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1st Conference of Partners: Delivering results for Europe


Joao Paulo Barbosa De Melo

Jo�o Paulo Lima Barbosa de Melo has a degree in Economics from the University of Coimbra and doing his PhD in Local and Regional Development. He has been Mayor of Coimbra since November 2010 and was Deputy Mayor from November 2009 to 2010, responsible for finances, city planning, economic development and Administrative Modernization. He was Member of the Executive Board of ��guas de Coimbra� municipal company, from February to November 2009. He was chairman of the Directive Council of the �Centro de Estudos e Forma��o Aut�quica� (CEFA), an important entity for the formation on Local Administration, from July 2002 to February 2009. He is Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra School of Economics since 1996 and Professor in the Masters Programme of Public Administration of the University of Coimbra School of Law since 2009.

John Beard

John Beard, MBBS PhD, is Director of the Department of Ageing and Life Course at the World Health Organization in Geneva. He is responsible for increasing global awareness of ageing as a driving force in shaping 21st century public health; building a sound evidence base on ageing related issues; and developing relevant policy, standards, interventions and tools. This involves working with all levels of government, non-government organizations, civil society and academia in the 194 WHO member states, and with senior members of many international organizations. He is chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Action Council on Ageing and a member of the Advisory Board of the World Demographic & Ageing Forum. John started his career as a clinician before holding a range of senior academic and public health roles in Australia and the United States. He has published widely in the international literature and remains actively involved in several large international research studies.

Rafael Bengoa

Dr. R. Bengoa's career has been both national and international.
He had practiced as a doctor in Spain for 7 years in both hospital and primary care.
He holds MSc in Community Medicine by London School of Hygiene and Community Medicine and MSc in Health Care Management, UK.
For over 15 years, he had worked for the World Health Organization in Copenhagen and in Geneva where he was Director of Management of Chronic Conditions and Director for Health System Policies until 2006.
He is professor in ESADE Business School in Spain and also teacher at McGill University in Canada where he teaches Leadership in Health Care.
He has co-authored numerous health care policy documents in Spain.
Presently he is Regional Minister for Health and Consumer affairs in the Basque Country in Spain.
His main interest is integrated care and the quality and management of chronic conditions.

Jean Bousquet

Prof. Jean Bousquet, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Montpellier in France.
He received his MD and PhD in pharmacy in November of 1979 and trained in allergology and thoracic medicine at the Montpellier University Hospital.
For many years, Prof. Bousquet�s research was focused on Mediterranean allergens and allergen-specific immunotherapy. His focus was then directed towards asthma research and he demonstrated the importance of the inflammatory component in the severity of asthma. He proposed the concept of airways remodelling in asthma and studied this process. He then continued to examine the relationships between asthma and rhinitis as a co-morbidity, particularly in severely-affected patients. He now focuses on severe asthma.
For 13 years, the Professor was Director of the INSERM Laboratory for the Immunopathology of Asthma and is also past chairman of the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA).
Prof Bousquet was the founder of ARIA (Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma), in collaboration with the World Health Organization, and is currently Chairman.
He is also Chairman of the WHO Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD), Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Asthma and Rhinitis in Montpellier and Vice-President of the European Union-funded network of excellence GA2LEN (Global Allergy and Asthma European Network).
Prof. Bousquet is a member of various international and national societies and has held the position of President of the Societ� Fran�aise d�Allergologie et d�Immunologie Clinique.

George Crooks

Professor George Crooks is currently the Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare. He is also Medical Director for the Scottish Ambulance Service where he is responsible for the quality, safety and effectiveness of all clinical services and the development of new services in partnership with other NHS organisations. George was elected to President of the European Health Telematics Association in February 2012. NHS 24 is the national provider of telehealth services for the whole of Scotland currently providing the majority of its services via telephony, the web and digital television. The Scottish Ambulance Service provides accident and emergency and patient transport services for the whole of Scotland, covering a population of circa 5.2 million people.
George was a General Practitioner in Aberdeen for 22 years and his past appointments have included Director of Primary Care with NHS Grampian with responsibility for all community-based independent contractor services. George has a particular interest in the appropriate use of technology to support the delivery of high quality patient care, using it as a vehicle to empower patients to actively participate in their care. He also is involved in the development of common assessment and triage processes across the NHS in Scotland as a better way to manage unscheduled and emergency care provision.
He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.

