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The congress' contributors

The congress' Contributors

Alyna Smith

Alyna is Advocacy Officer at PICUM, a network of more than 140 organisations working to advance the rights of undocumented migrants. Alyna contributes to PICUM’s policy and advocacy work in the areas of access to health care and access to justice for undocumented migrants by drafting position papers, engaging with key institutions and partners at the EU level, and supporting the efforts of PICUM’s grassroots members at the national level.

Before joining PICUM, Alyna was an associate at a global law firm in New York where she developed an extensive pro bono practice in the areas of criminal justice, immigration law and human rights. Her prior work experience includes a clerkship with Canada’s Federal Court, and work on ethics, genetics and access to medicines for the World Health Organization. Alyna holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology and ethics, a master’s degree in philosophy, and a degree in law from the University of Toronto.

Speaking in:
Plenary session: Ensuring equity, inclusivity and diversity of the patients’ voice


Learn more about Thomas Allvin

Thomas Allvin

Executive Director for Strategy and Healthcare Systems at the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA)

Thomas Allvin
Learn more about Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Deputy Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Mark Pearson
Learn more about Carina Pittens

Carina Pittens

Assistant Professor of Patient involvement in health research, policy-making and care practice at the Athena Institute of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Carina Pittens

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Learn more about Miklós Szócska

Miklós Szócska

Former Secretary of State for Health in Hungary, Director of the Health Services Management Training Centre of the Semmelweis University

Miklós Szócska

Master of Ceremonies

Patients included

We are proud to announce that EPF Congress 2019 is Patients Included™. This means that EPF is committed to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition while ensuring they were neither excluded nor exploited.

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