Speakers & Presentations

 Thursday, 24th September 2015

Tim Muir  
Long-term care in the OECD: who cares and who pays?


Tim Muir, Policy Analyst, Health and Social Policy Divisions at the OECD, Paris

Tim is a policy analyst at the OECD and is leading the Organisation’s work on long-term care. His work covers a number of aspects of LTC, with a particular focus on social protection and dementia.
Before joining the OECD, Tim worked for a number of years as a policy analyst for the UK government, mostly in the area of health and social care. His work there covered a number of policy areas, including redesigning performance management and accountability of the National Health Systems to create the NHS Outcomes Framework, designing a new social insurance system for long-term care with the Dilnot Commission and overseeing budget negotiations for social care.
Christian Fillet  
Social planning at the local level


Christian Fillet, European Social Network, Brighton (UK); Healthcare Centre OCMW Bruges, Belgium 

Christian Fillet is the director of social services of Bruges, the third largest city in Flanders. With three hospitals, several homes for the elderly and nearly 6,000 employees, Bruges social services are one of the largest in Flanders.
He has been a member of the board of directors of ESN (European social network) since 2005, the last four years its vice president and he will undertake its presidency starting 1 July 2015. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Flemish association of social directors and teaches social affairs at the provincial administration school of Antwerp. He has received additional training in HR and finance. Christian Fillet studied Law at the University of Brussels.
Margaret Van Zyl  
Being a Connector - what it takes


Margaret Van Zyl, President of IAHSA, Director of Strategic Partnerships GERATEC and Chairperson of South African Care Forum

A social worker by profession, Margie has worked for many years in the field of ageing, with a particular interest in long-term care and partnership development. She is passionate about networking, helping organisations to share their stories, and partnership development for the greater good. She joined GERATEC as their Director of Strategic Partnerships in March 2011.
A member of many national working groups contributing to the development of policies and legislation in South Africa, she currently serves as Chairperson on the Board of Directors of IAHSA (International Association of Homes and Services for Ageing), is a member of the IFA (International Federation on Ageing), is the Founding Chairperson of the newly formed South African Care Forum, and is one of the founding members on the Board of Directors of CommonAge, the newly formed Association for Commonwealth Countries.
Marie-Claire Boslowsky  
TENA's teamwork concepts and partnership philosophy


Marie-Claire Boslowsky, UK and Ireland Sales and Marketing Vice President for SCA Hygiene Products

Marie-Claire Boslowsky is the UK and Ireland Sales and Marketing Vice President for SCA Hygiene Products – Incontinence Care, a corporate organization supplying incontinence care solution in over a 100 countries around the world.
Marie-Claire has more than 15 years’ experience in Incontinence Care from both a retail and healthcare perspective in France and the UK. Marie-Claire’s focus for the last five years has been to develop a partnership approach with customers to promote continence and provide incontinence care solutions.
Dawn Skelton  
Session C: Best-Practice - Successful Projects
1. Building networks to improve physical activity and exercise options to help reduce falls in frailer older people


Prof. Dawn Skelton BSc PhD, School of Health and Life Sciences, Institute of Allied Health Research, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK

Professor Dawn Skelton is Professor of Ageing and Health at the School of Health and Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland, UK.  She leads a work package in the EU Network ProFouND (Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination) as well as leading on a large UK Medical Research Council Grant on determinants of Sedentary Behaviour in older adults. Dawn co-hosted the 8th World Congress on Active Ageing, August 2012 in Glasgow and is a commissioned author for the World Health Organisation and the UKs Department of Health.

Edith Macintosh  

Edith Macintosh, Rehabilitation Consultant, Care Inspectorate, Scotland


Edith has worked as Rehabilitation Consultant in the Care Inspectorate in Scotland for almost 6 years. This is a strategic role influencing health and social care policy and providing national leadership for driving improvements in care, for older people living in care homes or requiring social care services. She has led the development of several educational solutions in Scotland in areas such as falls prevention, person centered care and promoting physical activity.
Edith is passionate about supporting older people to live well and enjoy life to the full no matter what age or stage in life they are at. Edith is an Occupational Therapist with many years experience in the NHS in Scotland as a clinician and service manager.

