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Scientific Committee

Prof. Riba, Michelle

M.D., M.S, DFAPA, FAPM

University of Michigan, USA
Riba,Michelle
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School and Associate Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center.

Director of the PsychOncology Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director, Psychosomatic Fellowship Program.

Dr. Riba is the author or editor of over 300 scientific articles, books, chapters and scientific abstracts. Dr. Riba has served on the editorial board of Psychiatric Services and Cancer News on the Net, Current Psychiatry, Current Psychiatry Reports, Academic Psychiatry, Hospital and Community Psychiatry, and has served on the editorial advisory board of the American Psychiatric Press, Inc.

She is a reviewer for many international journals including Psycho-Oncology; Academic Psychiatry; Psychiatric Services; Journal of Psychiatric Practice; Psychosomatic Medicine; Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. She has co-edited 15 editions of The American Psychiatric Press Review of Psychiatry series. She has co-edited Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy: A Collaborative Approach, APPI, Inc.; Primary Care Psychiatry Saunders; The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Pharmacotherapy: Improving Treatment Effectiveness Guilford; and Psychopharmacology in Oncology and Palliative Care: A Practice Manual, Springer. Dr. Riba has edited or co-written over 30 books. She is the senior author of Competency in Combining Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy: APPI, Inc.; Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry, APPI, Inc (First and Second Edition).; Psychiatry and Heart Disease, John Wiley and Sons., Inc. She has served on the International Advisory Board of the journal, Academic Psychiatry and is Deputy Editor of Psychiatric Times.

Dr. Riba is an active, award winning teacher and mentor at the University of Michigan. As a psychosomatic medicine psychiatrist, she lectures on primary care psychiatry, depression and medical illness, depression and cancer; cardiovascular disease and psychiatric issues. She directs regular psycho-oncology rounds at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. For many years, Dr. Riba served as course co-director of two annual events at U-M: Advances in Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology Update, and is a national and international speaker at major scientific meetings. She has been recognized with numerous teaching honors at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and the University of Michigan. At the University of Michigan, she was elected to the Medical School's Clinical Appointments and Promotions Committee and served as chair, and the University of Michigan Health System’s Executive Committee on Clinical Affairs.

In her role as director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Psychoncology Program, Dr. Riba leads a multidisciplinary team of clinicians who care for the emotional needs of cancer patients and their families. The group includes physicians, nurses, social workers, art therapists, child life specialists and psychologists. Dr. Riba's clinical work and research interests in psychoncology and palliative care include investigating the role of screening for distress in patients with cancer. Through numerous scientific papers, APA courses, books, and presentations at scientific meetings, she continues to advance the dialogue and research in this important developing clinical area nationally and internationally 

Prof. Thomas, Pierre


Head of the Department of Psychiatrie, School of Medicine, University of Lille, France
Dowrick,Chris
Professor Thomas is a leading French Psychiatrist who is Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine in the University of Lille, France and also Head of the Department Psychiatry, Forensic Medicine at CHU of Lille France.

His research posts include Joint Director SCALab (Laboratory of Cognitive and Affective Sciences), UMR-CNRS 9193: Belief and Psychiatry and Président of the Scientific Council of Psychiatry Research Federation of Hauts de France

He is a Past President of the National Academic Collège of Psychiatry, President of the French Board on "suicide prevention," Mission « Health in Prison » France and General Secretary of National Congress of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Prof. Dowrick, Christopher

BA MBChB MD FRCGP

University of Liverpool, UK  
Dowrick,Chris
Christopher Dowrick is Professor of Primary Medical Care in the University of Liverpool and a general practitioner in Aintree Park Group Practice.

He is Senior Investigator Emeritus for the National Institute for Health Research in England, and Professorial Research Fellow in the University of Melbourne in Australia.

He is Chair of the World Organisation of Family Doctors’ working party on mental health, and a technical expert for the World Health Organisation’s mhGAP programme. His research portfolio covers common mental health problems in primary care, with a focus on depression and medically unexplained symptoms.

He critiques contemporary emphases on unitary diagnostic categories and medically-oriented interventions, and highlights the need for socially-oriented perspectives. He is currently investigating equity of access for people from marginalised communities, and exploring the concept of self in primary care encounters.

The second edition of his book Beyond Depression was published by Oxford University Press in 2009. He contributed to the BMJ ‘Too Much Medicine’ series on the over-medicalisation of depression: http://bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmj.f7140. His most recent book Person-centred Primary Care: Searching for the Self was published by Routledge in 2018

Prof. Kallivayalil, Roy

MD, Professor of Psychiatry 

Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Tiruvalla, India
Kallivayalil,Roy
Dr Roy Abraham Kallivayalil is Vice- Principal and Professor & Head, Department of Psychiatry, Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Thiruvalla, Kerala, India. He is the Secretary General of the World Psychiatric Association, Geneva (2014-2020). He is also President of World Association for Social Psychiatry, Paris (2016-19) and President of the National Alliance for Mental Health, India.

He was Chairman, WPA Preventive Psychiatry Section (2011-14), Secretary General of the World Association for Social Psychiatry (2010-13), President of the Indian Association for Social Psychiatry (2007-08 and 2010-11), General Secretary (2002-06) and President of Indian Psychiatric Society (2012-13), founder Secretary General of the SAARC Psychiatric Federation (2014-16) and Associate Editor, Indian Journal of Psychiatry (2007-11) and National Vice-President, Indian Medical Association (2016-17).

He was Principal of Ernakulam Medical College, Kochi, India and Professor and Head of Psychiatry at Thrissur and Kottayam Govt. Medical Colleges. He was also Chairman Board of Examiners, Member, Board of Studies and Member, Faculty of Medicine of the Cochin University of Science and Technology and Member of the Senate of Mahatma Gandhi University. In 2007, Govt of Kerala honoured him with the ‘Best Doctor Award’.

He is Member of the Editorial Board of ‘World Psychiatry’ (the Journal with the highest impact factor) and the International Journal of Person-Centered Medicine, International Advisor of the Japanese Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (2017-19) and International Distinguished Fellow of American Psychiatric Association since 2013.

He has more than 50 publications in peer reviewed scientific Journals and has edited the book “Suicide Prevention- a handbook for Community Gatekeepers”. President of India presented him with the World Federation of Mental Health (WFMH) Award for meritorious services to the cause of Mental Health in 2017. 

Dr. Al-Khathami, Abdullah Dukhail

MBBS, ABFM, FFCM, MSc Med Educ (Cardiff-UK), DTQM, D/MSc PMHC (Nova-Lisbon)

Saudi Postgraduate Family Medicine Program in the Eastern Province-MOH, Saudi Arabia
Dr. Al-Khathami, Abdullah Dukhail
Dr. Al-Khathami is a Consultant Family and Community Physician. Vice-chair Wonca-Working Party Group on Mental Health-EMRO.

Director, Postgraduate Family Medicine program in the Eastern Province-MOH. Director of the Primary Mental Health initiative Program-MOH Saudi Arabia.

Dr Al-Khathami served his main research work addresses Mental Health and Family Mmedicine, has several publications in indexed journals. He has been as speaker at national and international conferences.

Dr. Al-Khathami’s obtained Masters in Medical education from Cardiff University, UK in 2010. Also, he obtained Diploma in Total Quality Management from American

Dr. Ariba, Adekunle Joseph

FMCGP; FWACP (FAM. MED)

Dept. of Family Medicine, Olabisi Onabanjo university teaching hospital, Sagamu, Nigeria
Ariba, Adekunle, Joseph
Joseph is Chief Consultant and Head of the Department of Family Medicine, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) in Sagamu.

He is Chairman, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) OOUTH Chapter and Southwest Zonal Coordinator for the Diploma Programme, Faculty of Family Medicine, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN).

He is Vice-chair African Region of the Wonca Working Party on Mental Health (WWPMH), and immediate past Secretary, WWPMH.

He is past Faculty Secretary (NPMCN) and Internal Assessor (Fellowship examinations), NPMCN. He is past vice-president of the Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria and past Secretary WWPMH. His research interests are improving access to quality mental health care in primary care settings, prevention of maternal mortality in primary care and assessment of quality of services in primary care. facilities.

Ass.Prof. Benson, Jill AM

MB.BS.DCH.FACPsychMed.MPH.FRACGP(Hon).PhD

Director, Health in Human Diversity Unit, University of Adelaide and Senior Medical Educator, GPEx 
Ass.Prof. Benson, Jill AM
Jill has been a General Practitioner and Medical Educator for over 35 years in Adelaide, South Australia.

She specializes in mental health, refugee health, Aboriginal health, doctors’ health, and medical education. She has done extensive research, written articles and books and presented at national and international conferences on these topics.

She has been a member of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health since 2007 and is the current secretary.

Dr. Clarke, David MD

Psychophysiologic Disorders Association 
Clarke,David
Dr Clarke is President of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association and Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology Emeritus at Oregon Health & Science University.

He is also a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University and at the Cummings Graduate Institute. During 25 years in practice he diagnosed and treated over 7000 patients with Bodily Distress Syndrome.

