Ilona Kickbusch

Ilona Kickbusch

Director, Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Ilona Kickbusch is Director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland. In this context, she advises countries on their global health strategies and trains health specialists and diplomats in global health diplomacy. She is engaged in developing a new focus for the Centre on the governance of health in the context of digital transformation.

Kickbusch has published widely and is a member of advisory boards in both academic and health policy arenas. For example, Kickbusch is a member of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board and the WHO Independent High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases, and is Co-chair of UHC2030. She has been involved in German G7 and G20 activities relating to global health and chairs the international advisory board for the development of the German global health strategy. She is also Programme Chair of the leaders in the health network Sciana.

Kickbusch has had a distinguished career with WHO. She was a key instigator of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion and WHO Healthy Cities, and has remained a leader in this field, most recently advising on WHO activities related to promoting health in the Sustainable Development Goals. She was also Director of the Global Health Division at the School of Public Health at Yale University in the United States of America, and responsible for the first major Fulbright Program on global health.

Kickbusch has published and advised widely on health-in-all-policies approaches and is considered one of the global leaders in this field. She recently conducted a study on governance for health for the WHO Regional Office for Europe, and has been deeply involved in the development of Health 2020, the European health policy framework.

Kickbusch was recently awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in recognition of her “invaluable contributions to innovation in governance for global health and global health diplomacy”.