Nineteen health care leaders from across Europe join the Sciana network

9 May 2019

Nineteen health and health care leaders have been selected from across Europe to join the third cohort of Sciana: The Health Leaders network. New members from the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Belgium, will come together for their first meeting from 15-18 May 2019 at Salzburg Global Seminar, Austria. 

The third cohort includes members working within the fields of public health, mental health, integrated health solutions, psychotherapy, and nursing.

During the programme, members will take part in plenary discussions, group work, knowledge exchanges and will identify potential cross-border challenges to work on collaboratively and undertake between cohort meetings. They will also have the opportunity to connect with members of the second Sciana network cohort, which came together in 2018.

The Sciana network launched in April 2017 and is an international collaboration between the Health Foundation (UK), Careum Stiftung (Switzerland) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany), and delivery partner Salzburg Global Seminar. It enables outstanding leaders in health and health care policy to work together over two years to find solutions to shared challenges being faced in health and health care across Europe.

Members of the Sciana network cohort 3 are:

  • Sarah Anderson, National Lead for TB Strategy, Public Health England, United Kingdom
  • Anita Buchli, Head of ETH Strategic Development, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Stephen Clarke, Head of Mental Health, Welsh Ambulance Service and NHS Direct Wales, United Kingdom
  • Cathie Cowan, Chief Executive, NHS Forth Valley, United Kingdom
  • Layla Distler, Head of Integrated Health Solutions, Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
  • Manuela Eicher, Associate Professor, Institute of Higher Education and Research in Health Care, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Thomas Fischer, Professor of Aged Care Nursing, Evangelische Hochschule Dresden – University of Applied Sciences, Dresden: Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, Germany
  • Malte Gerhold, Executive Director of Strategy and Intelligence, Care Quality Commission, England, United Kingdom
  • Yvonne Gilli, Medical Doctor, Senior Consultant, Psychotherapeutic Outpatient Clinic IBP, Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Oliver Gröne, Vice Chairman, Board, OptiMedis AG, Germany
  • Sarah Hughes, Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health, United Kingdom
  • Dorli Kahr-Gottlieb, Secretary General, European Health Forum Gastein (EHFG), Austria 
  • Richard Kirby, Chief Executive, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
  • Fridolin Marty, Head of Health Policy, economiesuisse, Switzerland
  • Thomas Mattig, Director, Health Promotion Switzerland, Switzerland
  • Judith Meier, Delegate of the Board, RehaClinic Group, Switzerland
  • Judith Safford, Director, Institute of Rheumatology Research IRR, Switzerland
  • Tobias Silberzahn, Partner, McKinsey’s Berlin Office, Germany
  • Matthias Wismar, Senior Health Policy Analyst, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, Belgium 

Find out more

Read Sciana network cohort 3 member biographies 2019

Read Sciana network cohort 2 member biographies 2018

Read Sciana network cohort 1 member biographies 2017

Further reading


Sciana: The Health Leaders Network

Sciana network provides the space and time to share learning and take inspiration from an international context.

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