Peter Maurer

Peter Maurer studied history and international law in Bern, where he was awarded a doctorate. In 1987 he entered the Swiss diplomatic service, where he held various positions in Bern and Pretoria before being transferred to New York in 1996 as deputy permanent observer at the Swiss mission to the United Nations. In 2000 he was appointed ambassador and head of the human security division in the political directorate of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs in Bern.


In January 2010 Mr Maurer was appointed secretary of State for foreign affairs in Bern and took over the reins of the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, with its five directorates and some 150 Swiss diplomatic missions around the world. He succeeded Jakob Kellenberger as ICRC president on 1 July 2012.


Under his leadership, the ICRC carries out humanitarian work in over 80 countries. Mr Maurer’s priorities for his presidency include strengthening humanitarian diplomacy, engaging States and other actors for the respect of international humanitarian law, and improving the humanitarian response through innovation and new partnerships.


Since taking over the presidency of the ICRC, Mr Maurer has led the organization through a historic budget increase, from 1.1bn CHF in 2011 to over 1.8bn CHF in 2016.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director General

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017.

In doing so, he was the first WHO Director-General elected from among multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and was the first person from the WHO African Region to head the world’s leading public health agency.


Born in the Eritrean city of Asmara, Dr Tedros graduated from the University of Asmara with a Bachelor of Biology, before earning a Master of Science (MSc) in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London, a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health from the University of Nottingham and an Honorary Fellowship from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


As Minister of Health from 2005 to 2012, he led a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system, built on the foundation of universal health coverage and provision of services to all people, even in the most remote areas.


As Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012 to 2016, he elevated health as a political issue nationally, regionally and globally. In this role, he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Robert Mardini
Director General

Robert Mardini is Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), responsible for steering the organisation’s global humanitarian activities and its 20,000 staff in more than 100 countries.


With a master’s degree in civil engineering and hydraulics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Robert began his ICRC career in 1997, going on to serve as Deputy Director-General (2010-2012), Regional Director for the Near & Middle East (2012-2018) and Permanent Observer to the United Nations and Head of Delegation in New York (2018-2020).


In 2021, Robert was elected to the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) in recognition of his ability to mobilise teams to provide effective emergency aid to victims of major armed conflicts. | Photo credit: N.Ackermann

Patricia Danzi
Ambassador, Director General
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

Patricia Danzi has been with the International Committee of the Red Cross since 1996, serving as a delegate, with increasing responsibilities, in the Balkans (Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo), Peru, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola. At head office, she was appointed Deputy Head of Operations for the Horn of Africa and Political Advisor to the Director of Operations. She served as Head of Operations for America between November 2008 and April 2015 and has been Regional Director for Africa from May 2015 until she assumed the post of director general of the SDC on 1 May 2020.


Patricia Danzi studied in Lincoln, Nebraska and in Zurich and holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics, geography and environmental science. She undertook postgraduate work in development studies in Geneva. She speaks seven languages. Born in Switzerland, in her student days she taught mentally challenged children and spent time teaching in a township in South Africa just after Nelson Mandela was elected President. Patricia Danzi represented Switzerland in athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Peter Severin
International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA)

Peter has been the Commissioner, Corrective Services New South Wales, Australia since September 2012 and retired in August 2021. Prior to this appointment Peter was the Chief Executive of the Department for Correctional Services in South Australia from July 2003 and worked with the Department of Corrective Services in Queensland, Australia for almost 15 years, his last position was Deputy Director-General. Peter started his corrections career in Germany in 1980.


New South Wales is one of eight States and Territories in Australia and Corrective Services New South Wales has responsibility for prisons and community corrections. It is the largest Australian corrections jurisdiction.


Peter has a strong background in corrections operation, in particular offender management and intervention. He has extensive experience in prison management and policy formulation. Peter also presided over significant prison infrastructure design, construction and commissioning and has particular expertise in the development of service standards for the delivery of correctional services by the non-government and private sector and contract management.

Peter holds a Masters of Public Administration and Bachelor of Social Work degree.

Hans Henri P. Kluge
Regional Director
WHO Europe

Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge has 25 years of experience in medical practice and public health in numerous settings around the world. Having qualified in medicine, surgery and obstetrics from the Catholic University of Leuven in 1994, he began his career as a family doctor in Belgium.


On assignment with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Belgium from 1995, his international experience started in emergencies, working in Liberia and Somalia, coordinating a tuberculosis (TB) control programme and providing medical and public health services in conflict zones. His work continued with a posting coordinating programmes in prisons in Siberia, and then as the Regional TB Advisor in the for former Soviet Union countries in Moscow.


Dr Kluge joined WHO in 1999, as TB and TB-HIV Project Manager at the WHO Country Office in the Russian Federation. During 2004–2009 his focus expanded, as Medical Officer for TB and then becoming Team Leader for the 3 diseases unit (HIV, TB and malaria) at the WHO Country Office in Myanmar, as well as working as a consultant to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on TB.


In 2009, Dr Kluge moved to the WHO Regional Office for Europe, and the following year was appointed Director of the Division of Health Systems and Public Health, and Special Representative of the Regional Director to Combat Multi/Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis.

A Belgian national, Dr Kluge is fluent in English, French, German and Russian, as well as Dutch.

Micaela Serafini
Head of Health

Dr. Micaela Serafini is the Head of Health for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She is responsible for overseeing the delivery of humanitarian health services to populations affected by war and violence in more than 80 countries around the world.


She is an Argentinean medical doctor specialized in Internal Medicine that started working with MSF in 2004. Since then she worked in many different countries, in a variety of diseases such HIV/AIDS, TB, Cholera, Malaria, Ebola, Meningitis and Measles and in different contexts, from long term programmes to outbreak response. She complemented her practical experiences with formal training and obtained first the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and later the master’s in public health in Developing Countries at the LSHTM.


In 2014, Micaela became Medical Director for MSF Switzerland and in 2021 Head of the Health Unit in ICRC.

Elena Leclerc
Coordinator of Health Care in Detention Programme

Dr Elena Leclerc is the coordinator of Health Care in Detention Programme at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva, and responsible for the implementation of the Programme in over 60 countries around the world. Dr Leclerc joined the ICRC in 1998 and has since worked in Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Haiti, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, Cambodia, Thailand and at the ICRC’s headquarters in Switzerland. Dr Leclerc has authored and contributed to the development of various ICRC and external publications. Since 2013, she has been co-organizing and lecturing for several postgraduate courses in Health Care in Detention in Switzerland, France and Thailand.


Dr Leclerc initiated the events and led the organization of the Asian and Pacific Conferences on Prison Health between 2017 and 2019, and the First World Conference on Health in Detention in 2022.


Dr Leclerc is a medical doctor. She holds a postgraduate degree in infectious diseases and tropical medicine from The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Master of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Leadership from the University of Lucerne.

Terry Hackett
Head of the Persons Deprived of Liberty Unit

Terry Hackett assumed the post of Head of the Persons Deprived of Liberty Unit for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva in February 2022.


Terry joined the ICRC in 2018 as a Prison System Adviser following a 22 year with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) where he retired as the as the Assistant Deputy Commissioner of Correctional Operations (Pacific).


Over his career with CSC, Terry held various positions including Director of Operations (Pacific) and Warden of several federal institutions.


Terry holds a Masters of Arts in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University (RRU) with a focus on rule of law and post-conflict correctional reform, as well as a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Trinity Western University.


He is currently completing his Masters of Advanced Studies in International Law of Armed Conflict from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

Abtal Taoufiq
Chef de division de l’Action Sanitaire
Délégation Générale à l’Administration Pénitentiaire et à la Réinsertion, Maroc

Chef de division de l’Action Sanitaire à la Délégation Générale à l’Administration Pénitentiaire et à la Réinsertion.


Diplômé en médecine générale et en urgentologie, oxyologie de la faculté de médecine et de pharmacie de Rabat.


Recruté à la Direction de l’Administration Pénitentiaire en 1997. Médecin prestataire à la prison de Salé de 1997 à 2007. Médecin responsable  de l’inspection  de la Santé dans les établissements pénitentiaires de 2007 à 2013. Depuis 2013, chef de division de l’Action Sanitaire – Coordination stratégique des prestations de santé des détenus et supervision de la déclinaison des programmes nationaux de santé développés avec le Ministère de Santé et les autres Partenaires Nationaux et Internationaux. Vice-président du Comité Coordination Maroc pour le Sida, tuberculose et paludisme (2014-2017 et 2018-2021). Membre du comité de pilotage du réseau africain de partenariat sur le VIH et la santé dans les prisons. Membre du réseau MedNet.

Agis Terzidis
General Secretary of the Board of Directors MdM
Médecins du Monde (MdM), Greece

Agis Terzidis is a Pediatrician, specialized in public health and has a PhD  in preventive medicine – epidemiology.


From the first active members of the Doctors of the World of Greece, he has participated in their missions in many areas of Greece and abroad, but also in missions of Doctors Without Borders, of which he has been a member of the board of directors.


Today  he is  the General Secretary of the board of directors of Médecins du Monde (MDM) Greece. He has been a member of many editorial teams for the national  strategy against social exclusion, as well as coordinator of European programs to combat poverty and upgrade the living conditions of socially vulnerable groups. He has a special scientific interest in improving access to the care system for socially excluded groups, as well as for the health of people on the move.


He is a certified expert for the identification of victims of torture and since 2013 a member of the scientific team for the certification of victims of torture in METADRASI.

Ahmed Aqel
Health in Detention Specialist

Dr. Ahmed Aqel, is a medical doctor who has a master’s degree in Medical Microbiology, and another master’s degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy and he is currently finalizing his third master’s in Public Health from the University of London.


He worked and lived in several countries including; Jordan, Nigeria, Afghanistan, Cambodia, China\DPRK, Ukraine, and currently in Thailand as Regional Healthcare in Detention Specialist for the Asia and Pacific Region. He has experience in HIV and TB programs, health systems strengthening and in prison Health.


Prior to joining the ICRC, he worked in Africa for several years in USAID (PEPFAR)-funded programs managing HIV patients.

Ahmed Mohamed Fulhu
Commissioner of Prisons
Correctional Service, Ministry of Home Affairs, Maldives

Ahmed Mohamed Fulhu was appointed as the Commissioner of Prisons of Maldives Correctional Service on 22nd January 2020.  Prior to his appointment as the Commissioner of Prisons, CP Ahmed Mohamed Fulhu served as the Inspector General of Correctional Service of Ministry of Home Affairs.


During his career, he has actively worked at various posts to ensure fairness and rights of individuals. He worked as the National Preventive Mechanism Director of Human Rights Commission until 2018, and was also a member of the Prison Audit Commission formed in 2019.


CP Ahmed Mohamed Fulhu holds a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from Maldives National University.


Ajeng Larasati
Human Rights Lead
Harm Reduction International

Ajeng Larasati is the Human Rights Lead at Harm Reduction International. Ajeng is a human rights and public health specialist with twelve years of experience in programme management, organisational development and strategic advocacy. She earned an LLM degree in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from the University of Essex, UK in 2016.


Prior to joining HRI, Ajeng worked for Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat (LBHM), a leading legal aid organisation based in Indonesia, where she focused on the issue of HIV and human rights, drug policy, LGBT rights, and mental health. Ajeng also worked as a consultant for the CRG team of the Global Fund to fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.


Ajeng coordinates the Lawyering on the Margins Network and sits on the Steering Committee of the HIV Justice Worldwide. She is on the Board of Directors for LBHM and the Advisory Board for OPSI, an Indonesian network of sex workers.

Alessandro Albano
Head of the Study Office
Italian National Preventive Mechanism

Alessandro Albano is Head of the Study Office and responsible for the National and International Relations of the National Guarantor of the Rights of Persons Deprived of their Liberty – namely the italian National preventive mechanism under Un Opcat – where he also serves as an independent monitor of places of detention and as an expert to the Council of Europe and the United Nations.


He is the author of 4 books and more than 80 publications in national and international scientific journals. He gives lectures and conducts research in the field of human rights protection, in several universities both in Italy and abroad. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Center for International Policy Studies. In the past, after his Master’s Degree in Law, the subsequent  Postgraduate Specialisation in Forensic sciences and criminology and after qualifying as a Lawyer he was Director of Unit at the Legal office of the Prison Administration and an associate of the Italian Society of Criminology.