His book They Can't Find Anything Wrong! was praised by a president of the American Psychosomatic Society as "truly remarkable." Currently he teaches health care professionals across North America and Europe. He has been a visiting professor at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia and at Oxford University in Oxford UK. He has appeared on over 100 television and radio broadcasts.

Prof. Dowell, Tony

MBCHB FRCGP FRNZCGP

University of Otago – Wellington - New Zealand  
Dowell,Tony
Tony Dowell is Professor of Primary Health Care and General Practice, and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Otago in Wellington and a GP at Island Bay Medical Centre.

He has worked in primary care in New Zealand, the UK and Central Africa. He has a longstanding interest in mental health issues in primary care settings.

His research in this area has including mapping the nature and management of mental disorder in general practice (the MaGPie study), the evaluation of New Zealand primary mental health initiatives and the development of a brief intervention for mental health problems within General Practice consultations.

He is a member of the WHO primary care advisory group on mental health disorders for the ICD-11 classification of disease.

Prof. Edwards, Todd M. PhD

University of San Diego, USA 
Edwards,Todd
Prof. Edwards is Director of the Marital and Family Therapy program at the University of San Diego, USA.

His primary clinical and research interests are collaboration between family therapists and primary care physicians, integrating family therapy into medical settings, family therapy training, refugee mental health, and friendship in adulthood.

Prof. Edwards’ most recent book is entitled Essential Skills in Family Therapy, 3rd edition (Guilford, 2018). In addition to his work at USD, he is a Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and a family therapist in private practice.

He is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Prof. Fortes, Sandra

Psychiatrist; MSc in Psychiatry; PhD Public Health

School of Medical Sciences; University of Rio de Janeiro State 
Fortes,Sandra
Psychiatrist, with a MSc degree in Psychiatry (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and PhD in Epidemiology /Public Health (University of the State of Rio de Janeiro/UERJ)).

Associate Professor of Medical Psychology and Mental Health in the School of Medical Sciences of the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro/UERJ acting also as supervisor for post-graduation students (Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Psychology) and full Professor of the Post-Graduation Program in Medical Sciences.

Coordinator of the Mental Health Gap Intervention Guide training in Brazil. Psychiatrist of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, being the Coordinator of the Mental Health Out-Patient Unit in the Policlinic Piquet Carneiro/UERJ (secondary care) and also acting in Primary Mental Health care in Primary Care Collaborative Care Program (Matrix Support) for the National Health System in Brazil.

Leader of the Research Group on Mental Health in Primary Care registered in the National Council for Research (CNPq) and Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Research in Primary Care (LIPAPS/UERJ), with studies developed in areas related to Mental Health in Primary Care, such as: primary care teams´ training in Mental Health, epidemiological studies on mental health in primary care (including somatization and mental disorders classification), development and implementation of new therapeutic interventions (such as mindfulness and group interventions) and services integration.

Dr. Grech, Anton



Fortes,Sandra
Dr. Anton Grech was born on 16 November 1967 in Gozo, Malta. He graduated as Doctor of Medicine from the University of Malta in 1992. He became a Member of the Royal college of Psychiatrists, UK, in 1997, and he became a Fellow of the same college in 2011.

In 1999 he obtained an M.Sc. in Psychiatry from King’s College, University of London. He trained and worked at the Maudsley Hospital in London, between 1994 and 1998. During 1998 he was also a Clinical-Academic Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, University of London. Between 1999 and 2002 he was Honorary Researcher within the same Department. In 1999 he proceeded to Malta, where he was Senior Registrar in Psychiatry until 2003, when he was appointed Consultant Psychiatrist with a special interest in Addictions and Neuropsychiatry.

In 2000 he was appointed Lecturer in Department of Psychiatry of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Malta, and in 2008 he was appointed as Senior Lecturer within the same Department.

In 2011 he was appointed as Senior Research Fellow in the Bedfordshire Centre for Mental Health Research in association with the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. In 2011 he was also appointed as Clinical Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry in the Ministry of Health, Malta. His main research is on the aetiology of schizophrenia, and it was based at the Institute of Psychiatry London and at the University of Malta. He has published in international psychiatric journals, and presented and chaired in international psychiatric conferences.

In 2008 he was chosen as one of the 30 European Scientists to be featured in the book ‘Portraits of Science; Scientists of Tomorrow’, published by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, to commemorate its 30 th anniversary.

In 2013 he was appointed Chairman of 'Fundazzjoni Kenn Ghal Sahhtek', a foundation in collaboration between Community Chest Fund and the Government of Malta. He is a member of various national boards and commissions. He believes a lot in using the media to educate on mental health, and for the last years in Malta he conducted radio and TV programmes on issues related to mental health.

Ass.Prof. Griswold, Kim

MD, MPH

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY USA 
Griswold,Kim
Dr. Griswold divides her time between teaching and research, and providing clinical care to an underserved population, consisting of adults with mental illness and refugees who have suffered trauma before and during migration.

Her main scholarly interests are assessing interventions to mitigate anxiety and stress, examining methods to improve primary care access for adults with serious mental illness (SMI), and training health professional students to deliver culturally competent care. She was the recipient of an NIH grant to develop and test new experiential instructional models for teaching cultural competence to faculty, medical students, and family medicine residents.

Much of her work and that of her colleagues includes care provision to families seeking asylum and victims of trafficking. Currently, she conducts research assessing outcomes for recipients of integrated primary and behavioral health care through external grants. Recently, we have completed a pilot program here at UB for interprofessional education, hiring refugees as standardized patient actors to teach the use of interpreters and cultural awareness in clinical encounters.

Prof. Kidd, Michael

AM FAHMS

University of Toronto 
Kidd,Michael
Michael Kidd is an Australian family doctor, primary care researcher and medical educator, working in both Canada and Australia. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada.

He is also Professorial Fellow with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, and Honorary Professor of Global Primary Care with the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University in Australia.

He is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and a current member of the council of the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council. He is a past president of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and has recently completed a three-year term as the President of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).

He also serves as a member of the board of beyondblue, Australia’s national initiative to tackle depression and anxiety, and stigma and discrimination affecting those with mental health concerns. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2009 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to medicine and education. In 2017 he was awarded honorary membership of the World Psychiatric Association.

Prof. Kolkiewicz, Lucja Anna

MBBS MRCPsych

Visiting Professor NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal and Consultant Forensic Rehabilitation Psychiatrist East London NHS Foundation Trust 
Kolkiewicz,Lucja
Professor Kolkiewicz is an experienced innovative psychiatrist who has held a range of positions including Associate Medical Director for Recovery and Well-Being, Trust Advisor Recovery and Rehabilitation and Associate Clinical Director Forensic Services, Centre for Forensic Mental Health at East London NHS Foundation Trust, Consultant General Adult & Rehabilitation Psychiatrist at Camden & Islington CHS NHS Trust, London.

Professor Kolkiewicz has supported mental health rehabilitation pathway re-design in general and forensic services and has experience of collaborative working with the third sector and Local Government Authorities to get the best for service users, their families and carers though a holistic approach. She is a mental health advocate and a specialist in supporting and developing mental health literacy at a community level.

Professor Kolkiewicz is a Life Member of the World Federation for Mental Health, has supported primary care transformation globally as a member of the Member of World Association of Family Doctors (Wonca) through her contribution to the 2008 WHO/Wonca publication Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care: A Global Perspective, is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

As an advocate for mental health recovery she supports the empowerment of people with mental ill health, their families and carers to work towards realising their dreams and aspirations for independence and social inclusion.  

Ms. Layer, Sumaya

PhD

University of the Witwatersrand, Psychological Society of South Africa
Ms. Layer, Sumaya
Sumaya Laher received her PhD in Personality Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

She is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her areas of research interest include the utility of psychological assessment in multicultural populations and cultural conceptions of mental illness and stigma.

Sumaya contributes actively to research on indigenous knowledge systems with her work on traditional healing systems particularly those proposed by Islam, Hinduism and African approaches.

She is an Associate Editor at the South African Journal of Psychology. Sumaya serves as the serves as the Immediate Past President of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA). She is also a member of the International Test Commission.

Prof. Leibing, Annette

PhD

University of Montreal, Canada
Prof. Leibing, Annette
Annette Leibing is a medical anthropologist (PhD U Hamburg, postdoc McGill U), who had her first academic position at the department of psychiatry at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

There she founded and directed the CDA, a multidisciplinary center for mental health and aging, with a special focus on dementia.

She is now full professor at the Nursing faculty at the Université de Montréal, and member of the research groups MéOS (social aspects of medications), CREGÉS (social gerontology), PACTE (politics and health; France), PEPAS (subjectivity and health; Brazil), and the IRSPUM (Public health Institute – UdeM).

Her research focuses mostly on issues related to aging, by studying – as an anthropologist - Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in different contexts, aging and psychiatry, pharmaceuticals, elder care and, stem cells for the body in decline, among others.

