WHO European Conference on
Tackling Noncommunicable Diseases
through Digital Solutions
European Response to Noncommunicable Diseases 4.0:
10 years following the Moscow Declaration viewed through the lens of the European Programme of Work.
14-15 december 2021
Conference objectives:
Identify how the challenges to NCD
response brought about by the
COVID-19 pandemic can be
addressed through digital solutions.
Disseminate good practices and innovations in the use of digital health for surveillance prevention
and control of NCDs.
Determine how WHO can support
countries in successfully implementing
digital health solutions for NCDs and
build back better in the face of the pandemic.
WHO European Conference on Tackling Noncommunicable Diseases through Digital Solutions
European Response to Noncommunicable Diseases 4.0:
10 years following the Moscow Declaration viewed through the lens of the European Programme of Work.
14-15 december 2021
Conference objectives:
Identify how the challenges to NCD response brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic can be addressed through digital solutions.
Disseminate good practices and innovations in the use of digital health for surveillance^ prevention and control of NCDs.
Determine how WHO can support countries in successfully implementing digital health solutions for NCDs and
build back better in the face of the pandemic.
Provisional Programme






Welcome and official opening

Conference photo and coffee break

Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic

Lunch break

WHO strategies for scaling up digital tools

Coffee break








NCD Management and surveillance

Coffee break

Governance and future developments

Lunch break

Global developments

Coffee break

Country session: closed

Closing session
Provisional Programme






Welcome and official opening

Conference photo and
coffee break

Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic

Lunch break

WHO strategies for scaling up digital tools

Coffee break








NCD Management and surveillance

Coffee break

Governance and future developments

Lunch break

Global developments

Coffee break

Country session: closed

Closing session
Dr Mikhail Murashko
Dr Hans P. Kluge
Dr Dmitry Pinevich
Dr Tolga Tolunay
Dr Jelena Borovinić
Dr Marat Shoranov
Dr Mirsad Djerek
Dr Nino Berdzuli
Dr Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat
Harold Wolf
Olga Golodets
Pavel Pugachev
Dr Mina Gaga

Minister of Health of the Russian Federation

Dr Mikhail Albertovich Murashko

Born on 9 January1967 in Sverdlovsk, he graduated from a city school with an in-depth study of physics, mathematics and chemistry.

From 1986 to 1988 he served in the Internal Troops of the USSR Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In 1992, he graduated from the Ural State Medical University, after which until 1996 he worked as an intern doctor and obstetrician-gynecologist at the Republican Hospital of the Komi Republic in Syktyvkar.

In 1996, he was successively appointed deputy chief doctor for consultative and diagnostic work, and then chief doctor of the Komi Republican Perinatal Center.

He defended his thesis on the topic “Features of the course and outcomes of childbirth in women with certain types of urogenital infection”.

From 1996 to 1999, he served as the chief physician of the Republican Medical Association.

From 2000 to 2006 he worked as the chief physician of the Republican Perinatal Center. In 2006, he moved to the civil service, taking the post of Minister of Health of the Komi Republic.

In parallel with this, in 2011 and 2012 he headed the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Republican Branch of the Kirov State Medical University of the Ministry of Health and Social Development of Russia, located in Syktyvkar.

In 2012, he was appointed Deputy Head of the Federal Service for Supervision of Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor). Since 2013, he was temporarily acting head of the department, and on July 14, 2015 he officially headed Roszdravnadzor. Under his leadership, Roszdravnadzor created a modern service for state control of the quality of medicines, one of the advanced systems for monitoring the circulation of medical devices and monitoring the quality and safety of medical care for the population. The Federal Service for Supervision of Healthcare has reached a high international level, its employees are heads of expert structures of international organizations at the World Health Organization and the Council of Europe.

On 21st of January he was appointed by presidential decree signed by President Vladimir Putin to the Minister of Health of the Russian Federation in Mikhail Mishustin's Cabinet.

WHO Regional Director for Europe
Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge

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.

Minister of Health, Belarus
Dr Dmitry Leonidovich Pinevich

Date of Birth


Place of Birth

Ilya village, Vileika District, Minsk Region


1984-1990 - S.M. Kirov Military Medical Academy

2005 -The Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Belarus (business administration).


1990-1992 - Doctor of Medical Service, Corp Military Unit 78530, Voznesensk, Nikolaev Region of the Ukrainian SSR

1993-1994 - Surgeon at the 36th city polyclinic in Minsk.

1994-1999 - Deputy Head Physician for the civil defense medical unit at the 5th City Clinical Hospital in Minsk.

1999-2002 - Head Physician of the 6th Minsk Clinical Hospital.

01.2002-06.2002 - Head of the Department for Supervision of Healthcare, Social Security, Sport and Tourism, Facilities at Department for Supervision of the Social Sphere Branches of the State Control Committee of the Republic of Belarus.

2002-2011 - Chairman of the Health Committee of the Minsk City Executive Committee.

Since 2011 – the First Deputy Minister of Health of the Republic of Belarus.

On 24 August 2020 appointed the Minister of Health of the Republic of Belarus a.i.

On 27 November 2020 appointed the Minister of Health of the Republic of Belarus.

Chairman of the Medical and Anti-Doping Commission of the NOC of Belarus.


The Medal for Labor Services

Deputy Minister of Health, Turkey
Dr Tolga Tolunay

Dr. Tolga Tolunay was born in Kilis in 1977.

He graduated from Faculty of Medicine of Hacettepe University in 2003.

Between 2004 and 2009, he completed his Orthopedics and Traumatology specialty training at Orthopedics and Traumatology Clinic at Ankara Atatürk Training and Research Hospital. Between 2010 and 2014, he served as a specialist in the Orthopedics and Traumatology Clinic of Yenimahalle Training and Research Hospital.

Between 2014 and 2018, he served as the assistant chief physician at the same hospital.

In 2018, he was appointed as an assistant professor to the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the Faculty of Medicine of Gazi University and became an associate professor in 2019. Assoc. Prof.

Tolunay's specialties are biomechanics, clinical biomechanics of the spine, implant design, and orthopedic tumor surgery.

He is a member of Turkish Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency Advisory Committee on Advanced Therapies and Graft, The Scientific and Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) Advisory Board on Call Programs and has been taking active part in scientific committees since 2016.

He has published numerous articles in national and international scientific journals and has over 70 scientific studies.

He has authored chapters in national and international books.

He has 4 registered international patents and 2 national patents/utility models.

His 3 national patents are under registration.

All of these patents are on medical devices.

He was appointed as the president of TITCK president in August 2020.

He was appointed Deputy Minister of Health on 2 April 2021.

Assoc. Prof. Tolunay speaks English and is married with two children.

Minister of Health, Montenegro 
Dr Jelena Borovinić Bojović
First Vice Minister of Health, Kazakhstan 
Dr Marat Shoranov

Marat Shoranov was born in 1975 in Almaty.


