Speakers & Moderators


Ammon Esther H, LCSW, APHSW-C, Director of Palliative Care & Family Guidance, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, Palo Alto, USA

Avilés Martínez María, RN, PhD, Comprehensive Paediatric Palliative Care Unit, Hospital Universitario Infantil Niño Jesús, Madrid, Spain

Ananth Prasanna, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Abu-Saad Huijer Huda, RN, PhD, FEANS, FAAN, Professor of Nursing Science, Dean Faculty of Health Sciences University of Balamand, Founding Dean, School of Nursing, American University of Beirut, Lebanon


Benini Franca, Director of Paediatric Palliative Care – Pain Service Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of Padua, Professor of Pediatrics – Pediatric Palliative Care, University of Padua, Italy

Brown Michelle R, PhD, Division of Quality of Life and Pediatric Palliative Care.  Clinical Professor of Psychiaty, Stanford University School of Medicine and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, USA

Bolognani Marco, Medical Director at Neonatology and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Trento, Italy

Bertaud Sophie, Pediatrician, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK

Bernadà Mercedes, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Faculty of Medicine, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay

Baker Justin N., MD, FAAP, FAAHPM, Chief, Division of Quality of Life and Pediatric Palliative Care Director, QoLA Program (Quality of Life for All), Attending Physician – QoLA Pediatric Palliative Care Team, Associate Chief Quality Officer for Patient Experience and Holistic Care Deborah E. Addicott – John A. Kriewall and Elizabeth A. Haehl Family, Professor, Department of Pediatrics Stanford School of Medicine and Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, USA


Chong Poh Heng, MD, HCA Hospice Limited, Singapore. Founder of Star PALS, a specialist community PPC service; Chairperson, PPC Special Interest Group, Asia Pacific Hospice and Palliative Care Network (APHN)

Carter Brian S., Interim Director, Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center and, Division of Neonatology, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Chairman & Sirridge Endowed Professor, Dept. Medical Humanities & Bioethics, and, Department of Pediatrics, UMKC School of Medicine, USA


Drake Ross, MD, FRACP, FChPM, FFPMANZCA, Senior Medical Officer Qeensland Integrative Paedriatic Pain Service and Queensland Paediatric Palliative Care Service, Queensland Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

Downing Julia, Chief Executive Officer at International Children’s Palliative Care Network (ICPCN) – South Africa and Professor in Palliative Care at Makerere University, Uganda


El Khoury Joe, MD, MPH, Family Medicine Specialist, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Specialist, Centre Hospitalier Public d’Hauteville, France – Balsam, The Lebanese Center for Palliative Care, Beirut, Lebanon


Friedel Marie, RN, PNP, MPH, Dipl PPC, PhD, Full Professor in Nursing Science, Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Luxembourg, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg

Friedrichsdorf Stefan J., Elisa and Marc Stad Professor in Pediatric Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco. Chief of the Division of Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, USA

Fraser Lorna, Professor of Palliative Care and Child Health – Cicely Saunders Institute and School of Life Sciences and Population Health, Associate Dean for People and Talent – Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King’s College London, UK


Goldman Ann, Paediatrician, Editor Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children, (retired) Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Care, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, UK

Garros Daniel, MD, University of Alberta, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Stollery Children’s Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit staff; Quality & Safety Lead Edmonton, AB Canada

Garchakova Anna, Director of the Belarusian Children’s Hospice, and palliative medicine course leader at the Belarusian Medical Postgraduate Academy – Belarus


Harding Richard, PhD, Herbert Dunhill Professor of Palliative Care & Rehabilitation, Vice Dean (International), Director and Global Lead, Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative
Care, Policy & Rehabilitation, King’s College London, UK

Hauer Julie, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM, Boston Children’s Hospital, Department of General Pediatrics, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA




Koh Michelle, MD, Senior Consultant, Paediatric Palliative Care Service KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore

Kreicbergs Ulrika, RN, PhD, holds the Louis Dundas Chair in Palliative Care for Children and Young People, at Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK


Lacerda Ana, Pediatric Oncologist, master in Palliative Care, Pediatric Palliative Care Program, Department of Child and Adolescent Oncology, Portuguese Institute of Oncology, Lisbon Centre, Portugal


Morvant Alexis, MD, Kriewall Haehl Endowed Directorship of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Stanford University Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.  Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Mendes Joana, RN, MSc, PhD Bioethics, Coordinator Professor, Ipluso- Escola Superior de Saúde Ribeiro Sanches, Lisbon, Portugal

McCulloch Renée, BMBS, FRCPaedsCH, Dip Pal Med, Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine The Louis Dundas Centre, Deputy Medical Director, Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust, Conflict Management Champion NHS England (London), Associate Faculty Medical Leadership Management, Honorary Senior Lecturer, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, UK

Masserdotti Alessandro, Philosopher and Interaction Designer. Professor of User Experience Design, Domus Academy and  Professor of interaction design, Politecnico di Milano. Digital Director of Dotdotdot Agency: Active in Creating a Bridge Between Healthcare and Design, Italy

Martino Alba Ricardo, MD, PhD, Head of Pediatric Comprehensive Palliative Care Unit at Niño Jesús University Children’s Hospital, Madrid , Spain


Niño Tovar Maria Azucena, Paediatrician, Neonatologist, MSc in Bioethics, Coordinator of the Ethics Committee – Colombian Association of Neonatology, Professor of the Department of Paediatrics – Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia

Navarro Vilarrubí Sergi, MD, Pediatric Palliative Care PPC head in SJD Hospital, Barcelona. Pediatric Intermediate Attention Center Sophia s House director. Spanish PPC Association President and PPC Catalan Network leader.



Papadatou Danai, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, School of Health Sciences, Dept of Nursing, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. Chair of the Board of Directors
“Merimna”, NGO Association for the Care of Children and Families in Illness and Death, Greece

Pedersen Tanja, MD, Neonatoligist, Pediatrician, Perinatal and Pediatric Palliative Care Team, NICU, Department of Pediatrics, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway

Parravicini Elvira, MD, Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), New York, NY, USA. Professor of Pediatrics & Medical Director of the Neonatal Comfort Care Program (NCCP) at CUIMC



Rubenstein Jared, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Palliative Care at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. Program Director of Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship. Houston, Texas, USA


Suleman Mehrunisha, MD, Senior Researcher and Director of Medical Ethics and Law Education, Ethox Center, University of Oxford, UK

Seashore Elizabeth, MD, Pediatric hematologist-oncologist and palliative care specialist, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, USA

Salvo Victoria, Psychologist in Paediatric Palliative Care team of CASMU, private hospital in Montevideo, Uruguay. Interdisciplinary Specialization Diploma in Paediatric Palliative Care, School of Medicine, Universidad de la República- Specialization in Psychology in Health Services, School of Psychology, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay





Wolfe Joanne, Physician in Chief, MassGeneral for Children, Chair, Department of Pediatrics Massachusetts General Hospital, Chair, Department of Pediatrics Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, USA