Dinesh Bhugra (UK)

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Prof. Dinesh Bhugra CBE is Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. He is also an Honorary Consultant at the Maudsley Hospital, where he runs the sexual and couple therapy clinic. His research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He has authored/co-authored over 350 scientific papers, chapters and 30 books. His recent volumes include Principles of Social Psychiatry, Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Highly Commended in the 2011 BMA Awards), Migration and Mental Health, Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry (Commended in the BMA Book Awards in 2008 and recipient of the 2012 Creative Scholarship Award from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture), Culture and Mental Health and Management for Psychiatrists. Prof. Read more..

Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg (Germany)

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Prof. Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg is currently, and since 2007, has been the Director and CEO of the Central Institute of Mental Health (Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit) in Mannheim, and Chair for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the, University of Heidelberg. Prior to this he worked as investigator and Chief of the Unit on Systems Neuroscience in Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health’s Genes, Cognition and Psychosis Program and staff scientist and Co-Director of the imaging core facility of the NIMH’s Clinical Brain Disorders Branch, in Bethesda, Maryland. He qualified in 1991 (MD, magna cum laude) at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Bonn, and is board certified in psychiatry, psychotherapy and neurology.  Read more..


Helen Herrman (Australia)

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Helen Herrman is Director of Research at Orygen: The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, and Professor of Psychiatry in the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Australia. She is President-Elect of the World Psychiatric Association, President of the International Association of Women’s Mental Health, and President of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists. She is Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for mental health in Melbourne. In 2001-2002 she was based in Manila as acting regional adviser in mental health for the WHO’s Western Pacific Region. From 1992 to 2005, she was Professor and Director of Psychiatry in St. Vincent’s Health Melbourne during development of an integrated hospital and community area mental health service under Australia’s national reform of mental health care. She is a psychiatrist and public health practitioner, and a research practitioner fellow of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. She has special interests in community mental health care and mental health promotion, with past and present research programs in the mental health of marginalised groups, including homeless people, prisoners, and young women and men in out of home care.


Wolfgang Gaebel (Germany)


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Wolfgang Gaebel is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf, and Medical Director of the LVR-Klinikum Düsseldorf. Since 2014 he is additionally Director of the LVR-Institute for Mental Healthcare Research (LVR-IVF) and the WHO Collaborating Center on Quality Management and Empowerment in Mental Health. During his career, Professor Gaebel has held positions as President of the German Society of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Nervous Diseases (DGPPN). Furthermore, he was President of the German Society of Biological Psychiatry (DGBP). Read more.


Simon Wessely(UK)


Sir Simon Wessely KBE is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine and Vice Dean for Academic Psychiatry at King’s College London. He is currently President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is a clinical liaison psychiatrist with a particular interest in chronic fatigue syndrome and in military health. He is a civilian consultant advisor in Psychiatry to the British Army and a trustee of Combat Stress, the principal UK charity for veterans with mental health problems. Prof Wessely is also a foundation senior investigator of the National Institute for Health Research, and fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Read more..


Maria Oquendo (USA)


Maria A. Oquendo, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Vice-Chair at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute.  Her posts include: American Psychiatric Association, President (effective May 2016); International Academy of Suicide Research, President; American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Board of Directors, Vice President; American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Council, member; National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Council, member.Her expertise spans from pharmacology and neurobiology of mood disorders and suicidal behavior to Global Mental Health (GMH). She is principal investigator on several NIMH studies: Read more..


Vikram Patel (India and UK)

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Prof. Vikram Patel is Professor of International Mental Health and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow. He is a psychiatrist with a primary interest in global mental health and a passion to contribute to the goal of improving access to mental health care and promoting the human rights of people with mental disorders worldwide. He was the Founding and Joint Director of the Centre for Global Mental Health, in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with Kings Health Partners until October 2014. He is based for mostly in New Delhi where he is Joint Director of the Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries at the Public Health Foundation of India, and in Goa working with Sangath, a mental health research NGO which he co-founded with others in 1997. Since 2011, he have served on two Government of India health committees, the Mental Health Policy Group and the National Rural Health Mission ASHA Mentoring Group.


Dr Sean Hill

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Prof Sean Hill is Scientific Director of the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF) at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Hill also serves as the co-Director of the Blue Brain Project and co-Director of Neuroinformatics in the European Union funded Human Brain Project (HBP) at the École Poly¬tech¬nique Fédérale de Lau¬sanne (EPFL). He has extensive experience in building and simulating large-scale models of brain circuitry and currently supervises and leads research efforts exploring the principles underlying the structure and dynamics of neocortical and thalamocortical microcircuitry. Read more..



Francis Nyamnjoh (South Africa)

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Prof. Francis B. Nyamnjoh is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town since August 2009 and holds a BA (1984) and MA (1985) degrees from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, and a PhD (1990) from the University of Leicester, UK. Prior to 2009 he served as Head of Publications of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) from July 2003 to July 2009. He has taught sociology, anthropology and communication studies at universities in Cameroon and Botswana, and has researched and written extensively on Cameroon and Botswana, where he was awarded the "Senior Arts Researcher of the Year" prize for 2003. Read more..


