Speakers

Kremlin Wickramasinghe tackle obesity conference

Kremlin Wickramasinghe, Acting Programme Manager Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in the WHO European Region

Kremlin is the Acting Programme Manager Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in the WHO European Region. He works at the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases based in Moscow which is an integral part of the Division of Country Health Programmes, WHO Regional Office for Europe. Prior to this position he worked as a technical officer on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Risk Factors, since 2017 in the same office. Before joining WHO, he was the co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Population Approaches to NCD Prevention at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Kremlin graduated as a medical doctor with MBBS from the University of Colombo. He holds an MSc in Global Health Science and a DPhil (PhD) in Public Health from the University of Oxford.

Carina Ferreira Borges, Acting Head of the WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of NCDs

Carina is the acting Head of the WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of NCDs (NCD Office). She is a public health specialist with an interest in non-communicable diseases and in her position, she is coordinating strategic and technical support to countries in scaling up their efforts to better prevent and control noncommunicable diseases (NCD). Carina started at WHO in 2006 at the WHO Regional Office for Africa where she worked in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. In 2017, Carina joined the NCD Office as Programme Manager for Alcohol, Illicit Drugs and Prison Health supporting countries in the development of comprehensive national alcohol policies and the improvement of prison health systems. 

Afton Halloran tackle obesity conference

Afton Halloran, Consultant at WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

Dr. Afton Halloran is a transdisciplinary scientist specialized in sustainable food systems. She works as a consultant on issues related to healthy and sustainable diets at the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases. She has written and co-authored multiple books, reports and research papers on food policy and security, underutilized foods, urban food environments, innovation, and dietary shifts. Afton also holds a research position at the Department for Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at the University of Copenhagen. She holds a MSc in Agricultural Development and a PhD in International and Pediatric Nutrition from the University of Copenhagen.

Knut Klepp tackle obesity conference

Knut-Inge Klepp, Executive Director of Mental and Physical Health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health

Prof. Knut-Inge Klepp is Executive Director of Mental and Physical Health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. He has published extensively in the fields of adolescent health promotion and evaluation of public health education and policy measures. He has coordinated and served as investigator on many European Union research projects, including as project coordinator for the ongoing Horison2020 project “Confronting Obesity: Co-creating policy with adolescents (CO-CREATE). Dr Klepp has chaired the WHO EURO Member State network on reducing marketing pressure on children, and he is former president of the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity.

maria joão gregório tackle obesity conference

Maria João Gregório, Director of the Portuguese National Programme for the Promotion of Healthy Eating of the Directorate-General of Health

Maria João Gregório is currently the Director of the Portuguese National Programme for the Promotion of Healthy Eating of the Directorate-General of Health. She is also an Invited Assistant Professor on Food and Nutrition Policy at Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences of the University of Porto. She is a registered nutritionist with a PhD in Food Consumption Sciences and Nutrition. 

Pedro Graça, Dean of the Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences of the University of Porto

Pedro Graça is Dean of the Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences of the University of Porto. He is former Director of the National Programme for the Promotion of Healthy Eating of the Directorate-General of Health and during the last decade Pedro Graça is committed to helping improve nutrition and health in Portugal. He is a registered nutritionist with a Master in Community Health and a PhD in Human Nutrition.

Monique Goyens, BEUC Director General

As Director General of BEUC, Monique represents 46 independent national consumer associations in 32 European countries, acting as a strong consumer voice in Brussels, ensuring that consumer interests are given weight in the development of policies and raising the visibility and effectiveness of the consumer movement through lobbying EU institutions and media contacts.

Marta Temido, Portuguese Minister of Health

Marta Temido is the Portuguese Minister of Health since 2018. PhD in International Health, Health and Development Policies by the Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Master in Management and Health Economics by the Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra and Law degree in Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Coimbra. Post-graduation in Hospital Management by the Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Between 2016-2017 she was President of the Executive Board of the Administração Central do Sistema de Saúde. She was Deputy Director of the Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Rachel O’Connell, Expert on digital age verification

Dr Rachel O’Connell is a leading expert on digital identity. She is the author of an identity attribute verification standard, the PAS 1296 Age Checking Code of Practice, which was published by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and is now becoming an ISO standard. Rachel is a member of the BSI technical committee IST/33/5 Identity Management and Privacy Technologies and its panel IST/33/5/5 Age Assurance Standards. Dr O’Connell has participated in the World Health Organisation’s work programme, which explores the relationship between childhood obesity and digital advertising.

