Génon K. Jensen is the Founder and Executive Director of HEAL, with 20+ years of experience on environmental health issues. Genon leads on the strategic planning, organizational development and fundraising as well as HEAL’s chemicals and health and international activities and advocacy.
She has been an official member of the World Health Organization’s European Environment and Health process representing the health sector since 2000. She is a founding member of the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA), serving on its board, as well as a founding partner of the Healthy Energy Initiative. She was also invited as a top climate and health thought leader to the UN Climate Summit in Sep 2013, and for two exchanges on Climate and Health with Prince Charles in 2013 and 2015.
Genon currently sits on the WHO/CAAC Health Task Force to share and increase health evidence and action on tackling air pollution, and is an official member of the WHO European Region Health in Climate Task Force (HIC). She also sits on the Steering Committee of the International POPs Elimination Network. In 2014, Genon received a Clean Air Award for her contribution to clean air in London.
Genon frequently contributes articles on environmental health policy, including on children’s health, climate change, pesticides, mercury, endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) to various European and international specialist publications and newsletters.
She is a co-author of several publications and reports, including “Halting the child brain drain: why we need to tackle global mercury contamination” (2006), “Cutting back on pesticides for healthier lives” (2007), “Acting NOW for better health: A 30% reduction target for EU climate policy” (2010), “The Unpaid Health Bill: How coal power plants make us sick” (2013), and “Health costs in the EU – How much is related to EDCs?” (2014).
Genon’s recent articles include The role of civil society and organisations (Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health. The role of nature in improving the health of a population, 2018), Why health concerns should prompt an ambitious Paris package (Outreach magazine, 2015) “How to Deliver the Most Important Public Health Treaty of the Century” (Annals of Global Health, 2015), From extraction to renewal: a global campaign for healthy energy (New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 2015).