Ingrid Bakker

Ingrid Bakker combines her research and educational tasks as associate Professor ‘Healthy City’ at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences with her role as JOGG coach (Youth at a Healthy Weight) for Dutch local governments. As associate Professor she is responsible for the innovation and knowledge circulation on prevention of childhood obesity in relation to the spatial and build environment. In her previous role as program manager of the first Dutch city to implement the Dutch EPODE method (=JOGG), she worked with several policy departments and with 6 public and 9 private partners. In the Netherlands, Ingrid has been elected as the person that combines, tunes and implicates Policy, Research and Practice in the most inspiring way.

Martine Bouman

Martine Bouman, Ph.D., is scientific director of the Center for Media & Health. She is an associate professor at the University of Twente in Netherlands and guest lecturer of various (inter)national universities. Her research interests are Entertainment-Education, Popular Communication, Persuasion Communication, and Media Research. In 2010 she was the first European to be a recipient of the international Everett M. Rogers Entertainment-Education Achievement Award. Bouman is experienced in developing, researching, and conducting innovative EE-interventions in new media and television. As a communication scholar and consultant, she contributes to western and non-western social change projects around the world.

Udi Davidovich

Dr. Udi Davidovich is a social and clinical psychologist. He works at the Amsterdam Public Health Service in association with the University of Amsterdam, the Academic Medical Centre as a senior researcher and head of the unit for Online Research and Prevention. In recent years, Udi has specialized in the usage of the internet and mobile technologies as tools for the development and evaluation of prevention interventions. Udi is a permanent member of the steering committee for the national online prevention of HIV and STI among MSM and the winner of the 2009 Galjaard National prize for the best public health campaign. Udi is an annual guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam, The Free University Amsterdam, and the University of Leiden.

Qamil Dika

Qamil Dika is Health Advisor of Tirana Mayor. He is a physician who is currently pursuing a PhD in the field of public health with a focus on "Policy and Decision-Making. He has participated in several international conferences, where he also contributed relevant publications. He has held the position of Deputy General Director of the Institute of Health Insurance. He was previously elected for two terms as the President of the National Student Council. Currently, he is the Deputy Chairman of the Albanian Youth Council.

Geoff Gallop

Professor Geoff Gallop was a Rhodes Scholar who was awarded a doctorate in political science from Oxford University in 1983. He was a Member of Parliament for twenty years including ten years as party leader and five years as the Premier of Western Australia. Since retiring from politics in 2006 Geoff has been Director of the Graduate School of Government at the University of a Sydney and has served on a number of government boards, most notably the Council of Australian Government's Reform Council and the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission. In 2010 he became a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). He also authored the book: Politics, Society and Self: occasional writings, in 2012.

Peter Hennephof

Peter Hennephof is General Director of the Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency (DJI). As the detention specialist, DJI has various types of institutions for different categories of inmates and patients. Before becoming General Director at DJI in 2011, Peter Hennephof served as Deputy Secretary General at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. Previously he was managing partner with Twijnstra Gudde Consultancy.

Lee Knifton

Lee Knifton is Reader and Co-Director of The Centre for Health Policy, within Strathclyde University International Pubic Policy Institute. He has considerable practical experience working in the National Health Service and the Voluntary Sector in mental health, addictions, prisons and community justice. He is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Public Mental Health and Co-Editor of the book “Public Mental Health: Global Perspectives”. He has been involved in leading local and international health policy initiatives and is currently collaborating with the WHO on health rights and with New York University. He enjoys directing a national arts festival about health and human rights that has engaged 100,000 members of the public.

Iryna Nerubaieva

Iryna Nerubaieva is a Project Manager at the International Charitable Foundation “AIDS Foundation East-West”, Ukraine. She coordinates projects targeting the most at risk populations, including children and youth, manages work with law enforcement officers to reduce stigma and discrimination towards drug users and works on development of media campaign aimed at prevention of drug use by children in Ukraine. Iryna has over 9 years of experience in the sphere of HIV/AIDS prevention, which started from volunteering. Prior to her work in AFEW Iryna worked for ICF “International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine” within Harm Reduction projects among populations most vulnerable to HIV (IDUs, MSM, SW, prisoners) and for Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

Joop ten Dam

Joop ten Dam is professor of Healthy Cities at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. He is member of the board of Zwolle Healthy City and has over thirty years of experience in research, policy, practice and education on the topic of urban health.

