Charles I. Stone Professor of Law, Associate Dean
University of Washington School of Law
Professor Kuszler is the Charles I. Stone Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for Law, Science and Global Health. The center's major components include the J.D. concentration track in health law and the Health Law LL.M. program; major collaborations with the UW Institute for Public Health Genetics, the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, and the Global Health and Justice Project; a J.D./M.H.A. and two J.D./M.P.H. concurrent programs and a variety of grant-funded multidisciplinary research and teaching projects.
Professor Kuszler is the Principal Investigator of the International Biomedical Research Ethics Fellowship Grant and Co-Primary Investigator of the Center for Genomics and Healthcare Equality funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute. In addition to her law faculty appointment, Professor Kuszler is an Adjunct Professor in the UW School of Medicine (Department of Bioethics and Humanities) and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health (Department of Health Services).
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Professor Allyn Taylor joined Georgetown University Law Center as a Visiting Professor of Law in 2007 and teaches in the areas of global health law, international law and international organizations. Before joining Georgetown, Professor Taylor was a senior health policy and legal adviser on the staff at the World Health Organization and was the senior legal adviser for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the first treaty negotiated at the World Health Organization. Professor Taylor has been an adviser to The World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Organization of American States, the Pan American Health Organization, the Overseas Development Council, the Framework Convention Alliance, the National Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Realizing Rights: The Equitable Globalization Initiative and the International Union Against Cancer. Internationally, she has lectured in programs in global health law and diplomacy sponsored by Erasmus University, Rotterdam and the University of Geneva. She has written extensively on global health law and policy concerns, including global tobacco control, global access to pain medication, women’s health, biotechnology, health and human rights, international health security, and communicable disease control.
UC Berkeley Department of Nuclear Engineering
Professor Joonhong Ahn received his doctoral degrees from UC Berkeley and University of Tokyo and joined the faculty of UC Berkeley in 1995. His research focuses on performance assessment for advanced nuclear fuel cycles and geological disposal of radioactive wastes, including: (1) mathematical modeling and computational analyses for performance assessment of geological disposal of radioactive wastes, and (2) analysis of mass-flow in advanced nuclear fuel-cycle systems. These two are being combined to optimize the nuclear-power system from the viewpoint of risk minimization by exploring the relationship between the fuel-cycle system parameters and geologic repository performance. He has also been active in the field of Science-Technology-Society interaction in the back-end of fuel cycle, particularly after the Fukushima accident. He led numerous joint research projects with institutions of Japan, South Korea, US, and IAEA.
Strategic Information Adviser
Strategic Information & Evaluation at UNAIDS Headquarters in Geneva
Tobias Alfvén works as Strategic Information Adviser in the department for Strategic Information & Evaluation at UNAIDS Headquarters in Geneva. He is the technical focal point for the Global AIDS Response Progress Indicators and coordinates UNAIDS global work on monitoring and indicators. Dr. Alfvén is a medical doctor, with a PhD in Epidemiology and a BSc in Business Administration and Political Science. He has 15 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, research and teaching in epidemiology/ global health and clinical medicine. Dr. Alfvén joined UNAIDS in 2005 in Vietnam and is based in Geneva since 2010.
Chapman University Fowler School of Law
Deepa Badrinarayana is an Associate Professor at Fowler School of Law, Chapman University. She specializes in environmental law with current emphasis on climate change, as well the intersection between international trade law and environmental law. Her dual legal background—she holds a B.A.LLB (Hons) from the National Law School of India University and LL.M. and S.J.D. in Environmental Law from Pace University School of Law—is reflected in her scholarship. Professor Badrinarayana has not only written on India’s energy and climate change law and policy, but her legal analysis is also generally influenced by an understanding of the pragmatic differences that influence the laws and policies of developed versus developing countries. Her research on the intersection between international trade law and climate change law and policy attempts to reconcile the conflict between emerging economies and some developed nations that has paralyzed international climate change treaty-making efforts. Professor Badrinarayana has spoken at several conferences on climate change and/or India law and policy, on many occasions upon invitation. Professor Badrinarayana teaches Torts, international environmental law, and international trade law. Her prior positions include, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Global Legal Problems at Columbia University Law School, consultant to the United Nations Global Compact in New York and research officer for the World Bank Environmental Capacity-Building Project (Legal Component) at NLSIU, Bangalore.