Ali Aradaan
Central Prison Hospital, Kuwait

Dr. Ali Alradaan is Director of the Central Prison Hospital in Kuwait, Head of the Committee of medical pardon for prisoners, and Head of the Committee of health fitness for police and fire force candidates.


He is a member of the Kuwait national Committee in combating and preventing drugs abuse, and a member of the Kuwait national Committee in combating and preventing TB. He is double board certified in both Kuwait and UK in “Family medicine”, and interested in public health and health care in detention.


His self-assigned mission is to improve the health care services in places of detention in Kuwait with the co-operation of different groups in society such as governmental and non-governmental organisations, public groups and individuals interested in health care in detention standards. Dr Alradaan also works to support the imprisoned and detained individuals and to offer them an individualised approach of health care services according to their demands and needs.

Anastasia Papachristou
Detention Doctor

Dr Anastasia Papachristou, MD, MSc, MHA, ScD, FHCS, is currently the detention doctor of the ICRC Delegation in Athens. She has a surgical background, practicing in General Teaching Hospitals of Central and Southern Greece, EU and UK in the Surgical, Accident and Emergencies departments and in the Intensive Care Units.


She has completed her postgraduate studies holding master’s degrees in the fields of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery and Telesurgery, Global Health, Disaster Medicine and Health Crisis Management, Health Administration and International Relations, Strategy and Security and doctorate specialization in General Surgery and Surgical Oncology.


Dr Papachristou joined the humanitarian field 15 years ago and has since worked with various National and International NGOs and has developed expertise in the implementation of health programs in multiple contexts of rescue and emergency response, telemedicine, conflict and migration in Europe, middle East and Africa.


She has authored and contributed to the development and research programs in Greece with the NKUA University with academic experience as a lecturer in her field of expertise.

Angela Lucila Barrios Diaz
Specialized Staff
Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia

Nurse graduated from the National University of Colombia, with a master’s degree in Nursing and cardiovascular health care.


Angela is a specialized staff in the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Colombia, where she works in the Directorate for the Regulation of the Operation of Health Insurance, Occupational Risks and Pensions.


For 6 years, she has been carrying out work related to the public policies of the General System of Social Security in Health in Colombia.


Addressing issues such as health risk management of the operation of EPS (Entidades Promotoras de Salud), public health insurance plan, as well as matters related to the role of the health sector in the Penitentiary and Prison System of Colombia.

Anja Busse
Programme Officer
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

As Programme Officer at the Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Section of the UNODC Drugs, Laboratory and Scientific Services Branch, Anja has been involved since 2005 in the implementation of UNODC’s global projects on drug dependence treatment and care in different functions.


She is a Psychology graduate (University of Berlin, Germany) with a Master in Public Health (Medical School Hanover, Germany) and has been trained on Family Therapy. Her current functions include the coordination of UNODC’s global projects on the treatment of drug use disorders including the UNODC-WHO Programme on Drug Dependence Treatment and Care, supporting the development of the UNODC-WHO International Standards for the Treatment of drug Use Disorders or the UNODC-WHO Handbook on Treatment and Care for People with drug use Disorders in Contact with the Criminal Justice System and UNODC’s recent work on mental health and substance use disorder treatment in prison settings.

Anne Spaulding
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Global Health and (Joint) Medicine
Emory University

Dr. Anne Spaulding spent a year volunteering in a Haitian mission hospital before earning her MD from Medical College of Virginia. After a fellowship in infectious disease, she became the statewide medical director of the Rhode Island combined jail/prison system. She moved to Atlanta to work in correctional health at the CDC. For the past 16 years, she has been at Emory University where she currently researches jail-based HIV testing and linkage to care, prison hepatitis C surveillance and elimination, TB management in Haitian prisons, and most recently COVID-19 management in jails.

Antony David Hassall
Prison System Advisor

Tony joined the ICRC in February 2021. He was the Prison System Advisor initially responsible for Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He moved to the Philippines in November 2021. His role also covers Cambodia and Thailand. Tony supports the ICRC’s ability to analyse and understand detention as a whole, provides analytical, strategic and methodological advice to the ICRC delegation. He also supports the national prison authorities in developing and implementing sustainable solutions to humanitarian problems encountered in detention.


Tony started his career as a graduate entrant Prison Officer in the late 1980`s in the UK holding a range of policy and operational positions. He has been in charge of a number of prisons before being invited to join the senior civil service as director responsible corrective services in Yorksire.


He moved to Australia in 2009 as CEO of Immigration Detention Services. He retired as Commissioner of Corrective Services Western Australia in December 2020.
Tony hold qualifications in Business Administration (Executive) and Social Science.

Aurélie Mieuset
General practitioner
Prison Health Unit, Montpellier University Hospital

Dr Aurélie Mieuset is a general practitioner in the prison health unit of the Montpellier University Hospital. She holds a DU in tobacco and addictology.


Since July 2016, she has been committed to providing quality care to prisoners, particularly in terms of prevention and screening. She is also responsible for the « month without tobacco » campaign within the prison of Villeneuve Lès Maguelone and for all screening programs among prisoners.


The work presented « Modifications linked to the first lockdown of psychoactive substance use among prisoners in the Villeneuve Les Maguelone prison » was carried out in co-working with Dr Ballester, a general practitioner and addictologist in the prison health unit of the Montpellier University Hospital.

Babak Moazen
Postdoctoral Researcher
Institute of Addiction Research, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences

Dr. Babak Moazen holds a Master’s in International Health and a PhD in Public Health from the Heidelberg University in Germany. He started his career as a health researcher in 2010, and has participated in numerous international and national research projects on the marginalized populations’ health, in specific prisoners.


He used to collaborate with various organizations and academic institutions including UNODC; National Drug and Alcohol Research Center of the University of New South Wales; and Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center of Tehran University of Medical Sciences.


He has authored/co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed scientific publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Dr. Moazen is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Addiction Research at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, and the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health at Heidelberg University in Germany.

Beverly Ho
Director for Health Promotion Bureau and Disease Prevention and Control Bureau
Department of Health - Philippines

Beverly Lorraine C. Ho is the concurrent Director for Health Promotion Bureau and Disease Prevention and Control Bureau at the Department of Health – Philippines. As HPB Director, she leads risk communication and community engagement and demand generation for COVID-19 vaccines. As DPCB Director, she leads primary care integration of various health programs.


Prior to this, she was Chief of Research Division of the Health Policy Development and Planning Bureau where her efforts significantly contributed to the passage of key legislation on sugar-sweetened beverage tax, tobacco tax and universal health care.


Bev is a fellow of the Maurice Greenberg World Fellows Program at Yale University, the Equity Initiative and the Atlantic Institute. She holds an MD from the University of the Philippines and an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as a Fulbright Scholar.

Calvin S. de los Reyes
Project Adjunct Senior Lecturer
University of the Ryukyus ,Okinawa-Japan

Dr. Calvin S. de los Reyes serves as an Academic Fellow (Project Adjunct Senior Lecturer) at the School of Health Sciences in the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan. He is also affiliated with the Graduate Program for Health Policy Studies at the University of the Philippines Manila.


Dr. de los Reyes is involved in several research projects addressing the health needs of marginalized populations in the Philippines. He is also founding board member of the International Committee on MCH Handbook.


For more than a decade, he worked in numerous JICA projects and training programs. He obtained his PhD in Human Sciences (International Health) from Osaka University in Japan.

Carla Kamitsuji

Dr. Carla Kamitsuji is a medical doctor specialized in psychiatry.


Between 2007 and 2009, she worked for the NGO Médecins San Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Uganda, Iraq and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (West Bank). In 2010, Carla joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and worked in Russia (Chechnya) until 2011. Between 2011 and 2019, she worked in the Brazilian public health sector as a psychiatrist in primary health care, psychosocial care centers, a mobile mental health unit, a psychiatric emergency room and the Transcultural Outpatient Clinic of the Institute of Psychiatry at Hospital das Clínicas, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo.


Since June 2020, Carla has been working for the ICRC as a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support HQ Adviser. Among many of her tasks, she is the focal point for mental health in detention.

Carole Dromer
Deputy Head of Health Unit

Carole Dromer is a medical doctor, holding a master degree in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law and a coach certification.


She has worked in a hospital in France as well as in a detention place, as rheumatologist for 15 years. Then she joined the humanitarian action and has worked in crisis situations, armed conflicts and natural disasters for more than 20 years.


She joined the ICRC attracted by the health care in detention activities. Her last function in the ICRC is Deputy Head of Health, covering first aid and pre hospital emergency care, primary and secondary health care, physical rehabilitation, mental health and psychosocial support and health care in detention.

Carolina De La Torre Ugarte
Conference Focal Point

Carolina is a social scientist with specializations in criminal justice, human rights, and mental health. She joined the ICRC’s Health Care in Detention Programme in 2021 to support the organization of the 1st World Conference on Health in Detention. She also works on instructional design with the Learning and Development Programme in the Health Unit.

She holds a Master’s in Anthropology and Sociology from the Geneva Graduate Institute as well as a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Disasters, Displacement and Human Rights from the University of Tennessee—Knoxville. Her research examines topics such as the impact of incarceration on families outside of prison and planning for reentry in penal reform.

In her previous role as Project Director at the Global Initiative for Stress and Trauma Treatment (GIST-T), she surveyed staff well-being in humanitarian organizations and advised on mental health policy. She has also served on multiple Conference Steering Committees and has consulted with the Genevan Prison Medical Service. Outside of work, she volunteers as Vice President of a local prison visitors’ association.

Caroline Wilkinson

Caroline Wilkinson is a Nutritionist with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).


Caroline graduated with a master’s in Human Nutrition and Metabolism from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, UK. Since then she has mainly specialized in Nutrition in Emergency and post-crisis situations across the world, working first with Action Contre la Faim (1995-2008), then UNHCR (2009 – 2020) before joining the ICRC in September 2020.


She has particular interests in Infant and Young Child Feeding, Nutrition Surveys and Assessments, Anaemia and Micronutrient deficiencies and Multisectoral programming including the social determinants of malnutrition and linkages with Mental health and Psychosocial issues and Nutrition in Detention.

Christine Seisun
Head of Sexual Violence

Christine Seisun is the Head of Addressing Sexual Violence for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She is responsible for provision of the ICRC’s overall strategic direction on sexual violence via implementation of the ICRC Strategy on Sexual Violence as well as strengthening operational capacities on preventing and responding to sexual violence to ensure multidisciplinary support to victims/survivors. Ms. Seisun was previously the Addressing Sexual Violence Operations Manager for the ICRC in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2021-2022) and in South Sudan (2019 – 2021). During her time with the ICRC she has also worked in Cote d’Ivoire and Iraq as a protection delegate.


She has multiple years of professional experience working on gender and gender-based violence in the humanitarian and development sectors as well as experience working in conflict and post-conflict environments.


Prior to working with the ICRC, Christine worked with other organizations such as with Banyan Global as a Gender Specialist, a GBV Programme Manager with Mercy Corps, and as a Programme Officer with Open Society Foundations. She has worked in Central African Republic, Haiti, Jordan, and Mali. She has a master’s in international law from SOAS University in London and has been trained as rape crisis centre advocate.

Chutarut Chintakanont
Senior Expert on Penology
Department of Corrections, Thailand

Dr. Chutarut Chintakanont graduated from the Faculty of Dentistry, Mahidol University and worked as a dentist at the Correctional Hospital. She got promoted to be Head of Dentistry Department, and Director of Administration at the Correctional Hospital respectively.


In 2016 she was a Director of Medical Service Division at Department of Corrections, Ministry of Justice. With her experiences and knowledge she got promoted to be a Penologist, Expert Level, Penological Operation Division, Department of Corrections.


She is currently a Senior Expert in Penology, Office of the Secretary, Department of Corrections. Dr. Chutarut has experience in both medical and penological aspects, she has been assigned to work and put balance between those two aspects which is not an easy task. During COVID -19 pandemic, she has been assigned to be one of the core team to manage the pandemic in prison.

Cosette Fakih El Khoury
Consultant, Licensed Dietitian
World Health Organization

Cosette Fakih El Khoury is a licensed dietitian and holds an MS in Human Nutrition from the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. in Health Services Research from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Until recently she was a faculty member at the Lebanese American University.


She started her career as a therapeutic dietitian and moved into being a dietetic training program coordinator, university instructor, and consultant dietitian. She also has extensive experience in training young professionals and designing nutrition programs in line with accreditation standards.


