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Ilona Kickbusch

Ilona Kickbusch

Director - Global Health Centre, GRADUATE INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

Ilona Kickbusch is Director of the Global Health Centre and an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Her specialties include global health governance, health security, public health,…

Vytenis ANDRIUKAITIS

Vytenis ANDRIUKAITIS

European commissioner for health & food safety, EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Vytenis Andriukaitis was appointed European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety in November 2014. Before, he served as Lithuania’s Health Minister from 2012 to 2014. He was a Member of the Lithuanian Parliament for…

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Sally Davies

Chief Medical Officer, UK

Sally Davies was appointed Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to United Kingdom in 2010.  She advises on medical matters with a particular focus on public health and providing leadership to…

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Nicola Bedlington

Secretary-General, European Patients' Forum

Nicola Bedlington joined the European Patients’ Forum as its first Executive Director in 2006 and became Secretary-General in 2014. In this capacity, she is the Coordinator of the European Patient Academy on Therapeutic Innovation…

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Nina Renshaw

Secretary-General, European Public Health Alliance

Nina Renshaw joined the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) as Secretary-General in late 2014 after eight years at Brussels-based environmental group, Transport & Environment, where she was Deputy Director. She has campaigned on a…

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Karl Brauner

Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization

Karl Brauner has been Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) since 2013. Before, he was Director-General for external economic policy at the German Federal Ministry of Economics, where he was Germany’s member…

HenryMarkram

Henry Markram

Founder and Director, Blue Brain Project

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José Inácio Faria MEP

Member on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, European Parliament

José Inácio Faria is a Portuguese Partido da Terra MEP and member of the European People’s Party. He was elected to the European Parliament in 2014 and sits on several committees, including the Committee…

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Thomas Bombelles

Head NGO and Industry Relations, WIPO

Thomas Bombelles is Head, Non-Governmental Organizations and Industry Relation Section at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to joining WIPO, Bombelles worked in the pharmaceutical industry as an international policy…

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Sinéad Hewson

Board Member, European Insitute of Women's Health

Sinéad Hewson is Board Member of the European Institute of Women's Health. Her background is in health and communications and she works with clients on how gender and diversity can increase performance in teams,…

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Pascal Strupler

Director-General, Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

Pascal Strupler has been Director-General of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) since 2010. In this role, he coordinates office business with departmental planning and ensures that the office, and in certain…

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Päivi Sillanaukee

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

Paivi Sillanaukee has been Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland since October 2012.  She has held various development and management positions within the public administration. In her current…

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Line Matthiessen

Acting Director of the Health Directorate, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

Line Matthiessen is acting Director of the Directorate for Health, in the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission. Her responsibilities include providing overall strategic orientation and management of the Health Research…

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Daciana Sârbu

MEP and Vice Chair of the ENVI Committee, European Parliament

Daciana Sârbu is a Member of the European Parliament and Romanian Social Democratic Party (PSD), part of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D). She is…

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Fumie Griego

Assistant Director-General, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations

Fumie Griego was appointed the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations’ (IFPMA) Assistant Director General for Strategic Planning, Policy and Research in early 2017. Griego leads IFPMA’s work on health economics and policy,…

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Ain Aaviksoo

Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation, Ministry of Social Affairs of Estonia

Ain Aaviksoo is Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation at the Ministry of Social Affairs in Estonia, overseeing digital transformation and innovation of social security in Estonia, including health, labor, and social matters.…

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Felix Frauendorf

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Aurora Health

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Mark Pearson

Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD

Mark Pearson is Deputy-Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He joined the Organization in 1992 and has held various positions throughout his tenure.…

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David Nabarro

Sustainable Development Facilitator and former Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change

David Nabarro is currently Sustainable Development Facilitator. He has over 40 years of experience in public health, nutrition, and development work at the national, regional and global levels, and has held positions in non-governmental…

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Alexander Natz

Secretary General, EUCOPE

Alexander Natz is Secretary General of the European Confederation of Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurs (EUCOPE) and works as a lawyer for the law firm, Novacos, in Dusseldorf. From 2008-2013, he was head of the German Pharmaceutical…

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Peter Braun

Head of Global Access Strategy and Health Policy, Roche

Peter Braun is Head of Global Access Strategy and Health Policy at Roche in Switzerland. In this role, Braun is responsible for leading global health policy, product communications and access strategy across the organization.…

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Suzy Elneil

Chair of the Board of Trustees, FORWARD and Consultant in Urogynaecology, University College of London, Institute of Women's Health

Sohier Elneil is a Consultant Urogynaecologist and Gynaecologist at University College Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. She started her career in the field of Urogynaecology in the early…

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Bruno de Oliveira Alves

Policy Advisor, DG CONNECT, European Commission

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POLITICO

Christian Oliver, Senior Policy Editor, overseeing health care

Christian Oliver is POLITICO’s Senior Policy Editor. Immediately prior to joining POLITICO, Christian worked for the Financial Times in Brussels, covering competition policy. He started his journalism career with Reuters in London in 2002…

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POLITICO

Sarah Wheaton, Senior Health Reporter

Sarah Wheaton is Senior Health Reporter for POLITICO. Prior to moving to Brussels, Wheaton was a White House correspondent for POLITICO in the United States, covering the final two years of the Obama administration,…

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POLITICO

Carmen Paun, Reporter

Carmen Paun is a health care reporter for POLITICO, based in Brussels. Before joining POLITICO, she was a freelancer covering regulatory and international affairs out of the EU capital. She has reported on a…

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Le Temps

Olivier Dessibourg, Science Correspondent

Olivier Dessibourg is an award-winning science journalist and editor. For 12 years, until December 2016, he headed the Science section of the daily newspaper Le Temps, covering all fields from hard science to health…

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Gilles Pluntz

Senior Vice-President, Europe and Canada, Ferring

Gilles Pluntz joined Ferring in March 2004. He is responsible for managing Ferring’s affiliates across the globe, including Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, Israel, and countries part of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Pluntz…

PatriciaAlegre

Patricia Alegre

Global Market Access Director, Air Liquide Healthcare

Pharmacist with an MBA in health economics, Patricia Alegre is Global Market Access Director at Air Liquide Healthcare since 2015, enhancing patient access to high-value healthcare innovations. She has deep expertise in health economics,…