Co-Founder and CEO
Dr. Jamie Bechtel is a highly regarded leader in international conservation. Her work has led to advances in the fields of sustainable finance, environmental preservation, and marine biology. Before founding New Course, a not-for-profit organization committed to changing the course of women's lives (and their villages) through sustainable development, inventive conservation programs, and poverty alleviation programs, Dr. Bechtel worked as a senior director at Conservation International, traveling to over 20 countries, including Ecuador, Costa Rica, Madgascar, Fiji, Mexico, Indonesia, South Africa, and Papua New Guinea. While Dr. Bechtel has had the privilege of working with world leaders, CEOs of major multi-national corporations, and esteemed academic scholars, the learning opportunities that she most highly values stem from her time in the field. It has been her work with fishermen, farmers, parents, community leaders and educators that has fundamentally shaped her multi-disiplinary, women-centric approach to conservation and development.
Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development
Council on Foreign Relations
Thomas J. Bollyky is the senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University and consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to coming to CFR, Mr. Bollyky was a fellow at the Center for Global Development and director of intellectual property and innovation at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he led the negotiations for pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and medical technologies in the U.S.-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement and represented USTR in the negotiations with China on the safety of food and drug imports. He was also a Fulbright scholar to South Africa, where he worked as a staff attorney at the AIDS Law Project, and an attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where he represented Mexico before the International Court of Justice in Avena and other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States of America) and José Ernesto Medellín before the U.S. Supreme Court in Medellin v. Dretke. Mr. Bollyky has testified before the U.S. Senate on international regulatory issues in global health, and his most recent work has appeared in the New York Times, Science, Foreign Affairs, Journal of the American Medical Association, the Atlantic, and the Stanford Journal for Law, Science & Policy. He is a member of the advisory committee for the Clinton Global Initiative and has served as a temporary legal adviser to the World Health Organization. Mr. Bollyky received his BA in biololgy and history at Columbia University and his JD at Stanford Law School, where he was president of the Stanford Law & Policy Review. In 2013, the World Economic Forum named Mr. Bollyky one of its global leaders under forty. He is a member of the New York and U.S. Supreme Court bars and the American Society of International Law.
Juan Carlos Botero
The World Justice Project
Dr. Juan Carlos Botero is the World Justice Project's Executive Director and former Director of the Rule of Law Index, where he has led the development of the Index project and co-authored the report since its inception in 2008. Dr. Botero’s previous experience as a researcher at Yale University and consultant for the World Bank focused on developing cross-country indicators and designing several indices of the World Bank’s Doing Business report. He has been a professor or guest lecturer in several countries, and the Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law. His academic publications focus on the areas of rule of law, access to justice, and labor regulation. A national of Colombia, Dr. Botero holds a law degree from Universidad de los Andes, a Master of Laws from Harvard University (LLM), and a Doctorate of Juridical Science (SJD) from Georgetown University.
Chief Counsel, Global Good
John Bove has practiced law for over 20 years in the Puget Sound region, mostly as in-house counsel to technology and intellectual property companies and for Intellectual Ventures (IV) since 2006. Before joining the Global Good team, Mr. Bove represented IV in a variety of intellectual property, technology, commercial, and real estate transactions, and also managed some early non-IP litigation matters while supervising general legal operations for IV ’s Legal Department.
Tom Carpenter is the Executive Director of the Hanford Challenge. He brings decades of experience in organizing, litigating, and policy oversight in the nuclear field, much of it devoted to Hanford. He is an attorney, a graduate of Antioch School of Law, and has a Masters in Organizational Design and Renewal from Seattle University. Mr. Carpenter worked as the Director of the Nuclear Oversight Campaign for the Government Accountability Project from 1985 to 2007. He founded Cincinnati Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE), which challenged plans to open the defect-ridden Zimmer Nuclear Power Plant. Mr. Carpenter also served on the Cincinnati Mayor’s Environmental Advisory Council. Through his work at GAP and Hanford Challenge, Mr. Carpenter has visited dozens of nuclear sites in the U.S. and Russia, hosted international conferences on protecting nuclear whistleblowers and examining the legacy of highly-contaminated nuclear facilities, and focusing on the Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington State.
Professor of Law
Seattle University School of Law
Professor Margaret Chon endeavors to analyze how law deploys power, in order to re-construct legal doctrines and systems to promote social justice. She teaches at Seattle University in the areas of procedure, technology, race and law. Her current scholarly interests lie at the nexus of intellectual property, development, and global social justice. She is currently the Donald & Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, and formerly Associate Dean for Research. Following graduation from law school in 1986, Professor Chon worked for a year as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She then clerked for the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., and practiced intellectual property law with Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis in Philadelphia. Immediately prior to her first academic appointment, she served in an administrative clerkship with Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where she assisted in the revision of the local Third Circuit rules. Throughout her professional career, she has been and continues to be active in various community and professional organizations.
