Dr. Adriana Blanco Marquizo is the Head of the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control since March 2020. She is a medical doctor with a master’s degree in Policies to Prevent Addictions in Children and Adolescents from the Latin American Centre of Human Economy (CLAEH). Over the past two decades, Dr Blanco Marquizo has worked in the region of the Americas, supporting tobacco control activities in many countries of the Region, including her home country, Uruguay.
Kira Fortune is responsible for Healthy Cities, Health Promotion and Well-being in the Regional WHO Office of Europe. Kira has spent the last 25 years specializing in public health, equity, community engagement and the social determinants of health in various international organizations across the globe. Kira has extensive experience working across the international stage from global NGOs, academia as well as with inter-governmental organizations.
Frances O’Donovan is the Head Coordinator for the Joint Action on Tobacco Control 2 (JATC2) project. She graduated from The University of Southern Denmark in 2018 with a Masters in political science, specialising in public policy. Ms. O’Donovan has a background in local politics as a town councillor for the municipal of Fredericia. From her time as a local politician she has obtained a lot of experience in policy and organizational development, public affairs, implementation of initiatives and dissemination of policies. Ms. O’Donovan is currently employed at the Ministry of Interior and Health as a Special Advisor working on the Joint Action on Tobacco Control Project.