2023 Conference Speakers
At the conference you can enjoy talks from the following experts in the field of migration and healthcare
Dr Santino Severoni
Dr Severoni is Director of the global Health and Migration Programme, Office of the Deputy Director-General, at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva. He is a medical doctor, health economist, epidemiologist, and experienced systems management.
He has over 24 years of experience as an international senior technical advisor and executive, worked for WHO, governments, NGOs, and foundations in Eastern Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, and Europe. He has dedicated his work to global health and is a WHO Representative in Albania and Tajikistan. Since 2011 he has been leading the WHO EURO work on health and migration. In 2019 he was appointed EURO Special Representative on health & migration and Director a.i. on health systems and public health. In June 2020, he was appointed Director of the global Health and Migration Programme at the WHO Headquarters in Geneva to lead the WHO global work on health and migration.
Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza
Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza is a Reader and Acting Deputy Director at the Institute for Global Health and Development (IGHD) at Queen Margaret University, in Edinburgh. At the IGHD, Marcia also leads the Psychosocial Wellbeing, Integration and Protection Cluster. Marcia is a co-founding member of the research group Comparative Analysis in International Migration and Displacement in the Americas (CAMINAR). She is also PI of the EU-AMIF project ‘New Scots Integration: A Pathway to Social and Economic Inclusion’, and Co-I of a recently awarded RSE Research Grant to explore long-term refugee integration in Scotland. She has recently published in Comparative Migration Studies, Forced Migration Review, Frontiers in Human Dynamics, Migration and Society, Geopolitics, Global Policy, and Development Policy Review, among others. Her co-edited books include 'The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance' (Edward Elgar, 2019), 'Latin America and Refugee Protection: regimes, logics and challenges' (Berghahn Books, 2021), and 'Movilidades y covid-19 en América Latina: inclusiones y exclusiones en tiempos de “crisis”' (UNAM, 2022).
Professor Andrew Lee
Dr. Andrew Lee is a Professor of Public Health with expertise in communicable disease control and emergency management. He has worked extensively abroad including running health programmes in Afghanistan, with disaster response teams in Sri Lanka after the tsunami and the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. He is also a Senior Consultant in Global Health with the UK Health Security Agency where he oversees projects in Africa. Most recently he led research on the global state of disease surveillance systems, the findings of which were presented at the World Health Assembly in Berlin, in 2022.
Dr Giulia Loffreda
Giulia is a research fellow at the Institute for Global Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (UK). She is a health policy and system researcher, predominantly focusing on issues of governance, health system strengthening and ways to build climate-resilient health systems. She is a member of the Rebuild for Resilience project, an international consortium funded by FCDO, that examines health system resilience in fragile and conflict-affected settings. She has conducted several projects on providing health services and implementing policies in conflict-affected settings, including Palestine (in collaboration with UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), Syria, Lebanon, and Libya. Currently, she is investigating how to integrate refugees’ health services into national health systems as part of a UNHCR project. Giulia applies a political economy, system thinking and equity lens to her work. She is part of the People’s Health Movement, a global network of health activists.
Dr Nazmy Villarroel-Williams
Nazmy Villarroel-Williams is a Lecturer in Global Public Health at Sheffield Hallam University. She holds a Ph.D. and MPH in Public Health for her project, looking at health inequalities among the migrant population in Spain. Her passion for health inequalities came from her upbringing: she was born in a mixed ethnic working-class family in Chile, grew up in different Latin American countries, and moved to Spain in her early teens. She has not stopped discovering new cultures since then.
Before becoming a Lecturer she worked as a post-doctoral researcher in different countries. Most recently she successfully completed a NIHR-SPHR fellowship with Prof. Sarah Salway at the University of Sheffield.
Nazmy has volunteered with different NGOs for migrants/refugees’ health needs in Spain, Scotland, and Ireland. During her research position in Edinburgh, and thanks to the unconditional support of her mentor Raj Bhopal. She had the opportunity to collaborate with Doctors of the World, in an exploratory mission during the refugee crisis in 2015 in the Balkan area.
All these diverse experiences have taught her adaptability to highly heterogenous environments and proactive research and teaching skills. Nazmy believes in the importance of intellectual freedom in order to create healthy and real partnerships between academia and the public. Nazmy is a member of The Global Society on Migration, Ethnicity, Race, and Health (MERH) and has published her work in high-impact journals. You can find more about her work in Researchgate.
Dr Naomi Nathan
Naomi is a trained medical doctor and a public health/health systems specialist. She is a graduate of the Erasmus Mundus European Public Health+ (Europubhealth+) program (2017- 2019 cohort). She has worked on health system governance/reforms, health workforce issues through various roles held in multilateral organizations, Academia, NGOs, private sector, and civil society in Europe. Her interests lie in understanding, proffering solutions to global health issues and leading change in health systems around the globe. As well as empowering young people, creating platforms and opportunities that enable the growth of young leaders from diverse backgrounds to equip them with the necessary skill set to be agents of change in health.
N. Charles Hamilton is a Climate Change Advisor in The Office of the Prime Minister. He has worked at the nexus of climate change, global health, and sustainable development issues, through various roles held in government, the private sector, civil society, and multilateral organizations in The Bahamas, Canada, and Europe. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences (Class of 2014) from the University of Guelph in Canada. Additionally, he completed a Double Masters Degree (with Distinction) in Public Health, from the University of Sheffield (UK) and Jagellonian University (Poland) where he specialized in Health Economics and Governance of Health Systems in the Erasmus Mundus European Public Health+ (Europubhealth+) program (2017- 2019 cohort).
Mr. Hamilton has supported The Bahamas in regional and international Climate Change negotiations, has served as Article 6 (Carbon Markets) Coordinator for the 39 members of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), and was elected as the Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) representative to the UNFCCC Article 6.4 Supervisory Body (i.e., the new UN Carbon Credit Regulatory Body).