2013•08•01 Kuala Lumpur
United Nations University International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Director Prof. Anthony Capon with effect from 1 August 2013. Prof. Capon, a national of Australia and of New Zealand, is a public health physician and an authority on environmental health and health promotion. 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.
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 (ICSU) 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).
Prof Capon will be succeeding Tan Sri Datuk Dr Mohamed Salleh bin Mohamed Yasin, who has been the Director since the Institute’s establishment in 2007. We thank Tan Sri Datuk Dr Mohamed Salleh bin Mohamed Yasin, for his important contribution to the UNU International Institute for Global Health, and global health research in general, and welcome Prof Capon as the new Director.