Chairs and Speakers – S

Chairs and Speakers – S


Luis Saboga-Nunes
Main position/role:
Associate Professor, University of Education, Freiburg, Germany and EUPHA Health Promotion Section President

Luis Saboga-Nunes (LicSoc, MPH, PhD, EuHP), a health sociologist, is associate professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Education, Freiburg, Germany, professeur affilié at UNESCO Chair/WHO Collaborating Center in Global Health & Education, professor coordinator of Healthy Public Policies & Health Policies, IPC. President of the Health Promotion Section at the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), his research focus theoretical and evidence-based best practices in public health, health promotion & health-literacy, as member of ISBE, CIEC, CHRC.


Alessandro Saggioro
Main position/role:
Full Professor in History of Religions, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Alessandro Saggioro is Full Professor in History of Religions at Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy, and is currently leading a special project realized in cooperation with the Kingdom of Bahrain and dedicated to Inter-faith dialogue and peaceful coexistence. He has been working in the field of the history of religions since 1995, when he started his PhD, obtained in 1999. He has dealt with the dynamics of pluralism, territories, and knowledge of the religious fact.
His career has been characterized by a long experience in directing courses of every level and in several activities involving the coordination of research groups, the organization of national and international conferences, the direction of various editorial products. He has directed a Master on Religions and Cultural mediation and is currently director of the PhD in History and cultures of Europe.

Daniel Salmon
Main position/role:
Professor and Director, Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, USA
Dr. Salmon’s primary research and practice interest is optimizing the prevention of childhood infectious diseases through the use of vaccines. He is broadly trained in vaccinology, with an emphasis in epidemiology, behavioral epidemiology, and health policy. Dr. Salmon’s focus has been on post-licensure vaccine safety, determining the individual and community risks of vaccine refusal, understanding factors that impact vaccine acceptance, evaluating and improving state laws providing exemptions to school immunization requirements, developing systems and science in vaccine safety, and effective vaccine risk communication. Dr. Salmon has considerable experience developing surveillance systems, using surveillance data for epidemiological studies, and measuring immunization coverage through a variety of approaches. Dr. Salmon has worked with state and federal and global public health authorities to strengthen immunization programs and pandemic planning. 

Angela Santoni
Main position/role: Emeritus Professor, Sapienza University of Rome; Scientific Director, Pauster Institute Italy, Fondazione Cenci-Bolognetti, Rome, Italy

Luciano Saso
Main position/role:
Full Professor, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy 

Prof. Luciano Saso (Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) is author of more than 300 scientific articles published in peer reviewed international journals with impact factor (H-index Google Scholar 54, Scopus 44). He coordinated several research projects and has been referee for many national and international funding agencies and international scientific journals in the last 30 years. Prof. Saso has extensive experience in international relations and he is currently Deputy-Rector for the European University Networks UNCA and CIVIS at Sapienza University of Rome. In the last 20 years, he participated in several projects and has been speaker and chair at many international conferences organised by the UNICA network of the universities from the Capitals of Europe ( and other university associations. Prof. Saso has been Member of the Steering Committee of UNICA for two mandates (2011-2015) and he is currently President of UNICA (2015-2023). Prof. Saso is a member of the executive committee of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities and National Academies ( and Coordinator of the M8 Alliance webinar series on Migrant and Refugee Health

Reinhard Schaefers
Main position/role:
WHS Ambassador
Reinhard Schaefers is a retired German ambassador. After completing law school and lawyer’s education he joined the diplomatic service in 1977. His career as a diplomatic include various postings in European countries, in the former Sovietic Union as well as in Africa. He served twice as a councellor in the Federal Chancellors Office. As an ambassador he served in Kiev (Ukraine), Paris (France) and in Rome (Italy). After further activities include a mandate in Northerm Italy.

Aluisio Segurado
Main position/role:
Professor of infectious diseases, Faculty of Medicine. Provost for the Undergradate Studies, University of São Paulo, Brasil

Dr. Aluisio Segurado graduated in Medicine, and obtained his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Infectious Diseases from the University of São Paulo. His research interests are focused in global health, and particularly in HIV vulnerability and care, and in emerging viral infectíons. From January 2019 to February 2022, he acted as Chair of the Governing Board of the Central Institute, Hospital das Clínicas in the coordination of the institutional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In February 2022 Dr. Segurado was appointed as Provost for Undergraduate Studies of the University of São Paulo.

Isabel Straw
Main position/role:
Research Associate, University College London, UK
Isabel specialises in the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI), clinical medicine and healthcare inequalities. She works part-time as an emergency doctor in addition to pursuing her PhD which focuses on the use of machine learning methods for bias mitigation in medical algorithms. She has experience in international settings both in her clinical work, and in policy settings at the United Nations. Clinically, she has worked in humanitarian and conflict areas in adult and paediatric emergency medicine. In international policy settings she has focused on the ethics of neurotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, reproductive technology and the impact of climate change on health.

Twitter: @IsabelStrawMD