  • Kazakh State Medical University
  • Graduate School of the Research Center of Urology named after Academician B.U. Dzharbussynov
  • Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University


  • Over the years, he worked as a junior research fellow, research fellow at the Urology Research Center named after Academician B.U. Dzharbusynov, a research fellow at the KAZNII of Radiation Medicine and Ecology in Semey, a senior fellow at the research laboratory of the Higher School of Public Health.
  • From 2006 to 2008, he worked as head of the innovation department, acting deputy director, deputy director of the Research Center of Urology named after Dzharbusynov.
  • In 2008-2009, he was director of the Institute for Health Development of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • In 2010-2011, he was a project manager, Clinic Emory University in the United States.
  • In 2012-2013, he was head of the Center for Economic Research, Deputy General Director of the Republican Center for Health Development of the Ministry of Health.
  • In 2013-2017, he worked in senior positions in the Ministry of Healthcare, the Ministry of Health and Social Development, JSC National Medical Holding, and the corporate fund University Medical Center.
  • In 2017-2019, he was acting head, head of the Health department of the East Kazakhstan region.
  • In 2019, he served as the head of the public Health department of Nur-Sultan.
  • From September 2019, he has been deputy chair of the Board of the Social Health Insurance Fund NJSC.
  • From June 2020, he was appointed First Vice-Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
State Secretary of Health, Serbia
Dr Mirsad Djerek

Prior to being appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Health in 2020, Dr Djerlek held the position of the Director of the General Hospital in Novi Pazar (City in southwest Serbia).

Previously, he was director of Health Center in Novi Pazar and from 2008 to 2010 he was the mayor of the City of Novi Pazar, and from 2016 to 2017 he was the president of the Assembly of the City of Novi Pazar.

Through the period 2018/2019, he held the position of Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia.

During his mayor mandate, a new Social Strategy together with Development Strategy for the City of Novi Pazar were developed.

He was born in 1967 and graduated from the Medical Faculty in Pristina in 1993 and specialized in neurology.

Additional education he received in the field of epileptology and electroencephalography.

He is a father of two children.

Director of the Division of Country Health Programmes
Dr Nino Berdzuli

Dr Nino Berdzuli is a medical doctor and public health professional with over 16 years of experience working in health sector reform, including health policy strategy development, health network reorganization, health-care quality management, and institutional and human resource capacity-building.

She has clinical and technical expertise in reproductive, maternal and child health.

Dr Berdzuli joined WHO/Europe in 2018 to lead the sexual and reproductive health programme.

In 2020, she was appointed Director of the Division of Country Health Programmes (CHP).

Before joining WHO/Europe, Dr Berdzuli was Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs in Georgia.

In this role, she was responsible for the development, roll-out and strengthening of the universal health coverage programme, as well as health system transformation efforts and health sector strategic planning and management.

For over 10 years, Dr Berdzuli led implementation and provided strategic technical advice to the United States of America’s global public health programmes in eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia.

 Director of the Division of Country Health Policies and Systems, WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Dr Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat

Director of the Division of Country Health Policies and Systems, WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Dr Natasha Azzopardi-Muscat is a medical doctor, a specialist in public health, and the author of several publications in public health and European health policy.

Following her qualification as a medical doctor from the University of Malta in 1995, Dr Azzopardi-Muscat worked in various areas in the health sector in Malta, including maternal and child health, mental health, and primary care. Her transdisciplinary research bridging health policy, European studies and small states studies led to her PhD entitled “The Europeanisation of health systems: a small state perspective”.

Since 1999, Natasha has been a resident academic at the University of Malta, teaching in the department of health services management and public health.

In 2003, she completed her specialization in public health medicine and obtained her membership in the Faculty of Public Health of the United Kingdom. Between 2001 and 2013, she occupied various senior positions in the Ministry of Health in Malta, including that of Chief Medical Officer.

Before joining WHO, Dr Azzopardi-Muscat served as President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) from 2016 to 2020, where she was actively involved in health advocacy at the European level.

Dr Azzopardi-Muscat is married to Dr Conrad Azzopardi, a practicing physician, and has 3 children.

III President and CEO HIMSS
Harold F. Wolf

Harold (Hal) Wolf III is the President and CEO of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a mission-driven non-profit global advisor and thought leader supporting the reform of the global health ecosystem through the power of information and technology.

With a membership of 80,000 around the world, HIMSS serves the global health communities with focused operations across North America, Europe, United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. 

Wolf is respected internationally as a healthcare and informatics leader, with areas of expertise in mhealth, product development, integrated care models, marketing, distribution, information technology and large-scale innovation implementation.

Before joining HIMSS, Wolf served at The Chartis Group as Director; Practice Leader of Information and Digital Health Strategy. Prior to The Chartis Group, he served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Kaiser Permanente’s, The Permanente Federation, representing more than 16,000 physicians. Wolf also held executive positions at MTV Networks, Time Warner, and served as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Co.

Olga Yurievna Golodets

Olga Yurievna Golodets was born on June 1, 1962 in Moscow.

In 1984, she graduated from the Economics Faculty of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, majoring in Political Economy.

In 1990, the Council of the Research Institute of Labor of the USSR State Committee for Labor and Social Affairs awarded her the degree of Candidate of Economic Sciences.

From 1984 to 1997, she worked at the Central Research Laboratory of Labor Resources of the Research Institute of Labor, Institute of Employment Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

1997–1999 – Director of social programs of the “Reformugol” Foundation.

1999–2008 – Head of the Social Policy and Personnel Department, Deputy General Director for Personnel and Social Policy, PJSC “MMC “Norilsk Nickel”.

2001 – Deputy Governor of the Taymyr (Dolgano-Nenets) Autonomous District for Social Issues.

2008–2010 – President of the All-Russian Intersectoral Association of Employers – Producers of Nickel and Precious Metals.

2010–2012 – Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Issues, Education and Healthcare.

2012–2020 – Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

Since February 2020 – Member of the Executive Board, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board of SberBank, in charge of digital GR projects and health care industry.

Has no stake in the authorized share capital of SberBank.

Alternate Minister of Health, Greece
Dr Mina Gaga

Dr. Mina Gaga MD, PhD specialized in Respiratory Medicine and then specialized further in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Imperial College and the Royal Brompton Hospital, London.

She has served as Assistant Professor at Athens University and Director of the 7th Respiratory Medicine Dept and Asthma Centre at Athens Chest Hospital as well as Medical Director of the Hospital with a dual clinical and educational role.

She moreover has an important international role, has served as Secretary General and President of the European Respiratory Society, Secretary of the European Board of Accreditation in Pneumology (EBAP) and advisor to the WHO, has been actively involved as PI in multiple clinical trials and has been active internationally in guideline development for several asthma and lung cancer screening. She has published extensively in these research areas. She is currently Alternate Minister of Health.

and many others
Dr Svetlana Akselrod
Dr Kremlin
Dr Shan
Dr Ivo
Dr João
Dr Saeid Molladavoudi
Dr Effy
Dr Dipak
Dr Iveta Nagyova
Dr Alexey Kulikov
Dr Michele Cecchini
Dr Aleksandra Torbica
Dr Nienke Schutte
Dr Guy
Dr Adalberto Campos Fernandes
Dr Siniša
Dr Plamen Dimitrov
Dr Bente Mikkelsen
Dr Sabine Koch
Dr Pavel
Dr Gauden Galea
Dr Victoria Madyanova
Dr jaarika järviste
Dr Talita Duarte-Salles
Dr James
Dr Alexey

Dr Allan
Dr Kirthi
Dr David
Dr Thilo
Dr Tasnim
Dr Miklós
D Balicer
Dr Svetlana Akselrod

Dr Svetlana Akselrod is is Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Platform, which brings together the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on NCDs and the Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs, as well as oversees a number of other cross-cutting initiatives on NCDs at global, regional and country levels.