Diana Pinto, CECS (Center for Communication and Society Studies) and MILobs(Observatory on Media, Information, and Literacy), University of Minho

Diana Pinto has a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from the University of Minho with the thesis title “Health Information sources and Media Health Literacy: a study with Portuguese teenagers”. She works at the CECS (Center for Communication and Society Studies) and MILobs (Observatory on Media, Information, and Literacy), University of Minho.

Gisela Serafim, Head of Advertising Unit of Consumer Directorate-General, Portugal

Gisela Serafim is the Head of Advertising Unit of Consumer Directorate-General (Portugal). She has a Law Degree and a graduate degree on legislative science by the University of Lisboa, with an interest in Advertising Law, Advertising Code and Unfair Commercial Practices. Certificate degree in Human Resource Management by the Duquesne University, School of Business and Administration, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

Jo Jewell, Nutrition Specialist (Child Overweight and Obesity Prevention), Nutrition Section, UNICEF

Jo Jewell works within UNICEF’s Nutrition Section on childhood overweight and obesity prevention and food systems. Jo joined UNICEF from the WHO Regional Office for Europe where he worked as a Technical Officer for Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity from 2014 – 2019. He has a Masters from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing. His experience and publications mainly relate to food policy, including a focus on food marketing to children, nutrient profiling, the use of price policies, front of pack labelling, and infant and young child feeding.

Richard Harrington, Senior Researcher in the Diet Data and Interventions Group, University of Oxford

Richie is a senior researcher in the Diet Data and Interventions Group and leads the foodDB and BetterBasket projects. He built the core software platforms underpinning these projects, is passionate about tackling large, real-world, complex problems with data and technology, and is interested in big data, population-health, tech-for-good, machine learning, community-building and citizen science. Richie has experience and interests in computational biology, molecular evolution, digital health and public health, and has a BA in Genetics from Trinity College, Dublin, an MSc in Bioinformatics from the University of Ulster, and a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Cambridge. He founded Digital Health Oxford, a cross-sector community of researchers, clinicians, designers, software engineers and others, now running out of the Department of Primary Health Care Sciences at the University of Oxford, and TheHill Oxford, a health innovation hub running out of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Roberto Flore, Head DTU Skylab FoodLab.

Roberto has a background in agriculture and natural resource management, and more than 15 years of international experience working in the field of food system change and innovation. Roberto builds bridges between disciplines by using food as a vehicle to address grand global challenges working side-by-side with scientists, entrepreneurs and thought leaders to further the application of food-related innovation in a real-world context.

In 2018, he designed the DTU Skylab FoodLab. Food system change laboratory of DTU sinnovation hub. Roberto formally worked as Head of R&D at the open source innovation laboratory Nordic Food Lab. In 2017, Rolling Stone Magazine cited Roberto as one of 25 innovators who are changing the world. ICON Magazine has identified Roberto one of the top seven creative Italian talents to watch.

Roberto is part of the European Commission’s expert group working on the legislative framework of the EU Farm to Fork strategy. Roberto is Chair of the Executive board of the Berkeley Open Source Food Lab, and member of ONE THIRD, the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food’s think tank on the prevention of food loss and food waste.

Roberto collaborate and lectured in institutions such as the European Commission, the European Parliament and WHO Regional Office for Europe, World Food Programme, Harvard University, MIT, Tecnologico de Monterrey, University of Gastronomic Sciences, and Basque Culinary Centre. He has also co-authored books such as On eating insects (awarded among 10 best cookbooks by the Guardian 2017), and Edible insects in sustainable food systems.

Follow him at @robbeflo

Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe

Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge began his term as WHO Regional Director for Europe on 1 February 2020, following his nomination by the WHO Regional Committee for Europe and appointment by the WHO Executive Board.

