Professor Downing is an experienced palliative and cancer care nurse, educationalist and researcher with a PhD that evaluated the impact of palliative care education in Uganda. The Chief Executive of the ICPCN, she is a professor at universities in Uganda, Serbia and the UK. She has extensive experience in global palliative care, research and education, and is on the editorial board of ecancer, APM and the IJPN. She has worked within palliative care for 30 years, with 20 of those working internationally. Professor Downing serves on the Boards of several NGOs including the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care and the Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance.