Building partnerships to improve lives

Speakers

Key speakers who have already confirmed their participation include:

 

Pedro Mota Soares - Minister of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security, Portugal

Pedro Mota Soares

Minister of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security, Portugal

After graduating in law, he took a post-graduate degree in Labour Law. He has been assistant lecturer in Political Science and Constitutional Law as well as in Introduction to EU Law at the Faculty of Law - Lusófona Humanities and Technologies University. He has also taught Public International Law, Health Law and Bioethics.

He has been the Portuguese Minister for Solidarity and Social Security since June 2011. In July 2013 he also gained the Employment portfolio.

He was elected Member of Parliament during the 10th parliamentary term, where he was Leader of the Democratic and Social Centre - People's Party (CDS-PP) Parliamentary Group. He served as Coordinator of the Committee on Labour, Social Security and Public Administration, Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Ethics, Society and Culture and Member of the Constitutional Review Occasional Committee and of the Working Group on Parliamentary Reform.  Prior to this, he was Deputy Parliamentary Group Leader, served as Coordinator on the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Drug Addiction and Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Labour and Social Security.

You can follow Pedro Mota Soares on Twitter.

Corinne Cahen - Minister for Family and Integration, Luxembourg

Corinne Cahen

Minister for Family and Integration, Luxembourg

Corinne Cahen has been Minister for Family and Integration since December 2013 in the Government Alliance between the Democratic Party (DP), the Socialist Labour Party (LSAP) and the Ecologists (Dei Greng) in Luxemburg. With a background in journalism, business and retail, she was also the president of the Commercial Union of the city of Luxembourg from 2008 to 2012 and an elected member of the Chamber of Commerce from 2009 to 2013. She will be speaking in the opening session of the conference on behalf of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

You can follow Corinne Cahen on Twitter and LinkedIn

Paulo Macedo - Minister of Health, Portugal

Paulo Macedo

Minister of Health, Portugal

With a background in management consultancy and banking, Paulo Macedo has been Minister of Health in Portugal since 2011. Between 2008 and 2011 he was Vice-President of the Executive Board of Directors of the Banco Comercial Português, and between April and June 2011 took on the role of Vice President (non-executive) of several companies within the BCP Group. Between 2008 and 2011 he was also a member of the Supervisory Board of Bank Millennium (Poland), and between 2010 and 2011 he was a member of the Supervisory Board of Euronext.

At the conference he will join the final Round Table debate on Wednesday 8 July.

For more information on Paulo Macedo, please visit Governo de Portugal (in Portuguese).

Mirella Minkman - Programme Director, Vilans, National Centre of Expertise in Long-Term Care, The Netherlands

Mirella Minkman

Programme Director, Vilans, National Centre of Expertise in Long-Term Care, The Netherlands

Mirella is an internationally recognised expert in integration and is in charge of the Research and Innovation Department of Vilans, which works on a number of topics in long term care such as person centred and integrated care and the governance of care. Her research resulted in the Development Model for Integrated Care which is being used in a large number of practices, care standards and projects in the Netherlands. Mirella was previously a senior advisor at the Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement, is the author of a number of international and national publications and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.

For more information on Mirella Minkman, please visit Vilans website.

Wolfgang Mueller - Managing Director European Affairs, Federal Employment Agency, Germany

Wolfgang Mueller

Managing Director European Affairs, Federal Employment Agency, Germany

Dr Wolfgang Mueller is the Managing Director European Affairs at the Bundesagentur fuer Arbeit, the German Federal Employment Agency. He is the representative of the German Federal Employment Agency on the Board of the European Public Employment Services Network and in the EURES Management Board. He is a member of several Advisory and High Level Expert Groups in the area of employment, education and migration. Before he joined the German Federal Employment Agency he worked for the German Government with the United Nations and NATO. He holds an MBA and a Ph.D. in Public Management.

Paola Milani - Professor in Family Education, Padua University, Italy

Paola Milani

Professor in Family Education, Padua University, Italy

Professor Milani heads up the LabRIEF (Laboratory of Research and Intervention in Family Education, www.educazione.unipd.it/labrief) at Padua University, which promotes research and training in the field of parenting support, school/family service networks  and social work with children and vulnerable families. She is author of several national and international publications and since 2011 has been in charge of the implementation of the new Assessment Framework in Italy (promoted by the Italian Ministry of Welfare), as part of the Programme of Intervention for Prevention of Institutionalisation of children at risk through neglect and poor parenting.

For more information on Paola Milani, please visit Università degli Studi di Padova (in italian).

