We are pleased to announce that Conference speakers will include:




Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetEmily Hewlett
Health Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Emily Hewlett has a Bachelor degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Master’s degree in International Affairs. She is a Health Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), where she has worked for the past five years on a diverse range of projects including mental health care, quality of care, waiting times and provider payment methods. She has jointly authored OECD Health System Reviews of Italy, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Mexico, Latvia, the Czech Republic and the United Kingdom. Care coordination, integration and intermediate care have been prominent themes in each of these. She has also written chapters on mental health, primary care, workforce quality and diabetes care as part of this series. Emily led the Health Division’s recent work on mental health, and is one of the lead authors of the 2014 publication ‘Making Mental Health Count’. Emily also leads the OECD’s work on quality indicator development for mental health, and has overseen the development of a series of ten descriptive mental health country profiles.


furio-honsellFurio Honsell
Mayor of Udine, Italy

Furio Honsell, born in Genoa, Italy in 1958, is full professor of Informatics at the University of Udine (ITALY) since 1990. There he served first as Head of the Mathematics and Computing Department and later as Dean of the Faculty of Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences.  From 2001 to 2008 he was Rector of Udine University. He has been President of the Science and Technology Park of Udine and vice-president of the National Association for the Promotion of European Research. In addition to having written a large number of scientific publications, Honsell has carried out also a very intense activity for popularisation of Science, also on the Italian National Television. In 2008 Furio Honsell was elected Mayor of Udine, and in May 2013 he was re-elected for another five year term.  In 2009, he joined the Covenant of Mayors 202020 and recently the Mayors Adapt for Climate and Energy.  He is Vice President of the WHO accredited Italian Healthy Cities Network.  He is strongly committed to implementing policies for health and energy efficiency, combating climate change and inequities, as well as promoting co-operation and networking at European and international level. In 2015 he was elected President of the EU Covenant on Demographic Change.  He is also President of “Giona”, the Italian national Association of “playful municipalities” which promote public toy libraries and games.  He has been visiting professor at Stanford University, École Normale Supérieure of Paris, Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Edinburgh University, and coordinator for many European scientific and cooperation projects with cultural institutions in Europe and India.


An economic analysis of the relationship between social welfare programmes and population health, led by professor David Stuckler at the University of Oxford. The project is supported by a Society and Ethics New Investigator Award. Oxford University, Manor Road, 2015.David Stuckler
Professor of Political Economy and Sociology, University of Oxford

David Stuckler, PhD, MPH, HonMFPH, FRSA is a Professor of Political Economy and Sociology and Research Director of Sociology  at University of Oxford and Research Fellow of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He is Director of the Oxford WHO Collaborating Centre and the Policy Pillar for the European Public Health Authority.  He co-authored the Vienna Declaration on Public Health. He has written over 220 peer-reviewed scientific articles on global health in The Lancet, British Medical Journal and Nature in addition to other major journals. His book about the global chronic-disease epidemic, Sick Societies, was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. He is also an author of The Body Economic, published by Penguin Press in 2013 and translated into over ten languages. His work has featured on covers of the New York Times and The Economist, among other venues.  Foreign Policy named him in the Top 100 Global Thinkers 2013.


markku-wileniusMarkku Wilenius
UNESCO Chair, University of Turku / Finland Futures Research Centre

Markku Wilenius is professor of futures studies in Turku University Business School. He is also UNESCO Chair in Learning Society and Futures of Education.  He has worked over 20 years with futures studies. In 2015 he co-founded Turku Complex Systems Institute at the University of Turku.  In recent years his research interest include understanding socio-economic long-term waves, future of financial industry, future of forest industry and future of non-hierarchical organizations. His latest project is the future of cities and communities. He is the president of three foundations, and has also worked with Allianz, the world’s largest private insurer, leading their strategic research and development. He is a member of Club of Rome and led the Finnish delegation in Johannesburg Sustainable Development Summit. He has published books and articles widely. His forthcoming book is called “Patterns of the Future. Understanding the Next 40 Years of Global Change” (World Scientific, London).




john-ashtonJohn Ashton
Past-President, Faculty of Public Health

Dr John Ashton has had a long and distinguished career in public health in his home city and region based on Liverpool , at a U.K. Level and internationally through his work with WHO especially on Healthy Cities in Europe and other WHO regions .Johns work on Health Promotion in the 1980’s with Howard Seymour was captured in their book ‘The New Public Health ‘ published in 1988 which became a standard text for students.  Of particular note was the development in Liverpool of the first large scale syringe exchange programme in the face of epidemic heroin use and the advent of HIV.John also established the first Public Health Observatory based in Liverpool in the early 1990’s. John was a member of the WHO Copenhagen planning group for the Healthy Cities Project and was its coordinator for the first phase which began in 1986.Most recently he has just completed a three year term as President of the UK Faculty of Public Health.


ursula-hubel-c-christine-bauerUrsula Huebel
Healthy City Project Coordinator, Vienna, Austria

Ursula Huebel has studied sociology and political sciences. She is health promotion manager at the Vienna Health Promotion and coordinator of the Vienna Healthy Cities Project. Her main focus is on health promotion for the elderly as well as hospitals and long-term-care facilities as settings.





aggeliki-oikonomopoulouAggeliki Oikonomopoulou
Municipality of Agioi Anargyroi-Kamatero

Aggeliki Oikonomopoulou  of Agioi Anargyroi-Kamatero, Greece is the director of Social Policy Development since early 2014 where she is responsible for the coordination of the Social Policy programs for the municipality.  Previously she worked as a psychologist for the Head of Social Service. She holds a degree in Psychology and focused her postgraduate studies on European Social Policy.






