Keynote Speakers

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci

Professor Dame Carol Black DBE, FRCP, FMedSci is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge and Expert Adviser on Health and Work to NHS England and Public Health England. She chairs the Board of Think Ahead, the Government’s new fast-stream training programme for Mental Health Social Workers. She is a member of the Welsh Government’s Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales and Bevan Commission on health in Wales, the board of UK Active, Rand Europe’s Council of Advisers, PwC’s Health Industries Oversight Board, and the Advisory Board of Step up to Serve. As Principal of Newnham she is on several committees in Cambridge University, for example the Advisory Board of the Centre for Science and Public Policy, and is one of the Deputy Vice-Chancellors

In November 2011 when National Director for Health and Work she completed as Co-Chair an independent review for the UK Government of sickness absence in Britain and has now finished a further independent review for the Government, of employment outcomes of addiction to drugs or alcohol, or obesity, and the benefits system. Professor Black is a past-President of the Royal College of Physicians, of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and of the British Lung Foundation, and past-Chair of the Nuffield Trust for health policy.

Tony Buettner

Tony Buettner is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Blue Zones. One of Tony’s primary tasks is that of Project Manager for Blue Zones Projects; His work encompassing strategic planning, operations, and the facilitation of successful implementation of all Blue Zones Community projects. Tony brings direct knowledge and insight of the Blue Zones expeditions, research, and insights into those populations to help them live longer, better. His experience gained during his participation on expeditions with Dan Buettner, his brother, and his over 30 years of world travel, bring pertinent experience in the understanding of health and well-being as it relates to populations and cultures.

Tony’s day-to-day responsibilities at Blue Zones offer deep insight into the research that forms the foundation for the product development and implementation of the methodology behind the Blue Zones Projects. This interaction brings deep-seated understanding to how Blue Zones interfaces in the six sectors of communities that include policy, worksites, restaurants, grocery stores, schools, and with individual engagement. His background in quality management systems complement the rigor and thoughtfulness in developing a scalable product model as well as one that can be sustained in the Blue Zone Project communities.

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA

John Howard, MD, MPH, JD, LLM, MBA, serves as the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. He first served as NIOSH director from 2002 through 2008, and again from 2009 to the present. In 2015, Dr. Howard was re-appointed to an unprecedented third six-year term by Dr. Thomas Frieden, former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Prior to his appointment as Director of NIOSH, Dr. Howard served as Chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health in the California Department of Industrial Relations, Labor and Workforce Development Agency, from 1991 through 2002.

Dr. Howard is board-certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine. He is admitted to the practice of medicine and law in the State of California and in the District of Columbia, and he is a member U.S. Supreme Court bar. He has written numerous articles on occupational health law and policy and serves as a professorial lecturer in environmental and occupational health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Kimberly Jinnett, PhD

Dr. Kimberly Jinnett is currently the Executive Vice President of the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) and Affiliate Faculty at the Institute for Health and Aging (IHA), University of California, San Francisco.

IBI is a San Francisco-based independent, national non-profit organization incorporated in 1995. IBI provides research, benchmarking and analysis and a variety of educational opportunities to improve employee health, well-being, performance and business value.

IHA is the University of California’s first campus-wide organized research unit (ORU) devoted to the study of health and aging. Dr. Jinnett’s research centers on understanding how employers, their supplier partners and surrounding communities can best engage in efforts that support a healthier, happier and high-performing workforce, a healthier economy and, in turn, healthier and more productive communities.

Previously, Dr. Jinnett was a health policy researcher at RAND and at the Department of Veterans Affairs where she conducted studies on the impact of organizational behavior, context and policies on a range of staff and patient results including staff satisfaction, turnover, treatment team functioning, staff and patient clinical and quality of life outcomes. Dr. Jinnett received her Bachelor’s degree in psychobiology and Master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her Ph.D. degree in sociology and health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Mr. Hans-Horst Konkolewsky

Hans-Horst Konkolewsky is the Secretary General of the International Social Security Association (ISSA). Elected in 2005, Mr. Konkolewsky heads an extensive programme of activities focused on strengthening the governance, performance and service quality of social security administrations, with a strong focus on proactive and preventive measures.

The Secretary General has developed the ISSA’s strategy around the concept of Dynamic Social Security and excellence in social security administration, leading to the launch of the ISSA Centre for Excellence in Social Security Administration, in 2013.

Prior to his election as Secretary General, Mr. Konkolewsky served for ten years as the first Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, located in Bilbao, Spain.

Mr. Konkolewsky, who is a Danish national, also held several senior positions in the Danish Ministry of Employment and served as Deputy Director General of the Danish Working Environment Authority.

Robert Waldinger, MD
Robert Waldinger, MD is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Center for Psychodynamic Therapy and Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development. Robert received his A.B. from Harvard College and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as two books. He is a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and teaches Harvard medical students and psychiatry residents. He is also a Dharma Holder and Teacher in Boundless Way Zen.