Prof. Lionis, Christos

MD, PhD, FRCGP(Hon), FWONCA, FESC

University of Crete, School of Medicine, Clinic of Social and Family Medicine 
Lionis,Christos
Christos Lionis is a Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the School of Medicine, University of Crete and Head of the Clinic of Social and Family Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Crete. With a passion for the importance and the value of PHC and Family Medicine, Christos is actively involved in the development of Primary Care and General Practice in Greece.

He currently co-ordinates a thriving GP network with more than 20 GPs, and is also responsible for the supervision of a number of PhD students. Since 2009, Christos has co-ordinated the Primary Health Care Unit of the city of Heraklion, and since 2016 is the Coordinator of the residency training programme of General Practice for the island of Crete.

Christos and his research team at the University of Crete, are involved in four FP7 European funded projects (one as coordinator), in two Third Health Programme for the Union's action in the field of health 2014-2020 – CHAFEA and in one HORIZON 2020. Christos is involved in an editorial and advisory capacity with a number of international journals. Christos is also a member of the Executive Boards of various professional organizations including WONCA Working Party on Mental Health where is acting as Vice Chairman.

He has been awarded as Honorary Fellow for the Royal College of General Practitioners, WONCA and recently the European Society of Cardiology. Christos has published 328 papers in international journals (cited in PubMed).

Dr. Mendive, Juan M. MD PhD

Family Physician. Specialist in Family and Community Medicine
Professor Family Medicine Programme. University of Barcelona.
 

La Mina Primary Health Care Academic Centre. Sant Adrià de Besòs (Barcelona). Catalan Institute of Health.    
Mendive,Juan-M
Studies and Professional experience
Medicine and Surgery MD. Faculty of Medicine. University of Navarra. 1986.
PhD, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) 2015. Thesis on Cost-Utility analysis of an intervention to prevent depression in primary care.
Specialist in Family and Community Medicine:Training Programme Barcelona 1988-1990.
Family Physician at La Mina Primary Health Care Academic Centre, since 1991.
Tutor in pre and postgraduate programmes: Family Medicine Teaching Unit and University of Barcelona since 1991.
Member of the Spanish Primary Care Research Network (RedIAAP)

Main Areas of Interests in primary care :
Mental health
Training and Education for family doctors
Communication skills in practice.
Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) and Patients Related Outcomes (PRO)
Social influence on health and community approach for interventions  

Prof. Milev, Roumen MD, PhD

FRCPsych, FRCPC, DFCPA, DFAPA Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology 

Director, Centre for Neuroscience Studies, Queen’s University Kingston, On, CANADA  
Milev,Roumen
Dr. Milev completed his medical degree in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1983, obtained Specialty of Psychiatry in Bulgaria, MRCPsych in England and FRCPC in Canada. Defended his PhD in Forensic Psychiatry. In 1995 he moved to Regina, Canada where he became Medical Director of the Mental Health Clinic. In 2001 he was appointed Clinical Director of the Mood Disorder Research and Treatment Service in Kingston. From 2007 untill 2017 he was the Head of Department of Psychiatry, and since 2017 Director of Centre for Neuroscience studies at Queen’s University. Elected as Distinguished Fellow of both Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations.

He is actively involved in research in Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and other mental disorders. Main areas of his research include stigma and dealing with it, sleep architecture, psychopharmacological and rTMS treatments. Most recently a major focus of his research have been biomarkers in depression, as part of the CANBIND integrated discovery program.

Dr. Milev has over 80 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. He lead symposia, workshops and panel discussions at conferences and has presented numerous lectures to Psychiatrists, Family Physicians and other health professionals. Dr. Milev is involved actively in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate teaching, including supervision of masters and PhD students. He has been involved with CANMAT guidelines for management of patients with Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorders. He has won several prizes and awards.  

Dr. Murov, Rosalyn

Senior VP of Mental Health Services, The New York Foundling
Dr. Murov, Rosalyn
Dr. Murov is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis. She trained in pediatrics at Los Angeles County Hospital/ USC Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston Children's Hospital from 1986-1988. She completed a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison Child Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital from 1988-1989.

Dr. Murov is a pediatrician and child psychiatrist, with 40 years of clinical experience. In addition, she has over 20 years of management experience in organizations serving children and adolescents with complicated medical, mental health, and psychosocial problems.

During her career, Dr. Murov has focused on developing creative solutions to problems and issues that impede the delivery of health care and social services. Her areas of interest and expertise are health services for vulnerable populations and integration of pediatric primary care and mental health care for children. Dr. Murov is currently Senior Vice President of Mental Health Services at The New York Foundling in New York, New York.

Prof. Parmentier, Henk

MBBS, ABFM, General Practitioner, Croydon, South London, UK

Nova University Lisbon, Portugal 
Parmentier,Henk
Dr Henk Parmentier originates from the Netherlands and has been trained both in The Netherlands and in the UK where he finalised his GP training.

He is a practising London General Practitioner with a special interest in Mental Health, facilitating and conducting Primary Care research. He is a visiting Professor at the Medical School, Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal.

He is a member of the WONCA (World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians) Working Party on Mental Health, Board Member and Vice President for Europe of the WFMH (World Federation for Mental Health), He is also a founding member of the World Dignity Project, a charity that aims to reduce Mental Health stigma and discrimination, and an advisory board member of the EFPC (European Forum of Primary Care).

Prof. Roelandt, Jean-Luc

Psychiatrist, director of the WHO Collaborating Centre of Lille, France

World Health Organization Collaborating Centre of Lille, France 
Roelandt,Jean-Luc
Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for research and training in Mental Health since 2001, supports the implementation of community mental health in France and all over the world.

Director of the Health care cooperation consortium for research and training in Mental Health.

Team member Inserm – Eceve - UMR 1123.

Chairman of the Medical Committee of the Public Mental Health Trust Lille Metropole from 2011 to 2015.

Head of a psychiatric service at the Public Mental Health Trust Lille Metropole from 1980 to 2011, developed psychiatric services completely integrated in the city, with support from local elects, users and carers. 

Prof. Santos, Isabel

Nova Medical School
Lisbon and Tagus Valley Health Regional Authority  
Santos,Isabel
Specialist in Family Medicine since 1986. Working at present in Arruda dos Vinhos Health Center . Professor at Nova Medical School since 2001 and Director of the Family Medicine Unity since 2006. President of the College of Family Doctors

Coordinator of Lisbon and Tagus Valley Family Medicine Vocational Training program (1989-2001 and 2013-2016), Deputy Director of the Institute of General practice (1989-1989); Member of the National Ethics Committee for Health Sciences (2008-2013); Member of the National Medical Internship Board (1989-2001 and 2013-2016).

Member of the scientific board of the Lisbon Health and Technology School and professor of pathology (1997-2001). Lecturer in medical education in different European Countries while member of the New Luewenhorst Group and latter of the European Association of Teachers in General Practice (EURACT) . Worked, as Consultant, for the development of Primary Care, in different European countries.

Editor or co- editor of several scientific magazines, wined two important prizes, for research activity, from BIAL in 2006 and from ASTA ZENECA, 2011. Several communications and publications mainly in medical educational issues. Main interests; chronic diseases, multimorbidity , education. 

Dr. Stern, Anthony


Consulting Psychiatrist - Transitional Living Community (TLC)

Stern,AnthonyAfter Harvard College and Mount Sinai medical school, Dr. Stern did psychiatry training at Cornell and a neuropathology research fellowship at the University of Vermont.

In addition to his work with patients in crisis intervention, homeless outreach and other arenas, he has been involved with the dialogue between religion and psychology for many years.

Prof. Švab, Igor


University of Ljubljana, Medical faculty, Department of family medicine 
Švab,Igor
Igor Švab is a professor of family medicine at Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, and a specialist in general practice. He was born 16.9. 1957 in Ljubljana.

Graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Ljubljana in 1981. Masters in 1988, PhD in 1991 at the University of Ljubljana. The title of the thesis "Multivariate analysis of reasons for referral in general practice".

Worked in a rural health centre until 1991, the National Institute of Public Health and faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana. First Head of the Department of Family Medicine since 1994.

Coordinator of national and international research projects and the World Bank projects in the field of family medicine, doctoral tutor. He published more than 100 scientific and professional articles in MEDLINE. Editor-in-chief of the journal Slovenian Journal of Public Health, editor of the European Journal of General Practice.

President of the European association of family physicians Wonca Europe 2004-2010. Honorary fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (UK) and Wonca fellow since 2010. Associate member of Croatian academy of medical sciences since 2015 and founding member of the Slovenian academy of medical sciences.
Dean of the Medical faculty in Ljubljana in 2017.

Dr. Ugwumba Rukevwe (Ruky)


Consultant to the Senate Committee on Health
Dr. Ugwumba Rukevwe (Ruky)
Currently works as the Consultant to the Senate Committee on Health, a position she has held since December 2015. She was The Special Adviser on Health Monitoring to the Governor of Delta State from 2011-2015. She is also an Associate Professor in Family Medicine University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine, Saskatchewan, Canada and active family physician in Canada with special interest in Public Health and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Rukevwe received her MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) from the University of Benin with honors and graduated as the Best Student in Medicine final MBBS examinations in 1992. She obtained her full registration with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria in 1995.

