Emerging Global Healthcare Leadership Symposium

25-28 September 2018 in London, United Kingdom

"The movers and shakers of global health in one conference, the experience was extremely valuable!"

- Supakorn Kueakomoldej
2016 Emerging Global Healthcare Leadership Symposium attendee


James Buchan, MA (hons), PhD, DPM

Professor Buchan has specialized in health workforce policy and analysis throughout his career. His background includes periods as a senior Human Resources for Health (HRH) manager in the National Health Service in Scotland; senior policy analyst at the Royal College of  Nursing, (RCN), UK; and as a  specialist adviser to  Health Workforce Australia, a federal government agency. Most recently he has completed a contract as Senior Adviser - Human Resources for Health, WHO European Region. He has worked extensively as a policy researcher and consultant on HRH issues in Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. He is Editor in Chief of Human Resources for Health, the peer review journal. He was also a Harkness Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.


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Baroness Caroline Cox

Baroness (Caroline) Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 and was a deputy speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. She was Founder Chancellor of Bournemouth University; Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University from 2006-2013 and is an Hon. Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing. She was a founder Trustee of MERLIN9 (Medical Emergency Relief International) and is Founder and President of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust).

Caroline Cox has been honoured with the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; the Wilberforce Award; the International Mother Teresa Award from the All India Christian Council; the Mkhitar Gosh Medal conferred by the President of the Republic of Armenia; and the anniversary medal presented by Lech Walesa. She has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Honorary Doctorates by universities in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Russian Federation, and Armenia.

Her humanitarian work takes her to conflict and post-conflict zones, including the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, the Shan and Chin peoples of Burma. Previously, she visited communities suffering from conflict in Indonesia, helping to establish the International Islamic Christian Organisation for Reconciliation and Reconstruction (IICORR) with late former President Abdurrhaman Wahid. She has visited North Korea to promote parliamentary initiatives and medical programmes.

Recent publications include Cox’s Book of Modern Saints and Martyrs (with Catherine Butcher); This Immoral Trade: Slavery in the 21st Century, with John Marks, and The Very Stones Cry Out, The Persecuted Church: Pain, Passion and Praise, with Benedict Rogers.

Two biographies have been published by Monarch/Lion Hudson: The Baroness Cox: Voice for the Voiceless, by Andrew Boyd, and The Baroness Cox: Eyewitness to a Broken World by Lela Gilbert.


Neslyn Watson-Druée, CBE, FRCN, FCGI

Dr. Neslyn Watson-Druée, CBE, is a renowned professional international speaker and executive coach. She has been awarded Best 100 Global Coaching Leader, and the Women of the Decade in Community Leadership & Social Change from All Ladies League & Women Economic Forum.

Dr. Neslyn has a track record as a leader, pioneer, and entrepreneur and is focused on enabling the development of individual personal mastery, including the expansion of leadership competencies within organisations.

Dr. Neslyn has influenced pioneering developments with government, British NHS, entrepreneurial, and community development. Dr. Neslyn articulates the behaviours and characteristics of successful leaders. Her unique business system, The Leaders’ Code™, is used in corporate organisations to change organisational culture, demonstrate courage, show commitment, develop creativity, challenge issues, and care about people.

Dr. Neslyn is highly decorated with multi-awards. Honoured three times by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11, Dr. Neslyn has dedicated her life to service and personal and leadership development of others.


Dame Elizabeth Fradd, DBE, DL

The focus of Elizabeth’s working life and abiding passion is the continuous improvement of healthcare. Since March 2014 she has undertaken commissioned work, including investigations, governance reviews, board development, coaching, and mentoring. Her particular interest currently is organisational culture in healthcare, banking and higher education. 

Until April 2004, she was the Nurse Director and Lead Director for the Review and Inspection programme in the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI), now the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Prior to this appointment, she was the Assistant Chief Nurse for England . 

She is a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse, General Nurse, Midwife, and Health Visitor. She has published widely and spoken on many occasions at both national and international conferences.

Elizabeth has honorary doctorates from Wolverhampton, Nottingham, and Birmingham City University, and holds honorary professorships at two of them. In 2009, she was awarded the DBE for services to nursing and healthcare. She was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in 2004, which complements her honorary fellowships of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Queens Nursing Institute, the Faculty of Public Health, and Institute of Health Visiting.