Mar�a Pilar Farjas Abadia

Dr Farjas Abadia is a civil servant of the Spanish Administration and started her career at the Spanish Ministry of Health and Consumer in several positions and departments (International Health, Hemotherapy, etc). She hold several positions of responsibility such as: Executive Director of the Spanish Food and Safety Agency, and several positions at the regional Government of Galicia such as: Deputy General of Civil Protection, General Director of Public Health, Head of Cabinet of the Regional Ministry for Fishery, Regional Minister for Health.
Since December 2011 Pilar is the General Secretary for Health and Consumers at the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equity. She is also the Chair of the Spanish Food and Safety Agency and Chair of the National Institute of Consumers.
Medical Doctor, University of Zaragoza (Spain). University degree in Sociology, UNED University. Diploma in Advanced Studies, University of La Coru�a (Spain). Master in Biostatistics.

Nick Guldemond

Dr. Nick Guldemond is program director Health at Delft University of Technology and representative of Medical Delta: a public-private health cluster in the province of South Holland. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and medicine. His interest is creating health solutions through technology, medicine and policy innovation. He is an advisor in �innovation of health care and technology� for the Health Care Counsel of the Dutch House of Representatives and staff member at the European Platform for Patients' Organisations, Science & Industry in Brussels. In addition, he was founder and CEO of the �Medical Field Lab� which was acknowledged by the Ministry of Economic Affairs as �best practise� for creating business from academic research through open innovation. As an international business consultant he worked for companies as Genzyme, Medtronic, DSM, Philips, Fuji, Campina and various institutions as RWTH Aachen, Cleveland Clinic USA, ETH Zurich and Singapore University Hospital.

Anna Haverinen

Anna Haverinen has worked as director of Elderly care, City of Oulu, Finland, for the last six years.
She has a degree in Master of Science (nursing). She is also a Specialized Nurse (Specialized in Surgical and Intensive Care).
Before her career as a director of Elderly Care, she worked as a teacher in Health Care institutes and as a specialized nurse in Intensive care and Rehabilitation.
Anna Haverinen has also contributed to national development work, like preparing the legislation of elderly law.

Mikkel Hemmingsen

Mikkel Hemmingsen is CEO of the Region of Southern Denmark; one of five administrative units in Denmark, responsible for the provision of health care, social institutions and regional development. He holds two Master degrees, one in Political Science and Administration from the University of Copenhagen, and one in European Political Administration from the European College in Bruges. He speaks three foreign languages � English, French and German.
As CEO of the Region, Hemmingsen paves the way for an organisation in constant development as he has valuable insights into finding new solutions in health and social care as well as into creating growth and regional development. Through his work he sets out policies and strategies not only for the provision of health and social care, but also for the economic growth of the Region. This includes development of competencies and regional competitiveness, where the focus is on Ambient Assisted Living, sustainable energy, and experience economy. Since 2010, Hemmingsen has held two positions in the Region, CEO and Director of Regional Development.
Hemmingsen has spent his career in development and leadership, with experience at regional, national and at government level. He has worked at the Danish Ministry of Science, as he was Head of Unit in the Ministry�s department for Technology and Innovation and later on, he was Deputy Director in the Government Agency for IT and Telecommunication responsible for public IT policy. Before joining the Region, he was the director of the Danish unit of the global IT and consultancy firm, Accenture.

Andy Hull

Andy Hull joined Liverpool PCT as Director for Stakeholder Engagement in March 2008 and is currently spearheading the 2020 Decade of Health and Wellbeing Campaign which aims to make Merseyside more Equal, Well and Green by 2020. With NHS responsibility for neighbourhood management he has worked with local communities in Liverpool to enable voices to be heard in the Design and Delivery of services. He believes passionately in community development and that services and experts should be "on tap not on top".
Since 2003, Andy has been the Chair of Smoke Free Liverpool. The Movement which has played such an instrumental role in driving forward the National smoking in enclosed public places legislation and reducing the numbers of smokers in Liverpool by over a quarter since 2005. He is now the Director for the FeelGood Factory; the Liverpool arm of the National Dallas (Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale) programme which aims to make Life Planning and Life Enhancing Technologies (LETs) part of all of our lives enabling joy, independent living and an improved quality of life for all.
Passionate about equality and enabling older people to live full, rich and independent lives Andy has an ambitious vision of how the partnership in Liverpool can help raise aspirations, improve Health and Wellbeing and reduce Health Inequalities across the Liverpool City Region.

Frans C.A. Jaspers

Frans C.A. Jaspers is Member of the Executive Board of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG): Strategic long-term focus in patient care, education, and research and innovation on Healthy Ageing.
He is Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands (HANNN). He is also Chairman of the Taskforce European Connection installed by the Dutch Top-Sector Life Sciences and Health (LSH) and in coordination with the Top-Sectors Agrofood, High Tech Systems and Materials, and Creative Industry.