He has 25 years of experience in medical practice and public health in numerous settings around the world. Having qualified in medicine, surgery and obstetrics from the Catholic University of Leuven in 1994, he began his career as a family doctor in Belgium.

On assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Belgium from 1995, his international experience started in emergencies, working in Liberia and Somalia, coordinating a tuberculosis (TB) control programme and providing medical and public health services in conflict zones. Dr Kluge’s work for MSF in the area of TB control continued with a posting coordinating programmes in prisons in Siberia, and then as the Regional TB Advisor for former Soviet Union countries in Moscow, Russian Federation.

Dr Kluge joined WHO in 1999, as TB and TB-HIV Project Manager at the WHO Country Office in the Russian Federation. During 2004–2009 his focus expanded, as Medical Officer for TB and then becoming Team Leader for the 3 diseases unit (HIV, TB and malaria) at the WHO Country Office in Myanmar, as well as working as a consultant to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on TB.

In 2009, Dr Kluge moved to the WHO Regional Office for Europe, and the following year was appointed Director of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health, and Special Representative of the Regional Director to Combat Multi/Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis. As division director, he led the development of a new WHO European Region vision on health systems for prosperity and solidarity; drove work on a regional study on universal health coverage and financial protection; prioritized a focus on service delivery including integrated and primary health care; and built strong partnerships on health system performance and reforms with the European Commission, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Bank, GAVI, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, civil society and donors.

A Belgian national, Dr Kluge is fluent in English, French, German and Russian, as well as Dutch. He is married and has two daughters. He enjoys running, cycling and gardening.

Miguel Arriaga, Head Division of Literacy, Health and Well-being at the Portuguese Directorate General of Health

Miguel is Head of the Division of Literacy, Health and Well-being at the Portuguese Directorate General of Health. PhD in Psychology, with work and coordination of projects in the area of Public Health, Health Literacy, Health Promotion, Implementation of Health Policies and Active and Healthy Aging. Leading, with the Russian Federation, the new Network of the World Health Organization – the WHO European Region Action Network on Health Literacy for Implementation of Prevention and Control of NCDs; Visiting Professor at the Medical School of the Universidade da Beira Interior and Rio Maior Sports School. He is also a Collaborating Member of the CRC-W – Catholic Research Center for Psychological, Family and Social Well-being.

Tobin Ireland, WHO Consultant with NCD Office

Tobin Ireland is a veteran of the mobile advertising space – having served as the Chief Digital Officer of BskyB, CMO of AOL Europe, and as Global Commercial Director of Vodafone. While at Vodafone, he was instrumental in driving the partnerships between mobile network operators and the mobile advertising industry and led the GSMA initiatives on mobile identity. He sat on the boards of Amobee (sold to Singtel), Weve (sold to Telefonica), Vouchercloud (sold to Groupon) and co-founded Adbrain (sold to TTD) and Smartpipe (assets acquired by Novatiq). Tobin is special industry advisor to the World Health Organisation, sits on the Content Board of Ofcom (the UK regulator), and advises the MMA on its data and identity programmes.

Diogo Martins, Coordinator of the International Projects Unit of the Shared Services for the Ministry of Health, PT

Diogo Martins, Master Degree, Graduated in Health Equipment and Technology, academic background consists on Electronics, ICT & Medical Devices. Holds a MD in Healthcare Information Systems Management obtained in partnership between the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL) and Faculty of Medicine of Oporto (FMUP) with thesis a in eHealth field: “Impact of using mobile handheld technology in health care delivery: a Systematic review”. He has worked as Medical devices consultant, key account manager and as ICT Project Manager in SPMS, working on Healthcare data sharing – Radiology and DICOM Imaging; Infrastructure for Healthcare data sharing – XDS, IHE and Telemedicine Platform. Most recently he coordinates (X-eHealtheHAction and HEALTHeID) and actively participates in more than 10 EU projects in the Digital Health-related to Patient Empowerment, Innovative use of Health data, Interoperability and eHealth Sustainability. He has been able to make a “bridge” between ICT expertise and how important is to engage Healthcare professionals and citizens to ensure healthcare enhancements. Currently he works at SPMS and is responsible for the International Projects as well as and International Cooperation 

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