Her research focuses on identifying effective healthcare and dietary care practices in chronic diseases, particularly using mHealth tools. Her publications mainly focus on mHealth in dietetics and malnutrition practices in hospital settings and the community.


She is currently a consultant for the World Health Organization working on nutrition education, behavioral change, and prevention and management of chronic conditions for inmates in Lebanese prisons and patients in primary healthcare centers.


Daniel Lopez Acuña
Consultant for Alcohol, Illicit Drugs & Prison Health Programme
WHO Europe

Daniel Lopez Acuña is a Medical Doctor specialized in Public Health and Epidemiology. He is currently Adjunct Professor of the Andalusian School of Public Health in Granada Spain after retiring from WHO.


He worked over a period of thirty years a at the World Health Organization where he was  Director of Health Systems  and Director of Program Management for the Region of the Americas,   and Global Director of Health Action in Crises, Advisor to the WHO Director General for the WHO Reform and  Global Director of Country Cooperation and Collaboration with the United Nations .He retired in 2014 from WHO and lives in Gijon, Spain working as an independent consultant.


More recently he was the coordinator of the EU funded SH-CAPAC project for improving the health response to the recent migratory influx in Europe. The SH-CAPAC project focused on building capacity in areas of coordination practices, needs assessments, planning actions to strengthen the public health response of local health systems, improving access to health care, and developing health workers’ competencies for the delivery of migrant/refugee sensitive health services.  He was the Coordinator of the Access to Health and Related Social Services of the EU Funded Joint Action for Health Equity in Europe (JAHEE) from 2018 to 2022.


He is a senior consultant for the Health in Prisons Program (HIPP) of the WHO European  Regional Office and member of its Steering Committee and he has been very active in the recent COVID 19 Pandemic in Spain and other European Countries.

David Sergeenko
Deputy Chairperson
Parliament of Georgia

Mr. David Sergeenko was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2020, he helds the position of Deputy Chairperson of Parliament of Georgia and Chairperson of the Rights of the Child Standing Parliamentary Council.


2019-2020 was Adviser of Prime Minister of Georgia in Healthcare field.


2012-2019 Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia. He managed the biggest budget among the ministries in Georgia. Under his leadership several important programs were launched, such as Universal Health Care System in Georgia, Elimination of Hepatitis C in Georgia, Labour Inspection etc. During the period 1987–2006 he worked in a different organization as a doctor, 2006-2012 was a General Director of Sachkhere medical center.


Mr. Sergeenko graduated from Tbilisi State Medical University from faculty of pediatrics.  He continued his education in Intensive Care Medicine at Berlin Heart Institute and received training in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Sergeenko was a member of World Health Organization’s (WHO) Executive Board and WHO European Environment and Health Ministerial Board and a member of Ministerial Health Leadership Network at Harvard University. In 2015 was awarded with St George’s Order of Victory, which comes second in rank to the Order of National Hero in Georgia.


Denis Huber
Head of Department of Police, Detention, Drugs and Addictions
Council of Europe

Denis Huber started a diplomatic career in January 1990, in the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, before joining the Secretariat of the Council of Europe in September 1993. He gained ten years experience in the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers, being directly involved in the preparation and follow up of two Summits of Heads of State and Government – the Strasbourg Summit (in October 1997) and the Warsaw Summit (in May 2005).


Between 2006 and 2012, Denis Huber was posted to Belgrade, as Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe in Serbia, and then to Lisbon, as Executive Director of the Council of Europe North-South Centre. After returning to Strasbourg, he worked successively in the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and the Directorate General of Administration. Since July 2018, he has been the Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe International Cooperation Group on drugs and addictions (“Pompidou Group”), with enlarged responsibilities (since January 2022) as Head of the Department on Police, Detention, Drugs and Addictions.

Dennis U. Rocamora
Deputy Chief for Operations
Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Philippines

Jail Chief Superintendent Dennis Uvas Rocamora is one of the youngest senior officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in the Philippines. He is a Criminologist by profession and a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Public Safety (BSPS) at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA).


He rose from the ranks of Jail Inspector to Jail Chief Superintendent while holding different positions like Staff Officer, Operations Officer, Training Officer, Jail Warden, Regional Director of various regions, and Director of various Directorates in the BJMP-National Headquarters.


Presently, he is the Deputy Chief for Operations of the Jail Bureau, the one in charge of collaborating with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in its program towards the improvement of jail facilities and systems and practices for efficient jail management and humane treatment of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL).

Diomedes Tabima Garcia
Public Health Adviser
Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia

Doctor from the University of Caldas with specialization in Health’s Institutions Management (University of Antioquia), University Teaching (Universidad del Bosque) and Master’s in Education (Technological University of Pereira – UTP).


He has been supervising doctor of the Tuberculosis Control Program in Risaralda, Scientific Deputy Director of the Municipal Institute of Health of Pereira. At UTP he has been Director of the Medicine Program, Professor of Community Medicine, Director of the Specialization in Health Systems Management and Director of the master’s degree in Health Systems Management.


He has served as Leader of the Research Group in Management in Health Systems of the same university and is currently the representative of the academy in the Intersectoral group for the training of prison health staff together with the ICRC in Colombia. His scientific publications have focused on public health, and from this with prison environments.

David Tarantino
Chief Medical Office
US Customs and Border Protection

David Tarantino, MD, MPH, IDHA serves as Chief Medical Officer for US Customs and Border Protection, providing professional medical direction for medical support to CBP operations, personnel, and persons in custody.


Dr. Tarantino received his B.A. from Stanford University and his M.D. from Georgetown University and spent his early career as a US Navy Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine physician. He has humanitarian and operational medicine experience on six continents and has served in a number of prominent roles, including Executive Director, Yellow Fund; Senior Physician, Medical Planning and Preparedness, International Medical Corps; Associate Director, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine; and Director, Medical Programs, United States Marine Corps.


Dr. Tarantino has received numerous awards including the Navy-Marine Corps Medal for Heroism (Pentagon, 9/11), Bronze Star (OIF), multiple Humanitarian Service awards, AMA Medal of Valor, Georgetown University Founder’s Award, Washingtonian of the Year.

Dieudonne Koyenga
Prison Systems Advisor

Dieudonne Koyenga has 22 years’ experience in prisons and corrections. He has been working as a Prison Systems Adviser for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 2015. In this position, he has supported ICRC work in various countries, including Rwanda, Burundi, Chad, Madagascar, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Cameroon.


Before joining the ICRC, Dieudonne served in the Burkina Faso Prison Service as both Head of Service in charge of operations and capacity building, and as National Director (2006 to 2010).


He worked for the UN Stabilisation Mission in Haiti for two years before being appointed as the first Director General of the Penitentiary Training School of Burkina Faso.

He managed the process (including resource planning and the development of policies and operational procedures) to implement the full operation of this institution which still runs successfully today.


Dieudonné Mbolinanguera
Penitentiary Administration, Central African Republic

Dieudonné has completed a Degree in Philosophy, Master of Law at the Bangui University, and a Post-graduate diploma (Master +3) at ENAM Bangui. he is a Member of the Central African Magistrates Union.


He worked as National consultant to UNODC and UNICRI, Representative of the Ministry of Justice to the National Commission for Security Sector Reform and to the National Commission for the Fight against Small Arms, Member of the drafting committee for the national strategy for the reintegration of prisoners, national health policy in detention, national strategy for the demilitarization of prisons, law on legal aid in CAR. He was also a Trainer at the National School of Administration and Magistracy.


Specific experiences: 13 years as a philosophy professor, 19 years as a magistrate, other training: Business Law (Benin), International Human Rights Law (Cameroon), cross-border crime, terrorism, human trafficking (Rwanda).


Lady Edwina Grosvenor
Prison Philanthropist
One Small Thing

Lady Edwina Grosvenor is a prison philanthropist who has dedicated her career to transforming conditions within prisons drawing on the experience of best and worst models of criminal justice from around the world.


This inspired her to be the founding investor and Ambassador of the Clink Restaurant chain, which trains prisoners for work in the catering industry, and to founding and chairing the charity One Small Thing.


The charity aims to redesign the justice system for women and their children and has gone on to develop Hope Street, a pioneering purpose-built residential community across Hampshire and which will provide rehabilitative services to the women in a holistic environment where they can recover without the need for their children to be removed into care.


Having studied Criminology and Sociology at Northumbria University, Lady Edwina achieved a distinction in her master’s degree in Criminology and Crime Scene Management at Solent University in August 2021. She sits on the advisory board to the Centre for Criminology in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. She became a founding member of the Global Philanthropic Advisory Board in January 2022 and is also Patron of Paladin, which is the country’s only national stalking advocacy service. Edwina will be the 2022/23 High Sherriff of Hampshire.


Ehab Salah
Prisons and HIV Advisor
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Dr. Ehab Salah is currently the Prisons and HIV Advisor, HIV/AIDS Section, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Headquarters in Vienna. Ehab is a medical doctor specialized in Medical Epidemiology, with more than 20 years of hands-on experience in communicable disease research, prevention and control.


Prior to joining the HIV/AIDS Section in UNODC, Vienna, he was coordinating UNODC’s HIV and Health in Prisons Programme in Sub-Saharan Africa. Earlier, he was the Regional HIV focal point in UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa region. Ehab has a long working experience in advocating for, developing, and implementing rights based, evidence-informed and gender responsive public health policies and programs, with particular focus on health of people in prisons at global, regional and country levels.

Elias Saade
Regional Healthcare in Detention Specialist

Elias holds a Medical Doctor degree from the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Lebanese University, with a long-program training in General Emergency Medicine from Saint-George Hospital University in Lebanon. He also holds a Master in Business Administration MBA in the International Health Management from the Université Paris-Dauphine, France. He’s currently pursuing a MSc degree in Disaster Medicine with the Università del Piemonte Orientale, Italy.


Throughout his work with the ICRC, he handled the health care in detention files in Algeria, Niger, Tunisia, Iraq and currently assigned to cover the NAME region where he supervises the implementation of Health Care in Detention programs in Syria, the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen. He supports, delivers and coordinates training on Health Care in Detention at global and NAME regional levels.


Due to his background experience in humanitarian settings, with specific competencies and expertise in emergency medicine, public health and nutrition, working in refugee camps and places of detention, he is currently an Associate Member of the World Medical Association (WMA) since 2020.


Elizabeth Davies
Clinical Reader of Cancer and Public Health
King’s College London

Elizabeth Davies is a public health doctor and epidemiologist. She is currently Clinical Reader of Cancer and Public Health at King’s College London where she leads the Cancer Epidemiology and Cancer Services Research Group and Heads the Centre for Cancer, Society & Public Health. Previously she was Director for Knowledge and Intelligence for London in Public Health England and Director of the Thames Cancer Registry.

Emma Plugge
Senior Research Fellow
UK Health Security Agency

Emma Plugge is a public health trained doctor who is currently Senior Research Fellow in the Vulnerable People and Inclusion Health Directorate of the UK Health Security Agency and Associate Professor of Public Health at the University of Southampton. She is the academic lead for the Worldwide Prison Health Research & Engagement Network www.wephren.org which aims to improve the health of people in prison through the equitable development of the evidence base and through capacity building initiatives for health.

Fadi Meroueh
Head of the Health Unit
Villeneuve-les-Maguelone prison, France

Dr. Fadi Meroueh is currently a Hospital Practitioner, addictologist  and Head of the Health Unit of the Villeneuve-les-Maguelone prison, which is a part of Montpellier University Hospital.


He is a harm-reduction expert and advocate for health equity and human rights in prisons. In 2018 he was elected President of Health Without Barriers (HWB), the European Federation for Prison Health, which represents prison health professionals, supports evidence-based health-care practices and advocates for prisoners’ rights to health. And since November 2021,  he is  Vice-president of MENAHRA (Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association).


The Health Unit in Prison is administrated by the French Ministry of Health. This reform came with the official duty of providing healthcare services in prison equal to those provided outside. Special attention is paid to the addiction and management of infectious diseases (HCV) among people in prison.


Dr. Meroueh is author and researcher with several peer-reviewed articles to his credit, and 23 years working on prevention and treatment programmes inside prisons in Europe, North Africa and West Africa. He is a member of numerous prison health expert panels including those convened by the World Health Organization, EMCDDA, ECDC, UNODC, CPT…

Filipa Alves da Costa
Specialist in Public Health and Health Policy

Filipa Alves da Costa is a specialist in public health and health policy, working for the Alcohol, Illicit Drugs & Prison Health Programme, at the WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.