Dr. Rukevwe attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medical LSHTM) UK in 1995 where she received the Langley Memorial Prize for the Best Master’s Thesis. She was awarded the diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) by the Royal College of Physicians of London (UK) in 1996.

Dr. Rukevwe obtained full registration with the General Medical Council United Kingdom in 2000, and became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2006, and also holds the equivalent in Canada CCFP (Certificant of the College of Family Physicians of Canada).

As an associate Professor she is an examiner of medical students at the University of Saskatchewan and residents and foreign medical graduates with Medical council of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She is married with children.

Prof. Van Weel-Baumgarten, Evelyn

MD. PhD, Associate Professor emeritus

Radboud university medical center, and EACH: International Association for Communication in Healthcare
VanWeel,Evelyn
Evelyn van Weel-Baumgarten (MD. PhD) graduated from Leiden University Medical School in 1974. She started working as a family physician in 1975 and has done so for over 30 years.

She combined clinical work with teaching and research at the Department of Primary and Community Care at the Radboudumc in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where she is still based. She started research in 1995 and defended a thesis on the long-term follow-up of depression in primary care, acquiring a PhD in 2000 and was appointed associate professor in 2004.

She became involved in developing and teaching of communication skills in 1987 and has been the coordinator of the clinical communication skills program at her medical school until her retirement in 2016. She is still involved in research and in teaching clinical communication skills at her medical school as well.

She is currently the president of EACH: International Association of Communication in Healthcare and will become past president in September 2018. She continues to teach clinical communication skills in general and with a focus on mental health internationally for each and for Wonca. 

Mr. Vasseur-Bacle, Simon

Head of International Affairs and Project Manager, WHOCC (Lille, France)
Clinical psychologist, EPSM Lille metropole
 

WHOCC (Lille, France) / EPSM Lille Metropole 
Mr. Vasseur-Bacle,Simon
Mr. Simon Vasseur-Bacle is a clinical and systemic psychologist for more than 10 years in EPSM Lille Metropole, working towards mental health in the community and citizenship.

As a clinician, but also as a researcher at the WHO Collaborating Center for research and training in mental health of Lille, in France (http://www.ccomssantementalelillefrance.org/), his main topics are empowerment, Rights in mental health, participation and antistigma campaigns.

He is currently involved in supporting and deepening the WHO QualityRights programme in France and in French-speaking countries.

International Committee

Prof. Herrman, Helen

MD, MBBS, Hon DMedSc (Melb)

World Psychiatric Association
Prof. Herrman, Helen
Helen Herrman is Professor of Psychiatry at Orygen, National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and the Centre for Youth Mental Health at The University of Melbourne, Australia; Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre in Mental Health, Melbourne; and member of the Lancet Commission on Global Mental Health 2015-2018.

She is President of the World Psychiatric Association. She is also immediate past President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health and the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists.

She is a psychiatrist and public health practitioner. In the past, as Professor and Director of Psychiatry in St. Vincent’s Health Melbourne she led the development of an integrated area mental health service under Australia’s national reform of mental health care. For one year she acted as regional adviser in mental health for the WHO’s Western Pacific Region, based in Manila.

Her research and practice interests include community mental health care and promoting mental health. She has past and present research programs in the mental health of marginalised groups, including homeless people, prisoners, and young women and men living in out-of-home care.

She was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 and inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2013. She received the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists’ College Citation in 2010 for contributions to national and international psychiatry. She was awarded Doctor of Medical Science (honoris causa) in 2016 by The University of Melbourne.

Prof. Howe, Amanda

OBE FRCGP
Past President, World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA), and Professor of Primary Care, Norwich Medical School

University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, U.K.
Prof. Howe, Amanda
Amanda Howe is a practising family doctor, an academic professor, and a national and international leader in family medicine. Since 2001, she has been Professor of Primary Care at the University of East Anglia, where she was part of the founding team for a new medical programme.

During her career, she has held multiple roles in undergraduate, postgraduate, and faculty education, including being Course Director for the UEA medical programme during its early years of development and accreditation.

She is a highly experienced educationalist and facilitator, and has particular expertise in the teaching and learning of professionalism and patient safety; in the models and effectiveness of involving family medicine in community based medical education; and in resilience and doctors’ wellbeing.

She also has clinical research interests in primary care mental health, the contribution of patients to health care, and in early interventions for risk factors. She served from 2009 – 2015 as an Officer of the Royal College of General Practitioners, previously chairing their Research Committee and the U.K. Society for Academic Primary Care, being the academic lead for both their annual conferences: for the RCGP this involved up to 3,000 attendees. She was President of the World Organization of Family Doctors from 2016-2018.

Dr. Bailey, Rahn Kennedy

MD, DFAPA, ACP

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, USA
Prof. Bhugra, Dinesh
Rahn Kennedy Bailey has served as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center since January 2015.

A native of Texas, Rahn Kennedy Bailey received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry at the University of Texas at Houston, Texas Medical Center Affiliated Hospital, where he was chief resident. He completed a fellowship in forensic psychiatry in Yale University’s Department of Psychiatry in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Bailey is board certified in general and forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Forensic Medicine. He is currently Chairman of Membership for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) expanding membership and diversity. He has served as President and member of the board of trustees of the National Medical Association (NMA), (2012-13), which represented over 40,000 African American physicians in the United States.

A nationally known clinician specializing in inpatient care, medical education, research and forensic evaluations, Dr. Bailey has extensive experience creating and overseeing community-based programs. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications, 45 Academic Grand Rounds and four book chapters published, 1 book entitled “A Doctor’s Prescription for Healthcare Reform,” and is expecting the release of his new book entitled “At Gunpoint: Firearm Violence In America from a Forensic Psychiatrist's Perspective” by Summer 2018.

In addition he has cared for the traditionally underserved patients with complex medical and psychiatric co-morbidities and conducted health disparities research.

Prof. Bhugra, Dinesh

CBE, FRCP,FRCPE, FRCPsych, FFPH

Centre for Affective Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neurosciences Kings College, London
Prof. Bhugra, Dinesh
Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE is Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

He was President of the World Psychiatric Association from 2014-2017 and in 2017 became President-Elect of the British Medical Association.

Dinesh Bhugra’s research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He is the recipient of over 10 honorary degrees. He has authored/co-authored over 400 scientific papers and 30 books, and is the Editor of three journals (International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health).

Previously he was the Dean (2003-2008) and then President (2008-2011) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, where he led on major policy initiatives on psychiatry’s contract with society and the role of the psychiatrist.

Prof. Caldas de Almeida, José Miguel

MD, PhD

Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health, Nova Medical School, Portugal
CaldasdeAlmeida,JoséMiguel
José Miguel Caldas de Almeida is Professor of Psychiatry and Mental Health, NOVA Medical School, NOVA University of Lisbon.

He was the Chief of the Mental Health Unit at the Pan American Health Organization, the Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas, in Washington D.C. (2000-2005), and leader of the EU Joint Action for Mental Health and Wellbeing (2013-2016).

A native from Portugal, he obtained his MD degree from the University of Lisbon in 1970 and received his Ph.D. in psychiatry and mental health from the NOVA University of Lisbon. He was the Chairman of the University Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health of S. Francisco Xavier Hospital, in Lisbon, from 1990 to 2000 and from 2006 to 2017.

He was Director of National Mental Health Services in Portugal, between 1988 and 1990, Coordinator of the Task-Force for the elaboration of the new mental health law passed in 1998, and Coordinator of the National Mental Health Plan from 2007 to 2011.

Currently he is the President of Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health, and coordinates the Unit of Public Health Research at the Centre for Chronic Diseases Research, Nova Medical School.  

Dr. Chisholm, Dan


World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark
Chisholm,Dan
Dr Dan Chisholm is Programme Manager for Mental Health at the WHO Regional Office for Europe (based in Copenhagen, Denmark). He works with WHO Member States and other partners to develop and implement national mental health policies and plans, as well as provide guidance, tools and advocacy for the promotion of mental health and the development of prevention, treatment and recovery services across the life-course.

He was formerly a Health Systems Adviser in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO Headquarters Office in Geneva, Switzerland. His main areas of work there included development and monitoring of global mental health plans and activities, technical assistance to WHO Member States on mental health system strengthening, and analysis of the costs and cost-effectiveness of strategies for reducing the global burden of mental disorders and other non-communicable diseases.

He has published widely in these areas over the last twenty years, including the Lancet’s series’ on global mental health and the mental, neurological and substance use disorders Volume of the third edition of Disease Control Priorities (DCP-3).

Prof. Di Nicola, Vincenzo

MPhil, MD, PhD, FRCPC, DFAPA

Professor of Psychiatry, University of Montreal (Montreal, QC, Canada) &
The George Washington University (Washington, DC, USA)

DiNicola,Vincenzo
Vincenzo Di Nicola is a psychologist, psychiatrist and philosopher at the University of Montreal where he is Professor of Psychiatry and Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Montreal University Institute of Mental Health. Di Nicola is also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The George Washington University.

