Michael Eriksen, Sc.D., is a professor and Dean of the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University. He is also director of Georgia State University’s Partnership for Urban Health Research and Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research. Prior to his current positions, Eriksen served as a senior advisor to the World Health Organization in Geneva and was the longest-serving director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health (1992–2000). Previously, Eriksen was director of behavioral research at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He has recently served as an advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Legacy Foundation, and the CDC Foundation.
Eriksen has published extensively on tobacco prevention and control and has served as an expert witness of behalf of the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission in litigation against the tobacco industry. He is editor-in-chief of Health Education Research and has been designated as a Distinguished Cancer Scholar by the Georgia Cancer Coalition. He is a recipient of the WHO Commemorative Medal on Tobacco or Health and a Presidential Citation for Meritorious Service, awarded by President Bill Clinton. Eriksen is a past president and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education, and has been a member of the American Public Health Association for
over 35 years.
Judith Longstaff Mackay
Judith Longstaff Mackay is a medical doctor based in Hong Kong. She is senior advisor to the World Lung Foundation, senior policy advisor to the World Health Organization, and director of the Asian Consultancy on Tobacco Control. She holds professorships at the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine and the Department of Community Medicine at the niversity of Hong Kong. After an early career as a hospital physician, she moved to public health. She is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Edinburgh and of London. She has authored or coauthored 10 health atlases, published 200 papers, and addressed more than 450 conferences on tobacco control.
Mackay has received many international awards, including the WHO Commemorative Medal, Royal Awards from the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth II and Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Fries Prize for Improving Health, the Luther Terry Award for Outstanding Individual Leadership, the US Surgeon General’s Medallion, the Founding International Achievement Award from the Asia Pacific Association for the Control of Tobacco, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Network of Women Against Tobacco. She was selected as one of Time’s 60 Asian Heroes (2006) and one of Time’s 100 World’s Most Influential People (2007), and is the recipient of the British Medical Journal Group’s first Lifetime Achievement Award (2009). She has been identified by the tobacco industry as one of the three most dangerous people in the world.
Hana Ross has more than 12 years’ experience in conducting research on the economics of tobacco control and in management of research projects in low- and middle-income countries, including projects funded by the World Bank, the World Health Organization, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the European Commission, the Bloomberg Global Initiative, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ross joined the American Cancer Society’s Intramural Research Department in 2006 and currently serves as a managing director of the International Tobacco Control Research Program. She has published more than 50 articles and independent reports on issues related to tobacco taxation, cigarette prices, costs of smoking, illicit trade, youth access laws, and other economic aspects of tobacco control. She also coauthored the third edition of The Tobacco Atlas. Her current research projects focus on the economic impact of tobacco control interventions in South-East Asia, the former Soviet republics, Eastern and Central Europe, and Africa. She is also interested in the economic impact of smokeless tobacco use, behavioral economics, and the overall economic impact of noncommunicable diseases. Ross currently supports several capacity-building research projects, primarily focusing on South-East Asia and Africa. She earned her BA and MA at the Prague School of Economics, and in 2000 she received her PhD in economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.