K&L Gates LLP Orange County Office
Mr. Cullman a partner in the Orange County office of K&L Gates LLP specializing in intellectual property (IP) law where he manages the transactional IP group. His practice has a strong life sciences focus and concentrates on transactional IP for pharmaceutical and medical device companies including patent procurement, technology transfer and Bayh-Dole issues, merger and acquisition-related due diligence, freedom to operate analyses, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, Hatch-Waxman-related client counseling and litigation support. Mr. Cullman regularly represents pharmaceutical and medical device companies including Allergan, Baxter Biosciences, Beckman Coulter, Medtronic and Spectrum Pharmaceuticals in matters related to product life cycle management, patent litigation strategy and merger and acquisition IP due diligence. Prior to attending law school Mr. Cullman was a licensed Clinical Microbiologist and co-founded and directed an infectious disease laboratory and diagnostic device manufacturing company in Southern California. He has extensive technical experience in the design and manufacturing of in vitro diagnostic devices for infectious diseases, immunology and biochemistry. Mr. Cullman has been working in the Global Health space as a legal consultant and intellectual property attorney for over ten years. He is presently outside counsel for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for IP related matter's and has represented or consulted with IDRI, PATH, WHO (UNITAID), many university technology transfer offices in global health-related matters.
Professor of Global Health
University of Washington
Dr. Kristie L. Ebi has been conducting research on the impacts of and adaptation to climate change for more than a dozen years, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vectorborne diseases. She was an independent consultant prior to joining the TSU. She has worked with the World Health Organization, United Nations Development Programme, International Development Research Centre, USAID, and others on designing and implementing adaptation measures in low-income countries. She facilitated adaptation assessments for the health sector for the U.S. states of Maryland and Alaska. She was a lead author on the “Human Health” chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, as well as chapters in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development. She has edited fours books on aspects of climate change impacts and adaptation, and has more than 80 publications. Dr. Ebi’s scientific training includes an M.S. in toxicology and a Ph.D. and a Masters of Public Health in epidemiology, and two years of postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Global Health Security Agenda Core Team
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Jose Fernandez currently serves on the Global Health Security Agenda Core Team at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), supporting this Obama Administration priority. He also serves as the Deputy Director of the Division of International Health Security (DIHS), within the Office of Policy and Planning (OPP), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at HHS. At DIHS, he oversees a variety of bilateral and multilateral partnerships focused on collaboratively strengthening domestic and international capacities for public health emergency preparedness and response and enhancing the ability of the U.S. Government to provide and receive international assistance during public health emergencies. Dr. Fernandez is a key advisor on both domestic and international aspects of the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) within the HHS Office of the Secretary. From 2006 to 2007, Dr. Fernandez worked in ASPR as a Global Security Fellow co-sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. During this time, he led the U.S. Government's implementation of IHR (2005) in coordination with the White House Homeland and National Security Councils. Prior to his fellowship, Dr. Fernandez worked as a consultant on biological and small molecule databases. He has a B.S. in Biology from Walsh College, an M.S. in Biology from the University of Akron, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University.
Seattle Human Rights Commissioner
Alejandra Gonza received her law degree from the National University of Tucuman in her native Argentina and her Masters in European Studies and Human Rights from the Pontific University of Salamanca, Spain. Currently she represents victims of human rights violations before the Inter-American System of Human Rights. As co-counsel of an international case against Mexico, she obtained an injunction protecting the right to health of an individual deprived of his liberty, leading to the client’s release and medical care, as well as a subsequent settlement with full reparations. Formerly, she served as a legal advisor to the Due Process of Law Foundation, senior attorney at the Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
Associate Professor, Global Health; and Associate Professor, Health Services
University of Washington School of Public Health
Associate Professor Amy Hagopian directs the UW's Community Oriented Public Health Practice program, in the Department of Health Services, which trains MPH students using problem-based learning. Her courses are in evaluation, policy and international health. She also conducts research on international health workforce issues, especially the area of health worker migration from low-income countries to wealthy countries. She serves on various institutional service committees, and was an organizer of the University of Basrah sister university project (since 2005). Before entering the global health arena, Professor Hagopian worked for 15 years in the area of rural health and community development, traveling the five-state region served by the University of Washington School of Medicine. She focused on strengthening and expanding rural health systems, as she worked with administrators, boards and communities in the settings of hospitals, clinics and public health departments.
