Dr Louise J. Gunning-Schepers (1951) currently holds the position of University Professor of Health and Society at the University of Amsterdam. She was president of the Executive Board of the UvA and HvA from 1 April 2012 until 19 April 2015. Before this position, she was University Professor of Health and Society and president of the Health Council of the Netherlands. Before that, Louise Gunning was president of the AMC-UvA's Executive Board and dean of the UvA's Faculty of Medicine.
Gunning obtained her PhD from the Erasmus University (EUR). As a researcher she worked at the University of Leuven and at the EUR. Gunning also served as a policy staff member at the Dutch Ministry of Health. In 1991, she was appointed Professor of Social Medicine at the AMC-UvA. From 1995 to 1997, she was a member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy. From 1997, she served on the Executive Board of the AMC-UvA and also held the position of vice-dean. In 2001, she was appointed president of the Executive Board of the AMC-UvA and dean of the UvA's Faculty of Medicine. In 2010, she was knighted Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau upon her departure from the AMC-UvA.
Gunning holds various additional positions: board member of the Stichting Comité for the Concertgebouw; international adviser for Cambridge University Health Partners; chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative; chairman of Scientific Adivsory Council Aids Fund; and member of the Social Adivsory Council of the Dutch Council for Secondary Education (VO-Raad)