who also has many years of experience in science popularization and communication of science to different audiences. This lead her to study a social science post-degree in Public Communication of Science and Technology. Carolina is currently working at the National Meteorological Service of Argentina, in the Services and Applications area. Since 2014 she has been working on a Weekly Overlook of High Impact Weather Events report, and this experience let her work with other WMO members in the Impact-Based Forecast (IBF) and Warnings Expert Team. She is currently working on laying the foundations for future IBF implementation, in the context of the National Meteorology Services strategic plan.

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Chao REN

University of Hong Kong

Dr. Chao REN is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interest is Sustainable Urban and Environmental Design and Urban Climatic Application in Urban Planning. She has published widely in highly ranked journals and peer-reviewed conferences, focusing primarily on examining the relationship between urban climate and urban morphological characteristics, developing an urban climatic mapping system, and analysing urbanization-induced human thermal comfort and public health risk impacts for high-density/compact cities. She has edited and co-edited 4 books. One is The Urban Climatic Map: A Methodology for Sustainable Urban Planning(Routledge, 2015). Dr. Ren has been involved in several governmental research projects in China (Hong Kong, Macau, Wuhan, Foshan, Changchun and Beijing), Taiwan (Kaohsiung), The Netherlands (Arhem) and France (Toulouse). She has been invited by international organizations including WMO and UNEP to develop urban climate related guides, reports and training materials. She serves as editorial advisor for Cities & Health and an associate editor for Urban Climate (2018-2020). She is an elected board member of the International Association for Urban Climate (2017-2021).

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Christopher Boyer

University of Washington

Christopher Boyer is a researcher at Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) and PhD student in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Washington, where he focuses on the health impacts of and adaptation to climate variability and change. With GHHIN he will support coordination and communication activities and is excited for the opportunity to engage with GHHIN members and support capacity and resilience building actions. In particular, he looks forward to exploring the monitoring and evaluation of adaptation interventions, such as Heat Action Plans and early-warning systems, to build resilient health systems. He has extensive experience in low-resource settings collaborating with governments and stakeholders to better understand and develop plans to address climate-related health risks. He has also worked as a consultant with the World Health Organization to support member states in Southeast Asia and the Pacific in building climate-resilient health systems. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia (2011-2014). Chris earned his Master of Public Health with a concentration in global health from the University of Washington in 2017.

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Claudia Di Napoli

University of Reading

Claudia Di Napoli (PhD) is a research fellow in Climate and Health at the University of Reading, UK. Physicist by training, Claudia’s research interests focus on past and future trends of meteorological extremes and the impacts these may have on human wellbeing. Her primary expertise is on the climatology and forecasting of heatwaves as weather-related health hazards. She is the leading author of ERA5-HEAT, the first complete historical reconstruction for a set of biometeorological indices representing human thermal stress in outdoor conditions.

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David Hondula

Arizona State University

David Hondula is an Associate Professor of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University and volunteer faculty affiliate of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. His research focuses on the social and health effects of natural and technological hazards, with an emphasis on extreme heat and power failures. He works closely with local, regional, and state authorities on the development and implementation of plans and programs to make communities safer and more resilient to extreme events. Hondula received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia, and has additional training from Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and Umea University, Sweden. He is an editorial board member for Environmental Health Perspectives and serves as a board member for the American Meteorological Society's Board on Environment and Health.

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Dileep Mavalankar

Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar

Prof. Dileep Mavlankar has been heading the Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar as its Director since 2012. Dr. Mavalankar received an MBBS and MD in Preventive and Social Medicine from Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, and MPH and Dr. P.H from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, USA. His work experience includes faculty and research positions in NHL Municipal Medical College, Ahmedabad, National Institute of Health in Bethesda, USA, Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India and Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, NY, USA. He has worked as consultant to many agencies including Columbia University, Mother Care Project (USA), the WHO (Geneva, Western Pacific Regional Office), UNICEF (New Delhi), DANIDA, UNDP/World Bank (India), the Aga Khan Foundation, CEDPA etc. Dr. Mavalankar has authored several publications. He has been adviser to key academic and government organizations and NGOs.

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Elspeth Oppermann

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Elspeth's research focusses on adaptation to climate change in everyday practices, specifically related to heat. She has worked on a number of projects on occupational heat-health in northern Australia, and currently works on projects focussed on everyday heat management in 'off-grid' and informal settlements, including in Pakistan, India and Indonesia. She is also a member of the ICOH Scientific Committee on Thermal Factors and the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN).