Jill Hodges is a health writer who explores the effects of globalization on individuals. She has covered topics ranging from international adoption to globalization and the spread of disease. She is a co-editor and contributing author of Risks and Challenges in Medical Tourism (Praeger 2012), and has published hundreds of articles in newspapers, magazines, and journals. She is currently investigating medical travelers’ health care experiences, including the availability of health care quality information and follow-up care. She also is a project manager for the ACEs Public-Private Initiative (APPI), a collaborative dedicated to reducing and mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences. She has worked for the Washington Health Alliance, the US Government Accountability Office, ABCNEWS.com, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and has served as a consultant for organizations including Pathfinder International, the World Health Organization, Empire Health Foundation, and CHOICE Regional Health Network. She received an MPH in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice from the University of Washington, and a Master of Studies in Law from Yale Law School.
Chair, Global Health
School of Public Health
Dr. Holmes chairs the Department of Global Health, is the Director of the University of Washington Center for AIDS and STDs (a WHO Collaborating Center), and Principle Investigator for the NIH-funded UW/FHCRC Center for AIDS Research, which has over 550 members, including faculty, research scientists, and pre- and post-doctoral fellows. He is also PI for the UW International Training and Education Center on Health (I-TECH), with HIV-related programs in 20 countries throughout the world. Dr. Holmes has participated in research on STIs for 45 years and in research, training, and technical assistance on HIV/AIDS and other STIs in Africa, Latin America, SE Asia, and the Western Pacific for over 25 years. He has participated in the design and conduct of 40 randomized controlled trials of STI treatment and prevention. His research has addressed the clinical epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of bacterial, viral, and other STIs and STI-related clinical syndromes. He has trained and/or mentored over 100 scientists involved in HIV/STI research and care in the U.S. and other countries throughout the world.
President, Business & Operations
Infectious Diseases Research Institute
Erik Iverson is the President, Business & Operations at IDRI. Prior to joining IDRI, Mr. Iverson was Associate General Counsel at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was the second attorney on staff and worked for over seven years exclusively within the Foundation's Global Health Program, where he led the development and implementation of the foundation's Global Access policy through the review of grant proposals and assistance in structuring strategic initiatives. More particularly, Mr. Iverson worked closely with foundation staff and grantees in the development of intellectual property management and collaboration agreements, novel financing arrangements, and product development and "global access" strategies. Previously, he was an attorney at the law firm of Perkins Coie LLP, where he represented life science companies in the negotiation of financing transactions, joint ventures, research collaborations, licensing arrangements, and manufacturing agreements. Mr. Iverson received his JD from the University Of North Dakota School Of Law in 1994 and his Masters of Law (LLM) in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 1995.
Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert, Munich, Berlin
Dr. Jan Krauss earned his doctorate at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetic in Berlin, researching the genetic basis of antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria. After finalizing his patent attorney training in Berlin and Munich, he worked in the biotech group of a large U.S. patent law firm in Frankfurt am Main. His areas of technical expertise are the life sciences, especially pharmaceuticals, molecular biology, immunology, plant genetics, biochemistry, and biotechnology. He represents domestic and international clients, such as innovative life science and pharmaceutical companies and universities, in all fields of intellectual property, with a particular focus on strategic IP planning, the generation of IP portfolios, and the enforcement of IP rights. Dr. Krauss is a member of the Biotechnology Committees of the Bar of German Patent Attorneys, the president of the Life Sciences Committee of UNION, and a past president of the Life Sciences Committee of the Licensing Executive Society International (LESI). Furthermore, he is a member of EPI, GBM, GRUR, VPP, and the Bundesverband Deutscher Patentanwälte. Since 2008, Dr. Krauss has been an affiliate instructor of law and guest lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law.
Attorney, Foster Pepper PLLC
Clinical Instructor, University of Washington Department of Global Health
Jeff Lane, JD, MPH is a Clinical Instructor of Global Health and Affiliate Instructor of Law at the University of Washington, where he teaches Policy Development and Advocacy for Global Health. Mr. Lane is also a practicing attorney with Foster Pepper, PLLC, where he is a member of Foster Pepper's health care, international, and intellectual property practice groups. Since 2010, Mr. Lane has worked on the PEPFAR Partnerships Framework Policy Monitoring Project funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the CDC. This project aims to build the capacity of PEPFAR partner countries to develop, implement and monitor health law and policy reforms critical to the scale up and sustainability of HIV/AIDS program. As part of this project, Mr. Lane has provided technical assistance on health law and policy reforms to teams from Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Mr. Lane’s research interests focus on how law and policy impact public health around the world, specifically on issues relating to access to quality medicines and health care services. Mr. Lane is also Chair of the Advisory Board for the Washington Medical-Legal Partnership and Co-Chair of the Washington Global Health Alliance’s Business Partnerships Initiative. Mr. Lane received his law degree and Masters of Public Health from the University of Washington.
