Susan Mercado Deputy Secretary General at Philippine Red Cross
Dr Susan Mercado is a medical doctor and public health expert with over 30 years of experience. For 15 years, she had a distinguished career with the World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office where she led the response to some of the most complex challenges of public health today—noncommunicable diseases (including tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity); climate and health; malnutrition; violence and injuries; disability; mental health and substance abuse; maternal and child health; and urban health and inequity. Previously, she was Undersecretary and Chief of Staff of the Department of Health, Republic of the Philippines.
In 2018, she was named as Special Envoy of the President for Global Health Initiatives and now works full time with the Philippine Red Cross, as Deputy Secretary General in charge of Centers for Health in Humanitarian Action with oversight of primary health care, blood services, dialysis, water sanitation and hygiene, welfare services and safety services/injury prevention. Dr Mercado has degrees of A.B. Philosophy (magna cum laude), Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health from the University of the Philippines. She was named Distinguished Alumni in Global Health by the University of the Philippines in 2017. In 2018, she was recognized as one of the 100 most influential Filipina women in world in the category of Innovator and Thought Leader by the US-based Filipina Women’s Network. Mahmood Alam Cluster Medical Lead Oncology, Developed Markets Asia at Pfizer Mahmood Alam Cluster Medical Lead Oncology, Developed Markets Asia at Pfizer
Dr Mahmood Alam is currently the Medical Affairs Lead for Pfizer Oncology for Developed Markets Asia. He is a fellow of Australian College of Physicians, with a current registration as a Medical Oncologist. He also completed a fellowship in Lung Cancer with Australian Lung Cancer Trials Group under the auspices of Clinical Trials Centre NHMRC in Sydney.
Prior to joining Pfizer, Mahmood worked as a full-time Staff Specialist, Medical Oncologist in the Department of Medical Oncology at Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool, Sydney. During this time he also held a Conjoint Lecturer position with the University of New South Wales. He has special interest in Lung and Breast Cancer but has run a practice treating most of the common cancers. He had been involved in various clinical trials either run through pharma sponsored or through cooperative groups as a primary investigator or a sub PI. He has a passion for clinical research and has completed various projects. He has presented at local, regional and international oncology conferences and has published several original research papers in peer reviewed journals. Of particular note are his presentations on prognostication in lung cancer, systematic reviews and meta analyses in lung and breast cancer areas. Roby Alampay Editor-In-Chief at BusinessWorld Roby Alampay Editor-In-Chief at BusinessWorld
Mr. Roby Alampay is the Editor-in-Chief of Business. He also anchors the nightly newscast of The Big Story on Bloomberg TV Philippines.
He was one of eight distinguished alumni of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UPCMC) honored in November 2017 as recipients of its first Glory Awards. The awardees were acknowldged for their outstanding work and influence in their chosen disciplines. Roby was recognized for his contributions to print and online journalism. Roby graduated from Columbia University’s School of Journalism. Prasert Assantachai President at Thai Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics Prasert Assantachai President at Thai Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Prof. Prasert Assantachai, is the current Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine as well as the Head of Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine of Siriraj Hospital. He is a well-known Thai internist, geriatrician. He is also a Fellow at the Royal College Physicians Thailand and Royal College Physicians London.
SA Sann Oo Aung Department of Oncology at Mandalay General Hospital Eduardo Banzon Principal Health Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department at Asian Development Bank Eduardo Banzon Principal Health Specialist, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department at Asian Development Bank
Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon is a Principal Health Specialist in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department of the Asian Development Bank. Dr. Banzon champions Universal Health Coverage and has long provided technical support to countries in Asia and the Pacific in their pursuit of this goal. Before joining ADB, he was President and CEO of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, WHO regional adviser for health financing, World Bank senior health specialist, and a faculty member of the University of the Philippines’ College of Medicine and the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
Etienne Brain Department of Clinical Research & Medical Oncology at Institut Curie (Hôpital René Huguenin)
Etienne GC Brain, MD PhD, has been working since 1998 as a medical oncologist at the Hôpital René Huguenin (Saint-Cloud, France), which is now part of the academic centre Institut Curie. He obtained both his MD and PhD from University Paris V René Descartes, the latter after leading works in preclinical and clinical pharmacology on alkylating agents and liver metabolism in Boston (Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Boston University) and Saint Cloud (Centre René Huguenin). He was the Deputy Director for Research at Centre René Huguenin from 2008-2009, until the merge with Institut Curie happened in 2010. This latter has made the “multisites institution” Institut Curie one of the largest hospital dedicated to cancer management in Europe, with special focus on breast cancer (~ 3,000 new cases yearly), employing 2,000 care-givers and 1,000 researchers. Etienne Brain is currently in charge of the settlement of the new Department of Clinical Research of Institut Curie in Saint-Cloud. He is the chairman of the committee for the evaluation of clinical research of the Institut Curie.
