Key Note Speakers

Key Note Speakers EFPC Nanterre 2019


Charlotte Marchandise
Deputy Mayor of Rennes, France, and Chair of the French National Network of Healthy Cities

Charlotte Marchandise is Elected member of the City Council of Rennes, France, and delegate for health and environment since March 2014. She was elected as an independent candidate without the backing of a political party. Previously, she worked as a consultant/trainer in the field of public health, social work, education and environment.

She was elected in September 2014 to the presidency of the French Network of Healthy Cities of WHO. Through this network, an action was launched for municipal health policies, fighting against social inequalities in health and making the voice of local actors heard at a national level. Her leading principle is working together on common projects by all political parties. In 2016, she was elected president of, the primary citizen movement on the internet. organises open primaries, independent of the political parties, to allow French citizens a free, transparent and democratic choice from candidates they wish to run for public elections.


Armin Fidler
Senior Lecturer and Member of the Faculty, Management Center Innsbruck (MCI), former Lead Adviser for Health Policy and Strategy, Human Development Network, The World Bank.

Dr. Armin Fidler joined the World Bank in 1993 in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Region. He moved to the European and Central Asian Region in 1997 being responsible for the Bank’s health strategy for the countries in these regions. 

In 2008 Dr. Fidler was appointed Lead Advisor for Health Policy and Strategy in the Bank’s Human Development Network, responsible for global health policy, Health Systems and cross-cutting “Health in All Policies”. He leads the Bank’s cluster for International Health Partnerships, representing the Bank in the Board of Directors in institution such as the Global Fund against AIDS, TB and Malaria, or the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI). Dr. Fidler served as a member of the World Bank’s Global Expert Team (GET) on Health Systems, advising Governments on Health Policy and Reform. At the Bank he received many awards, including the President’s Award for Excellence from former Bank President Jim Wolfensohn.

Now after his retirement of the World Bank, he continues working as a senior lecturer and member of the Faculty in the European Master of Health Economics and Management at the MCI Management Center Innsbruck.

Sara Willems
Professor Inequity in Health Care, Ghent University
Sara J.T. Willems, MA Health Promotion, PhD Medical Sciences (°1977, Ghent) is professor and head of department at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at Ghent University, Belgium. In October 2011 she became the first Belgian professor in the field of equity in healthcare. She leads the Equity in Health Care research group, an interdisciplinary research group leading or partnering in numerous national and international research projects on equity in primary care. Her work examines the relation between health care organisation and equity in access to care, treatment and outcomes of care. Her research interests include also equity as a dimension of quality in primary care; person and people centred care; community oriented primary care; and social accountability of medical programs.

Sara Willems is often consulted by international, federal and local organizations and authorities on equity in health care. Recently, she was external expert member of the European Commission's Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health for the report on access to health care; and of the Institute of Medicine (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine) for the report on educating health professionals to address the social determinants of health. She is also involved in the developments on health equity in her local context and contributes to the design and implementation of community health projects in the area of Ghent. Sara Willems published her work in over 60 scientific papers published in international journals with peer-review and 17 chapters in books.

She authored numerous policy reports on the organization of health care for deprived population groups, and is consulted regularly on the topic of equity for newspaper articles and publications for laity. For an up-to-date publication list: She promoted 14 PhDs (9 finished and 4 in process) in the field of equity in health care and/or the organisation of primary health care. Sara Willems is involved in the development and the implementation of the educational track "health equity" in the medical program at Ghent University. She is lecturer of the courses Health & Society (medical sociology) and Community Oriented Primary Care in several master programs at Ghent University. She is chief executive officer of "WGC Watersportbaan", a community health centre in one of the deprived areas in Ghent.