As technical lead for WHO-HIPP since 2020, Dr. Alves da Costa has led the development of a surveillance system for COVID-19 in prisons, triggering response at country level; the WHO prison framework to evaluate performance of prison health systems, the advocacy brief calling for the inclusion of people living and working in prisons in national vaccination plans, the policy brief “Addressing the NCD burden in prison” and “Organizational models of prisons health: considerations for better governance”.

Gaby Groff-Jensen
Senior Prison Officer
Ila Prison and Detention Institution, Norwegian Correctional Service

Gaby Groff-Jensen is a senior officer with a degree in management and mental health work. She work at Ila Prison and Detention Institution, a prison that houses high-risk men sentenced to preventive detention. Has worked for the last 7 years as a leader and specialist in the Resource Team at Ila prison, a program tasked with activating mentally ill residents that show low functioning skills and violent behavior. She lives close to Oslo in Norway.

Ghirmai Yiehdego
Detention Doctor

Degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1993, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Post graduate diploma in Epidemiology in 2010, University of London, External programme.


ICRC Detention doctor visiting places of detention to observe conditions of detention and propose local and systemic intervention to improve health care to persons deprived of liberty in Afghanistan (2011-2013), India (2013-2014), and Philippines (2021-current).

Health care in detention specialist, advising ICRC delegations on health care in places of detention (2014-2016).

March 2016 – July 2021: Health program manager in Kyrgyz Republic, managing tuberculosis control in prison project supported by the ICRC.

UN volunteer as UN dispensary Physician in UNDP in South Sudan (2010-2011).

Held different positions under Ministry of Health in Eritrea as hospital physician, medical director and provincial health director (1993-2010).


Dr Yiehdego contributed to the ICRC publications: Health care in detention: A practical Guide, 2nd edition (2014), and Health care in detention: managing scabies outbreak in detention (2014), among other research articles he has published.


Ginette Clarke
Director General
Health Policy and Programs, Correctional Service Canada

Ginette Clarke is a registered social worker and completed both her Bachelor and Master of Social Work degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She started her career as a social worker in community mental health services as well as has experience working with Assertive Community Treatment teams.


Ginette has worked in health care in a correctional environment since 2011 when she began working with Correctional Service Canada. Since that time, she has worked in a number of health leadership roles including as the Executive Director of a regional psychiatric facility as well as in national leadership of CSC’s mental health services.


In her current role as Director General, Health Policy and Program Ginette is responsible for developing and implementing national health policies and services in response to the diverse health needs of individuals within the care and custody of Correctional Service Canada.

Hans Wolff
Head of the Division of Prison Health
Geneva University Hospitals

Hans Wolff is the Head of the Division of Prison Health at the Geneva University Hospitals and Professor of Medicine at the Geneva University. Further, he is President of the Conference of Swiss Prison Doctors (CSPD) and Vice-President of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) in respect of Switzerland.


Hans Wolff studied medicine at the University of Marburg, Germany and the University of Geneva, Switzerland and specialized in General Internal Medicine (MD) and Public Health (MPH).


His main professional interests relate to the human rights of vulnerable populations. His works cover social epidemiology and social inequalities related to access to healthcare and medical ethics. In particular, his research interests are related substance use, preventive measures and harm reduction, as well as infectious diseases or mental health in places of deprivation of liberty.

Harry Tubangi
Health Field Officer

Harry Tubangi is a Health Field Officer and the focal point for Detention Health Systems Strengthening in the ICRC Philippines. He is also the Health Information System project manager in an initiative with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology in the Philippines.


He was instrumental in starting and organizing leadership and governance initiatives for detention authorities and was a key member of the multi-disciplinary detention team that established the Covid-19 response in detention places including the necessary policy mechanisms that led to the establishment and support of 11 Covid-19 isolation centers in places of detention.


He has a master’s degree in health policy studies and wrote the paper: “Health in Philippine Jails: Baseline Detention Health Systems Policy Research Towards Health-Informed Criminal Justice Policy Reforms.”

Heino Stöver
Professor of Social Scientific Addiction Research
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences in Germany

Heino Stöver is a social scientist, PhD and Professor of Social Scientific Addiction Research at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences in Germany, Faculty of Health and Social Work. Since 1987 he has been director of the Archive and Documentation Centre for Drug Literature and Research at the University of Bremen. He is the president of the national umbrella organisation working on harm reduction for drug users, called akzept e.V. (Bundesverband für akzeptierende Drogenarbeit und humane Drogenpolitik; www.akzept.eu). Since 2009 he is the director of the “Institute of Addiction Research” (frankfurt-university.de/isff).


Heino Stöver’s main fields of research and project development expertise are health promotion for vulnerable and marginalized groups, drug services, prison health care and related health issues (especially HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, drug dependence, and gender issues), and the potential of e-cigarettes. His international research and consultancy expertise includes working as a consultant for the European Commission, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Health Organization (WHO), European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Open Society Institute (OSI) in various contexts.


He has published several articles in peer reviewed international journals and books on preventing and treating infectious diseases adequately (HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, STIs, and TB), opioid substitution programmes (including the provision of heroin) in the community and in prisons, and general health care issues. He is co-founder of the International Journal of Prisoner Health.


Heino Stöver has gained project experiences by participating in and leading of several projects in the European Union, Africa, Central Asia, and Asia.

Hemantha Ranasinghe
Director of Prison Health Care Services
Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka

Dr Ranasinghe has 12 years of medical qualification, as Medical Officer and Medical Administrator.


Since March 2020, he has been working as Director of Prison Health Care Services, within the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka, managing prison health care services, arranging drug rehabilitation programmes and similar.


He also previously worked as Director of the District General Hospital in Negambo, Deputy Director, of the National Institute of Mental Health in Angoda, and Medical Officer of the Mental Health Base Hospital in Mahiyanganaya.


Dr Ranasinghe completed a MD in Medical Administration at the Colombo University. He holds a MBBS from Faculty of Medicine at University of Kelaniya.

Ivan Calder
Chair of the Health Care Network Group

Ivan Calder is the new Chair of the ICPA Health Care Network Group and the Chief Executive Officer for Health through Walls.


Ivan has a nursing degree, masters in addiction psychiatry, masters in business administration, and amongst other roles, has served as a Corrections Officer for the United Nations, Program Director, Prison Governor, and Assistant Commissioner for justice administration in Australia, and Head of Healthcare for the National Health Services across 20 prison locations in the United Kingdom.


Ivan has direct experience in healthcare and management within prison environments, and multi-jurisdictional correctional administration capabilities. Central themes running through his career include a commitment to public service, the pursuit of continuous improvement, and a love of working in partnership with stakeholders (especially experts by experience) to achieve the best outcomes for vulnerable populations.

Jackton Azenga Kisivuli
Director of Prison Health Services
Ministry of Interior and Coordination, Kenya

Dr. Jackton Azenga Kisivuli (MBcHB,  MMED-Psych), is a consultant psychiatrist and currently acting Director of the Prison Health Services. The Kenya prisons service is domiciled in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of the national government, State department of correctional services.


He is alternate board member representing the Principal Secretary, State department for correctional services at Mathari National teaching and Referral Hospital, the country’s national referral psychiatric facility.


His responsibilities at the Kenya prisons health services include ensuring the service contains offenders in humane and safe conditions, by coordinating provision of preventive, promotive and curative health services in consultation with the key public an private stakeholders.


Jacqueline Duarte Quitian
Deputy of the Physical Rehabilitation Program
ICRC Colombia

Jacqueline Duarte Quitian is an Economist and a Public Health Specialist. She works at the International Red Cross Committee of Colombia as Deputy of the Physical Rehabilitation Program and has more than fifteen years of experience with work related to the penitentiary system.


Her experience in the Detention Program includes developing and monitoring health projects that are implemented in coordination and collaboration with the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute of Colombia and the academy, like for example the training of Community Health Agents in prisons. In 2013 she participated in the adaptation of the national tuberculosis guideline to the penitentiary system.


Since 2014, Jacqueline is responsible for physical rehabilitation projects in prisons, developing and monitoring actions in favor of persons deprived of liberty with disabilities. These actions combine the systemic and individual approach and are framed within the ICRC’s five pillars of physical rehabilitation: access, quality, sustainability, societal inclusion and diversity.

Jake Hard
Clinical Director
HMP Cardiff Prison, Wales

Dr Jake Hard is a GP with special interests in substance misuse and prison medicine. He has over 15 years’ experience of working in prisons, including England and Wales. As a Clinical Reviewer, Dr Hard has assisted the Prison and Probation Ombudsman in investigating 15 Deaths in Custody. He has extensive experience as an Expert Witness in clinical negligence in the prison setting.


Dr Hard has contributed as an Expert to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) on visits to the places of detention in Greece in 2019 and Serbia in 2021.

Jean-Baptiste Madoundji
Directeur Général
Organisation des Soins au Ministère de la Santé et de la Population, République Centrafricaine

Diplôme : Master en Administration Sanitaire et Santé Publique (Filière : Gestion des Programmes de Santé) à l’ENSP (ex-INAS) de RABAT au MAROC, Médecin de Santé Publique. Décembre 2001 : Soutenance de Doctorat d’Etat en Médecine à l’Université de Bangui, en République Centrafricaine(RCA).


Dr Madoundji est Directeur Général de la Pharmacie et de l’Organisation des Soins au Ministère de la Santé et de la Population, en République Centrafricaine.



Jennie Huynh
Research Assistant
King's College London

Jennie Huynh is a research assistant in the Cancer Epidemiology, Population and Global Health Group at King’s College London. She has worked together with an interdisciplinary team to look at cancer care in English prisons. Jennie is a quantitative researcher and has experience in using routine health data for research. She has previously worked at NHS England. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.


Jennifer James
Assistant Professor
Institute for Health and Aging, University of California

Dr. Jennifer James is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Health and Aging, the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Bioethics program at the University of California, San Francisco.


Jen is a qualitative researcher and Black Feminist scholar who conducts community-engaged research at the intersection of race, gender and health. Her research interests include cancer, end-of-life care, patient-provider relationships, health decision-making, and reproductive justice. Her current work is focused on experiences of health and illness for people who are or have been incarcerated as well as the ethical implications research participation.


Jen holds a PhD in sociology from UCSF, a master’s in social work and a master’s in social policy from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in political science from Yale University.

John Devlin
Executive Clinical Lead
Irish Prison Service (IPS)

Dr Devlin is Executive Clinical Lead in the Irish Prison Service (IPS). The role involves responsibility for health care services across the prison estate. This includes primary care services such as general practitioners, nursing services, pharmacy and the coordination of specialist services such as psychiatry and the management of substance misuse.


The IPS provides a comprehensive range of primary care services to a standard that is equivalent to those in the community. It is also focused on preventative services relating to chronic disease. Throughout the Covid pandemic the IPS developed and implemented a broad range of Covid control measures to mitigate the impact of this infection. These measures were underpinned by policies and procedures relating to the control of communicable diseases. In addition, the IPS has worked with the World Health Organisation on its response to Covid in prisons.

John P. May
Health through Walls

Dr. John P. May is President and co-founder of Health through Walls (www.healththroughwalls.org), a USA-based nongovernmental agency providing support to prison health programs in low-income countries. He has been practicing correctional medicine for more than 25 years, serving clinical and administrative roles.


Board Certified in Internal Medicine and credentialed by the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Dr. May is also Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at NOVA Southeastern University College of Medicine in South Florida and Program Director of the Nova/Centurion Correctional Medicine Fellowship.  He is also an Affiliated Professor, Office of Applied Health, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.  He is a Board Member of the International Corrections and Prison Association, North America, and Head of the Health Care Network Group (www.icpa.org).  He is Chair of the International Relations Committee of the American Correctional Association (www.aca.org).

José Kumumangi Malekea
Head of the Health Care Services and Quality Assurance Division
Ministry of Public Health, DRC

Dr José has extensive experience in the field of primary health care and an institutional memory for his twenty-three years at the central level of the Ministry of Public Health of the DRC.


After graduating as a General Practitioner from the University of Kinshasa, he worked for four years as an Attending Physician at the State Hospital Center of Matadi Mayo, before holding for ten years the position of Head of the Monitoring Office (Follow-up) and Evaluation at the Primary Health Care Department, then Head of the Care Strategies Division.