Clarito Urbina Cairo Program Manager, Philippine Cancer Prevention and Control at Department of Health, Philippines Clarito Urbina Cairo Program Manager, Philippine Cancer Prevention and Control at Department of Health, Philippines
Dr. Cairo is the Program Manager (Medical Officer IV) of the
Philippine Cancer Prevention and Control - which includes Palliative and Hospice Care and Thyroid Disorders - of the Department of Health of the Philippines. He is a Fellow at both the Philippine Society of Venereologists, Inc. (PSVI) and the Philippine College of Occupational Medicine (PCOM). He is the current President of the "Unyon ng mga Kawani ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan Sentral (UKKKS)" since 2015 and has represented the Philippines as the official Philippine Representative in these ditinguised forums: • Workshop on Leadership and Capacity Building for Cancer Control in June 2015 at the National Cancer Center in Goyang, Korea • NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention Course “Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control” in July 2015 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Maryland, USA • Asia Pacific Cancer Control Leadership Forum Phase III in March 2017 at the Orchard Hotel, Singapore • 4th Leadership Workshop for Cancer Control (CanLeAd), National Cancer Center, Korea, in June 2017 Meena Cherian Senior Advisor, Global Action at International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG) Meena Cherian Senior Advisor, Global Action at International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG)
Dr Cherian was a professor of anaesthesiology in Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India, where she worked for over 20 years. After completing her medical school from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Punjab, India, she worked as a medical officer in a rural mission hospital in India for over 5 years independently performing obstetrics and gynaecology surgery, basic emergency trauma care, and anesthesia. As an anaesthesiologist she worked in USA (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) for 3 years and got further experience in several hospitals in Africa, Southeast Asia.
She joined the World Health Organization, Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland in 2001. Her rural hospital experience provided the vision to work towards creating the first WHO program on ‘surgery’ and was the WHO Emergency & Essential Surgical Care program Lead until her retirement. During her over 14 year tenure, she created the WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Surgical Care: a global forum of multidisciplinary stakeholders and ministries of health for collaborations and partnerships. Developed documents to support evidence-based policies, best practices and advocacy e.g. WHO Integrated Management of Emergency & Essential Surgical Care toolkit, WHO Emergency and Trauma Care training modules e-learning tool for frontline health providers, Patient Information for Surgical Safety, decision-making tool for surgical management in the context of Ebola, and a film. Also, created the WHO Global Database on Surgical Services and the WHO Global Surgical Workforce Database resulting in several single country and multi-country assessment research papers. Francisco Duque Secretary at Department of Health, Philippines Francisco Duque Secretary at Department of Health, Philippines
Secretary Duque completed his medical education from the esteemed Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas (UST) in 1982. In 1987, he earned a Master of Science degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He subsequently excelled in the Executive Education Program of the distinguished Harvard University School of Public Health in 1992.
Assuming executive positions in various educational and civic institutions, he was awarded in 1993 the Most Outstanding Rotary President, District 3790. UST also honored him with The Outstanding Thomasian Alumnus Leadership (TOTAL) Award in the Field of Government Service in 2004; then the Albertus Magnus Science Award in 2007 by the UST College of Science for his achievements in Medical Science, Public Health and Stewardship of the National Health Insurance Program. In 2006 and 2013, Pangasinan State University conferred him the degree of Doctor of Humanities and Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa), respectively. In November 2007, he earned from the University of Mindanao a Doctor of Humanities degree. This recognition was anchored on breakthroughs made in health security. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Insurance Health Corporation, PhilHealth in short, from 2001 to 2005, and later became the Health Secretary from 2005 to 2010. In October 2008, his transparent and successful handling of public health challenges as well as his excellent relations with the public and the media earned him the Communication Excellence in Organizations Award (CEO EXCEL Award) by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), an independent organization composed of media and public relations experts. His five-year stewardship of the Department of Health was marked by breakthroughs and milestones in public health care which earned high approval and satisfaction ratings (Pulse Asia and SWS ratings, 2005-2009), and for the country, a World Health Organization citation for being one of only three nations with excellent risk communication strategies against AH1N1. Appointed in 2010 as Chairman of the Civil Service Commission, he lost no time in charting a brighter, better course for the bureaucracy. He was pivotal in developing the Commission’s Roadmap for Development and Reforms for 2010-2015, a five-year blueprint which spelled out the Commission’s priority programs for the country’s 1.4 million workforce. In September 2014, our speaker became the first government official to receive the People Manager of the Year in Public Sector (National Official Level) Award from the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), recognizing his work as an HR and OD visionary, manager, strategic HR partner, and change champion. He continued his advocacy for good governance in the private sector when he was elected Chairman of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) in May 2015. A month after, he was elected President of the Lyceum Northwestern University and President and Chief Executive Officer of Doctor's Pharmaceutical Incorporated. Once a Lingkod-Bayan, always a Lingkod-Bayan. Government service again beckoned when he was appointed on February 15, 2017 by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte as Chairman of the biggest public sector pension fund in the country, the Government Service Insurance System. Barely 1 year after his appointment as GSIS Chairman, Dr. Duque has been once again called to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health. Martine Extermann Professor of Oncology & Medicine at University of South Florida
Dr. Martine Extermann is Professor of Oncology and Medicine at the University of South Florida. She is a Senior Member in the Senior Adult Oncology Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center. She earned her medical diploma and her medical PhD at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She has a Swiss Board Certification in Internal Medicine, specialty Oncology-Hematology. She also holds ABIM certifications in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. She has worked at Moffitt since 1994 and has been a faculty member since 1997. Her research focuses on cancer in the elderly. Her main areas of investigation are comorbidity, comprehensive assessment, and prediction/prevention of treatment toxicity in older cancer patients.
