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GHF2014 – PS25 – Raising Awareness and Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: the Proof is in the Pudding

Raising Awareness and Promoting Healthy Lifestyles:
the Proof is in the Pudding

Dr. Sunoor Verma
Executive Director, Geneva Health Forum, Switzerland
FitNation/SémioFormation: Signs of Bikes for Public Health
Mr. Rick Bell
Executive Director, American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, Center for Architecture, United States
Ms. Gwenaëlle de Kerret
Research Director and Semiotician, Harris Interactive,
PhD. Candidate in socio-semiotics, Adjunct teacher in La Sorbonne (Paris V) and Rouen International Business School (NEOMA), France
Intervention with Communication Techniques Reduce Tobacco Use in the Community: An Experience from Rural Bangladesh
Mr. Shahidul Hoque
Field Research Manager, Centre for Equity and Health Systems, ICDDR, Bangladesh
Take a Step for Diabetes
Mr. Lorenzo Piemonte
Communications Coordinator, External Relations, International Diabetes Federation, Belgium

Sunoor -130Dr. Sunoor Verma

Dr. Sunoor Verma is the Executive Director Geneva Health Forum.As a senior development expert, Sunoor Verma has worked in emergency, conflict and post-conflict situations. He has led the establishment of complex partnerships and coalitions by negotiating strategic agreements and their implementation plans. He has set up programs across sectors, including, Education, Health, Protection, Injuries, Sanitation, HIV/AIDS, Harm Reduction, Conflict Resolution, Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, Environment, Culture, Gender, Minority issues etc. He has worked in various locations, including Western Europe, South East Europe, South Asia, South East Asia, North Africa and Australia. Among others, he consulted and worked with UNHCR, UNICEF, and the European Centre for Minority Issues, Cambridge University and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Sunoor Vema has been the principal consultant of the strategy consulting practice ‘ProCube’ and is the founder of

He is a seasoned speaker on the topics of strategy, partnerships and leadership. He is also sought after for his skills as an effective moderator on high-voltage panels. In a previous avatar, Sunoor Verma was a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon.

PS25_Rick Bell_squareMr. Rick Bell

I became an architect because of the inspirational oratory of professors including Vincent Scully and the physical example of buildings seen while attempting, at the age of 19, to hitchhike from Paris to Dakar. As an architect I've had three careers, first in the private sector, then at a public agency, and, most recently, in the not-for-profit domain. As a private architect, I mostly designed schools and libraries in a NYC-based firm that also did hotel projects worldwide. In the public sector, I served as chief architect and assistant commissioner of New York City's public works department, responsible for 700 projects annually. And for the last twelve years I've led the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and created its storefront Center for Architecture.

Gwen profile photoMs. Gwenaëlle de Kerret

Gwenaëlle joined Harris Interactive France in 2007, where she is responsible for semiotic and ethno-semiotic research. She has been working in marketing and communication research for 8 years, on French and international topics. She specializes in projects aiming at understanding how corporations’ territory impact on public’s perceptions. These projects involve either services and cultural products, or consumer goods (packagings, products) and commercial spaces.

In parallel, she has been working for 3 years on a PhD dissertation dedicated to museums’ visual identity, in Paris and NYC. This research focuses on how museums express their identity through graphics and space (communication, architecture, signage, etc.).

PS25_Piemonte Profile Photo_squareMr. Lorenzo Piemonte

An Italian national with a background in international relations, I’ve been based in Brussels for the last fifteen years, following periods of work and study in South Africa, the USA and UK. I joined the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 2003 and have been involved in several activities and projects for the Federation since then, including advocacy, communications, event management and public relations. My current responsibilities include coordination of the World Diabetes Day awareness campaign and overseeing the online communications of IDF. I’ve been living with type 1 diabetes for over 20 years.

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