Sarah Johnson - Scheme Actuary, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Australia

Sarah Johnson

Scheme Actuary, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Australia

Sarah is the Scheme Actuary of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and previously a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Sarah worked with the Australian Government Productivity Commission on the Disability Care and Support Inquiry which led to the NDIS in Australia and has also collaborated with a number of state/territory departments in Australia on projects involving disability, ageing and home care and has wide experience in human services, accident compensation and health. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales.

Rita Valadas - Director of Social Services, Santa Casa da Misericórdia, Lisbon, Portugal

Rita Valadas

Director of Social Services, Santa Casa da Misericórdia, Lisbon, Portugal

Rita Valadas is the Director of Social Services and a Member of the Board of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa which is a member of ESN. Rita is also Director of ‘Caritas Portuguesa‘, the Executive Director of the magazine “Cidade Solidária” and  Assistant to the Office of the Secretary of State for Social Security and the Minister of Social Security and Labour. Rita has a degree in Social Policy and teaches Research Metholdology at the Piaget Institute (Almada).

You can follow Rita Valadas on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Thomas Dominique - Chair, Social Protection Committee/Head of Cabinet, Ministry of Social Security, Luxembourg

Thomas Dominique

Chair, Social Protection Committee/Head of Cabinet, Ministry of Social Security, Luxembourg

Thomas Dominique was elected Chair of the Social Protection Committee (SPC) in January  2013 and is also Head of Cabinet at the Ministry of Social Security of Luxembourg. His main activities and responsibilities are in social programming in the area of social protection and public finances and  socio-economic projections in the context of the financial sustainability of social security schemes for Luxembourg. He is also a member of the Ageing working group (AWG) of the Economic Policy Committee (EPC), member of the interministerial working group on public finances and the European Semester, member of the interministerial working group on the national reform programme, member of the interministerial working group on social inclusion and member of the interministerial working group on sustainable development.

Jetta Klijnsma - Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Employment, The Netherlands

Jetta Klijnsma

Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Employment, The Netherlands

Ms Klijnsma was appointed State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment first in 2008 and recently again in 2012. A member of the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA), she was previously a member of the Hague City Executive where from 1998 she was responsible for health, welfare and equal opportunities and from 2002 to 2008 she was responsible for culture and finance. On 17 June 2010 she became a member of the House of Representatives for the PvdA. Ms Klijnsma has also been involved in many civil society organisations related to social care and welfare, including the Liliane Fund, the Stichting Korrelatie helpline and the Start Foundation. In early 2012 she was invited to head the New Trade Union Movement committee.

You can follow Jetta Klijnsma on Twitter.

Anna Balkfors - Director, Institute for Sustainable Urban Development, Malmö, Sweden

Anna Balkfors

Director, Institute for Sustainable Urban Development, Malmö, Sweden

Anna Balkfors is Director of the Institute for Sustainable Urban Development in Malmö, and was General Secretary for the Commission for a socially sustainable Malmö which created evidence-based strategies to reduce health inequality within the city; one of the world´s first based on the WHO Commission on the social determinants of health. The final report Malmö’s way towards a sustainable future, Health, welfare and justice is now being implemented. Anna is a policy entrepreneur who has initiated and succeeded in changing structures and organizations on complex issues by instigating new approaches and encouraging actors from the public sector, NGOs, academia and the business community to work together. She has a Masters in Public Health and is now working on her PhD on change management for equity in health.

You can follow Anna Balkfors on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Hugh Frazer - Adjunct Professor of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University, Ireland/Coordinator, European Social Policy Network

Hugh Frazer

Adjunct Professor of Applied Social Studies, Maynooth University, Ireland/Coordinator, European Social Policy Network

Hugh Frazer is an independent expert on European and national policies and programmes to tackle poverty and social exclusion.  He focuses particularly on child poverty, social inclusion and community development issues.

You can follow Hugh Frazer on Twitter

Stefan Olsson - Head of Social inclusion and Poverty reduction unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, European Commission, Belgium

Stefan Olsson

Head of Social inclusion and Poverty reduction unit, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, European Commission, Belgium

Stefan Olsson is a Swedish lawyer with degrees in international and tax law. Having joined the European Commission in 1996, he was assistant to the Director General for Employment and Social Affairs (2000-2005) before leading units dealing with anti-discrimination law and policy including Roma Inclusion. In 2014 he became head of the Unit for Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction.