Dr Akselrod leads a coordinated multisector and multi-stakeholder action in the fight against major killers of our time – heart and lung diseases, stroke, cancer, diabetes and mental health conditions – and their major risk factors: tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and air pollution. Prior to that, Dr Akselrod held the position of WHO’s Assistant Director-General for NCDs and Mental Health, leading WHO’s work in tackling NCDs and their major risk factors.

Before joining WHO, Dr Akselrod served for more than 11 years in high-level roles at the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, holding the position of Deputy Director at the Department of International Cooperation and Public Affairs.

Dr Kremlin Wickramasinghe
Dr João Breda

Kremlin is the Acting Head of 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. He also leads the Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Programme which is responsible for providing support to the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region on the implementation of the European Food and Nutrition Action Plan & the Physical Activity strategy for the WHO European Region (2016-2025).

From 2017-2021, he worked as a Technical Officer on Noncommunicable Disease (NCD) Risk Factors in the same office. Before joining WHO, he was a researcher and the co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Population Approaches to NCD Prevention at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He co-edited the text book “An Introduction to Population-level Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases” published by the Oxford University Press. He has a special interest in multisectoral responses to health promotion, quantifying the outcome of health policies and implementation research. 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.

Dr Shan Xu

Shan is the head of WHO Collaborating Centre for Digital Health, a senior engineer of the E-Health Department, Cloud Computing & Big Data Research Institute, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT).

She is the vice-chair of ITU&WHO Artificial Intelligence for Health focus group(FG-AI4H), co-chair of the Ad-hoc group of the digital technologies on COVID health emergency (AHG-DT4ER), and was elected in WHO digital health experts roster, WHO Smart Vaccination Certificate (SVC) working group, and cybersecurity working group of the International Medical Device Regulators Forum (IMDRF).

She supported the China-EU ICT Dialogue, China-Europe experience sharing on COVID-19 prevention and control, National Informationization Plan of the 13th 14th Five-Year Plan, and many national projects on ICT innovations, as well as industry plan for digital health across China.

Dr. Ivo Rakovac

Dr. Ivo Rakovac is Regional Adviser for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Surveillance at WHO/Europe. Based at the WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of NCD in Moscow, Russian Federation, he is ensuring that high quality, comparable and timely information on NCDs is collated, disseminated, and used for policy and evidence informed decision making across the WHO European Region.

He is also representative of the WHO Secretariat at the NCD Advisory council, in the Data and Digital Signature Initiative. Ivo has as PhD degree from Graz University of Technology and over 20 years of experience in epidemiology, health information, digital health, surveillance and health services research and planning at regional, national, and international level.

He is WHO Staff Member since 2010 in progressively senior technical and managerial roles.

Dr João Breda

Dr João Breda is the Head of the new Athens Quality of Care Office and Special Adviser of WHO Regional Director for the establishment of Sub-Regional Offices. The newly established Athens Centre of Excellence aims to improve quality of care and patient safety at country level, and focusing on reducing inequalities while promoting health innovation and leadership.

Until recently he Headed the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD Office), which is an integral part of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Launched in Moscow in 2014, the NCD Office marked an important milestone in the commitment made to combatting NCDs in the WHO European Region.

Led by Dr Breda, the NCD Office provided support to 53 Member States in the WHO European Region based on population-level, targeted approaches to ensure a reduction in NCD risk, an overall decline in premature mortality. In 2019, the team he was leading was given an Award of Excellence announced by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, which acknowledges the exceptional contribution to the Organization, tangible gains and achievements.

For eleven years Dr João Breda was Programme Manager for Nutrition, Physical activity and Obesity at the WHO Regional Office for Europe, responsible for the implementation of the European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020 and the Physical Activity Strategy for the WHO European Region 2016-2025, as well as evaluating their implementation process.

Dr. Breda was also the recipient of the Gold Medal for outstanding services in the field of Health granted by the Portuguese Ministry of Health in 2018. He also received more than 20 scientific and academic awards and/or distinctions notably the Honorary Professorship by the Medical Academy of Kazakhstan and the Gerlev Award (Denmark). João Breda has published more than 250 original reports, scientific articles and more than 20 books (including one of the best sellers on infant nutrition in Portugal) and has more than 1000 citations.

Before joining WHO, Dr Breda was the Portuguese focal point to WHO/Europe for alcohol, nutrition and physical activity, and to the High-Level Group on Nutrition & Physical Activity and the European Platform on Diet, Nutrition and Physical Activity of the European Union.

He was the first coordinator of the national platform against obesity under the Portuguese Ministry of Health. He worked as a public health official at the general Health Directorate of Health for many years. He was the Head of the Nutrition Department at Atlantic University in Lisbon as well as lecturer and researcher at the Agriculture University of Coimbra (ESAC), the University of the Algarve and the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts in Coimbra.

Dr João Breda is a PhD in Food Consumption & Nutritional Sciences by Porto University, a Master of Business Administration, a Master’s in public health and initially graduated in Nutritional Sciences.

Dr Saeid Molladavoudi  

Saeid Molladavoudi  is the Senior Data Science Advisor in Statistics Canada.

He provides advisory services to Statistics Canada’s employees in a wide array of data techniques and issues related to data science, as well as strategic advice to senior management in support of statistical programs.

He is responsible for exercising a catalytic role in the implementation of the agency’s Data Science strategy and actively connecting and being involved in national and international data science activities and projects that can propel Statistics Canada forward in its mandate. In this technical role, he acts as ambassador of Data Science performing collaborative research and creating and maintaining partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

His expertise in identifying opportunities and determining effective road maps helps him bring together ideas, individuals and technologies to obtain valuable information from data at large scale.

Dr Effy Vayena

Dr. Effy Vayena is Professor of Bioethics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH Zürich). In her work, she investigates how advances in science can be ethically applied for best outcomes in public and personal health.

Vayena completed her education as a social historian with a PhD in Medical History from the University of Minnesota and a habilitation on Bioethics and Health Policy at the University of Zurich. A keen interest in health policy led her to work for the World Health Organization where she served as a technical officer for several years.

Vayena has been appointed Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she was previously a Fellow. Vayena is also an elected member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. She served as a member of the Swiss Science Task Force for COVID-19, and co-chaired the WHO’s expert advisory group on Artificial Intelligence health ethics and governance. Since May 2021 she chairs the Greek Bioethics and Technoethics Commission. Professor Vayena is renowned for her expertise, and frequently advises governments and public policy organizations on matters of digitization and ethics.

