Diabetes Voice Advisory Group


Pablo Aschner (Colombia)

Pablo Aschner is Associate Professor of Endocrinology at the Javeriana University School of Medicine, Director of Research at the San Ignacio University Hospital and Scientific Sub-director of the Colombian Diabetes Association, Bogota.

Professor Aschner is a member of numerous Scientific Societies and has served in expert groups including the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on chronic degenerative diseases, the WHO Ad Hoc Diabetes Reporting Group and the IDF Taskforce on Epidemiology and on Clinical Guidelines. He has been President of the Colombian Endocrine Society, the Latin American Diabetes Association and the Latin American Diabetes Epidemiology Group. He has authored, or co-authored, over 90 abstracts, articles and book chapters.  

Main areas of diabetes interest: diabetes diagnosis, therapy and clinical guidelines; the epidemiology of metabolic syndrome; diabetes in Latin America.


Ruth Colagiuri (Australia)

Associate Professor Ruth Colagiuri is Director Health and Sustainability at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, Australia. She is an immediate past Vice-President of IDF and previously served as a member of the IDF-WPR Council for six years. Ruth is a life member of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA), and a past Vice-President of ADEA and Diabetes Australia.

Over the past 20 years she has worked closely with Ministries of Health in Pacific Island countries to improve diabetes care and assisted several developing WPR countries in establishing national diabetes associations. She has also developed national diabetes strategies for Australia, the WPR, sub-Saharan Africa and led the writing team for IDF’s Call to Action on Diabetes (2010) and IDF’s Global Diabetes Plan 2011-2021 (2011). She has co-led and co-authored eleven evidence based guidelines for diabetes and has also published on educational outcomes.

Main areas of diabetes interest: improved diabetes care; diabetes education; evidence based guidelines.


Maha Taysir Barakat (United Arab Emirates)

Maha Barakat is Director General of the Abu Dhabi Health Authority (HAAD). Previously, she was Medical & Research Director and a Consultant Endocrinologist at the Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC) in Abu Dhabi. In this role she led the Centre in establishing its reputation as the largest specialist unit for diabetes and its complications in the UAE.

Professor Maha was awarded an OBE in 2010, the Abu Dhabi prize in 2011, and the Imperial College Medal in 2013.


Viswanathan Mohan (India)

Dr. V. Mohan is the Chairman and Chief of Diabetology at Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre. The Centre is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Non-communicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control and an IDF Centre of Education.

He is also President and Director of the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation (MDRF).

Dr. Mohan has published over 790 papers in prestigious peer reviewed journals including and written 135 chapters for various text books on diabetes.

Main diabetes research interests: epidemiology; complications; genomics and therapy.


João Valente Nabais (Portugal)

João Manuel Valente Nabais is President of the International Diabetes Federation, Europe Region (IDF Europe).

João was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1981. He has been actively involved in the field of diabetes ever since his youth, through participation and support in numerous activities of the Portuguese Diabetes Association (APDP) and lately on the European level. João graduated in Technological Chemistry from the University of Lisbon and he holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Evora (Portugal). Since 2002, he works as Assistant Professor at the University of Evora.

Main areas of diabetes interest: fighting discrimination; advocacy; youth; therapeutic education; EU political affairs and all matters linked to living with diabetes.


Kaushik Ramaiya (Tanzania)

Dr Kaushik Ramaiya is Consultant Physician and Chief Executive Officer at Shree Hindu Mandal Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is also Hon. Lecturer at the Department of Internal Medicine at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Dar es Salaam.
He also sits on the board of the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), the Hon. General Secretary of Tanzania Diabetes Association and the Association of Private Health Facilities of Tanzania. Dr. Ramaiya has been actively involved in research on diabetes for many years. He specialises in, among other topics, glucose tolerance and cardiovascular disease risk factors. His research is mainly focused on Indian communities living in Africa.

Main areas of diabetes interest: children with type 1 diabetes; gestational diabetes; metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular complications of antiretroviral drugs in HIV/AIDS and diabetes/TB interaction.


Carolyn Robertson (USA)

Carolyn Robertson is a  certified Clinical Nurse Specialist as well as a Diabetes Educator. She is also board certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM).

Her mantra is: patients first.

Main areas of diabetes interest: adults with diabetes; helping patients and healthcare professionals learn and master strategies that increase success in management of their blood sugar levels.