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Dr Fiona Bull

Programme Manager, Surveillance & Population Based Prevention, Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (PND)

ORGANISATION: World Health Organisation

Dr Fiona Bull is Programme Manager in the Department of Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) at the World Health Organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. She leads the WHO’s global work on physical inactivity, healthy eating and the prevention of obesity, and provides leadership for global monitoring and surveillance of NCDs and their risk factors.

Bull joined WHO in January 2017 after 25 years in applied research in Australia, the UK and the USA. Her recent positions include Professor of Public Health and Director of the Centre for Built Environment and Health at the University of Western Australia and Professor of Sports Science and Director of National Centre of Physical Activity at Loughborough University in the UK.

Across her career, Bull has focused on developing scientific evidence and understanding of healthy lifestyles to inform public policy and implementation in practical programmes in community settings. Her work is multidisciplinary and includes contributions to the global burden of disease, national initiatives in worksites, primary health care, the built and natural environments, national surveillance initiatives and policy evaluations across many settings.

Bull has co-authored over 180 scientific publications and reports. Her interest is in bridging the knowledge-policy-practice gap, and she has been actively involved in civil society. She is immediate past President of the International Society of Physical Activity. In 2014, Bull was awarded a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to public health.

She is a keen skier, swimmer, sailor and dog walker.


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Using the unique power of sport to bring people together, the Olympism in Action Forum sees a range of global players, including Olympic Movement stakeholders, athletes, private and public sector leaders, NGO representatives, academics, artists and the media come together to talk on topical contemporary issues. Chosen because of their ability to effect change and their wide range of sometimes differing opinions, the speakers will lead lively debates and seek to challenge received wisdom to inspire new ways of thinking.

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