Aad Koster  
Session C: Best-Practice - Successful Projects
2. How networking can contribute to a successful transition and transformation of long-term care in the Netherlands


Aad Koster, CEO of ACTIZ, Dutch association for residential and home care organizations and infant and child health clinics 


Aad Koster studied Economy at the University of Amsterdam. From 1980 till 1990 he was employed at the Netherlands Institute for Working Conditions (now a division of TNO, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) as project manager “Sickness Absenteeism Registration”. From 1990 till 1994 he worked as policy advisor Economics and Finance at the former Dutch Care Federation and was associated, among other things, with collective bargaining.

Aad Koster was employed at the National Association for Home Care (the predecessor of Z-org) in November 1994. He held the position of head Employer’s Affairs and since 2002 he was also assistant director. Between July 2005 and July 2006 he was director of Z-org. Since then he is CEO of ActiZ, organisation of entrepreneurs in care. ActiZ is a merger between Z-org and Arcares. Aad Koster is also member of the board of EAHSA.

Philippe Schaller  
Session A: Networking in the Social Sector in Switzerland
1. "The healthcare home": innovation in social health care


Philippe Schaller MD, MSc, Onex Medical Group and Geneva Care Network

Philippe Schaller graduated from the University of Montreal (public health and organisation of healthcare systems). He is one of the founders of the Onex Medical Group (Canton of Geneva) and since 1992 has headed the most important integrated care network in Switzerland, with budgetary co-responsibility: the Delta network (www.reseau-delta.ch), which today counts 200,000 insured in the cantons of Geneva and Vaud and comprises 500 family doctors. He is now working on a new project, “Cité Générations” (www.cite-generations.ch). This care home proposes an answer to the challenges of our healthcare system (ageing population, rise in the number of people affected by chronic illnesses, lack of professional staff).

Session A: Networking in the Social Sector in Switzerland
2. Réseaux Santé Vaud - the frame and the benefits of networking


Philippe Anhorn, Réseaux Santé Vaud, Lausanne

Economiste, titulaire d’un Master en administration publique, P. Anhorn a participé à la fin des années 90 à la création des réseaux de soins vaudois et dirigé la division en charge des EMS et des soins à domicile au Service de la santé publique. Aujourd’hui, il dirige le Réseau Santé Région Lausanne.
Dajana Kapusova  
Session B: Tools of networking
1. Using LinkedIn to build partner networks in long-term care


Dajana Kapusova, LinkedIn Expert & Trainer; Social Selling, Social Recruiting, Consulting; Really Connect (UK)

Dajana Kapusova, Switzerland, is a Really Connect certified LinkedIn trainer and passionate about offline and online networks and how to leverage them to build relationship-based businesses and recruiting. She has 14 years’ experience in web development, online platforms and e-learning. Her university MAS thesis in 2007 was focused on online social networks and the way they can help online communities. She also was involved in building up an alumni network from scratch at the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and the multi-channel web communication. Dajana speaks 6 languages fluently and is a certified adult trainer. She is regularly on stage in Switzerland and contributes to articles about social recruiting, social selling, job seeking and LinkedIn for higher education and alumni networks.

Tobias Britz  
Session B: Tools of networking
2. Smartphones, a revolution in care and nursing homes


Tobias Britz, CEO, SmartLiberty AG, 2525 Le Landeron, Switzerland

Tobias Britz is CEO of the company SmartLiberty AG and an expert for security and communication systems in the long-term care sector. Trained as an engineer, he has worked together with elderly and care homes for more than 10 years, using modern technology to improve the residents’ quality of life.
Richard Walker   
Medical informatics, brain simulation and the challenge of brain disease in the elderly


Richard Walker, senior Research Associate at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Richard is a senior Research Associate EPFL's Blue Brain Project. Originally trained as a political scientist and economist (UK), Richard was active for many years in industrial research and development, primarily in the IT industry. In 2000 he founded his own company, Xiwrite Srl, a research consultancy, which he managed till he joined Blue Brain in 2009. He has been actively involved in research in Artificial Neuronal Networks, artificial intelligence and evolutionary robotics. His current research focuses on the relationship between the human brain and the evolution of human culture.