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Emer O’Connell

Public Health England

Emer OConnell is a Consultant in Public Health and leads the Extreme Events and Health Protection at Public Health England, in London. Emer has a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Public Health and Population Science from University College Dublin. She specialises in environmental public health and has expertise across natural hazards, climate and health. The focus of her current role is the public health aspects of climate adaptation, heatwave, cold weather and flooding. Her team deliver the Heatwave and Cold Weather Plans for England, including the early warning systems for heat and cold. Emer also has expertise in air quality and health.

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Emily Ying Yang Chan

Chinese University of Hong Kong / CCOUC

Professor Emily Ying Yang Chan serves as Professor and Assistant Dean (Global Engagement) at Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She is Director of the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), the Centre for Global Health (CGH), and the Centre of Excellence (ICoE-CCOUC) of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), and Deputy Director of the CUHK Jockey Club Multi-Cancer Prevention Programme. Professor Chan is also Co-chairperson of the WHO Thematic Platform for Health Emergency & Disaster Risk Management (H-EDRM) Research Network and World Health Organization COVID-19 Research Roadmap Social Science working group, and member of the Asia Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (APSTAAG) of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), World Meteorological Organization SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 Task Team, Scientific Working Group (SWG) of World Health Organization Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre, WKC), Alliance of International Science Organizations on Disaster Risk Reduction (ANSO-DRR) International Steering Committee, and the Third China Committee for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR China). She concurrently serves as Visiting Professor (Public Health Medicine) at Oxford University Nuffield Department of Medicine, Honorary Professor at Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, and Fellow at FXB Center, Harvard University. Her research interests include disaster and humanitarian medicine, climate change and health, global and planetary health, Human Health Security and Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management (Health-EDRM), remote rural health, implementation and translational science, ethnic minority health, injury and violence epidemiology, and primary care. Awarded the 2007 Nobuo Maeda International Research Award of the American Public Health Association, Professor Chan has published more than 300 international peer-reviewed academic/technical/conference articles. Professor Chan also had extensive experience as a frontline emergency relief practitioner in the mid-1990s, which spanned across 20 countries. She was awarded Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 2004, Caring Physicians of the World Award in 2005, Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award in 2005, Hong Kong Humanity Award in 2007, Leader of the Year Award in 2016, National Geographic Chinese Explorer Award in 2016, UGC Teaching Award in 2017, National Teaching Achievement Award of People’s Republic of China in 2018, and nominee of the biennial United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2019.

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Francesca de’Donato

Department of Epidemiology Lazio Regional Health Service - ASL ROMA 1

Dr. Francesca de’Donato is based in Rome and has worked in environmental epidemiology studying the health effects of extreme temperatures and climate change on health outcomes with a focus on exposure modelling and the identification of vulnerable groups. Francesca manages the Italian national Heat Health Warning System on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Civil Protection and contributes to the Italian and Lazio regional heat plans. Recently she has used satellite data to estimate high resolution temperatures to study the differential health effects within urban areas. She is involved in several European projects and has recently acted as Editor of the document “Heat and health in the WHO European Region: updated evidence for effective prevention”. Francesca holds a Phd in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Imperial College London; MSc in Epidemiology Università Cattolica, Rome; MSc Applied Meteorology and Climatology and BSc Geography from the University of Birmingham, UK.

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Franziska Matthies-Wiesler

Institute for Epidemiology, Helmholtz Zentrum München

Franziska is a biologist by training and holds a PhD in epidemiology. She has been working on climate change and health for about 20 years, for example with the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Her expertise related to preparedness and response to extreme weather events (such as heat-waves and floods), focusing on the development, assessment and implementation of heat health action plans. She was involved in the EC project EuroHEAT, which developed the guidance for heat health action pans (2008). Currently, she is employed at the Institute for Epidemiology at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, with a broader scope of work in environment and health, including, for example, the UN sustainability goals and the challenges of transformational change. Apart from research she is developing and participating in a range of training and capacity building activities. Photo: Ralf Luethy / field-of-view.com