Dr Dipak Kalra

Professor Dipak Kalra is President of the European Institute for Innovation through Health Data, which promotes the learning health ecosystem by developing solutions to scale up the trustworthy uses of health data.

Dipak has led multiple European projects, and developed ISO standards, in EHR interoperability, data protection, business models and the reuse of EHRs for research.

His current projects include the generation and acceptance of real world evidence in pregnancy, the governance of patient-centric clinical trials, policies and frameworks for the design and governance of mobile health programmes, scaling up the quality, interoperability and the reuse of health data for research including inputs to the European Health Data Space, the readiness of hospitals to generate evidence for value based care, and an initiative to explain the value of research using health data to the public.  

Dr Iveta Nagyova

Dr Iveta Nagyova is the President of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and the Head of the Department of Social and Behavioural Medicine, Faculty of Medicine at Pavol Jozef Safarik University (UPJS) in Kosice, Slovakia.

She also serves as a member of several advisory committees at WHO and WHO/Europe; including the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Behavioural Insights and Sciences for Health, the WHO/Europe’s Regional Director’s Advisory Council on Innovation for Noncommunicable Diseases, the Behavioural and Cultural Insights working groups, and the European Advisory Committee on Health Research (EACHR).

Furthermore, she has been the co-founder and President of the EUPHA section on Chronic diseases (2006-2019).

Her research interests are in biobehavioural and psychosocial innovations in chronic disease prevention and management, non-pharmacological interventions, health behaviour change, and behavioural insights in public health.

She is involved in academic publishing, supervision of PhD students, and knowledge translation.

Dr Alexey Kulikov

Alexey is External Relations Officer in the Secretariat for the UN Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, which was established by the UN Secretary General.

Alexey has also worked in WHO Office to the United Nations in New York, in the Ministry of Health in Russia and as a health attaché in Geneva. Alexey is a Medical Doctor, he holds MPH from Liverpool University, Ph.D of Public Health from Russian State Medical University and owns diploma of the National Academy of Economy in the field of management and financial management.

Dr. Michele Cecchini

Michele Cecchini is a medical doctor specialized in public health and holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD from Imperial College London.

In his current position he leads the work on Public Health at the OECD – the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Michele’s research interests include priority setting and programme evaluation of policies influencing population health. 

He is the editor and co-author of publications on the economic aspects of public health, including the recent OECD flagship publications on tackling harmful alcohol use, overweight and antimicrobial resistance.

Michele holds a position of adjunct professor in applied health economics at the School of Public Health of the University of Siena and held a visiting position at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore.

He served as temporary advisor to a number of governments and international agencies, including WHO, IARC, the EC and the World Bank. 

Dr. Johannes Boch

Johannes Boch is the Director of Access and Urban Health at the Novartis Foundation, responsible for overseeing global programs in cardiovascular population health, health system strengthening, health equity and digital health.

Besides managing strategy, local implementation and assuring operational excellence, Johannes oversees real-world evidence studies, generating insights for health system decision-making. In this function, Johannes is leading several of the Foundation’s major public and private partnerships. 

Prior to joining the Novartis Foundation, Johannes worked in São Paulo, Brazil in consulting and research for impact investors and entrepreneurs, with a focus on access to healthcare. In addition to assignments with the KfW banking group, Johannes has worked as a psychologist in different research and in-/out-patients facilities across Europe.

He holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Fribourg (CH), as well as a degree in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen (CH).

Dr. Aleksandra Torbica

Aleksandra Torbica, MSc, PhD is Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Political Sciences and the Director of Centre for Research for Health and Social Care Management (CERGAS) at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. 

Since 2020, she is a President of Italian Health Economics Association (AIES).

She holds the MSc degree in Health Economics, Management and Policy from Bocconi University and PhD in Economics and Management of Public Organizations from University of Parma.

Her research interests lie on the intersection between health policy, health economics and healthcare management.

She coordinated important international research projects funded by the European Commission and international donor agencies. 

She co-authored numerous publications in prestigious outlets in health economics, health services research and health policy fields. In 2020- 2021, she served as a Special Advisor to the Chair of the Pan European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development endorsed by the WHO Regional office for Europe.

Dr. Nienke Schutte

Nienke Schutte (PhD) is a project researcher in the unit of EU Health Information Systems at Sciensano (Brussels, Belgium).

She is part of the coordinating team of the Population Health Information Research Infrastructure (PHIRI) for COVID-19 and her work focusses on the strengthening of the exchange of (COVID-19) population health information by implementing a sustainable pan-European research infrastructure to support health research and evidence-based policy-making.


Key messages:

  1. The Population Health Information Research infrastructure (PHIRI) offers a structured European mechanism for COVID-19 exchange in the area of population health information, fostering population health research across Europe to underpin public health policy decisions.
  2. PHIRI develops several tools, methodologies and services to facilitate population health research on the broader impacts of COVID-19, secondary consequences of COVID-19 on long-term health and wellbeing, such as consequences due to delayed prevention, diagnosis, and medical treatment of, for example, cancer or other non-communicable diseases.
Dr. Guy Fones

Received his MD from the University of Chile, and since then has gained more than 25 years’ experience and achievements in the public, private and global health sectors.

He joined WHO in 2015 and currently holds the position of Head of the Secretariat for the Global Coordination Mechanism for Noncommunicable Diseases, within WHO’s newly launched Department - Global NCD Platform – in the office of the Deputy Director-General.

The main purpose of his current work is to support WHO’s priority of responding to country needs by catalyzing multistakeholder engagement and cross-sectoral collaboration in support of the NCD and NCD-related SDGs, ultimately translated into meaningful and effective commitments and contributions from relevant partners.

Dr Fones previously served as Health Attaché for the Permanent Mission of Chile to the United Nations Organizations in Geneva where he gained solid experience in international public health, global health policy and forging strategic pro-health partnerships bridging national, regional and global multistakeholder interests.

Dr Adalberto Campos Fernandes

Adalberto Campos Fernandes, PhD in Health Administration, MPH by ENSP-NOVA, Degree in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Lisbon.

Professor at National School of Public Health - NOVA University of Lisbon - Department of Health Strategies. Invited Full Professor of European University, Lisbon. Specialist in Public Health.

Former Minister of Health of the XXI Constitutional Government (2015-2018). As a researcher, he integrates the Public Health Research Centre and the Comprehensive Health Research Centre (CHRC).

He is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine of Portugal.

President of the General Assembly of the Institute for Evidence-Based Health.

Previous positions include responsibilities in Health Administration and Health Management.

His experience includes the coordination of programs and courses, and participation in research projects and advisory to public entities, and the participation in academic juries and evaluation panels. His work has been published in the format of books, chapters, and peer-reviewed articles.

Dr Siniša Varga

Dr Siniša Varga is a doctor of medical dentistry, prosthodontics specialist, quality systems manager/auditor and a health systems management professional with over 22 years of experience working in health sector reform, including health systems reform and policy strategy development, health network reorganization, health-care quality management, health systems informatisation, and institutional and human resource capacity-building in national roles as well as projects financed by the World Bank, World Health Organisation and European Commission.

