Make Health Your Business
PEOPLE • POWER • MONEY • POLICIES
PEOPLE • POWER
MONEY • POLICIES
7 September 2017 • Renaissance Hotel, Brussels
7 September 2017 • Brussels
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President of Heartfile, Co-Chair of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity
Dr. Sania Nishtar is a prominent international public health advocate known for her bold and transformative leadership. She combines high-level experiences in government, civil society and multilateral institutions with a background as physician, scientist and thought leader.
As part of her wide-ranging experience she has served as Federal Minister of the Government of Pakistan, founded civil society organisations, including Heartfile and Hearfile Health Financing, is founding Chair of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel for the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and co-Chair of the WHO Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, has received the Global Innovation Award for health advocacy work, and has authored books, scientific articles as well as Pakistan’s first national public health plan for prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases and Health Promotion.
In 2017 Dr. Nishtar was in the running for Director-General of the World Health Organization, and was in the shortlisted three.
Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, European Commission
Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis is Lithuania’s European Commissioner, a heart surgeon, and a co-signatory to the 1990 Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania.
Andriukaitis’ family was deported to Siberia in June 1941. He, his mother and two older brothers were allowed to return to Lithuania in 1958; his father returned in 1959. After excelling at school, he enrolled at Kaunas Medical Institute, graduating in 1975. In 1976 Andriukaitis started his career in politics as a member of the underground Social Democrat movement, but later continued his studies by pursuing a degree in History at Vilnius University, graduating in 1984.
Andriukaitis was elected to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania, which preceded Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament), in 1990. Andriukaitis was a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament for six terms, from 1992 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2012, and was a Deputy Chairman of its Council from 2001 to 2004. He was a Health Minister of the Republic of Lithuania since December 2012 until the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has appointed him to serve as an EU Commissioner in November 2014.
Commissioner Andriukaitis will contribute to the conference through a pre-recorded interview addressing questions on the future of health in Europe.
Alejandro Calvillo Unna
Director General, El Poder del Consumidor – Mexico
He received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-UAM and has carried out doctoral studies in Philosophy at the Universidad de Barcelona (pending degree). He served as a Program Associate for Higher Learning in the Environment and Sustainable Development at El Colegio de México.
Alejandro was a founding member of Greenpeace Mexico where he collaborated for 12 years, including a 5 year period as Executive Director, before founding the consumer rights organization El Poder del Consumidor in 2006, where he serves as the current director. In Greenpeace he designed and coordinated public awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns on issues of air pollution and public transportation, nuclear energy and climate change, the impact of the oil industry on ecosystems in southeastern Mexico and the effects of hyperconsumerism on climate change.
In his work at El Poder del Consumidor he has been designing and coordinated studies and public awareness-raising and advocacy campaigns on the impact of child targeted marketing, school food policy, a soda tax and effective front-of-package labeling on public nutrition and health, particularly children’s, and the study of the causes and effects of the obesity and overweight epidemic in Mexico.
He promote the creation of the Nutritional Health Alliance, a broad-based network of producers, consumers, nutrition experts, development advocates and academics who promote comprehensive policy to combat the deterioration of traditional diets and healthy eating habits and the obesity epidemic in Mexico.
Alejandro Calvillo, with El Poder del Consumidor, has been a central actor from the civil society to obtain a soda tax, to have a mandatory regulation in food and beverage inside schools and for the implementation of a marketing regulation aimed to children implemented in Mexico.
Alejandro participated as member of Consumers International’s global working group on food. He also serves on the Advisory Board to the Mexican Federal Attorney General for Consumer Protection (PROFECO) and has participated on expert panels at the invitation of FAO, OAS and PAHO, the latter on the group of experts that designed the recommendations for the regulation of child targeted marketing of food and beverages published by PAHO. He is member of The Lancet Commission on Obesity
Alejandro Calvillo has been invited to participate in conferences and share his experience in the promotion of public policies for obesity prevention by the Peruvian Congress, the National Institutes of Health (USA), the World Public Health Nutrition Association, the American Obesity Association, the Health Minister of Ecuador, the Soda Summit (organized by CSPI), Consumers International and EAT Forum.
Medical officer for non-communicable conditions and nutrition, World Health Organization, co-founder of NCDFREE
Dr Alessandro Demaio trained and worked as a medical doctor at The Alfred Hospital in Australia, and completed a masters in public health including fieldwork in Cambodia. In 2010, Sandro relocated to Denmark where he completed a PhD with the University of Copenhagen, focusing on noncommunicable diseases. His doctoral research was based in Mongolia, working with the Ministry of Health. Sandro then held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard Medical School from 2013 to 2015, and was assistant professor and course director in global health at the Copenhagen School of Global Health, in Denmark. He has established and led the PLOS blog Global Health, was a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and served on the founding Advisory Board of the EAT Initiative. In his pro bono work, Dr Demaio co-founded both NCDFREE and festival21. In November 2015, Sandro joined the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development at the World Health Organization (Geneva), as Medical Officer for noncommunicable conditions and nutrition.
