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[Perspectives] Ilona Kickbusch: global health reformer

Nowadays global health has high visibility. But it wasn’t always so. It took champions to put global health on the agenda, among them Ilona Kickbusch. Currently Director of the global health programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, she has had a distinguished career in WHO, government, and academia that has shaped global health. She’s also seen major social and political change in her life. Kickbusch grew up in post-war Germany and has vivid memories of living in both a divided Germany and a new democracy.