This first Virtual Dialogue in the Tobacco Control and Cancer series discussed:
Anil D’Cruz, President of UICC. 30 years as an oncologist, current Director of Oncology at Apollo Hospitals, Ex-director at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India, researcher, administrator and crusader in the field of cancer control and now President of UICC for the 2020-2022 term. Anil has held leadership positions both nationally and internationally on Board of Directors/ governing council/ executive committee of numerous hospitals, governmental organisations, cancer care organisations, advocacy group & professional bodies.
Adriana Blanco Marquizo, Head of the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). Dr Blanco Marquizo is a medical doctor with a master’s degree in Policies to Prevent Addictions in Children and Adolescents. She actively participated in tobacco control activities in her home country Uruguay, which contributed to Uruguay becoming the first smoke-free country in the region of the Americas.
Before joining the Secretariat of the WHO FCTC, Dr Blanco Marquizo worked as Chief of the Risk Factors and Nutrition Unit in the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Nour Obeidat, Director, Cancer Control Office at King Hussein Cancer Center. Nour Obeidat, a Health Outcomes Researcher, currently serves as Director of the Cancer Control Office at King Hussein Cancer Center (Jordan) and has worked in the field of cancer control research for 15 years. In Jordan, Dr. Obeidat’s research work has focused on the gravest behavioral epidemic, tobacco use. Her research work has covered topics such as public perceptions about tobacco control laws, pictorial warning label assessments, and healthcare provider-related knowledge and application of cancer control principles.
Moderator: Leslie Rae Ferat, Executive Director of the Framework Convention Alliance. Leslie has over a decade of international experience in sustainable development and global health, working in Low and Middle-Income countries. She worked at the OECD, UN-SDSN, and United Nations Foundation. She is currently a member of the WHO civil society working group on NCDs and Co-chair of their advocacy and communications group, and the advisory Board of the scientific committee for the World Conference on Tobacco or Health. She holds a MSc in International Development (Poverty and Inequality) from the University of Birmingham.