Daniel Laster, JD, is responsible for directing PATH's legal affairs and providing strategic legal counsel to PATH locally and internationally. Mr. Laster has extensive expertise in intellectual property law. Currently, Mr. Laster is an affiliate professor of law for the University of Washington and is a frequent speaker on intellectual property matters. Before joining PATH, Mr. Laster was an associate professor of law for the University of Washington and acted as an intellectual property expert witness as well as provided independent counsel to various Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Laster’s career also includes serving as associate general counsel for the Microsoft Corporation and working in private practice at the law firms of Stokes Lawrence and Perkins Coie.
University of Washington School of Law
Professor Jennifer Lenga-Long instructs the Sustainable International Development Practicum and teaches Global Health Law at the University of Washington. She also co-teaches Legal and Policy Solutions for Improving the Global Health of Women, Children and Adolescents and Health Law Advocacy. Her interests include human rights litigation, particularly cases involving the health of women and children, and issues impacting asylees and victims of international human trafficking. Professor Lenga-Long has experience as a commercial litigator with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle, where she served on the Pro Bono Committee and the New Associates Committee as a mentor to new and lateral associates. Her practice included First Amendment defense, representation of nonprofit organizations and health care providers in litigation matters, appellate work, and pro bono representation of asylees and victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.
Reader in Public Health
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Karen Lock is a Reader in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she is co-lead of the School for Public Health Research (SPHR@L) and part of the management team of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH). She is a physician and academic with an interest in food policy, environment and public health. She has worked with the World Health Organization, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank, European Commission, and UK Government on various aspects of food and agriculture policy and its links to population health. She was a lead author on the “Human Health” chapter of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development, and has written more than 50 scientific publications on a range of public health topics. She holds a BA and a Medical degree from Oxford University, an M.A. degree in Geography from UCLA, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Public Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Program Leader, Technology Solutions
Dr. Anurag Mairal oversees PATH’s research and development, commercialization, and implementation of technologies to improve health. Particular areas of focus include maternal and neonatal health, nutrition, water and sanitation, health management information systems, reproductive health, vaccine-related technologies, and diagnostics for infectious and noncommunicable diseases. Dr. Mairal has an extensive background in medical device development, collaborating with partners in India, China, and other countries to advance product development, manufacturing, and distribution. Prior to joining PATH in 2013, Dr. Mairal served as consulting associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and as director for global exchange at Stanford’s Biodesign program, where he continues to play an advisory role.
Christopher J.L. Murray
Professor of Global Health
University of Washington
Christopher J.L. Murray, MD, DPhil, is a Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington and Institute Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). A physician and health economist, his work has led to the development of a range of new methods and empirical studies to strengthen the basis for population health measurement, measure the performance of public health and medical care systems, and assess the cost effectiveness of health technologies. IHME is focused on the challenges of measurement and evaluation in the areas of health outcomes, health services, financial and human resources, evaluations of policies, programs and systems, and decision analytics. Dr. Murray is a founder of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) approach, a systematic effort to quantify the comparative magnitude of health loss due to diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and geography over time. He led the collaborative of almost 500 researchers from 50 countries that produced the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010). This latest iteration of the effort generated nearly 1 billion estimates of health outcomes for 187 countries and 21 regions, and was published in The Lancet in December 2012. Dr. Murray has authored or edited 14 books, many book chapters, and 200 journal articles in internationally peer-reviewed publications. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees from Harvard University, a DPhil in International Health Economics from Oxford University, and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School.
Professor of Law
University of Washington School of Law
Professor Sean O'Connor is the founder and Faculty Director of the Law, Business & Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Washington School of Law. His research focuses on how legal structures and strategies facilitate innovation. His teaching and law practice specialize in transactions and the role of the general counsel in start-up companies. At UW, Professor O'Connor has been the founding Chair of the Law, Technology & Arts Group, founder and Faculty Director of the pioneering Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, Co-Director of the Program in IP Law & Policy, and Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Studies and Research in IP (CASRIP). He has published numerous articles, book chapters, and commissioned reports, including for the National Academy of Science and the International IP Institute. He is a co-author of the casebook, Genetic Technologies and the Law. Professor O'Connor received his law degree from Stanford Law School, a master's degree in philosophy from Arizona State University, and a bachelor's degree in history from University of Massachusetts. He is currently working on Methodology: Art, Science, Technology, Law, and the Means of Innovation, and a new style law textbook titled Biotechnology Law: Case Study Approach to Commercialization Issues.