Elke Sleurs - Secretary of State for Poverty, Equal Chances, Disabled People, Belgium

Elke Sleurs

Secretary of State for Poverty, Equal Chances, Disabled People, Belgium

Elke Sleurs is the Belgian Federal State Secretary competent for the fight on poverty, equal opportunities, persons with disabilities, urban agenda and science policy. She took office in October 2014. She acquired her experience in politics in the Senate, for which she was elected in 2010. She chaired the Commission on Social Issues from October 2011 until the end of the legislative term in 2014. As a senator she was particularly active with regards to modernizing the national euthanasia legislation, health care and ethical topics. Before taking office, Elke Sleurs studied medicine. Her expertise as a gynecologist focuses on prenatal diagnosis and prenatal ultrasonography.

Marianne Thyssen - Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Belgium (video)

Marianne Thyssen

Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Belgium (video)

Marianne Thyssen is the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. Her portfolio includes overseeing European Union policy on employment, vocational training, skills, labour market reforms and social inclusion, including workplace equality legislation. Prior to that, she was the party leader of the Flemish Christian Democratic Party from 2008 to 2010. She also served as a member of the European parliament and as vice-chair of the economic committee.

Beatriz Mato Otero - Minister for Employment and Welfare, Region of Galicia, Spain

Beatriz Mato Otero

Minister for Employment and Welfare, Region of Galicia, Spain

Beatriz Mato Otero is an industrial engineer, specializing in Business Organization, by the School of Industrial Engineers of Bilbao, and got a Management and Business Administration Master from the MBA Business School accredited by the University of A Coruña. In 1994 she became part of IGAPE, the Galician Institute of Economic Promotion, a public body under the Regional Ministry of Finance of the Autonomous Community of Galicia, in which, since 2000, she served as the delegate in charge of the territorial office in A Coruña. In 2002 Beatriz Mato joined the Regional Ministry of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs as provincial delegate in A Coruña. In 2005, she was elected as a deputy of the Popular Party in the Parliament of Galicia. In this seventh legislature she held the spokesperson for Labour Affairs. Since March 2009 she is the Regional Minister of Labour and Welfare of the Galician government.

Jasmin Battista - Member of Cabinet, Digital Single Market, European Commission

Jasmin Battista

Member of Cabinet, Digital Single Market, European Commission

Jasmin Battista is presently Member of the Cabinet of Vice President of the European Commission for Digital Single Market Ansip since November 2014, in charge among other of e-commerce, consumer protection and sharing economy. Previously she was in the cabinet of the energy Commissioner Oettinger since June 2010 in charge of renewable energy, and before that policy officer in DG ENERGY advising the Director General and 5  years case handler and policy officer for DG Competition (predominantly in the field of the EC State aid, competition and energy law). Prior to joining the Commission, she was in private practice; she is a lawyer of the Rome Bar and had an associate’s position and traineeship in international law firms– Coudert Brothers and O’Connor & Company and Tizzano.

Ray James - President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), England

Ray James

President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), England

Ray combines his role as the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care at Enfield Council with the privilege of serving as the President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). He has held a number of roles within ADASS including Chair of the London Region, National Lead for the Regions and Vice President.

Muriel Rabau - Vice-Chair, European Union Social Protection Committee

Muriel Rabau

Vice-Chair, European Union Social Protection Committee

Muriel is Councelor General at the Belgian Federal Ministry for Social Security.  She is responsible for the Multilateral Relations unit dealing with social security and social inclusion issues at European level and international level. In March 2012 Muriel became vice-chair of the Social Protection Committee.

Dominic Richardson - Senior Education Specialist UNICEF Office of Research, Italy

Dominic Richardson

Senior Education Specialist UNICEF Office of Research, Italy

Dominic Richardson is a senior education specialist in the UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti, leading research on education policy and programming, equity in education, and the measurement of school outcomes. Previously, Dominic worked in with OECD Social Policy Division on issues of child and family policy and wellbeing, were he led projects evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of cash versus service policies for families and studies of social service development and vulnerability. Dominic was the lead author on the integration of social services for vulnerable groups report, and also coauthored the OECD’s first report on social impact investment.

Maria Virgínia Brás Gomes - Senior social policy adviser in the General Directorate for Social Security /Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security, Portugal

Maria Virgínia Brás Gomes

Senior social policy adviser in the General Directorate for Social Security /Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security, Portugal

Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. From 2008 to 2010 she served as vice-chair of the Committee and from 2012 to 2014 as rapporteur.  

Member of the International Board of PWESCR (Programme for Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights); of the UNRISD Advisory Group for the project on Linking Social Protection and Human Rights; of the Board of the Portuguese UNICEF Committee; and of the National Committee for Human Rights. She also served on the European Social Network High Level Advisory Group on De-institutionalisation.