2013•08•01 Kuala Lumpur
1 August 2013, Kuala Lumpur — The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce that Prof. Anthony G. Capon has today taken up the post of Director of the UNU International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH).
UNU-IIGH, established in 2007, is located in the Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Complex in Kuala Lumpur. The Institute contributes, through research and training activities, to the development and strengthening of health services policy frameworks and management actions, particularly for people in developing countries, and supports the implementation of promotive and preventive approaches to human health.
New UNU-IIGH Director Anthony Capon is a public health physician and an authority on environmental health and health promotion. A dual national of Australia and New Zealand, he has more than two decades of senior leadership and management experience in public health research, education and policy, and has consulted in many countries and for a wide variety of organizations.
“A major focus of UNU-IIGH is on helping developing countries to enhance their capability to deal with threats to human health, and to facilitate innovation and the dissemination of information”, said Dr. David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University. “As a public health physician with a notable research and teaching background, and a particular expertise in environmental health and health promotion, Tony brings a new dimension to the UNU-IIGH Director role. I’m very pleased to welcome him to the UNU family, and look forward to working with him in the years ahead.”
Prior to joining UNU, Prof. Capon served as Professor of Public Health and Head, Discipline of Public Health, at the University of Canberra. He concurrently held the post of Visiting Professor, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales. Since 2008, he has been working with the International Council for Science to develop a global interdisciplinary science programme on health and well-being in the changing urban environment using systems approaches.
Prof. Capon’s previous academic experience included posts with the Australian National University, Macquarie University, University of Sydney and Menzies School of Health Research. He was the founding convenor of the Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Human Health in Australia. He also worked with the charitable organization Oxford Health Alliance and with the Western Sydney Area Health Service.
He has held prestigious National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) and World Health Organization fellowships, as well as leadership roles with the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians) and the International Society for Urban Health.
Prof. Capon is a medical graduate (BMedSc, MBBS and PhD degrees) of the University of Queensland (Brisbane). With his partner, Dr. Wendy Relf, a medical scientist and editor, he has two teenage sons.
“UNU-IIGH is uniquely placed to help frame human health in the post-2015 development agenda, including the proposed sustainable development goals. I am honoured to lead the Institute at this important time”, said Prof. Capon. “One of our top priorities will be to work closely with other UN agencies and Member States to strengthen responses to global epidemics of non-communicable diseases.”
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