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The congress' contributors

The congress' Contributors

Michel Ballieu

Michel Ballieu studied economics at the Brussels University, in Belgium, and holds a postgraduate in Management from the Solvay Business School. He gained his first professional experiences, mainly within BASF and Xerox, by coaching and managing sales teams, including several years of marketing management at the multinational level throughout the European Union. 25 years ago, he entered the Not-For-Profit world by running the European Operations of the Up with People exchange student programme. Later he acted as the European Executive Director for several US based professional associations (on behalf of MCI). And as a Chief Executive Officer he joined ECCO – the European CanCer Organisation in 2006, overseeing a team of 30 professionals, and retired in 2016. Today he works as an association adviser, and in that capacity acts as the Executive Director for the Biomedical Alliance in Europe. He is also specialized in staff recruitment for not-for-profit organisations. As a volunteer, he served as a Board member of the European Cervical Cancer Association (ECCA), as a Board member of the ecancermedicalscience Foundation (ecms), and as the President of the Association’s Conference Forum (AC Forum). He also is an active UIA member, an ESAE Education Committee member, and a Board Member of the Journal of European CME (JECME).

Speaking in:
Plenary session: Patients as teachers – a deep dive into professional education


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

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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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