University of Alberta
Dr. Adrian Wagg is Professor of Healthy Ageing and Division Director for Geriatric Medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His interests are in incontinence in the elderly, the effects of medication and co-morbidity on continence status, the epidemiology and aetiology of incontinence in the elderly in addition to community participatory research and education on healthy aging behavior. He is Joint Chairman of the International Consultation on Incontinence and the Chair of the Committee on management of incontinence in frail older people. Furthermore he is President of the Canadian Continence Foundation and holds a professorship at the Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University.
Dr Adrienne Rivlin is a Partner at KPMG and leads the Healthcare and Life Sciences Strategy team in the UK. She has over fifteen years consulting experience in both the public and private sector and specializes in Healthcare and Life Sciences strategy advisory. She has therapy area expertise in urology, and previously supported the publication of an internationally-applicable service specification for continence care. Adrienne’s current projects include developing key performance indicators to measure the outcomes of containment and toileting strategies for care dependent and care independent individuals.
Anne-Sophie Parent is Secretary General of AGE Platform Europe, a EU network representing directly 40 million people aged 50+ across the EU-28 which she has been leading since 2002. AGE aims to voice and promote the interests of the 190 million inhabitants aged 50+ in the European Union. Ms Parent has more than 20 years’ experience in dealing with EU policy and project development and sits on various EU advisory committees linked to ageing.
Institut Emonicum Ljubljana
Božidar Voljč is specialized in Family Medicine and Public Health. He is Chair of the National Medical Ethics Committee, a member of Task Forces at the AGE Platform Europe and counselor for gerontology at the National Academy for Sciences and arts. In gerontology his interest are falls and incontinence.
University of Southampton
As part of the continence management research group at Southampton, Catherine Murphy’s PhD looked at how clinicians make the decision to place a urinary catheters in acute care settings. As a postdoctoral research fellow in the group, she has been involved in a range of continence and catheter-related projects, focusing on understanding people’s continence product related needs and how to support the selection of the most appropriate products. She has a particular interest in understanding and supporting the continence needs of people with dementia and those at the end of life. Catherine is also an editor with the Cochrane Incontinence Group.
Cathy Smith is an experienced conference facilitator who has moderated a number of workshops on the issue of incontinence as well as the 2016 GFI in Berlin.
She is a former Brussels-based news correspondent for both the BBC and GMTV and was a main presenter of Channel Four News in the UK. Cathy also presented European Journal for DeutscheWelle TV from Brussels and she is now a co-director of the Brussels communications company SpeakEasy.
Derick Fage is host of Breakfast Television Montreal on City. In 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his community work and contributions to charitable organizations. After going public with his personal struggle of living with chronic fecal incontinence since birth, he accepted the role of ambassador and champion for the Canadian Continence Foundation in the hopes of helping others who are living with any number of challenges. In 2015 Derick became the first non-medical professional and patient to speak at the International Continence Society’s annual meeting in its 45 year history.
Dimitri Beeckman is professor of Skin Integrity and Clinical Nursing at the University Centre of Nursing and Midwifery at Ghent University. He holds visiting appointment ships at the University of Surrey, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and at King’s College London. In 2015, he authored a global best-practice document about prevention and treatment of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) and in 2017, he developed the Ghent Global IAD categorisation tool (GLOBIAD) to create an internationally agreed description of IAD severity.
Instituto Regionala Rittmeyer Ciechi
Elena Weber is living and working in Trieste, Italy. She is today General Manager of Instituto Regionala Rittmeyer Ciechi, a regional public body that provides services to people with visual impairment of every age. Since 2001, Elena Weber is analyzing different opportunities and situations concerning incontinence, both at a personal and professional level.
Eszter Vidor is caregiving relative to her mother who is a well-known painter who suffers from a serious mental condition and from incontinence. For the last ten years, Eszter has lived with her mother in Budapest in order to take care of her and to secure that she gets appropriate care. Being a caregiving relative is a challenge for Eszter from many perspectives. To get the resources needed from the healthcare system and to handle both emotional and practical struggles at home - all with the ambition to maintain a certain level of quality of life for her mother.
Leading Health Care
Hans Winberg is Secretary General of Leading Health Care (LHC) in Stockholm and holds a PhLic in public management from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). He has worked in the intersection between academia and practice first at the Executive Education at SSE, and since 2010 in the LHC, founded by SSE. LHC is an academic think tank working with applied research around policy, governance, leadership and organization in the healthcare and care sectors. The aim is to gather all relevant actors to explore value creation in combinations and Hans Winberg acts as an advisor on all levels and for all actors in Sweden.
Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg
Helle Wijk is a registered nurse, senior lecturer and associate professor in nursing. She is responsible for the specialist education in geriatric nursing as well as for the Inter-professional Education in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at Gothenburg University. Her research concerns the impact of the physical and psychosocial environment on patients' health, well-being and recovery, as well as the staff’s possibility to perform person-centred care.
American Health Care Association
United States of America
Holly Harmon brings both passion and a wealth of practical, real-world, clinical & operational experience to her role as Associate Vice President Quality & Clinical Affairs at AHCA. Her extensive service from direct care to executive leadership in a wide array of settings including post-acute and long term care have provided her with insights, knowledge, skills and innovative ideas which she exuberantly shares with others. She is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators and has made simplifying the complex world of long term and post-acute care policy and practice an art.
Gothenburg Continence Research Centre, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg
Professor Ian Milsom received his medical degree from the University of Liverpool in the UK in 1973 and completed his PhD thesis in 1984 at the University of Gothenburg. In 2000, he was appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Sahlgrenska Academy. Professor Milsom is currently the Head of the Women’s Hospital and Queen Silvia’s Children’s Hospital, Sahlgrenska University Hospital. He has a broad research interest, which includes urogynæcological conditions, contraception as well as menstrual disturbances such as dysmenorrhea and heavy menstrual bleeding and has devoted particular interest towards the epidemiological aspects of these common conditions.
Jan van Ginneken
Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
Jan van Ginneken is a senior policy advisor at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport in the Netherlands. His primary dossier is the reimbursement of medical devices and improvement of appropriate use of medical devices in cure and care domain in the Dutch healthcare system. He is committed to maintaining a health care system that provides people with access to essential medical care of good quality.
The Dutch healthcare policy is designed to keep care accessible and affordable for everybody against a background of an ageing population and the increasing technological possibilities in the medical field.
Jan is a national acknowledged policy expert in medical devices with 20 years of experience in this domain. Jan is secretary of the National Consultation regarding the appropriate use of medical devices. He participates in the working group on continence care.
Dr. Skelly is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and the Director of the Continence Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Her clinical practice focuses on conservative methods of managing urinary and fecal incontinence. She established the Nurse Continence Advisor Certificate Program at McMaster University in 1997 and the Canadian Nurse Continence Advisor Association in 2000. She has devoted much of her research in the area of incontinence looking at conservative management, education of health care providers and improving access to continence care for Canadians.
Dr Ostaszkiewicz is a Registered Nurse and an academic at Deakin University, Australia. Her clinical and academic expertise is in the management of incontinence in frail older adults and in designing, developing and evaluating workforce models to promote evidence-based nursing practice to enhance the quality of care for people with dementia and incontinence. Dr Ostaszkiewicz is on the editorial board of the Cochrane Incontinence Review Group and the Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal. She is also an active member of the International Continence Society.
International Alliance of Patients Organizations
A strong advocate for patient rights, with over 15 years’ experience in public health legislation and institutional development. Formerly a CEO at Richmond Psychosocial Foundation International and Managing Director of Coram Children’s Legal Centre, he has international experience in addressing health inequalities and mental health. He is a strong promoter of health innovation, having introduced telehealth and a number of Health Apps in control of non-communicable disease control and management, and was very active in the advocacy leading up to the ratification of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Kawaldip’s qualifications include an MSc in the Public Health International Programme from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, an MBA in Business Administration from the London Business School and Open University, and an LLB (Hons) from the London College of Law.
Mario Sel was born on June 20, 1980 in Duffel, Belgium with Spina bifida and hydrocephalus. As a child, he took part in several activities of the Flemish Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (VSH). When he reached 18 years of age, Mario started participating as a volunteer for VSH. In the summer of 2009, he received a part-time job as the education officer of the Flemish association; a job that he still holds today. Being the father of 9-year-old twins, he still has some time left for hand biking and to volunteer for the organization Child-Help, of which he is a board member since several years now.
Mr Mattias Abrahamsson is Vice President of the Incontinence Care Category within Essity (formerly a SCA group company). He carries a long experience within this field having worked at Essity for the last 18 years in various positions, the latest seven years directly related to Incontinence Care. As head of the Incontinence Care Category, he is responsible for the development of new products and solutions that will improve the situation for people with incontinence and their caregivers, as well as the impact this have on different stakeholders in the health care systems.
Paul van Houten
Born 1954 in Amsterdam and since 1980 a physician by profession. Since 1984 working as a physician in elderly care. In 1990 he became a specialist in elderly care. Currently he is head of medical department of Zonnehuis Groep Amstelland (home care, residential homes and nursing homes in Amstelveen, Holland). In 2008 finalization research with doctorate on thesis: The relation between incontinence, toileting skills and morbidity in nursing homes. Author of the book: “Toileting problems in dementia”. Member of guideline groups on incontinence in the Netherlands. Teacher at three nursing schools. Expert continence at www.zorgvoorbeter.nl (website from Vilans, Dutch knowledge center for long term care)
Center for Quality in Care
Since 2009, Dr Ralf Suhr has chaired the board of management of the non-profit foundation Centre for Quality in Care, founded by the German association of private health insurers (PKV). Here Dr Suhr works on a wide range of research topics in the field of care dependency and quality of care, which include, for example, dementia, incontinence, medical care and prevention.
Before that he worked as a medical doctor in hospitals and in the field of Alzheimer’s research. As health and care specialist, he later was engaged in the development of medical care processes as well as the restructuring of health and social institutions for an international strategy consultancy.
Ricardo Baptista Leite
Católica University/Portuguise parliament
Ricardo Baptista Leite (MD) is Head of Public Health at Católica University of Portugal and a member of the Portuguise parliament where he, among other things, is a member of the Parliamentary Health Committee. From 2015 to 2017, he was Deputy Mayor and City Councilor of Cascais which included responsibility for local health policy. Ricardo is also the founder of “Creating health – research and innovation funding”, a sustainable nonprofit which has been set up within the Catholic University to help capture funding for health innovation and research projects. Under the auspices of UNAIDS, Ricardo is founding president of UNITE – a global network of parliamentarians committed towards ending HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and other infectious diseases.
The King’s Fund
Richard Humphries is Senior Fellow at The King's Fund, an independent health policy think tank, and Visiting Professor at the University of Worcester. He is a recognised commentator and writer on social care reform, the funding of long-term care and the integration of health and social care. Richard has a particular interest in the implications of an ageing population for how we fund and deliver health and social care services. A graduate of the London School of Economics, his professional background is social work and over the years he has worked in a variety of roles, including senior roles in the Department of Health. Richard is also a non-executive director of Wye Valley NHS Trust and Housing & Care 21, a large national provider of housing and care services in England.
Glasgow Caledonian University
Dr Rona Agnew is a registered general nurse and clinical research Fellow with Glasgow Caledonian University. Rona is responsible for delivering evidence based continence service within Greater Glasgow and Clyde health service which has a current population in excess of 1.2 million. Rona continues to be actively involved in the promotion and campaigning for robust continence care and services for patients and individuals with bladder and bowel issues. Through her role as Chair of the Association for Continence Advice Scottish Branch, she continues to lobby Scottish Government for improved and accessible continence services for all.
Sara Rosager Mortensen
County of Assens
Sara Rosager Mortensen is a physiotherapist, working as a project manager in the county of Assens. Her work concentrate on how to implement welfare technology and different kinds of new digital systems crosswise in organizations. In the process of implementation, she has a central focus on dealing with the change of culture and working procedures. She worked several years with rehabilitation patients in the healthcare area, later on with project management of innovative welfare technology courses for students, and as a research assistant at the Parker Institute for rheumatology.
Executive Director of Eurocarers - the European association working for carers. A trained journalist, Stecy is an EU policy and communication specialist. Over the last fourteen years he has acted as a Project, Advocacy and Communications Director in organisations promoting and defending the reinforcement and harmonisation of domestic and foreign EU policies in the fields of press freedom, social justice, children’s rights, development, health, education and vocational training. Together with the Eurocarers Steering Committee he sets the direction of the Eurocarers network, develops and oversees the implementation of the action plan. He is also responsible for the Eurocarers secretariat in Brussels as well as for its activities in the fields of network development, project management, fund raising, policy influencing, advocacy and communications.
Susan C Reinhard
Susan C. Reinhard is a senior vice president at AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), directing its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the state, federal, and international levels. She also serves as the chief strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America. Susan is a nationally recognized expert in health and long-term care policy, with extensive experience in conducting, directing, and translating research into action to promote policy change. Previously, she served as professor and co-director of Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she directed several national initiatives with states to help people of all ages with disabilities live in their communities.
Tiago Cravo Oliveira
Dr. Tiago Cravo Oliveira is a Health Policy Analyst at the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, France. His work at the OECD seeks to measure social protection for older people with long-term care needs, including whether everyone can afford the care they need. Before joining the OECD, Tiago held research positions in London at Imperial Business Analytics with KPMG, and in Seattle at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Tiago has a PhD in Health Management from Imperial College London and an MSc in Biomedical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon.