Louisa Chan Boegli MD, MPH is a core executive member of the Rugiagli Initiative, which she founded in 2012 with three other health and international affairs experts. The initiative, now integrated with 4change (Italy), focuses on building the capacity of national doctors working in conflict areas, and on promoting international collaboration in health as a bridge to peace.
As a doctor, she worked in conflict areas for the International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Health Organization (WHO). For four years, she was the focal point for Health as a Bridge to Peace programme at WHO, where strategy, policy and projects were formulated and implemented. In 1998, she became one of the four founding members of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, where she initiated a series of dialogue between the Republic of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement, which led subsequently to the successful suspension of the armed conflict. She was also instrumental in starting up the Centre’s activities in Myanmar. Dr Chan is a member of the Non Official Group of Friends of Sri Lanka, which for three years actively engaged the Sri Lankan government and Tamil leadership in post-war political solutions to the conflict.
Dr Chan received her doctorate in medicine from the University of California Los Angeles, USA, and a Master of Public Health degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK.