UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education Health Education, Prevention, Health Promotion, Children and Young People

National and Territorial Representatives

National and Territorial Representatives play a key role in the UNESCO Chair community by acting as the link between the global level and the country, territorial and regional level. They ensure the implementation and development of the different activities of the Chair at the country, territorial and regional level, facilitate exchange between the different partners of the Chair and provide the Chair with relevant input for its activities. National and Territorial representatives receive technical, scientific and political support of the UNESCO Chair secretariat and are appointed for a period of four years. The roles, tasks and responsibilities of a National and Territorial Representative are described in the Terms of Reference for National and Territorial Representatives.

Our National and Territorial Representatives


Raúl Mercer, FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales)

Raul is a pediatrician with a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Madison, WI, US. He was coordinator of the Maternal and Child Program of the Ministry of Health of the Province of Buenos Aires and at the national level. He currently coordinates the Program of Social Sciences and Health at FLACSO (Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences). He was a member of the Lancet-WHO-UNICEF Commission for the report ‘A future for the world’s children?’. Member of the CAP-2030 (Children in All Policies) initiative (www.cap-2030.org). He participates in the ALAPE Social Pediatrics Committee and the International Society of Social Pediatrics (ISSOP) (www.issop.org). At FLACSO he develops activities related to health promotion, child rights and health, gender and childhood, life course approach, early childhood development, and comprehensive sexual education. Recently, we addressed the commercial determinants of health and the consequences of harmful marketing products for the health of children and adolescents.


Camila Ait Yala, University of Oran 2

Project leader of the “IEC Santé” team at GRAS (Unité de Recherche en Anthropologie de la Santé), located at the University of Oran 2 (Algeria). She holds a doctorate in language science from the University of Oran 2 and specialises in the analysis of verbal interactions in professional situations, particularly in hospitals.

Chef de projet de l’équipe « IEC en Santé » au GRAS (Unité de Recherche en Anthropologie de la Santé), située à l’Université d’Oran 2 (Algérie). Elle est titulaire d’un doctorat en sciences du langage de l’Université d’Oran 2 et s’est spécialisée dans l’analyse des interactions verbales en situations professionnelles, notamment en milieu hospitalier.


Marina Melkumova, Arabkir Medical Centre-Institute of Child and Adolescent Health


Deana Leahy, Monash University


Marco Akerman, University of São Paulo

School of Public Health

Burkina Faso

George Sawadogo, Université de Koudougou 


Pierre Fonkoua, Université de Yaoundé 1

Institut de formation et de recherche démographiques


Yinghua Ma, Beijing University

Institute of Child and Adolescent Health (ICAH)


Daniel Tobón García, Welbin


Peter Paulus, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Center for Applied Sciences of Health (CASH)


Obrillant Damus

Obrillant Damus, Associate Professor at the University of Sherbrooke (Faculty of Law, Centre for Contemporary Religious Studies)

Full Professor at the State University of Haiti and at the Quisqueya University (Faculty of Education).

Obrillant Damus, Professeur associé à l’Université de Sherbrooke (Faculté de droit, Centre d’études du religieux contemporain)

Professeur titulaire à l’Université d’État d’Haïti et à l’Université Quisqueya (Faculté des sciences de l’éducation).


Rahul Mehra PhD, Tarang Health Alliance

Founder and Executive Chairman of the Tarang Health Alliance

Fondateur et président exécutif de la Tarang Health Alliance

Learn more about the UNESCO Chair in India.

Learn more about the UNESCO Chair in Haïti


Nastaran Keshavarz Mohammadi, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Professor at the School of Public Health, Co-chair of the Scientific and Ethical committee, UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education.


Patricia Mannix McNamara, University of Limerick

Ivory Cost

Mathias Kei, Université Félix Houphouët Boigny-Abidjan


Daniel Hernández-Torrano, Nazarbayev University


Fadi El Hage, Saint Joseph University Beirut

Professor at the Faculty of Education of the Saint Joseph University of Beirut, Delegate of the Rector for Professional Development, Holder of the Diane Foundation Chair for Education for Eco-citizenship and Sustainable Development.

Professeur à la Faculté des sciences de l’éducation de l’Université Saint-Joseph de Beyrouth, Délégué du Recteur pour le développement professionnel, Titulaire de la Chaire de Fondation Diane pour l’éducation à l’éco-citoyenneté et au développement durable.

Michèle Kosremelli Asmar, Saint Joseph University Beirut

Director, Associate Professor, Higher Institute of Public Health

Directrice, Professeur Associé, Institut Supérieur de Santé Publique


Maiyshla Chunwan, Open University of Mauritius

Lecturer, Programme Manager


Salah Eddine Khazmi, Université Cadi Ayyad

New Caledonia

Carmella Fernandes da Rocha – Puloteo 

School nurse, in charge of health promotion at the vice-rectorate of Nouméa.

Infirmière scolaire, chargée de mission en promotion de la santé au vice-rectorat de Nouméa.

Learn more about the UNESCO Chair in New Caledonia.


Stef Kremers, Maastricht University

Professor of the Prevention of Obesity, NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism; Department of Health Promotion; Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences.


Unni Karin Moksnes PhD, RN, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Professor at the Department of Public Health and Nursing, Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Professeur au département de la santé publique et des soins infirmiers de l’université norvégienne des sciences et de la technologie.

Learn more about the UNESCO Chair in Norway.


Graça S. Carvalho, University of Minho, Braga

Full Professor of the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. Member of the Research Centre on Child Studies (CIEC). Coordinates post-graduation and research training in Biology Education, Child Health, and Health Education and Health Promotion.

Professeur titulaire de l’Université du Minho, Braga, Portugal. Membre du Centre de recherche sur les études de l’enfant (CIEC). Coordonne la formation post-graduée et la formation à la recherche en éducation biologique, en santé de l’enfant et en éducation à la santé et promotion de la santé.

Puerto Rico

Hiram V. Arroyo, University of Puerto Rico

Professor, Director of Department of Social Sciences, School of Public Health, Medical Sciences Campus

Russian Federation

Konstantin Gurevich, Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry A. Evdokimov

Scotland, UK

Suzanne Hargreaves

Former Senior Education Officer for Health and well being (HWB) and Outdoor Learning in Education


Fatou Diagne, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar

Teacher-researcher at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Inspector General of Education and Training.

Enseignante-chercheure à l’Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Inspectrice générale de l’éducation et de la formation.

South Africa

George Arrey, Health Promotion South Africa Trust

Chief executive officer of Health Promotion South Africa Trust in South Africa. He is a certified senior health promotor. Has a BA in Health Sciences and Social services (Community and Health Psychology) and a BA Hons (Community and health Psychology). He has worked as general trader, as community development coordinator and health educator.

Directeur général de Health Promotion South Africa Trust en Afrique du Sud. Il est un promoteur de santé senior certifié. Il est titulaire d’un BA en sciences de la santé et services sociaux (psychologie communautaire et de la santé) et d’un BA Hons (psychologie communautaire et de la santé). Il a travaillé comme commerçant général, comme coordinateur du développement communautaire et comme éducateur sanitaire.


Antonio Iannaccone, Université de Neuchâtel

Professor at the University of Neuchâtel


Sameh Hrairi, Université Virtuelle de Tunis

United States of America

Bill Datema

CEO, Society for Public Health Education, United States