The three foci for Di Nicola’s work are children, culture and families which he has explored with his call for Transcultural Child Psychiatry, his model of Cultural Family Therapy (Di Nicola, A Stranger in the Family: Culture, Families, and Therapy, New York: W.W. Norton, 1997), and Global Mental Health with migrants and refugees in community settings in Montreal, Brazil and Haiti (see his chapter in E. Sorel, 21st Global Mental Health, 2012).

Di Nicola is President of the Quebec & Eastern Canada District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), was a Co-founder and President of the APA’s Global Mental Health & Psychiatry Caucus, and serves on the APA’s Council on International Psychiatry. He was Founder and President of the Canadian Association of Social Psychiatry (CASP) and Congress Co-president of the World Congress of Social Psychiatry in 1998.

Key areas of current research and teaching are refugee trauma, Global Mental Health and the global South, and the critical philosophy of psychiatry. The latter is explored in his forthcoming volume with D.S. Stoyanov, Psychiatry in Crisis: At the Crossroads of Social Science, the Humanities, and Neuroscience (New York: Springer Medical).  

Dr. Dua, Tarun


World Health Organization
Dua,Tarun
I am working in the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at World’s Health Organization Headquarters. I coordinate the WHO’s Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) and have led the development of the mhGAP Guidelines on mental, neurological and substance use disorders, mhGAP-Intervention Guide and related implementation tools.

I was one of the editor of the latest edition of Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries’ volume on mental, neurological and substance use disorders.

I also coordinate the work on monitoring of the mental health action plan as well as the global action plan on public health response to dementia.

Dr. Funk, Michelle


World Health Organization  
Funk,Michelle
Michelle Funk is responsible for the work in mental health policy, planning, service development, human rights and legislation at the World Health Organization, Geneva.

She leads the WHO QualityRights Initiative which builds capacity of stakeholders to understand and promote the rights of people with mental health conditions, psychosocial, cognitive and intellectual disabilities and supports countries to develop services, policies and laws in line with the CRPD and other international human rights standards.

Pierre Galea

Community Psychiatric Nurse
B.A. (Hons) Community Mental Health (U.K.)
MSc. Mental Health
President - Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses

Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses
Mr Pierre Galea
Pierre Galea is a community psychiatric nurse. He has been working as a registered mental health nurse for the past 20 years. During this time he has worked in different mental health settings across Malta and the U.K. including in-patient settings, community mental health, crisis and liaison psychiatry and rehabilitation.

He has completed a degree in Community Mental Health at Oxford Brookes University and worked as a community psychiatric nurse with the Oxfordshire Community Mental Health Team, the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment team and the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Warneford and J.R. Hospitals in Oxford, U.K.

In 2013 he completed a Master of Science in Mental Health Nursing were he based his research on the role of the Community Psychiatric Nurse in Malta. He currently works as a community psychiatric nurse with the Mental Health Services and is the team leader of a community mental health team. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Department of Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Malta.

Pierre Galea is the president of the Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses and led the development and launch of the standards for mental health nurses in Malta.

Dr. Javed, Afzal

FRCPsych (UK)

World Psychiatric Association
Javed,Afzal
Dr. Afzal Javed is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Clinical Associate Teacher at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick UK. He also holds the honorary position of Chairman Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre, Fountain House, Lahore (Pakistan).

He graduated from King Edward Medical College Lahore, Pakistan and received higher specialised training in Psychiatry from Pakistan and UK (from Royal Edinburgh Hospital, University of Edinburgh and Institute of Psychiatry & Maudsley Hospital London).

He has served the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists as Deputy / Associate Registrar, member Board of International Affairs of the College, Chairman of West Midlands Division of the College & one of the lead College office bearers for SAS doctors & Patients & Carers groups. He was also elected as executive committee member of the College Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry & represents the faculty at Education and Training Committee of the College.

Prof. Oldham, John M.

MD, MS
Professor of Psychiatry, Barbara and Corbin Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair for Personality Disorders

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
Oldham,JohnM
John M. Oldham, M.D. is currently Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine, and he holds the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Endowed Chair for Personality Disorders.

He is Secretary-General and Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists (ACPsych).

In addition, he is Past President of the following organizations: American Psychiatric Association (APA), ACPsych, New York County District Branch of the APA, South Carolina Psychiatric Association, International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders, and Association for Research on Personality Disorders.

He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. Dr. Oldham is Editor of the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, Joint Editor-in-Chief of Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation, and Editor of the Journal of Personality Disorders.

Dr Rafael, Florentina

PhD


Dr Rafael, Florentina
Dr Florentina Rafael is a researcher in public health and Interventional Epidemiology. She worked for more than seven years on stigma related to health-issues.
She worked at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health (WHOCC) /EPSM Lille métropole, Lille, France, where she was an Assistant Director for two years.
She gained a very good knowledge in mental health policy assisting the Director, Prof. Jean-Luc Roelandt, with the implementation of action plans and programs related to mental health. She also coordinated the mental health peer support workers program, a first in France.
She contributed to the publication of a book on recovery in mental health in France, written by carers, researchers and users of mental health services in 2015. She is also a regular reviewer of scientific journals in the field of mental health and public health.

Prof. Sartorius, Norman

MD, PhD, FRCPsych.

Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes (AMH)
Prof. Sartorius, Norman
Professor Norman Sartorius, MD, MA, DPM, PhD, FRCPsych, obtained his MD in Zagreb (Croatia). He specialized in neurology and psychiatry and subsequently obtained a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate in psychology (Ph.D).

He carried out clinical work and research and taught at graduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Zagreb, at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, at the University of Geneva and elsewhere.

Professor Sartorius joined the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1967 and was appointed Director of the Division of Mental Health of WHO in 1974. He was the principal investigator of several major international studies on schizophrenia, depression and of mental and neurological disorders. Subsequently Professor Sartorius was elected President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and of the European Psychiatric Association.

Professor Sartorius is currently the President of the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes. Professor Sartorius holds professorial appointments at universities in different countries including China, UK and USA.

Professor Sartorius has published more than 400 articles in scientific journals, authored or co-authored twelve books and edited more than 80 others. Professor Sartorius is also an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and holds several honorary doctorates. He speaks Croatian, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish. 

Dr. Saxena, Shekhar


World Health Organization
Saxena,Shekhar
Dr Saxena is a psychiatrist by training, working at World Health Organization as the Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse since 2010.

His responsibilities include providing advice and technical assistance to policy makers on prevention and management of mental, developmental, neurological and substance use disorders and suicide prevention.

His work also involves establishing partnerships with academic centres and professional and civil society organizations. He is currently responsible for implementing the Comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2018 adopted by 194 countries in 2013.

He has authored more than 300 scientific papers including in high impact journals. He was co-editor of Lancet Series on Global Mental Health 2007 and 2011.

Prof. Sorel, Eliot



Sorel,Eliot
Eliot SOREL MD is an innovative global health leader, educator, health systems performance expert, and a practicing physician.

At the George Washington University, in Washington, DC, Dr. Sorel is a Senior Scholar in the Center of Healthcare Innovations and Policy Research in the School of Medicine, the lead physician teaching Global Delivery – Health Systems and Global Mental Health. He is Clinical Professor of Global Health, Health Policy & Management and of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. He is founder & chair of the Youth Democracy Forum at the Elliott School of International Affairs.

A practicing physician, Dr. Sorel works collaboratively with primary care and public health colleagues. The innovative, TOTAL Health approach, a primary care, mental health & public health collaborative integrated model was initiated by Dr. Sorel in 2013 as a means of enhancing quality, access, and sustainability of care. He was sworn-in by Mayor Muriel Bowser as a member of the District of Columbia Health Exchange Information Policy Board on March 17th 2016. He is the President of the 1st International Perinatal TOTAL Health Congress accessible at www.perinatal2018international.org. Dr. Sorel is the lead author of Healthcare, Including Mental Healthcare Is a Human Right. It is now American Psychiatric Association policy, adopted December 10th 2017.

He initiated and led the clinical public health research project on Depression & Comorbidity in Primary Care in China, India, Iran, Romania & Slovenia and the Global health systems performance comparisons between Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe and the Americas.

Dr. Sorel coauthored the APA Statement on Integrated Care and the WPA Bucharest Statement on Integrated Care & Collaborative Care.

He is a member of the Oversight Committee of the US Health Disparities Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute with a focus on Non-communicable diseases in Region 4 of the United States.

21st Century Global Mental Health is the most recent of seven books edited by Dr. Sorel. His most recent publication is Translating Scientific Evidence into Global Health Policy.
Dr. Sorel was honored with Doctor Honoris Causa by Carol Davila Medical University and by the Politehnica University of Bucharest, Romania in October 2009 and in June 2014, respectively.

The President of Romania decorated Dr. Sorel with the Star of Romania Order of Commander in January 2004.

Dr Stona, Anne-Claire

MD, MSC


Dr Stona, Anne-Claire
Doctor of medicine, consultant in public health, her education includes a Master’s degree in Global Mental Health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Kings College of London.

