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Alexia Duten

Alexia Duten completed her PhD in 2013 at the University of Münster where she addressed "Global health: stepping Stone or stumbling block for the European Union?". She 

graduated from the M.A. European Integration at the University of Hannover, Germany and had previously completed a double diploma in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and in Sciences Politiques at the IEP
Strasbourg, France.

Alexia is currently a research and teaching fellow at the University of Münster, at the Centre for European Gender Studies (ZEUGS). Until April 2014 she was also project manager at the Gesellschaft für Versicherungswissenschaft und -gestaltung (GVG e.V.) for international health projects in Mongolia and Tunisia. She relies on other numerous experiences as research fellow (Chatham House) and consultant (IHDP, adelphi consult) across Europe, the United States and Ecuador.

Gonzalo Fanjul

Gonzalo Fanjul is a researcher and activist focused on poverty and inequality. Originally trained as an economist, he later completed studies on poverty and international development issues and holds an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Between 1998 and 2011 he was Research Director and Senior Advisor in Oxfam Spain and Oxfam International, where he played a strategic role in its global campaigns. Since then, he combines his role as policy research lead in ISGLOBAL with other research and communication projects, such as porCausa (investigative journalism against poverty) and +Social (a think tank promoting the reform of the migration regime). He is the author and co-editor of the award-winning blog of El País 3.500 Millones. Other details and his publications can be found in

Katja Goebbels

Katja Goebbels is a physician and holds a Diploma in "Tropical Medicine and Public Health" (DTMPH). She stayed for several months in health projects in Ladakh, India, and with La Isla Foundation in Nicaragua and worked in a substitution clinic in Berlin. Since 2011 she is part time student of the Master's program in International Health at Charité Berlin. Since 2008 she is a member of IPPNW Germany and participated in the World Congresses in Basel 2010 and Hiroshima 2012. Since 2013 she is a board member of IPPNW Germany. Katja is interested in Global Health, access to healthcare and peace and conflict related to health.

Jens Holst

Jens Holst is researcher, lecturer, and free-lance consultant for health financing and health systems management in developing, transitional and industrialised countries. He works for binational and multinational development-cooperation agencies such as GIZ, Health Focus, KfW, ILO, and others. He can look back on 15 years of international experience covering a wide range of health systems. Special focus lies on the implementation and evaluation of systems of social protection, fair health financing, healthcare delivery and health systems analysis. He works as regular lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Magdeburg and currently as deputy professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Fulda.

Nicola Kaatsch

Dr. med. Nicola Kaatsch is a specialist physician for child and adolescent medicine. She works in a joint practice for child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy in Hamburg. Dr. Kaatsch wrote her thesis at the University of Hamburg about "The Psychosocial Impact of War and Violence on Health of Somali Children". Dr. Kaatsch was a co-worker of the research project at the McMaster University, Canada, at the center for International Health / Center for Peace Studies. She helped to develop fundamentals for an academic discipline called "Peace through Health". Dr. Kaatsch has been a member to the IPPNW board, both locally and internationally, and has as well been a member to the board of “Médecins sans Frontières” (MSF). She was involved in projects of MSF in Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Libanon and states of the former Sowjet Union.

Tom Laffay

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio Tom currently lives and works in Leon, Nicaragua. Laffay is a documentary filmmaker, visual journalist and human rights activist who, since 2011 has focused his work on the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKDnT) epidemic decimating sugarcane-producing communities in Central America. Fluent in Spanish and self-taught in media production and photography, Laffay holds BA’s in Political Science and Latin American Studies and has been dedicated to social justice issues in the Americas for a decade. Currently, he manages the communications department for La Isla Foundation, a Nicaraguan based NGO dedicated to coordinating medical research and media attention on the CKDnT epidemic in order to bring about an intervention in working conditions on behalf of the producer communities. Other interests of his include issues of immigration, police tactics and strategies relating to gang and narco issues as well as indigenous rights.

Invited to participate in the Summer School to represent the CKDnT issue on behalf of La Isla Foundation, he hopes to increase international awareness of current efforts and to establish connections with both medical and scientific professionals, as well as future human rights activists. 

Dieter Lehmkuhl

Dr. med. Dieter Lehmkuhl is a retired psychiatrist and psychotherapist who formerly has worked as a researcher in social psychiatry and social medicine at the Free University of Berlin and thereafter in different clinical settings. Before his retirement in 2008 he was heading the social psychiatric service of municipal health Department in Berlin. His particular interests are inequality, the influence of Big Pharma on medicine, Global Health issues and strategies of social change. He has been a former board member of IPPNW Germany.

Birgit Mahnkopf

Birgit Mahnkopf (born 1950) is a German sociologist, She finished her studies in 1975, received her Ph.D in 1984 and post-doctoral degree (habilitation) in sociology at Freie Universität Berlin in 1992.

She has worked as a lecturer at the Department of Sociology of FU Berlin, as a researcher at the Institute of Social Research (SFS) in Dortmund and at the Science Center for Social Research (WZB); she was the editing manager of the magazine PROKLA. Further she held an interim chair in Sociology at Technical University Darmstadt. Since 1994 she is Professor for European Policy and member of the International Insitute for Politcal Economy Berlin (IPE Berlin) at Berlin School of Economics and Law. Further she is member of the advisory council of attac Germany and of the "Grüne Bildungswerkstatt" in Austria.

Her research focus is on the economic, political and social consequences of globalization, political economy and socio-ecological transformation.

Jürgen Maier

Jürgen Maier has been  Director of the German NGO Forum Environment & Development ( - a NGO network, coordinating NGOs monitoring international policy processes regarding sustainable development, since 1996. He attended numerous WTO conferences and coordinated the Trade Justice Campaign at the Forum 1999-2005. Currently the Forum hosts the German coalition against TTIP: From 1993-1996 he worked as Director of the German Asia Foundation.

