New Realities for Global Health Security

John Wyn Owen

High-Level Expert Group Meeting

15-16 February 2016

The Celtic Manor Resort, Wales

Chaired by Bertie Ahern


  1. To prepare a report for the InterAction Council’s Annual Plenary Meeting in March 2016, with an update on the progress to better prepare for global public health emergencies and to ensure global health security since the June 2015 meeting.
  2. To consider wider health development and security matters that should inform a draft InterAction Council Pathfinder for New Realities for Global Health Security. 

List of Participants

InterAction Council Members

  1. H.E. Mr. Bertie Ahern (former Prime Minister), Ireland


  1. Dr. Thomas S. Axworthy, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Special Guests

  1. Prof. Mark Bellis, Director of Policy, Research and Development, Public Health Wales; Chairs, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Violence Prevention, Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University
  2. Dr. Tracey Cooper, Chief Executive, Public Health Wales
  3. Prof. Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services, Welsh Government
  4. Mr. Nicholas Fogg, former Mayor of Marlborough
  5. Prof. Simon Gibson, Chief Executive, Wesley Clover Corporation
  6. Professor Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  7. Prof. Peter Halligan, Chief Executive, Learned Society of Wales
  8. Ms. Anne Harmer, Programme Manager, Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises, Enhanced Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance
  9. Ms. Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales
  10. Prof. Iliona Kickbusch, Director of the Global Health Programme, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  11. Lt. Gen. Louis Lillywhite, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House Centre for Global Health Security
  12. Dr. Brian McCloskey, Director of Global Health, Public Health England; UK Strategy Advisor, Office of the UN Special Envoy on Ebola
  13. Prof. Colin McInnes, UNESCO Professor of HIV/AIDS and Health Security in Africa and Director of the Centre for Health and International Relations, Aberystwyth University
  14. Ms. Modi Mwatsama, Director, Global Health, UK Health Forum
  15. Dr. Joanna Nurse, Medical Adviser and Head of Department, Commonwealth Secretariat
  16. Dr. John Wyn Owen, Senior Health Advisor, InterAction Council; Chair, Health Protection Committee, Wales; Treasurer, Learned Society of Wales
  17. Mr. Irfon Rees, Deputy Director, Public Health Division, Welsh Government
  18. Prof. David Russell, Head of Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards – Wales; Head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Chemical Incidents
  19. Dr. Quentin Sandifer, Executive Director of Public Health Services and Medical Director, Public Health Wales

The InterAction Council gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our partners for this meeting, Public Health Wales and The Learned Society of Wales.