Ilona Kickbusch


"Positive management, for example the continued valuable contribution to the work force by the older generation, paired with pro-active measures, for example health promotion and disease management, can start to transform what some see as a looming crisis into a social revolution."

Global Health Germany

Ilona Kickbusch has recently been awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in recognition of her invaluable contributions to innovation in governance for global health and global health diplomacy. Here is a short overview of some of her contributions to German global health development:

Global Health Reformer

she has been involved in both the G7 (2015) and the G20 (2017) German presidencies in relation to global health matters. She co-chaired the Health Crisis simulation at the G20 health ministers meeting together with David Heymann from Chatham House. Read her assessment of the G20 global health activities.

Chair of the Council of the World Health Summit
The World Health Summit (WHS) takes place annually in the German capital Berlin and enjoys the high patronage of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, the President of the French Republic, and the President of the European Commission,

German Global Health Strategy paper
She was able to contribute to the development of the German Federal Government’s Strategy Paper on: Shaping Global Health Taking Joint Action Embracing Responsibility through a background document.

German National Academy of Sciences
She contributed to the Leopoldina (the German National Academy of Sciences) report on Public Health in Germany especially in relation to global health, more.

She serves on several advisory boards and is frequently invited to contribute to global health events in Germany. She has published on Germany's new global health role.

She has started an initiative to identify Women in Global Health Germany #WGHGER

Ilona Kickbusch has been asked to chair the international advisory
council on Global Health Policy by the German Minister of Health,



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