Guy-Dominique Kennel

Guy-Dominique Kennel is President of the Council of the Bas-Rhin region since 2008. Prior to this, he held various responsibilities, locally in the district of Woerth and the commune of Preuschdorf, and in the Bas-Rhin region, often in relation to education. He is a member of France national advisory committee for education, he is specialised in policies in vocational education and training. He was conferred the award Chevalier de la L�gion d�Honneur in 2011. He holds a Master of Letters.

Vassilis Kontozamanis

Vassilis Kontozamanis holds an MSc in Health Care Policy & Management from the University of Birmingham, UK (1997) and an MBA from the ALBA Graduate Business School, Athens, Greece (2002).
He has attended executive courses at INSEAD, France (Health Leadership), at the University of York, UK (Socio-economic Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals) and at the London School of Economics, UK. He has published various articles on health care policy and management issues and has given lectures on relevant topics.
In 1999, he started his career as a Research Associate at the Center for Health Management & Evaluation (CHESME) of the University of Athens, Greece. He, then, worked as a Research Manager at the Health Economics Unit of the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (IOBE) and as a Research Associate of the World Health Organisation-European Observatory on Health Care Systems.
In 2004, he was appointed Vice President of the National Organisation for Medicines (EOF) by the Greek Government. Following a successful four year mandate in this position, he became President of the Organisation in February 2008. In September 2009, he resigned as President of EOF to run for Member of Parliament in the Greek Parliamentary Elections of October 2009. In October 2012, he was appointed by the Minister of Health as Head of the Athens Health Authority.
Since 2004, he has represented his country in several organizations and committees, such as the European Medicines Agency Management Board, the Pharmaceutical Forum and the WHO Committee on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health.

Stefan Lamme

MD, member of the county council for Region Sk�ne (healthcare, regional development, culture etc) Political active (liberal-conservative) in the social welfare sector since 1977. Specialist in internal medicine since 1979. Head of different medical departments for more than 20 years. Swedish Medical Association - chairman at a regional level (Kristianstads l�ns l�karf�rening) 1988-1989. Since the start of 2011 fulltime in politics.

Olle Ljungqvist

Olle Ljungqvist studied medicine at Karolinska Institutet (KI), Stockholm graduated in 1982, presented his PhD thesis in Surgery and Endocrinology at KI 1987. He got his specialization in General surgery in 1989 and became associate professor of Surgery at the Dept of Surgery Karolinska Hospital in 1991. Between 1999-2007 he was the head of the Center for Gastrointestinal Disease Ersta Hospital, and in 2005 appointed professor of Surgery Nutrition and Metabolism at the KI, to which he is still affiliated. In 2009 he moved to �rebro University Hospital, Sweden as the Professor of Surgery.
Olle Ljungqvist has co-authored about 175 original scientific papers and reviews, several book chapters and he has co-edited several books in clinical nutrition and surgery.
He has served as Secretary and Chairman of the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism (ESPEN) and is currently Chairman of European Nutrition for Health Alliance (ENHA) and the International Association of Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition (IASMEN) as well as the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Society. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Surgical Society.

Kathleen Lynch

Kathleen Lynch was appointed Minister of State for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People in the Department of Health and Department of Justice, Equality and Defence in March 2011. Minister Lynch was elected to Cork Corporation in 1985 and first elected to D�il Eireann in 1994. She was subsequently elected again in 2002 and has retained her seat since.
Minister Lynch was a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health, 2007, Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights 2002-2007 and member of Joint Committee on Enterprise and Small Business, 2002 - May 2006.

John Matheson

John Matheson has been Director of Finance, ehealth and pharmaceuticals within the Scottish Government Health & Social Care Directorates (SGHD) since July 2008. SGHD has an �12bn budget and John�s responsibilities cover eHealth and Pharmacy as well as Finance. Prior to that he was Director of Finance for NHS Lothian since 2000. He was awarded the title of Finance Director of the Year � Public Sector in 2004 and is particularly committed to Continuous Professional Development for Finance Teams with a specific focus on Organisational Development and matrix working. He took his first degree at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh and then obtained his MBA from Edinburgh University. He is currently a member of CIPFA�s UK Council and chairs the International Strategy Board. He has also presented at various national and international conferences on a wide range of topical public sector issues.

