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EU Health Prize for Journalists

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EU Jury 2010

Andrzej Ryś, chair

Andrzej Ryś joined the European Commission in June 2006 as Director in Directorate “Public Health and Risk Assessment”, in DG "Health and Consumers". He is a medical doctor and graduated from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He specialized in radiology and public health. In 1991 he established the School of Public Health (SPH) at the Jagiellonian University and he was the SPH's director until 1997. From 1997-1999 he served as director of Krakow’s city health department. In 1999-2002 he became the Deputy Minister of Health in Poland. In 2003 he established and directed the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer at Jagiellonian University. He was also a chief editor of the Journal "Health and Management".
Lieve Fransen, European Commission

Dr Lieve Fransen is the Director of the Directorate for Representations and Networks in the European Commission's Directorate General for Communication since October 2007. Dr Fransen joined the Commission in 1993 and headed the social policy department after founding and directing a global development foundation the EC AIDS Task Force in 1987. A medical doctor by training, she practiced in Europe and the developing world from 1975 to 1983 she was in charge of policy research at the tropical institute of medicine and defended a PhD in Public Diplomacy in 1987. She has broad experience in strategic planning, resource management, policy coordination, development issues and diplomacy through health.

Despina Spanou, European Commission

Despina Spanou is since 1 April 2010, Principal Adviser at the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers. She works on policy and communication and chairs a number of stakeholder fora, the Platform for action on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, the High Level Group on Nutrition and Physical activity, the Alcohol and Health Forum and the Sherpa High Level Forum on the Competitiveness of the food chain.
She was previously the Deputy Head of Cabinet for the European Commissioners for Health Mr. Kyprianou (2004-2008) and Mrs. Vassiliou (2008-2010) and was closely involved with the Europe for Patients campaign as well as the establishment of the EU Health Prize for Journalists.
She is a qualified lawyer and holds a Ph.D in European Law from the University of Cambridge.

Harro Albrecht, journalist

Harro Albrecht is a Medical Doctor, MD and is Medical Writer/Editor with the German Weekly DIE ZEIT. Harro was Science Editor with the German Newsmagazine DER SPIEGEL (1999) and with the Swiss Weekly SonntagsZeitung (1997-1999). He was a Nieman Fellow on Global Health Reporting 2007 at Harvard University and is publishing articles concerning Golbal Health and Public Health matters on a regular basis. He has been a Temporary Advisor to WHO on Media and Bioterrorism.

Emilio de Benito, journalist

From 1999- Health /Science journalist in EL PAIS. In charge of the Health section since 2009.
In 2007, 2008 and 2010, professor of health journalism in the Universities Carlos III and Complutense (Madrid).
2008-2009, member of the Board of the Spanish Association of Health Journalists.
1999. Master degree in Journalism
1985-1999- Business System and Producti Support in IBM
1985- Degree in Chemistry (speciality in Biochemistry), University Complutense, Madrid

Anita Kazai, journalist

Ms. Anita Kazai is the medical editor for the Hungarian Medical Tribune,
before which she worked as a freelancer and editor for several hungarian dailies and magazines. She had also worked for the Drug Focal Point, setting up an early warning system and making the Hungarian drug monitoring system compatible with the EU's. She holds a degree in General Medical Sciences from Semmelweis University of Medicine and had trained at the school of the National Association of Hungarian Journalists. Her main interest is the function of the brain/mind, and its connection with the body and environment.

Geoff Meade, journalist

Geoff Meade is the Europe Editor of the Press Association, the UK and Ireland's national news agency. He has been based in Brussels since 1979 and is an expert on European Union affairs.
As well as reporting on every aspect of the EU’s activities for the past 31 years for PA, he is also a well-known columnist, with a regular column in E!Sharp magazine, and has just published his first book, ‘All in a Day’s Shirk’.
Geoff is also a European Correspondent for Deutsche Welle World Television, and is a speaker and chair at conferences and seminars on EU affairs.

Lidia Georgieva, health expert

Lidia Georgieva obtained her MD in Varna Medical University, Bulgaria, Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, UK, and Doctor of Philosophy from Open University, London, UK.
Lidia Georgieva holds the position of Director of Department “Programs and Projects” in the Ministry of health. She is a lecturer in University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria and New Bulgarian University. She has worked as a Senior Advisor and Head of the Health Risk Management Department in Marsh Bulgaria from 2006 to 2010.
Before, she was Head of the Department of Preventive Medicine, Assoc. Professor, in the Medical University, Sofia.

Ilona Kickbusch, health expert

Prof. Kickbusch is the Director of the Global Health Programme at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She advises organisations, government agencies and the private sector on policies and strategies to promote health at the national, European and international levels. Her key areas of interest are health in all policies, the health society and health literacy, global health governance and global health diplomacy.

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