1. Prof. Barbara McPake, B.A., Ph.D.

Barbara-McPakeDirector, Nossal Institute for Global Health – University of Melbourne

Barbara McPake is a Health Economist specialising in health policy and systems research with more than 30 years’ experience in these areas. She is currently the Director of Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne and one of two Research Directors of ‘ReBUILD’ a UK Department for International Development funded Research Programme Consortium on health systems development.

She was Director of the Institute for Inter- national Health and Development at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Between 1991 and 2005, Barbara lectured in Health Economics at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Barbara has a PhD in Health Economics from the University of Wales College of Medicine.

Barbara’s research focuses on the application of economic theories and methods to the understanding of issues in health system strengthening in low and middle-income countries. Her work has focused on health financing, contracts within public health systems, health workforce, hospital reform and the health system issues of conflict affected states. Barbara’s work has been funded by DFID, the European Union, UK and Australian research councils, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank. She has authored research papers at the leading journals in health economics.

2. Prof. Dr. Tippawan Liabsuetrakul

TippawanProfessor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Professor Tippawan Liabsuetrakul is currently Professor and the Head of Epidemiology Unit at the Faculty of Medicine, Prince of Songkla University Thailand. She is a Medical Doctor, specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She obtained her PhD in Epidemiology at Prince of Songkla University. Professor Liabsuetrakul has worked with various governments and consulted with numerous organizations. She worked in variety of projects in the field of epidemiology and its application on public health issues such as patient safety, maternal and child health, as well as strengthening health systems. Professor Liabsuetrakul serve as referee in leading journals of public health and has published more than 100 research articles.

3. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Syed Mohamed Aljunid Syed Junid, M.D., MPH.; FAMM; FPHMM; DLSHTM; FASc.

Syed-MohamedProfessor of Health Economics and Senior Consultant in Public Health Medicine

Founder International Centre for Casemix and Clinical Coding

Faculty of Medicine Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Professor Dato’ Dr Syed Mohamed Aljunid is the first Professor of Health Economics in Malaysia. He went to obtain PhD in Health Economics from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1995. He obtained his MD from National University of Malaysia and Master of Science in Public Health from National University of Singapore. He is the Founding Head of International Centre for Casemix and Clinical Coding, a centre of excellence on casemix and health economics research in Faculty of Medicine UKM, which was established in 2011. Prior to this he served as a Senior Research Fellow of United Nations University International Institute for Global Health from 2006 to 2014.

Currently he is appointed as the Founding Professor and Chair of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Public Health, Kuwait University from 1st January 2016. He is also the Director of Postgraduate Programmes of Faculty of Public Health Kuwait University. His main interest is in the strengthening of health care system of developing countries through research and development in health policy, health economics and financing. He has conducted more than 50 research projects; most of the projects are to support policy decisions on health financing. He is currently involves in supporting a number of developing countries to implement Social Health Insurance programmes. He has published more than 180 journal articles, book chapters and scientific report. 

4. Prof. Supasit Pannarunothai, M.D., DTM&H, M.Sc.(P.H.), Ph.D.

SupasitCentre for Health Equity Monitoring Foundation

Supasit Pannarunothai was a Professor at Naresuan University, Thailand. He graduated from Mahidol University as a Medical Doctor and continue his postgraduate degree at the National University of Singapore. He then obtained his PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1993. Currently he is the Chair at the Centre for Health Equity Monitoring Foundation. Professor Supasit Pannarunothai has involved in the on the development of Thai CaseMix and ThaiDRG payment system extensively. He has published in leading public health and health sciences journal on various topics in the context of Thailand Universal Health Coverage. He has consulted with various organizations, the World Bank, WHO, and recently the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Health Systems Strengthening (AIPHSS) where he was consulted on developing the Indonesian Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) in 2016.

5. Prof. dr. Laksono Trisnantoro, MSc, PhD

laksonoProfessor of Health Policy and Management

He is the Director of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing. Graduated as Doctor from Gadjah Mada University in 1987, Masters of Science in Health Economics, York University, UK in 1989, and finished his Ph.D. in Health Policy Unit, London School of Economics. He did postdoctoral research in Harvard University in 2001-2002 and became professor in 2006. He was named one of the best lecturers in Gadjah Mada University in 2013.