Sciana: The Health Leaders Network have selected 18 new members to join its fifth cohort. Like previous cohorts, members work in European health systems in Germany, Switzerland, and the UK and will be part of a network of health leaders deeply committed to shaping the future of sustainable and resilient health systems.  

Sciana Network health leaders bring extensive experience and interest from across a variety of sectors. Members will focus on key themes at the interface of globalisation, urbanisation, ageing populations, technical innovation and disruption, patient engagement, and the health workforce. They will also assess social determinants, inequities, financially unsustainable health systems, and the need for a greater focus on public health. 

Cohort 5 will meet for the first time at Schloss Leopoldskron in November 2022. As part of its innovative curriculum, members engage in a guided peer-learning experience. Sciana Network health leaders participate in cross-system, cross-border exchange with members within their cohort.  

With the challenge-based meeting format, teams of cohort 5 members will define a health system issue, which they will tackle within their work settings over the next two years. In addition, they will explore mega-trends in health and care and meet members from cohort 4 to learn from their experience and Sciana challenge. 

This cohort is co-chaired by Ilona Kickbusch and Jose Martin-Moreno. They will share their experience and provide advice for members alongside the Network’s Senior Advisors: David Behan, Bettina Borsch, Edelgard Bulmahn, Fiona Godlee, Heyo Kroemer, and Thomas Zeltner

Established in April 2017, the Sciana Network is supported by an international partnership between the Health Foundation (UK), Careum Stiftung (Switzerland) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany) in collaboration with Salzburg Global Seminar

Sciana Network cohort 5 members: 

  • Birgit Bauer, Social Media and Digital Health Expert, Manufaktur für Antworten U, Germany 
  • Carl Rudolf Blankart, Professor of Regulatory Affairs, University of Bern, Switzerland 
  • Rachel Carey, Chief Scientist, Zinc, United Kingdom  
  • Helen Crimlisk, Deputy Medical Director, Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom 
  • Mario Desmedt, Chief Nurse Officer, Fondation Asile des Aveugles, Switzerland 
  • Saskia De Gani, Head, Careum Center for Health Literacy, Careum Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland 
  • Adrian Jonas, Chief Analyst for the Northwest Region, NHS England, United Kingdom 
  • Wiebke Loebker, Head of Innovation Office, Change Management, Federal Institute of Drugs and Medical Product, Germany 
  • Michael Moran, Medical Director and Therapeutic Area Lead, Global, AbbVie GmbH & Co. KG, Germany 
  • Kristina Norman, Head of Department, German Institute of Human Nutrition, Germany 
  • Oliver Reich, Head santé24, SWICA Health Organisation, Switzerland 
  • Alexander Schellinger, Head Healthcare Innovation, Techniker Krankenkasse, Germany 
  • Harpreet Sood, Clinical Advisor for the COVID-19 Vaccine Programme, United Kingdom 
  • Sven Streit, Head of Interprofessional Primary Care, University of Bern, Switzerland 
  • Ulrike Streit, COO, University Hospital Frankfurt, Germany 
  • Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive Officer, Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network, United Kingdom 
  • Lawrence Tallon, Deputy Chief Executive, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom 
  • Claudia Witt, Director, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland 

Read Sciana Network cohort 5 member biographies: 

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Read Sciana network cohort 1 member biographies:

For more information, visit Sciana: The Health Leaders Network 

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