David McCoy

David McCoy is a medical doctor, graduating from Southampton University. He worked as a clinician in the UK for two and a half years before working in a rural government hospital in northern Kwazulu for a further two and half years. He has subsequently worked in the field of public health and health systems development. He was policy research fellow at the Child Health Unit of the University of Cape Town for 18 months, and then spent six years with the Health Systems Trust, a non-government organisation established in South Africa. He has an M.Phil in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Cape Town and a doctorate from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has also completed specialist training in public health with the UK Royal College of Physicians. He is a member of the Steering Council for the Peoples' Health Movement and is a Co-Managing Editor of the Global Health Watch. He was a member of the RSA's Commission on Illegal Drugs, and joined the Board of Trustees in December 2007. He is currently a senior clinical associate at the Centre for International Health and Development at University College London.

Katja Roll

Katja Roll was educated at Hamburg University (from 1996 to 2000) and finished her studies at London School of Economics (2000-2001). These days she is health advisor with focus on the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). She has worked for World Peace Services (Weltfriedensdienst) in Berlin, was the coordinator for Action against AIDS Germany in Tübingen and Donor Relations Officer and later senior civil society officer for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva. Katja Roll has a profound knowledge of the international policy debate on the global HIV, TB and Malaria control. She has a multi-year experience in developing and leading civil society networks as well as in facilitating information exchange and training in collaboration with civil society and community actors in Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Christie Satti

Christie Johnson Satti is pursuing doctoral research at the the Charité Universitätsmedizin on the development of global health national strategies. Christie is also a researcher for a Berlin-based global health policy think tank, along with leading academics and practitioners, focused on actionable targets and recommendations for implementation of global health policy in Germany. Coming from a global health policy background, having earned her Masters degree at Yale University, Christie specializes in

capacity building and social welfare policy in traditionally under-represented and marginalized communities. Her programmatic areas include orphans and vulnerable children, perinatal, maternal and sexual health, and HIV/AIDS—having lead on implementation initiatives in the Philippines and Tanzania. Her areas of specialization are training and curricula development, home-based caregiving, qualitative methodology; and experience with NIH, USAID, CDC, PEPFAR, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation funded programs.

Andrea Scheer

Currently Andrea is coordinator of the BioThinking Program of the Berlin Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies at the Charité in Berlin. There, she develops curricula, supporting concepts and tools that are based on design thinking for interdisciplinary research projects in the Life Sciences. You can find out more about the BioThinking program here:

Andrea Scheer holds a Master of Education of the University of Potsdam in the fields of linguistics, politics and pedagogy and she is alumni of the Hasso-Plattner Institute School of Design Thinking. She is also doing her PhD project on Organisational Knowledge Creation Processes in the Life Sciences.

Ortwin Schulte

Ortwin Schulte studied Law in Munich and Bonn. From 1989 to 1992 he spent his time in articles in Bonn and Dresden. From 1992 to 1999 he worked as expert in the working group “Fundamental issues in law relating to food processing and distribution” at the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG). From 1999 to 2001 he was the deputy head of the advisory department “EU coordination” at the BMG. Then he was the head of the “Health policy” department at the Federal Chancellor’s Office. From 2005 to 2007 he was the head of “Task force EU chairmanship” (BMG). Since 2007 he leads the BMG department “Fundamental issues of European and international health policy”.

He is an expert in health policy of the OECD, bilateral relations in health care in post-soviet, Arabic and Asian countries. Furthermore he coordinates initiatives that promote the export of systematic solutions and the support of health care economics abroad.

Petra Sevcikova

Petra Sevcikova is a graduate of Comenius University (Bratislava) and completed PhD in Economics at CERGE-EI in Prague. She held research and teaching positions at the Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the University of Edinburgh (Centre for International Public Health Policy, Global Public Health Unit). She currently holds a senior research fellow position at Queen Mary, University of London. She was recently involved in the EU FP7 funded project Accessing Medicines in Africa and South Asia (AMASA). This project was stimulated by earlier research on three pharmaceuticals in India and Nepal, Tracing Pharmaceuticals in South Asia: regulation, distribution and consumption, jointly funded by DfID and ESRC. Her research focuses on the regulation of pharmaceutical industry, such as standards of quality, and the intersection of economic and public health issues related to international harmonisation and enforcement of such regulations. She is also looking into epidemiological and clinical data that support introduction of medicines and vaccines in low- and middle-income countries and the role of civil society organisations in the medicine/vaccine policy change and promotion of pharmaceutical products. 


Dr. med. Peter Tinnemann

Dr. med. Peter Tinnemann is physician and health researcher at the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin with particular interest in social medicine, access to health care and health in a globalizing world. He holds a Master degree in Public Health from Cambridge University and has more than 10 years work experience with various international humanitarian aid organisations, e.g. Doctors without Boarders (MSF). In 2012 he found the association "Certified Medical Independence" training doctors in rational drug therapy. 


Apostolos Veizis

Apostolos Veizis is a Medical Doctor (General Practitioner). Since 2004 he is working at the headquarter of the Greek section of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the position of the Director of Medical Operational Support Unit (SOMA). Prior to that he worked as Head of Mission and Medical Coordinator for MSF and Medecins Du Monde in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Albania, Egypt, Georgia, Greece, Turkey. He alsoparticipated on assessment, emergency assignments and evaluations in Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Armenia, Lebanon, Syria, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, Zambia, Malawi, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Apostolos participated and had announcements in international and national medical congresses and contributed on publications of relevant articles.

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