She is Deputy Chair of Nottingham University, Patron of Together for Short, Patron of Datum Foundation, Vice President of Rainbows Children’s Hospice, Advisor to Nottingham Hospice, Advisor to the African Prisons Project, and the lay member of the Law and Ethics in Finance Project Group.

She was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire March 2016, and nominated in November 2017 to serve in the office of High Sheriff of the County of Nottinghamshire in 201-21.


Rick Grobbee, MD, PhD 

Rick Grobbee received an MD at the University of Utrecht and, after a residency in internal medicine, obtained a PhD in Epidemiology at Erasmus University Medical School, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In 1989 he was a Visiting Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. At Erasmus University he was founder and director of the Rotterdam Medical Research Foundation and co-principal investigator of the Rotterdam Study. He was appointed full professor of Clinical Epidemiology at Erasmus University in 1993. Subsequently he moved to the University Medical Center Utrecht where he founded the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care in 1996. He holds honorary appointments at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the University of Sydney, Australia.

At the UMCU Rick Grobbee directs a large national and international program of research, teaching, and training. The Julius Center conducts research in four defined areas, cardiovascular diseases, cancer in women, infectious diseases, and mental health, with a research program comprising studies in over 20 countries with over 900 collaborating centers and clinics. In addition, the Center operates an international core laboratory for vascular imaging. The Julius Center employs over 450 staff.


Thora B. Hafsteinsdottir, PhD, MScN, BSc, RN

Dr. Thóra B. Hafsteinsdóttir, PhD, MScN, BSc, RN, is Professor of Nursing, University of Iceland, senior researcher at the Department of Nursing Science, Julius Center, University Medical Center Utrecht, and the Department of Healthcare at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands. 

Dr. Hafsteinsdóttir is serving a 4-year term as a director on Sigma's international board of directors (2015-2019). Besides supervising research projects in the Netherlands and Iceland and teaching and supervising master’s and PhD students, postdoctoral leadership development of nurses have become the central focus of Hafsteinsdóttir's work. She has received funding for leadership programs in the Netherlands and Europe. She chairs the Dutch Leadership Mentoring in Nursing Research (LMNR) for postdoctoral nurses and the Nursing Leadership Educational Program for Doctoral Nursing Students and Postdoctoral Nurses in Europe, the Nurse-Lead project, a collaboration between seven partners in six European countries.

Dr. Hafsteinsdóttir serves on numerous committees and task forces within Sigma. She has numerous publications on nursing care and management of patients with stroke and leadership in nursing. She reviews manuscripts for various peer-reviewed international journals and gives lectures nationally and internationally.



Christine Hancock

Christine leads C3Collaborating for Health, a London-based global charity which works with diverse stakeholders to focus on the three risk factors which cause the four major chronic diseases (NCDs)  – tobacco, poor diet (including excessive alcohol), and lack of physical activity, which are responsible for over 50 percent of the world’s premature and preventable deaths. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the London Business School, an experienced clinician and manager, with clinical experience at London’s National Heart Hospital. Her NHS career led her to be CEO of the NHS for Waltham Forest, a deprived area of north London. She spent 12 years as General Secretary/CEO of the Royal College of Nursing and was then the elected President of the International Council of Nurses. At ICN, she visited 50 countries and was engaged with WHO and the UN system. At C3, she attended the UN High Level meeting on NCDs. She believes that nurses are key to resolving the epidemic of NCDs. Successful programmes at C3 have included several programmes with nurses as well as a programme of community engagement.


Catherine Hannaway, DProf, RN, RM(ret), RHV

Dr. Catherine Hannaway trained as a registered nurse, midwife, and health visitor and has worked in senior leadership positions widely across the National Health Service, as well as extensively overseas.

Catherine has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering whole systems public health leadership and improvement programmes. She trained in improvement methodologies at the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston, USA, and has undertaken international healthcare improvement and leadership development work in the UK, Uganda, India, South Africa, Australia, China, the USA, as well as many European countries. 

