Distinguished Professor Shamsul A.B. is one of the only three Distinguished Professors in Malaysia to date. Currently, he is Deputy Chair, National Council of Professors, Malaysia and the Pro-Tem Chair, Academy of Social Science and Humanities, Malaysia. Trained as a social anthropologist in Malaysia and Australia, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the CNRS, Paris, in 1986. Since 1973, he has researched, lectured and published extensively on the theme ‘economic development, culture and politics,’ with an empirical focus on maritime Southeast Asia and Malaysia. He is often consulted by public and private sector interests on matters relating to risk study/issues. He frequently comments on local and international mass media, on history and current affairs of the region, such as the Al-Jazeera, National Geographic Channel, Channel News Asia, BBC London, ABC Melbourne, and Wall Street Journal. For successfully promoting Asian Studies globally, in 2008, he was awarded the prestigious Academic Prize, Fukuoka Cultural Award, Japan, only the second Malaysian to have received the award since its inception in 1990.
Arne Astrup is Head of the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Director of the Nordea Foundation funded OPUS research centre. He was created Knight of the Order of Dannebrog in 1999, and Knight of the First Order of Dannebrog in 2012. He attained a degree in medicine in 1982 and Doctorate in Medical Science in 1986 at the University of Copenhagen, and became Professor of Nutrition at the Research Department of Human Nutrition at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark, in 1990. His main areas of interest are physiology and pathophysiology of energy and substrate metabolism, etiology and treatment of obesity. Major research collaborations include EU multi-centre studies EUROSTARCH, CARMEN, NUGENOB, DIABESITY, DIOGENES, EMOB, and HEALTHGRAIN. He is currently Associate Editor of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and member of the Editorial Board of Annual Reviews of Nutrition.
Adrian Bauman is an epidemiologist, and public health physician at Sydney University. He directs a public health research group (PRC), teaches in public health programs, and leads the faculty-wide theme on “physical activity and exercise” for the Sydney University Charles Perkins Centre. He has several international projects, and is Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity. He has had research interests in chronic disease prevention for over 20 years, with a particular focus on physical activity epidemiology, measurement, policy and more generally has interests in public health research methods, in the relationship between physical activity and obesity, and in translation and dissemination research. He is well published in the peer reviewed literature and has obtained several research grants in the areas of physical activity promotion and obesity prevention.
Associate Professor Campbell is a senior lecturer and researcher within the Behavioural Epidemiology Program in the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN) at Deakin University. Karen has developed a profile nationally and internationally for her work in early childhood, heading a program of research on early childhood nutrition. In this program she leads work addressing early childhood obesity prevention; describing correlates of parenting and home environments on child lifestyle behaviours; and assessing complex interventions seeking to influence early childhood diet and lifestyle behaviours. Public health utility is a key feature of A/P Campbell’s research and is evidenced by the State level adoption of the largest of her intervention studies, The Melbourne InFANT Program. This NHMRC-funded randomised controlled trial intervention, on which she was Principal Investigator, tested the effectiveness of a healthy eating, active play intervention with first-time parents in existing social groups (first-time parent groups). The positive findings of this trial – including high levels of parent engagement, improved dietary outcomes for mothers and improved dietary and sedentary outcomes for young children, underpins the Victorian Department of Health’s adaption of the Infant Program for use within the 14 local government areas.
Amanda Lee is Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Work and School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She has over 30 years experience as a “pracademic” in nutrition, obesity and public health policy and practice and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Amanda serves on many international committees including as Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Dietary Guidelines Working Committee and on the National Preventive Health Agency’s expert committee on obesity in Australia. She is also Adjunct Professor within the School of Public Health and Environmental Science at Griffith University. Amongst recent activities Amanda scoped the new national nutrition policy and helped finalize the national Healthy Weight Guide website for the Department of Health and Ageing in Australia. She also leads the food price and affordability domain of the International Network for Food and Obesity/Non-communicable Diseases Research, Monitoring and Action Support (INFORMAS).
James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Distinguished Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at University of California, San Diego and Director of Active Living Research, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His primary research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, nutrition, and obesity. He is the author of over 500 scientific publications and was identified as one of the world’s most cited authors in the social sciences. His health improvement programs have been studied and used in health care settings, schools, universities, and companies. He is a frequent consultant to health organizations, governments, and companies worldwide. Time Magazine identified him as an “obesity warrior".
Boyd Swinburn is the Professor of Population Nutrition and Global Health at the University of Auckland and Alfred Deakin Professor and Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention at Deakin University in Melbourne. He trained as a specialist endocrinologist and has conducted research in metabolic, clinical and public health aspects of obesity. His major research interests are centred on community and policy actions to prevent childhood and adolescent obesity, and reduce, what he has coined, the ‘obesogenic’ food environment. He is Co-Chair of the International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) and was President of the Australia and New Zealand Obesity Society (ANZOS) from 2005-7. He has also contributed to over 30 WHO consultations and reports on obesity, authored over 300 publications and given over 400 presentations. Through these efforts he is significantly contributing to national and global efforts to reduce the obesity epidemic.