Key Note Speakers

Key Note Speakers EFPC Crete 2018


Richard Wilkinson

Richard studied economic history and the philosophy of science  at LSE before training in epidemiology. He is now Professor Emeritus of Social Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, Honorary Professor at University College London and Visiting Professor at the University of York.  Since his initial research focussed on health inequalities, his books and research papers have drawn attention to the tendency for societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor to suffer a heavier burden of health and social problems. Two of his books have been the subject of documentary films – The Great Leveller  (for the Channel 4 TV’s Equinox series broadcast in 1996) was based on his Unhealthy Societies.  

The Divide (based on The Spirit Level) was  released in April 2016 (available on Netflix).  The Spirit Level, written with Kate Pickett is now in 24 languages.  It won the 2011 Political Studies Association Publication of the Year Award and the 2010 Bristol Festival of Ideas Prize.  His TED talk ‘How economic inequality harms societies’ has been watched over 3 million times.  Richard has received Solidar’s Silver Rose Award, the Irish Cancer Society’s Charles Cully Memorial medal, and was The Australian Society for Medical Research medallist in 2017.

Aikaterini Nomidou

Mental health & human rights practising lawyer
WHO PFPS Champion for Greece
Secretary general of the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks GAMIAN-Europe, Brussels
Vice president, Association of families/carers for mental health, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders SOFPSI N.SERRON, Serres, Greece
Visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece

Being an active career to her brother who lives with schizophrenia and seeing the problems faced by families trying to cope with mental illness consequences and the unfairness of the situation service users find themselves in prompted Katerina to become actively involved in the mental health issues that affect vulnerable people and society as a whole. Her area of passion and expertise includes the use of the World Health Organization’s innovative QualityRights tool kit and package of training and guidance modules to assess quality and human rights in mental health and social care facilities, and to build capacity among mental health practitioners, people with psychosocial, intellectual and cognitive disabilities, people using mental health services, families, care partners and other supporters, NGOs, DPOs and others on how to implement a human rights and recovery approach in the area of mental health in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other international human rights standards.

Following a degree in Italian language and literature at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki-Greece and a degree in Law at Democritus University of Thrace in Komotini-Greece, she received a postgraduate degree in mental health, law and human rights from Indian Law Society in Pune, India.

Aikaterini is a member of the pool of experts of the EC (Chafea) and has worked with governments and organisations on mental health policies and legislations, including in Afghanistan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Sierra Leone.