She is a strategic policy leader and program manager with immense interest and passion for improving mental health around the world through ambitious, innovative, cost-effective and evidence-based social and clinical advancements.

As a senior health care policy analyst & advisor, she has devised numerous strategies to improve and enhance the mental health care system in France in collaboration with the Ministry of education, the Ministry for higher education, the Ministry of justice, the National Health insurance fund, Public health France and the representatives of all the main stakeholders involved in the mental health field.

She especially gained knowledge on promotion of mental health and wellbeing and e-mental health.

She also participated in the revision of the ICD-10 Classification of mental health and behavioural disorders when working at the WHO Collaboration centre for mental health in France.

Prof. Xavier, Miguel


NOVA Medical School, Lisbon, Portugal
Xavier,Miguel
Miguel Xavier, M.D., PhD., is fully Professor of Psychiatry at the NOVA Medical School (Lisbon), and the president of the Scientific Board.

He has been the national coordinator of several EU projects, in areas such as psychiatric epidemiology, mental health services planning and evaluation, forensic psychiatry and medical education. Besides his academic work, he is the Head of the National Mental Health Programme in the Directorate General of Health, a task force created in the Ministry of Health in order to implement the National Mental Health Plan in Portugal.

He is author or co-author of more than 300 presentations and 120 publications. He was one of the authors of the Portuguese Mental Health Plan 2007-2016, and the first author of the updated national plan 2017-2020. He is also a regular reviewer of journals in the field of mental health and public health.

Advocacy Committee

Ms. Brooks, Claire

MA (Cantab), MBA (Dunelm)
President of ModelPeople Inc.

ModelPeople Global Consumer Insights & Strategy
Ms. Brooks, Claire
Claire Brooks is President of ModelPeople Inc., a global consumer research and strategy consultancy which works with global corporations across many industries, including healthcare.

She has held senior roles in general management, brand management and strategic brand planning, with Fortune 500 corporations and ad agencies in Europe and the US. Claire conducted global research with patients, their carers and health professionals into the experience of dignity in mental health for the World Dignity project, which was presented at the Lille International Congress.

Claire has an MA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and an MBA from Durham University, where she was also a graduate professor, teaching MBA programs in Marketing.

Claire has been a non-executive director with the British National Health Service, advising on patient research ethics and communications, and was also named by Time and the New York Times as an expert on Millennial cultural trends, including the emphasis on mental health in the workplace. She chairs a charity serving youth in Chicago neighborhoods, and is the author of Marketing with Strategic Empathy® (Kogan Page, 2016).

Dr. Javed, Afzal

FRCPsych (UK)

World Psychiatric Association
Dr. Javed, Afzal
Dr. Afzal Javed is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Clinical Associate Teacher at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick UK. He also holds the honorary position of Chairman Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre, Fountain House, Lahore (Pakistan).

He graduated from King Edward Medical College Lahore, Pakistan and received higher specialised training in Psychiatry from Pakistan and UK (from Royal Edinburgh Hospital, University of Edinburgh and Institute of Psychiatry & Maudsley Hospital London).

He has served the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists as Deputy / Associate Registrar, member Board of International Affairs of the College, Chairman of West Midlands Division of the College & one of the lead College office bearers for SAS doctors & Patients & Carers groups.

He was also elected as executive committee member of the College Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry & represents the faculty at Education and Training Committee of the College.

Dr. Trimboli, Alberto

PhD. In Psychology


CaldasdeAlmeida,JoséMiguel

Positions at Mental Health Organizations

  • World Federation For Mental Health – Regional Vice-President for Latin America (2013 – 2015).
  • The Argentine Association for the Study of Addictions and Problematic Consumptions – Founder and Scientific Secretary (2016 – Present).
  • Association of the Professional Board at the Alvarez Hospital – Vice-President (2012 - Present); President (2008 - 2012).
  • The Argentine Association for Mental Health (AASM) – Founder (2004); General Secretary (2004 – 2010); President (2010 – 2013); Scientific Secretary (2017 – present).
  • The “Sandor Ferenczi” Cultural Association (ASaFer) – Founder (2009); Vice-President (2009 – 2012); President (2012 – 2013).
  • The Government of the City of Buenos Aires Psychologists Association – General Secretary (2013 – 2016).

Professional Activity and Positions at Public Mental Health Organizations/Agencies

  • Member of the Reviewing Body of the National Law on Mental Health (National Entity that ensures that the Law on Mental Health, including the patients’ human rights, is being complied with).
  • Member of the Mental Health Care Department at the Alvarez Hospital (1989 – present).
  • Addictions Program Coordinator at Alvarez Hospital (2009 – present).
  • Member of The Addictions Network of the Government of Buenos Aires. (National Entity that develops public policies on mental health at the City of Buenos Aires).

Lectureship experience

  • Member of Expert’s Committee at the National Commission for University Assessment and Certification (CONEAU) (2005 – present).
  • Professor of Post-Graduate Course for Specialists in drug abuse, at the National University of Tucumán (2011 – present).
  • Associate Professor of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the Argentine University J. F. Kennedy (2005 – present).
  • Professor at the Mental Health Department of the Medical School at the University of Buenos Aires (1987 – present).
  • Professor at the Psychology School at the University of Buenos Aires.
  • Internship Tutor at the Psychology School at the Università della Sapienza, Rome, Italy (2005 – present).
  • Internship Tutor at the Universitè Paris 8, Paris, France (2008 – 2010).
  • Honorary Professor at the Psychology School at the University of Chiclayo, Peru (2008 – present).
  • Assistant Secretary at the Committee for Teaching and Research at the Alvarez Hospital.
  • Author of numerous articles on Mental Health in general and about addictions in particular.
  • Compiler of numerous books on Mental Health.


Ms Jaman, Poppy

OBE

Mental Health First Aid England
Ms Jaman, Poppy
Poppy Jaman OBE is the CEO and a co-founder of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England turning it from a small government project into a fast-growing, commercially successful Community Interest Company. As an internationally respected mental health advocate, she has over 20 years’ experience of influencing and leading change in public mental health.

Poppy is also the CEO of the City Mental Health Alliance (CMHA), a coalition of City businesses working to increase understanding of mental health issues and to create a culture of good mental health in the City.

She is a non-executive director (NED), on the board of Public Health England (PHE) advising the board on public mental health and community development.

In her role as an NED she is also the PHE lead on Diversity and Staff Inclusion. In addition, Poppy sits on the board of The Diversity Recruitment Institute of Value and Excellence (DRIVE) as a mental health advisor.

Over her career, Poppy has worked in a number of roles which have required her to challenge the public’s perception of mental ill health. Through her diverse networks and non-executive board positions, she has played an instrumental part in making mental health a high priority for public and private sector employers. In the 2018 New Year’s Honours Poppy was awarded and OBE in recognition of her services to people with mental health issues. An accomplished and skilled communicator, Poppy presents at high profile conferences and events and regularly contributes to national media interviews, both print and broadcast.

Prof. Parmentier, Henk

MBBS, ABFM, General Practitioner, Croydon, South London, UK

Nova University Lisbon, Portugal
Prof. Parmentier, Henk
Dr Henk Parmentier originates from the Netherlands and has been trained both in The Netherlands and in the UK where he finalised his GP training.

He is a practising London General Practitioner with a special interest in Mental Health, facilitating and conducting Primary Care research. He is a visiting Professor at the Medical School, Nova University, Lisbon, Portugal.

He is a member of the WONCA (World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians) Working Party on Mental Health, Board Member and Vice President for Europe of the WFMH (World Federation for Mental Health), He is also a founding member of the World Dignity Project, a charity that aims to reduce Mental Health stigma and discrimination, and an advisory board member of the EFPC (European Forum of Primary Care).

Mr. Faridy, Tarique

Filmmaker and Mental Health Crusader

Gazelle Media Communications
360 Media Solutions
Mr. Faridy, Tarique

A born writer and an eye for visuals make him a creative and visionary filmmaker. Career spanning over two decades as a journalist, writer, director and social media strategist. Have worked primarily with the premier news channels of India.
A path breaking medical series ‘Second Opinion’ earned accolades at various platforms and got National Television Awards. Strong passion for creating independent films on mental health, relationships, education, women empowerment and changing social dynamics.
Background
Having over two decades of experience in Broadcast Journalism. Worked with Star News, India TV as a Consultant in Programming and Brand Activation. Alumni of Mass Communication and Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia (India’s premier and prestigious Institute of Filmmaking).
Affiliations

  • FICCI CASCADE : A movement against Smuggling and Counterfeiting
  • Advanced Materials Congress, Sweden
  • CIMBS Studio : A dedicated digital channel on Mental Health
Expertise
Fiction, Non-Fiction, Documentaries, TVC, Corporate Films, Brand Activation and 360 Media Planning.
Honors and Awards
  • NT Awards: A Prestigious News Television Award for two consecutive years for the Best Medical Docu-drama and Business Documentary Film (2011 and 2012)
  • Gold Medal for outstanding achievement in literature: Awarded by Jamia Millia Islamia

Ms. Jain, Ajita

Senior Journalist and Newscaster

Co-Founder, Gazelle Media Communications
Ms. Jain, Ajita

A well-known and popular face of Indian Television News industry following glorious journalistic journey for two decades with the premier news channels of India. Recognised as a firebrand newscaster and known for her intellectual TV debates. Fearless approach, journalistic skills in covering political, social and economic events of prime importance nationally and internationally make her a distinctive media professional.