Ingrid van Beek

Ingrid van Beek is a public health and addiction medicine physician who has been the Director of the Kirketon Road Centre (KRC), in Sydney’s Kings Cross for the past 25 years. KRC’s integrated primary health care service is recognised as a best practice model in the prevention, treatment and care of transmissible infections among vulnerable populations in urban settings.  Ingrid was also the founding Medical Director of Australia’s first Medically Supervised Injecting Centre from 2000 until 2008. Her work at the sharp end of harm reduction was recognised in 2010 when she was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia (AM).

Anke van Dam

Anke van Dam began her career as a general practitioner near Rotterdam, providing care to many immigrants from Turkey and Morocco. She then moved from the clinical setting and began working on issues related to sexual health and HIV as a trainer, an advisor and a consultant, including proposal writing and programme evaluation. Before joining AFEW, she held a senior management position at Rutgers Nisso Groep, the Dutch Expert Centre on Sexuality. In addition to this breadth of knowledge, Anke’s work experience spans the globe from Southeast Asia and Africa to Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She joined AFEW as Director of Programmes in January 2008. Since February 2012 she is Executive Director, and in this position she facilitated the change of AFEW’s organisational structure into AFEW Network.

Yolanda van Doeveren

Yolanda Doeveren from 2006 to 2012 was manager of the department of Public Mental Healthcare and Addiction at the Municipal Health Service of the city of Utrecht, where she was responsible for the local policy and implementation of the care of the homeless, drug addicts, public mental healthcare and prostitution policy. She was also program manager of the municipality of Utrecht for the Governance of Homelessness. Since 2012, she has been responsible for the urban Prostitution Program in the municipality of Amsterdam. Goals of this program are: tackling abuses, exploitation and human trafficking in prostitution. The overall aim of the program is to strengthen the position of prostitutes and encourage the integration of the industry into mainstream society.

Marije van Koperen

Marije van Koperen is researcher and a PhD candidate at the Department of Health Sciences at the VU University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Marije her studies focus on evaluation-methodologies of community-wide intervention approaches and its facilitating and prohibiting factors. Her research field is the prevention of overweight and obesity in children. Marije holds a bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the Hanze University in Groningen (1997) and a Master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education from Maastricht University (2007). She has over 6 years’ working experience in international commercial organizations and more than 10 years in the field of Health Promotion and Health Education as a consultant, lecturer and researcher.

Arnoud Verhoeff

Arnoud Paul Verhoeff (1960, epidemiologist)  is head of the department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion of the Public Health Service Amsterdam, the Netherlands, since 1996. Before  that he was working for ten years as staff member of the department of Environmental Medicine at the same public health service. In 1994 he got his phd at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The topic of his research was the relation between home dampness, moulds and house dust mites and respiratory symptoms in children. After his phd he spend one year as visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, United States of America. Since 2006 he is also appointed as professor of Urban Health and Health Care at the department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Daniel Wolfe

Daniel Wolfe is Director of the International Harm Reduction Development (IHRD) program at the Open Society Foundations, which works in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas to support the health and human rights of people who use drugs. Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Wolfe was a community scholar at Columbia University’s Center for History and Ethics of Public Health, a recipient of the Revson Fellowship awarded to individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the city of New York, and the Director of Communications at GMHC, the largest and oldest AIDS NGO in the U.S. Wolfe is a core member of the UN’s reference group on HIV and injecting drug use. He published widely on the intersection of drug policy and public health; he is the author of book chapters and articles in various peer-reviewed and popular publications.

