Dr. Gaya Gamhewage to be Keynote Speaker at the 2019 DCHC Conference in Fairfax Virginia


The Department of Communication at George Mason University is pleased to announce that Dr. Gaya Gamhewage will be the keynote speaker at the 2019 D.C. Health Communication Conference (DCHC) as part of the “International and Global Health Communication Research” conference theme. The conference will take place on April 26–27th, 2019 (with a preconference on April 25th) at the Hyatt Regency Fairfax at Fair Lakes in Fairfax, Virginia.

Dr. Gaya Gamhewage Biography

 Gaya Gamhewage, a medical doctor by training, currently leads Communications Capacity Building at the World Health Organization headquarters based in Geneva, Switzerland. She is responsible for supporting governments across the world build sustainable risk communications capacity as legally required by the International health regulations (2005), the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and for training WHO staff in 155 countries. She is a public health expert and focuses on risk, emergency and crisis communications.

For the international response to the Ebola Virus disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa, Dr Gamhewage was assigned to Coordinate all Ebola-related training for WHO.

In addition to her public health expertise and experience, Gaya has experience working as a journalist, a medical doctor, university lecturer in public health, community health director, child rights expert, in humanitarian emergency response, and as a trainer and facilitator. She was recently awarded an Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy-Making by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva.

Born in Sri Lanka, Gaya spent most her childhood in England. She spent 8 years in China studying and practicing medicine, and she has carried out assignments in over 40 countries.