Principal Adviser on European Social Policy, European Political Strategy Centre
Patrick Develtere is Principal Adviser for European Social Policy at the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank of the European Commission. Before joining the EPSC, he was the President of the Belgian Christian Workers’ Movement (Beweging.net). Beweging.net is one of the largest civil society networks in Belgium with over 4.5 million members and over 250,000 volunteers involved in trade union, mutual society and other civil association activities. Patrick also teaches ‘politics and society in developing countries’ and ‘international development cooperation’ at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Earlier, he was the Director of HIVA, Research Institute for Work and Society of the same university.
Patrick has a PhD in Social Sciences and has been a visiting professor at the University of Saskatoon (UoS – Canada), the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM – Canada) and the Université de Kinshasa (UNIKIN – DRCongo) among others. From 2010 to 2017 he was a member of the Board of the European Social Observatory.
Professor of Public Health, Director Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath
Anna Gilmore MBBS (hons), DTM&H MSc (dist) PhD FFPH is Professor of Public Health, and Founding Director of the Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) at the University of Bath. Her work focuses mainly on corporate influences on health and policy, and policy evaluation. The policy impacts of her research have been recognised through two international awards – the Public Health Advocacy Institute Award for outstanding use of tobacco industry documents and the WHO World No Tobacco Day Award for outstanding contribution to tobacco control. She is European Editor (previously Senior Editor) of Tobacco Control, the leading journal in her field, is/has been a member of various international and national expert groups including the WHO Expert Committee to Examine Tobacco Industry Interference with Tobacco Control and the Royal College of Physicians Tobacco Advisory Group. Her research group established www.TobaccoTactics.org, a widely acclaimed and innovative knowledge exchange platform that aims to make research on tobacco industry conduct available in a timely manner to as broad an audience as possible. You can follow the TCRG on @BathTR
Director Responsible Investment and Stewardship, CCLA
Katie is Director of Responsible Investment and Stewardship at CCLA, the largest UK fund manager for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) (Extel 2015), where she is leading the public health engagement programmes. Prior to joining CCLA, Katie was head of SRI at Cazenove Capital Management for 12 years, where she initiated, led and developed the SRI offering across the entire investment process. Previous board positions include as a trustee of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and as a board Director of UK Sustainable Investment and Finance (UKSIF). Katie was a founder Director of Swordfish, a brand strategy consultancy. Katie is also a non-executive director of Thrive Renewables plc, and is an independent member of the Investment Committee of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Director of the French WHO Healthy Cities Network
For the last 8 years, Zoë Heritage has been the Director of the French WHO Healthy Cites Network.
The French network has a membership of 85 local and city authorities, covering a population of 12 million people.
She was previously involved in the evaluation of the WHO European Healthy-Cites program. She has a PhD on the links between social relationship and social health inequalities. She teaches regularly at the National School of Public Health (EHESP). Zoë also has the portfolio for health at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council for Brittany, the region of France where she lives.
Lawyer, Clean Air – Strategic Litigation, Client Earth
Anna Heslop leads ClientEarth’s UK clean air litigation, as part of a team who make strategic legal interventions across the EU to secure the right for citizens to breathe clean air. She first joined ClientEarth in 2015, working as a lawyer with the clean air team for 6 months. She returned to the team in January 2017.
Before joining ClientEarth, Anna worked as a case handler for DG Environment at the European Commission. She started her career in private practice representing public bodies and local authorities on environment and public law issues and town planning. She has also worked for a number of environmental NGOs in legal, casework and public affairs roles.
Anna holds an honours degree in law, a diploma in legal practice from Nottingham Law School and is a qualified solicitor.