A Philanthropist by heart and journalist by mind inspires her to be a practitioner of journalism with a purpose! Have carved a niche through prime time TV shows focusing on health and education! Committed to bring positive changes in society with the help of right information and easy communication!

AFFILIATIONS
India’s Leading National Daily Times of India
India’s Biggest Television Network Zee News
Sahara Samay News
News World India
ETV

Have interviews of countless famous personalities ranging from politicians to economists to social activists to spiritual gurus to sports personalities to Nobel Committee Chairman to her credit.

Aggressively championed the cause of mental health. Running television campaigns against social stigma and other issues related to mental health to bring awareness and educate people through various programs on television channels.

Through her NGO Tathastu, she acknowledges people’s efforts in the field of health and hygiene, education, art and culture, social work etc.

Mr. Maeck,Peter

MFA

The Authors Guild, The Dramatists Guild
Mr. Maeck,Peter

Peter Maeck is a writer, photographer, teacher, and speaker. His plays and dance scenarios, including for Pilobolus and MOMIX Dance Theatres, have been produced in many countries. Peter served as a U.S. State Department Cultural Specialist in Tanzania and Morocco.

He has created educational programs for corporations worldwide. His photographs are in private collections and international galleries. Peter has a BA in English from Dartmouth College and an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis University.

In "Remembrance of Things Present: Making Peace With Dementia" Peter combines poetry and photography to celebrate his father's brave, good-humored experience with Alzheimer's Disease, while tracking his own journey from despair to ultimate embrace of his father's condition. Peter has presented "Remembrance" at the WFMH World Congress in New Delhi, India; the WPA World Congress and the European Conference on Mental Health in Berlin, Germany; the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London, UK; the RANZCP Annual Conference in Tauranga, NZ; the International Neuropsychiatric Association Conference in Bengaluru, India; the National Conference of the Indian Psychiatric Society in Ranchi, India; the International Child & Adult Behavioral Health Conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE; the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Alzheimer's and Dementia Friendly Cruise & Conference to Alaska; and at multiple TEDx events worldwide.

With Trijog, a mental health service provider in Mumbai, India, Peter is creating a book of prose, poetry, and photographs revealing diverse attitudes toward mental health counseling in India, toward addressing and reducing the stigma too often attached to it.

Dr. Naaz, Aishath Ali

PhD. (UK), MPhil (NIMHANS), MSc, BA. (India), Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Head of MIPSTAR

Maldives Institute of Psychological Services, Training and Research (MIPSTAR)
Dr. Naaz, Aishath Ali
Dr. Aishath Ali Naaz is a clinical psychologist, gang specialist, life coach, lecturer, author and a pioneer in the field of psychology in the Maldives. She obtained a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manchester, UK and an M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience (NIMHANS), India.

Dr. Naaz is also the founder and chairperson of Maldives Institute of Psychological Services, Training and Research (MIPSTAR), which is the first specialist psychological center providing psychological services in Maldives. She has travelled to many islands across the country and conducted mental health trainings, workshops and various awareness programs on topics such as preventing gang, domestic, sexual and drug related violence; parenting, communication and life skills, understanding mental illness and preventing drug abuse. She also has led and conducted free mental health camps and a series of workshops for Atoll Schools.

Dr.Naaz served the Government of Maldives from 1999 to 2005 in various positions. She was a member of the first Human Rights Commission of the Maldives and has contributed in formulation of many laws and regulations in the country. Moreover, being a certified international gang specialist trainer, she has carried out community rehabilitation of several gang members. Dr.Naaz, has written many research papers and presented her work in many national and international conferences and workshops. She has also written five novels on various psycho-social issues, three of which received national awards for fictional novel writing.

Dr.Naaz received multiple national awards including the Most Popular Women’s Award in 2014. She is the proud recipient of the National Award of Encouragement for developing psychology and the field of mental health in Maldives by the President of the Maldives.

Young Professionals Committee

Dr. Caldas, Carolina

Family and Community Medicine Resident Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Dr. Caldas, Carolina
Graduated from Universidade Federal Fluminense in Niterói in 2016, started her current Family and Comunity Medicine residency in 2017 at Universidade Estadual do Estado do Rio de Janeiro under the supervision of Dr Maria Inez Padula and currently attending on CF Sérgio Vieira de Mello.

During her second year of residency, undertook an elective placement in Mental Health in Primary Care at the Wood Street Health Centre in London with an emphasis on the similarities and differences between the UK and Brazil.

Dr. Esteves, Ana

Family Practitioner 

USF Oriente, ACES Lisboa Central
Esteves,Ana
Born in Mirandela in 1985, attended Medical School in Universidade da Beira Interior in Covilhã, Portugal, graduated in 2009. Started his Family Practice residency in 2011 on USF São João Evangelista dos Lóios, finishing in 2015.

Completed International Course of Primary Care Mental Heath in Nova Medical School, to develop the special interest in Primary Care Mental Health, during her 3rd year of residency. Started a smoking cessation consultation on her Family Practice Unit in 2013 after improving her training in this area, integrating the group responsible for an intensive intervention consultation in ACES Lisboa Central.

She as had an active part in developing Mental Health Care in her community, focusing mostly in improving the connection between primary and secondary care units in Lisbon. 

Dr. Gez, Mehmet

BSc (Hons), MBBS

North East Thames Foundation School
Dr. Gez, Mehmet
Born in Istanbul in 1992, attended Imperial College School of Medicine, where he graduated with distinction in 2017. During this time completed a BSc in Pharmacology.

Started his foundation training in London. During which, he worked in Mile End Hospital in General Adult Psychiatry where he developed an interest in importance of community health services in mental health provision.

He started working in Wood Street Health Centre, where he was able to observe the delivery of mental health care in the community and started working on a project, with his colleagues, to assess the delivery of physical healthcare to patients with serious mental health issues.

Dr. Mamo, Nick

MD, MSc

VdGM (WONCA Europe)
Dr. Mamo, Nick
Nick is a Maltese Family Medicine trainee in Glasgow. Having gone to medical school in Malta, he wanted to explore different health systems, and has therefore been working in various parts of the UK for the last 5 years. He currently serves as Treasurer and Executive Member with the Vasco da Gama Movement within WONCA Europe, a movement of young doctors who are passionate about the future of family medicine.

Nick’s main interests lie in health disparities and providing a congruent service combining health and social care, with minority groups and people of low socioeconomic status particularly in mind. It is for this reason that he is following the path of family medicine, as well as having undertaken a Masters in Medical Anthropology.

As part of his Masters, he did an ethnographic project looking at attitudes of doctors towards patients of different backgrounds through their interactions, and in the future hopes to undertake research looking at difficulties of access to healthcare, focusing on how socioeconomic factors restrict access.

Dr. Mitha, Naeem

GP Trainee, Bart’s Health NHS Trust
MBBS BSc (Hons)

Bart’s Health NHS Trust
Dr. Mitha, Naeem
I’m Naeem, a junior doctor from born, raised and now working in east London. I am currently a GP ST1 and have a keen interest in the delivery of primary care with particular emphasis on the role that general practitioners can adopt in providing support for patients with mental health illness.

Dr. Pinto da Costa, Mariana

MD, MSc

Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom, Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS), University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, Hospital de Magalhães Lemos, Porto, Portugal
Dr. Pinto da Costa, Mariana
Dr Mariana Pinto da Costa is a portuguese psychiatrist. She studied Medicine and did her psychiatry training in Porto. She did an International Master on Mental Health Policy and Services at the New University of Lisbon supported by the World Health Organization (WHO), through which she had clinical and research experience in Africa, screening alcohol, smoking and other substances involvement, in primary and mental health care users in Luanda.

She is past president of the European Federation of Psychiatric trainees (EFPT), and has been the Principal Investigator and study manager of the Brain Drain Study, researching mobility experiences of psychiatric trainees in 33 European countries.

Currently she is the Chair of the Early Career Psychiatrists Section at the World Psychiatric Association, Co-Chair of the Early Career Psychiatrists Committee at the European Psychiatric Association, and a doctoral research fellow at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development, at Queen Mary University of London, where she is doing research on volunteering in mental health, studying the social relationships between people with psychosis and volunteers in 3 European countries and through different formats (face-to-face or using digitally).

Dr. Santos, João

Family Practitioner

USF Oriente, ACES Lisboa Central
Santos,João
Graduated from Nova Medical School in Lisbon in 2010, started his Family Practice residency in 2012 on USF São João Evangelista dos Lóios, finishing in 2016.

