Saba Brelvi and John Coughlin Confirmed as PHTT 2016 Speakers

Speakers at the public health think tank will not only help participants understand road traffic incident preventions but also help participants create and present compelling public health interventions by teaching valuable skills that will also help students later in their careers.

John Coughlin, JD ThM JCL JCD MA


John Coughlin will present a workshop on compelling public speaking and rhetoric, which will help participants present their interventions in a clear and compelling manner. He is a Global Distinguished Professor at NYU Abu Dhabi. Mr. Coughlin is a seasoned debate coach; he coaches the NYU Abu Dhabi debate team and teaches a for-credit debate class at the university.

Mr. Coughlin specializes in law and religion, comparative religion, canon law, human rights law, comparative law, philosophy of law, legal ethics, and peace studies. A Franciscan friar, Mr. Coughlin has taught previously at universities in New York, London, South Bend, and Rome. In addition to teaching, he has practiced law, served in administrative positions, and been a trustee of hospital and college boards.  He has published dozens of articles and two books. He is the founding program head of legal studies at NYU, Abu Dhabi.

Mr. Coughlin holds a Bachelor of Arts from Niagara University; a Master of Arts from Columbia University; a Master of Theology from Princeton Seminary; a Juris Doctor from Harvard University Law School; and a Licentiate and Doctorate of Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Saba Brelvi, MPH


Saba Brelvi will be presenting on how to design effective public health interventions. Ms. Brelvi spent nine years as a program director of the California Wellness Foundation, one of the largest private health foundations in California, where she oversaw an $8 million annual funding portfolio to improve health care access for low-income women and to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of the state’s health workforce. In 2001, she was selected as one of 12 emerging leaders in health philanthropy across the United States.

Ms. Brelvi holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health from Brown University.

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