Florence Baingana MD
is a psychiatrist at the Makerere University School of Public Health. She has for many years worked with the World Bank in WashingtonDC seconded by the World Federation for Mental Health. She was with the Health Nutrition and Population Anchor of the Bank since April 2000. Before this she worked as National Mental Health Co-ordinator of Uganda, where she helped establish the Mental Health Unit in the Ministry of Health.
Richard Bryant PhD
is a Scientia Professor in the School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, and is Director of the Traumatic Stress Unit, Westmead Hospital, Australia. His research has focused on acute psychological responses to trauma. He has identified some of the key biological and cognitive markers of risk for PTSD, developed screening tools for identifying people who are high risk for PTSD, conducted the major early interventions trials for PTSD, and studied neural networks of PTSD. He has published over 230 peer-reviewed journal articles, and co-authored the leading text on acute stress disorder. He serves as a consultant to many international civilian and military agencies on managing trauma reactions.
became President & CEO of UNICEF Canada on November 1, 2005. Previously he has been the Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), a position to which he was appointed in August 2003, by the U.N. Secretary-General. He has also been Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Relief, Recovery and Reconstruction in Afghanistan, Regional Director for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in South Asia. Mr. Fisher worked with UNICEF for over 20 years in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as at UNICEF headquarters in New York.
is a professional psychologist and is the Chief Specialist at the Child’s Rights Center of the Office of the Public Defender of Georgia. Gedevanishvili has worked with psychopathology for 18 years, 8 of which was spent at the Republic Psychiatric Clinic and at the Division of Clinical Psychology (Institute of Psychology, Academy of Sciences, Georgia).
is professor at the University of Oxford´s Department of Psychiatry. She is a clinical psychologist with a PhD in cognitive neuroscience. Her research focuses on the intersection of two fundamental processes in psychology – mental imagery and emotional memory. She is currently testing a hypothesis that overactive mental imagery can lead to extreme emotions and mood fluctuations, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Her future research activities aim to develop scientifically-driven clinical innovations in mental health.
Joop de Jong
is Professor of Cultural and International Psychiatry at University of Amsterdam, adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University, and visiting Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa. He is an expert in public mental health and cultural and international psychiatry, and is an advisor to WHO and other UN agencies. Joop de Jong was trained in tropical medicine, public health, psychiatry, psychotherapy and epidemiology. He established Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), which merged with Healthnet, a NGO implementing public health programs, in 2004. Over the past decades Joop de Jong worked part-time with immigrants and refugees in Amsterdam. His current interest is prevention of (the consequences of) armed conflict and disasters, child mental health, public mental health and transitional justice. He has conducted research in post-conflict and in multicultural settings, and (co)authored 245 chapters and papers in the field of transcultural psychiatry, epidemiology, public mental health, medical anthropology and mental health of populations torn by violence and disaster.
is the head of the Corporate Clinical Psychology Services at Hong Kong Hospital Authority. She is a senior clinical psychologist and certified traumatologist, who has extensive experience in disaster management and crisis intervention. Other than providing professional intervention to health care workers in crisis (e.g. workplace violence, sudden death or serious injury of co-workers), she also organises related training courses for different organizations locally and internationally.
Thomas H. Ollendick
is University Distinguished Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the ChildStudyCenter at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and StateUniversity, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA. He is the author of numerous research publications, book chapters, and books. The recipient of several national and international awards, his clinical and research interests address the assessment, treatment, and prevention of various childhood problems including the phobic, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Youssouf Oomar became UNICEF Representative in Malaysia in 2008. Previously, he has worked for UNICEF for more than 20 years as a Representative in countries like Ivory Coast, Algeria, Gambia and Mauritania. He was Deputy Secretary of the UNICEF Executive Board from 1998-2005. Oomar has a degree in economics and sociology and worked for as a Sociologist for the Government of Mauritius prior to joining UNICEF.
Lisbet Palme (deceased)
is a child psychologist by background and she chaired the Swedish UNICEF committee from 1987 until 2000. She has been a member of the United Nations committee for follow-up of the Child Convention, chairperson of the UNICEF board, New York, and a member of the expert committee set up by the organization for African unity to look into the genocide in Rwanda. Lisbet Palme died 87 years old on October 18 after a long life in the service of children all over the world. We will miss her deeply.
Stephen Regel is Principal Psychotherapist/Director of the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Honorary Professor in the School of Education, Nottingham University and a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham. Since 2002, he has been visiting therapist/consultant at the Family Trauma Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has over 30 years experience working with trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and his time is divided between clinical, research and teaching activities. He was appointed an OBE in 2013 for services to victims of trauma.