WCTOH2015 – 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health

The 2015 World Conference on Tobacco Or Health (WCTOH2015) is a five-day scientific conference presenting the latest developments in tobacco control and global efforts to reduce tobacco use. The conference will be held 17-21 March 2015 in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. This year’s theme is “Tobacco and Non-Communicable Diseases.” Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan, and Michael R. Bloomberg are among the speakers scheduled to address delegates to the WCTOH2015.

Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

HRH Princess Dina Mired is the Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF), an independent non-governmental, not-for-profit institution working to combat cancer in Jordan and the greater Middle East region. Since 2002, Princess Dina has nurtured fundraising, development and programs at KHCF. She is also the Honorary Chairperson of the Jordan Breast Cancer Program and an Ambassador for the Global Smoke-free Worksite Challenge Initiative, a worldwide, multi-sector initiative aimed at helping employers create smoke-free or completely tobacco-free work places.  Princess Dina is the mother of a cancer survivor.

Dr. Margaret Chan

Dr. Margaret Chan is the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). She was elected in 2006 and appointed for a second term in 2012. Dr. Chan has had a successful career in public health including a nine-year term as Hong Kong’s Director of Health. During her tenure as Director of Health, she launched new services and initiatives and improved training opportunities for public health professionals. Dr. Chan also successfully managed outbreaks of avian influenza and of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Prior to her election as Director-General, Dr. Chan held several positions at the WHO, including Director, Department for Protection of the Human Environment, Director, Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response, Representative of the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza, and Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases.

Michael R. Bloomberg

Mike Bloomberg is the founder of the global financial data services and media company, Bloomberg LP. He served as New York City’s mayor from 2002 to 2013. While mayor, he implemented ambitious public health programs and initiatives including a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars. Bloomberg is the founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies which includes his personal giving and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. Public health is one of the Philanthropies’ five focus areas of charitable giving. Since 2007, his foundation has committed more than $600 million to global tobacco control efforts through the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.

Dr. Wael A. Al Mahmeed

Dr. Wael A. Al Mahmeed is the WCTOH2015 Conference President. Dr. Al Mahmeed is a Consultant Cardiologist and Chief of Cardiology at the Cardiac Sciences Institute in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi. He is also the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for programs. His expertise is in non-invasive cardiology/echocardiography and heart disease in pregnancy. Among his research interests, Dr. Al Mahmeed focuses on the prevention of coronary artery disease in developing countries. He has more than 80 publications to his credit. Dr. Al Mahmeed serves on the board of the Emirates Cardiac Society and the Gulf Heart Association. Through his leadership in the Emirates Cardiac Society, Dr. Al Mahmeed helped bring WCTOH2015 to Abu Dubai.