Natalia Shumskaia

Shumskaia Natalia is a representative of AFEW Network and works for Public Foundation "AIDS Foundation East-West in the Kyrgyz Republic". She started her career in HIV-preventative programs in 1998 in the capacity of psychologist and outreach workers in MSF "Sex Workers Outreach Project". In 2001 she became a founder of NGO "Podruga" which intended to provide preventative interventions among female drug users and sex workers. Since 2005 she has started working in AFEW, which became a leader NGO in the Kyrgyz Republic and successfully introduces such innovative approaches as client management for vulnerable populations, prevention of HIV+TB co-infection, social support of TB patients.

Catherine Hankins

Catherine Hankins CM MD PhD is Deputy Director, Science at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, University of Amsterdam and an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Formerly the Chief Scientific Adviser to UNAIDS for almost a decade, she chairs the Scientific Advisory Group of the USA National Institutes of Health HIV Prevention Trials Network and CAPRISA’s Scientific Advisory Board in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and is a member of several boards including AFEW and AIDSfonds. She cofounded CACTUS-Montreal in 1989 and was instrumental in shaping Canada’s harm reduction strategy, receiving the National Rolleston Award in 1994.

Gerda van 't Hoff

Gerda van 't Hoff - Custodial Institutions Agency of the Ministry of Security and Justice in The Netherlands. She started her career a as a nurse (1979) and graduated in sociology (1993) and criminology (1994) at the University of Amsterdam. She is responsible for strategic policy development, development of qualitative evaluation instruments and methods (research and policy development) and knowledge management. She has many years of experience in reforming and developing policies on prison health care, nationally and internationally. She has a passion for international cooperation, sharing information with other countries, supporting and making contributions to prison health care reform.

Michel Kazatchkine

Professor Michel Kazatchkine, UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, has spent the past 25 years fighting AIDS and working to improve global health as a leading physician, researcher, advocate, policymaker, diplomat and administrator. He attended medical school at Necker-Enfants-Malades in Paris, studied immunology at the Pasteur Institute and completed postdoctoral fellowships at St Mary’s hospital in London and Harvard Medical School. Professor Kazatchkine delivered the fourth Annual Alison Chesney & Eddie Killoran Memorial Lecture during the City Health 2013 conference in Glasgow.

Steven van de Vijver

Since 2011 Steven van de Vijver is the Director of Urban Health at the Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development. In addition he works as a Senior Research Officer at the African Population Health Research Center (APHRC) in Kenya on the SCALE UP project. On top of his academic work he is working as a family doctor in a clinical practice in Amsterdam, and has written several books which have been translated in various languages.

Alex Feis-Bryce

Director of Services - National Ugly Mugs Scheme. After graduating from Manchester University, Alex worked as a senior researcher in the House of Commons for six years and was also selected to be Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for Macclesfield. Alex started running the National Ugly Mugs Scheme (NUM) in 2012, is a member of the National Police Working Group on Prostitution, and has published in academic journals and the press. He is a Trustee/Board Member for Survivors Manchester, working with male victims of sexual assault and child sexual exploitation, and Manchester Action on Street Health, which supports female street sex workers.

Neil Quinn

Neil Quinn is a Reader in Social Work and Social Policy and Co-Director of the Centre for Health Policy, University of Strathclyde. Neil has 20 years’ experience in social work, community development and public health and has a specific interest in global public health and social welfare policy. He has worked on programmes at a community, national and international level with groups experiencing significant inequalities, including people with mental health problems and asylum seekers and refugees. Recent projects include being an advisor to the World Health Organisation on mental health rights; co-editing “Public Mental Health: Global Perspectives”; and co-authoring of a handbook implementing the UNCRC Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children.

Talgat Mambetov

Talgat Mambetov is the Head of Monitoring & Evaluation department at National AIDS Center (NAC) in Kyrgyz Republic since 2012.  He started to work at NAC at 2011 as a pediatrician.  He and his department have prepared Global AIDS Report for 2011, 2012 and 2013.  He is responsible for estimated data on HIV/AIDS made in SPECTRUM software.  He have participated in preparing a Behavioral Sentinel surveys (BSS) report in 2013.