He has clinical and technical expertise in maxillofacial prosthodontic rehabilitation.

Dr Varga joined WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in 2021 for the area of application of big data analysis, artificial intelligence and digital solutions in the management, control and prevention of noncommunicable diseases. 

Before joining the WHO/Europe NCD Office, Dr Varga was Minister of Health of Croatia, Director of the Croatian Health Insurance Fund, Deputy Minister of Health, Deputy Director of a tertiary care hospital as well as other roles in his 31 year career.

In the role of Deputy Minister of Health he was responsible for the design and and roll-out of the national central health data system connecting first all of primary care, and today the whole health system. In the role of Minister of Heath he strengthened universal health coverage through financing reforms, greatly improved access to health care services and introduced health sector strategic planning and management, including a public health promotion strategy.

Dr Plamen Dimitrov

Prof. Plamen Dimitrov is a Medical doctor, MS of Epidemiology, MPH, PhD in Social Medicine.

His research interests are in the fields of public health, health promotion and disease prevention, chronic non-communicable diseases, epidemiology, social determinants of health, health inequalities. Author and co-author of over 150 scientific publications - textbooks, articles, monographs; over 70 participations in international and national forums.

Currently he is Deputy Director of the Bulgarian National Center for Public Health and Analysis, also he teaches at the Southwestern University "Neofit Rilski".

Prof. Dimitrov is a chairman of the Expert Council for Social Medicine and Health Management under the Minister of Health. He is a WHO national focal point on NCDs, and national coordinator of the National program for prevention of NCDs.

Prof. Dimitrov is member of the SCRC of the WHO/Europe, member of the Executive Board of EuroHealthNet, International affiliated faculty of the Institute of Global Health at Michigan State University, USA.

Dr Bente Mikkelsen

Dr Bente Mikkelsen is Director, Noncommunicable Diseases in the division of UHC/Communicable and Noncommunicable diseases, World Health Organization Headquarters (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland.She was formerly Director, Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course at the WHO Regional Office for Europe (Copenhagen, Denmark), Head of Secretariat for the Global Coordination Mechanism on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (WHO GCM/NCD) at WHO Headquarters (Geneva, Switzerland) from its inception in 2014 as well as a former CEO of the Southern and Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority.Dr Mikkelsen is trained as a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician and holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration and Management from the University of Oslo.

Her current focus is on achieving the SDGs through the reduction of premature deaths from NCDs in the context of WHO General Programme of Work, and working across sectors with multistakeholders, within and beyond the health sector using innovation, implementation research, health literacy and new technologies.

Jelena Malinina

Jelena Malinina is a Digital Health Policy Officer at the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC). Jelena works on the issues related to the healthcare digitalisation, personal health data protection and security, artificial intelligence, medical devices.

Prior to joining BEUC, Jelena worked for a healthcare consultancy, patient organisations and governmental public health organisation where she developed expertise in public health advocacy and healthcare systems innovation.

Jelena is a member of the European Commission’s ehealth Stakeholder Working Group and an alternate member of the European Medicines Agency Patient and Consumer Working Party.

Dr Sabine Koch

Sabine Koch is the Strategic Professor of Health Informatics at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and director of its Health Informatics Centre. Dr. Koch received both a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in Medical Informatics from Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany.

Her early research was in dental informatics, especially dental imaging and IT supported integrated care concepts for dental offices.

Her fields of interest include models for collaborative care, especially homecare, human factors/ usability and evaluation of information systems.

Current research concerns a socio-technical perspective on integrating health, social and selfcare but also guideline-based clinical decision support and information visualization for enhanced decision making.

Dr. Koch is the Past President of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and Editor-in-Chief of Methods of Information in Medicine.

She is a frequent member of the Scientific Program Committees for different international conferences in the field, associate editor of Applied Clinical Informatics and member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Medical Informatics.

She also acted as external expert for EC DG SANTE – Assessing the impact of digital transformation of health services.

Dr. Pavel Ursu Pavel

Dr. Pavel Ursu Pavel, Director, Department of Delivery for Impact

Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact

WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland    

Dr. Ursu has more than 20 years of experience in international health coordination and global health development. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Science Degree in Public Health, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK and a Master Degree in Health Services Management.

Before joining WHO, Dr. Ursu combined his work an Emergency Doctor specialist with activity in the Emergency Medical Services capacity strengthening project in Moldova. He was later employed at the Ministry of Health as Head of the International Relations Office.

Dr. Pavel Ursu joined WHO in 2001 first as Project Officer, and since 2003 Head of WHO Country Office in the Republic of Moldova. During 2010-2015 Dr. Ursu served as WHO Representative in Tajikistan and during 2015-2020 as WHO Representative in Turkey leading one of the most complex country operations in WHO European Region.

Since May 2020 -Dr. Ursu is the Director in WHO HQ, Geneva, leading the work on Delivery for Impact, in the Division of Data, Analytics and Delivery for Impact.

Ilya Geraldovich Komoltsev

Ilya Geraldovich Komoltsev (born in 1991)

He graduated with honours from Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University in 2015 and completed a residency in neurology in 2017.

Works as a research assistant at Solovyov Scientific and Practical Psychoneurological Centre, a neurologist at Moscow City Clinical Hospital after V.M. Buyanov, and a junior research assistant at the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the Laboratory of Functional Biochemistry of the Nervous System, where he completed his postgraduate studies in 2020.

He has 28 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has published more than 50 abstracts, and given 30 presentations at foreign and Russian scientific conferences.

He was involved in organizing an online conference and a school with international participation ‘Epilepsy: From Fundamental Science to Practice’ and also served as an expert at the Pirogov Scientific Medical Conference.

He oversees the student scientific club ‘Brain Diseases: Neurology, Psychiatry, Translation’. Since 2020, he has served as head of the Russian branch of the Young Epilepsy Section of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE). Since 2021, he has been a recipient of the Russian President’s scholarship for young scientists and graduate students.

Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis 

Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis 

Outstanding Lithuanian politician, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (2014-2019).

V.P. Andriukaitis was born on 9th  August 1951 in Kyusyur, Siberia.

His parents were deported in 1941 and he returned to Lithuania in 1957.

He is co-author and a signatory of the Independence Act of Lithuania (March 1990), also one of the co-authors of the Constitution of the Republic of Lithuania adopted in 1992.

V. Andriukaitis is one of the founders of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party and later on Chairman of the party (1999-2001), currently having the position of honorable chairman of LSDP. Member of the Lithuanian Parliament for six terms, from 1990 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2012. During that time he served as a Chairman of the Committee on European Affairs, including during the accession to the EU in 2004; as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee; as a Deputy Speaker of the Parliament (2001- 2004). The same years he served as the Head of the Lithuanian Delegation to the European Convention.

Having background of professional doctor, V. Andriukaitis had been a practicing surgeon with specialization in cardiovascular surgery (more than 20 years).

He also holds a degree in History from Vilnius University acquired in 1984.

From 2012 to 2014 Vytenis Andriukaitis was a Minister for Health in the Lithuanian Government.

