What is the Summer Academy?

The Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy is an established one-week summer programme that brings together practitioners, policymakers, industry representatives and leading academics working in the field of food law and policy.

It offers intensive training on the most innovative developments in global food regulation and provides a unique opportunity for professional development and networking in an informal and inter-disciplinary setting.

By talking, studying and interacting with food experts from all over the world, participants are able to gain new perspectives into both their own sectors and international regulatory issues.

This is achieved by combining traditional classroom instruction with experiential learning opportunities offered by dedicated and distinguished international experts.

The Academy will take place from Monday, 17 July, to Thursday, 20 July, 2017 in Bilbao, Spain.

The choice of this vibrant city will enable participants to benefit from the world renowned Basque cuisine, its privileged geographical location between the Atlantic sea and the Rioja region, as well as its distinctive architectural landscapes (with the Guggenheim Museum, Norman Foster’s Undergroud, the towers by Arata Isozaki and César Pelli and the Calatrava’s airport).

We are delighted to announce our 2017’s edition keynote speaker Dr. Ala Alwan, the former Assistant Director General for non-communicable diseases and mental health at the World Health Organization and regional director for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.

The rest of the program will be unveiled soon.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ala Alwan is the former Assistant Director General for non-communicable diseases and mental health at the World Health Organization, where he held several leading positions including Assistant Director General for non-communicable diseases and mental health, Representative of the Director General for emergencies and health action in crises, and regional director for the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. Before joining WHO, he was professor of Medicine and Dean of Mustansiriya Medical School in his own country, Iraq. Dr Alwan was Minister of Health and Minister of Education between 2003 and 2005.

At WHO, he coordinated the development of the global strategy for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2000 and was leading WHO’s and the UN’s work in preparing for and organizing the first high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on non-communicable diseases in 2011. He is also Honorary Professor of public health, Imperial College, London and Honorary Professor of Global Health, Oxford University.

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