Fuller 2019 Speakers

Karabi Acharya

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Dr. Karabi Acharya directs the Global Ideas for US Solutions portfolio at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The portfolio draws inspiration from how other countries are achieving health and well-being for all members of society and identifies best practices to adapt in the US. Prior to this, Acharya was global director for Ashoka, where she led the documentation of system changes achieved by Ashoka Fellows. At the Academy for Educational Development she worked to bring community voices into policy and program design. She is a public health anthropologist and worked for 18 years on global health issues in over 10 countries. Acharya holds an ScD from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, where she has also been on faculty. She is a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow.

Michele Barry

Stanford University

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Dr. Michele Barry is the Shenson Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Stanford University. She is the director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health and senior associate dean for global health. As a cofounder of the Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholar Award program, she has sent over 1,500 physicians to underserved areas overseas. As a past president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, she led an educational initiative that culminated in diploma courses in tropical medicine. Barry is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, as well as the Council for Foreign Relations. In 2018, the American Medical Women’s Association awarded her the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal for creating pathways for women in medicine.

Susan Clayton

College of Wooster

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Dr. Susan Clayton is Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology at the College of Wooster in Ohio. She has written or edited six books—most recently Psychology and Climate Change (co-edited with Christie Manning). Her research focuses on the human relationship with nature, how it is socially constructed, and how it can be used to promote conservation. Clayton serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Environmental Psychology, Social Justice Research, and Social Psychological and Personality Science. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and several other societies, including the Society for Environmental, Population, and Conservation Psychology. She is a lead author of the upcoming 6th Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Clayton has a PhD in social psychology from Yale University.

Pamela Matson

Stanford University

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Dr. Pamela Matson is Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies and a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, where she leads the graduate program on sustainability science. She was dean of Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences from 2002 to 2017. She is chair of the board of WWF-US, and an elected member of the National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Matson received a MacArthur Foundation Award and was a contributor to the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She holds a BS in biology and English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a master’s in environmental science and policy from Indiana University, and a doctorate in forest ecology from Oregon State University.

Samuel Myers

Planetary Health Alliance

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Dr. Samuel Myers is director of the Planetary Health Alliance, where he oversees a multi-institutional effort to support research, education, and policy efforts focused on understanding the human health impacts of disrupting Earth’s natural systems and translating that understanding into resource management decisions globally. He is also a principal research scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Myers serves on the Lancet-Rockefeller Foundation Commission on Planetary Health. He was the inaugural recipient of the Arrell Global Food Innovation Award in 2018. With Howard Frumkin, he is co-editing a first textbook of planetary health entitled Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves. He received a BA from Harvard College, an MD from Yale University School of Medicine, and an MPH from the Chan School.

Ruth Khasaya Oniang’o

Rural Outreach Africa

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Honorable Professor Ruth Khasaya Oniang’o is the founder of Rural Outreach Africa (ROA), a grassroots organization established to create food security and socioeconomic empowerment. Today ROA comprises a network of over 100,000 smallholder farmers and 160 primary schools in rural East Africa. Oniang’o is also founder and editor-in-chief of the African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development. She was professor of nutrition at Jomo Kenyatta University, where she taught from 1978 to 1990. She served as a member of Kenya’s ninth parliament from 2003 to 2007. She was joint recipient of the Africa Food Prize in 2017. She serves on numerous boards and is board chair for Sasakawa Africa Association. Oniang’o received a BSc and an MSc from Washington State University-Pullman and a PhD from the University of Nairobi.

William Pan

Duke University

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Dr. William Pan is the Elizabeth Brooks Reid and Whitlaw Reid Associate Professor of Population Studies and Global Environmental Health at Duke University, with appointments in the Duke Global Health Institute and Nicholas School of Environment. He has 20 years of experience studying the dynamic relationship between humans and the (natural, social, built) environment with particular focus on human health outcomes. Pan’s research focuses on infectious disease transmission, population change and development, gold mining, and heavy metal exposures. His dedication to research and training was recognized through the UNC James E. Grizzle Distinguished Alumni Award and the NIH Fogarty Center Director’s Award. Pan received his doctoral training in biostatistics at UNC-Chapel Hill and a master of public health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Natalie Phaholyothin


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Natalie Phaholyothin brings a broad range of experience to her job as CEO of WWF-Thailand. At The Rockefeller Foundation, her work involved global advocacy for Universal Health Coverage (UHC), disease surveillance networks, and oversight of a global network for UHC. She was seconded by The Rockefeller Foundation as Asia regional director for the Global Resilience Partnership. Previously, she worked with Education Development Center, UNDP, and IMF. Phaholyothin is an Atlantic Fellow and a grant recipient for a short film highlighting health inequities. The film, Living beyond 30 Baht, is now used in Thai public health schools. She also served as a board member of the Mekong Disease Surveillance Network Foundation. She is an alumna of Brown University and received her MPhil from Sciences-Po Paris.

Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio

EcoHealth Alliance

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Dr. Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio is the associate vice president for conservation and health at EcoHealth Alliance, working on the intersection between environmental, animal, and human health. He actively participates in several fora, including the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and he currently chairs the Human Health and Ecosystem Management Task Force of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Originally from Bolivia, Zambrana-Torrelio holds a PhD in environmental and evolutionary biology from Sapienza Università di Roma. He has more than 15 years of experience in Latin America and Southeast Asia making significant contributions to the development of the field of ecosystem health, especially as it relates to biodiversity loss, disease emergence, and the economics of land use change.