Chairs and Speakers – R

Chairs and Speakers – R


Axel Radlach Pries
Main position/role:
President World Health Summit, Dean of the Charité

He studied Medicine in Cologne and became head of the Charité Institute for Physiology in 2001 working on microcirculation, endothelium, tumore vascolature, blood rheology, and angiogenesis. He chaired the Council for Basic Cardiovascular Science and the basic section of the Congress Programme Committee in the ESC. He was awarded the Malpighi Award of the ESM, the Poiseuille Gold Medal of the Society of Biorheology, and the Silver Medal of the ESC. He was President of the Biomedical Alliance in Europe and CEO  of the Berlin Institute of Health. In the 2015 he became dean of the Charité and 2021 President of the World Health Summit.

Johanna Ralston
Main position/role: CEO 

Johanna is a CEO of the World Obesity Federation and has 20 years experience in global   noncommunicable disease advocacy. Johanna oversees the implementation of the WOF five year plan for 2020-25, including advocacy for global obesity targets, education and capacity building, and evidence and data.  Prior to joining World Obesity in 2017, Johanna was the CEO of the World Heart Federation and Vice Chair of the NCD Alliance and prior that spent 11 years as VP P Global Strategies at the American Cancer Society, creating capacity-building programs in cancer and tobacco control in LMICs. She also serves on advisory boards including with WHO and has  published on NCDs and wider health issues. She grew up in Sweden and the US, and currently is based in Boston with her family.  Johanna also has lived experience of NCDs and has written and spoken on the importance of people at the centre of health and food systems.  

Rino Rappuoli
Main position/role: Global Head R&D Vaccines 
Rino Rappuoli is Global Head R&D GSK Vaccines, Honorary Professor at Imperial College London, and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Siena.
He is elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the European Molecular Biology Organization, the Royal Society of London, and the Accademia dei Lincei.
Dr. Rappuoli has designed, developed and implemented innovative concepts and technologies critical for the licensure of vaccines amongst others against pertussis, diphtheria, influenza, meningococcus C and B.
Dr. Rappuoli is among the world scientific leaders dedicated to the sustainability of global health.

Gianni Rezza
Main position/role: Director General of Health Prevention, Ministry of Health, Italy 

Gualtiero (Walter) Ricciardi
Main position/role: Full Professor 
Professor of Hygiene and Public Health, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC); Scientific Advisor to the Italian Minister of Health for coronavirus pandemia; Scientific Director of ICS Maugeri; President of WFPHA and of Mission Board for Cancer (EC); Coordinator of SAB of Human Technopole Foundation; Ordinary member of the Pontificia Academia pro Vita (Vatican); former President of Italian National Institute of Health. He has been Italian Representative in the EB of WHO, Head of Department of Woman and Child Health and Public Health of Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS – UCSC and Past President of EUPHA. Editor of European Journal of Public Health and Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice. Founding Editor of Italian Journal of Public Health and of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health. He received Laurea Honoris Causa at Thomas Jefferson University (US) and the title of “Commendatore” of the Italian Republic (Decree of the President of the Italian Republic).

Judith Richter
Main position/role: Active Chairperson Medinol Ltd 
Judith Richter (Ph.D.) is the Founder and CEO of Medinol, an Israeli medical device company developing and manufacturing advanced devices in the cardiovascular field. Concurrent with Medinol, Dr. Judith Richter has founded several other medical device companies, including Microtech and Valve Medical, and served on the Boards of Directors of other leading industrial companies, including Mobileye (acquired by Intel) and Orcam. Dr. Richter served as a faculty member at Tel Aviv University’s Graduate School of Business member of the Executive Committee of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Board of Trustees of the Tel-Aviv University. Dr. Judith Richter founded and created a unique academic program, “NIR School of the Heart”, where youth from conflict areas with different nationalities and religions backgrounds join together to bridge animosity through the study of health and cardiology.

Carlos Robalo Cordeiro
Main position/role: Dean, Coimbra Faculty of Medicine 

Carlos Robalo Cordeiro is the Head of Pulmonology Department at the Coimbra University Hospital and Dean of Coimbra Medical School where he is Full Professor of Pulmonology. He was President of the Portuguese Society of Pulmonology, Executive Committee member of the WASOG and Secretary General of the ERS – European Respiratory Society. He was elected in August 2020 for the ERS presidential cycle, starting is mandate as President on September 2022. His main field of interest is Interstitial Lung Disease and Obstructive Airways Diseases, having published 140 papers in impact factor journals and being peer reviewer/ Board member of 16/8 national and international journals.

Ferdinando Romano
Main position/role: Head of Healthcare Public Company “ASL 1 Abruzzo”

In 1981, Ferdinando Romano graduated in Medicine and in 1985 he specialized in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine. In 1987, he earned a Master of Science in Epidemiology at Harvard University, School of Public Health. He was appointed as Full Professor of Hygiene and since 2000 is Full Professor of Hygiene at Sapienza University of Rome. He served for 5 years as President of the National Institute for Research on Food and Nutrition (INRAN). Afterward he was appointed as General Manager of a number of Agencies and Health Authorities, nominally: the Regional Healthcare Agency of Abruzzo in 2009; General Manager of the Public Healthcare Company of Caserta (Campania Region – Italy) in 2010; General Manager of the Public Healthcare Company ROMA D (Lazio Region – Italy) in 2011; Head of the Directorate-General of Health of the Lazio Region (Italy) from 2011 to 2013; Head of Department of Health and Natural Resources of the Campania Region (Italy) from 2013 to 2015; Head of the Health Services University Hospital Policlinico Umberto I of Rome (Italy) in 2015-2016 and from 2018 to 2020; General Manager of the Public Healthcare Company ASL 1 Abruzzo (Italy) since 2021. He is the author of over 180 scientific papers in the fields of Epidemiology and Public Health.