She served as Chair of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group’s Subcommittee on Aging and is presently involved in the South West Oncology Group. She also served as President of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG), of which she is also a founding board member. She served on the ASCO Education and Scientific Program Committees, and is an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Extermann was presented at ASCO 2009 with the B.J. Kennedy Award for Scientific Excellence in Geriatric Oncology. S D Gupta Trustee Secretary at Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), India S D Gupta Trustee Secretary at Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), India
Dr. Shiv Dutt Gupta is a leading Public Health professional with a distinguished academic and research career. He obtained his M.D. (Preventive & Social Medicine) from India, and Ph.D. (Epidemiology) from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. He was conferred Fellowship of Academy of Medical Science, India (FAMS) for his outstanding contribution in the field of public health. He has done pioneering work of creating and establishing new discipline of health management, and promoting research in health policy and health systems and programmes. Currently Dr Gupta is Trustee Secretary of the Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), India, Chairman and Distinguished Professor, IIHMR University, Jaipur. Dr. Gupta served as Director of IIHMR Jaipur for one and a half decade. He became the first President of the IIHMR University in 2014. He served as the Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for District Health Systems at IIHMR facilitating management research and interventions in the health systems to improve efficiency and effectiveness of health care. Dr Gupta is Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins University, USA and Visiting Professor at University of Chester, UK. He is the President of WHO SEARO’s South East Asia Public Health Education Network (SEAPHEIN). Dr. Gupta also served as Temporary Advisor to SEARO WHO on several consultation processes. He was member of the Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund. Dr Gupta is member of several research advisory committees of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Chairs Project Review Committee of Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. He has championed the cause of quality improvement and capacity building in health care in India and South East Asia. Dr. Gupta is the recipient of QIMPRO Gold Standard Award 2009 for quality of Healthcare. Over the past three and a half decades of his distinguished career, he has completed more than 100 research studies and projects supported by various organizations/agencies and have more than 100 research publications to his credit. The areas of research include: public health, epidemiology, health systems and management.
Indrajit Hazarika Regional Advisor for Human Resources for Health at WHO WPRO Indrajit Hazarika Regional Advisor for Human Resources for Health at WHO WPRO
As Policy Advisor for the World Health Organization (WHO), Indrajit has been providing technical support and guidance to countries in the Western Pacific Region on a wide range of health and social sector issues. A results oriented leader, he has progressive responsibility in managing multistakeholder programs on health system strengthening, high impact public health interventions, and intersectoral collaborations. .