John Peteet (USA)

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Prof. John Peteet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Fellowship Site Director of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as well as physician and psychiatry, Brigham And Women's Hospital. After receiving his M.D. degree at Columbia University and completing a medical internship at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. John Peteet trained in psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Dr. Peteet's major areas of interest are psychosocial oncology, addiction, and the clinical interface between spirituality/religion and psychiatry. His current research focuses on spirituality and healing in medicine, and the issues that arise for individuals engaged in both psychotherapy and spiritual directions. Read more..


Olayinka Omigbodun (Nigeria)


Prof. Olayinka Olusola Omigbodun is Professor of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan. She obtained a MBBS (1985), Prof. Olayinka Olusola Omigbodun is Professor of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, University College Hospital, Ibadan. She graduated with a MBBS in 1985 and received residency training in Psychiatry at the University College Hospital, Ibadan; Lancaster Moor Hospital, Lancaster, UK; and the Queen’s Park Hospital, Blackburn, UK. She obtained the Diploma in Psychiatry of the University of Manchester, the Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria and the West African College of Physicians in Psychiatry in 1991 and received further training in Family Therapy at the Department of Family Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1993).. Read more..


Graham Thornicroft (UK)

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Prof. Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London. He also works as a Consultant Psychiatrist at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and is a National Institute of Health Research Senior Investigator. He took his undergraduate degree at Cambridge in Social and Political Science, studied Medicine at Guy's Hospital, and went on to train in Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He gained an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD at the University of London. He has made significant contributions to the development of mental health policy in England, including Chairing the External Reference Group for the National Service Framework for Mental Health, the national mental health plan for England for 1999-2009. Read more..


Michael Robertson (Australia)  

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Professor Michael Robertson is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Centre for Values, Ethics & Law in Medicine (VELIM), School of Public Health in Sydney. He divides his clinical time between a psychotherapy practice at the Blackwattle Clinic in Sydney and forensic psychiatric consultations conducted in NSW and Queensland. He is the Medical Director for The Recovre Group and is an Approved Medical Specialist for the NSW Worker's Compensation Commission. He had worked in acute adult and community psychiatry for 20 years and had been a previous Department Head at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He has previously coordinated a clinical service for survivors of psychological trauma. He is a Committee Member for the Special Interest Group in History, Philosophy and Ethics of Psychiatry (SIGHPEP), of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). He has co-authored the book chapter Robertson, M., Walter, G. (2011). Psychiatric ethics and the 'new professionalism'. In Dinesh Bhugra, Amit Malik, Gearge Ikkos (Eds.), Psychiatry's Contract with Society: Concepts, controversies, and consequences, (pp. 221-239). New York, USA: Oxford University Press.


Peter Tyrer (UK)

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Prof. Peter Tyrer is Professor of Community Psychiatry at Imperial College London and his contributions to the development and delivery of community services, initially in Nottingham and subsequently in London, have been truly exemplary as well as innovative. His research interests have included personality disorders and he has been leading a work group on personality disorder on behalf of the World Health Organization for the next edition of the ICD. He has also led on NICE recommendations. His contribution to British psychiatry has been truly exceptional, especially in his role as Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry over the decade 2003–2013. Under his editorship he has increased the Journal's impact factor so that it now is the highest-ranked non-American journal in psychiatry. Read more..


Icro Maremmani (Italy)

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Prof Icro Maremmani is Professor of Drug Addiction Medicine at the School of Psychiatry of the University of Pisa, Italy. He graduated from the University of Pisa, Italy in 1979, and specialized in Psychiatry, taking his second degree cum laude, in 1983. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Department of Psychiatry, at the Santa Chiara Hospital of the University of Pisa, Italy. He has been President of the European Opiate Addiction Treatment Association (EUROPAD) since its foundation in Geneva in 1995. As President of EUROPAD he has organized international symposia the USA, during the Conferences of the American Association for the Treatment of OpiateDependence (AATOD), and Conferences in several European cities (Saint-Tropez, 1995; Ljubljana, 1997; Arezzo 2000; Oslo 2002; Paris, 2004; Bratislava, 2006; Sofia, 2008; Zagabria, 2010; Barcelona, 2012).Read more..


Ahmed Okasha (Egypt)

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Prof. Ahmed Okasha is Professor of Psychiatry, Founder and Emeritus Chairman of the Institute of Psychiatry, and Director of WHO Collaborating Center for Training and Research in Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry- Ain Shams University, Cairo. He is the current President of the Egyptian Psychiatric Association and Honorary President of the Arab Federation of Psychiatrists. He also held the several WPA positions, including: President of the WPA (2002-2005); Chair Presidential WPA Program on Global Child Mental Health and of the WPA Stigma program (2002-2005), etc. Prof. Okasha is a member of the WHO Advisory Panel on Mental Health, was Director of ICD-10 field studies in Eastern Mediterranean WHO (1990 – 1999) and is a member of the WHO Advisory Board on the ICD–11. He is the recipient of several awards, including: an honorary doctorate in medical education (University of Luzanne); presidential commendation of the American Psychiatric Association; an Honorary Fellow of WPA; gold medal of IACAPAP; and Kraeplin–Alzheimer Medal, Munich University.


