Jury


Dr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh of Liberia obtained a Juris doctorate law degree with honours from the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law. Cllr. Chesson-Wureh is a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, The U.S. Federal District Bar, The Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) where she serves on the Board, and a current member of the Board of Tax Appeals of Liberia. She is also currently one of the 18 Global Commissioners of the United States Academy of Science and Medicine. An advocate and a champion of women’s rights and gender equality, Cllr. Chesson-Wureh was the Manager in 2009 of the International Women’s Colloquium for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security and currently the Establishment Coordinator of the Angie Brooks International Centre (ABIC),  which is the concrete outcome of the International Colloquium.Cllr. Chesson-Wureh is also Board President of Isis-Women's International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE), based in Uganda.


Dr. Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong
, is Professor of Community Medicine. He founded the Epidemiology Unit of Prince of Songkla University in 1986, its International Graduate Programme in 1992, the Institute for Research and Development for Southern Health in 2004 and co-founded the Deep South Relief and Reconciliation Foundation in 2010, of which he is the current President. He was a member of the World Health Organization taskforce on reproductive epidemiological research from 1988 to 1994. Over the past three decades, In 2009, he received the National Outstanding Research Award from the National Research Council. He also received the 2012 National Outstanding Teacher Award from the Council of University Faculty Senate of Thailand. Dr Virasakdi holds a medical degree and Diploma of Tropical Medicine from Mahidol University, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Sukothaithammathirat Open University, Master and PhD of Epidemiology degrees from the University of Newcastle, Australia and an Honorary PhD in Culture Study from Walailuk University.

Dr. Mouna Ghanem is the founder and coordinator of the Syrian Women’s Forum for Peace, and a senior gender advisor with extensive experience in the Arab region. She is also co-founder and the vice-president of the Syrian movement Building the Syrian State(BSS). Ms Ghanem is one of the founders of the Women and Democracy Forum, which is affiliated with the BSS, and the Executive Director of Jozour Organisation for Building Syrian Civil Society. Ms Ghanem served as the Regional Director for the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Jordan, and as Deputy Chairperson for the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW). Dr. Ghanem was trained as a medical doctor, holds a diploma in public health from the World Health Organization, and a Master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Monika Hauser, gynecologist and women’s rights activist, is the founder and executive member of the board of medica mondiale. In April 1993, together with about 20 local female psychologists and doctors, she opens the women’s therapy centreMedica Zenica in the war-torn area of Bosnia. An office is set up in Cologne and medica mondiale is founded at once. In the following years, the women’s rights organisation sets up further women’s therapy centres, in Kosovo and Albania, in Afghanistan, and in south-east Liberia. Its Grant Program expands the organisation’s scope of action to cover many more countries. Right from the beginning, Monika Hauser and her colleagues developed specialist standards for trauma-sensitive treatment. With human rights and public awareness work they fight against sexualised wartime violence and promote sustainable gender equality worldwide.
Monika Hauser’s commitment to support women in war and crisis areas has been honored many times, including the “Right Livelihood Award in 2008 and the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe in 2012.


Dr. Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet. He qualified in physiology and medicine with honors from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He joined The Lancet in 1990. Richard was the first President of the World Association of Medical Editors and he is a Past-President of the US Council of Science Editors. He is an honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, and the University of Oslo. In 2011, he was appointed co-chair of the UN's independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health. He is a Senior Associate of the UK health-policy think-tank, the Nuffield Trust. Richard received the Edinburgh medal in 2007 and the Dean’s medal from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 2009. He has written two reports for the Royal College of Physicians of London: Doctors in Society (2005) and Innovating for Health (2009). In 2011, he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Unni Karunakara has been a humanitarian worker and a public health professional for two decades with extensive experience in the delivery of health care to neglected populations affected by conflict, disasters and epidemics in Africa, Asia, and America. He was Medical Director of the medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders' Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines (2005-2007) and later its International President (2010-2013). In 2001, he helped found vivo, an organization that works toward overcoming and preventing traumatic stress and its consequences. Unni serves on the Board of Directors of Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi) India and MSF Holland and is currently a Senior Fellow of the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.

Dr. Stephan Kolb ist a medical doctor and medical journalist. For the last two decades, he has been engaged in teaching medicine and human rights at university. He served on the board of IPPNW Germany from 1997 to 2005, initiated 1998 an international students exchange programe with medical and social training with more than 15 participating countries. Currently he is working as chief operating officer for Nuremberg Medical School - a partner of austrian based Paracelsus Medical University - Nuremberg site.


Dr David McCoy is a public health physician and academic. He spent his first fifteen years working in clinical medicine and health systems development, mostly in South Africa. Since then he has been based in London, working on various aspects of global health, and as a public health specialist in the NHS where he was a Director of Public Health in London. He is currently split between a post at Queen Mary's University London and being Director of Medact. David was co-Managing Editor of the first two alternative world health reports (Global Health Watch) and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Economic Foundation. David works across a wide range of issues including: the active promotion of peace and demilitarisation; advocating for divestment from fossil fuels; transformation of our food systems in the direction of ecological sustainability; and economic reform. His current areas of research include the health impacts of shale gas production and the role and impacts of global health institutions on health policy.

Dr. Eva-Maria Schwienhorst-Stich is a medical doctor trained in pediatrics and tropical medicine and holds a Master´s degree in International Health. Currently she is working for the non-governmental organization DAHW as a medical advisor for projects in the fields of TB and leprosy and other tropical neglected diseases across the globe. For the last decade, she has been serving on the board of IPPNW Germany, for the same time she has been involved in Medical Peace Work. She is very active in global health education, teaching various classes in global health issues and medical peace work in several universities as well as organizing global health summer schools. Another area of her work is refugee health, both as a clinical doctor and in political advocacy.

The Jury will assess the nominations in the light of the following criteria

  • health professional or health organisation
  • positive and particular contribution to peace building, violence prevention, conflict transformation and protection of human rights on a local or international level
  • making best use of the competence and opportunities for peace work in the health sector
  • impact on health outcome for individuals and communities through peace work
  • being a role model for medical peace practitioners worldwide