Anthony Capon directs the International Institute for Global Health at United Nations University, based in Kuala Lumpur. He is a public health physician and an authority on environmental health and health promotion, with research interests in urban sustainability and human health. Prior to joining UNU, Tony served as professor of public health and head of discipline at the University of Canberra. He concurrently held the post of visiting professor in the faculty of built environment at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
With more than two decades of senior leadership and management experience in public health research, education and policy, Tony has consulted in many countries and for a wide variety of organizations. He was the founding convenor of the climate change adaptation research network for human health in Australia. Previously, he was director of public health with the Western Sydney Area Health Service and worked on prevention of non-communicable diseases with the charitable organization Oxford Health Alliance.
Since 2008, he has been working with the International Council for Science to develop the global interdisciplinary science programme on health and wellbeing in the changing urban environment using systems approaches. Tony has held National Health and Medical Research Council and World Health Organization fellowships, as well as leadership roles with the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine and the International Society for Urban Health.