Indrajit has dedicated his career to health and social care. Before joining WHO he held senior roles with several international organizations where he played a central, collaborative role in developing and launching health policies and plans, and has wide experience in coordinating and managing programs on different aspects of the health sector. Having originally trained as a medical doctor, Indrajit has postgraduate qualification in Public Health from Harvard University and a doctoral degree in Health Policy and Health Economics from the University of Melbourne. A father of two, Indrajit and his wife live in Manila, Philippines. William Hwang Medical Director of National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) William Hwang Medical Director of National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS)
Prof William Hwang is Medical Director of the National Cancer Centre Singapore. He was previously Head and Senior Consultant of Department of Hematology of the Singapore General Hospital as well as Head of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Blood Cancer Centre (SDBCC). He served as Director of SingHealth Transplants, a multidisciplinary transplant programme in Singapore’s largest healthcare cluster, and Medical Director of the Singapore Cord Blood Bank. He is Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of Haematopoietic Stem Cells and Associate Professor of the Duke-NUS Medical School as well as Clinical Lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin Medical School. He has served as President of the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA) as well as President of the Singapore Society of Hematology (SSH), and was President of the 2016 Asia Pacific Blood and Marrow Transplant Group (APBMT) Congress in Singapore. He is currently chairing the Chapter of Haematologists as well as the workgroup on Biobanking as well as the Working Committee for Cell, Tissue and Gene Therapy for the Ministry of Health. He also serves as Visiting Consultant to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) and sits on the Advisory Committee in Transplantation as well as the Working Committee on Bone Marrow/HSCT services of MOH. He is Advisory Committee member of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) and Executive Board member of the Asia Pacific Blood and Marrow Transplant Group (APBMT) as well as President of the 2016 APBMT Congress.
Prof Hwang's research has centered on hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, particularly in the field of ex vivo expansion of cord blood hematopoietic stem cells, and mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) therapy, including the use of MSC substitutes for therapy (for which he has two provisional patents filed). He has over 100 publications in Haematology and Transplantation and is one of the leading researchers in his field of haematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cell research. He has also put together the publication of two books in the field of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation as well as several book chapters. Piyawat Laowahutanont Chief of Gynaecology Oncology Division at National Cancer Institute Thailand Piyawat Laowahutanont Chief of Gynaecology Oncology Division at National Cancer Institute Thailand
Dr. Piyawat is the current Chief of the Gynecologic Oncology Division of the National Cancer Institute of Thailand. He is also currently an Instructor and a member of the Stewardship & General Committee of the Thai Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (TSCCP).
He is also the Head of Region 5 Office of the Department of Medical Services of the Ministry of Public Health. Najia Musolino CEO of International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG)
Dr Musolino is widely recognised for developing, resourcing and managing global collaborations and teams as well as for a track record of synthesising evidence for policy options and integrating cross-cutting issues in global health into analyses, corporate mechanisms, and flagship products. She has served as Director of Human Resource for Health at Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP) Services in Ivory Coast and France. Prior to this, she was Senior Specialist of the Global Action Platform at the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) in Switzerland. Recipient of the 1993 President Shankar’s International Award, India, Dr. Musolino is a formal postdoctoral fellow of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (LICR) in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her areas of expertise include oncology, global health diplomacy, drug development and market access.
Carmencita Padilla Chancellor at University of the Philippines, Manila
Dr. Padilla is an Academician of the National Academy for Science and Technology (NAST); a Professor 12 at the UP College of Medicine; and, a University Scientist 3 of the University of the Philippines System.
As a multi-awarded pediatrician and geneticist, some of her major contributions to the country are: 1) Setting up the genetic services at UP Manila in 1990 (clinical services at the PGH Dept. of Pediatrics and laboratories at the NIH’s Institute of Human Genetics). These currently services patients from different parts of the country (www.ihg.upm.edu.ph) 2) Setting up of newborn screening services in the Philippines in 1996. NBS services are currently available in 5000+ hospitals and birthing centers in the country. The Department of Health is the lead agency, while the Newborn Screening Reference Center-National Institutes of Health serves as the technical partner (www.newbornscreening.ph) 3) Setting up of the Fellowship program in Clinical Genetics (2000) and MS Genetic Counseling (2011) at the UP College of Medicine 4) Setting up of the Philippine Genome Center in 2009--a research unit of the UP System with five programs (health; agriculture, livestock & fisheries; biodiversity; forensics & ethnicity; ethics, legal and social issues) and two core facilities (DNA sequencing core facility and core facility for bioinformatics) (www.pgc.up.edu.ph) 5) Crafting and lobbying for the Newborn Screening Act of 2004, the legal basis of the implementation of the comprehensive newborn screening program in the country 6) Crafting and lobbying for the passage of the Rare Disease Act of the Philippines (SBN 2098, SBN 2279, HBN 03343, HBN 03634, HBN 03896, HBN 04002) Niranh Phouminh Director General – Health Professional Education Department of Ministry of Health Lao Niranh Phouminh Director General – Health Professional Education Department of Ministry of Health Lao
Since Sept. 2017, Dr. Nirah Phouminh is the Director General of the Department of Health Professional Education of the Laotian Ministry of Health. Concurrently sine June 2018, he is also the Vice President, Health Professional Council of Laos. He was also the Lao PDR Delegate for AJCCM (ASEAN Joint Coordinating Committee on Medical Practitioners) and HSSWG ( Health Services Sectoral Working Group) since 2013.
