Anja Leetz - Executive Director
Over the last 8 years Anja has built the European team and set up an office in Brussels, focusing on both EU policy development as well as implementation at national, regional, and local levels. Under Anja’s leadership the climate and health work started in 2009, and Anja co-created the Global Climate & Health Alliance a coalition of heath organisations advocating for climate solutions in healthcare.
Prior to becoming the Executive Director of Health Care Without Harm Europe, Anja Leetz worked for more than ten years with environmental organisations such as Friends of the Earth and the European Environmental Bureau in the United Kingdom and Belgium. Anja holds a degree in teaching and in Photography and has a qualification of Foundation Manager at the European Business School in Germany. Anja focuses on growing HCWH’s European network in order to better implement sustainable healthcare systems across Europe. As an avid networker and communicator, Anja is working with the WHO, UNDP, UNEP and partners on procurement, green healthcare, mercury elimination and other issues. Anja advises the HPH network in their environmental taskforce and the UN informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector and is on the advisory council for the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre.
Timothy Eden - Development & Membership Officer
Tim Eden has worked for over 8 years in the sectors of health and the environment. Prior to moving to Brussels in 2015, he worked in a Washington, D.C. based non-profit organising conferences, events, international trainings, and managing institutional partnerships. Tim has worked with Pesticide Action Network Europe and has a particular understanding of issues relating to food, agriculture, and human health. He holds a Masters in Social Work from Tulane University and speaks English (natively), French, and Italian.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.