"The movers and shakers of global health in one conference, the experience was extremely valuable!"
- Supakorn Kueakomoldej
2016 Emerging Global Healthcare Leadership Symposium attendee
David C. Benton, PhD, RN, FFNF, FRCN, FAAN
David Benton took up post as Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) on 1 October 2015. Immediately prior to this, he worked at the International Council of Nurses in Geneva, Switzerland, for 10 years: first, as their consultant on nursing and health policy specializing in regulation, licensing, and education and then as CEO.
He is a qualified general and mental health nurse and has a PhD Summa Cum Laude from the University of Complutense for his work on researching an international comparative analysis of the regulation of nursing practice.
David is acknowledged as a global expert in nursing and regulatory policy and has provided support to countries in all WHO regions in their efforts to implement and modernize nursing and health professions regulation. He is a prolific author with over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters to his name. He is the recipient of several awards and honors. He is particularly proud of being awarded the inaugural Nursing Standard Leadership award in 1993. He has been awarded Fellowship of the Florence Nightingale Foundation, the Royal College of Nursing, and the American Academy of Nursing. Most recently he was awarded the Spanish Grand Cross for his contributions to nursing regulation and health policy.
Cate E. Bird, PhD
Cate Bird is the Missing Persons & Forensic Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada based in Washington, DC. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Michigan State University in 2013 and worked in medical examiner offices across the US performing forensic anthropological casework. Prior to joining the ICRC Washington Delegation, she worked as a Forensic Specialist in the Caucasus region to resolve missing person cases associated with the 1992-1993 Georgia-Abkhazia armed conflict. In her current position, Dr. Bird’s work focuses on the humanitarian consequences of migration, particularly missing and unidentified migrants along the US-Mexico border.
Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN
Patricia Davidson is the Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Dr. Davidson is secretary general of the Secretariat of the World Health Organizations Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery, counsel general of the International Council on Women's Health Issues, a member of Sigma Theta Tau International’s Institute for Global Healthcare Leadership Advisory Board, and a board member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.
Andrea Harrison, JD, LLM
Andrea Harrison serves as Legal Advisor and Deputy Head of Legal Department for the Washington Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. In this capacity, she is responsible for legal support to ICRC activities in the US and Canada, with particular focus on conflict-related and migration detention issues (including legal processes). as well as privileges, immunities, and sanctions and export control issues.
Prior to being posted in Washington, Andrea served at ICRC's headquarters in Geneva as Legal Advisor to Operations for the Near and Middle East and Central and Southern Africa. Before this, she was a legal associate in the ICRC's Legal Division in Geneva.
In addition to work at the ICRC, Andrea teaches Law of War as an adjunct professor at American University School of International Service. She serves as the Chair of the Lieber Society for Armed Conflict, Co-Chair of the International Humanitarian Law Committee for the American Branch of the International Law Associate (ABILA), and on ABILA’s board of directors.
Andrea earned her J.D. at the Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island and is a member of the Texas bar. She also holds an LLM from The Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Law at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.
Carol Huston, MSN, MPA, DPA, FAAN
Carol Huston has been a Professor in the School of Nursing at California State University, Chico (CSUC) since 1982 and was named the 2001/2002 Outstanding Teacher for CSUC as well as the 2008/2009 Outstanding Professor. She served as the Director of the School from 2010-2015 and currently teaches part-time as a Professor Emerita. In May 2016, she was inducted into the CSUC Hall of Honor.
Dr. Huston is the author of seven textbooks on leadership, management, and professional issues in nursing (23 editions total) and has published more than 100 articles in leading professional journals. She has also keynoted more than 300 presentations worldwide.
Dr. Huston served as the 2007-2009 President of Sigma and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has led numerous healthcare delegations globally to locations including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Russia, Cuba, Peru, Hungary, and Poland.
Marty Makinen, PhD
Marty Makinen is an economist with more than 40 years of experience in health systems, financing, economics, nutrition, agriculture, and governance issues in low- and middle-income countries. He has worked in more than 40 countries on developing and applying practical solutions to policy and practice issues.
Makinen served as a Vice President at Abt Associates Inc. and as Executive Vice President at Results for Development Institute. He is an adjunct faculty member of the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health and has had academic affiliations with American University, Tulane University, Emory University, the University of Delaware, and the University of Michigan. Makinen provides strategy development and implementation, management, leadership, analysis, technical assistance, and project and program design, and conducts research for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; the Global Fund for AIDS, TB, and Malaria; and international consulting organizations. He teaches in the areas of health, population, and nutrition concerning financial, organizational, and management policy; cost, benefit-cost, and cost-effectiveness analyses; project and program design and evaluation; alternative financing systems; financial risk-sharing arrangements; demand for services; and food and nutrition policy. Makinen is a native speaker of English and also speaks French fluently.
