Executive Director, EASO
Euan Woodward has worked with EASO since 2005 and has been its Executive Director since 2007. He is responsible for the development and implementation of EASO’s strategic action plans and coordinates the activities of the Association’s General Council, Executive Committee, Task Forces and Working Groups.
He manages EASO’s annual congress (the European Congress on Obesity), its network of Collaborating Centres for Obesity Management (COMs) and its research projects. He is the Dissemination WP leader in several EU Projects. He holds a BA (hons) in European Business and a Masters in Business Tourism.
Deputy Director General at the European Commission, Directorate General for Health (DG SANTE)
Pierre Delsaux is Deputy Director General at the European Commission, Directorate General for Health (DG SANTE).
After studying Law at the University of Liège, he obtained his Master of Law at the Northwestern University, Chicago, in 1983. He was Legal Secretary at the European Court of Justice from 1984 to 1987. He worked in the private sector before joining the European Commission in 1991. He started his career within the European Commission in the Directorate General for Competition.
In 2007, he was appointed as Director responsible for regulating the financial services. In 2011, he was appointed as Deputy Director General with responsibilities for the Single Market in the EU. From November 2015, he was in charge of Space Policy and Defence. In January 2020 he was appointed as Deputy Director General at the European Commission Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS).
Director, European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC)
Antonella Cardone is the Director of the European Cancer Patient Coalition, which is the largest cancer patient umbrella organization in Europe with over 450 members from 49 countries. She has over twenty years of international activity in health, social and employment sectors.
Prior to ECPC, Antonella was the Executive Director of the Fit for Work Global Alliance, a multi-stakeholder coalition championing change in health and work policy.
She was previously Director of the Global Smokefree Partnership of the American Cancer Society, leading a movement of over 100 members to coordinate the development of smokefree laws in 40 countries.
She holds a Master’s in Business Administration.
ECPO Board Member
Since 2002 Carlos has been President of Adexo, the Portuguese obesity patients organisation, which has changed the whole system of recognition and treatment of obesity in Portugal.
In 2006 he started the patient advocacy project in Europe, working with the European Parliament to make Obesity recognized as a chronic disease in Europe.
Carlos graduated in Port Management and Maritime Technologies, he was Captain of the Portuguese Merchant Navy and Director of the largest Portuguese port operations until 2013.
Dr Kremlin Wickramasinghe MBBS, MSc, PhD
Acting Programme Manager Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, WHO European Region
Kremlin is the Acting Programme Manager Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in the WHO European Region. He works at the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases based in Moscow which is an integral part of the Division of Country Health Programmes, WHO Regional Office for Europe. His Programme is responsible for providing support to the 53 Member States of the WHO European Region on the implementation of the European Food and Nutrition Action Plan & the Physical Activity Strategy for the WHO European Region 2016-2025, as well as monitoring the implementation process.
Prior to this position he worked as a technical officer on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Risk Factors, since 2017 in the same office. Before joining WHO, he was the co-director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Population Approaches to NCD Prevention at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. He co-edited the text book “An Introduction to Population-level Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases” published by the Oxford University Press.
He has a special interest in multisectoral responses to health promotion, quantifying the outcome of health policies and implementation research. Kremlin graduated as a medical doctor with MBBS from the University of Colombo. He holds an MSc in Global Health Science and a DPhil (PhD) in Public Health from the University of Oxford.
Dr Anna Lönnroth Sjödén
Head of Unit – Healthy Lives, People Directorate, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
Anna Lönnroth Sjödén is since 1 June 2019 head of the Healthy Lives unit at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD). The unit aims to ensure that R&I policies and programmes accelerate a better understanding of health at all ages and the achievement of effective and widely implemented strategies for preventing illness. This encompasses the study of all health determinants, including personal biological pre-dispositions and external factors e.g. environmental, climatic, chemical, food, occupational or lifestyle-related. It also encompasses the development of tangible solutions and interventions in terms of health promotion, disease prevention, screening programmes and technologies for assessing exposures.
Prior to this assignment, Anna was leading the Strategy for Health unit since September 2018. Before that, she was heading the Life Sciences unit at the European Research Council Executive Agency, where she managed the scientific evaluation and monitoring of ERC frontier research grants. Before joining the ERC in 2013, she was deputy head of the Infectious Diseases and Public Health unit at DG RTD.
She joined the European Commission in 1994 as a scientific officer to work on EU research funding in genomics. She holds a PhD in molecular genetics from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.