Kenneth W. Bernard
Rear Admiral Kenneth Bernard, U.S. Public Health Service, USPHS (Ret.), is an independent consultant on security and health issues. He served as special assistant to President Gerorge W. Bush for Biodefense on the Homeland Security Council from 2002 to 2005. Admiral Bernard chaired the White House Biodefense Policy Coordinating committee, and drafted decision directives for President Bush on both “Biodefense for the 21st Century” and agricultural bioterrorism, and he was the White House point person on implementation of the Project Bioshield Act. After September 11, 2001, he created the position of special adviser for National Security, Intelligence, and Defense to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Prior to this service, Bernard worked as a professional staff member in the U.S. Senate, served on President Clinton’s National Security Council staff, as the International Health Attaché at the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, as the associate director for Medical and Scientific Affairs in the Office of International Health at HHS, as International Health Policy Adviser to the director of the U.S. Peace Corps, and as a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Admiral Bernard earned his M.D. from the University of California, Davis, and a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine.
Gregory C. Gray
NUS Medical School, Singapore, and as a professor of global health at Duke Kunshan University in China. Gray has conducted diverse epidemiological studies of infectious diseases for 25 years on 5 continents. Much of his work has involved identifying risk factors for occupational diseases, particularly for infectious diseases in a wide variety of occupational groups. He has served on numerous national expert advisory committees including those associated with the U.S. Armed Forces Epidemiological Board, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Currently, he serves on the editorial board for the journals Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses and Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines. Gray earned his M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and his M.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
John E. Lange
Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) is senior fellow for Global Health Diplomacy at the UN Foundation. Previously, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lange worked with African governments to improve public health. He has served as co-chair of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Polio Partners Group since its inception. Ambassador Lange had a 28-year career in the Foreign Service at the U.S. Department of State, including service as special representative on Avian and Pandemic Influenza, Deputy Inspector General, Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, associate dean at the Foreign Service Institute, Ambassador to Botswana, and Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam during the August 7, 1998, terrorist bombing, for which he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award for skilled leadership and extraordinary courage. He serves on the Global Health Diplomacy Network. Ambassador Lange earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a M.S. from the National War College, and J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He was admitted to the bar in Wisconsin and New York, and studied at The Hague Academy of International Law.
Mobolaji O. Odubanjo
M. Oladoyin Odubanjo is the executive secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science and the chairman of the steering committee of the International Network for Government Science Advice. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health and the chairman of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (Lagos Chapter). He was a medical officer in the employment of a state government in Nigeria which saw him work in 5 hospitals across the state. He has served on the Board of the Global Organisation for Maternal and Child Health USA. He is also an advisor to the Centre for Palliative Care Nigeria, an organization at the forefront of establishing palliative medicine in Nigeria. Odubanjo earned his MBBS and his diploma in child health from the University of Ibadan, and his M.Sc. in public health from University College London’s Institute of Child Health.