Emergency Response Director
Gisli Olafsson has been the Emergency Response Director of NetHope since November 2010. In his current role he is responsible for emergency preparedness and emergency response activities related to ICT within the NetHope member organizations. Prior to that role he worked as a Disaster Management – Technical Advisor for Microsoft Corporation from September 2007 to October 2010. In that capacity, Mr. Olafsson was responsible for providing guidance to international organizations, such as UN, IFRC, World Bank, Commonwealth, USAID and NATO, on the effective use of information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance response to natural disasters. Mr. Olafsson joined Microsoft as Lead Program Manager in the Microsoft SQL Server team in June 1998 after more than 15 years of successful experience as a software developer and program manager for companies such as Xerox, Medtronic and Nervus Systems. He was part of the leadership team for the Icelandic subsidiary of Microsoft from its establishment in 2003, until he started his global Disaster Management Advisor role in 2007.
Affiliate Professor of Law, UW
Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells
John E. Osborn is a business executive, board member, lawyer, investment advisor, public policy advocate, writer and former diplomat. For twenty years, Mr. Osborn was a senior executive with leading life sciences and healthcare companies, including a Merck joint venture company, McKesson Specialty Health/US Oncology, Cephalon, Onyx Pharmaceuticals and Dendreon. He currently is an executive in residence with the healthcare group of the private equity firm Warburg Pincus, and a senior advisor to the international law firm Hogan Lovells, and has been a member of the board of directors or the advisory board of early stage medical device and healthcare technology companies. Mr. Osborn served in the U.S. Department of State under Secretary James A. Baker III, and in 2008 was confirmed by the Senate as a member of the bipartisan United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. He has held faculty appointments at Oxford, Princeton and the University of Washington, and has been elected to membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. He writes regularly on health policy and life sciences issues for Forbes.com.
UCLA Electrical Engineering
Dr. Ozcan is the Chancellor’s Professor at UCLA leading the Bio- and Nano-Photonics Laboratory at the School of Engineering and is also the Associate Director of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Dr. Ozcan holds 22 issued patents (all of which are licensed) and >15 pending patent applications and is also the author of one book and the co-author of more than 350 peer reviewed research articles in major scientific journals and conferences. Dr. Ozcan is a Fellow of SPIE and OSA, and has received major awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), SPIE Biophotonics Technology Innovator Award, SPIE Early Career Achievement Award, ARO Young Investigator Award, NSF CAREER Award, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award and MIT’s TR35 Award for his seminal contributions to near-field and on-chip imaging, and telemedicine based diagnostics. Dr. Ozcan is also the recipient of the National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, National Academy of Engineering (NAE) The Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Award, Popular Science Brilliant 10 Award, Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Award, Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, Netexplorateur Award, Microscopy Today Innovation Award, and the Wireless Innovation Award organized by the Vodafone Americas Foundation as well as the Okawa Foundation Award.
International Health Regulations Secretariat Team Lead
World Health Organization
Bruce Plotkin is the Team Lead of the International Health Regulations Secretariat and Senior Technical Officer (Legal) for the World Health Organization at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He has been working with WHO, and advising WHO Member States, on the revision and implementation of the International Health Regulations since 1998. In his current position, Mr. Plotkin provides advice and information concerning many aspects of the International Health Regulations (2005) to departments and programmes at WHO headquarters, to regional and country offices, and Member States. He has written and spoken widely on legal and other aspects of the IHR (2005), including surveillance and public health response. He has been a practicing attorney / legal advisor since 1982. Mr. Plotkin has a BA from Indiana University (1979), his law degree (Juris Doctor) from the University of Illinois (1982), and a Master of Laws in International Development Law with an emphasis on international public health from the University of Washington (1996).