He has occupied various positions at the National University of Laos - most rececently as the Vice Dean for Research Affairs and International Cooperation. Faculty of Medicine, Vice President of the Committee for Research Promotion, University of Health Sciences, Associate Professor in Parasitology, Head of the Committee for Quality Assurance of the Faculty of Medicine. Pratap Singhasivanon Secretary General/Coordinator at SEAMEO TROPMED Network Pratap Singhasivanon Secretary General/Coordinator at SEAMEO TROPMED Network
Dr. Pratap Singhasivanon is currently the Secretary General/Coordinator of the SEAMEO TROPMED Network as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University. He is a long-standing adviser to the WHO and a strong supporter of WHO activities addressing health problems in South East Asia. He also plays an integral role in Thai national health policy and has contributed to more than 170 publications.
Recently, Dr. Singhasivanon has received the award for Outstanding Preventive Medicine Physician of the Preventive Medicine Association of Thailand. Hok Sirasny Vice-Chief – Noncommunicable Disease Bureau at Ministry of Health Cambodia Hok Sirasny Vice-Chief – Noncommunicable Disease Bureau at Ministry of Health Cambodia
Dr. Hok Sirasny is the current Vice-Chief of Noncumicable Diseases of the Combodian Ministry of Health. Her many variad experiences includes: providing PEN training courses to health center staff, running a ToT (training of trainers) course to physicians, midwives and nurses on cervical and breast cancer. She also was the coordinator for the working groups on the Cambodian Cancer Control Program as well the Diabetes Program.
Awang Hj Muhammad Syafiq bin Abdullah Consultant Oncologist & Chief of Medical Service at Ministry of Health Brunei Awang Hj Muhammad Syafiq bin Abdullah Consultant Oncologist & Chief of Medical Service at Ministry of Health Brunei
Dr. Syafiq is currently a Consultant Oncologist and Physician working in RIPAS Hospital, Brunei Darussalam. He is also the Chief of Medical Services, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, Brunei Darussalam.
He graduated from Liverpool University, UK in 1993 and obtained his full MRCP (UK) diploma in 1996 followed by completion of higher specialty training in oncology in Glasgow and London in 2000 with MSc in oncology from Glasgow University. He returned to work in Brunei in late 2000 and has been instrumental in the development of cancer services in Brunei Darussalam. This has led to the establishment of a national cancer centre in Brunei Darussalam. He was given the task as the Head of NCD ( Non- Communicable disease ) Prevention and Control unit in Ministry of Health in March 2013 with the vision to develop a dedicated unit to deal with the rising NCD burden. A multisectoral approach working plan 2013-2018 was produced. In addition, he is also active in teaching in the Institute of Health Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam as well as the advisor for the Brunei Breast Cancer Support Group. Nor Saleha Ibrahim Tamin Senior Principal Assistant Director, Disease Control Division of Ministry of Health, Malaysia Nor Saleha Ibrahim Tamin Senior Principal Assistant Director, Disease Control Division of Ministry of Health, Malaysia
Dr Nor Saleha Ibrahim Tamin is a Public Health Physician currently working at the Non-communicable Section, Disease Control Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia as Head of the Cancer Control Unit. Responsible for the development of policies, planning and strategies related to cancer control especially in the area of prevention, screening and early detection. As the officer in-charge of cancer control at the Ministry, working closely with the other agencies and NGO’s involve in the programme is a necessity.
Van Dung Trang Researcher, Department of International Cooperation and Research at Vietnam National Cancer Hospital. Van Dung Trang Researcher, Department of International Cooperation and Research at Vietnam National Cancer Hospital.
Academic and Professional Appointments:
2010: Graduated with a Bachelor of Public Health at Hanoi School of Public Health. 2015: Achieve full scholarships of the Australian Government. 2017: Graduated Master of Public Health at Flinders University, Australia 10 years of experience in the field of preventive medicine, there are a number of scientific articles in practical medicine journals, preventive medicine journals, endocrine journals and infectious journals in Vietnam. There are many concerns about the research on general cancer and cancer for the elderly. Hans Wildiers President at SIOG Hans Wildiers President at SIOG
Hans Wildiers is a medical oncologist dedicated to breast cancer research and geriatric oncology. He is staff member at the department of general medical oncology in the University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium since 2004. He has been coordinator of many academic studies in the field of breast cancer and geriatric oncology, and author of 147 peer reviewed papers in 2014. He is executive board member of SIOG, the international society of geriatric oncology. Since 2008, he is chairmen of the elderly task force cancer of the elderly of the European Organization of Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC). He was associate editor of Annals of Oncology from 2010 till 2013.