For the last 10 years Catherine worked as National Programme Director at the Centre of Public Policy and Health at Durham University, designing and delivering numerous national and international public health systems leadership programmes and working globally with the World Health Organization designing and delivering "Health in All Policies" training,  including Suriname, Uzbekistan, Copenhagen, Antigua, Jamaica, and the UK.


Vanora Hundley, BN, RGN, RM, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Vanora Hundley is an experienced midwifery researcher and has led a range of studies in the reproductive health field both in the UK and internationally. She trained as a nurse and midwife in Glasgow, Scotland, and has since worked in England, Hungary, and the USA.

Passionate about research utilization, Hundley is also a Faculty Fellow at the Cochrane Collaboration College for Policy, based in the USA, examining how best to disseminate Cochrane reviews. She believes that researchers must work closely with colleagues in both practice and education to ensure that research is relevant and that it is utilized.

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Carol Huston, MSN, MPA, DPA, FAAN

Carol Huston, MSN, MPA, DPA, FAAN, has been a Professor in the School of Nursing at California State University, Chico (CSUC) since 1982 and was named the 2001/2002 Outstanding Teacher for CSUC as well as the 2008/2009 Outstanding Professor.  She served as the Director of the School from 2010-2015 and currently teaches part time as a Professor Emerita. In May 2016, she was inducted into the CSUC Hall of Honor.

Dr. Huston is the author of five textbooks on leadership, management, and professional issues in nursing (18 editions total) and has published more than 100 articles in leading professional journals. She has also keynoted more than 250 presentations worldwide.

Dr. Huston served as the 2007-2009 President of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She has led numerous healthcare delegations globally to locations including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Russia, Cuba, and Peru.


Helena Leino-Kilpi, PhD, RN, FEANS

Helena Leino-Kilpi is a registered nurse, with specialization in surgical-intensive nursing. She has a master's degree in educational sciences (MEd) and PhD in health sciences (nursing science). Since 1998, Leino-Kilpi has been a full professor in nursing science and since 2002, she is the Head of the Department of Nursing Science in the Faculty of Medicine. She also has many other scientific duties at her university, nationally,and internationally.

Since 2002, she has had a subsidiary position of Nurse Director at the Turku University Hospital (Hospital District of Southwest Finland).  This position allows her a close connection with nurses in practice.

PhD education is an important part of Leino-Kilpi’s work. She is the Head of the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs) at the University, and participates in the national doctoral network in nursing science, including collaboration between all five universities in Finland responsible for PhD education in nursing science. For many years, she has participated in the PhD teaching of European Academy of Nursing Science EANS.

Leino-Kilpi is a visiting professor (2016-2018) in the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and has many international expertise duties. She is an honorary doctor in the University of Klaipeda, Lithuania.


Siobhan O'Halloran, PhD, MSc, FFNMRCSI, BNS, RGN, RMHN, RNT

Dr. Siobhan O’Halloran has a distinguished career in nursing spanning over 30 years. Since 1999, she has held several positions in Irish healthcare,  serving with the Department of Health (DOH), the HSE, and in the nursing education sector. These include Nursing Advisor (DOH); Executive Director, National Implementation Committee (DOH), where she oversaw the transfer of all undergraduate nursing education to the third level sector; Executive Director, Health Reform (DOH); Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (HSE) advising the HSE Management Team and Board on policy direction regarding nursing and midwifery issues; Health of the School of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Studies and Applied Science at Dundalk Institute of Technology. In January 2011, Dr. O’Halloran was appointed HSE Assistant National Director with lead responsibility for Acute Services. Most recently she was tasked with establishing the Programme Management Office within the Department of Health to implement the Government’s health reform programme, Future Health.


Anne Marie Rafferty, CBE, FRCN

Ann Marie Rafferty is the first professor of nursing policy in the UK and former dean at Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London. Rafferty was the first nurse to gain a doctorate from Oxford University and she won the prestigious Harkness Fellowship in Health Policy (at the University of Pennsylvania), where she was mentored by Linda Aiken. Rafferty holds fellowships from the RCN and American Academy of Nursing and leads the Lancet Commission on Nursing in the UK. Her research interests combine history, health policy, and health services research.