Dr José holds an Advanced Master in Public Health – Health and Development Orientation from three Belgian French-speaking Universities (Formation Inter-Universitaire: Université Catholique de Louvain, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université de Liège).


Currently, he is the Head of the Health Care Services and Quality Assurance Division. His division coordinates activities relating to access to quality health services for prison populations through the effective integration of prison health systems into primary health care in general, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice and in partnership with the ICRC, MONUSCO and other partners working in prisons.


He is a trainer of trainers at the central level of the Ministry of Public Health. He coordinated the development of several normative documents on the quality of health care, integrated supervision and is the national focal point on the quality of the fight against Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS with the support of the Global Fund.

Juan Miguel Petit
Parliamentary Commissioner for Prisons
Parliament of Uruguay

Juan Miguel Petit is former United Nations Special Rapporteur for the Sale of Children (2001-2006), and former Human Rights Advisor of the UN System in Uruguay (2007-20015). He was Director of the National Institute for Children of Uruguay (INAME) (1985-1990).


Juan is an independent consultant for social policies for children, migration and trafficking of persons. He is the author of the special report for Uruguay Parliament “Prison, dignity and human rights”.

Julie Anderson
Deputy Director
Northern Ireland Prison Service

Julie Anderson is a Deputy Director within the Northern Ireland Prison Service and has a portfolio which spans a number of areas from prisoner wellbeing, learning and development and healthcare lead to the COVID-19 response from a health perspective and restorative practice.


The focus of her work over the last five years has been collaborating with healthcare partners, moving away from process driven delivery and moving towards person-centred.  A key achievement was leading the development and implementation of a new approach to supporting people in prison who are at risk of suicide or self-harm.


Julie thrives on delivering change that makes a positive difference in the lives of those who find themselves in custody. In 2020, she was awarded Churchill Fellowship. Delayed by the pandemic, Julie will be using her travels to other countries to inform the ongoing evolution of support for people in prison who are at risk.

Julio Garay Ramos
Head of the TB and Respiratory Diseases Program
Ministry of Health, El Salvador

Born in El Salvador in 1962, graduated with a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of El Salvador (1991), with a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Public Health years (1993–1995) and specialization in AIDS Preventive Medicine, both at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain in 1994.


He has been professor and thesis advisor of the Masters of Public Health of the Evangelical Universities of El Salvador and Dr. José Matías Delgado.


In the Ministry of Health of El Salvador, he held the positions of National Head of the Rabies Control and Pesticide Poisoning Programs, and Head of the Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (1995-1996). He was also National Head of the Leprosy Control Program (1997-2003), National Head of the Elderly Care Program (1999-2003 and 2005-2008), Director of Regulation; and Head of the Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases Program of El Salvador from 1997 to date.

He has received the recognition of Notable Physician by the Salvadoran University Dr. Alberto Masferrer (year 2019).

Kaisa Laitila
Addressing Sexual Violence Advisor

Kaisa Laitila is an Addressing Sexual Violence Advisor for ICRC with a longstanding professional and personal interest in the rights of conflict affected persons. Over the past decade, Kaisa has held different positions with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, where she has worked towards strengthening protection, gender and inclusion capacities across the world’s largest humanitarian network of 192 National Societies. She has overseen various sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) prevention and response initiatives globally and provided direct support to Red Cross and Red Crescent in addressing disaster and conflict related sexual violence in Africa, Asia Pacific and the Caribbean. Kaisa holds a BSc in International Relations and an MA in Democracy and Global Transformations.

Kanitsak Chantrapipat
Primary Care Commissioning Cluster, Thailand

Kanitsak Chantrapipat is the Director of the Primary Care Commissioning Cluster, National Health Security Office (NHSO) in Thailand. He is responsible for managing the Primary Care Fund, which promotes and strengthen primary health care service facilities and design the payment systems for Thai people to access essential services at the primary level, including access to health promotion and disease prevention services. The Fund also includes the provision of financial systems for the vulnerable population to access health services.


Mr. Chantrapipat worked as Manager of Medical and Vaccine Fund, Director of Bureau of Medicine and Medical supplies management (NHSO Head office), Deputy Director of the National Security office (Branch Region 3), Head of Quality Service Development Department, pharmacist at the Community and General Hospital under the Ministry of Public Health.

He completed a BSc. in Pharmacy at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, Master in Clinical Pharmacy at the University Sains Malaysia. He is also a member of the Board of the College of Pharmaceutical and Health Consumer Protection of Thailand.

Karim Traore
Correctional Advisor in charge of Health Care in Detention
United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission, Mali

Dr Karim Traore is a medical doctor from Burkina Faso with specialized in international public health. He is currently at the United Nations multidimensional integrated stabilization mission in Mali, as a Correctional Advisor in charge of healthcare in detention.


With a wide experience as a public health practitioner, he headed in the past health districts operations in his home country.

From 2013 to 2014, he worked as humanitarian with Médecins du Monde in Djibo region and started working in prisons in 2017 to improve access to healthcare in prisons. His dedication has led him to be appointed by the Government as the first Director in charge of prison health and social welfare within the Ministry of Justice. In this position, he had a decisive influence on health-related policies and procedures aimed at improving the health and social conditions of prisoners in Burkina Faso. He initiated and conducted an impacting pilot project for TB control in prisons.


At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, he initiated the first responses in prisons settings in Burkina Faso. He was the coordinator of the first vaccination campaign against Covid-19 for the benefit of prisoners and prison staff of Bamako, Segou and Keniéroba prisons, in collaboration with health and justice ministry actors where more than 3,000 people were completely vaccinated. He also represented his country at many international and regional panels of experts in matters related to healthcare in detention.

Karine Duverger
Chief of Party
Health through Walls, Haiti

Karine Duverger is Health through Walls (HtW) Chief of Party in Haiti for the past 11 years. Mrs. Duverger acts as the direct liaison between USAID​/Haiti, the Minister of Health, Haiti Prison System, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and other partners.


Mrs. Duverger has more than 30 years of experience in coordination of programs and projects, monitoring, and supervision. Before joining HtW, Mrs. Duverger worked in the United States under the US Government Head Start Program.

Kate McLeod
Health System Impact Postdoctoral Fellow
McMaster University, Canada

Dr. Kate McLeod is a Health System Impact Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Health Services and Policy Research.


Working with the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General, her research program includes evaluation of current policies and identifying and addressing priorities for change. Her research interests are focused on how policy and governance models can impact healthcare services and health outcomes for people who experience incarceration both while in custody and after release. Dr. McLeod is also interested in participatory and collaborative approaches to evaluation and research in prison health.


She completed her PhD in Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia.

Ketevan Chakhnashvili
International School of Medicine Alte University of Georgia

15 years of experience in managing healthcare systems and teams (public and private).


With vast experience in managing projects (including donor-funded) and medical organizations. Proven ability to establish and maintain excellent communication, make presentations and be an unforgettable presenter.


Experienced in primary health management and administration and heal insurance. Author of a number of articles, published in international and local sectoral magazines.

With proven experience in training. Expert on penitentiary health in the Council of Europe and the coauthor of the current Code of Ethics of the Georgian Penitentiary healthcare system.

Konaté Lasseni
Deputy Director-General
Golden Life Hospital, Mali

Dr. Konaté Lasseni (MD, MPH) is Deputy Director of the Golden Life private hospital in Bamako, Mali. He is also a member of the National Ethics Committee For Health and Life Sciences, in Mali.


He worked as General Director of Gabriel Touré University Hospital, and as General Secretary (Deputy Minister) of the Ministry of Health in Mali.

Kristina Ma
Nursing Project Manager
Correctional Service Canada

Kristina Ma is registered nurse and nursing project manager at Correctional Service Canada, where she is responsible for developing evidence-based guidance and policy strategies for the delivery of multi-disciplinary health services within federal correctional institutions across Canada.


As part of the national COVID-19 pandemic response in Canada’s correctional system, Kristina has lead the development of public health policy in the realms of infection prevention and control, testing and outbreak management, and clinical treatment. She has worked collaboratively with partners in a number of COVID-19 knowledge-sharing activities within and beyond the Government of Canada, including with the World Health Organization. Kristina is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Ottawa.

Larissa Brezden
Deputy Medical Officer
Dienst Justitiele Inrichtingen (Custodial Institutions Agency), The Netherlands

Larissa Brezden is a general practitioner, judicial physician, and Deputy Medical Officer for the international detention facilities of the IRMCT, ICC and KSC in The Hague, The Netherlands.


A graduate of Kalamazoo College and Leiden University, she obtained her medical degree in 2013, and has worked freelance in various family practice clinics, psychiatric institutions, and detention centres in The Netherlands. In addition to working at the international detention facilities, Larissa is currently the co-owner of a family practice clinic in The Hague.


Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, of Ukrainian descent, Larissa lives in the Netherlands where she has been for the past 17 years.

Lemma Teferra
Federal prison administration of Ethiopia

Dr. Lemma Teferra completed comprehensive high School in Debre Sina. He then joined the police academy in Ethiopian Police College and graduated with a diploma after three years. He the started work at the Federal Prison Commission.


Working at the Federal Prison Commission he got a scholarship in Romania, Carlo Davila University of Medicine Bucharest and graduated with bachelor’s degree of Medicine. Since 1999 until present he has served in the Federal prison commission of Ethiopia in various positions including as a general practitioner for four years and for five years as medical director of the health center prison.


He holds a master’s degree in health system management from Antwerp, Belgium. After this he became the Head of federal prison commission of health services directorate. His achievements in Ethiopia prison health services include establishing TB and DOT program, VCT, ART clinics inside the federal prison. He has also contributed to upgrading the health services from clinics to health centers and the health center to a comprehensive general hospital.

He has participated in numerous professional development events locally, regionally and internationally. He has also been involved in research as an adviser and co-principal investigator.

Livia Hadorn
Head of the Secretariat
National Commission for the Prevention of Torture (NCPT), Switzerland

Ms Livia Hadorn is the current Head of the Secretariat of the National Commission for the Prevention of Torture (NCPT), the Swiss National Preventive Mechanisms (NPM).


Before taking up this post, she was the ICRC’s regional adviser for internal displacement in Africa. Overall, she worked for about fifteen years in the field of protection and human rights for the ICRC, OHCHR and UNDP in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex.


Louise Southalan
Researcher at Justice Health Unit
University of Melbourne, Australia

Louise is a member of the Justice Health Unit at the University of Melbourne, Australia and works at Wungening Aboriginal Corporation in Perth, Australia, managing a community-led homelessness research project.


She is a board member of Mental Health Matters 2 Ltd, a lived experience-led charity which focuses on embedding lived experience expertise and leadership in systems where justice, mental health and AOD intersect.  She worked for a number of years at executive level government in Australia, for mental health and justice agencies.  Her responsibilities included commissioning public mental health services in prisons, and developing a therapeutic community in a maximum security prison.


She has worked on related issues in Thailand, Spain, the UK and Myanmar, and undertook a Churchill Fellowship to examine prison mental health governance and reform across multiple countries.  Louise is a lawyer with masters degrees in International and Community Development and in Mental Health Policy and Services.

Maciej Polkowski
Head of Health Care in Danger Initiative

Maciej Polkowski has been the Head of Health Care in Danger Initiative with the ICRC in Geneva since January 2018.


Prior to that, he worked on protection of healthcare with the ICRC in the field, where he developed a multidisciplinary approach based on partnerships across the health sector, academic research, preventive legislation and media campaigns.


Maciej holds a master’s degree in South Asian studies from Jagiellonian University in Krakow and a master’s degree in linguistics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London. As a Hindi, Urdu and Pashto speaker he has worked for the ICRC in various positions in South Asia since 2005.

Madeleine Gourier
Detention Associate

Madeleine Gourier is a Detention Associate at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She is currently working on the development of training tool for new ICRC delegates conducting visits of places of detention. She also provides support on the drafting of procedures and methodology documents in detention settings.


Prior to this position, she worked with several organizations in Argentina, USA and Canada on detention related issues, such as wrongful convictions and immigration detention. Madeleine holds an Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Relations and International Law from the University of Quebec at Montreal, with a focus on human rights and a Master of Law (LL.M) in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

Mahmoud Kamal Muhammad Abu Ryala
Director of prison clinics
Ministry of Interior, Military medical services

Mahmoud Kamal Muhammad Abu Ryala is Ministry of Interior Military medical services Director of prison clinics since 2016.


