Executive Board Chair: Professor Alan Lopez, University of Queensland

Professor Alan Lopez is a Professor of Global Health and Head of the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is also an Affiliate Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, United States of America. Professor Lopez was appointed Health Metrics Network Executive Board Chair on 27 January 2012.

Prior to joining the University in January 2003, he worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland for 22 years where he held a series of senior technical and managerial posts including Chief Epidemiologist, WHO Tobacco Control Programme (1992-95); Manager, WHO Programme on Substance Abuse (1996-98); Director, WHO Epidemiology and Burden of Disease Unit (1999-2001); and Senior Science Advisor to the WHO Director-General (2002).

He is a highly cited author whose publications have received worldwide acclaim for their rank in importance and influence in health and medical research, with over 16 700 lifetime citations, and over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles, books, letters and book chapters on mortality analysis and causes of death, including the impact of the global tobacco epidemic, as well as on the global descriptive epidemiology of major diseases, injuries and risk factors.

Professor Lopez is on the editorial boards of PLoS Medicine, The International Journal of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, and is co-Editor in Chief of Population Health Metrics. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the International Network for the Demographic Evaluation of Populations and their Health in Developing Countries (INDEPTH Network). He was a member of the Wellcome Trust Population and Public Health Funding Committee (2007-10), the WHO Expert Committee on Non-communicable Disease Surveillance (2009-11), the United States National Academy of Sciences Panel on Divergent Trends in Longevity (2008-11), the Scientific Board of the Oxford Health Alliance Grand Challenges in Non-Communicable Disease (2006-09), and was former Chair of the Health and Medical Research Council of Queensland. Since 2007, he has been the Executive Director of the AusAID-funded Health Information Systems Knowledge Hub at the University of Queensland.

He was elected as a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine of the United States National Academies of Sciences in 2009, and serves on the National Academies of Sciences’ Committee on Population as an expert panel member.