Former coordinator of the WHO Global Work on Health Impacts of Sector Policies and Visiting Professor Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University, New York.
A medical doctor and epidemiologist, Dr. Carlos Dora has a distinguished career in global public health and environmental issues. Until recently he coordinated the WHO global work on health impacts of sector policies (energy, transport, housing, extractive industry) and in articulating a global response to air pollution. He recently led the development a new Urban Health Initiative to strengthen health systems capacity in cities to support health, climate and air quality benefits from urban policies, which is under pilot implementation in Africa and Asia. He also led the development of a framework for how public health can contribute to Habitat III objectives and the New Urban Agenda. He previously led knowledge synthesis for a “Health in a Green Economy” series, and contributed to the development of health indicators for post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. He has worked to include health into strategic environment assessments and into Development Banks Safeguards. He contributed to establishment of an inter-ministerial process for transport health and environment in Europe (THE PEP), led a health task force in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, and earlier engaged in health risk assessments radiation and chemical exposures in ex-Soviet Union. Before joining WHO HQ he worked in academia at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine; at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, with the World Bank and in the organization of primary care systems in Brazil, where he also practiced clinical medicine. He served in many science/policy committees at national and international level and is engaged in many global partnerships. His MSc and PhD are from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research includes health impact assessment as well as perceptions and communication of science and health risks by scientists, media and politicians.
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