Meet Your Competition Super Judges 

Ambassador Jack Chow – Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon Heinz College

Former U.S. is Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.. He  previously served in pioneering roles in public service and global health diplomacy. Dr. Chow was the first Assistant Director-General of the World Health Organization on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. He held the rank of ambassador as the Special Representative on Global HIV/AIDS for Secretary of State Colin Powell and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Health and Science, the first U.S. diplomat of ambassador rank appointed to a public health mission. Dr. Chow led American diplomatic efforts in the establishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and in countering global infectious diseases and bioterrorism threats. In previous positions, he served as a senior official at the State Department’s global affairs office, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, the Public Health Service at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In the private sector, Dr. Chow has been a consultant on global health at the RAND Corporation, McKinsey & Company, and Pricewaterhousecoopers. Dr. Chow holds several degrees, including an M.P.A. in International Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and an M.D. Medicine from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

Wilmot James – Visiting Professor of Pediatrics (non-clinical) and International Affairs at Columbia University, Special Advisor to the Working Group on Global Health Security and Diplomacy

Wilmot James is visiting professor of pediatrics (non-clinical) and international affairs at Columbia University and is Special Advisor to the Working Group on Global Health Security and Diplomacy. Between 2009 and 2017 he served as a Member of Parliament (South Africa) in the portfolios of education, trade, science and most recently health. Trained as a sociologist and historian, he is the author of 3 and editor/co-editor of 14 books that include the presidential speeches of Nelson Mandela titled Nelson Mandela: In his own words (Johannesburg, London and Boston: 2003). He served as a Trustee of the Ford Foundation between 1996 and 2008.

Dr. Maha El Rabbat – Executive Director of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Health Policy Forum and Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University in Egypt

Dr. Maha El Rabbat is a Professor of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University and also serves as Executive Director for the MENA Health Policy Forum. As a Faculty member, she was the head of the Public Health Department, and is a member of the curriculum development, quality and accreditation and research ethics committees. Dr. El Rabbat served as the Minister of Health and Population for the Egyptian Government from July 2013 to March 2014. During her term with the Egyptian Government, she led the reform process to address inefficiencies in the health sector and foster social justice and equity for universal health coverage. Dr. El Rabbat also led the ministry’s strengthened services related to non-communicable disease and primary healthcare by promoting vaccination coverage and early neonatal and emergency care interventions. Prior to her role at the Ministry of Health and Population, she served as Chair of the Public Health Department at Cairo University from 2011 to 2013. Dr. El Rabbat has a medical background and holds an MSc and PhD in Public Health from the Cairo University. Dr. El Rabbat carried out her postgraduate studies in the fields of health sector reform, health systems strengthening and population studies and is heavily involved in work related to those areas. She has experience working with the World Health Organization, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Ford Foundation on various public health related initiatives.

Dr. Lei Zhou – Deputy Chief of Branch for Emerging Infectious Disease, Public Health Emergency Center, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dr. Lei Zhou, M.D. has served as Deputy Chief of Branch for Emerging Infectious Disease in the Public Health Emergency Center at the China CDC since 2006, where she is responsible for emerging infectious disease control and prevention, capacity building, and pandemic preparedness in China. She has held several roles at the China CDC since 2005, including Team Leader of Pandemic Preparedness and Responses as well as Team Leader of the Ebola technical team. Dr. Zhou previously served as a Guest Researcher in Influenza Division of the United States CDC, headquartered in Atlanta Georgia. Her research interests include — emerging and re-emerging infectious disease and pandemic preparedness and response; strategy and decision-making modeling methodology; public health strategy and policy development and epidemiology methodology. Dr. Zhou has received numerous grants and awards for her research and publications. She received her education from various institutions including Peking University and Duke University. Dr. Zhou has received training certifications from the Ministry of Health in China, the World Health Organization and the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner – Senior Global Health Security Advisor, International Health, Abt Associates

Dr.Gavin Macgregor-Skinner is a nationally-recognized authority on global threats from infectious disease. He currently serves as Abt Associates’ senior global health security advisor. He has more than 20 years of technical experience in infectious disease surveillance and response. Dr. Macgregor-Skinner has worked on these issues with U.S. and international governments, United Nations agencies, and the private sector in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine and has appeared on CNN, BBC, CTV, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise in global health threats. Prior to joining Abt, Dr. Macgregor-Skinner served as director of global disaster response for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Fellowship in Disaster Medicine at Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital. He was the team leader to Nigeria and Liberia for Ebola outbreak response activities while serving as global projects manager for Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation, and he worked in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency Cooperative Biological Engagement Program as a consultant to CRDF Global and Landell Mills. After serving in the Australian and British militaries, Dr. Macgregor-Skinner was selected by the U.K. Department for International Development for the Associate Professional Officer Scheme. He learned epidemiology as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was a Global Health Fellow at USAID. He received his MPHA from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Master’s of Science in Wild Animal Health, Emerging Infections, and Zoonotic Diseases from the Royal Veterinary College in London.