Jair Mari (Brazil)

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Prof. Jair de Jesus Mari is Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil. He trained at Fundação Universitária do ABC, São Paulo, the Civil Servants' Hospital, São Paulo and the Institute of Psychiatry, London. His special interests include psychiatry in primary care, schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder. He took his medical degree in the Santo Andre ABC Medical Faculty (1977), completed residency training in psychiatry at the Civil Servant State Hospital of São Paulo (1979), and a Ph.D. (1986) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College. In 1987, he became a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Federal University of São Paulo. In completed a post-doc at McMaster University, where he studied clinical epidemiology, Read more..


Florence Baingana (Uganda)  


Dr Florence Baingana is a Research Fellow with the Makerere University School of Public Health, Kampala, obtained a MBChB (1983), MMed(Psychiatry) 1990 and  MSc (Health Policy, Planning and Financing) 2010. She has worked for over ten years in mental health policy and planning, including four years as the National Mental Health Coordinator with the Ministry of Health of Uganda (1996-2000) - where she also developed standards and guidelines for mental health care and got mental health included as a component of the Uganda Minimum Health Care Package in the Health Policy and the Health Sector Strategic Plan. In 2000, Dr. Baingana joined the World Bank in Washington DC, seconded by the Mac Arthur Foundation, Read more..


Michael Berk

Berk Professor Michael Berk is currently a NHMRC Senior Principal research Fellow, and is Alfred Deakin Chair of Psychiatry at Deakin University and Barwon Health, where he heads the IMPACT Strategic Research Centre. He also is an Honorary Professorial Research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and Orygen Youth Health at Melbourne University, as well as in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. He is past president of the International Society for Bipolar disorders and the Australasian Society or Bipolar and Depressive Disorders. He is an ISI highly cited researcher who has published over 750 papers predominantly in mood disorders. Read more..

Linda Lam (Hong Kong)


Soraya Seedat (South Africa)


Werdie van Staden (South Africa)


Mark Solms (South Africa)


Robin Emsley (South Africa)


Dan Stein (South Africa)



Oye Gureje (Nigeria)


Oye Gureje, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Neuroscience and Substance Abuse, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ibadan. He is a member of the WHO International Advisory Group for the Revision of the International Classification of Diseases for Mental and Behavioural Disorders, Chairs the Working Group on Somatic Distress and Dissociative Disorders and Co-Chairs the Field Studies Coordinating Group. He Chairs the National Mental Health Action Committee, an advisory body to the Federal Ministry of Health. He is a former President of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria and of the African Association of Psychiatrists and Allied Professionals. Read more..


Michael Botbol (France)


Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Western Brittany since 2011, Member of Psychoanalyst of the Paris Psychoanalytic Society since 2005, WPA Zonal Representative for Western Europe (Zone 6) since 2014, Chair of the Psychoanalysis In Psychiatry WPA section, Co Chair of the WPA Classification and Nosography Section, Member of the Board of the International College for Person Centered Medicine since 2010, Secretary General of the French Association of Psychiatry since 2007. Clinical Supervisor and Institutional Advisor of various teams (in France, Switzerland, Serbia, Morocco, Mexico). Several teaching mission on behalf of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and of the French Ministry of Education (in Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Morocco, Japan, China). Read more..


Roberto Lewis-Fernandez (USA)

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Roberto Lewis-Fernández, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, and the Hispanic Treatment Program, at New York State Psychiatric Institute.  He is also Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard University.  Dr. Lewis-Fernández’s research focuses on developing culturally-valid interventions and instruments to enhance patient engagement, reduce misdiagnosis, and help overcome disparities in the care of underserved cultural groups, especially Latinos.  He also studies the way culture affects individuals’ experience of mental disorder and their help-seeking expectations, including how to explore this cultural variation during the psychiatric evaluation. Read more..


Christopher Szabo (South Africa)


Stefan Heres (Germany)


Afzal Javed (Pakistan)


Melvyn Freeman (South Africa)


Kopano Ratele (South Africa)


Alexander Moreira-Almeida (Brazil)


Crick Lund (South Africa)


Roy Kallivayalil (India)


Frank Schneider (Germany)


Hans-Otto Thomashoff (Austria)


Edgar Belfort (Venezuela)


Jonathan Burns (South Africa)


Solly Rataemane (South Africa)


Michelle Riba (USA)


Lesley Schwartz


Phillip Asherson (UK)


Joska John (South Africa)


Jodile Van den Heuvel (Netherlands)


Djurovic Srdjan (Norway)



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