Official portrait of Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director, World Health Organization Regional Office for EuropeZsuzsanna Jakab
Regional Director

Zsuzsanna Jakab took up her duties as Regional Director on 1 February 2010. In January 2015, the WHO Executive Board appointed her for a second term, which began on 1 February 2015. A native of Hungary, she has held a number of high-profile national and international public health policy positions in the last three decades. Before her election as Regional Director, Dr Jakab served as the founding Director of the European Union’s European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. During her long tenure with WHO/Europe, she also served as Director of the Division of Information, Evidence and Communication and Coordinator of the EUROHEALTH programme. Dr Jakab holds a PhD degree in Health Sciences from the University of Debrecen, Hungary; a Master’s degree from the Faculty of Humanities, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest; a postgraduate degree from the University of Political Sciences, Budapest; a diploma in public health from the Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden; and a postgraduate diploma from the National Institute of Public Administration and Management, Hungary. She began her career in Hungary’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in 1975, being responsible for external affairs, including relations with WHO.


christoph-hammelmanChristoph Hamelmann
Head of Office, WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development (Venice), Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being

Prior to joining WHO EURO, Christoph worked as UNDP Regional Team leader for Health and Development in Europe, Central Asia and the Arab States, and Global Coordinator of the UN Interagency Task Force on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector. He also managed UNDP’s work on HIV in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.  Christoph is a medical doctor (consultant in family and tropical medicine), economist, epidemiologist and systems management specialist. He has over 25 years experience in Europe, Africa, Asia and America as senior advisor and executive, global health advocate and development activist, working for many governments, NGOs, multilateral organizations, and the private sector.  Christoph is also involved in international research on preventive and curative medicine as well as a multisectoral approaches, focusing on social, economic and environmental determinants of health and health equity. He has recently co-authored a book for UNDP and the UCL Institute of Health Equity on ‘Addressing Social, Economic and Environmental Determinants of Health and the Health Divide in the Context of Sustainable Human Development’.


monika-kosinska_okMonika Kosinska
Programme Manager, Governance for Health and Regional Focal Point for the WHO European Healthy Cities Network,  Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being

Prior to joining WHO, Monika ran the largest health non-governmental organization in the European region: the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)”. She was involved in contributing and supporting the development of intersectoral working at the level of the European Union as well as the practical development and implementation of new models of governance for health, development of European policies and legislation impacting on health and well-being as well as providing leadership in civil society and EU health in all policies. Her areas of expertise include the political economy, advocacy and innovation in policy and practice. She has worked as an expert to the European Commission, including President Barroso, and held a number of senior honorary positions in the European public health sphere. She previously worked in the private sector, the UK National Health Service and Ministry of Health as well as in local government. She has been involved in the work of WHO for many years. She started in the health field through the Healthy Cities network, working with the city of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. More recently she has been involved as a stakeholder with the WHO Regional Office for Europe on a number of different issues including the Health 2020 strategy and the European Public Health Action Plan. Monika is originally from Poland but spent 19 years in the United Kingdom and 11 years in Belgium. She holds a Master’s degree in International Peace and Security from King’s College London, UK and a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies with German from the University of Liverpool, UK.


bettina-menneBettina Menne
Coordinator on Health and Development (SDG), Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being

Dr Bettina Menne is the Coordinator on Health and Development (SDG) at the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Her activities mainly focus on coordinating the technical, political and scientific input on the health aspects of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, in support of the WHO European Member States, programs and Divisions. Prior to that for many years she coordinated the activities on climate change and health and green health services, focusing on increasing health system resilience to climate change (adaptation), tracking and promoting health benefits of green house gas reduction and a green economy, and developing methods and tools to support Member States action. Dr Menne was the convening lead author of the health chapter of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning 4th Assessment Report of the IPCC and lead author in the synthesis report.  Dr Menne has worked for WHO since 1997. She is a medical doctor and medical specialist in hygiene and public health.


piroska-ostlinPiroska Östlin
Director, Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being 

Dr Östlin joined WHO/Europe in 2010 as Special Adviser on Social Determinants of Health and in 2012 became Programme Manager of the Vulnerability and Health Programme. Dr Östlin has been coordinator of two WHO task forces (in 2004 and 2009) on Research Priorities for Equity in Health. She was also a Member of the WHO Scientific Group on Equity Analysis and Research, as well as co-chair of the Women and Gender Equity Knowledge Network of the Global WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH). Her former positions include Secretary of the Swedish National Public Health Commission, Research Manager and Expert in International Health at the Swedish National Institute of Public Health and Member of Board of the Nordic School of Public Health.  Dr Piroska Östlin holds a PhD in Medical Science from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and is Associate Professor in Public Health at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.