Mayor of Udine Vice President of the Italian WHO Healthy Cities Network
Furio Honsell, born in Genoa (ITALY) in 1958, is full professor of Informatics at the University of Udine (ITALY) since 1990. There he served first as Head of the Mathematics and Computing Dept. and later as Dean of the Faculty of Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences. From 2001 to 2008 he was Rector of Udine University. Honsell has been President of the Science and Technology Park of Udine and vice-president of the National Association for the Promotion of European Research. Besides having written a large number of scientific publications Honsell has carried out also a very intense activity for popularisation of Science, also on the Italian National Television. In 2008 Honsell was elected Mayor of Udine (pop 100,000) with a centre-left coalition. In May 2013 he was re-elected for another five years term. In 2009, he joined the Covenant of Mayors 202020 and recently the Mayors Adapt for Climate and Energy. He is vice-president of the Italian W.H.O. “Healthy Cities” Network which promotes health and well-being for all citizens. He is strongly committed to implementing policies for health and energy efficiency, combating climate change and inequities, as well as promoting co-operation and networking at European and international level. In 2015 he was elected President of the EU Covenant on Demographic Change. He is also President of “Giona”, the Italian national Association of “playful municipalities” which promote public toy libraries and games. He has recently been nominated Spokesperson on Climate and Energy Transition for the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR). He has been visiting professor at Stanford University, École Normale Supérieure of Paris, Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Edinburgh University, and coordinator for many European scientific and cooperation projects with cultural institutions in Europe and India.
Deputy Secretary General for Public Health, Republic of Estonia, EU Presidency
Dr Maris Jesse is Deputy Secretary on Health in Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia since year 2016.
She served as the Director of the National Institute for Health Development 2008-2016.
She holds a medial degree from Tartu University, Estonia and MSc degrees from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom fo Great Britian and Northern Ireland.
She has led the Estonian Health Insurance Fund as Chairman of Management Board, worked as senior health specialist at the World Bank and as health policy analyst at PRAXIS Center for Policy Studies, Estonia.
Executive Director, ACT Health Promotion (Brazil)
Paula Johns was born and grew up in Brazil. She obtained a Master of Arts Degree in English and International Development Studies in Denmark, at Roskilde University Center. She is the co-founder and director of the ACT Health Promotion (former Alliance for the Control of Tobacco Use), a Brazilian coalition of over a thousand members, created in 2003 to support the process of ratification and implementation of the WHO-FCTC in Brazil. Since 2013, ACT has expanded its scope of work to include the agenda of the NCDs. Johns has been a presenter at conferences and other events on tobacco control, other risk factors for NCDs, Advocacy and civil society mobilization issues nationally and internationally. She is also a former chair of the Board of Directors of the FCA – Framework Convention Alliance, an elected member of the Brazilian National Health Council, Board Member of the NCD Alliance, Board Member of the Interamerican Heart Foundation and Board Member of GAPA – Global Alcohol Policy Alliance. Johns is also an Ashoka Fellow. Together with her husband, she is also a small scale organic producer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Director, FAIRR Initiative
Maria joined the FAIRR Initiative as Director in September 2016. She is responsible for engaging institutional investors and related stakeholders around the material ESG risks inherent in today’s global food system with the aim to future-proof investment portfolios and influence positive strategic change within corporate strategies.
Prior to this, she spent five years at the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), leading the PRI’s signatory relations and outreach strategy to raise awareness of material sustainability/ESG issues and ensure their incorporation into investment policies and practices. Maria has over twenty years’ experience in global investment banking, business and finance, working at both J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank. She has been based in San Francisco, New York, Madrid, and most recently, London.
Maria holds a MA (Distinction) in Environment, Politics and Globalization from King’s College London and a BA in International Business, Latin American Studies and Spanish from SDSU.
Senior Advisor, Department of Regional Development, Skåne Region (Sweden)
Kontie Moussa holds PhD in Public Health and has been working at Region Skåne since 2001. From 2013-2015 he has been working as a senior analyst and policy advisor for the Director General of Swedish Public Health Agency with main focus on policy making and evaluation of the Swedish Public Health policy. Currently Dr Moussa works as senior analyst at the Department of Regional Development with main focus on Regional Public Health Policy implementation.
Senior Advisor, The Partnering Initiative
Dave is co-author of ‘Better together: Unleashing the power of the private sector to tackle non-communicable diseases’, produced by TPI with UICC and Bupa. The toolkit draws together theory and practice on bridging the divide between societal sectors, to create effective partnerships that tackle the root causes of NCDs.
A collaboration specialist with over 15 years’ experience, Dave has also recently supported TPI’s partnering work for practitioners in Zambia (with the Swedish Embassy in Lusaka)and the Promoting Effective Partnering Facility (with the Dutch Foreign Ministry).
As well as TPI, Dave has worked with the Global Partnership for Education, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the European Commission and the International Council on Mining and Metals, among others.
He believes that integrated, cross-sector, localised, context-specific action is necessary to addresses the world’s development challenges, including those relating to health and wellbeing. He lives in Herefordshire, UK, with his wife and two daughters.
