Keynote Speakers

Dr Anders Nordström

Dr Anders Nordström is a Swedish medical doctor with a long international career in clinical development, national and international health policy and strategic leadership. A graduate from Karolinska Institute, Dr Nordström has worked for the Swedish Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Global Fund and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Career highlights includes serving as Acting Director General for the WHO between 2006 and 2007, Director General for Sida 2008-2010 and Ambassador for Global Health at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs 2012-2014. Since 2015, he is appointed the WHO country representative to Sierra Leone.

Dr Helena Nordenstedt

Helena Nordenstedt is a medical doctor and an associate professor at Karolinska Institutet.
Helena Nordenstedt has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in DR Kongo and in Liberia and Guinea during the Ebola crisis. Together with Professor Anna Mia Ekström, Helena Nordenstendt is co- chairing the elective course Global Health at Karolinska Institutet.

In recent years, Helena Nordenstedts´s research focus on Global Health, including Ebola clinical management and epidemiology as well as non- communicable diseases.

Dr Christoph Benn

Dr Christoph Benn is the director of External Relations for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Originally a physician from Germany, Christoph Benn has specialist training in Tropical Medicine from the UK and in Public Health from the US. He also holds a Masters Degree in Religions Studies and Social Ethics from the UK.
He has worked for the Global Fund almost since its creation in 2002, managing external relations with the Global Fund partners.

Prof Anna Mia Ekström

Professor Anna Mia Ekström is a professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Department of Public Health Sciences at Karolinska Institutet. Her research- focus is HIV prevention and treatment in rescource- poor health systems and over the last 14 years she has lead a number of large research projects in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Bunika Faso and South Africa.

A frequent and popular lecturer, Anna Mia Ekström holds a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health, is co-chairing the elective course Global Health at Karolinska Institutet and has published over 85 peer-review articles.

Dr Josefin Wiklund

Dr Josefin Wiklund is a medical doctor and currently advisor to UNAIDS New York Director and Executive Officer for UNAIDS New York Office. She is a Master of Global Health graduate from Harvard School of Public Health and has worked for UNAIDS – the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS for the past six years.

Previously a Policy Advisor in Rwanda, Josefine Wiklund currently works in New York supporting the development, negotiation and follow-up of the Sustainable Development Goals.