Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker: Dr Kurt Straif

The IARC Monographs and the Burden of Occupational Cancer

Kurt Straif is Head of the IARC Monographs program and the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention. He serves on several national and international committees with a focus on primary and secondary prevention of cancer. He has expertise in medical oncology, occupational and environmental causes of cancer and cancer epidemiology. He studied medicine at the universities of Liège, Heidelberg and Bonn, and received his Master of Public Health and PhD in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is board certified in internal medicine, occupational and environmental medicine.

Professor Antonio Mutti

Gene-Environment Interaction: Promises and Pitfalls of Molecular Epidemiology and Toxicology in Occupational Health

Graduated cum laude in Medicine & Surgery (1974), Specialist cum laude in Occupational Medicine (1977), he is Professor of Occupational Medicine and Director of the Department of Medicine & Surgery at the University of Parma (Italy). Member of the International Commission on Occupational Health since 1975, he served as Secretary (1990-96) and Chairman (1996-2003) of the Scientific Committee on Occupational Toxicology. Thereafter, he served as ICOH Board member for two mandates. Author of over 400 scientific publications, mostly in peer-reviewed international journals, his research interests focused on Occupational Toxicology, Biomarkers, and Gene-Environment interactions in chronic degenerative diseases.

Dr Bonnie Rogers

Total Worker Health: From Concept to Reality

Bonnie Rogers is a Professor of Public Health and Nursing and is Director of the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center and the Occupational Health Nursing Program at the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Rogers received her diploma in nursing from the Washington Hospital Center School of Nursing, Washington, DC; her baccalaureate in nursing from George Mason University, School of Nursing, Fairfax, VA; and her master of public health degree and doctorate in public health, the latter with a major in environmental health sciences and occupational health nursing from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD. She holds a postgraduate certificate as an adult health clinical nurse specialist. She is certified in occupational health nursing, case management as a legal nurse consultant, and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. Dr. Rogers completed an academic certificate program in Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University, Chicago, is an ethicist and was invited to study ethics as a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center in New York. She was granted a (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) career award to study ethical issues in occupational health.



In addition to managerial, consultant, and educator/researcher positions, Dr. Rogers has also practiced for many years as a public health nurse, occupational health nurse, and occupational health nurse practitioner. She has published more than 200 articles and book chapters, and two books, including Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing: Concepts and Practice, and Occupational Health Nursing Guidelines for Primary Clinical Conditions, in their third and fifth editions, respectively. She completed a term as Editor for the Journal of Legal Nurse Consulting. She is a member of several editorial panels and has given more than 450 presentations nationally and internationally on occupational health and safety issues. Dr. Rogers has had several funded research grants on clinical issues in occupational health, health promotion, research priorities, hazards to health care workers, respiratory protection for health care workers, and ethical issues in occupational health.

Dr. Rogers is honored to serve as Chairperson of the NIOSH Board of Scientific Counselors since 2012. She was elected in 2013 as a Fellow in the Collegium Ramazzini. She completed two terms as Vice President of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) and previously two terms as Chairperson of the Scientific Committee on Education and Training in Occupational Health, ICOH. Dr. Rogers is past president of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, completed several terms as an appointed member of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, and is Past President of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, serves on the Board of Directors. She is a consultant in occupational health and ethics. She was appointed in 2016 to the ANSI Z 88 15 Respiratory Standards Committee.

Dr. Rogers has been Chairperson of the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda Liaison Committee for 20 years. She has served on numerous Institute of Medicine committees including the Nursing, Health and the Environment Committee, the Committee to Assess Training Needs for Occupational Safety and Health Personnel in the United States, the IOM standing committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health, Respiratory Protection for Healthcare Workers in the Workplace Against Novel H1N1 Influenza A, and PPE for Healthcare Workers During an Influenza Pandemic: Current Research Issues.

Stefana Broadbent

Fighting Climate Change with Collective Intelligence

Stefana Broadbent is the cofounder of Cleanweb an organisation that uses the web to address climate change, which operates If You Want To the most extensive existing platform of green digital services.  Between 2014 and 2016 she was Head of Collective Intelligence at Nesta in London. Previously Stefana was a convener of the MSc. in Digital Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at University College London, and is a visiting Professor at the AA in London and the Department of Design Politecnico di Milano.  She was in the strategy board of Swisscom where she led the Observatory of Digital Life until 2008. Stefana has a degree in Psychology from the University of Geneva and a PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh. Her recent publications include chapters in the The Onlife Manifesto (Springer 2015) and Digital Anthropology (Bloomsbury 2012) and her book Intimacy at Work ( Routledge 2016)

Yue Leon Guo

Psychosocial Conditions After Occupational Injury

Yue Leon Guo (Leon), MD (National Taiwan University), MPH (Harvard University), PHD (Environmental Health, Johns Hopkins University) served residency (Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, Texas, and Occupational Medicine, University of California, San Francisco) and as a faculty member of National Cheng Kung University. He is Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Science, National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan, and distinguished professor, National Taiwan University (NTU). He was president of the president of Asian Congress of Occupational Health (2000-2002). He became a fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini in 2004. His work involved promoting diagnosis and reporting occupational diseases.