From 2014 to 2019 he served as European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.  

From 2020 - Special Envoy of the WHO for Universal Health Coverage for the European region and Member of the Political Advisory Panel of the UHC 2030 Movement.

V.P. Andriukaitis is an author of multiple articles and books, more than 140 legislative proposals and amendments on national and the EU level; among them Amendments to European Treaties.

Dr Sergey Pavlovich Morozov

Director of the Diagnostic and Telemedicine Centre of the Moscow Department of Healthcare, Doctor of Science, Professor, Healthcare Organizer, Chief Specialist on Radiation and Instrumental Diagnostics of the Moscow Department of Healthcare and the Russian Ministry of Health in the Central Federal District of the Russian Federation, and Research Supervisor of the Experiment to Introduce Computer Vision Instruments in Radiation Diagnostics.

Member of the Programme Committee of the European Society of Radiology.

Chairman of the Moscow branch of the Russian Society of Radiology.

Author and co-author of over 250 scholarly works, monographs, and textbooks as well as 28 patents and copyright certificates. Deputy editor-in-chief of Digital Diagnostics magazine. Co-author of Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging Guide – Springer. Reviewer for the European Journal of Radiology.


Sechenov University, major in general medicine

Vocational training in radiation diagnostics and radiology at Sechenov University and Yevdokimov Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry

M.P.H. at Harvard University (Clinical Effectiveness)

Master’s programme at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, major in economics and project management

Internships at universities and clinical centres in the USA, Norway, and Italy.

Dr Gauden Galea

Dr Gauden GALEA is a public health physician, currently working as the WHO Representative in China, based in Beijing since April 2018. He has been coordinating the collaboration between WHO and China across all health concerns, with a primary focus on: the COVID-19 response, the review of a decade of health sector reform, advocacy for tobacco and alcohol control, and exploring the digital health landscape of China. On behalf of the Western Pacific Region of WHO, he has been coordinating an effort promoting innovation in public health within the "For the Future" vision of the Region.

Dr Galea has worked for WHO since 1998. Before assuming his current post, he worked as Director of the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course, in WHO/Europe. He previously held posts in Suva, Manila, and Geneva as technical officer, regional adviser, and coordinator respectively in areas related to NCDs and Health Promotion.

Over the past two decades, he has contributed to the work on developing a national stepwise approach to NCDs, to the development of a process to link the prevention and control of NCDs to health systems, to the compilation of evidence linking NCDs to the global development agenda, to the renewal of life-course approaches to public health in Europe, and to action plans on women’s health and men’s health in Europe.

He has a deep interest in computer programming and the applications of data science to public health.

Dr Victoria Vyacheslavovna Madyanova

Deputy Director of the Graduate School of Health Management at Sechenov University

Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre, which has developed more than 12 training courses for policy-makers in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

Professional interests:

  • prevention and control of non-communicable diseases
  • problems related to the aging of the population and the health of people over working age
  • social determinants of health
  • international projects in healthcare
  • global healthcare diplomacy

Dr Jaarika Järviste

I am head of development in Estonian Health Insurance Fund.

I started off my career as a medical doctor.

Since the beginning of 2020 I have been leading the development of telemedicine in Estonia.

Today my main focus is on improving healthcare system’s innovation and development capacity. Estonian Health Insurance Fund’s ongoing development projects include pilot projects on remote monitoring, teleconsultations, eAmbulance, cross-border e-prescription, e-prescriptions for hospital medicines, digital treatment plan, patient journey projects on stroke and endoprothesis.

Tobin Ireland

Tobin has 25 years experience working as a senior executive in the digital media industry. He started his career at McKinsey & Company and has served as the Commercial Director of BSkyB, Chief Marketing Officer of AOL Europe, and Global Director of Strategy and Business Development at Vodafone. While at Vodafone, Tobin led the GSMA global initiatives on mobile advertising and consumer privacy, and subsequently has become an active investor and advisor in the digital media and data sectors.


He has founded several successful businesses in the consumer, advertising and data industries – including Adbrain, Smartpipe, Black C Media, MetaGravity, and Trouva.


He is currently a Special Industry Advisor to the World Health Organisation, the Mobile Marketing Association, McKinsey & Company and Liveramp. He sits on the board of Cyan Forensics (a leader in CSAM and online harms known image detection) and the Content Board of Ofcom (UK regulator of telecoms, media and online platforms).

Tobin has an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the LSE, and a BSc in Pure Mathematics and Economics from the University of Bristol.

Dr Talita Duarte-Salles

Dr Talita Duarte-Salles holds a Masters in Public Health and a PhD in Biomedicine from the Universidad Pompeu Fabra.

After 3 years as a postdoctoral researcher at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC-WHO), she joined IDIAPJGol, a primary care research institute located in Barcelona, Spain.

Since 2015, she has been leading the area of real-word evidence at IDIAPJGol.

She has been involved as the lead in several research projects using electronic health records databases, mainly the SIDIAP (www.sidiap.org) in Catalonia, Spain.

She has been in charge of the mapping of SIDIAP to the OMOP-CDM as part of the European Health Data & Evidence Network EHDEN (www.ehden.eu) project, and has also collaborated in and led a number of international research projects with other databases within the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics OHDSI (www.ohdsi.org) such as the United Kingdom’s CPRD, Spain’s BIFAP, Italy’s HSD, the Netherlands’ IPCI, the South Korean’s HIRA, among others. She has extensive experience on the generation of evidence based on real-world data, being the lead of a multi-disciplinary research group at IDIAPJGol (Real World Epidemiology - RWEpi) focussed on the generation of real-world evidence for disease characterisation, prediction modelling, and causal inference.  

Dr. James Williams

Dr. James Williams is an author, technology ethicist, and research fellow at the University of Oxford. His work focuses on questions of technological influence - especially the ways technologies are designed to persuade, distract, or manipulate us - and the implications for human freedom and wellbeing.

In 2017 he won the inaugural Nine Dots Prize for innovative thinking, which led to the publication of his first book, Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy. 

The Observer hailed it as 'a landmark book,' TechCrunch called it ‘an instant classic in the field of tech ethics,’ and the President of Princeton University in 2019 chose it as the one book all incoming students were required to read.

James received his PhD from Oxford, where he studied at Balliol College and the Oxford Internet Institute. He has been a research associate at the Oxford Digital Ethics Lab, a research fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, a tutor in the Oxford Computer Science department, and a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge. Previously, James worked at Google for over ten years, where he received the Founder's Award, the company's highest honor. He is also a co-founder of the Time Well Spent campaign, an advisor to governments and policymakers, and a frequent commentator on technology issues in the media.  

Dr Allan Tucker

Allan Tucker is Reader (Professor) in the Department of Computer Science where he heads the Intelligent Data Analysis Group consisting of 17 academic staff, 15 PhD students and 4 post-docs.

He has been researching Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics for 21 years and has published 120 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers on data modelling and analysis.

His research work includes long-term projects with Moorfields Eye Hospital where he has been developing pseudo-time models of eye disease. Currently, he has projects with Google, the University of Pavia Italy, Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, London.

