Felicia Knaul (BA, University of Toronto; MA, PhD, Harvard University) is Director, Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas and Professor, Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. A health and social sector economist, Felicia maintains a synergistic program of research and advocacy. She has produced over 200 publications and books including a memoir on her cancer experience. Felicia spearheads research networks, is a member of several Lancet commissions, and chaired The Lancet Commission on Palliative Care and Pain Relief. As director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, she founded the Global Task Force on Cancer Care and Control that inspired research, policy, and advocacy. She is founding President of Tómatelo a Pecho, a non-governmental organization dedicated to women’s cancers, and leads research on health systems with the Mexican Health Foundation. She has extensive experience living and working in the Americas, including governmental leadership positions in Mexico and Colombia.