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The congress' contributors

The congress' Contributors

Kaisa Immonen

Kaisa Immonen (MA) is Director of Policy at the European Patients’ Forum (EPF). She has a Master’s degree in International Relations (UK and Finland). She is responsible for the overall lead of EPF’s policy and advocacy work at EU level, strategic planning, policy analysis, and building positive relationships with EU institutions, international organisations such as the OECD, WHO and CIOMS, and stakeholders. She leads EPF’s work on patient empowerment and involvement, safety and quality of care and health literacy.

She is currently co-chair of the European Medicines Agency’s Patients and Consumers Working Party since 2016. She represents EPF on the OECD’s health care quality and outcomes working party and CIOMS working group XI on patient involvement. She is also a member of the BMJ Patient Panel and the ICHOM working group on general adult health core outcomes set in her personal capacity. Before joining EPF in 2010 she worked in EU health policy, advocacy and external communications roles in both the private and non-profit sectors.

Speaking in:
Plenary session: Patients as teachers – a deep dive into professional education

Speakers

Learn more about Thomas Allvin

Thomas Allvin

Executive Director for Strategy and Healthcare Systems at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

Thomas Allvin
Learn more about Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Mark Pearson
Learn more about Carina Pittens

Carina Pittens

Assistant Professor of Patient involvement in health research, policy-making and care practice at the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Carina Pittens

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Ambassadors

Learn more about Miklós Szócska

Miklós Szócska

Former Secretary of State for Health in Hungary, Director of the Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University

Miklós Szócska

Master of Ceremonies

Patients included

We are proud to announce that EPF Congress 2019 is Patients Included™. This means that EPF is committed to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition while ensuring they were neither excluded nor exploited.

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