XIII EUROPEAN PATIENTS’ RIGHTS DAY 2019 - Speakers’ list

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XIII EUROPEAN PATIENTS’ RIGHTS DAY 2019
Delivering patient value throughout the healthcare system
A Debate on citizens' expectations
April 9th, 2019 (12:30 - 15:00) - EU Parliament, Brussels

Speakers’ list

image002  Thomas Allvin
Thomas Allvin is Executive Director for Strategy and Healthcare Systems at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA), where his responsibilities includes developing EFPIA’s policies for data-driven, outcomes-based and sustainable healthcare systems. Before joining EFPIA in 2015, Thomas was Health Counsellor at the Perm. Rep. of Sweden to the EU, representing Sweden in the Council working parties for public health and pharmaceuticals & medical devices, and previously worked in several positions in the Swedish Ministry of Health and the Swedish Parliament.
 image003 Brando Benifei
Brando Benifei, European Federalist, is one of the youngest MEPs and is from La Spezia, Italy. His main fields of legislative work in the EP are Employment and social affairs, Security and Defence and Foreign affairs. He is co-chair of the Youth Intergroup and vice-chair of the Disability Intergroup. He is currently Shadow Rapporteur for the European Social Fund Plus and Rapporteur Post-Arab Spring in the MENA region. 
 image004 Ann Marie Borg
Ann Marie Borg currently leads the campaign on addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) at the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). She holds an MSc in European Public Health and an MA in European Public Affairs from Maastricht University and has gained extensive experience in EU decision-making processes. In addition to assisting the Cabinet of a former European Commissioner for Health, Ann Marie worked at the Maltese Perm. Rep. to the EU and was responsible for international food safety matters and during the Maltese Presidency of the Council, steered negotiations on an array of files in the field of the EU’s common foreign and security policy.
 image005 Jacki Davis
Jacki Davis is a leading commentator and analyst on European Union affairs. She is a very experienced journalist, speaker and moderator of high-level events both in Brussels and in EU national capitals, the editor of many publications, a regular broadcaster on television and radio news programmes and documentaries commenting on EU issues.
 image006 Elena Gentile
Elena Gentile (2 November 1953) was born in Cerignola, where she currently lives. She successfully graduated in Medicine at the University of Padova in 1978 and worked as paediatrician at the hospital of Cerignola from 1981 to 2005. Ms. Gentile dedicated over 30 years working in regional and local politics. From May 2005 to June 2014, she was member of the Regional Assembly in Puglia and she hold high-profile ministers in the regional government, being responsible for Welfare, Social Affairs and then for Health. In 2014, Ms. Gentile has been elected to the EP, she is member of EMPL and ENVI Committees.
 image007 Arne Gericke
Arne Gericke was born in Hamburg in 1964 but grew up in Papua New Guinea until 1979 when he returned to Germany. He wants to ensure that educational work (the work of raising children at home) is recognized as gainful employment. In 2014 he was elected for the first time Member of the European Parliament. He is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality, as well as for the EU delegation to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
 image008 George Griffin
Professor George Griffin is emeritus Professor of Infectious Diseases and Medicine. He is a Senior Clinical Physician and has established an internationally renowned research and clinical unit at St George’s University of London. He was recently invested as Commander of the British Empire in recognition of research and its contribution to Health. He was Vice President of the Academy of Medical Sciences in London and is currently President of the Federation of European Academies of Medicine.
 image009 Afrodite Katsaraki
Afrodite Katsaraki is 59 years old, married with two daughters. She is President of the  League of Neoplasia Patients, Friends and Families, nw Greece “WE ARE TOGETHER”, member of ELLOK and ECPC. She was diagnosed with a malignant disease at November 2015 and advocacy is now an important  part of her life. She is a Mathematician-Statistician and works as biostatistician in the University Hospital of Ioannina. She published about 50 articles on Medical Science Greek and international journals, more than 150 presentations, posters and abstracts in Greek and international conferences.
 image010 Jeroen Lenaers
Jeroen Lenaers (29 April 1984) is a Dutch politician from Stramproy, Limburg. In 2014, he was elected as a member of the European Parliament for the CDA and joined the European People's Party (EPP). He is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and a substitute member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. He is also vice-chair of the special Special Committee on Terrorism and vice-chair of the Delegation for relations with the countries of Southeast Asia.
 image011 Andrzej Jan Rys
Dr. Andrzej Ryś is a medical doctor specialised in radiology and public health, graduated from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. He founded in 1991 and ran as Director until 1997 the School of Public Health at the Jagiellonian University. After becoming Senior Consultant of “Health and Management Ltd” for the World Bank (WHO) and EAR in Serbia (2002), he founded (2003) the “Center for Innovation, Technology Transfer and University Development” at the Jagiellonian University, where he was Director until 2006. In 2006, he became Director for Public Health and Risk Assessment at the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), in the European Commission. Since 2014 his is the Director responsible for Health Systems, Medical Products and Innovation in DG SANTE.
 image012 David B. Vodušek
Dr. David B. Vodušek, Fellow of the European Academy of Neurology, is Emeritus Professor of Neurology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He is consultant at the Institute of Clinical Neurophysiology, Division of Neurology, University Medical center Ljubljana and a member of several European neurological associations including the the European Academy of Neurology. Dr. Vodušek has served as member of the Board of the European Academy of Neurology and continues as Chair of the Sub-Committee for European Affairs.
 image013 Mariano Votta
Director of Active Citizenship Network and Responsible for European Affairs at Cittadinanzattiva. He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of the protection of citizens’ rights, stakeholder engagement, communication and civic information. His was the idea to encourage and promote the Member of the European Parliament Interest Group “European Patients' Rights & Cross-Border Healthcare” at the European Parliament during 2015.
 image014 Ella Weggen
Ella Weggen works for Wemos, an independent civil society organization that aims to improve public health worldwide. Wemos analyzes Dutch, European and global policies that affect health, and propose relevant policy changes. As a Senior Global Health advocate, Ella works on the programme Medicines That Matter. Within this programme, she advocates equitable access to affordable medicines, aiming to raise awareness and propose policy solutions among Dutch and European policy makers about the high prices of medicines. She lobbies for conditioning public investments in medicines, through responsible licensing. She studied Political Science and International & European Law in Amsterdam.
 image015 Lieve Wierinck
Lieve Wierinck is a Flemish politician for the liberal Open VLD party. Mrs. Wierinck holds a pharmaceutical degree from the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). In addition, she obtained a Post-graduate degree of Pharmaceutical management in 2006 at the University of Hasselt. She owned and managed a pharmacy for nearly 30 years. Before joining the European Parliament, Lieve was leader of the party fraction in Zaventem, followed by her twelve-year presidency of the OCMW (Public Centre for Social Welfare), where she managed a staff of a 150 people. She combined this with her obligations as a fulltime member of the City Council of Zaventem. She is a full member of the Industry, Technology, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) and a substitute Member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary affairs (ECON).

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