Director General, Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions
Josef Probst studied law at the University of Linz and worked four years at the Institute of Labor Law and Social Security. He began his career in the Social Health Insurance at the regional fund of Upper Austria. In 1991, he changed to the Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions as Deputy General Manager. Probst was appointed as General Manager in April 2013. In this position, he is responsible for the future path of Social Security in Austria. His area of work includes national and international affairs, scientific cooperation, financing, statistics and evidenced based economic health care.
Currently, Probst has his focus on a sustainable, patient-, citizen- and health oriented health care reform which Austria is undergoing at the moment. Sitting in the driver’s seat, he is highly involved in the strategic direction and the implementation of policies. Pharmaceutical policy is an additional specific topic of engagement.
Probst is a board member of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, member of the Advisory Board of the European Health Forum Gastein and member of the Advisory Board of the Health Symposium of the European Forum Alpbach.
CEO, World Obesity Federation, Fellow, Geneva Centre for Security Policy
Johanna Ralston is CEO of the World Obesity Federation and a fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Prior to joining WOF she spent six years as CEO of the World Heart Federation, as well as Vice Chair of the NCD Alliance. Johanna’s work in global NCDs started in 1999 when she was hired by American Cancer Society to build the global cancer and tobacco control Programme, much of which served as the basis for the global NCD advocacy movement. At the World Heart Federation Johanna worked to elevate CVD and other NCDs on the global agenda and her work at World Obesity engages the global community around issues of overweight and obesity, including the WHO Ending Childhood Obesity Commission report.
Prior to joining WOF Johanna was an Executive in Residence at Geneva Centre for Security Policy, writing on issues of health and security, and she is chair of the Global Health Security course. Johanna also supported Sania Nishtar in her campaign for Director General of WHO. Johanna serves on numerous advisory boards and expert groups for the World Health Organization, World Economic Forum, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and has published in Lancet, Global Heart, European Heart Journal, and Huffington Post. Johanna studied at Harvard Business School and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A citizen of Sweden and the United State, she is currently based in Geneva.
Archie Turnbull has been involved in the development of EU Public Health policy for over two decades in the areas of tobacco control, cancer and respiratory disease prevention as Executive Director of the International Union against Cancer (UICC) and subsequently the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and currently as President of the Smoke Free Partnership (SFP) – organisations that are active players in advocacy and public health campaigns in Europe. Under his leadership, the UICC established one of the first tobacco control lobbyists in Brussels. As a result, and over time, there was greater involvement of disease specific organisations in European advocacy which led, indirectly, to the creation of EPHA. He was also one of the founders of the Smoke Free Partnership and chairs the Strategy Group for European tobacco control. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and trained as an accountant and a banker, he moved to Switzerland in 1966. He became involved in development aid programmes, including directing a foundation specialising in micro credit, long before this field became fashionable. In 1985 he moved into the management of medically related international organisations. Archie retired from the active management of ERS at the end of 2007 but continues activities in European tobacco control, as an advisor to the WHO, and, during 2009, as advisor to the EPHA Finance and Executive Committees.
Head of VELUX EU representative office, VELUX AS
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Jernej Vernik moved to Brussels in 2006 after finishing his studies at University of Graz and University of Ljubljana. He studied geography, with a specific focus on political geography and environmental protection and proceeded to work in a fast changing and unpredictable political environment in Brussels. Passionate about Healthy living, energy policy and climate change, Jernej held several advisory roles in European Parliament, European Pulp and Paper association, Non-ferrous metals association and is currently heading Brussels EU representative office for VELUX Group, the leading manufacturer of roof windows, helping to create healthier lives for all Europeans. In his free time, Jernej loves to teach all generations the fine art of fencing and sometimes takes the challenge of competitions himself. He is also engaged in a very dynamic Slovenian community in Brussels.
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Executive Director, French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)
Jean-Paul MOATTI is the principal investigator of the FRESHER H2020 project. He is Professor of Health economics at Aix-Marseille University (South eastern France) and CEO of the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD).
He has been appointed by the UN secretary general in January 2017 as a member of the independent expert panel in charge of the first global assessment report (2015-2019) of the Sustainable development Goals (GSDR).
Director, National Center for Global Health, National Institute of Health, Italy (ISS)
Stefano Vella (born in Rome, June 12, 1952) received his degree in Medicine from the University of Rome in 1977. He subsequently achieved specialty degrees in both Infectious Diseases (1982) and Internal Medicine (1987). After a postdoctoral experience at the University of Pennsylvania (1981-1982), he joined the medical staff at the Institute of Internal Medicine, University La Sapienza, Rome, where he developed an extensive experience in the clinical management of internal medicine and infectious diseases patients.
