Leif Svanström studied at the University of Lund where he first obtained a fil.kand. degree. He started studying medicine in 1965 and got his medical degree in 1972. He obtained his research degree (Ph.D) in 1973. He was appointed professor in Social Medicine at Karolinska Institutet in 1980.
He is the former Leader of the Research Group in Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion. He is the Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion and the European Certifying Centre for Safe Communities.
He chaired the First World Conference of Accident and Injury Prevention in Stockholm, 1989 and has been member of the IOC of all following nine conferences. He is the author of about 1200 papers and many text-books in Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Safety Promotion.
Leif Svanström has been Professor Emeritus since 2010.
Pete Peterson was a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down during the Vietnam war. After spending six years as a prisoner of war at the ‘Hanoi Hilton,’ he returned to the United States, undertook doctoral studies in finance at Central Michigan University, and taught that subject at Florida State University before serving six years in Congress.
President Bill Clinton appointed Pete as the first U.S. Ambassador to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1997, ending over two decades of U.S. isolation from Vietnam. Pete served as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam from 1997-2001. Pete’s strategy as Ambassador was to serve as a catalyst for reconciliation, and a key goal was to secure an accounting of those still listed as missing in action from the Vietnam war – a project that was ongoing, and of considerable bilateral political sensitivity, following the countries’ mutual recognition – to help resolve the POW/MIA issue. Pete received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Clinton in 2000.
Ambassador Peterson and his wife are also heavily involved in philanthropic and voluntary work in Asia and Australia. He is co-founder and President of The Alliance for Safe Children (TASC), a US not-for-profit corporation dealing with child injury prevention in Asia. TASC conducts injury prevention research and programs in several countries in Asia, with particular focus on a drowning prevention program called “SwimSafe©” in Bangladesh, Vietnam and Thailand. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Charles Sturt University and an Adjunct Professorship from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.
In addition to his work with his wife Vi with The Alliance for Safe Children, Pete also serves as Senior Director of Albright Stonebridge Group, an international strategic consulting firm, and as President and co-founder of Peterson International, Inc., a business consulting firm specialising in the provision of strategic advice and business solutions to companies involved in trade and investment activities in emerging markets.
Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH, is the holder of the Seattle Children’s Guild Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics and adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington. He is chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine. He is editor-in-chief of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
Dr. Rivara served as founding director of the Harborview Injury and Research Center in Seattle for 13 years, founding president of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention, and his contributions to the field of injury control have spanned 30 years. He has received numerous honors including the Charles C. Shepard Science Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Public Health Association, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section Distinguished Career Award, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Injury and Poison Prevention, Physician Achievement Award, and the UW School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award. Rivara was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2005. Rivara is also a founding board member of the Washington State Academy of Science. He was one of the editors of WHO’s report, World Report on Child Injury.
Dr. Michael D. Peck is the Director of International Outreach and Ambulatory Services for the Arizona Burn Center USA.Dr. Peck was Chairman of the Prevention Committee of the International Society of Burn Injuries (ISBI), and primary focal point of contact with the Violence and Injury Prevention Sector of the World Health Organization for six years. During that time, he participated in the publication of several reports, including “A WHO Plan for Burn Prevention and Care” (2008), “World Report on Child Injury Prevention” (2008), and “Burn Prevention—Success Stories, Lessons Learned” (2011). He is a secondary focal point of contact with the VIP-WHO. Recently, Dr. Peck was appointed Chairman of the ISBI Data Repository Committee.
Dr. Peck received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1976, his M.D. from the University of Colorado in 1981, and his Sc.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1990. He has worked exclusively in the field of burn care, starting with his training as a General Surgeon and Surgical Intensivist at the University of Arizona (1981-1986) and the University of Washington (1986-1987). He spent three years in the laboratories of the Shriners Hospital for Burned Children in Cincinnati from 1987-1990 studying surgical nutrition and infection. He has served as medical director of regional burn centers at the University of Miami (1990-1996), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1996-2007), and presently at the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix. He was elected Secretary of the Board of the Trustees of the American Burn Association in the spring of 2011.
Professor Joon Pil Cho is emergency physician and trauma surgeon at the Center for Community Safety Promotion, Department of Emergency Medicine, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
He has introduced the concept of the ”Safe Community” to Asian region since 1998. He established the Center for Community Safety Promotion, which is an Affiliated Support Center and a Certifying Center for Safe Community at Ajou University School of Medicine in Suwon, Korea.
Elizabeth Towner is the Professor of Child Health at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She is based at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health, a joint centre with the University of Bristol. She is a social scientist, with a background in school teaching, education and health promotion research. She has worked in the field of injury prevention research for the last 19 years.
The focus of her work is on the prevention of unintentional injuries in children and young people and on inequalities in health. She has recently been involved in a number of projects including the national evaluation of the ‘Kerbcraft Child Pedestrian Training’ project the ‘Neighbourhood Road Safety Initiative’ and the ‘Road Safety Advocacy’ project and a UNICEF project to evaluate a community based injury prevention programme in Bangladesh