City Health International 2019 Programme Committee
Sam Biondo AustraliaSam is Executive Officer of the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association. VAADA is the peak organisation representing AOD service providers in Victoria. Sam was previously employed by Fitzroy Legal Service and has a background in education, social work and Criminology. His principal work has involved social research, the production of educational materials and advocacy work. He has a keen interest in social justice, open and transparent systems of institutional accountability and has been involved on a number of community sector Boards, reference committees, and NGO associations.
Carlo Fabian SwitzerlandCarlo Fabian is a Professor, Senior Researcher and Project Leader at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. He has a degree in Health and Social Psychology, is a Specialist Psychologist in Health Psychology (FSP) and has a Master of Advanced studies (MAS) in Coaching Studies. After several years as researcher and lecturer at the University of Zurich (1997-2001), the Swiss Institute for Health and Addiction Research (1999-2000) and the FHNW (2001-2008), he worked at RADIX (2008-2012), where he developed and implemented many projects in municipalities with a focus on participation. Since 2011 he has led projects at the FHNW addressing the subject of urban development, participatory planning and well-being.
Katarzyna Kowalczyk PolandPhd, Director of City Health International
Dave MacKintosh United KingdomHead of Community Safety for the City of London, and has also been the Policy Adviser/Director to the London Drug and Alcohol Policy Forum (LDAPF) since 2001. He has been involved in a number of innovative campaigns around issues including drug driving, substance misuse in the workplace and improving awareness around drug safety in clubs and pubs. The LDAPF is funded by the City of London as part of its commitment to improving the life of all those who live and work in London. For the last eight years he has also been seconded to the Greater London Authority to provide advice around substance use issues and health inequalities.
Jim McVeigh United KingdomJim McVeigh was appointed as the Director of Public Health Institute in November 2015. Jim has worked within health/public health for nearly 30 years. Subsequently he has held various positions within Public Health including Senior Lecturer, Reader, Deputy Director and most recently, Acting Director. Jim has an international reputation within his academic specialism of human enhancement drug use and has co-authored more than 100 research reports, 50 peer reviewed papers and been invited to deliver keynote presentations and plenary papers at some of the most influential national and international conferences.
Rebecca Ruwhiu-Collins New ZelandRebecca has over 10 years experience in Māori Hauora with expertise in treatment, national training for tobacco addiction and community mobilisation and development. She comes with strong leadership approaches for engagingRebecca Ruwhiu-Collins people from all levels of government, health, finance, NGO’s, corporate and community to collaborate and work towards a strategic direction and create a collective common goal to increase health and wellbeing of the community. She enjoys strengthening service improvement through innovative concepts with the aim of ensuring health sector capacity and capability remains at the cutting edge.
Gavin Ryan AustraliaGavin Ryan, Executive Officer of Progressive Public Health Alliance. Gavin has worked in leadership roles in not-for-profit, private enterprise and Government both in Australia and overseas. Gavin worked for many years as part of the Yarra Drug and Health Forum, an inner city campaign and advocacy group working toward drug harm reduction. In late 2018, Gavin joined with health professionals, researchers and public health advocates in forming the Progressive Public Health Alliance, an alliance that works to advocate and campaign across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region for universal publicly funded healthcare, and evidence based best practice in harm reduction and the detection, treatment and prevention of non-communicable diseases.
Ingrid Van Beek AustraliaDr Ingrid van Beek is a public health and addiction medicine physician who has worked at the sharp end of harm reduction for the past 30 years. She was the Director of Sydney’s Kirketon Road Centre, which is among the world’s most comprehensive primary health care services for ‘at risk’ young people, sex workers, and people who inject drugs. She was also the founding Medical Director of the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre, which was the first and still only service of this kind in Australia. Ingrid was awarded membership of the Order of Australia in recognition of her contribution to public health in 2010.
Anke van Dam Netherlands
Gino Vumbaca AustraliaGino Vumbaca is the Principal of 3V Consulting Services . Mr Vumbaca has extensive experience in the HIV/ AIDS and drug and alcohol fields both in Australia and internationally. He is the former Executive Director of the Australian National Council on Drugs – a position he held for over 15 years. Previously Mr Vumbaca worked as the Manager of HIV/AIDS and related services with the NSW Department of Corrective Services. Mr Vumbaca also continues to provide advice on prisons, HIV and drug issues for international organisations such as the United Nations & World Health Organisation. He is also a Director of Justice Reinvestment NSW and President of the largest non-government drug and alcohol organisation in Macau SAR – ARTM.
Charles Yates AustraliaPresident of the NNA AU