Executive Board

The International Society for Urban Health (ISUH) is led by an Executive Board consisting of three Officers (President, President-Elect and Secretary/Treasurer) as well as six to eight Members-at-Large, all with expertise in urban health. The President and President-Elect co-chair the Leadership Council.

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD (President, 2017-2019)

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


Blaise Nguendo-Yongsi, PhD (President-Elect)

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


Shamim Hayder Talukder, MD (Past President)

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Eminence Associates for Social Development, Bangladesh


Sainath Banerjee, PhD (Member, 2017-2020)

Deputy Project Director, IPE-Global, India


Eugenie L. Birch, PhD (Member, 2015-2020)

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 (Member, 2017-2020)

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 (Member, 2017-2019)

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 (Member, 2015-2020/President 2009-2011)

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


Gina S. Lovasi, PhD, MPH (Member, 2017-2019)

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


Blessing Mberu, PhD (Member, 2017-2020)

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


Layla McCay, MD (Member, 2017-2019)

Director, Center for Urban Design and Mental Health (UD/MH), United Kingdom


Gérard Salem, PhD (Secretary/Treasurer, 2017-2020)

Professor, University of Paris Ouest, France


Olga Lucia Sarmiento, MD, MPH, PhD (Member, 2017-2020)

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


Yonette F. Thomas, PhD (Executive Director)

International Society for Urban Health, United States of America


Susan Thompson, PhD, MTCP; BA Hons; DipEd, FPIA (Member, 2015-2020)

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


David Vlahov, RN, PhD, FAAN (Founding President)

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

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