Edward Bennett - Finance & Admin Officer
Edward studied Business Management with Finance at the University of Brighton (UK) and wrote his final year thesis on Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. He previously worked for six years in several international companies within the financial industry and travelled widely, learning about the rich multicultural differences and diverse ways of living. Edward has developed an acute interest in using his financial and management skills to support and promote activities focussed on key health and environmental issues on a global scale, and relishes the opportunity to further develop these at HCWH Europe.
Lloyd H.D. Evans - Communications Officer
Before joining HCWH Europe, Lloyd studied at City University London, completing a Masters degree in Broadcast Journalism. He also holds a Bmus in music, has worked on community radio and been involved in live multimedia event management. With an interest in online media, he hopes to contribute to HCWH's communications using the video & audio production skills and journalistic techniques learnt during his studies.
Mireia Figueras Alsius - Conference & Events Assistant
Mireia studied Environmental Sciences and obtained a Master’s degree in International Relations, Security and Development at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. After her studies, she worked in the environmental education field for some years before moving to Bulgaria, where she volunteered with an NGO. With her multidisciplinary background, Mireia she hopes to bring her organisational skills to HCWH Europe and to learn more about the European health and environmental sectors.
Maria Galeone - Communications Assistant
Maria studied Communication at the University of Perugia, Italy, completing a Masters degree in Multimedia Communication. After her studies, she worked as Press and Social Media Officer for an Italian press and video agency. She then moved to Brussels, taking her first steps in the development sector in a confederation of NGOs. More recently, she has been in Italy working in the communication and marketing team of a wine cooperative in Apulia. Now back in Brussels, Maria hopes to bring her communication skills to HCWH Europe and to improve her knowledge of the European health and environment sectors.
Arianna Gamba - Procurement Policy and Projects Officer
After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, Arianna specialised in health with a European MSc in Health Economics and Management, where she wrote her thesis on Antimicrobial Resistance. She has acquired international experience in the non-profit, intergovernmental, and business sectors in the areas of cooperation and development, international affairs, healthcare and sustainability. Prior to joining HCWH Europe, she worked in the field of corporate social responsibility focussing on the pharmaceutical, insurance and chemicals sectors - supporting companies and industry associations to improve their sustainability performance and engaging and consulting with their stakeholders. She speaks English, Italian, and Spanish and is improving her French and German.
Paola Hernández Olivan - Food Project and Policy Officer
Paola studied Food Science and Technology at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). Her interest on environmental health resulted in her completion of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in European Public Health. Her thesis focused on 'Strategies for food waste management in European hospitals' allowed her to gain a better understanding of the linkages between food, sustainability, and human health. Prior to joining HCWH Europe as Food Project and Policy Officer, Paola worked at different organisations and research centers and participated in other European projects, which provided her with some insight on how to make sure that the project advances as planned. With her background on policy, research and communications, Paola is responsible of her area of interest - food sustainability, and expects to learn more about procurement and behaviour change issues.
Viktor Jósa - Climate Policy & Projects Officer
Viktor’s involvement in environmental health roots from his youth engagement in the UN climate policy lobby. As a youth stakeholder in the WHO and UNFCCC processes he has developed an interest in the health aspects of climate change, which he strives to bring to the public by bridging the gap between young people and international policy processes through innovative tools. Prior to joining Health Care Without Harm Europe, Viktor worked as a junior consultant for WHO’s European Centre for Environment and Health on European health adaptation to climate change. He aspires to help raise the ambition of healthcare towards climate-smart solutions through his policy advocacy expertise and youthful drive. As a passionate freestyle skier and cyclist, he is worried about the climatic future of the Alpine region.
Aidan Long - Senior Management & Projects Officer
Before joining HCWH Europe, Aidan worked in the non-profit media sector in Ireland for many years. He has managed two non-profit community radio stations and has also been involved in the areas of training, marketing and advocacy for the sector at a national level. Aidan has a BA in Media and Communications and English from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and is currently studying towards an MSc in Global Challenges at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. With his background in management and communications, Aidan hopes to be able to drive the organisational development and advocacy work of HCWH Europe forward, particularly in his area of interest – climate change and health.
Adela Maghear - Pharmaceuticals Policy Officer
Adela is a pharmacy studies graduate and holds PhD degrees in Medical Sciences (field of Pharmacy) and in Chemistry. Her PhD thesis was a a four year project, in joint supervision between "Iuliu Haţieganu" University of Medicine and Pharmacy (Romania) and University of Lorraine (France) and dealt with the subject of environmental safety. Adela previously worked as a researcher and assistant lecturer at a university in Romania for several years. Her career in the field of health policies started with a traineeship at the European Parliament Research Service in Brussels. She recently become a member of the European Health Parliament, Antimicrobial Resistance Committee, and hopes to bring her skills and expertise in the fields of health and environment to HCWH Europe.
Maja Milkowska - Research Assistant
Maja graduated with BSc degree in Public Health from Poznan University of Medical Sciences specialising in Healthcare Management. Her interest in health policy and international health resulted in her completion of MSc in Governance and Leadership in European Public Health and MSc in Global Health at Maastricht University. Prior to joining HCWH Europe as Research Assistant, Maja gained research experience in low-resource settings working on the issue of social exclusion from health services in India and maternal health in Myanmar, among others. Presently, she also pursues her enthusiasm for research as a Grant Coordinator at the NPO Global Environmental Health LAB. At HCWH Europe, she focuses on the areas of environmental sustainability in medical training and environmental issues associated with the pharmaceutical market.
Dorota Napierska - Chemicals Policy and Projects Officer
As a European Registered Toxicologist, Dorota holds PhD degrees in Biology (Biochemistry) and in Biomedical Sciences (Nanotoxicology). Prior to joining HCWH Europe, Dorota worked for the European Commission (DG Joint Research Center) as a chemical expert in chemical safety and security, she was responsible for knowledge transfer and policy support to partner countries. At the Directorate for Sustainable Resources, she provided policy support for implementing the EU Water Framework Directive, with a focus on reviewing the priority substances list, new biological-based monitoring tools, and chemical mixtures in water. Dorota has also previously worked as a researcher at the Department of Public Health of Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute (Gdynia, Poland). At HCWH Europe, Dorota is responsible for her area of interest – safer chemicals and the environment. She speaks Polish, English, and Dutch.