Washington State Legislature
Washington State Representative Gerry Pollet has spent his career as a public interest attorney protecting the environment, children, consumers, and working for openness in government. He has also been active in many neighborhood and city-wide efforts to improve Seattle public schools, represented groups working to preserve local streams and trees, and has served on numerous city, state, and federal advisory committees. Representative Pollet serves as Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest. Heart of America Northwest is a region-wide citizens’ group dedicated to the clean-up of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which is the most contaminated area in the western hemisphere. For more than 10 years, Representative Pollet chaired the committee of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Advisory Board, which oversees Hanford’s $2 billion per year budgets, management, and contracts. His work on contract reforms and reducing overhead costs is estimated to have saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Representative Pollet teaches at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health. Also at the UW, he runs an internship program for law students and undergraduate service leaners. He frequently guest lectures at universities and Continuing Legal Education seminars on environmental law and policy, risk assessment, freedom of information/public records, and public participation.
Professor of Law
University of Washington School of Law
Anita Ramasastry is an expert in the fields of business and human rights, anti-corruption and commercial law and development. Her current research focuses on the accountability of economic actors in conflict and weak-governance zones. From 2009 to 2012, Ramasastry served as a senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Market Access and Compliance in the International Trade Administration of the US Department of Commerce, working under the leadership of then Secretary Gary Locke. Professor Ramasastry is a commissioner and chair of the Washington state delegation and is the Secretary of the national Uniform Law Commission. She has been recognized by the students as the Philip A. Trautman Professor of the Year in 1997, 2003, and 2006. In 1998, she received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2002, she received the UW Outstanding Public Service Award for her work with battered immigrant women and children.
Vice Provost for Global Affairs
University of Washington
Vice Provost Jeffrey Riedinger is a Seattle native and newly appointed vice-provost for global affairs at the University of Washington. Before joining the UW, he was a professor and dean of International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University. Dr. Riedinger, an expert on the political economy of land reform and sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, has conducted research in East and Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, the Middle East and South Asia. One ongoing project involves colleagues from the UW, universities in Beijing and the Seattle-based Landesa conducting surveys of China’s rural families to provide evidence-based recommendations to the Chinese government to enhance long-term land-use rights for farmers. Among his U.S.-based activities, Dr. Riedinger has conducted briefings on foreign aid, land reform and other development issues for members of the White House staff, state department and USAID personnel, members of Congress and their staff, World Bank, non-governmental organizations and private foundations. He has written two books and more than 30 articles, chapters, reviews and monographs, as well as opinion pieces for news outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Newsday and the Los Angeles Times.
Vice President and Chief Counsel, Invention Science and Development
Lonnie Rosenwald is Vice President and Chief Counsel, Invention Science and Development at Intellectual Ventures, a privately owned company that focuses on the development and funding of new inventions. She has substantial in-house legal and corporate development experience, with a focus on intellectual property, investments, finance, complex transactions and M&A deal negotiation. Ms. Rosenwald earned her J.D. at the UW School of Law in 1994 after working as a newspaper journalist for 12 years. She clerked for Judge Betty Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and then began a stellar career as counsel in high tech industries, including AT&T Wireless. She broke legal ground in the development of licensing, trademark, and patent agreements.
Associate General Counsel
Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
Jill Scott is Associate General Counsel at Seattle BioMed, a non-profit research institute focused on developing knowledge and solutions to combat infectious diseases such as malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis. She is responsible for reviewing and negotiating complex agreements, advising on regulatory compliance efforts, and providing legal support to Seattle BioMed’s Malaria Clinical Trials Center. As a registered patent attorney, she also assists with intellectual property matters. Prior to working at Seattle BioMed, Ms. Scott was an associate at Bennett Bigelow & Leedom, P.S., where her practice focused on health care regulatory, transactional, and commercial matters. She also interned at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she assisted in developing toolkits for legislative implementation of the International Health Regulations. Jill completed her undergraduate degrees in microbiology and international studies at Oregon State University, and her law degree and master’s in public health at the University of Washington.
Research Assistant Professor, Technology & Social Change Group
University of Washington Information School
Dr. Araba Sey is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Information School. She studies the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs), society, and socio-economic development. Her ambition is to articulate what development impact really means and to motivate realistic attitudes towards and expectations about the impacts of ICTs on poverty reduction. For the last six years Dr. Sey has been a member of the Technology & Social Change Group at the UW Information School where she manages international research projects on the operations and impacts of access to computer and internet access in libraries, telecenters and cybercafés (public access ICTs). She has written on mobile phone appropriation in African countries from industry, entrepreneur and user perspectives; global trends in mobile phone adoption and use; new media practices in developing economies; and the impacts of public access ICTs. Upcoming areas of focus include micro-entrepreneurial activities in the mobile phone industry, playful uses of mobile phones, disability and digital media technologies, and health-related uses of mobile phones in developing countries. Dr. Sey also runs an annual study-abroad program on ICT research and development issues in Ghana, and occasionally teaches a seminar on technology appropriation and mobile phone entrepreneurship at the UW Communications Department.