Elizabeth Rosser, DPhil, RN, MN, Dip N Ed, Dip RM, RNT, PFHEA

Professor Elizabeth Rosser is Deputy Dean, Education and Professional Practice, in the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences and Professor of Nursing. As a registered nurse with a midwifery qualification, Elizabeth has a particular research interest in the health and social care workforce. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Since 2011, she became an elected member of the Bournemouth University Board and from November 2015 she has become an elected member of the Board of Directors of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma), having stood as the first President of the all-England Chapter of the society. Elizabeth has a particular interest in culturally relevant care having worked for 6 years as nurse/midwife in Colombia, South America. More recently she has been involved in a number of workforce research projects both within the UK and in Brazil. From 2014 Elizabeth was appointed as visiting professor, University College of Sogn og Fjiordane, Norway.

Elizabeth has a keen interest in supporting the developing professional both at the prequalifying level through the lifelong learning process to consultant nurse and beyond, toward achieving excellence in patient care. Since commencing at Bournemouth University, Elizabeth represents the University as President of the Phi Mu Chapter of Sigma, which promotes leadership and scholarship for practice. Elizabeth is committed to the fusion agenda at Bournemouth University ensuring the academic embraces a balanced portfolio of teaching, research and professional practice to enhance both the student experience and ultimately the service user of the health and social care services. She is entirely committed to her leadership role in supporting the academic workforce towards enhancing their already excellent reputation in providing a quality education experience for our students.


Jane Salvage, RGN, BA, MSc, HonLLD, HonDSc, HonDUniv, FQNI, FRCN

Jane Salvage is an independent consultant and programme director of the International Council of Nurses' Global Nursing Policy Leadership Institute (2016-2018). She is a visiting professor at the School of Nursing, Coimbra, Portugal, and Kingston University and St George's, University of London, UK.

Jane is well known in the UK and globally as a nursing and health policy activist and leader. Her commitment to high quality healthcare, social justice, and women’s rights has been the main driver of her unusual career. Her best-known book, The Politics of Nursing (Heinemann 1985), was a wake-up call to the profession to get out from under. She remains passionate about helping nurses to become articulate, effective, and influential in all aspects of health and social care, education, research, and policy.

She has held a range of leadership roles. These include spells as chief nurse at the World Health Organization (European Region and later Headquarters). Back home in the UK, Jane has edited mass-circulation nursing magazines and is an award-winning columnist. She has worked on major policy reviews, including the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery in England (2010), and the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health report on nursing worldwide, Triple Impact (2016).


Roger Watson, PhD, RN, FRCP, Edin, FRCN, FAAN

Roger Watson is a graduate of The University of Edinburgh with a PhD in biochemistry from The University of Sheffield who qualified in nursing at St George’s Hospital, London. Working in care of older people, he has a special interest in the feeding and nutritional problems of older people with dementia. He is editor-in-chief of Journal of Advanced Nursing and editor of Nursing Open. A frequent visitor to the Far East, South East Asia, and Australia, he has honorary and visiting positions in China, Hong Kong, and Australia. He is professor of nursing, University of Hull, UK, and was a member of the UK 2014 Research Excellence Framework sub-panel for Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy. In 2017 he was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

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Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN

Cynthia Vlasich, MBA, BSN, RN, is the Director of Global Initiatives for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma). In this role, she works with the global initiatives team to expand Sigma's reach and reputation globally through maintaining the organization’s Economic and Social Consultative Status with the United Nations; developing global healthcare leaders; establishment of satellite offices in Asia, Africa, and Europe; expanding relationships with global healthcare organizations; and presenting information about Sigma around the world. Cynthia has a broad level of diverse nursing leadership experience. She served as Chief Nurse of the American Red Cross for nearly a decade, during which time she also chaired the Global Advisory Group for Nursing under the International Committee of the Red Cross. She has been both a member and chair of the United States Federal Nursing Chiefs Council and has coordinated nursing involvement for various international relief missions. Prior to her appointment as chief nurse, Cynthia provided nursing leadership and support to Americans stationed in Europe and the Middle East as Director, Nursing and Health Services, European Area, American Red Cross.

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