During his residency, attended to International Course of Primary Care Mental Heath in Nova Medical School, to develop the special interest in Primary Care Mental Health.

Since then he as had an active part in developing Mental Health Care in his community, focusing mostly in improving the connection between primary and secondary care units in Lisbon. Improved his training in smoking cessation and established an intensive intervention consultation in ACES Lisboa Central.

Dr. Seese, Rachel

BSc MBChB (hons)

North Central and East London Foundation School
Dr. Seese, Rachel
Rachel is a Foundation Year Two doctor, currently working in family practice in North East London. She graduated from Leeds Medical School in 2017, after completing her medical degree, and also her BSc in Cardiovascular Science.

She has a keen interest in the delivery of primary care health services to those with poor mental health, and is currently working on project expected to both highlight current disparities and identify methods of care delivery improvement.

Dr. Zeid, Abdelaziz

Mental Health Specialist (Psychiatrist)

Médecins du Monde-Egypt
Dr. Zeid, Abdelaziz
Graduated from Ain Shams medical school in Cairo in 2007, started his psychiatry practice residency in Shibin-Elkom mental health hospital in 2010.

Since then he is interested in rehabilitation and community psychiatry focusing on the outreach of the underserved populations in his community. He perused an international Master degree in primary care mental health in NOVA medical school to develop the special interest in mental health integration in primary care.

Now he is a member of Médecins du Monde-Egypt's team working on a project with the objective to protect and promote the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of population in Cairo and Giza, including refugees and migrants, at community and primary health care levels.

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Prof. Kolkiewicz, Lucja Anna

MBBS MRCPsych

Visiting Professor NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal and Consultant Forensic Rehabilitation Psychiatrist East London NHS Foundation Trust
Prof. Kolkiewicz, Lucja Anna
Professor Kolkiewicz is an experienced innovative psychiatrist who has held a range of positions including Associate Medical Director for Recovery and Well-Being, Trust Advisor Recovery and Rehabilitation and Associate Clinical Director Forensic Services, Centre for Forensic Mental Health at East London NHS Foundation Trust, Consultant General Adult & Rehabilitation Psychiatrist at Camden & Islington CHS NHS Trust, London.

Professor Kolkiewicz has supported mental health rehabilitation pathway re-design in general and forensic services and has experience of collaborative working with the third sector and Local Government Authorities to get the best for service users, their families and carers though a holistic approach. She is a mental health advocate and a specialist in supporting and developing mental health literacy at a community level.

Professor Kolkiewicz is a Life Member of the World Federation for Mental Health, has supported primary care transformation globally as a member of the Member of World Association of Family Doctors (Wonca) through her contribution to the 2008 WHO/Wonca publication Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care: A Global Perspective, is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

As an advocate for mental health recovery she supports the empowerment of people with mental ill health, their families and carers to work towards realising their dreams and aspirations for independence and social inclusion.

Dr. Aquilina, Carmelo

MD FRCPsych FRANZCP

Liverpool Hospital, Sydney 
Dr. Aquilina, Carmelo
Dr Carmelo Aquilina is the Clinical Director of Older People’s Mental Health South West Sydney Local Health District.

He graduated from the University of Malta in 1986 and started his psychiatric training in Liverpool in the UK in 1988 and started advanced training as an old age psychiatrist in London in 1992.

He has worked as a Consultant in the UK in 1997 and New Zealand before coming to Australia in 2008. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) for 10 years from 1993 to 2003 and founded and edited its newsletter.

He was FPOA NSW Chair from 2013-2015. His academic interests include dementia, ethics, and health economics, the effects of air travel on cognition and self-neglect in old age.  

Mr. Gafa, Kevin

Psychiatric Nurse

Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses
Mr. Gafa, Kevin
Kevin obtained his diploma in Psychiatric Nursing in the year 2000. Subsequently he completed a B.Sc (Hons) in Psychiatric Nursing in 2006 with a qualitative Thesis entitled ‘The impact of media stigmatization on patients’ perceptions of their mental illness’. In 2011 Kevin obtained an M.Sc in Health Service Management with a thesis focusing on the perspectives of the multidisciplinary team in relation to ‘risk factors leading to re-admission of patients to the acute psychiatric hospital’. Kevin worked in various acute settings in the Psychiatric Hospital, particularly at the Mixed Admission Ward where he worked for 11 years. He was also team leader of the Crisis Intervention Team and Outreach Services. Since 2015, Kevin has been part of the Practice Development Team at Mount Carmel Hospital and was recently appointed as Practice Development Nurse.
Kevin was instrumental in the setting up and launching of the Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses. In fact he served as President of MAPN for 10 years, from the association’s inception in 2006 till 2016. He also set on the board of the HORATIO – European Psychiatric Nurses Association representing Maltese Psychiatric Nurses from 2008 till 2013.
Throughout the years Kevin has established his reputation in organising large scale national and international conferences, particularly by chairing the organisation committee of 3 international Festivals of Psychiatric Nursing in 2008, 2014 and 2017, which festival attracted hundreds of speakers and delegates from all over the world. He presented papers on various subjects related to Psychiatry both in national and international events.

Ms. Lynch, Mary Grace

Leisure Groups Manager

Alpine Sterling DMC, Malta
Ms. Lynch, Mary Grace

Dr Alexei Sammut

Lecturer

Department of Mental Health - Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr Alexei Sammut
Before joining the University of Malta’s Department of Mental Health within the Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr Sammut had a career in the public sector as a Deputy Charge Nurse with the Maltese Mental Health Services. He holds both general and mental health nursing qualifications and has worked in a variety of mental health settings. Dr Sammut has completed his PhD in Mental Health Nursing with Kingston University and St Georges University of London under the supervision of Professor Mary Chambers.
Dr. Sammut has presented in several local and International Conferences and also acts as a reviewer for the Malta Journal of Health Sciences and Quality of Life Research journal. He is the coordinator of the BSc. Mental Health Nursing Part Time course and is also actively involved in several projects including the national mental health awareness campaign #STOPSTIGMA.
Dr Sammut is an elected board member of Horatio, European Psychiatric Nurses, representing psychiatric and mental health nurses across Europe and the Vice-President of the Maltese Association of Psychiatric Nurses (MAPN). He is actively involved with several European research studies on attitudes towards mental illness and also implementation of quality measure tools.

Dr. Taylor-East, Rachel

MD MSc MRCPsych

Mental Health Services, Malta 
Rachel Taylor-East
Dr Rachel Taylor-East, also known as Sasha, is a consultant psychiatrist working with the Acute In-Patient Department in Malta. She is also the secretary for the Maltese Association of Psychiatry. Dr Taylor-East has completed her specialization in psychiatry with distinction. She is also a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She completed her MSc in the Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction at Kings College London, UK and her undergraduate Medicine and Surgery degree at the University of Malta, where she is currently a visiting assistant lecturer on the Psychiatry module.

Dr Taylor-East’s main interests are in the areas of acute general adult psychiatry, psychological trauma and the social aspects of psychiatry. She is actively involved in clinical audit and medical education: teaching both in undergraduate medicine, and post-graduate psychiatry specialization. She is an active educator and supervisor on the post-graduate training in psychiatry and recently completed a course on coaching and mentoring organized by Mater Dei Hospital. Her contributions to academia through teaching, presentations and publications, and to various voluntary projects she has worked on, reflect this.

She is currently involved in a project offering psychological support to patients and staff, with the Action for Breast Cancer Foundation. She recently completed a befriending project with UNHCR.

Understanding the specific mental health needs of asylum seekers has also been a specific interest of hers. As such she has been actively involved with liaising with various agencies, attending conferences, and hopes to motivate and encourage developments within this field.

Ms. Vucicevic, Ljiljana


West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS and NHS Elect 
Ljiljana Vucicevic
Ljiljana is a senior communications and engagement specialist with 20 years experience in a variety of organisations – the NHS, voluntary sector and international development.

Ljiljana worked for a number of years as Senior Digital Communications and Engagement Manager at East London NHS Foundation Trust. Currently, Ljiljana works for West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Ljiljana is also an Associate of NHS Elect where she is supporting the marketing and communications at the NHS Elect, Acute Frailty and Ambulatory Emergency Care Networks.

Ljiljana is focused on delivery strategic communications, stakeholder relationship management and engagement. She is experienced in developing and implementing digital communications strategies that support the delivery of organisational business objectives. She is also passionate about international development work.

Ljiljana is also has a special interest in internal communications and employee engagement and developing a comprehensive framework for two-way employee communications, ensuring engagement and dialogue. Ljiljana has a Bachelor or Arts in English from Sarajevo University and a Master of Arts in English degree from Exeter University.

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Mr. Zahra, Warren

Managing Director

Alpine Sterling DMC, Malta
Mr. Zahra, Warren

Ms. Lynch, Mary Grace

Leisure Groups Manager

Alpine Sterling DMC, Malta
Ms. Lynch, Mary Grace

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Ms. Weston-Mangion, Lisa

Mr. Brown, Christopher

Graphic Designer

Alpine Sterling DMC, Malta
Mr. Brown, Christopher

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