Public health leadership 2

Thursday, 02.10.2014 | 09:00 - 12:00

Organised by Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan R.O.C.

Session 2 | From local to international health leadership, and prospects for the future

Strong leadership is crucial to achieving progress in the public health field and solving unprecedented and complex health challenges. This requires a style of leadership that is rarely of a command and control variety but more often what has been termed ‘adaptive’ leadership: leading in contexts where there is considerable uncertainty and ambiguity, and where there is often imperfect evidence and an absence of agreement about both the precise nature of the problem and the solutions to it.

This session will examine leadership from local, national and international perspectives, featuring leaders from Asia and Europe, and will compare the similarities and differences between leadership at these different geo-political levels. Towards the end of the session we will examine the important concept of health diplomacy and take a look at the prospects for health leadership in light of the outcome of the recent European elections. Throughout these sessions we are keen for the audience to share their experiences of the biggest leadership challenges they have encountered or witnessed in their work. We are also especially keen to hear the opinions of the next generation of public health leaders.

Local leadership in Taiwan

Jason Hu, Mayor of Taichung City, Taiwan, R.O.C

Local leadership in Europe

Shpend Ahmeti, Mayor of Pristina, Republic of Kosovo

Effective national leadership for improving health and reducing inequalities

Shu-Ti Chiou, Director General, Health Promotion Administration, Taiwan R.O.C.

The challenge of leading for health at an international level

Alojz Peterle, Member of the European Parliament (EPP, Slovenia)

Health diplomacy and prospects for better public health leadership in light of the European elections

Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Programme, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

Plenary discussion

What are the audience´s experience of the biggest leadership challenges they have come across in their day to day work and the positive or negative ways these were dealt with?

Do young professionals feel they are equipped with the right skills and have received the necessary training to join the next generation of public health leaders?


Harry Rutter, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK


Harry Rutter, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

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