He holds several training courses in administration, laws of local and international detention centers, a manual of work policies and procedures was produced in  Prison clinics in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross.


Maha Aon
Senior Public Health Advisor
Danish Institute Against Torture - Dignity

Maha Aon Is a public health practitioner with two decades’ experience  who is currently pursuing her PhD  in epidemiology. Maha’s main interest is the nexus between public health  and human rights.  She currently works with the Danish Institute Against Torture, DIGNITY  where she focuses on the health of detainees and research into the health  consequences of torture  and ill-treatments methods.


Maha holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in public health form the Johns Hopkins University. She worked with the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Egypt  and Zambia after where she went  on to work independently  as a consultant for almost a decade.


Mahamadou Doumbia
Head of Section
General Direction of Health and Public Hygiene, Ministry of Health, Mali

Dr. Mahamadou Doumbia is the current Head of Section for Health in Work, at School, in Sports, in Detention and of old age, which is under the responsibility of the Ministry of Health and Social Development. He is also the deputy coordinator on Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Ministry of Health and Social Development. Over the years, he has worked as a polyvalent doctor in various regions of Mali and has occupied the position of Head of Pediatrics in the Markala Hospital.

Manal Bouhaimed
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University

Dr. Manal Bouhaimed is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University.


After completing basic medical education at Kuwait University and clinical medical  education at Glasgow University, Dr. Bouhaimed fulfilled the residency training requirements in the UK, to be among the first group of Kuwaiti female surgeons recognized as fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Academically, she pursued graduate studies and received a Master’s degree in Ophthalmology & Eye Banking from Bristol University and a PhD in Ethics from the department of Philosophy, Glasgow University. Her post-doctoral and subspecialty fellowships were achieved at the Mclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at University of Chicago, Medical Retina in Cardiff University, Surgical Vitreoretina and Uveitis at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital, KSA.


Dr. Bouhaimed served in many national and international academic, professional, UN, and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Bouhaimed was the coordinator of the “First national five years’ strategic plan to develop ophthalmology care in Kuwait” and chaired the MPH (Master of Public Health) proposal Committee that introduced the first MPH program in Kuwait in 2014.


Dr Bouhaimed is the recipient of KHALIFA award (president of UAE) for distinguished university teacher in the Arab World for introducing curricula in Clinical Ethics, Healthcare in Detention, Patient Safety, Quality of Healthcare, and Community Eye Health. In addition, she received the Federation of Universities in the Islamic World award in ‘Governance and Research in University Education’.

Marc F. Stern
Public Health Physician
University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Dr. Stern is on Public Health faculty at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He served as supervising physician in a variety of jail(remand), prison, and for-profit provider of health services settings.


He has provided consultation to a variety of agencies/organizations in the US including the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, Human Rights Watch, American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project, American Jail Association, and National Sheriffs Association.


With Dr. John May, he teaches a correctional health care management class for professionals from Namibian and neighboring countries’ correctional health services. Dr. Stern also conducts research and teaches nurses and physicians, is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Correctional Medicine and the International Journal of Prisoner Health, and is past chair of the education committees of the American College of Correctional Physicians and the Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health.


Marie Claire Van Hout
Professor of International Public Health Policy and Practice
Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom

Marie Claire Van Hout, PhD, LLM, MPH is Professor of International Public Health Policy and Practice at Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. She is dual qualified in Public Health and in Human Rights Law.


She has 20 years global health research and project evaluation experience focusing on the human rights of marginalised communities of people who use drugs, prisoners, transgender people, commercial sex workers and women affected by gender based violence. She works mainly in the Middle East and Africa, and regularly consults for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Council of Europe Pompidou Group as evaluation and substantive expert on their HIV, drug treatment and prison health programmes. She has published 235 peer reviewed journal papers, 68 research, advocacy and policy reports, two Cochrane Reviews, one book, 3 book editorships and 10 book chapters. Her grant income is €12.5 million to date.

Marie Nougier
Head of Research and Communications
International Drug Policy Consortium

Since 2008, Marie Nougier has been responsible for the communications and publications work stream of IDPC, and also engages in networking, civil society capacity building activities, and policy advocacy engagement, in particular at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs.


Marie is also supporting IDPC’s activities in Latin America, in particular on seeking to reduce the incarceration rate of women for drug offences. Marie has a Masters’ Degree in international law, human rights and the law of armed conflicts. Before working at IDPC, she worked on issues related to compulsory drug detention in South East Asia at the World Health Organisation, as well as immigration, racism and police brutality in Western Europe at Amnesty International.


Maria Lorena Merizalde Aviles
Director of of Legal Counsel
National Service of Attention to Adults Deprived of Liberty and Adolescent Offenders of Ecuador (SNAI), Ecuador

Lawyer by the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Master’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Enforcement from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Candidate to Doctor in Law (Ph.D) by the Universidad Externado de Colombia.


Currently works as a litigator and university professor in several universities in the country at undergraduate and postgraduate programs.  During 2019 and 2020 she served as Academic Coordinator of the Master of Criminal Law and Criminology offered by UNIANDES-Ecuador.


Since December 2021 to date, she serves as Director of Legal Counsel at the National Service of Attention to Adults Deprived of Liberty and Adolescent Offenders of Ecuador (SNAI).


Mariano Gutierrez Dandridge
Healthcare in Detention Program Manager

Dr. Mariano Gutiérrez Dandridge (MD, MPH, MSc, MA, BASc.) works for the ICRC in the HCD program. He has worked in the fields of public health and health management in the private, public and humanitarian sectors in the Americas, Europe and Africa.


He is a MD specialized in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a psychologist specialized in organizational psychology and management. Currently member of the Swiss Society of Public Health, he collaborates with the Spanish Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health in a protocol development project for high risk communicable diseases and with the European Hub of the Lancet Migration in the field of migration and detention.

Martha Isabel Gómez Mahecha
Deputy Director of Health Care
National Penitentiary and Prison Institute, Colombia

Martha Isabel Gómez Mahecha is a medical doctor and has postgraduate studies in health administration and auditing.


She has extensive experience in health services administration. She is currently the Deputy Director of Health Care at the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute (INPEC) in Colombia.


She is in charge of monitoring the provision of health and food services for the entire population deprived of liberty in Colombia.

Marilyn Hernandez Pereira
Detention Doctor

Marilyn Hernandez Pereira is graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine of ELAM in Cuba, with studies in Criminalistics at the Honduran Bar Association; Diploma in Management of Innovative Projects in Health, at INCAE BUSINESS SCHOOL in Costa Rica, where she was awarded for the community health project « PH7 Medical Clinic » with which she also won a second prize by the Technological University of Honduras UNITEC. She is part of the network of Central American leaders in health of the Central American Health Care (CAHI).


She has a work experience as a doctor, consultant, trainer in organizations such as the Center for Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and their families (CPTRT), the National Mechanism for the Prevention of Torture CONAPREV and other projects aimed at improving access to justice for vulnerable groups in Honduras, with organizations such as EUROJUSTICIA and DOKITA.


Mary Murphy
Healthcare in Detention Specialist

Mary Murphy worked for 25 years in international human rights and penal reform organizations before joining the ICRC’s Deprived of Liberty Unit as an Adviser in 2011.


She led in the drafting of ICRC detention-related guidance on children, sexual Violence, ageing, life sentences, the death penalty, and partnership. She participated in the drafting of the UN Principles and Guidelines on legal aid, Bangkok and Nelson Mandela Rules, and Handbook on Overcrowding (UNODC with ICRC).

May Maloney
Head of Sexual Violence team

May Maloney is the Head of the ICRC’s team that works on addressing sexual violence. She has over a decade’s experience addressing sexual and gender-based violence, gender and diversity and social inclusion in the human rights, community development, torture and trauma, and humanitarian fields. Her work focuses on technical field support and leading the Sexual Violence team’s humanitarian diplomacy priorities, operational research outcomes, and external relations.


She has worked as Protection, Gender and Inclusion Coordinator for the IFRC in the Asia Pacific Region and with IFRC as Gender and Diversity Coordinator in National Society Development in Asia and the Pacific.  She is an experienced facilitator and has led training on Sexual and Gender-based Violence for numerous National Societies, the IFRC and the ICRC.


She is the winner of the 2018 Mary Fran Myers Gender in Disasters Award.

Michael Levy
Public Health Physician

Michael Levy is a public health physician. He was the Clinical Director of Justice Health Services (ACT, Australia) from 2007 to 2018. He is a public health and a clinical forensic physician with national and international experience in prisoner health. He has worked with the World Health Organization and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture – “CPT”, engaged on missions to Hungary and the United Kingdom. Between 1995 and 1997 he worked at the Global Tuberculosis Programme at World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland).


He is an international leader in the field of application of harm minimisation to the prison environment. He has been an observer and presenter to the WHO Health in Prisons Program (European Regional Office) and actively engaged in promoting a similar initiative through the Western Pacific Regional Office of the WHO.


He served on the inaugural Editorial Board of the International Journal of Prisoner Health.

Mitsuyoshi Morita
Healthcare in Detention Specialist

Dr Mitsuyoshi Morita is the Healthcare in Detention Specialist working in ICRC Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and is specialized in Public Health. Dr Mitsuyoshi joined the ICRC in 2015 as a detention doctor and has worked previously in Myanmar, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and the Philippines.


Before joining the ICRC, he has worked for 7 years in several countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia as part of teams handling medical emergencies such as outbreaks of Ebola in Sierra Leone, cholera in Zambia and meningitis in India, conflicts in South Sudan, Yemen, Syria and malnutrition crises in Somalia and Niger.


Some of his studies and work in the public health field have been published as reports in Public Health Journal (2008) and Nikkei Medical Online (2013), among others.

Monique Panneman
Project Manager
VUmc Academy, Amsterdam University Medical Centers (AUMC)

Monique Panneman, Msc., is working as a Project Manager at the VUmc Academy, part of Amsterdam University Medical Centers (AUMC).


She graduated in sociology and started her medical career as a nurse in a General Hospital. She is experienced in coordinating and organizing (blended) education programs. In collaboration with the Custodial Institutions Agency (part of the Ministry of Justice and Security), she and her team have developed a Judicial Medical course for general practitioners.

Najeeb Al-Shorbaji
Library and Information Association, Jordan

Dr. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji is is the President of the Jordan Library and Information Association, President of the eHealth Development Association (Jordan), President of North Africa and Middle East Health Informatics Association, Vice-President of the International Medical Informatics Association for MEDINFO 2021 & 2023,  and Fellow of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics.


Dr Al-Shorbaji has been working as consultant in eHealth (digital health), health information systems, knowledge management, medical librarianship and electronic publishing. He has been an eMarefa Advisor and working as part-time researcher and lecturer at the PLRI Institute of Medical Informatics at TUB, he is a Visiting Professor at Ain Shmas University, Egypt, member of the Scientific Council of the International Academy of Public Health, and Chair of the Specialised Committee on Development of Health Informatics Curriculum, a member of the National Committee on Development of Code of Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, and Vice-President of the International Association of Peer-reviewed Scientific Journals.


Immediately before retirement, he worked as Director of Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at the World Health Organization from 2008 to to 2015. He also worked for the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean in Amman, Alexandria and Cairo as Information Scientist, Regional Advisor and Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing.


He holds a PhD in Information Science since 1986 from United Kingdom.

Nathan Hughes
Head of the Department of Sociological Studies
University of Sheffield

Nathan Hughes is Professor of Adolescent Health and Justice, and Head of the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield.


His research is at the interface between social policy, criminology and developmental sciences, highlighting the disproportionate prevalence of various childhood health and developmental difficulties among young people in our criminal justice systems.


In particular, his work focuses on the criminal justice practices and interventions that discriminate against, disable and criminalise young people as a result of neurodevelopmental impairments, including learning disability, communication difficulties, and traumatic brain injury.

Nika Tskhvarashvili
Director General
Special Penitentiary Service of Georgia, Ministry of Justice

Nika Tskhvarashvili  is the Director-General of the Special penitentiary service of Georgia, the sub-agency institution within the system of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.


He earned B.A. in Law and LL.M. in International Law and Human Rights. Since 2009, he has worked in the investigative field for 6 years. From 2015 to 2019, he held various senior managerial positions in the State Security Service of Georgia.


From 2019 to 2021 he was Deputy Director General of the Special Penitentiary Service of Georgia. From 2021, he holds the position of Director General.

