Focusing on promoting health globally, Derek Yach describes how a shift in attitude to disease is needed by rethinking our approach to disease prevention. Yach states that we must redefine the unacceptable, define what is possible to prevent and that inaction is unacceptable. The healthy choice should become the easy choice.
Dr. Derek Yach is Chief Health Officer at Vitality Group, an organization dedicated to health promotion that is part of Discovery Holdings Ltd.
Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President of Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo. He has headed the global health department at the Rockefeller Foundation and has been a Professor of Global Health at Yale University. He is a former Executive Director for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at the World Health Organization (WHO).
Derek established the Centre for Epidemiological Research at the South African Medical Research Council. He has authored or co-authored over 250 articles covering the breadth of global health and is regularly cited by The Huffington Post, The New York Times and The Economist.
Derek has served on several advisory boards including those of the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Economic Forum, the Wellcome Trust and Cornerstone Capital.
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