Katherina Martin Abello

Katherina Martin Abello, head of I.COM (Innovation Center of Mental Health & Technology) of the Trimbos Institute in The Netherlands. “Mental health care accessible to everyone also through Internet” is what Katherina wants to achieve with the e-Mental Health programs of the Trimbos Institute. Katherina moved to a job at the Trimbos Institute in 2009. Her biggest wish is to provide practical and accessible online programs to help people with mental problems and addiction in The Netherlands and the world.

Odile Smeets

Odile Smeets is working as project leader e-health at the Innovation Center Of Mental Health and Technology (I.COM) at the Trimbos Institute. She is involved in the development, research and marketing of online help projects and programs in the field of mental health and addiction.
Odile has 15-20 years of work experience in the field of e-mental health. At this moment Odile’s work is focusing on actual e-health themes like quality, implementation and use of the online programs in clinical practice, innovation and financing.
Recently Odile is dealing with a unique implementation project to introduce the use of the evidence based internet course Colouryourlife ( in a blended way in the practice of General Practitioners.

Linda Waldman

Linda Waldman, is a fellow based at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.  As a social anthropologist, her research has focused on diverse dimensions of poverty, and the related issues of gender, civil society, and identity. She has researched indigenous hunter-gatherer identities, farm workers and adolescence, environmental policy processes, and environmental health with a particular interest in asbestos and disease.  With research experience in Africa, India, Bangladesh and the UK, Linda has three current research priorities, namely peri-urban ecosystems and sustainability, zoonotic disease and ICTs (mhealth) and health information seeking.

Fransje van der Waals

Fransje van der Waals, MD PhD. From 1987-2000 Fransje van der Waals was assistant professor and head of the Women’s Health Studies Department, Academic Medical Center, and University of Amsterdam. In 2001 Fransje van der Waals accepted a part-time appointment at the International AIDS Therapy Evaluation Center (IATEC), affiliated with the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam as manager of the Family Study of Antiretroviral Therapy (FAST), a study of AIDS treatment in rural India. Since 2002 she is the founding director of HealtheFoundation. Fransje van der Waals published in the period 1979-2001 over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She published five books between 1983 and 1997 on subjects concerning women’s health.

Cinzia Brentari

Cinzia Brentari is an experienced programme manager, fundraiser and event organiser. She has worked on devising and managing European and international projects and networks in the social sector with particular attention to drug misuse, harm reduction, the criminal justice system and marginalised populations, for a broad range of organisations including EU and international institutions, NGOs, charities and universities in different EU countries and internationally. She supports civil society organisations on fundraising and organisational development.

Cisca Joldersma

Cisca Joldersma, Custodial Institutions Agency (DJI), The Netherlands. Senior strategic advisor of the Custodial Institutions Agency and of a forensic care hospital in the Netherlands. She is manager of a project on reintegration of ex-prisoners that focuses on continuity of care and cooperation with partners in the local municipalities. Her scientific background is in Public Administration (PhD) and Forensic Psycholoy (MSc). Previously, she worked as an associated professor in Policy and Organization Science at Tilburg University and was a Member of the Dutch Parliament.

Rob Bovens

Rob Bovens is a senior researcher at the Trimbos Institute, centre of Mental Health and Addiction in the city of Utrecht, but most time in a week he works as professor Prevention of Addiction and substance abuse in the Windesheim  University of applied Sciences in Zwolle. For more than 10 years he participates in the development of alcohol policy on national and local level as well.

Manuel Carballo

Manuel Carballo - Executive Director of the International Centre for Migration, Health and Development (ICMHD) in Switzerland. In 1986 he was one of the three-person team chosen to set up the WHO Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) and remained with GPA until 1992 as Chief of Behavioural Research. At WHO and GPA he was also responsible for helping 18 countries in Africa to set up their National AIDS Committees and develop their national plans. In 1993 he went to Bosnia as the WHO Public Health Advisor and remained based in Sarajevo, responsible for the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina, until the end of the war in 1995.

Pauline Oosterhoff

Pauline Oosterhoff is a fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Brighton. She has over 20 years of international experience in public health program management, research, M&E and training. She is a dynamic, creative professional with a PhD in medical anthropology and master degrees in political science and public health. Her thematic specialties are in sexual and reproductive health and rights, with strong additional expertise in gender, violence, community mobilization, women’s empowerment, harm reduction and indigenous and minority peoples health.  In addition to her research work, Ms. Oosterhoff is a professional media producer who has conceptualized, designed managed and edited award winning documentary films, installations, soundscapes and performances in over a dozen countries.

