Alison Cox is Policy and Advocacy Director at the NCD Alliance where she is responsible for policy strategy development and delivery across the organisation’s strategic impact goals of Prevention, Care and Financing. Alison has previously led policy and advocacy programmes for other global public health alliances: the Framework Convention Alliance and the Global Climate and Health Alliance. Alison also spent eight years as Cancer Research UK’s Prevention Director where she was responsible for their Cancer Policy Research Centre, as well as UK and International prevention policy research grant-funding programmes.
Prof Elif Dağlı is a physician and advocate focusing on childhood respiratory diseases. As an academician with thirty years of experience, she wishes to focus her research and teaching efforts on increasing the awareness and the importance of prevention. Elif Dağlı’s involvement in tobacco control and leadership has been crucial in Turkey. She was involved in drafting the legislation that instituted a ban on tobacco advertising and the establishment of smoke-free environments.
Isabel de la Mata is currently the Principal Adviser for Health and Crisis management in the European Commission. Previously, she worked as Counsellor for Health and Consumers at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU, as Deputy Director General for Health Planning at the Spanish Ministry of Health, as Adviser to the Vice-minister of Health and several other posts at the Ministry of Health of Spain and the Regional Departments in the Basque Country and in Madrid. In addition, she has been a member of the EURO-WHO Standing Committee of the Regional Committee, and has worked with the Pan American Health Organisation, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation. She is a specialist in Preventive Medicine and Public Health.
Lorena Dini is a medical doctor with a Master of Science in International Health, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Public Health, and holds a Certificate in Health Care Management. As a senior she is researcher dedicated to improving the health of the individuals and communities by designing and implementing innovative research projects with an action-based realist-approach. Her projects merge mixed methods and participatory approaches covering the primary care, public health, global health and one health from the patient, provider, organizational and systemic perspective.
Carlos Fernández is the responsible for the area of scientific dissemination of Official Schools of Pharmacists’ General Council. He is the scientific editor of the specialized monthly magazine Current Medicine Panorama. He is also the representative of the General Council of Pharmaceutical Colleges in the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products. At the same time, he’s an University Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Botany, Faculty of Pharmacy, Madrid’s Complutense University.
Karina Mocanu is currently the Communication Manager of the European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention. She holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Communications and Marketing at Université Libre de Bruxelles. In addition to her background in Political Science from the same university, Karina has worked in different communication missions within diplomacy, tobacco control, toxicology, cancer-related NGOs and EU projects. Her work, recently oriented towards research, focuses as well on youth advocacy in the field of health. She is the leader of the ENSP Youth Group and tries to translate the mission and vision of ENSP.
María Sahún Roncero holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University Sapienza of Rome and an executive MBA from ESIC Business & Marketing School. Additionally, she has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Zaragoza. As Director of Business Development, María is responsible for the commercial expansion and global reach of Bitbrain, achieving steady and solid growth and consolidating the company as a key player in the neurotechnology worldwide field. With more than ten years of experience in neuroscience and health companies, María merges a scientific and international background with deep expertise in sales and business strategy.
Russell York has dedicated himself to the support and development of educational and popular theatre in a mainly rural environment in the south west of Spain. His beliefs stem from his first years in contact with the theatre, volunteering and collaborating closely with community arts projects in the north of Wales more than thirty years ago. Now, having his voice production limited due to the cancer in his throat, Russell is now the Director of MINERVA: Creative Producciones, a recently launched project which, through community outreach and humility, hopes to become a hub of locally produced theatre enjoyment. Confident in the role and important influence that performance has as a force of good within the community.