Rear Admiral Susan Orsega, MSN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
As Director of Commissioned Corps Headquarters (CCHQ), Rear Admiral (RADM) Susan Orsega is responsible for directing all functions regarding personnel, administration, operations, readiness, deployment, and policy for the approximate 6,500 members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She is the principal advisor to the Surgeon General (SG) on activities and policies related to Commissioned Corps training, preparedness, activation, deployment, and total force fitness.
RADM Orsega served as the Chief Nurse Officer of the USPHS from May 2016 to March 2019. In this role, she advised the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of nurse professionals, and was responsible for provide leadership to 4,500 Commissioned Corps and civilian nurses.
Prior to joining the Office of the Surgeon General to lead CCHQ, RADM Susan Orsega was assigned to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She was responsible for the operational management of international research that are U.S. Government to Government partnerships with South African and currently with Malian government involving 150 international nurses and researchers and 500 research participants. Since 2015, RADM Orsega played a fundamental role in the United States Government (USG) NIH Ebola and Emerging Infectious Disease response. In 2015, at the height of the Ebola, she was one of the US NIH team members on the ground for first human vaccine trial in Liberia and Ebola Z-Mapp trial in Sierra Leone. As part of the U.S. NIH collaboration with the Mali government, she was responsible for the NIAID operations of the University Clinical Research Center. Her emphasis was focused on building the infrastructure and leading the operations of the US NIH Ebola Vaccine Trial in Mali and Emerging Infectious Disease Trial focused on early detection of suspicious febrile cases in that country.
In addition, RADM Orsega has a distinguished public health emergency and disaster care experience ranging from an elite medical team after 9/11 as well as 14 other national and international disaster/humanitarian USG missions serving in roles with progressive nursing and leadership responsibilities. She was selected as the only USPHS officer on the Advance Planning team, USS Pacific Peleliu Navy ship health diplomacy mission.
Elizabeth Rosser, DPhil, MN, RN RM, Dip NEd, RNT, Dip RM, PFHEA
Elizabeth Rosser is Professor Emeritus at Bournemouth University, England. She has held a number of leadership roles internationally, both clinically and academically and has experienced acculturation first hand, as a global migrant. Elizabeth is a Director on Sigma’s Board (2015-19) and has a particular interest in culturally relevant care.
Richard Southby, PhD (Med), FCHSM, FCLM (Hon), FFPHM, FRSPH
Dr. Richard Southby is Executive Dean and Distinguished Professor of Global Health Emeritus at Milken Institute School of Public Health, The George Washington University. Dr. Southby joined The George Washington University faculty in 1979.
After attending Geelong Church of England Grammar School, Corio, Australia, he graduated with a bachelor's degree from The University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1965; a master's degree from Cornell University, New York, in 1967; and a doctoral degree from Monash University, Australia, in 1973.
Professor Southby is a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Management; a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine, an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine; a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.
In addition to his appointment at The George Washington University, Dr. Southby is Adjunct Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dean Southby is Co-Director of the Security and Health Executive Leadership Institute (SAHELI) within the Nossal Institute for Global Health, The University of Melbourne. Since 1984, he has been the Director of the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Leaders, the major continuing education program for senior health professionals from the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, US Public Health Service, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Southby is a member of numerous professional organizations. He is President Emeritus of the Royal Society of Medicine Foundation, Inc.; Past President, Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health; President of the International Health Policy and Management Institute; and Past President of the Association of NROTC Colleges and Universities. He was President of the Australian Public Health Association.
Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN
Cynthia Vlasich is the Director of Global Initiatives for Sigma. In this role, she works with the global initiatives team to expand Sigma's reach and reputation globally through maintaining the organization’s Economic and Social Consultative Status with the United Nations; developing global healthcare leaders; establishment of satellite offices in Asia, Africa, and Europe; expanding relationships with global healthcare organizations; and presenting information about Sigma around the world. Cynthia has a broad level of diverse nursing leadership experience. She served as Chief Nurse of the American Red Cross for nearly a decade, during which time she also chaired the Global Advisory Group for Nursing under the International Committee of the Red Cross. She has been both a member and chair of the United States Federal Nursing Chiefs Council and has coordinated nursing involvement for various international relief missions. Prior to her appointment as chief nurse, Cynthia provided nursing leadership and support to Americans stationed in Europe and the Middle East as Director, Nursing and Health Services, European Area, American Red Cross.
Other speakers include:
- Dusan Marinkovic
- Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF
More details on these speakers coming soon!