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Speakers

• Ms. Maya Mathews

Head of Unit European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, Deputy Director General for Health responsible for Directorates Health systems, medical products and innovation and performance of national health systems 

• Dr. Corinne Scicluna PhD, SN

Lecturer - Coordinator - Skin and Wound Care Course. Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Mater Dei Hospital, Malta

Corinne was the first Tissue Viability Specialist Nurse who led this service in Malta. She is president of the Maltese Association of Skin and wound Care, and is the former president of the International Skin Care Nursing Group. She also represents Malta on the International Diabetic Foot Group, the teacher’s network in the European Wound Management Association and is a European member of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies. She is also an editorial member of the Journal of Wound Care. Corinne was a Senior Nursing Manager at Mater Dei Hospital and managed the Child and Development Assessment Unit at St Luke’s Hospital.

She was the president of the Nurses’ Association of Malta prior to its amalgamation with the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses (MUMN). She was the chair of the Commonwealth Nursing Federation for the European Region between 2002-2007.

Corinne obtained a Diploma and Degree in Nursing from the University of Malta, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair from the University of Cardiff, UK and has been awarded a PhD from Bournemouth University, UK in 2017.

Her interests include: skin and wound care, advanced nursing practice and legal and professional preparation of the nurse with a particular interest on the specialist nurse’s role from a national policy perspective.

• Ber Oomen


Interim Executive Director European Specialist Nurses, Brussel, Belgium

In his position he is responsible for the overall management of the ESNO association, being proactive in expanding the network specialist nurses, advocating their role and position of in the perused of recognition under the EU directive of professional qualification.

He is active in a variety of health programs and projects lead. In 2018 he was co-creator of the Information and Communication Guides on Biosimilar Medicines, in 2019 responsible for the specialist Nurses Guide on Microbes and Medication, Vaccination, Anti-Microbial resistance and Infection Prevention Control. On both project he is currently working second version with digital translation and activities for national implementation. He was a members of the group developing the A Blood and Beyond policy briefing 2021 COVID19 and on behalf of ESNO endorsing the ‘Rethinking blood use in Europe to improve outcomes for patients’. In his position he is assisting the association in composing the campaign of the  ‘Decade of the Specialist Nurse 2020-2030’ in collaboration with members and associates.

• Luigi Apuzzo

Collaborate Professional Health Nurse at CPS Nurse National Agency for Regional Health Services and Health Workforce Planning, AGENAS, Italy 

Luigi Apuzzo is a nurse with experience in various clinical sectors in Italian hospitals. He has obtained various postgraduate masters in the management and organization of health services. He now works in Agenas, the national agency for regional health services. Agenas is as a technical-scientific body of the National Health System carrying out research and support activities towards the Minister of Health and Regions, providing its technical-operational collaboration to the Regions and to individual health companies in the organizational, managerial, economic and financial fields and accounting, in terms of the effectiveness of health interventions, as well as the quality, safety and humanization of care, with the task of collaborating in the action of strengthening the hospital and territorial assistance network. Luigi’s current occupation is to collaborate in the creation of calculation forecasting methods of necessary staff needs, organizational models and standards of the health professions. He is author or co-author of various articles of nursing interest and collaborate with various nursing journals. He is also a teacher for various nursing masters for the Sapienza University of Rome.

• Alessandro Stievano

PhD, MNursSci, MSoc, MEd, BNurs, FEANS, FAAN, FFNMRCSI, Professor health professions bachelor and master’s degree courses, University of Rome Tor Vergata – Italy. Research Coordinator Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship OPI of Rome Italy and Visiting Professor Boston College, USA. Vice-President European Nurse Director Association (ENDA)

Alessandro Stievano is the research coordinator of the Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship of OPI Rome – Italy (the Regulatory Authority for the Nursing Professions in Italy).

The Centre of Excellence for Nursing Scholarship in Italy that he coordinates is a novel project that represents a unique venture for Italy, and one of the first to be set up in Europe, in line with the positive experiences matured in this direction in advanced countries. The Centre has funded more than 250 research projects since its inception in 2010. He is an expert on learning processes and social issues and, in this logic, has received a Master’s Degree in Education and another one in Sociology for Health and Policy. He is the author of many publications on a national and international level. His main interests are linked to professional and policy issues in nursing and health professions. He is also Professor at the University “Our Lady of Good Counsel” Tirane – Albania. Furthermore, he has got appointments at University Vita and Salute S. Raffaele – Milan and University of Pavia. He is a visiting scholar at Boston College (USA).

