Ilona Kickbusch

Ilona Kickbusch

Dr Ilona Kickbusch graduated from the University of Konstanz, Germany, with a PhD in Political Science (1981). She contributed to the first academic studies in Germany on consumer-centered health care, the self-help and the women’s health movement.

After joining the World Health Organization (1981–1998) she was appointed to lead the Global Health Promotion Programme, followed by senior positions at the regional and global level of the organisation. She then joined Yale University (1998–2004) to head the new Global Health Program at the Yale School of Public Health.

On returning to Europe, she took up senior positions as chairperson of the World Demographic & Ageing Forum, St Gallen (2005), director of the Global Health Programme (2008) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and chair of Global Health Europe (2009). In Switzerland, she serves on the executive board of the Careum Foundation (2009). She teaches regularly at several academic institutions including the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland.

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