Fifth webinar of the series on 5 December 2018

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Fifth webinar of the series: Preventing tobacco industry interference in monitoring and research

The fifth and last webinar of the Knowledge Hub on Surveillance webinar series takes place on Wednesday, 5 December 2018 at 10:00 UTC (check your correspondent time here).

The fifth webinar will focus on preventing tobacco industry interference in monitoring and research. Download the webinar flyer here.

Sign up for the webinar through this link.

Previous parts of the webinar series on supporting low and middle income countries in the establishment of tobacco surveillance systems in line with the Article 20 of the WHO FCTC can be viewed at the presentations section of our website.

The recordings of the presentations will be available shortly after the webinar.

Titles of the presentations

Deborah Sy: “Monitoring and Research on Tobacco Industry Interference”

Heikki Hiilamo: “Tracking tobacco industry attempts to influence scientific record: evidence from research relating to FCTC demand reduction measures”

Speakers of the webinar

Deborah Sy, Ll.B., Ll.M.

Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC)

Atty. Deborah Sy is a global health lawyer who serves as the Head of Global Public Policy and Strategy at the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), a joint initiative of Thammasat University and Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), that has been designated as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3.  She authored SEATCA’s Article 5.3 Toolkit and the Handbook on Policies and Practices on Implementing Article 5.3 as well as conceptualized the Tobacco Industry Interference Index, a country ranking on the capacity to resist tobacco industry influence.

She is a Johns Hopkins University IGTCI Awardee for Excellence in Advocacy (2012) for instituting tobacco industry monitoring activities which won the 2012 Bloomberg Award on Monitoring for HealthJustice while she was executive director. She remains the think tank’s founding trustee and senior advisor, providing guidance on universal health care, health promotion, financing, taxation, regulation, and illicit trade, among others.

She was an adjunct professor at the Harrison Institute of Public Law at Georgetown University where she received her Masters of Law in Global Health and Certificate in WTO Studies, and pioneered research on modern trade agreements in low and middle income countries. She earned her degrees in economics and law at the University of the Philippines.

Heikki Hiilamo, Ph.D.

University of Helsinki

Dr Heikki Hiilamo works as a professor of social policy at University of Helsinki. Previously Hiilamo has worked as research professor at Social Insurance Institution on Finland. Hiilamo has the title of Docent from University of Tampere and University of Eastern Finland. With a PhD in Social Science and a PhD in public Health, prof. Hiilamo has researched tobacco industry documents for almost twenty years.

His articles have appeared in leading international journals including Addiction, American Journal of Public Health, Tobacco Control and Social Science and Medicine. Hiilamo’s most recent research in tobacco control has been focused on global implementation of FCTC demand reduction measures. Hiilamo was a member of a working group which made official recommendations for Finland to reach 2030 tobacco free goal.



This activity is carried out from a grant provided by the Government of Norway, through the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), and from a grant provided by the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.