Sebastian van As, MBChB, MMed, FC(SA), MBA, PhD, is head of the Trauma Unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital at the University of Cape Town, the only dedicated trauma unit for children in Africa. He also chairs Childsafe South Africa as well as the Global Road Safety Partnership of South Africa. He has over 200 publications and is editor of a textbook on pediatric trauma. He has been active in a wide range of research projects, educational initiatives, and advocacy roles, as well as international conferences on child safety initiatives. He is presently involved in a number of international academic projects in the field of child trauma and safety.
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Tom Bishop is Deputy Director of Amend, a non-governmental organization working in the area of road safety. He is responsible for overseeing all Amend operations in sub-Saharan Africa. This includes program offices in Ghana, Mozambique, and Tanzania, and projects in up to a dozen countries. Tom has more than twelve years of professional work experience in Europe and Africa, first as a transportation planner in the UK, and more recently specializing in road safety in Africa. Tom has worked with governments, donor partners, the private sector, and civil society to design and deliver projects to improve road safety. He is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Greig Craft is the Founder and President of the AIP Foundation in Vietnam. His innovative solutions to improve global road safety have had significant impact in reducing road crash fatalities and injuries in the developing world, especially for children. His creation of a lightweight “tropical” helmet has been hailed as a “silver bullet” in child injury prevention. He has received Vietnam's highest honor for foreigners - the Presidential Friendship Medal - for his contributions and leadership in road safety, culminating in Vietnam's national helmet wearing law, a turning point that has helped prevent tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of serious injuries from motorcycle crashes since 2008.
Leilei Duan, MD, is the director of the Division of Injury Prevention at the National Center for Chronic Disease Control and Prevention, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Her research interest is injury surveillance. Dr. Duan is in charge of China’s Injury Surveillance System, an electronic injury surveillance system based on a probability sample of 129 hospital emergency departments from 43 provinces in the People’s Republic of China.
Uzma Rahim Khan, MBBS, is a senior instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. She is a medical doctor and epidemiologist, and has been engaged in the area of injury prevention during the past 8 years with 40 publications in indexed international journals. She has participated in surveillance of road traffic injuries treated in emergency departments in Pakistan. She was the lead investigator of a health literacy study that evaluated the impact of dissemination of injury risk information to caregivers of children younger than 5 years of age. Dr. Khan is also project manager of the Fogarty-Johns Hopkins-Pakistan International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program. The goal of this training program is to promote capacity building in injury research in Pakistan.
Floor Lieshout started his road safety career at TeamAlert, which became an independent youth-led organization for road safety in the Netherlands in 2002. In 2007 he was elected as the Vice-Chair of the first United Nations World Youth Assembly for Road Safety in Geneva, representing the European Region of the World Health Organization. He was also co-chair of the Working Group that developed the United Nations Youth Declaration for Road Safety. After the World Youth Assembly, he joined Capgemini as an account manager to the Netherlands Ministry of Transport. In 2009 he joined the World Health Organization in Geneva as a Technical Officer with the mission to support the World Health Organization's road safety efforts, particularly those focused on young road users. His tasks included the creation of a youth taskforce and a global network of young road safety advocates, which later evolved into an independent global youth-led non-governmental organization for road safety, named YOURS (Youth for Road Safety). Since January 2010, Mr. Lieshout has been the Founder/Director of YOURS.
Kulanthayan K.C. Mani, PhD, received his doctoral degree in the field of Transport Engineering from the Universiti Putra Malaysia. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia. His research interests are traffic safety and child safety. He is the Executive Director of Safe Kids Malaysia, which is a member of the National Road Safety Council of Malaysia and National Water Activity Safety Council of Malaysia.
Tolulope F. Olufunlayo, MBBS, MPH, FMCPH, is a public health physician and lecturer. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Community Health and Primary Care in the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria. She qualified as a physician at the University of Lagos in 1991, and obtained an MPH degree from Tulane University in 1997. Following residency training at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria, she became a fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in Public Health in 2008. Dr. Olufunlayo is also currently a Postgraduate Researcher at the University of Birmingham, UK, working towards a PhD in Public Health. She has served as a consultant and trainer to a number of organizations over the years, including Arrive Alive, Save the Children Inc., and the Federal Ministry of Health. She is currently the First Vice Chairman of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, Lagos Chapter. She was a mentee under the 2012/2013 cycle of the World Health Organization Mentor - Violence and Injury Prevention (Mentor-VIP) Program. Her research interests include child passenger safety.
AKM Fazlur Rahman, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Center for Injury Prevention and Research, Bangladesh. He is also a Professor and Advisor in the Department of Epidemiology, Bangladesh University of Health Sciences. He was previously an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Institute of Child and Mother Health, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He also has been a guest faculty member in several universities including the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (Bangladesh), Karlstad University, Orebro University, and Karolinska Institute (Sweden). He has contributed to the field of public health for more than twenty-eight years. He obtained his PhD from the Department of Public Health Sciences in the Karolinska Institute in 2000. He has developed injury surveillance methods for low-income countries and was one of the principal investigators of the 2003 Bangladesh Health and Injury Survey. He also conducted the PRECISE research project on child injury prevention in Bangladesh. He was one of the editors of the World Report on Child Injury Prevention, published by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.
Maria Fernanda "Nani" Rodriquez is the Founder and President of Fundación Gonzalo Rodriguez (FGR). She created FGR in 2000 to honor her late brother, racing driver Gonzalo "Gonchi" Rodriguez. FGR works to improve the quality of life for children in Latin America. Her work began in Uruguay, advocating for children to travel safely by promoting mandatory use of child restraint systems for children younger than 12 years of age in private vehicles, and safe student transport. She has expanded these efforts to other countries in the region, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico. Today, FGR is one of the leaders in Latin America in child passenger safety, protecting children in traffic, and other road safety issues. Ms. Rodriquez was a founding member of the Ibero-American Federation of Associations of Victims Against Violence in Traffic. She also represents FGR as President of the Board of Directors of the New Car Assessment Program for Latin America and the Caribbean (Latin NCAP).
David C. Schwebel, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his PhD from the University of Iowa in 2000 and completed a clinical psychology internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Schwebel has published more than 175 peer-reviewed articles, most focusing on understanding and preventing unintentional injury in children. Specific risk factors of interest include temperament and personality, overestimation of physical ability and cognitive development, and adult supervision of children. From a prevention perspective, he has developed and implemented injury prevention techniques for pedestrian safety training in virtual reality environments, school playground safety via behavioral strategies targeting teachers, drowning prevention through lifeguard training at public swimming pools, dog bite prevention in rural China and in the United States, and kerosene safety in low-income South Africa neighborhoods. Dr. Schwebel is a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, a Fulbright Award winner, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
David Sleet, PhD, spent 20 years at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He was the Associate Director for Science for the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. He served as the senior advisor to the Division on matters of science and policy, including research on motor vehicle injuries, home and recreation injuries, and child injuries. He has published more than 175 articles and co-edited the World Report on Road Traffic Injury Prevention and the Handbook of Injury and Violence Prevention. Some of his most important work includes the National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention and a series of systematic reviews documenting evidence-based strategies to prevent traffic injuries, including research that led to the .05% blood alcohol standard in Australia and the .08% BAC standard in the US. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior.