A team of senior experts manages the content and operations of the GHF. The team is based at the Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine at the Hospitals of the University of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland.
Through an advisory role, a Program Committee supports the GHF team in ensuring that the themes and speakers at the GHF are selected objectively and in a way that helps GHF fulfill its commitment to infusing global policy making with testimonies from the field. Members of the Program Committee are invited to serve on a voluntary basis.
David Beran MSc, PhD
David adds to the Geneva Health Forum his practical experience looking at diabetes care in over 15 countries as well as his theoretical knowledge of the different aspects of chronic disease management.
David Beran is also a Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Geneva within the Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine.
David is a Swiss national who grew up in Geneva. He holds a BSc in Management with an Emphasis in Marketing. Following his first degree, he worked for a leading Swiss Biotech Company in both Health Policy and Government Relations and Public Relations. He then obtained his MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For his Masters’ dissertation, David worked at the WHO looking at ways of preventing Type 2 diabetes in children. David has recently completed his PhD looking at the needs of people with Type 1 diabetes in 13 countries at University College London (UCL).
Before joining Geneva Health Forum and the University, David was the Project Coordinator of the International Insulin Foundation (IIF) since its establishment in November 2002 until September 2011. As of September 2011 David became Advisor to the Board of Trustees. In parallel to his role at the IIF, David was also based at the Centre for International Health and Development, Institute of Child Health, UCL, where he was a Senior Research Fellow, with both teaching and research responsibilities in the areas of health management, access to medicines, diabetes, chronic diseases and health systems in developing countries.
Copywriter & Web Designer
Evren Kiefer joined the GHF team in May 2013. He uses his copywriting abilities to help define and serve the Global Health Forum platform’s communication and outreach goals. Evren helps manage the technical aspects of the platform including web development, maintenance and user support. Evren is involved in several projects related to the platform including the Geneva Health Forum where he helps the program director with the abstract submission and review processes.
During his time at the university, Evren was a freelance web designer. After a master’s degree in English Language and Literature, he decided to combine his passion for the web with his love of the written word and produce good content. He was a writer for the Paper.li Community Blog and a copywriter for the Large Network agency.
Prof. Louis Loutan MD, MPH
Louis is the founder of the Geneva Health Forum and has been its President since 2006. In this capacity Louis is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the initiative and ensures that it continues to enjoy wide institutional support.
Louis is Head of the Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine in the Department of Community Medicine and Primary Care and a practicing clinician at the Geneva University Hospitals in Geneva, Switzerland. He also serves the University of Geneva as Associate Professor in International and Humanitarian Medicine.
Louis is a specialist in internal medicine and tropical medicine. Louis has extensive field experience in Africa, Asia, North America and Eastern Europe. Louis is the former president of the Swiss Society of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology; President of the International Society of Travel Medicine (2001-2003). He serves on the boards of public and academic organisations that are committed to advancing the cause of global access to health.
Nicole Rosset PhD
Nicole participated in the creation of the Geneva Health Forum in 2006. At the GHF she is responsible for finances and in charge of relations between the management of the HUG and the organizing committee of the GHF. She is also the treasurer of the association created in 2007 to support this forum. Deputy general secretary of the HUG, she coordinates several services providing specialised services to all departments of the HUG. She worked in this institution for more than 20 years and exercised several functions in different domains (legal, economic, relations with patients, humanitarian affairs). She participates also in the activities of clinical and research ethic.
Nicole holds a doctorate in economics sciences from the University of Lyon; she investigated the field of the ergonomics and the working conditions in several branches of industry and different economics systems. She obtained the diploma of management of the institutions of health of the University of Lausanne and the international certificate in management of the institutions of care from the Universities of Louvain, Geneva and Paris faculty of political science.
Slim Slama MD, MPH
Slim is the Program Director of the Geneva Health Forum since its launch in 2006. At the GHF he ensures that the program of the forum is truly cutting edge and reflects the realities of a fast moving globalised and inter-connected world. Slim champions the view that policy needs to get a reality check from the frontlines to improve access to health globally.
Slim is currently facilitating two community projects of chronic disease research and interventions in Nepal and Tunisia.
He also co-moderates a web-based community of practice focusing on chronic disease capacity development in low and middle-income countries.
Slim Slama has specialized in Internal Medicine and now works at the Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine at the Geneva University Hospitals in Switzerland. He is a practicing clinician who also dedicates time to the development of international cooperation activities. Dr Slama holds a Master of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Jordi Serrano Pons,
Jordi is a physician and the founder of the UniversalDoctor project, the main objective of which is to improve multilingual communication between health professionals and patients using new technologies.
Jordi loves innovation.The implementation of UniversalDoctor in different countries has given him an opportunity to get to know different health systems in more detail and to contemplate the state of art of many health information systems. A European project on deafness and communication and a large number of agreements with private foundations have reinforced the UniversalDoctor project at the international level.
He is currently working on the launch of new projects related to medical education and mobile applications, and some of these projects will specifically target different NCDs.
He collaborates with a number of universities (e.g. Alcalá de Henares University) and other institutions including regional governments on enhancing and promoting different teaching programs related to Immigration and Health.
Jordi is a general practitioner and holds a Master’s degree in Health and Environment and a further postgraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Barcelona.
Sunoor Verma MD, MS
Sunoor joined the GHF team in March 2011. At the GHF, Sunoor is responsible for expanding the reach and impact of the Forum through strategic planning, strategic partnerships and strategic communication. He oversees the operational side of the GHF too. A senior development expert, Sunoor has worked in emergency, conflict and post-conflict situations. He has set up programs across sectors – Education, Health, Protection, Injuries, Sanitation, HIV/AIDS, Harm Reduction, Conflict Resolution, Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, Environment, Culture, Gender, Minority issues etc.
Sunoor has led the establishment of complex partnerships and coalitions and enjoys negotiating strategic agreements. He has worked in Western Europe, South East Europe, South Asia, South East Asia, North Africa and Australia. Among others he worked for UNHCR, UNICEF, European Centre for Minority Issues, Cambridge University and the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. Sunoor was principal consultant of the strategy consulting practice ProCube and is the founder of www.csrforchildren.org.
In a previous avatar, Sunoor Verma was a practicing cardiothoracic surgeon.
Dr Didier Wernli, MA
Programme Manager ICT & Global Health
Didier joined the Geneva Health Forum in 2009 where he setup the Global Access to Health platform (GHAP). This web-based platform allowed its members to collaborate and engage on global health issues. As Programme Manager for ICT & Global Health, Didier has led the development of the new website of the GHF 2012 and of the Global Health Forum Project. Didier is developing an ICT network for the GHF and supports the work of the GHF Programme Director with all programme issues.
Didier trained as a medical doctor at the University of Geneva. He also worked in fundamental research and experienced clinical practice in Africa and South America. For more than one year Didier supported the work of an NGO focusing on infant nutrition. In 2010 Didier attained a Master of International Affairs (international law, economics and political sciences) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Didier is a Research Associate at the Division of International and Humanitarian Medicine in Geneva University Hospitals. His research projects focus on the impact of globalization on health and health systems. Didier has published several articles related to the international policy aspect of the transmission of antimicrobial resistance.