Nicolae Done

Nicolae (Nicu) Done, PhD is a health economist with broad interests in health systems. Currently he is an AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellow in the Boston University School of Medicine. He leads studies on innovative programs aimed at increasing access to primary and specialty services for US Veterans. He also conducts comparative effectiveness analyses of prescription medications. He received his PhD in Health Economics and Policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where his dissertation project evaluated the early evidence on the hospital global budget program in Maryland. Nicu was a research analyst in the Program in Health Care Financing at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has also been involved in international projects involving comparative health care financing and health system reform.

Vlad Mixich

Vlad is a health policy expert and award-winning health communicator, former Vice President of the Romanian National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices. Mr. Mixich holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a member of the health policy research team. In 2014, he was Eisenhower Fellow for Innovation, previously being the recipient of Marshall Memorial Fellowship and Rosalynn Carter Fellowship.

Stefan Strilciuc

Ștefan Strilciuc is a public health expert with over 7 years experience in building and operating private medical entities. His research track is multidisciplinary, focused on experimental medicine (general surgery, senology, dermatology, ultrasonography and others). Within the Romanian Health Observatory, Ștefan has created automated processes for collection and manipulation of public medical data in Romania. He is actively involved in academic debating and the Global Shapers community.

Vlad Voiculescu

With 10 years in leading positions in financial consultancy and banking in Vienna, Austria and over 9 years of experience in both national and European patient advocacy, Vlad Voiculescu has been able to bring a significant contribution to the well-being of patients and to the advance of Romania’s healthcare system both through grassroots projects and policy initiatives. In 2008, Vlad set up “the Cancer Drugs Network”, a group of 400 volunteers  all around Europe that brought to Romania free cytostatics that were missing in the Romanian hospitals. In 2013 Vlad was elected Vice President and Treasurer of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC). Since 2014, Vlad is one of the 8 members of the group for patients’ rights of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO). In 2014 Vlad founded MagiCAMP, the first camp dedicated to children suffering from life threatening diseases in Romania.

Stefan Voinea

Stefan Voinea is an IT expert with experience in the development of nation-wide software solutions for the Romanian healthcare system. Stefan founded the Gazeta de Sud Foundation in 2006 and he has more than 10 years of experience in developing social projects in the fields of healthcare, environment and education. Stefan is a fellow of the U.S. Department of State Community Solutions Program and winner of the 2016 Romanian Google Editors Lab hackaton with the theme “New Ways to Cover Public Health Care”.

Claudia Spridon

Claudia Spridon works in the Adevarul newsroom, being in charge of the healthcare and labour market sections. Claudia was editor and project manager for two of the most popular health publications in Romania. Her activity was awarded with important prizes from the Romanian College of Pharmacists (2012) and the Romanian College of Physicians (2011). Claudia has a B.A. in Journalism (University of Timisoara) and a master’s degree in media management (University of Bucharest). In 2007, she furthered her studies at the Faculty of Communications at the State University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Oana Motea

Oana Motea holds a master’s degree in research and operational interventions in medical services management, from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy  “Carol Davila”, Bucharest. In 2012 she had an active role in the regional World Health Organization gathering, presenting a paper on the evolution of chronic disease in Romania. Oana has contributed in developing healthcare-related projects in Germany and she is currently researching healthcare logistics in Brussels.

Marius Ungureanu

Marius Ungureanu is a public health and health systems researcher. For the past 7 years, Marius has written, implemented and coordinated projects exploring human resources for health, eHealth, health promotion and corruption in healthcare. Marius has been trained as a physician, has a bachelor degree in management, has had classes on healthcare management and strategic planning for healthcare organizations at the University of Iowa, and holds a PhD on the quality management of healthcare services. In 2016 Marius has served as a Secretary of State in the Romanian Ministry of Health. Currently, he works as an associated researcher and teaching staff within the Department of Public Health of the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He is a member of the American and European Public Health Associations, as well as the European Health Management Association.

Monica Althamer

Monica is a cancer patient navigator working with several Romanian cancer support organizations and cancer patient advocates. Monica has considerable experience across multiple industries including the Public Sector, Telecommunications, banking and healthcare. In 2009 she joined as a volunteer an organization supporting cancer patients. Since then, Monica has been fighting to improve each individual’s access to health care, trying to help patients and their families deal with the pain of living with cancer, and standing by their side from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, until the day the patient is declared a survivor and beyond.

Adrian Gheorghe

Adrian Gheorghe is a health economist with experience in economic evaluation, evidence synthesis, health services costing, clinical trial methodology, health financing and statistical modelling. His work focuses on value for money analyses in the health sector, health financing and health sector governance. His research at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine focussed on economic evaluation and economic burden of disease studies in low- and middle-income countries, health information systems and health financing. Adrian has developed the health financing component of the Lancet Commission for the Future of Health in sub-Saharan Africa. His PhD work (University of Birmingham 2010-2013) proposed a quantitative method to assess the generalisability of economic results from clinical trials. He has working experience in Kenya, Pakistan, Romania, United Kingdom and Zambia.