He is academic lead on a project with the Medicine and Health Regulatory Authority on benchmarking AI apps for the NHS in the UK.

He serves regularly on the PC of the top AI conferences (including IJCAI, AAAI, and ECML) and is associate editor for the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

He recently hosted a special track on "Explainable AI" at the IEEE conference on Computer Based Medical Systems in 2019.

He has been widely consulted on the ethical and practical implications of AI in health and medical research by the NHS, and the use of machine learning for modelling fisheries data by numerous government thinktanks and academia.

Dr Kirthi Ramesh

Kirthi works on health and social protection projects in Asian Development Bank’s Central and West Asia region.

She is particularly interested in regional health cooperation, quality of care, improving health governance to strengthen health systems, how digital health can transform health care and social protection. 

Kirthi’s experience includes working for various projects in health, social protection and local governance across Asia and the Pacific. 

She has supported the preparation of Germany’s National Global Health Strategy and prior to joining ADB she worked with the Ministry of Health in Malawi on financial management for the Global Fund. Kirthi holds holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany.

Astapenko Elena Mikhailovna

Yelena Mikhailovna Astapenko, Candidate of Technical Sciences.

In 2007, she graduated from Bauman Moscow State Technical University.

In November 2013, she began serving as Director of the Office for State Control and Registration of Medical Devices of the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare.

In December 2020, she became Director of the Department for Drug Supply and the Regulation of the Circulation of Medical Devices of the Russian Ministry of Health.

In September 2021, she was appointed Director of the Department for the Regulation of the Circulation of Medicines and Medical Devices of the Russian Ministry of Health.

Dr David Novillo

Dr. Novillo serves as Unit Head working on data, metrics and analytics at the World Health Organization (WHO) in the regional office for Europe in Copenhagen (Denmark).

Prior to joining WHO/Europe, he served as a Regional Adviser on eHealth at the Pan American Health Organization from 2010-2018. Furthermore, Dr. Novillo served from 2006 to 2010 as a Technical Officer for the Ministry of Health of Spain, where he was appointed Executive Advisor to the Minister.

Dr. Novillo obtained his Masters and Ph.D. in Information Sciences from the University Carlos III of Madrid (UC3M). He also received a Masters in Public Health from the University of Bordeaux and the Public University of Navarre and completed a certificate program in Public Health Informatics by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Novillo currently sits on the editorial board of the International Journal of Medical Informatics. In addition, he serves pro bono as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London and as an Adjunct Professor on biomedical informatics at the University of Utah.

Pavel Sergeyevich Pugachev

Pavel Sergeyevich Pugachev was born on April 1, 1978 in Moscow.

From 1999 to 2007, he worked in various positions, including managerial positions, at the Russian Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology.

From 2007 to 2010, he worked in managerial positions at commercial companies. He oversaw the projects ‘Unified State and Municipal Services Portal’, ‘Federal Management Personnel Portal’, and the creation of a system to monitor the quality of public services.

From 2010 to 2012, he worked at the Russian Ministry of Communications and Mass Media, where he oversaw the preparation of the state programme ‘Information Society (2011-2020)’ and coordinated the use of information and communication technologies in the activities of state bodies.

In 2011-2012, he was involved in work to provide video broadcasts of the 2012 presidential elections in Russia.

From July 2012 to February 2020, he worked in the Presidential Executive Office as Deputy Head of the Presidential Directorate for the Use of Information Technologies and the Development of Electronic Democracy (since 2018, the Presidential Directorate for the Development of Information and Communication Technology and Communication Infrastructure).

He has a rank of 2nd Class Full State Counsellor of the Russian Federation.

He has a certificate of honor and gratitude from the Russian President.

He is married and has two sons.

Dr Thilo Grüning

Head of the Department for Quality of Healthcare, Transplantation Medicine & Mental Health, German Hospital Federation

Dr Grüning is head of the Department for Quality of Healthcare, Transplantation Medicine & Mental Health at the German Hospital Federation, Germany. Since 2005 he has held several positions in the area of quality of care and patient safety, prevention and management of non-communicable diseases, health systems strengthening and performance assessment. From 2010 to 2016 he was Head of the Department for Quality of Care & Integrated Health Services at the Federal Joint Committee (Healthcare) in Germany. He acted as senior adviser to health administrations in India, Turkmenistan, Croatia, and Mexico. He was member of the Health Care Quality Indicators (HCQI) expert group at the OECD, and is member of the Council of Administration at Eurotransplant International.

Following his qualification as a medical doctor from the Free University Berlin, Dr Grüning pursued a career as anaesthesiologist and intensive care specialist in Germany and England for 18 years, including 8 years in a leading position (consultant) at the Royal Free Hospital, a University hospital in London. From 2001 to 2003 he completed an MSc in Health Services Management with a focus on global health and health policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics & Political Science. He worked on several tobacco control research projects.

Hrvoje Belani

Head of Sector for Information Systems Implementation and Improvement, Directorate for e-Health, Ministry of Health, Croatia

Hrvoje Belani acts as a head of Sector for Information Systems Implementation and Improvement within the Directorate for e-Health at Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia. He is experienced software engineer, ICT expert and project manager in e-health, representing Croatia in eHealth Network, as well as various international, EU-funded projects, like epSOS, INCA, EXPAND and ASSESS CT. He is MC member of ENJECT network and a member of eHealth Security Experts Group within ENISA. He gained his Master of Science degree in electrical engineering, majoring in telecommunications and informatics, from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. He has finished Academy for Political Development of the Council of Europe, the UN Academy and Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education. He is also an adjunct senior lecturer at VERN' University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb.

Limin Wang

Prof. Wang Limin is currently the director of Division of Risk Factor Surveillance, National Center for Chronic and Non-communicable Disease Control and Prevention, China CDC and is responsible for National Surveillance of Chronic Disease and Risk Factors and national epidemiological surveys. She successfully organized and implemented National China Chronic Disease and Risk Factors Surveillance 6 times from 2010 to 2018 as well as a number of national large epidemiological surveys on NCD. She is leading the National Key Research and develop Program-Construction for Major Chronic Disease Surveillance Big Data Platform and Key Technology Research and has presided over or participated in more than 10 scientific and technological support projects of the Ministry of Science and Technology, special projects of health welfare and international and domestic cooperation projects. She has rich experience in monitoring, prevention,control and big data of NCDs. She has compiled and published 10 reports, such as "Report on Chronic Disease Risk Factor Surveillance in China" and "National Disease Surveillance System Data Set for Death Surveillance". She has also participated in several national chronic disease-related reports and the national policy formulation and has published more than 100 papers in domestic and foreign journals such as JAMA and Lancet.

