Key Speakers

Meet Our International Guests

Helen Herrman (President of the WPA, Australia)                                 

AO, MD, MBBS, BMedSc, Hon DMedSci, FRANZCP, FFPH(UK), FAFPHM. The President of the World Psychiatric Association. She is the second woman, and first Australian to be elected to the position.

She is Head, Vulnerable and Disengaged Youth Research at Orygen, the National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health and Professor of Psychiatry at the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne. She is also Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in Melbourne.

Before moving to Orygen, Herrman was Professor and Director of Psychiatry at St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of Melbourne.

Afzal Javed (President Elect Of the WPA, UK)                                 

Dr Afzal Javed is the President Elect of the WPA, a Consultant Psychiatrist at Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Nuneaton and an Honorary Clinical Associate Teacher at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick UK, and Chair of the Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre, Fountain House, Lahore (Pakistan). 

 He has served, amongst others, also as the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Deputy Registrar, member of the Board of International Affairs and Chair of the West Midlands Division, as well as executive committee member of the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry. He is currently also working as: President of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation (WAPR); Secretary for Sections of the WPA; Founding Secretary General Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations (AFPA); Advisor & Founder Secretary General of South Asian Forum on Mental Health & Psychiatry (SAF); and Advisor SAARC Psychiatric Federation (SPF).

 His areas of special interest are psychosocial rehabilitation, social and transcultural psychiatry and psychiatric research. His academic skills have been invaluable when publishing more than 95 scientific papers and being author of six books/monographs on different topics of psychiatry.

Norman Sartorius                                 

Dr. Norman Sartorius, MD, MA, DPM, PhD, FRCPsych is specialized in the fields of neurology, psychiatry and psychology. In 1967 he joined the World Health Organization (WHO) and assumed charge of the program of epidemiology and social psychiatry. From 1977 until 1993, he was the Director of the Division of Mental Health of the WHO

 During this time he conducted a number of major international studies on schizophrenia, depression, stigma, mental health services and quality of life. Following his work at the WHO, he was employed as Professor of Psychiatry at the Geneva University and became President of the World Psychiatric Association (1993-1999) and later president of the Association of European Psychiatrists. Currently he is the President of the International Association for the Promotion of Mental Health Programs and President of the Board of the Prize of Geneva Foundation.

Dr. Sartorius holds professional appointments at several universities in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has published more than 400 articles in scientific journals, authored or co-authored several books and edited a number of others.


Luccia Valmaggia
Lucia Rita Valmaggia (President-Elect of the IEPA-Early intervention, London, UK)

Dr Lucia Valmaggia works as Reader in Clinical Psychology and Digital Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London where she leads the Virtual Reality Lab.

In her career to date she has conducted research, which is clinically relevant and directly applicable to the delivery of clinical services. Her work has focused on the prevention and early detection of mental health problems, in particular psychosis. Lucia is President-Elect of the IEPA-Early Intervention in Mental Health Association.

Jim van Os  

Jim van Os is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands, and Visiting Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.

He created the first User Research Centre in continental Europe /), where users of mental health services create solutions to deal with stigma, tapering psychotropic medications and empower people with lived experiences working in mental health services.

In 2011, he was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW); he appears on the 2014/2015 Thomson-Reuter Web of Science list of the world’s ‘most influential scientific minds’ of our time.


Chris Baeken

MD, PhD, Research Professor at Ghent University. As a psychiatrist, prof dr Chris Baekens main interests are within the neurobiological field of Affective Disorders. To gain more insight in the underlying mechanisms of emotional brain processes in the ‘healthy’ as well as in the ‘mentally affected’ human brain, brain-imaging paradigms (MRI, fMRI, (S)PET,….) are used with or without the combination of neuromodulation techniques, such as rTMS and tDCS.

Joseph Ventura

Joseph Ventura, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Psychologist and member of the Faculty in the UCLA, Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences. Dr. Ventura and his colleagues have developed and published a set of internationally recognized diagnostic and symptom assessment training and quality assurance procedures. He is responsible for all training and quality assurance functions, development, standardization, and refinement of the Center’s diagnostic and psychiatric symptom assessment procedures.

Davor Mucic

Davor Mucic, born in former Yugoslavia in 1962, educated psychiatrist in Denmark, with special interest in treatment of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants via their respective mother tongue. Davor Mucic established Little Prince Psychiatric Center, the only place in Denmark for refugees and migrants from Ex-Yugoslavia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa where the therapists speak the same languages as the clients. The Centre has been frontier in the development of telepsychiatry in Denmark since 2000. He has published a number of scientific articles and launched Telemental Health Section within EPA in 2011.

Oussama Kebir

Dr Oussama Kebir, MD, MSc, PhD, HDR,he is a senior clinician (praticien hospitalier) in “Moreau de Tours” Addictology department (head of department: Dr Xavier LAQUEILLE) in the Sainte Anne Hospital (with a specific expertise in cannabis use related disorders and adult ADHD). He is an associated researcher in the team “laboratory of pathophysiology of psychiatric diseases” leaded by Marie-Odile KREBS (PU-PH) and hosted in the Institute of Psychiatry & Neuroscience of Paris – INSERM U1266 (director: Thierry GALLI). He is familiar with the organization of research activities in the Center and with INSERM procedures (since 2007) and has significant collaborative work with scientific partners in the field.