Associate General Counsel
PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI)
Shannon Shanahan is Associate General Counsel for PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), and has 17 years of legal experience, having worked for multinational, public, and private companies in the biotechnology and technology sectors. Ms. Shanahan's legal experience includes taking a drug candidate from preclinical to market, developing and implementing compliance plans, risk management, and negotiating complex agreements with an intellectual property emphasis. Prior to joining PATH, Ms. Shanahan was director of corporate legal affairs at Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (CTI), a multinational, public biotechnology company, where she managed the corporate legal department and all legal work for CTI and its six subsidiaries. Prior to CTI, she worked as a corporate attorney for Chiroscience/Celltech, a UK multinational, public biopharmaceutical company, where she provided legal counsel to senior management, subsidiaries, and department heads. Ms. Shanahan also worked as legal counsel for technology companies in the internet and software fields. She has lectured and presented on various legal topics including: legal risks in international clinical trials, contract drafting and negotiations, and litigation of intellectual property.
Affiliate Instructor of Law
Sustainable Business Development, LLC
Mr. Snyder practiced commercial law in Seattle before joining Microsoft in a business development role in 1991. Over the next ten years he devised and implemented business development strategies for emerging market segments, including server based business applications, telephony/public networks, embedded systems, consumer electronics, advanced interface technologies, and on-line services. Mr. Snyder’s responsibilities included segment analysis, entry strategy, partner selection, and partner agreement negotiation. He now consults on commercial and public/private projects that advance access to sustainable resource management technologies and health technologies in the developing world. Mr. Snyder’s current projects include water treatment, sanitation, food fortification, vaccine delivery and reproductive health technologies. His clients include PATH and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He teaches a multi-disciplinary course on Law, Technology and Development.
Associate Professor of Law; and Child Rights Advisor
Georgia State University College of Law
Jonathan Todres is an Associate Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law. He researches and writes on children's rights issues. His current research focuses primarily on vulnerable populations and on trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children. His research interests also include the law’s response to violence against children, economic and social rights issues, legal and cultural constructs of maturity, and child participation in children’s rights programs. Professor Todres serves as a regular advisor to non-governmental organizations working on legislative and policy initiatives to address child trafficking and other children's rights issues. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Associate General Counsel
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Richard WIlder is Associate General Counsel in the Global Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is responsible for addressing legal issues that arise in connection with the development of interventions in the field of global health – including drugs, vaccines and diagnostics. He has foundation-wide responsibilities for the management of intellectual property and addressing issues relating to access to data. This engagement is under the direction of the leadership of the Foundation and involves interacting with a wide range of global actors in industry, government, intergovernmental organizations and the academic sector.
Director of Environmental Law Initiatives
University of Washington School of Law
Dr. Todd A. Wildermuth, Scholar in Residence, is the Director for Environmental Law Initiatives for the UW environmental law program. He coordinates UW Law's current environmental curricular offerings, works with other faculty to increase UW's depth and stature in the field, and conducts outreach on behalf of the environmental law program. Dr. Wildermuth teaches in the Ph.D. program of the UW Law School and has advised multiple graduate students on comparative environmental legal and policy. He also regularly teaches in the UW College of the Environment on topics including environmental planning and permitting, climate change communication, and environmental justice. Dr. Wildermuth is an affiliate of the Canadian Studies Center of the Jackson School of International Studies. Before joining the law school in 2011, Dr. Wildermuth received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois. He has published in the fields of ecological economics, land use policy, and environmental history.
Director, Asian Law Center & Chinese Legal Studies
University of Washington School of Law
Professor Zang joined the faculty full-time in 2006, after serving as a visiting professor in 2005-06. His academic interests include international trade law, and comparative study of Chinese law, with a focus on the role of law and state in response to social crises in the social transformation in China. He holds an S.J.D. and LL.M. from Harvard Law School, in addition to his LL.M. from Renmin University (Beijing) and LL.B. from Beijing College of Economics. His doctoral dissertation, One-way Transparency: The Establishment of the Rule-based International Trade Order and the Predicament of Its Jurisprudence, was awarded the 2004 Yong K. Kim '95 prize. He was a research fellow at the East Asia Legal Studies at Harvard Law School during the 2004-05 academic year.