Dr Tasnim Atatrah

Dr Tasnim Atatrah assumed her role as the first WHO Representative and Head of Office in Bahrain in June 2021. Previously, she has served as acting WR in Turkmenistan (2021), Tajikistan (2019), and Kyrgyzstan (2018–2019). Dr Atatrah is a Public health Specialist, medical doctor and continues policy fellow at Cambridge University. She joined WHO in 2010 and has worked in 12 countries across WHO's Eastern Mediterranean and European regions in various capacities. Over the course of her work, she has mobilized resources and led interventions to strengthen health systems and promote universal health coverage as the ultimate means to ensuring equitable access to health for all, with extensive experience in emergency context. In addition, Dr Atatrah has provided technical support to ministries in the development of national health policies, and strategies, in line with the targets of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Atatrah’s work has simultaneously focused on strengthening participatory governance and enhancing national and regional policy dialogues to promote health and wellbeing. She successfully managed a subregional platform in five countries in Central Asia to enhance regional cooperation, strengthen health system and advance health security in line with the International Health Regulations.

Dr Alexey Novozhilov

Candidate of Medical Sciences, Head of the International Relations Department, Federal Research Institute for Health Organization and Informatics of the Russian Ministry of Health

Alexey has more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry.

He has been working at the Federal Research Institute for Health Organization and Informatics since 2003.

His research interests include: quality management of medical care provision, analysis of the structuring of healthcare systems, and international cooperation in healthcare.

Ruslan Halfin

Igor Nemov

Igor Nemov, CEO of the Digital Diagnostics project.

Head of the Digital Diagnostics project, which aims to find, select and empirically test promising technologies in healthcare. Initiator of numerous initiatives and government programmes to support innovation.  

The Digital Diagnostics project has prepared the necessary tools for improving the effectiveness of healthcare using artificial intelligence technologies and presented them for use in the constituent entities of the Russian Federation. A nationwide project was launched to identify, select and test promising technologies and AI products in healthcare organizations in the regions and interact with government agencies to improve the regulation of innovations.

2019 – present: Developer of the scientific and technological experiment on adapting the use of artificial intelligence at various levels of healthcare; author of the experimental procedure.

Until 2019: Head of government agencies in various areas to support innovations in the social sector (medicine, sports, etc.).

Dr. Miklós Szócska

Dr. Miklós Szócska graduated at the Semmelweis University (SU) of Medicine in 1989. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1998), and a Ph.D. from the SU in the field of change management (2003).

After his graduation at the SU he and his colleagues initiated the creation of the Health Services Management Training Centre (officially established in 1995). Between 1995 and 2000 he was serving as the deputy director and in 2000 he was appointed to be the director of the Centre.

Between 2010-2014 Dr. Szócska served as the Minister of State for Health of the Hungarian Government. Since 2014 he serves again as the Director of HSMTC and became responsible for the Institute of Digital Health Sciences at SU. In 2016 He was nominated by the Hungarian Government for the DG position of the WHO. In July 2019 Dr Szócska was appointed to be the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Public Administration at Semmelweis University.

Polina Pchelnikova

Vice President of the Russian Rheumatological Association “Nadezhda.”

Member of the Board of the Russian Patients Association. 

Member of the Board of EULAR PARE, member of the EULAR Advocacy Committee


Born on 27 December 1985, Ms. Pchelnikova completed her undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Economics at Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Faculty of Chinese Language at Beijing Language and Culture University before going on to earn a Master’s in Finance at the New Economic School and a Ph.D. from the Department of Economics and Finance at University of Hong Kong. She has also completed certificate programmes at Harvard Medical School and the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Further Professional Education “Russian Medical Academy of Continuous Professional Education” of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

Ms. Pchelnikova has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis since 2010 and is a volunteer at the Russian Rheumatological Association “Nadezhda” and the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR).   

2016 – present: Member of the Board of EULAR PARE and member of various EULAR committees.

2017 – present: Member of the Board and Coordinator of Social Projects at the Russian Patients Association.

2020: Elected Vice President of the Russian Rheumatological Association “Nadezhda.”

In addition, Ms. Pchelnikova currently holds the following positions:

  • Executive Secretary of the Working Group under the Presidential Commission for the Disabled on Improving the State Sociomedical Assessment System and Monitoring Compliance with the Adopted Decisions.
  • Deputy Chair of the Federal Bureau of Medical and Social Expertise.
  • Member of the Council of Public Organizations for the Protection of Patient Rights under the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. 
  • Member of the Council of Public Organizations for the Protection of Patient Rights of the Territorial Body of the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare in Moscow and Moscow Region.

Co-author of scientific papers on rheumatology, including several international recommendations on rheumatology for EULAR. Co-designer of international educational programmes for patients. Co-author of the EULAR Points to Consider for Remote Care in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disease. Member of the EULAR Patient Research Partners Network.

Ran D Balicer

Ran D Balicer, MD, Ph.D, MPH

Founding Director, Clalit Research Institute Chief Innovation Officer, Director of Innovation Division Clalit Health Services, Israel

Public Health Professor, School of Public Health Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Prof. Ran Balicer, serves as Chief Innovation Officer for Clalit - Israel's largest

healthcare organization that cover over half Israel’s population. He also serves as Founding Director of the Clalit Research Institute, the WHO Collaborating Center on Non-Communicable Diseases Research, Prevention and Control. In these roles, he is responsible for strategic planning, development and large-scale implementation of

novel AI and data-driven interventions for improving healthcare quality, reducing disparities and increasing care effectiveness.

Prof Balicer is Full Professor and Track Director of the MPH program at the Ben-Gurion University School of Public Health, Israel. In these capacities he has served as mentor for Medical Doctors and advanced studies students over the years. He has authored over 200 scientific publications, books and book chapters.

Prof. Balicer serves as Chair of the Israeli Society for Quality in Healthcare since 2013. He also serves in senior advisory groups to the World Health Organization

(WHO) Regional Office for Europe, involved in projects focusing on use of data science and artificial intelligence in effective healthcare provision and care integration.

Since 2020, Prof. Balicer serves as Chairman of Israel's National Experts Team on COVID-19 Response, which advises the Israeli Government and Prime Minister Office. He has led international scientific research on COVID-19 risk stratification, vaccine effectiveness and vaccine safety.

Sergey Ivanov

Director of А. Tsyb Medical Radiological Research Centre - branch of the National Medical Research Radiological Centre of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation

Chief Oncologist in Central Federal District of the Russian Federation

Degree: Doctor of Medical Science, RAS Professor

Sergey Ivanov is a member of the Moscow Society of Urologists, the Russian Association of Oncological Urology, the European Association of Oncological Urology and the Russian-American Medical Association.

He takes an active part not only in scientific and clinical work, but also for a number of years has been conducting pedagogical work and training of scientific personnel in the field of urology.

Since 2004, Sergey Ivanov has been a professor at the Department of Urology of the Faculty of Advanced Training of Medical Workers of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia. He regularly participates in seminars and lectures throughout the country and abroad. In total, he has trained more than 130 doctors.

Sergey Ivanov is a member of the reserve of management personnel under the patronage of the President of the Russian Federation.

He was awarded the honorary title "Honored Doctor of the Russian Federation" in 2016.

In 2017, he was awarded the prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology.

By Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of June 21, 2020, he was awarded the Order of Pirogov for his contribution to the fight against coronavirus (COVID-19).

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