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Glenn McGregor

Durham University

Glenn McGregor is a Professor of Climatology and Principal of Ustinov College at Durham University, in the United Kingdom. Glenn’s research explores the relationship between atmospheric circulation and surface environmental processes and the extent to which weather patterns, air mass types and modes of atmospheric circulation (e.g. ENSO, NAO) might influence the intra-seasonal to inter-annual variability of health outcomes. This interest manifests itself most strongly in the field of Biometeorology, the discipline concerned with understanding the relationship between atmospheric processes and living organisms. Within this field Glenn is particularly interested in the impacts of extreme heat and cold events on human health (mortality and morbidity) and the extent to which short to medium term weather/climate forecasts can be used in heat and cold event risk management. Glenn is actively involved in climate and health research and has recently published a number of useful overviews on ‘heat and health’, ‘humidity a primer for public health researchers’ and ‘El Nino Southern Oscillation and Health: an overview for climate and health researchers’. Glenn is former WMO Lead Expert of Climate and Health, previous Chief Editor of the International Journal of Climatology and President of the International Society of Biometeorology and a past and current (6AR) IPCC Working Group II lead author. Glenn was also lead editor for the widely consulted WMO/WHO publication ‘Heatwaves and Health: Guidance on Warning-System Development’.

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Hannah Nissan

Columbia University

Hannah Nissan is an Associate Research Scientist at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University. She joined in 2015, as an Earth Institute Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar working in partnership with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. She specializes in the production, tailoring and use of climate information for public health, and in identifying how climate change information can be incorporated into decision-making and policy. Her work on heat has focused on the development of seasonal and sub-seasonal climate services in the Caribbean, and on understanding the characteristics and changing risks of heat waves in Bangladesh and their health impacts. Dr. Nissan serves on the Board of Environment and Health at the American Meteorological Society and on the Steering Committee of the Global Heat Health Information Network. She holds a PhD in Atmospheric Physics from Imperial College London, a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Bristol in the UK. She has held previous posts at Imperial College London, the International Energy Agency and the Scottish Government.

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Hein Daanen

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Hein Daanen (PhD) is full professor in (environmental) exercise physiology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His expertise includes human adaptation to heat.

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Hunter Jones

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Hunter Jones is the Climate and Health Project Manager within NOAA Research’s Climate Program Office (CPO). He and Juli Trtanj of NOAA run the National Integrated Heat Health Information System, where Hunter focuses on pilot projects with cities and regions to improve the usability and use of climate information for heat health risk reduction - including running Urban Heat Island mapping campaigns across the U.S. Hunter leads CPO’s extreme heat Risk Area Team, which is focusing on piloting urban climate laboratories in cities to manage urban heat and air quality issues. He also works on other climate and health issues for NOAA such as supporting infectious disease modelers with improved environmental data. Hunter received his Master’s degree at Duke, where he modeled pinniped and cetacean distributions under various climate scenarios. He began his career as a technology consultant after receiving a BS in computer information systems. His interests include developing climate services for health and modeling environmental factors influencing infectious diseases. He is a founding member of the Global Heat Health Information Network (GHHIN), serves on its steering committee.

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Ian Norton

Respond Global

Ian Norton (MD) is an Emergency Physician, currently managing director of Respond Global a Health emergencies consultancy, previously lead of the Emergency Medical Team Initiative at WHO creating standards for field hospitals and disaster and outbreak medical response teams. He coordinated the medical response for WHO in West African Ebola (including PPE and treatment centre design) and the Nepal Earthquake. Previously he was Director of disaster preparedness and response at Australias National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, Darwin and there worked with medical, search and rescue and fire and rescue response teams to improve heat management in tropical conditions while wearing PPE and prevention of heat illness.

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Jason Lee

National University of Singapore

Jason Lee (PhD, FACSM) is an Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Jason chairs the National (Singapore) Work Group on Heat Stress Guidelines for Workers and the Scientific Committee on Thermal Factors at the International Commission on Occupational Health. Jason’s main interests are in fluid balance, thermoregulation and heat mitigation strategies. He studies the physiological demands associated with heat stress and how humans adapt to ensure optimal performance and survival. A key outcome of his research is the formulation of a holistic heat management system. This is achieved through profiling the associated heat strain in humans under various settings, formulating and evaluating heat mitigation strategies and finally translating the findings to policies and guidelines.

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Jeffrey Raven

New York Institute of Technology / RAVEN Architecture & Urban Design, LLC.

Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, LEED BD+C Assoc. Professor & Director, Graduate Program in Urban + Regional Design at New York Institute of Technology and Principal of RAVEN Architecture + Urban Design LLC. Co-Chair American Institute of Architects Planning & Urban Design Committee Specialist in sustainable and resilient urban design whose research is applied in professional practice and disseminated throughout the profession, government and allied disciplines to urban design projects and knowledge transfer. Publications include Urban Planning & Urban Design - Climate Change and Cities (Cambridge University Press 2018); From Climate Science to Practice, Urban Design & Climate Change, (Urban Design Journal-London 2019), Climate Resilient Urban Design, Resilient Cities (Springer 2011); Shaping Resilient Cities in China, India and the United States (P. Lang 2014), Covid19-Climate Connections for Le Monde (2020) and Cool District Hot City La Revue Urbanisme (2020). Funded research: National Science Foundation EU-USA Sustainable Urbanisation Global Initiative-Belmont and City-As-Lab RCN.

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Jerome Faucet

German Red Cross

Jerome Faucet has more than 12 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, mainly focusing on Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change Adaptation and since 2018 on the impacts of heatwaves on vulnerable groups living in urban contexts. He has directly managed projects and strengthened local partners’ capacities in Bangladesh, the Philippines, Vanuatu, Vietnam and has provided technical support to the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of projects in SE Asia, the Pacific and Africa. In the last 7 years he has enjoyed working in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement (RCRC) with the German and French Red Crosses during which he has strengthened collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders at Regional, national and local levels such as with other RCRC partners, UN agencies, Government Bodies, INGOs consortium, Universities and community representatives. He holds a Msc in Environment and Development from the University of Reading, School of Agriculture Policy and Development (UK).

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John Balbus

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

John M. Balbus, MD, MPH, serves as a senior advisor to the NIEHS Director on public health issues and directs the NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences. He also leads NIEHS efforts on climate change and human health. In this capacity he serves as HHS principal to the U.S. Global Change Research Program, for which he also co-chairs the Interagency Cross-Cutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health. Dr. Balbus' background combines training and experience in clinical medicine with expertise in epidemiology, toxicology, and risk sciences. He has authored studies and lectures on global climate change and health, transportation-related air pollution, the toxic effects of chemicals, and regulatory approaches to protecting susceptible subpopulations.

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Joris van Loenhout

UCLouvain

Joris van Loenhout (PhD) is a senior researcher in the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, UCLouvain, Belgium. He obtained his PhD from Radboud University. He has coordinated and been involved in a number of EU projects on environmental epidemiology (PRONET, FP6; Climate-TRAP, DG Sanco) and disasters (ENHANCE, FP7; BRIGAID, H2020; SCORCH, DG ECHO). Joris has worked since 2009 on heat and health research, resulting in five peer-reviewed publications. He is currently lead researcher in the SCORCH project, on improving heatwave preparedness in the EU Neighbourhood. He also carried out a study on the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on local hospitals.

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Joy Shumake-Guillemot

World Health Organization (WHO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Joy Shumake-Guillemot leads the WHO/WMO Joint Office for Climate and Health in Geneva Switzerland, and is the co-coordinator of the GHHIN. She is an environmental health scientist and public health practitioner who has worked with WHO, WMO, UNICEF and others to develop public health policy and programming for climate adaptation and risk management. She has extensive field experience in Africa, Asia, and Latin America supporting public health and humanitarian assistance programs. Her current work focuses on enabling WMO and WHO to work together to accelerate the availability, access and use of climate and weather information that can improve public health policy and practice. She plays a leading coordination role for the Health, Environment, and Climate Change Coalition (HECCC) between UN Environment, WHO, and WMO. Joy received her Doctor of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Juli Trtanj

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Juli Trtanj is the One Health and Integrated Climate and Weather Extremes Research Lead for NOAA. She is responsible for developing and implementing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Health Strategy across NOAA and with other federal, state, local and international Agencies, academic and private sector partners. She is leading efforts to build the National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control, FEMA, OSHA, NIOSH, ASPR, EPA and other agencies. She coordinates the NOAA One Health Working Group which brings together NOAA data, research, information and actions to inform health decision making. She started the first multidisciplinary and multi-partner research program on Climate Variability and Human Health. She developed and directed NOAA’s Oceans and Human Health Initiative focused on Early Warning Systems, Health Benefits from the Sea, and Graduate Training. Ms. Trtanj co-chairs the US Global Change Research Program, Climate Change and Human Health Group (CCHHG) and represents NOAA on the Pandemic Prediction and Forecasting Science and Technology Working Group. She is an author on the Fourth National Climate Assessment, served on the Steering Committee of the USGCRP Climate and Health Assessment and was a Convening Lead Author for the Water-Related Illness chapter. She is the Integrated Information System for Health Lead for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), and is directly involved with the World Health Organization (WHO), and other partners in the development of the Integrated Information Systems for heat, cholera and other water-related illnesses. She has contributed to, reviewed, or edited sections of several IPCC and US National Climate Assessment reports and authored several book chapters and journal articles. Ms. Trtanj earned her Master in Environmental Science from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1994, and her Bachelors in 1986 from the University of California Santa Barbara.

