Dr. Patrick L. Osewe is the Chief of the Health Sector Group at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He provides leadership on policy, technical, and operational matters. In close collaboration with the Sector Committee, he leads the application of evidence based and innovative approaches to address priority and emerging health issues in Asia and the Pacific. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Patrick has provided leadership and guidance in the implementation of ADB’s $20 billion commitment to respond to COVID-19. His work related to COVID-19 includes convening global partners to reach consensus and prioritize investments, mobilizing leading private sector firms to support a range of response activities, and collaborating with International Air Transport Association, International Civil Aviation Organization, airlines, and hotels to safely restore travel and tourism industries based on available evidence. Prior to his time at ADB, Patrick was a Global Lead for the World Bank’s Healthy Societies Global Solutions Group. In this role, Patrick provided technical and operational guidance to countries, World Bank teams and the global health community to address public health challenges. These includeddeveloping strategies for achieving universal health coverage (UHC), combatting the emerging burden of non-communicable diseases, and addressing health security as both an economic issue and as a major threat to achieving UHC. Patrick has led major global and regional multi-sectoral efforts to address communicable and non-communicable diseases and built the capacity of World Bank teams and clients in the use of results-based management. He has over 25 years of experience as a global leader in health, including having previously worked for USAID and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as providing technical support to UN agencies and countries in different parts of the world. Patrick holds an MD from the University of Nairobi and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Jaeyeon Choe is a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University, UK. She obtained her PhD in Tourism Management and Cultural Anthropology from The Pennsylvania State University, USA. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and co-editor of a book Pilgrimage Beyond the Officially Sacred: Understanding the Geographies of Religion and Spirituality in Sacred Travel (Routledge 2020).As an international educator, she has been invited as a visiting scholar to Canada, Indonesia, Finland, Germany, Thailand and Vietnam. Her research areas revolve around sustainable tourism development in Southeast Asia, poverty alleviation, and migration. With a passion of knowledge co-creation, she actively works with the ASEAN academic communities. She successfully co-organized the Nexus of Migration and Tourism: Creating Social Sustainability Symposium, with Vietnam National University, Hanoi in 2018. She also keynoted at Sustainable Tourism Development in Southeast Asia Conference in Hanoi, 2019. She serves as an associate editor for the e-Review Tourism Journal and editorial board for the International Journal of Religious Tourism. She co-founded the Refugee and Migrant Leisure Network with community organizations and local councils based in Southern England.