He holds a special state rank as  “Colonel of Justice ». He is fluent in English and Russian.

Nuria Carrera Grañó
Healthcare in Detention Regional Specialist

Nuria Carrera is currently working as healthcare in detention regional specialist for the ICRC, covering Maghreb region, Sahel and Lake Chad. She worked as family doctor for several years in Barcelona and in 2009 started working in the humanitarian field, focusing in Africa and Middle East. She covered different humanitarian crisis (vertical HIV-TB projects, refugee camps, nutritional emergencies, ebola), initially with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and from 2015 with the ICRC as Healthcare in Detention doctor.


Graduated in Medicine by the University of Barcelona, specialized in Family and Community Medicine and with a Msc in International Health and Tropical Medicine.


Olga Havnen
Aboriginal leader, advocate and activist

Olga Havnen is Western Arrente Aboriginal woman, an Aboriginal leader, advocate and activist in the Northern Territory of Australia. She was the CEO of Danila Dilba Health Service, an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in the NT for 8 years, resigning in 2021. Olga’s vision saw DDHS assume responsibility for the delivery of culturally appropriate services for children in the justice and child protection systems. For their work with children in juvenile detention, Olga and DDHS were awarded the International Juvenile Justice Observatory, Juvenile Justice Without Borders Award in 2020.


Aside from her work as CEO of DDHS, Olga has spent her life as an advocate across the nation and internationally. On the international scene Olga was an Australian Government delegate to the UN Working Group on Indigenous Peoples, contributing to the draft and finalisation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Olga will speak at the conference via Zoom.

Omar Sawadogo
Health and Social Services Director
General Directorate of Penitentiary Administration, Ministry of Justice, Burkina-Faso

Pabewindé Omar Sawadogo is the Health and Social Services Director at the General Directorate of Penitentiaries Administration, under the umbrella of the Minister of Justice and Human Rights. He oversees the relations with institutions in Burkina Faso and coordinates the implementation of activities related to health and social services in infrastructures under the authority of the penitentiary administration.


Prior to this position, M. Sawadogo was Head of the Social Action Division where he was responsible for coordinating and monitoring the implementation of social services activities in penitentiaries establishments. M. Sawadogo holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a degree of Specialized Education Inspector.

Pahurat Kongmuang Taisuwan
Secretariat Office of the Royal Development Projects Committee, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand

Dr. Pahurat Kongmuang Taisuwan is  Director, Secretariat Office of the Royal Development Projects Committee, Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand.


Since 1993, Dr Pahurat Kongmuang Taisuwan worked for the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, prepared and responded to emerging infectious diseases.


In 2013, she moved to Bureau of Risk Communication as same department. She was encouraged and established many of trainings, procedures and guidelines regarding to diseases crisis risk communication, including COVID-19 crisis.


Nowadays, she is Director of Secretariat Office of the Royal Development Projects Committee, Department of Disease Control. Her duties are preparing and response to diseases and hazards regarding The Royal Projects for instance HIV-AIDS, malaria, TB, liver flukes and worms, including prison health.


In addition, dr. Pahurat is a visiting professor as an expert of crisis risk communication, teaching risk communication in Mahidol university, Thammasart University, including universities in neighboring countries such as Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam and international such as WHO, ASEP, THOHUN and SEAOHUN.

Pasqualina Maria Coffey
Health Programme Manager

Pasqualina joined the ICRC as a detention doctor in 2018 and is currently the Health Programme Manager with the ICRC Abuja delegation, Nigeria.


She is a public health physician and completed her medical degree and specialty training in Australia. Her interests are control of communicable disease, health policy and social determinants of health

Paul Geurts
Board Member and Prison Systems Advisor

Paul Geurts started working for the Dutch Custodial Institutions Agency (DJI) in 1989 as middle manager, responsible for the activities program in a prison. From 1995 he served as Prison Director working with juveniles, male and females inmates. From 2007 until 2012 Paul was responsible for international cooperation of DJI. In this role Paul developed and implemented bilateral programs with a.o. the Turkish-, the Bulgarian- and the Croatian Prison Systems and with PRAWA in Nigeria, focussing on juvenile and female prisoners, on planning and control systems and on influencing public opinion on detention. During these years Paul stood at the cradle of EUROPRIS and developed his network with International Organisations. Contacts with ACSA and PRAWA developed during these years.


In 2012/13 Paul worked with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan as Prison Advisor. From 2013 until the end of 2021 Paul Worked as  Regional Prison Systems Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross, both in Southern and Eastern Africa and in Asia. In this position Paul (co) developed and delivered capacity building programs in different countries in the southern hemisphere.


Paul holds a Bachelor in Social Work, is an experienced prison manager and a certified coach.

Paula Harriott
Head of Prisoner Involvement
Prison Reform Trust

As a senior management team member, Paula leads on developing prisoner leadership in the debate about criminal justice policy, and integrating prisoner voice and expertise into the work of the Prison Reform Trust.


In 2021 she led the first ever leadership programme for formerly incarcerated leaders working in the social justice sector. Her work builds on a deep passion for creating systemic change that rests on principles of equity and inclusion,  stemming  from personal experiences as a prisoner 2004-2012.


She is a Trustee of the Community Chaplaincy Association and at PACT ( Prison Advice and Care Trust ) as well as thee Chair of the Board of Mac-UK.


She was previously Head of Involvement at Revolving Doors Agency 2015-2017, leading work in user involvement in social justice policy. As Head of Programmes at User Voice 2010-2015 she led on development of service user involvement in prison and probation, as well as forensic mental health services.

Peter Wasonga Okello
Deputy Head of the AIDS Control Unit
Kenya Prisons Service

Peter Wasonga Okello is the Deputy Head of the AIDS Control Unit in Kenya Prisons Service. He coordinates TB, HIV/AIDS and ADSA activities in the department.


He has previously worked with HOPE worldwide Kenya as a Program Coordinator in a program whose objectives were to improve the capacity of management and staff in factories to implement HIV/AIDS programs at their workplaces, improve the entrepreneurial and vocational aptitude of communities around the factories targeting mostly workers’ families, equip & educate youths and adults in the communities with HIV prevention and life-skills, improve care and support for children orphaned and/or vulnerable.


He has wide experience in coordination and implementation of TB, HIV/AIDS and ADSA activities. He also supports Directorate of Prisons Health as a statistician and Epidemiologist. He has been attached to the National Public Health Emergency Operation Centre where he supports Covid-19 data management since May 2020.

Philipp Meissner
Inter-regional Advisor, Focal Point for Prison Reform
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Philipp Meissner, Inter-Regional Adviser, serves as the focal point for prison and penal reform in the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Section of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), for which he has been working for the past 14 years.

During his tenure, he has focused on prison and penal reform efforts from different angles, including standard-setting, technical advisory services and the implementation of technical assistance projects. Importantly, he closely accompanied and supported the inter-overnmental process to update the Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, which led to the adoption of the Nelson Mandela Rules by the UN General Assembly in 2015.


A major focus of his work relates to translating the Nelson Mandela Rules into practice-oriented guidance for prison and corrections officers and to service inter-governmental mechanisms of Member States with a shared interest in prison management issues, such as the Group of Friends of the Nelson Mandela Rules.


Mr. Meissner is a German national. He obtained a Master’s degree in political science from Freie Universität Berlin, with a focus on international (criminal) law, and is fluent in English, French and German.

Raad Najmuldeen Anwer
Health system reform project manager
Ministry of Health, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Dr Raad Najmuldeen Anwer is an ear, nose and throat specialist. He is currently project manager for health system reform in the Ministry of Health in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.


Dr Raad has been the director of medical operations at the Erbil Health Directorate for the past 12 years, with a long practical track record of managing and participating in various disasters and mass casualty situations.


Dr. Raad holds a master’s degree in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery in 2009, and practices his specialty at the Erbil Teaching Hospital in Erbil, Iraq.

Raed Aburabi
Detention Doctor

Dr Raed Aburabi MD, MIH, has been working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for twenty-seven years where he occupied many positions in the field and the headquarters. He was in charge of the health in detention unit at the ICRC’s Headquarters in Geneva for 7 years, part of the work was to visit countries in which the ICRC operates in order to develop a dialogue with the detaining authorities and propose plan of action to improv health services and conditions in places of detention.

Rafail Mehdiyev
Head of the Main Medical Department
Ministry of Justice of the Azerbaijani Republic

Dr Rafael Mehdiyev is a medical doctor from Azerbaijan with a PhD in Medicine from the Azerbaijan State Medical Institute. Being the Head of the Main Medical Department of the Ministry of Justice since 2007, he’s leading Azerbaijan TB Control in Prisons Programme, which is internationally accepted as Centre of excellence on programmatic management of drug-resistant TB among prisoners.


At the same time, he works for Azerbaijan State Medical Institute as Associate Professor within Department of Surgical Diseases since 1994. Within the period of 1980-1992 Dr.Mehdiyev was engaged in scientific-pedagogical activities, in 1993-1994 served as Deputy Head of the Health Department of Baku. He also has more than 10 years’ experience in several hospitals of Baku as a Head Doctor.

Dr Mehdiyev is an author of more than 100 articles. The outcomes of his about forty scientific hypotheses were presented at international conferences and published in foreign issues.


Among a range of special ranks and medals has also Correctional Health Care Award from the International Corrections and Prisons Association for organization of Medical Services in Prisons, 2013, USA. In 2006 received the title of “Honored Doctor”.

Rafael Bernardon Ribeiro
Mental Health Policies Coordinator
Ministry of Health, Brazil

Rafael Bernardon Ribeiro is the current coordinator for mental health policies in the Brazilian Department of Health. He is also the technical director of the Centro de Atenção Integrada em Saúde Mental UNIFESP SPDM.


He has a MSc in Clinical Forensic Psychiatry and a PhD from Santa Casa Medical School in São Paulo. He is an expertise in brain stimulation, forensic psychiatry and mental health public policies.

Reem Mussa
Coordinator of the Forced Migration Team
Doctors without Borders (MSF), Brussels

Reem Mussa is a Humanitarian Advisor and Coordinator of the Forced Migration Team at Medicines San Frontiers/ Doctors without Borders (MSF), Analysis Department.


Based in Brussels, Reem focuses on the humanitarian impact of displacement and, asylum and migration policies including of immigration detention.


Reem supports MSF operations in terms of humanitarian analysis and research, strategic thematic support and advocacy, specifically for operations in Europe, Southern and Northern Africa, and the Pacific Region.


Reem is also a Taskforce Member of the Lancet Migration European Hub and chair of the Borders and Health working group.

Reina Gabriela Aplicano Ferrufino
Health Administration Coordinator
National Penitentiary Institute, Honduras

Reina Gabriela Aplicano Ferrufino, studied at the National Autonomous University of Honduras graduating as a doctor in medicine and surgery.


She has a diploma in « Health Services Management » certified by Madrid, Spain.


She is currently an intern in the Master of Health Services Management at the Catholic University of Honduras « Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz ».


She started working in the Honduran Penitentiary System as a medical assistant in the National Penitentiary Centre of Tamara. Subsequently, she was transferred to the Health Department of the National Penitentiary Institute, where she currently holds the position of Health Administration Coordinator.

Robert Charles Paterson
Detention Healthcare Project Manager

Robert Paterson is a medical doctor with 18 years’ experience working for the ICRC, of which the last 16 have been wholly or partly dedicated to health care in detention.


He is currently the Detention Healthcare Project Manager based in Tel Aviv, in charge of ICRC healthcare activities and programmes in Israeli and Palestinian places of detention

Roberto Monarca
Scientific Director
Health without Barriers - the EU Federation for prison health

Roberto Monarca is an infectious disease specialist with a career mainly dedicated to improving the health of people in prison.


He is currently scientific director and former president of HWB (EU Prison Health Federation) and has been a member of the ECDC expert group on infectious diseases in detention settings, project leader of HWB and SIMSPe (Italian Association for Health in Prisons) in several European projects and expert for the Italian Ministry of Justice and responsible for transnational research in the EU MEDICS project.


He is a member of the WEPHREN steering group and in the WHO HIPP and responsible for the Italian Society of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (SIMIT) working group on Infections in Prison.


He has recently been appointed Head of the Territorial Department of Infectious Diseases in the province of Viterbo.