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Julie Arrighi

American Red Cross

Julie Arrighi holds a joint position between the American Red Cross and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. She leads the Climate Centre’s urban portfolio which includes a focus on heatwaves. Julie also leads the Climate Centre's partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross which focuses on adaptation in conflict. For the American Red Cross Julie provides climate risk management advice to international programs. Prior to this joint position Julie worked for the Red Cross in East and Southern Africa on various rural and urban disaster risk reduction projects. Julie holds an M.A. in Climate and Society from Columbia University.

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Kim Knowlton

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); and Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health

Kim Knowlton is Senior Scientist and Deputy Director of NRDC's Science Center. She focuses on the public health impacts of climate change, and advocates for strategies to prepare for—and prevent—these impacts, especially in vulnerable communities. She studies heat- and ozone-related mortality and illness in U.S. and India, plus climate change's links to infectious illnesses, flooding, aeroallergens, and respiratory ailments. Knowlton was a co-convening lead author on the Human Health chapter of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, and participates in the New York City Panel on Climate Change. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, a master’s in environmental and occupational health sciences from Hunter College, and a doctorate in public health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health—where she now serves as an assistant professor in the Climate and Health Program of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. She is based in New York.

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Kizzy Charles-Guzman

NYC Mayor's Office of Resiliency

Kizzy Charles-Guzman is a Deputy Director at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, leading efforts to strengthen neighborhoods, community organizations, and social infrastructure so that they are ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change. Kizzy engages in citywide sustainability and resiliency planning efforts to ensure that social, public health and environmental justice priorities are integrated into adaptation plans and environmental policies. She led the development of Cool Neighborhoods NYC, the City’s first comprehensive strategy to address the impacts of rising temperatures and heat waves. She received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 Environmental Quality Award and a national Champion of Change Award from the U.S. White House in recognition of her work to protect and enhance environmental quality and public health in New York, and has twice been named "Top 40 under 40 in NY Politics" by City and State New York. She is a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

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Kristie Ebi

University of Washington

Kristie L. Ebi (Ph.D., MPH) is Professor in the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the University of Washington. She has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for nearly 25 years, focusing on understanding sources of vulnerability; estimating current impacts and future health risks; designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce the risks of climate change in multi-stressor environments; and estimating the health co-benefits of mitigation policies. She has supported multiple countries in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in assessing their vulnerability and implementing adaptation measures. She has been an author on multiple national and international climate change assessments. She has more than 200 publications and has edited fours books on aspects of climate change.

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Ladd Keith

University of Arizona

Ladd Keith (PhD) is an Assistant Professor in Planning and Chair of Sustainable Built Environments at The University of Arizona, United States. He is an interdisciplinary researcher working at the intersection between urban planning and climate change and explores how climate action planning can make more sustainable and resilient cities.

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Lars Nybo

University of Copenhagen

Lars Nybo is Professor in environmental exercise physiology at University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Laurie L. Goering

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Laurie Goering has for a decade run climate change news coverage for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of the Reuters news agency. Her team’s award-winning stories focus on the human impacts of climate change, told from the frontlines in some of the world’s most climate vulnerable – and innovative – countries. She has a particular interest in reporting on heat risks. Previously she was a Chicago Tribune newspaper correspondent based in New Delhi, Johannesburg, Havana, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and London. She has written on climate change issues for nearly two decades, from dozens of countries.

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Matt Brearley

National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (Australia), Thermal Hyperformance Pty Ltd.

Matt Brearley (PhD) is a thermal physiologist at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (Australia) and Managing Director of the heat stress consultancy, Thermal Hyperformance Pty Ltd. Australia

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Maud Huynen

Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI).