In 1991, Dr Vella was appointed Research Director of HIV/AIDS at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), the Italian National Institute of Health. Specific work has been conducted by Dr Vella and his research group on the clinical development of antiretroviral therapy; the study of HIV resistance to antiretroviral drugs; the mechanisms of immune reconstitution; the care and treatment of co-infections, including TB; the area of health needs assessment; the area of operational and implementation research in resource limited settings.
Since 1996, as Member of the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society [IAS] and subsequently as IAS President (2000-2002), he actively worked towards promoting access to treatment and care in the South of the World and has been instrumental for the organization of the AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa (2000). He subsequently chaired the 1st IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment, Buenos Aires, 2001, and the XIV International Conference on AIDS, Barcelona, 2002.
Scientific advisor of the Italian Cooperation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) in different African countries, and is involved in the setting of specific operational and implementation programs in Uganda, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.
From 2003 till 2016 he has been the Director of Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutic Research at ISS (2003-2016), overseeing the research activities of over 270 staff members. In this position he conducted studies on therapeutics of major human disease areas.
He was a member of the Scientific Advice Working Group (SAWG) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), London, where he acquired an extensive expertise in the regulatory aspects of the clinical development of medicines, from the preclinical phase to phase III clinical trials.
In January 2017, Dr Vella was appointed Director of the Italian Center for Global Health at the National Institute of Health, whose mission is to fight health inequalities worldwide through research, education and advocacy.
In march 2017, Dr Vella has been appointed President of the Italian Medicines Agency (AIFA)
European Commission, DG Research & Innovation
Research policy officer working on public health research at the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation. Swedish and Estonian national with a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Uppsala.
Previous work experience primarily on food security and nutrition, environment and multilateral cooperation. Employed in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden, including as Permanent Representative of Sweden to the UN agencies WFP and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, Italy.
Former head of International relations with Neighbouring countries on taxation and customs cooperation at the European Commission, Brussels. In 2002-2004 based at the EU delegation in Riga, Latvia, preparing Latvia’s entry into the EU.
Vice President, Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems, ISINNOVA – Italy
Andrea joined ISINNOVA in 1981. He received his engineering degree at Ecole Centrale (Paris, France) in 1977. His key qualifications include: sustainability policy analysis and impact assessment, forward looking analysis, energy studies and information systems, transport studies and information systems. He participated and coordinated many EU RTD projects, among which: FRESHER (on the social burden of NCDs), NEEDS (Energy scenarios), FLAGSHIP and PASHMINA (forward looking analysis of societal challenges).
He served as evaluator of EU RTD proposals within FP4, FP5, FP6 and FP7, and he contributed to the ex-post evaluation of several EU RTD Programmes (International Cooperation, Environment, Bioeconomy). Counting more than 100 international publications, he is also author of a number of EU reports (DG RTD) (“Assessing the Social and Environmental Impacts of European Research”, “The overall socio-economic dimension of community research in the fifth European framework programme”). He has recently served as the Rapporteur of the EC Working Group “Global Europe 2030 – 2050”.
Senior Project Manager, Institute of Studies for the Integration of Systems (ISINNOVA)
Giovanna Giuffré is with ISINNOVA since 2008 and a partner there since 2010, Giovanna has consistently worked in the research and management of several IEE, FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects. Through scenario-building research projects, Giovanna has gained experience in trends and policy analysis, workshop facilitation and redaction of policy recommendations. These projects include FRESHER – Foresight and modelling for European Health policy and regulation, FLAGSHIP – Forward Looking analysis of grand societal challenges and innovative policies, PASHMINA – Paradigm Shift Modelling and Innovative approaches, URBACHINA, and PACT – Pathways for Carbon Transition. Previous experience has included working for networks of local authorities on European sustainable procurement projects (EUROCITIES and ICLEI) and for a network of Non-Governmental Organizations (Medlink – Mediterranean links) on a project aimed at enhancing NGO cooperation in the Mediterranean area. Giovanna holds a law degree from La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy and has a master’s in European Studies from the College of Europe, Warsaw.
Director, LACS Training Moderator, Trainer, Advisor
David has a 20-year international experience of providing moderation and facilitation for international meetings, conferences and events, together with advisory consultancy and made-to-measure training on communications.
Based in Brussels, he works with EU institutions and agencies, national governments, international organisations, advocacy associations and the corporate sector across Europe and the Middle East.
David is a regular moderator at the European Health Forum Gastein, recently leading a forum on access to innovative medicines and the conference’s closing plenary.
He has a particular interest in national, EU and international policy in the areas of health, trade and industry, foreign affairs and social issues.