Global health ethics

WHO expert advisory committee on Developing global standards for governance and oversight of Human Genome editing


Biography of Chairs

Edwin Cameron

Edwin Cameron has been a Justice of South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court, since 1 January 2009. He studied at Stellenbosch and at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. During apartheid he was a human rights lawyer. President Mandela appointed him a judge in 1994. Before the Constitutional Court, he was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal for eight years, and a Judge of the High Court for six.
He was an outspoken critic of President Mbeki’s AIDS-denialist policies. His prize-winning memoir, Witness to AIDS, has been published in South Africa, the UK, the US and in translation in Germany and in China. He chaired the governing council of the University of the Witwatersrand for more than ten years (1998-2008), and remains involved in many charitable and public causes.

His latest book, Justice: A Personal Account (2014) won the South African Literary Award for creative non-fiction in 2015. It has been translated and will shortly be published in Korea.

He has received many honours for his work, including a special award by the Bar of England and Wales for his ‘contribution to international jurisprudence and the protection of human rights’ (2002).
He is an honorary fellow of Keble College, Oxford (2003), and an honorary bencher of the Middle Temple, London (2008).

He holds honorary degrees from King’s College London (2008), University of the Witwatersrand (2009), Oxford (2011), St Andrews (2012), Stellenbosch (2015) and Sussex (2016).

Margaret A. (Peggy) Hamburg, M.D

Dr. Hamburg is an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine. As Foreign Secretary of the National Academy of Medicine, she serves as senior advisor on international matters and liaison with other Academies of Medicine around the world. She is also the Chairman of the Board/Past-President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest scientific membership organization.

Dr. Hamburg is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where she was known for advancing regulatory science, modernizing regulatory pathways, and globalization of the agency. Before this, she was founding vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a foundation dedicated to reducing nuclear, chemical and biological threats. Other positions have included Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (HHS), Health Commissioner for New York City, and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIH).

Dr. Hamburg currently sits on a number of Boards, including the Commonwealth Fund, the Simons Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the Urban Institute, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, The Nature Conservancy, and the American Museum of Natural History. She serves in various advisory roles, including the Harvard University Global Advisory Council and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Gates Foundation, and the World Dementia Council. She is widely published and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees.

Dr. Hamburg is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School.