Rohan Borschmann
Senior Research Fellow, Justice Health Unit
University of Melbourne, Australia

Associate Professor Rohan Borschmann is a senior research fellow in the Justice Health Unit at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, at the University of Melbourne.


A former prison psychologist and probation officer, Rohan’s research focuses on the mental health of adolescents and marginalised young people in Australia and internationally, with particular expertise in self-harm and substance use. In addition to his research work, Rohan is a practising psychologist one night each week.

Rosemary Mhlanga-Gunda
Researcher and Technical Advisor
University of Zimbabwe

Dr. Rosemary Mhlanga-Gunda is a public health specialist and researcher with over 30 years of experience.


She holds a PhD in Public Health from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her expertise is in health systems research, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public health interventions inclusive of HIV/AIDS, maternal, child and adolescent health.


She has conducted evaluations within Zimbabwe and the SADC region. Currently she is a researcher and technical advisor within the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Family Medicine, Global and Public Health Unit, Centre for Evaluation of Public Health Interventions, University of Zimbabwe.


Over the last eight years her focus has been on research on health of inmates in prisons, jails, and detention centers in the Sub-Saharan African Region. She is a reviewer for the International Journal of Prisoner Health and has recently been appointed to its editorial team.

Roy Batterham
Associate Professor, Global Health Program, Faculty of Public Health
Thammasat University, Thailand

Associate Professor Roy Batterham has been working as a health program evaluator and researcher in academic, government and private sectors since 1995. Since 2010 he has had a major focus on health literacy research and development. He has been working for five years in the Global Health program at the faculty of Public Health, Thammasat University, Thailand.


For 12 years he has been conducting joint research on health literacy development in Thai-Australian partnerships and with the World Health Organization. Roy was a principal designer of the Ophelia process which has been used in many countries to develop health literacy responsive interventions for vulnerable groups. He has continued to focus his work on the ways in which understanding different health literacies, especially among people with vulnerabilities, can help us to respond to and empower these groups. He regularly consults for the Thai Ministry of Public Health on health literacy approaches.

Ruth Dreifuss
Founding member
Global Commission on Drug Policy

Ruth Dreifuss worked for the Swiss Agency for Development and Humanitarian Aid (Federal Department of Foreign Affairs) for nine years, and in 1981 she became Secretary of the Swiss Labour Union Federation.


In 1993, Dreifuss was elected Federal Councillor (member of the Swiss government) and was re-elected twice. Up until her resignation in 2002, she was Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs, and in 1999 she was President of the Swiss Confederation.

As the Federal Councillor in charge of public health and social insurance, she implemented new policies in the areas of drug addiction and HIV/AIDS prevention.


She also oversaw the introduction of a new law on health insurance, guaranteeing universal coverage for the Swiss population.


After her retirement from government, she chaired the commission mandated by WHO to report on public health, innovation and intellectual property rights, and co-chaired the High Level Panel on the same subject.


Dreifuss is currently member of the International Commission against the Death Penalty.

Sarah Miller
Coordinator of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programme

Dr Sarah Miller is the coordinator of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Programme for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva. She is responsible for the implementation of the Programme in over 50 countries around the world.


Dr Miller joined the ICRC in 2014 and has worked in Philippines, Chechnya, Russia, Syria, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, in detention in Papua New Guinea, and at the ICRC’s headquarters in Switzerland.


Dr Miller is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist and Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University. She completed her Doctorate on cross-cultural mental health and also has a Masters of Public Health, a Masters of International Law, and a Diploma in International and Community Development. Sarah has held positions in public health as Principal Psychologist, Director of Allied Health, Manager of trauma services and as Psychology Services Manager in prisons and immigration detention facilities. She has also worked in acute inpatient and community mental health, hospitals, drug and alcohol services, with children, and in remote Indigenous communities.

Sara Snell
Prison System Adviser

Sara Snell served with Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (England and Wales) for 25 years before she started her career with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), where she is a Prison System Adviser.


As well as her operational roles (her last post was as governor at Wetherby prison for juveniles) she worked as a team leader with the National Preventive Mechanism coordinating body for England and Wales, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons.


With the ICRC she has co-produced “Towards Humane Prisons: A Principled and Participatory Approach to Prison Planning and Design”.

Sharon Shalev
Criminal Justice Expert

Dr Sharon Shalev is an international expert on the uses and consequences of solitary confinement and other restrictive practices. She works as an independent consultant in the areas of human rights and prisons and holds Research Associate positions at the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University, and at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


She manages the informational website www.solitaryconfinement.org and has published widely on the subject. Publications include the Sourcebook on Solitary Confinement – a guide for practitioners on the health effects of solitary confinement and the legal framework and international human rights standards regulating its use; a prize winning book on the US ‘Supermax’ prisons, and independent expert reports on solitary confinement practices in England and Wales and in New Zealand.


Shidan Tosif
Clinician Scientist
Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Immigrant Health Clinic

Shidan is a consultant pediatrician and provides clinical care for refugee and asylum seeker children at the at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Immigrant Health Clinic.


He has contributed to research and policy work in relation to the health of children of refugee background, including the Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention and led the RCH Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Conditions and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees at regional processing centres.


Shidan is a clinician scientist at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, Department of Paediatrics.

Siaka Konate
Healthcare in Detention Programme Manager

Siaka has extensive field experience in Healthcare in Detention and has worked with the ICRC in Iraq, Madagascar, Nigeria and DRC on projects to improve conditions of detention, access to health services for prison populations and strengthen penitentiary health systems at national level in partnership with detaining authorities, respective Ministries of Health and other actors. Siaka has worked within the ICRC Health Unit at HQ in Geneva in coordinating Health in Detention programs for Africa from 2018 to mid-2020. He has facilitated several seminars and workshops for ICRC staff and Healthcare in Detention short courses with the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel and Sciences Po Grenoble, France.


Before joining the ICRC Siaka has worked for 5 years within the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Research Unit of the NIH/NIAID International Center of Excellence in Research (ICER-Mali). He has contributed to clinical trials, biological and immunological researches focused on Malaria and Lymphatic Filariasis. He is co-author of several papers in this field.


Siaka holds a MD degree from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Bamako, Mali and a Master of Sciences in Tropical Medicine from the Nagasaki University Institute of Tropical Medicine in Japan.

Stephen Kyalo Titus
Detention Doctor

Stephen Kyalo Titus graduated from University of Nairobi with a bachelor’s degree in Medicine & Surgery in 2007.


After that he worked with the Kenyan Ministry of Health in different parts of the country under different capacities including as a clinician as well as health administrative roles.


In 2011 he left the government sector to join the humanitarian world working with International Rescue Committee in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps.



In 2014 he joined the International Medical Corps working in Upper Nile State in South Sudan in response to large internal displacement related to the war.


In 2016 he joined the ICRC as a detention doctor and has worked in different context since then. This include Ethiopia, Israel and Occupied Territories, and South Pacific region (based in Papua New Guinea and covering small Pacific Island Nations including Fiji, Vanuatu, and Solomon Islands). He holds a Master of Public Health degree from University of Liverpool and numerous short course certificates.

Stergios Georgoulas
Internal Medicine Consultant for Detention Health Unit
Korydallos Prison, Athens, Greece

Stergios Georgoulas studied at the Medical School in Wroclaw, Poland. Since 2000, he has been working at the Special Health Center for Prisoners of Korydallos (EKYKK) as doctor of internal medicine.


He was a member of the Committee for the implementation and monitoring of the National Action Plan for the eradication of viral hepatitis in Greece from 2018. He participated in the work of the Coordination and Action Committee for dealing with the HIV epidemic of the Ministry of Health in 2017, and in the planning of actions for tuberculosis in Greece of KEELPNO in 2016.


In the framework of the Council of Europe Program, he participated in the group of experts with international participation in the development and writing of manuals for health care in prisons.

Stuart Kinner
Head of the Justice Health Unit
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

Stuart Kinner is Professor of Health Equity at Curtin University, Head of the Justice Health Unit at University of Melbourne and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and an Adjunct Professor in the Griffith Criminology Institute.


His research focuses on health services and health outcomes for people who come into contact with the criminal justice system, particularly those who experience incarceration. Professor Kinner has produced >250 publications including 188 peer-reviewed papers, and attracted >$26 million in research funding.


He chairs the Australia’s National Youth Justice Health Advisory Group, and the WHO Health in Prisons Programme (WHO-HIPP) Technical Expert Group. He serves on the WHO-HIPP Steering Group, and the Worldwide Prison Health Research and Engagement (WEPHREN) Steering Committee.

Terry and Lis Wilcox
Co Founders

Terry and Lis Wilcox both had successful careers in the private/third sectors before founding In2Out. In2Out is an NGO that provides ‘through the gate’ mentoring & resettlement support for children and young people leaving custody following a prison sentence. It works closely with the prison service to augment the care they provide for children in their charge.


Working directly with the young people aged 15 -21 in custody at HMYOI Wetherby and in the community, both Terry and Lis are well versed in the issues facing young people following release.

Tess Kelly
Master in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School

Tess Kelly is studying a Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School (Class of 2023).


Her current research, conducted through the Harvard FXB Centre for Health and Human Rights, is focused on improving access to appropriate healthcare for children deprived of their liberty in the administration of justice.


Prior to commencing her MPA, Tess was a Lawyer and Senior Policy Officer at Danila Dilba Health Service, an Aboriginal Community Controlled health service in the Northern Territory of Australia. At Danila Dilba, Tess was focused on health and justice policy, with a particular focus on improving access to legal services for children in detention. She also led the establishment of a Danila Dilba clinic at Don Dale Youth Juvenile Centre, the first Aboriginal community controlled health service to deliver healthcare in juvenile detention in Australia.

Tríona Lenihan
Policy and International Advocacy Manager
Penal Reform International

Tríona joined PRI as Policy and International Advocacy Manager in September 2020, having also worked with PRI in 2013-14. She leads the development of key resources to support the implementation of international standards, and the implementation of PRI’s policy programme and advocacy objectives set out in the strategy for 2020-2023. Tríona previously worked with the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, where she led advocacy, campaigning and technical assistance in the Americas and Caribbean, and also worked with the Irish Penal Reform Trust. She holds a Law degree and LLM in International Human Rights Law and Public Policy from University College Cork, Ireland, and is based in London, UK.

Wendy Hoey
Chief Executive
Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, Australia

Wendy is currently the Chief Executive of Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network in New South Wales, Australia. The network provides Health and Mental Health services to both Adult and Youth in over 30 secure settings across the State of NSW.


Wendy is a registered Nurse with a Clinical Background in Mental Health Nursing and over 20 years experience as a senior leader in mental health, hospital executive and health in secure settings. Wendy is passionate about providing equivalent care in secure settings and ensuring that all care including mental health care is provided in the least restrictive environment and way.

Wisit Wisitsora-at
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Justice, Thailand

Prof. Wisit Wisitsora-at has a distinguished track record within the civil and criminal justice sphere in Thailand and internationally. He has been serving as the Permanent Secretary for Justice since 2017. He is also the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC), a member of the Council of State, a member of the Board of Director of Thailand Institute of Justice, and a member of the National Committee for Legal Reform in Urgent Period.


His previous tenures in the justice system of Thailand include, inter alia, Judge of the Songkhla Kwaeng Court (1994-1995), Director- General of the Office of Justice Affairs (2003-2008), Director-General of the Legal Execution Department (2010-2014), and Director-General of the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection (2015-2017).


Prof. Wisitsora-at graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (2nd Class Honours) from Thammasat University, Thailand and a Bachelor of Laws (Second Class Honours, Upper Division) from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. In addition, he is admitted as barrister to the Thai Bar Association and the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, United Kingdom.


Yaya Ibrahim Coulibaly
Head of Neglected Tropical Diseases Research Unit
International Center of Excellence in Research, Mali

Dr Coulibaly holds a M.D degree from the Faculty of Medicine of Bamako (Mali), a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (US) and a PhD in Tropical Medicine from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (UK). He currently leads the NTDs Research Unit of the NIH/NIAID International Center of Excellence in Research (ICER-Mali) and the Research and Training Department at the Dermatology Hospital of Bamako. He is a member of several National NTDs boards in Mali including the Malian Onchocerciasis Experts Committee.


He is teaching the Neglected Tropical Diseases Epidemiology and the Clinical Epidemiology classes for the Master of Public Health Program at the Faculty of Medicine of Bamako. He is the focal point of the health in detention training program in French that is being planned to be held in Mali in collaboration with the ICRC.