Maud Huynen (PhD) is a researcher at the Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI). Her research interests include sustainability, climate change and health. She is the lead author of the 2019 Dutch Knowledge Agenda for Climate and Health (developed for ZonMw -The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development).

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Megan Rowling

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Megan Rowling is a journalist for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, covering the latest developments in humanitarian crises, aid, climate change, governance and women’s rights. She specialises in the impacts of climate change on developing countries, and solutions to this growing problem, including disaster risk reduction and climate finance.

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Nathan Morris

University of Copenhagen

Nathan Morris (PhD) is a post-doctoral researcher in environmental physiology at University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Nausheen Anwar

Karachi Urban Lab

Nausheen Anwar (Prof) is Director of the Karachi Urban Lab, in the Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts (SSLA), Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan.

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Nicola Gerrett

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Nicola Gerrett (PhD) is a post-doctoral researcher in environmental and exercise physiology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Ollie Jay

University of Sydney

Ollie is an Associate Professor in Thermoregulatory Physiology, and Director of the Thermal Ergonomics Laboratory, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney, and Lead Researcher of the Charles Perkins Centre (CPC) Research Node on Climate Adaptation and Health. Originally from the UK, he obtained his PhD in Thermal Physiology from Loughborough University in 2002, which was then followed by 10 years of international research experience at Simon Fraser University (2003-05) and the University of Ottawa (2005-13). His research activities primarily focus on developing a better understanding of the physiological and physical factors that determine human heat strain and the associated risk of heat-related health problems during work and/or sport, as well as among vulnerable people during heat waves. To date, he has a total of 135+ peer-reviewed research publications in international journals (90+ as senior author) and has received funding from organisations such as National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Wellcome Trust, MS Research Australia, and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. He has recently led extreme heat policy development for Tennis Australia (including the Australian Open), Cricket Australia, and the National Rugby League (including the 2017 Rugby League World Cup).

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Patrick Kinney

Boston University School of Public Health

Dr. Kinney is a Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. He was trained as an air pollution epidemiologist at Harvard School of Public Health, and came to BU after two decades at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. In his time at Columbia, he developed and led the first climate and health program housed at a school of public health, including training programs at both the masters and doctoral levels. He has developed integrated modelling systems to quantify and project the human health effects of climate change, including those related to both temperature and air pollution. Working at the intersection of climate change, health, and policy, Kinney has conducted research from the South Bronx to China to rapidly growing cities throughout Africa. At BU, Kinney is developing a new program that focuses on assessing the health benefits of urban climate action plans, via strategies to promote active transport, green infrastructure, and clean vehicles.

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Peter Berry

Health Canada

Since arriving at Health Canada in 1999, Dr. Peter Berry has conducted research in several areas related to climate change including health risks to Canadians, adaptive capacity, health system resilience, health vulnerability assessment and communicating climate change risks to the public. He is currently a Senior Policy Analyst and Science Advisor to the Director at the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau at Health Canada and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at the University of Waterloo. Peter is currently an editor and author for the next national assessment Health of Canadians in a Changing Climate: Advancing our Knowledge for Action being led by Health Canada, to be released in 2021. Among other scientific reports, he contributed to the recently released Global Commission on Adaptation Background Paper: Health System Adaptation to Climate Variability and Change. He is currently developing an online course with colleagues at the University of Waterloo for health sector decision makers on building climate resilient health systems.

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Peter Van den Hazel

Peter Van den Hazel (MD, PhD) is an environmental health physician in the Netherlands advising on Europe and International policy and programming, particularly related to children's environmental health.

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Qudsia Huda

World Health Organization

Dr. Huda, a Bangladeshi national, is the Head of Disaster Risk Management and Resilience Unit in the Health Emergency Program of World Health Organization Headquarters. She takes special interest in the field of public health emergency, disaster risk reduction, health security, migration and health diplomacy. Dr Huda has demonstrated executive leadership in health sector policy and planning for all categories of disasters including climate change impact and heat health and its correlation to biological emergencies and disasters. An accomplished health disaster risk management expert with 24 years of working experience in emergency and disasters many countries across the world, Dr. Huda also has extensive experience in operational research on disasters and authored and co-authored number of books, chapters and articles on various aspects of disasters, emergencies particularly focusing on health sector. Dr. Huda obtained her academic excellence from the Faculty of Medicine at Dhaka University (Bangladesh), Harvard University, Tuft University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Leeds.

