Ilona Kickbusch is Director of the Global Health Centre and an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her specialties include global health governance, health security, public health, health promotion, health literacy and health in all policies. She is a senior advisor to the Regional Directors of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Offices for Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean and has advised many countries on their global health strategies. Kickbusch was recently awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in recognition of her invaluable contributions to innovation in governance for global health and global health diplomacy. Kickbusch has been deeply involved in the development of the Health 2020 European health policy framework, and was previously a member of the independent Ebola interim assessment panel of the WHO. She has contributed to innovation in health in many ways throughout her career and is strongly committed to the empowerment of women.