Dr Gerry Eijkemans

The Importance of Workers’ Health to Advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda

Dr Gerry Eijkemans has joined PAHO Mexico in February 2016 as Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Representative. Before that, she was PAHO/WHO Representative (PWR) for The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands from February 2011, after having worked as the PWR Suriname.

Dr Eijkemans is a Dutch national, a medical doctor from the University of Nijmegen by training with a Masters Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, specialized in determinants of health and occupational and environmental health.

As PAHO/WHO Representative, she works on supporting the government in the development and implementation of Public Health Initiatives and strengthening health systems and services. She has showed leadership in various areas of public health in various countries in the Region, notably the the work towards a Health in All Policies and Social Determinants of Health approach, development of the Tobacco Legislation and the strengthening of the NCD Programs. Furthermore, Dr Eijkemans worked closely with the Governments in the development of National Health Sector Plans and the implementation of national health insurance initiatives towards Universal Health.



She has worked in international organizations for over 20 years, in different parts of the world. She was based in WHO country offices in Panama, Peru and Mexico and in the WHO regional offices for Africa (Zimbabwe) and the Americas (PAHO HQ in Washington DC).

She lived and worked in Geneva for 8 years, where she served as the WHO focal point for the Global occupational health programme. She also was the senior advisor on child labour and health at the ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour ( IPEC) for 2 years.

During her carrier she has provided technical assistance in over 70 countries, including China, India, Mexico, Egypt, Brasil, South Africa on topics related to workers health, environmental health, child labour, gender and sustainable development, health systems strengthening in the context of Universal Health. She was one of the contributor to the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and she has created and motivated several regional and global networks

Prof John Gallagher

Connected Workplace Health, Safety and Wellbeing in an Irish Context

Dr John Gallagher graduated from University College Cork in 1985. He completed a MMed Sc in Occupational Health at the University of Birmingham in 1991 and received the inaugural John Darwall Prize. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. He is a Past Dean of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine. He is a Consultant and Head of Department at the Occupational Health Department, HSE South. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Occupational Medicine, UCC. He is Managing Director of Cognate Health Ltd.

Hans-Horst Konkolewsky

Vision Zero: A World of Work Without Fatal and Serious Accidents and Diseases

 Hans-Horst Konkolewsky is the Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) based in Geneva, Switzerland. Elected in 2005, Mr Konkolewsky heads an extensive programme of activities with the aim to strengthen the governance, performance and service quality of social security administrations, with a strong focus on proactive and preventive measures.

Prior to his election as Secretary General, Mr Konkolewsky served for ten years as Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, located in Bilbao, Spain.

Mr Konkolewsky, who is a Danish national, also served as Deputy Director General of the Danish Working Environment Authority.

Professor Vidhya Venugopal

Climate Variability Impacts on Occupational Health – Research Evidence and Future Steps

Professor. Vidhya Venugopal, a Certified Industrial Hygienist and Climate Change Scientist works with the Department of Environmental Health Engineering at Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai, India. She passionately explores the links between exposures to Occupational Heat Stress ­­­­and Health & productivity in formal and informal sectors. She has large scale funded projects and works with about 150 industries across India to study occupational heat and health links and the results show that due to the combined effect of higher temperatures and poor-working conditions/limited welfare facilities, heat related morbidities incl. Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) are expected to increase, especially with the predicted rise in temperatures. Her results were fed into forming certain protective labour polices and were key in framing “Occupational Health“ in the “National action plan for Climate Change and Human Health” for India. She is currently engaged in “Occupational Heat Stress and links to Kidney-related illness”.

Associate Professor Alison Reid

Migration, Work and Occupational Health and Safety

Alison Reid is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health, Curtin University, Western Australia.  She has a background in anthropology and demography and is an occupational epidemiologist with a specific interest in the occupational causes of disease and risks among sub groups of the population. Specifically, she is interested in the working conditions of migrant workers, their hazard risks and prevalence of exposure to workplace hazards.

Emeritus Professor Rodney Ehrlich

When Occupational Health Becomes Public Health: Occupational Lung Disease in Miners

Rodney Ehrlich is Emeritus Professor in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Cape Town, South Africa, and currently co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.  He has been engaged with mining lung disease throughout his career as a clinician,  educator, advisor to government and researcher, particularly on diseases caused by silica dust, including tuberculosis, their epidemiology in miners, and workers’ compensation more broadly. His current research includes interdisciplinary collaborations on the co-immunology of silica and tuberculosis, mortality estimation among ex-miners and historical analysis of the role of measurement in preventing occupational disease.

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