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Rachel Lowe

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Rachel is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow and Associate Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, researching the impacts of global environmental change on infectious disease risk. She is a member of the management committee for the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health and vector-borne disease theme leader for the Centre for Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases. She obtained a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Exeter. Her thesis concerned spatio-temporal modelling of climate-sensitive disease risk, with a focus on early warning systems for dengue in Brazil. She held postdoctoral positions at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, and the Catalan Institute for Climate Sciences (IC3) in Barcelona, Spain, working at the interface of climate prediction science and public health decision-making.

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Regina Vetter

C40 Cool Cities Network

Regina Vetter serves as the Network Manager of the Cool Cities Network at C40. In this position, she is responsible for supporting cities globally to manage the urban heat island effect and to implement greening and cooling solutions. Regina also provides technical guidance on climate adaptation aspects of cities' Climate Action Plans, and facilitates the integration of urban adaptation and mitigation climate solutions

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Roop Singh

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

Roop Singh is the Climate Risk Adviser at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and provides technical support to disaster managers and adaptation practitioners to access, interpret and use climate risk information for decision-making. Roop supports the Climate Centre’s urban portfolio with a focus on heat risk, including co-authoring the Climate Centre's Heatwave Guide for Cities and a companion guide for CSOs and leading engagement on advancing heat reserach and action planning. She is also the host of the 'Can't Take the Heat' podcast on how people can adapt to climate issues like more frequent and intense heatwaves.

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Rosa Barciela

Met Office (U.K.)

Prof. Rosa Barciela is currently Principal Consultant and strategic head of health science integration at the UK Met Office. She is also the science lead of the Weather and Climate Science for Services Programme UK-South Africa (Met Office) and a professor at the University of Exeter Medical School and the European Centre for Environment and Human Health)

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Ross Thomson

Public Health England

Ross is a scientist within the Extreme Events and Health Protection team at Public Health England, since 2016. In this time Ross has developed his reputation within the arena of heat and health and has extensive experience in the operational aspects of heat health action plans and their associated early warning systems. Ross is currently working with UK Met Office colleagues on assessing the English Heat Health Warning Aystem currently in place, and so is well placed to deliver this Masterclass on setting operational thresholds for action.

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Rupa Kumar Kolli

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)

Rupa Kumar Kolli is the Executive Director of the International CLIVAR Monsoon Project Office (ICMPO), at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, India. Earlier, Rupa Kumar had served as the Chief of World Climate Applications and Services Division at World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, Switzerland. While at WMO, he supported activities enhancing national capacities, coordinating regional and global networks of climate service providers, user liaison in climate-sensitive sectors, and research-operations linkages. He co-authored a book on “Climates of South Asia” published by John Wiley in 1997, published several research papers on climate prediction, climate change and climate services. He had contributed as one of the Lead Authors on regional climate projections for the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in 2007. Rupa Kumar received his Ph.D. (1981) and M.Sc. (1976) degrees in Meteorology from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, India.

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Sally Edwards

Pan American Health Organization

Sally Edwards is a Regional Advisor on Climate Change and Health in the Climate and Environmental Determinants of Health Unit. She has worked in various capacities looking at the effects of Climate Change on Human Health and her current areas of focus include early warning systems for heatwaves, droughts, and climate sensitive diseases, the initiative on promoting an eenvironmentally responsible and resilient health sector, green procurement and supporting countries of the Region in the area of Climate Change and Health

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Sara Meerow

Arizona State University

Sara Meerow is an assistant professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. She is an interdisciplinary social-ecological systems scientist working at the intersection of urban geography and planning. Her research tackles the challenge of how to make cities more resilient in the face of climate change and other social and environmental hazards. She combines more conceptual studies of urban resilience with empirical research on the complexities of urban resilience, green infrastructure, and climate change adaptation planning in a range of cities.

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Sari Kovats

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Sari Kovats is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, Environments and Society in the Faculty of Public Health and Policy. She has been researching the effects of weather, climate and climate change on human health for more than 20 years and has published widely on this topic. Her particular areas of interest include health impact assessment of climate change and epidemiological studies of the effects of climate, weather and weather events in urban and rural populations.

