Committee Members


Christopher Bailey

Christopher Bailey

Arts and Health Lead, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

Christopher Bailey is the Arts and Health Lead at the World Health Organization in Geneva.  The program focuses on the research agenda of identifying the evidence base for the health benefits of the arts, supporting effective community-based arts interventions for health and engaging with the global media to promote better physical, mental, and social wellbeing.  He is the co-founder of the Healing Arts Initiative which over the last two years has had city activations in London, Venice, Paris, and New York, with activations planned in Houston, Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles and Kigali next year.  Educated at Oxford and Columbia Universities and trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, throughout his career Bailey has used both his artistic training and his scientific curiosity to advance the arts and the health sciences as mutually supportive disciplines. While at the Rockefeller Foundation, he created their first Knowledge Management program, and at WHO he created the first Health Informatics unit and led the online communications program for many years. Soon after launching the Arts and Health program at WHO, Bailey lost his sight.  Rather than retire, he saw the misfortune as an opportunity to do a deep dive into the neurology of perception and the imagination, the results of which have elevated the emerging discipline of Arts and Health.  Below are links to short videos which illustrate aspects of his work.


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