• Dr. Adriano Friganovic

President at ESNO, European Specialist Nurses Organisations, president of World Federation of Critical Care Nurses, Senior Lecturer at University of Applied Health Sciences

Adriano Friganovic was born 14 November 1978 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Works at University Hospital Centre Zagreb as a head nurse of Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Medicine since 2016. Has worked in the Division of Anaesthesiology and Intensive care of cardiac surgery patients since 1997., and from 2005 has worked as a head nurse. He graduated bachelor and master degree in nursing at University of Applied Health Sciences in Zagreb, Croatia and he has  PhD at Medical Faculty University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Works as senior lecturer at University of Applied Health Sciences Zagreb, and he is senior lecturer at University of Applied Health Sciences Bjelovar.

Adriano is an acting president of Croatian Nurses Society of Anaesthesia, Reanimation, Intensive Care and Transfusion, president of Croatian National Nurses Federation, president of European Specialist Nurses Organizations, president of World Federation of Critical Care Nurses, president of Alumni of University of Applied Health Sciences and Executive board member of International Federation of Nurse Anaesthetics. He is founding member and steering committee member of Sustainable Health Equity Movement.

He established a national online journal Shock and was a inaugural editor in chief. He is also an editorial board member for several other journals. He was a editor in chief of E learning portal of Croatian Nursing Council.

• Dr. Aniela Lehwaldt

Academic Lead Nursing, Chair MSc Nursing / Health Care Practice, School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health, Dublin City University, Ireland
Daniela Lehwaldt PhD MScEd BNS Cert. ICU & Anaesthetic Nursing RNG RNT SFHEA

Dr Daniela Lehwaldt is a Registered General Nurse (RGN), Registered Nurse Tutor (RNT) and Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFAHE) in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education. She holds a Bachelor in Nursing Studies (BNS), Masters in Science in Education (MScEd) and a PhD in Nursing, which she completed on the role of nurse education in improving patient outcomes and patient satisfaction with nursing care.

Daniela is the Chair of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Nurse Practitioner (NP) / Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) Network. She has been part of the Network since 2011 and has held various roles and responsibilities prior to taking up the role of Chair. She was a Nurse Practitioner in Cardiothoracic Surgery before taking up her current role as Academic Lead in Nursing and Chair of the MSc Nursing / Healthcare Practice at the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health at Dublin City University (DCU). Daniela is native German and has practice experience in Ireland and in Germany. In Germany, Daniela has practiced mainly as Intensive Care Specialist Nurse (Fachpflegekraft) with a state recognition in Intensive Care & Anaesthetic Nursing. She currently is President of the Academic Subgroup ‘International’ at the German Network Deutsches Netzwerk APN & ANP g.e.V.

Her research areas include ‘Advanced Practice Nursing’ and ‘Digitalisation in Healthcare Education’. She is the PI for an Erasmus+ funded project entitled ‘Assessment in Healthcare EducAtion goes Digital (AHEAD)’. The project is led by DCU with partner countries for this project coming from Germany, Poland and Georgia. Daniela sits on the National Executive Committee and Scientific Advisory Committee for the 12th ICN NP / APN Network conference to be held in Dublin, Ireland from 21st-24th August 2022.io

• Nico Decock

MSHM., Pedagogic Director, Senior Healthcare Manager Nurse Anesthesia

Nico DECOCK is currently the pedagogical director of the school of nurse anesthetists at the University Hospital of Lille. After initial training as a general care nurse in Belgium, he continued his professional career in France. He systematically strengthened his skills through professional nurse practice in surgery and intensive care, but also in the operating theatre as a nurse anesthetist.

As a healthcare manager, he obtained two masters degrees. In his current position, he has added further expertise through a university degree in pedagogy and simulation. He is strongly involved in national and international associations.

On international level by representing the training and practice of the nursing profession and in particular of nurse anesthetists as country national representative (CNR) and member of the executive committee of the International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists (IFNA).

He is Chair of the ESNO Education Committee with a mission to harmonize the education of specialist nurses in Europe through the process of evidence generation.

In France, he is vice-president of the committee of agreement of the schools of nurse-anesthetists (CEEIADE), member of the national council of nurse-anesthetists (CNPIA) and national adviser of the national union of nurse anesthetists (SNIA).

• Kaisa Immonen

Director of Policy 

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 stakeholders. Her personal interests include patient empowerment and involvement in healthcare improvement, patient 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. From October 2020 she is a patient representative on the EMA COVID-19 task force. She also represents EPF on the OECD’s health care quality and outcomes working party, an advisory group on PRIMS, the International patient advisory group for the OECD PaRIS initiative, and has been involved in CIOMS working group XI on patient involvement. In her personal capacity she is a member of the BMJ Patient Panel and was involved in the ICHOM working group on general adult health.  Before joining EPF in 2010 she worked in EU health policy, advocacy and external communications roles in both the private and non-profit sectors.