Mason Institute Special Lecture Speakers


Bartha Maria Knoppers, PhD (Comparative Medical Law), is a Full Professor, Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine and Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. She is Chair of the Ethics and Governance Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (2009-2017), as well as the Ethics Advisory Panel of WADA (2015- ). She is Co-Chair of the Regulatory and Ethics Workstream of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (2013- ). In 2015-2016, she was a member of the Drafting Group for the Recommendation of the OECD Council on Health Data Governance and gave The Galton Lecture in November 2017. She holds four Doctorates Honoris Causa and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Hastings Center (bioethics), the Canadian Academy Health Sciences (CAHS), and, the Royal Society of Canada. She is also an Officer of the Order of Canada and of Quebec.


Sridhar Venkatapuram

Global Health Ethics
World Health Organization

Sridhar Venkatapuram is a Senior Lecturer in Global Health & Philosophy at King’s College London.  He has trained in various disciplines including international relations (Brown), public/global health (Harvard), sociology (Cambridge) and political philosophy (Cambridge).  He ‘tries’ to bridge normative ethical reasoning, particularly about social justice, with relevant natural and social sciences related to human health.  Some topics Sridhar has addressed include the philosophy of the human right to health, health inequalities, global health justice, and global/social determinants of disease and mortality.  He is currently a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow working in the Global Health Ethics Unit of the World Health Organization helping develop ethical guidance for healthy ageing policies.  His first book is Health Justice, an argument from the capabilities approach (Polity).