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EU Health Prize for Journalists

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EU Jury 2011

Martin Seychell, chair, European Commission

Martin Seychell was appointed Deputy Director General for Health and Consumers in March 2011. 

Graduated in chemistry and pharmaceutical technology, Mr. Seychell specialized in Chemical analysis. He has held important positions on several government boards and commissions in Malta, including the Food Safety Commission and the Pesticides Board. Mr Seychell occupied the post of Head of Directorate at the Malta Standards Authority between 2001 and 2006.

He has been responsible for the implementation of a number of EU directives in the areas of risk assessment, food safety, chemicals and cosmetic products legislation, and has actively participated in negotiations on major technical proposals such as the new chemicals legislation, REACH, and in screening processes in the areas of free movement of goods, environment and agriculture during the process leading to Malta's accession to the EU. He held the post of Director of Environment in Malta between 2006 and 2011. As Director, he was responsible for a broad range of functions arising from the Maltese Environment Protection Act.

Lieve Fransen, European Commission

Dr. Fransen is currently Director responsible for Europe 2020: Social Policies in the European Commission's Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Prior to this she was the Director responsible for the Commission Representations in the Member States within the Directorate-General for Communication.

Other posts held by Dr. Lieve Fransen during her career, include Head of Unit for DG Development, Vice-Chair of the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM), Public Health Advisor to the Ministry of Health, and Director of a research programme on sexual and reproductive health in Kenya. Dr. Fransen was the founder and Director of the AIDS Task Force of the European Commission from 1987-1993.

Dr. Fransen is Medical Doctor with a PhD on Social Policies. She was awarded the National Order of the Lion of the Republic of Senegal in 1991 and the Jonathan Mann Award in 2001 for special merit on Human Rights and Health.

Andrzej Ryś, European Commission

Andrzej Ryś joined the Commission in 2006 and is currently Director of the Health Systems and Products Directorate in DG Health and Consumers. He is a Medical Doctor specialized in radiology and public health. In 1991 he established School of Public Health (SPH) at the Jagiellonian University and was the Director until 1997. He was Director of Krakow’s city health department from 1997 to 1999. From 1995 –1999 he was the Polish director of the “Harvard-Jagiellonian Consortium for Health” – a project focusing on local governments' role in health care.

Dr Rys served as the deputy Minister of Health in Poland from 1999 to 2002 and developed a new system of emergency medicine and a new education system for nurses. He was a member of the Polish accession negotiators team.

Other posts held by Dr Rys include Founder and Director of  the Center for Innovation and Technology Transfer at Jagiellonian University, Director  at Diagnostic Ltd.

Despina Spanou, European Commission

Despina Spanou is Principal Adviser at the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers since 2010. She works on communication and stakeholders' relations. In that capacity, she leads the strategy and coordination of communication of the portfolio, notably the 'Ex smokers are unstoppable' anti-tobacco campaign and chairs a number of stakeholder fora.

From 2004 to 2010 she was the Deputy Head of Cabinet for the European Commissioners for Health, Mr. Kyprianou and Mrs. Vassiliou. During that time she was responsible for a number of health and food safety policies and handled communication issues for political initiatives, but also crises, including the avian flu crisis in 2006.

Before joining the European Commission, Despina Spanou was a practicing lawyer. She holds a Ph.D in European law from the University of Cambridge.

Gianluca Ferraris, journalist

Gianluca Ferraris was born in Genoa and lives in Milan. He got a degree in Political Science in 2002 and spent three years working and studying in the United Kingdom. He started working in a small local press agency and then continued as a freelance correspondent for daily newspapers. In 2001, covering the G8 summit in Genoa, he started his cooperation with “Panorama”.

Giulia Gandolfi, journalist

Giulia Gandolfi is a journalist born in Bologna, Italy. In 2005, Ms. Gandolfi spent nine months in Paris thanks to the Erasmus Programme and fell in love with the city. She graduated from the University of Bologna in European Literature and decided to finish her studies in France. She has a Masters degree in Comparative Literature from La Sorbonne University and also from the CFJ (Centre de Formation des Journalistes), a parisian "grande école" of journalism.

Ms. Gandolfi began her career writing features on health and lifestyle for women’s magazines, including Top Santé and ELLE. She is currently a journalist for the medical press at Le Généraliste, reporting and writing articles about health policy.

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".
Mr. Meade is also a European Correspondent for Deutsche Welle World Television, and a speaker and chair at conferences and seminars on EU affairs.

Helmut Brand, health expert

Helmut Brand is Professor of European Public Health, Maastricht University.

Tatiana Ivanova, health expert

Professor Tatiana Ivanova is the Deputy Director of National Center of Public Health and Analysis in Sofia, Bulgaria. A medical doctor, graduated in Kiev, Ukraine, she works in the field of public health covering health systems, social determinants of health, health workforce, patient safety and quality of care. She is a temporary adviser of WHO. She has broad experience in strategic planning, health economics and health system functioning.

Last update: 09/11/2014 | Top