Peter van der Linden

In the years 2009-2013 he was Programme Manager coordinating all projects concerning CAN at the Netherlands Youth Institute. He lead a team of experts and advisory workers and coordinated the National implementation of the Regional Approach Tackling Child Abuse & Neglect and forthcoming national and international projects. At the Ministry of Justice and Integration Department (2006-2009) he worked on the National Programme on Prevention of Honour Related Violence.

Sophie Humphreys

Sophie Humphreys – Lead Consultant on ‘The Pause’ worked for 10 years as a film producer and ran her own successful film production company until 1995. Following the birth of her first child Sophie made a radical change and re-trained as a social worker, becoming a practitioner in frontline child protection in East London. Sophie headed the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children’s Board and child protection service for Hackney for a number of years. She has led on Serious Case reviews into incidents of child abuse and child deaths and is qualified as systemic reviewer. She is now working as an independent advisor on child protection at both a frontline and strategic level nationally and is leading on the development of Pause.

Georgina Perry

Georgina has over twenty years of experience in health service development and associated research, training and consultancy in both the UK and internationally. She is recognised for her leadership, advocacy and pioneering approach to meeting the diverse range of needs experienced by sex workers. Since 2003 she has been Service Manager for Open Doors in East London, one of the leading outreach, clinical and case management services for sex workers in the UK and currently holds the position of chair for The United Kingdom Network of Sex Work Projects. She is a co-collaborator on the Pause Pilot in London and works regularly with Central Government to address complex social exclusion issues.

Jaap Seidell

Prof. Jaap Seidell was appointed as full professor (2002-present) and head of the Institute for Health Sciences (2003-2013) at the VU University in Amsterdam. Since 2013 he is appointed as one of the two distinguished ‘university professors’ at the VU University.

Annemarie Jorritsma

Annemarie Jorritsma (1 June 1950) has been Mayor of Almere, the fastest growing city in the Netherlands, since August 18, 2003. Prior to her service as Mayor, she was Minister of Transport and Water Management in the first cabinet of Prime Minister Kok. In the second cabinet of Prime Minister Kok she was the first female Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Affairs.
At this time, as of December 2013, Ms. Jorrittsma is the President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR). As Mayor of Almere she also holds the position of Board chairman Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG).
Photo: Mark Hoogeveen

Iris Rosier

Mrs. Iris Rosier, Project leader e-Health of I.COM (Innovation Center of Mental Health & Technology) of the Trimbos Institute in The Netherlands. “Enhance mental health by mixing knowledge and technology and make it universally accessible and useful through digital solutions.” that's what Iris Rosier is working on at the Trimbos Institute. Iris is involved in innovation, development, research and implementation of e-Mental Health programs of the Trimbos Institute. Iris worked from 2002 to 2009 as and external e-Consultant and project leader for various e-Health projects, care-related institutions and organizations, including the Trimbos Institute. In 2010, Iris moved to a job at the Trimbos Institute. Her biggest wish is to provide accessible and extreme relevant digital programs to help people with mental problems and addiction in The Netherlands and the world.

Fatemeh Rabiee Khan

Prof Fatemeh Rabiee BSc, MScPh, PhD, CertHEd, RPH Nutr, is a Professor of Public Health Promotion within the Faculty of Health, Education & Life Sciences, Birmingham City University, Birmingham- UK. She has experience of working in the UK, Netherlands and in Iran as a practitioner, manager and as an academic in the field of Nutrition and Public Health Promotion. In addition, she has extensive experience of supervising postgraduate students and consultancy in the broad area of Public Health in the Eastern Mediterranean region, & EU countries.

Prof Rabiee has initiated, managed and implemented a number of applied research projects in the broad area of health and social care. Her main research interests are: health and social policy, health inequalities, mental health promotion, public health nutrition and evaluation of health & social care projects.