Professor Kenji Shibuya is currently Professor and Director, University Institute for Population Health at King’s College London. His expertise ranges across important topics in health metrics and evaluation; global burden of disease and risk factor analysis; health financing and cost-effectiveness; health system performance; health financing with an emphasis on universal health coverage; and product and system innovations; public-private partnerships; and R&D strategies. His global policy vision, with an emphasis on local ownership, performance, partnership and innovation has become the core of the new global health strategy of the Japanese government.
Dr. Shibuya has been an advisor to both central and local governments, and most recently he was appointed as Special Advisor to the Director-General of the World Health Organization on health metrics and data. He spearheaded the future strategic directions of the Japanese global health policy agenda after the Hokkaido Toyako G8 Summit in 2008. He led the Lancet Series on Japan, published in 2011 in an effort to jump-start debates on Japanese domestic and global health policy reform. In 2015, he chaired the landmark Advisory Panel on Health Care 2035 for the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare.
He obtained his MD at the University of Tokyo in 1991 and earned a doctorate of public health in international health economics at Harvard University in 1999.