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Shawn Donaldson

Carleton University, Health Canada

Dr. Shawn Donaldson is the manager of the Heat Division in the Climate Change and Innovation Bureau at Health Canada and an adjunct research professor at Carleton University. He is current leading a number of climate change and health initiatives including, programs that are focused on protecting Canadians from extreme heat events (e.g., Heat Alert Response Systems), health promotion and outreach and heat health science. In the past, he has played a leadership role on human health aspects of Canada’s Northern Contaminants Program (NCP) and been the co-chair international Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP) health expert committee. Dr. Donaldson has been the lead editor and co-author on previous AMAP and NCP human health assessments. He is actively involved in publishing, conducting research, scientific peer reviews of research proposals and journal articles, the supervision/co-supervision of students, and giving guest lectures.

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Shubayu Saha

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Shubayu Saha is a health scientist with the Climate and Health program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA. He has a broad training in Economics, Epidemiology and Public Policy, and wide-ranging skills in statistical and spatial analysis of big data. Part of his research involves spatiotemporally linking environmental exposures (like heat, precipitation, pollen) with health outcomes to assess the health burden associated with these exposures. He has built partnerships with national (NOAA, IITM in India) and international (WMO) meteorological institutions to produce climate services that inform decision-making in public health preparedness and response. Shubayu has authored multiple chapters on public health impacts for the last three United States National Climate Assessments. Before joining CDC, he worked on understanding human development and sustainable interaction with the environment. For his Ph.D. in Environmental Economics, he explored how land use change linked to deforestation and iron ore mining impacted wellbeing of communities in India and Brazil. This work was supported through grants from the National Science Foundation and the World Bank.

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Sirkka Rissanen

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

Sirkka Rissanen is a Senior Research Scientist, PhD, at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Oulu and an Adjunct Professor of Work and Thermal Physiology in the University of Oulu, Finland. She has a 30-year experience on the applied research of human physiological responses and physical performance in the hot working conditions. Special interest is related to heat strain and protective clothing of firefighters and to assessment of heat strain in hot working conditions at laundries and hospitals. Moreover, experiences of assessment of physiological requirements and performance tests for wearable electronics/smart clothes.

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Stephan Böse-O’Reilly

Ludwig Maximilians University

Stephan Böse-O'Reilly (M.D., MPH) leads the "Global Environmental Health" unit at the Institute of Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich. As a paediatrician his focus is children's environmental health. As an assistant professor for public and environmental health his focus is on mercury and lead in artisanal mining; and climate change and health care - adaptation strategies.

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Tahmina Karimova

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Tahmina Karimova is a lawyer specialised in public international law, sustainable development, labour law and human rights law. She joined the research department in 2017; prior to that, she was the ILO National Coordinator for Tajikistan and a Project Coordinator for the ILO IPEC in Central Asia. From 2014 to 2017, Tahmina worked as a Human Rights Officer in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She holds a PhD in International Law from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

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Vijay Limaye

Natural Resources Defense Council

Vijay Limaye is a climate and health scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He is interested in addressing international environmental health challenges—quantifying, communicating, and mitigating the risks associated with climate change—with a focus on the public health burden of air pollution and extreme heat events. Dr. Limaye is a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency scientist. He speaks Spanish and Hindi and has conducted interdisciplinary research quantifying the health impacts of climate change-triggered air pollution and heat waves for populations in the U.S. and India. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in environmental epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Virginia Murray

Public Health England

Virginia is currently Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction at Public Health England. Prior to this she has been a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation, published in March 2012. In 2011, she was appointed as Head of Extreme Events and Health Protection which since April 1 2013 this was transferred to Public Health England). She has taken forward work on evidence-based information and advice on flooding, heat, cold, volcanic ash, and other extreme weather and natural hazards events. She has been a member and vice-chair of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Scientific and Technical Advisory Group from 2008-2017 and has been actively engaged with many science and technology partners to support the UN member states in their agreement of the Sendia Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and now is engaged in facilitating its implementation

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Werner Hagens

Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

Werner Hagens (PhD) is an environmental health advisor at the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and is responsible for the Dutch Heatwave plan.

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Yolanda Clewlow

United Kingdom Met Office

Yolanda Clewlow is the United Kingdom Met Office’s strategic lead for all health-related research and services. Working in partnership with key organizations nationally and internationally to ensure the U.K. Met Office plays a world leading role in health, weather and climate science to deliver science with impact. Helping to save lives and livelihoods and protect critical infrastructure, contributing to a more resilient nation.

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