Dr. Christine L. Moe
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
Christine Moe is the Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation in the Rollins School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. Dr. Moe’s research focuses primarily on the environmental transmission of infectious agents, in particular, foodborne and waterborne disease. Working in the laboratory and in the field, Dr. Moe’s work addresses sanitation and health issues in the United States and around the world. Her field research in Ghana, Rwanda, the Philippines, El Salvador, Bolivia and Kenya. includes studies of dry sanitation systems, fecal contamination in low-income urban environments, water quality in distribution systems, and environmental contamination of vegetable crops. Dr. Moe leads a team of faculty, post-graduates and students and is the catalyst for a flourishing interest in safe water and sanitation at Rollins. In 2006, her team received the Development Marketplace Award from the World Bank for their project on sanitation demand in Bolivia. Dr. Moe received the Food Safety Leadership Award in Research Advancement from NSF International in 2008. Moe currently serves on the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board and chaired the National Research Council Committee to advise USAID on Grand Challenges in International Development. She has been a consultant for WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on several projects related to water, sanitation and health. She was also a member of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, the USEPA Drinking Water Committee of the Science Advisory Board and the Research Advisory Council for the American Water Works Research Foundation. She holds a primary appointment is in the Hubert Department of Global Health and joint appointments in the Departments of Environmental Health and Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, She received her Bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and her MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
The Honorable Francis J. Ricciar
Atlantic Council of the United States
Francis J. Ricciardone is an Atlantic Council Vice President and the Director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. Before joining the Council, he was a career Foreign Service Officer in Washington, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, including assignments as Ambassador to Turkey (2011-14), Chargé d'Affaires and Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan (2009-10), Ambassador to Egypt (2005-8), and Ambassador to the Philippines and Palau (2002-5). As Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's Special Coordinator for the Transition of Iraq (1999-2001), Ambassador Ricciardone supported the reestablishment of the democratic opposition to the Saddam Hussein regime. Secretary of State Colin Powell assigned him in 2004 to organize the new US Embassy in Baghdad to replace the Coalition Provisional Authority. He worked with Egyptian, Israeli, and other international military forces as Chief of the Civilian Observer Unit of the Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt's Sinai Desert (1989-91). In 1993, he served as Political Adviser to US and Turkish generals commanding Operation Northern Watch in northern Iraq, based in Turkey. Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Ricciardone held a Fulbright Scholarship in Italy, and taught at international schools in Italy and in Iran. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973.
Dr. Rebecca R. Richards-Kortum
Rebecca Richards-Kortum (NAS/NAE) is a Malcolm Gillis University Professor, Professor of Bioengineering, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director, Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health, Director, Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, and Founder, Beyond Traditional Borders at Rice University. She has focused on translating research that integrates advances in nanotechnology and molecular imaging with microfabrication technologies to develop optical imaging systems that are inexpensive, portable, and provide point-of-care diagnosis. This basic and translational research is highly collaborative and has led to new technologies to improve the early detection of cancers and other diseases, especially in impoverished settings. Over the past few years, Richards-Kortum and collaborators have translated these technologies from North America to both low- and medium-resource developing countries (Botswana, India, Taiwan, Mexico, and Brazil).
Richards-Kortum’s research has led to the development of 29 patents. She is author of the textbook Biomedical Engineering for Global Health, Cambridge University Press (2010), more than 230 refereed research papers and 11 book chapters. Her teaching programs, research and collaborations have been supported by generous grants from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Whitaker Foundation, and the Virginia and L.E. Simmons Family Foundation.
Richards-Kortum is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences (2016) and the National Academy of Engineering (2008). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2015), a member of the National Academies Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards (2010-2012), and an inaugural member of the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for the National Institutes of Health (2002-2007). She is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2000), of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2008), of the Biomedical Engineering Society (2008), of the Optical Society of America (2014), and of the National Academy of Inventors (2014). She was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor (2002) and received a Professor Renewal grant from HHMI (2006) to establish and expand the undergraduate education program Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB). In 2012, the BTB program was chosen as a model program by Science magazine and awarded the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction; and in 2013, the hands-on engineering education program was awarded the Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation for bringing life-saving health solutions to the developing world.
Dr. Melanie Walker
The World Bank
Melanie Walker is Director of the President's Delivery Unit and Senior Advisor to President Jim Yong Kim at the World Bank Group. She joined the Group from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she served as Deputy Director for Special Initiatives, a team charged with exploring cross-disciplinary interventions and incubating new foundation programs across both health and development. Prior to this she worked in variety of different roles at the World Health Organization related to macroeconomics and health. In addition to her role at the World Bank Group, she is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and maintains a hospital-based practice at Harborview Medical Center. She has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature and frequently lectures on topics related to her clinical interests. She was recently awarded the Hoffman Endowed Lectureship by the American Academy of Pediatric Neurosurgery and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Amos Winter
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Amos Winter is the Ratan N. Tata Career Development Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He earned a B.S. from Tufts University (2003) and an M.S. (2005) and Ph.D. (2011) from MIT, all in mechanical engineering. Prof. Winter’s research group, the Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab, characterizes the unique technical and socioeconomic constraints of emerging markets and then uses engineering science and product design to create high-performance, low-cost, globally-relevant technologies. The group primarily focuses on assistive devices, brackish water desalination, drip irrigation, and agricultural technologies. GEAR Lab won the 2015 USAID Desal Prize for creating a community-scale, solar-powered electrodialysis desalination system, which will be piloted in India and Gaza in 2016. Prof. Winter is the principal inventor of the Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC), an all-terrain wheelchair designed for developing countries that was a winner of a 2010 R&D 100 award, was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s top innovations in 2011, and received a Patents for Humanity award from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2015. He also received the 2010 Tufts University Young Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, the 2012 ASME/Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, and was named one of the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35) for 2013. Prof. Winter is a co-founder of Global Research Innovation and Technology, a company that has commercialized the LFC for developing countries and also produces the Freedom Chair, a derivative for the U.S./European market.