Andrew McCormick

Dr Andrew McCormick, British, a career Civil Servant, is Permanent Secretary of the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety(DHSSPS), and Chief Executive of Health and Social Care (HSC), Northern Ireland. Dr McCormick has held this position since August 2005. Following university studies in geology at Oxford and then at Queen�s University Belfast, Dr McCormick joined the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 1980, he worked in the Department of Finance & Personnel (DFP) from 1980 to 1993, apart from secondments to the office of the Head of the NI Civil Service and to the NI Housing Executive. He was Head of Finance and Strategic Planning in the Department of Education for Northern Ireland from 1993 to 1998, and Director of Central Finance Group, DFP, and then Second Permanent Secretary, DFP between 1998 and 2005. DHSSPS has policy, planning and budgetary responsibility for promoting health and social well-being in Northern Ireland and for all aspects of health and social care services � the group of organisations comprising Health and Social Care (�HSC� � the Northern Ireland equivalent of the NHS in the rest of the United Kingdom) have around 60,000 employees and an annual budget of some �4.5 billion.

Rocio Mosquera Alvarez

Mrs. Mosquera is the Health Minister of the Galician Government �Autonomous Community of Galicia, in Spain.
She graduated in Medicine and Surgery in the Medical School of the University of Santiago de Compostela and was trained as a General and Gastrointestinal Surgeon in the General Hospital of Galicia
She holds a Master in Hospital Management, by the School of Management and Administration (EADA).
She worked as a Medical Inspector of the Social Security from 1985 to 1987, and as a Director of Primary Health Care in the area of Santiago de Compostela, from 1987 to 1991.
From 1991 to 1994 she was the Head of the Health Inspection Service of the General Secretariat for the Ministry of Health.
From there she moved the Galician Health Service, as a Specialty Care Assistant General, from 1994 to 1998.
She worked as Advisor to the Directorate General of Public Health from 1999 to 2001.
From July 2002 to April 2009 she was the Manager of the Hospital Our Lady of Hope, part of the health Holding "Nosa Terra" which has the largest private hospital in Spain, POVISA.
Mrs. Mosquera was the Manager of the Galician Health Service from May 2009 until January 2012, when she became the Ministry of Health of the Galician Government, where she presently continues.

Clive Needle

Clive Needle is an independent international public policy advisor for organisations and authorities. Since 1999 he has been strategic advisor and director for EuroHealthNet, a network of public bodies developing health promoting and social equity approaches in Europe ( and ). Clive has directed its work on health in all EU policies and actions on social, economic and environmental determinants of health, from its Brussels offices. He has advised numerous EU co-funded projects including on health determinants and inequalities, research and sustainable development. Clive represents the network on bodies such as the EU Health Policy Forum and has frequently chaired, advised or facilitated significant processes and events, including:
� Chairing the Stakeholder Platform for the EU Mental Health Consultation process
� Keynote speaker and chair at the EU Open Health Forum
� Presenter at EU Presidency Conferences, such as on preventing obesity or tackling inequality
� Presenter on inequalities and leadership to the EU High Level Public Health Committee.
� Chair and presenter several times at the annual European Health Forum
Clive has advised and supported numerous activities of the World Health Organisation, including chairing and moderating international processes and events for Health Promoting Schools, Poverty and Health, Social Determinants and Health, Transport, Climate Change and Environment. He is a member of the WHO Advisory Group on Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Systems. Clive advises various other international civil society organisations, local and national authorities and academic bodies, and some sectoral groups including on innovation and technologies for health.

Anne-Sophie Parent

Anne-Sophie Parent is Secretary General of AGE Platform Europe, a EU network representing directly 30 million people aged 50+ across the EU-27 which she has been leading since 2002. AGE aims to voice and promote the interests of the 150 million inhabitants aged 50+ in the European Union.
Ms Parent has 20 years experience in dealing with policy and project development at EU level, having been Director of Autism-Europe for 6 years and President of the Social Platform for 2 mandates. She sits on various advisory committees set up by the European Commission (European Pensions Forum, e-Health Stakeholders Group, European Health Policy Forum, Advisory Board of the Assisted Ambient Living Programme, Dialogue Group on Insurance, Financial Services Users� Group, Steering Group of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing). She is also a member of the Advisory Group of the United Nations - Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) Generations and Gender Programme and a member of the Advisory Board of the World Demography & Ageing Forum (WDA).
AGE Platform Europe receives funding from the European Union PROGRESS programme to represent the voice of older people at EU level. In addition to its general policy work programme AGE is involved in several EU research projects dealing with the promotion of healthy ageing, independent living, transport, employment of older workers, demographic change and housing wealth.

