Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance, financial and strategic oversight of the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) and is led by the Executive Officers, including the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Executive Officers of the Board


Jeffrey L. Sturchio, PhD (Chair)

Former Chairman and CEO at Rabin Martin


Carlos Dora, MD (Vice Chair)

Former Coordinator WHO Public Health and Environment Department, Geneva


Gerard Lebeda (Secretary/Treasurer)

Former Program Director, International Society for Urban Health


Jo Ivey Boufford, MD (Chair Emeritus)

Clinical Professor of Global Public Health, School of Global Public Health, New York University, United States of America

Board Members


Bilge Bassani

Vice Chair of the Advisory Committee of FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University


Rebecca Weil, PhD

Chief Commercial Officer, Oculis


Blaise Nguendo Yongsi (Treasurer 2020-2022, President 2019-2021)

Professor, Health Geography IFORD, University of Yaounde II, Cameroon


Gerard Salem (Secretary, 2020-2022)

Professor, University of Paris Ouest, France


Sainath Banerjee (2020-2024)

Lead Operation, Urban Health Program, Population Service International


Blessing Mberu (2020-2024)

Research Scientist, Urbanization and Wellbeing Program, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Kenya


David Vlahov (2020-2024, Founding President)

Associate Dean for Research, School of Nursing, Yale University, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Urban Health, United States of America

Advisors to the Board


Eugenie L. Birch, PhD

Lawrence C. Nussdorf Professor of Urban Education and Research, University of Pennsylvania, Chair of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme’s World Urban Campaign, United States of America


Jason Corburn, PhD

Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning and the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, and Director, Institute of Urban and Regional Development, Berkeley, United States of America


Rajae El Aouad, MD, MSc, MHPM

Resident Member, Hassan II Academy of Sciences and Technology of Morocco (HIIAST) and Steering Committee Member, Royal Institute for Strategic Studies (IRES), Morocco


Jean Christophe Fotso, PhD (President 2009-2011)

Founder & Executive Manager, EVIHDAF (Evidence for Sustainable Human Development Systems in Africa), Yaounde, Cameroon


Gina S. Lovasi, PhD, MPH

Urban Health Collaborative Co-Director and Dornsife Associate Professor of Urban Health, Drexel University, United States of America


Olga Lucia Sarmiento, MD, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine of the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia


Susan Thompson, PhD, MTCP; BA Hons; DipEd, FPIA

Professor of Planning and Director Healthy Built Environments Program, The University of New South Wales, Australia

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