Renzo Guinto

Chief Planetary Health Scientist, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health, Malaysia; Inaugural Director, Planetary and Global Health Program, St. Luke's Medical Center College of Medicine, Philippines; Member, National Panel of Technical Experts, Climate Change Commission, Government of the Philippines

“The Earth does not belong to man; man belongs to Earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”

- Chief Seattle

Renzo Guinto, MD, DrPH is the Chief Planetary Health Scientist and Co-Founder of the newly established Sunway Centre for Planetary Health in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Concurrently, he is the Associate Professor of the Practice of Global Public Health and Inaugural Director of the Planetary and Global Health Program of the St. Luke’s Medical Center College of Medicine in the Philippines. He is also a member of the National Panel of Technical Experts of the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines, and convener of Planetary Health Philippines – a community of Filipino scholars and practitioners for advancing the new discipline of planetary health. 

An Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Leader and Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, Renzo is a member of several international groups including: Lancet–Chatham House Commission on Improving Population Health post COVID-19 (University of Cambridge); Lancet One Health Commission (University of Oslo); Advisory Council of Global Health 50/50 (University College London); Advisory Board of Climate Cares (Imperial College London); Global Advisory Council of Primary Care International; Advisory Circle of Child Family Health International; Climate Resilient and Sustainable Health Systems Thematic Working Group of Health Systems Global; and Board of Trustees of the Philippine Society of Public Health Physicians. Renzo has served as consultant for various organizations including: World Health Organization; WHO Foundation; World Bank; USAID; GIZ; ASEAN; International Organization for Migration; Health Care Without Harm; Chilean Ministry of Health; and Philippine Departments of Health (DOH) and Tourism (DOT). 

He also sits on the editorial boards of The Lancet Planetary Health; PLOS Global Public Health; Journal of Climate Change and Health; and Journal of Migration and Health. Renzo obtained his Doctor of Public Health from Harvard University and Doctor of Medicine from the University of the Philippines Manila, and received further training from Oxford, Copenhagen, Western Cape, and East-West Center (Hawaii). He also received prestigious fellowships from Health Systems Global (Emerging Voice in Global Health); World Heart Federation (Emerging Leader); National University of Singapore (Raffles Fellow); and Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp. 

He has traveled to and lectured in nearly 60 countries and 100 universities across the world; published more than 150 articles in scientific journals, books, and popular media; and directed and produced short films that communicate the message of planetary healing to the world. In 2020, Renzo was included by Tatler Magazine in its Gen.T List of 400 leaders of tomorrow who are shaping Asia’s future.

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