Sergio Pecorelli

Sergio Pecorelli has been the President of AIFA (the Italian Regulatory Agency for Medicines) since June 2009.
He is the Chancellor of the University of Brescia, Italy, where he is Full Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Italian National Institutes of Health (Istituto Superiore della Sanit�), Chairman of the International Scientific Advisory Board of the Golgi Foundation for Molecular Medicine, and advisor to the European Institute of Oncology-IEO of Milan.
Previously, Sergio Pecorelli was the Chairman of the Italian National Committee for Cancer Prevention, President of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society and Chairman of the EORTC Gynecologic Cancer Cooperative Group, a member of the Executive Committee of FIGO and of the Italian National Scientific Committee for Disease Control.
His scientific activity is almost entirely devoted to female cancer. He is in charge of many projects for research and treatment of gynecologic cancer and devoted most of his professional activity to pelvic cancer surgery. He is Author of more than 300 scientific papers.
He has been awarded by the President of Italy the Gold Medal for public Health, the highest honor in the field.

Jean-Marie Robine

Jean-Marie Robine is a Research Director at INSERM, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (, within the CERMES Research group in Paris ( and the Unit 710 in Montpellier ( where he heads the research team Biodemography of longevity and vitality. He studies human longevity, with the aim of understanding the relations between health and longevity. In particular, he measures the impact that the increase in adult life durations may have on the health status of the elderly population.
Since its creation in 1989, he has been the coordinator of the International Network on Health Expectancy (REVES), which brings together more some 100 researchers worldwide ( He is the project leader of the Joint Action European Life and Health Expectancy Information System (, which provides analysis of disability-free life expectancies in the European Union (Healthy Life Years-HLY). He is co-responsible for the development of the International Database on Longevity (IDL) in association with the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock) and INED (Paris). He is one of the principal investigators of the Genetic of Healthy Ageing project (GEHA) and the project leader of the healthy longevity project granted by AXA Research Fund: the Five-Country Oldest Old Project (5-COOP).

Luis Eduardo Rosado Bret�n

Luis Eduardo Rosado Bret�n graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid and specialised in Intensive Medicine at the General Hospital of Alicante. He gained a Master�s Degree in Hospital Management for University Miguel Hern�ndez, Alicante.
After twelve years practicing as a specialist, he jumped into the management field as:
Medical Deputy Director in Villajoyosa Hospital, 1995-1997
Medical Director in San Juan Hospital, 1997-1999
Medical Director in Alicante Hospital in 1999
17 Health Department Manager (San Juan Hospital), 1999-2002
19 Health Department Manager (Alicante Hospital), 2002-2007.
After several years in charge of the management in different hospitals, moves into the Autonomous Secretariat of Health (Deputy Minister) and the Management of the Valencian Health Agency (AVS) until June 2011, the date on which he was appointed Regional Ministry of Health of the Valencian Community.

Mari�lle Swinkels

Mari�lle Swinkels is a policy advisor and developer of the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands.
She has been working for years with the concept of social innovation in several regional programs such as the Smart Care program to improve the implementation of technological innovations. Important topics in which she is specialized are community building of new stakeholder cooperation�s (quadruple helix) and demand driven and bottom up approaches and methods.
She is a team member of the regional program �Health and Social Care Economy� of the province of Noord-Brabant. The goal of this program is to achieve a triple win: to develop a future proof health and social care system, to improve the quality of life of citizens in Brabant and to strengthen the opportunities for innovative business's in Noord-Brabant. The province of Noord-Brabant is one of the initiators of the Community of Regions of Assisted Living (CORAL). In this growing community 25 regions across Europe actively work together on regional policy development for Active & Healthy Ageing. On behalf of CORAL Mari�lle Swinkels participates in European projects such as the Interreg IVC project CASA, the CIP thematic network project ENGAGED and in the action group �Deployment of Interoperable independent living solutions� of the European Innovation Partnership of Active&Healthy Ageing.

Gwenda Thomas

Gwenda Thomas was appointed as a Deputy Minister in the National Assembly for Wales with special responsibility for social services in May 2007. Following re-election in May 2011, she was appointed Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services. She was previously a Civil Servant and Chair of Social Services Committees of West Glamorgan County Council and Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. She was Chair of West Glamorgan Campaign for a Welsh Assembly and Vice Chair "Yes for Wales", Neath. Her interests include health, social services and the rights of carers and children, childcare and the voluntary sector. She is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Brigite van Haaften

Mrs. Brigite van Haaften-Harkema (1963) is member of the executive board of the province of Noord-Brabant.
Brigite van Haaften studied Pedagogy at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, en Strategy, Innovation & Governance at TiasNimbas Business School. She had her own company for several years. In 1999 she became a member of the provincial council of Noord-Brabant. In 2006 she became the regional minister for Culture & Civil Society.