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Here you can find a short biography of the speakers of the HOTT symposium on 21 November 2014 (in order of the programme).

Myria Vassiliadou is the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator based within the European Commission, DG Home-Affairs. She is responsible for improving coordination and coherence among EU institutions and agencies, Member States and international actors, and developing existing and new EU policies to address trafficking in human beings. Ms Vassiliadou also monitors the implementation of the new and integrated EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016) and provides overall strategic policy orientation for the EU's external policy in this field. She has worked extensively in the area of fundamental rights, as these relate to questions of trafficking in human beings, gender, migration, ethno-political conflict, and the media. In addition, Ms Vassiliadou has been actively involved in various think tanks, EU wide research projects and both national and international non-governmental organisations. 
    Angelika Molnar is focal point manager at Europol Headquarters.
Frederike Ambagtsheer is the coordinator of the HOTT project. Her biography can be read here.
    Ric Esther Bienstock is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker best known for her groundbreaking investigative documentaries. Her films, including ‘Tales From the Organ Trade’, ‘Sex Slaves (aka The Real Sex Traffic)’, ‘Ebola: Inside an Outbreak (aka The Plague Fighters)’ and ‘Ms. Conceptions’, have screened at over 80 international festivals and have aired in over 50 countries.  She has garnered dozens of prestigious awards, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a Dupont Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, an International Documentary Association Award, a Royal Television Society Award, 2 Hot Docs Awards, an Amnesty International Award as well as a BAFTA nomination.
    Assya Pascalev is the Director of the Bulgarian Center for Bioethics and partner of the HOTT project. Her biography can be read here.
Linde van Balen is a researcher of the HOTT project. Her biography can be read here.
    Martin Gunnarson holds an MA in ethnology and is a PhD candidate in ethnology at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences (Lund University) and at the Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge (Södertörn University). His PhD project, with the working title 'Please Be Patient: Space, Time and Embodiment in Haemodialysis and Transplantation Care' explores - from a cultural analytical point of view - the practice and patients’ experiences of dialysis and kidney transplantation. He is partner of the HOTT project. 
Ninoslav Ivanovski is full time professor of Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the Medical Faculty in Skopje and founder of renal transplant program in the Republic of Macedonia. His predominant field of scientific interest and  work are immunosuppression, clinical post-transplant complications and ethical issues in living donor renal transplantation. Professor Ivanovski is a distinguished nephrologist, very well known in the Balkan Region especially after the use of expanded criteria living renal donors in his native country as well as in the region. He published his clinical and scientific work in the most prestigious journal in the field of Nephrology and Transplantation. Prof Ivanovski is President of the Macedonian Society of Organ and Tissue Transplantation. He is a regular member of ESOT, TTS, Istanbul Declaration Group and associate partner of the HOTT project.
    Susanne Lundin is partner of the HOTT project and a professor at the Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden. Main research areas are cultural analysis of medical praxis with regard to transplantations, stem cell research, and reproductive medicine. She has published extensively on these subjects, including and recently: Organ Economy: Organ Trafficking in Moldova and Israel, PUS, 2010. ‘I want a baby; don’t stop me from being a mother’: an ethnographic study on fertility tourism and egg trade, CUP, Vol. 8, 2012. The Atomized Body. The Cultural Life of Stem Cells, Genes and Neurons, eds. Liljefors, Lundin & Wiszmeg, Nordic Academic Press, Lund 2012.
    Wilma Duijst is an adviser to the HOTT project. Her biography can be read here.
    Sallie Yea is Assistant Professor in Humanities and Social Science Education (HSSE), National Institute of Education in Singapore, where she teaches in Human Geography. She has been researching various aspects and forms of human trafficking in the Asian region for more than 10 years, with in-depth studies in South Korea, the Philippines and Singapore. Her work on organ trafficking so far has focused on marginal male providers of kidneys in Manila and has been published as two papers in Global Social Policy and Gender, Place and Culture. She recently edited a volume on ‘Human Trafficking in Asia: Forcing Issues’ (Routledge, 2014) and‘Women Trafficking in Korea: Filipina Migrant Entertainers’ (Routledge in press). 
    Debra Budiani-Saberi a Medical Anthropologist, is the Executive Director and Founder of the Coalition for Organ-Failure Solutions. She has conducted extensive research related to organ trafficking beginning in 1999 as a part of her study on refugee health. She has conducted extensive field research, follow-up studies and, with the COFS team, established COFS prevention and outreach programs.  She has provided consultation on organ trade-related abuses to the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and has worked in alliance with various medical and civil society organizations to combat the organ trade.    
    Jessica de Jong is associate partner of the HOTT project and works as a scientific researcher at the Central Division of the National Police of the Netherlands since 2009, where she has done research on all kinds of organized crime. Since three years she is dedicated to the area of human trafficking. Jessica has a degree in Criminology (MSc) and conducts her PhD research on the role of organized crime in human trafficking for organ removal at Utrecht University. She takes part as a researcher in the HOTT-project and is involved in the literature review report, case study report and the report on indicators and recommendations. Furthermore, Jessica has done extensive research into incidents on organ trafficking and human trafficking for organ removal in the Netherlands, which will be published and presented at the HOTT symposium.
    Gilad Erlich is Criminal Prosecutor for the State of Israel.
    Louis Helberg is Police Investigator in South Africa.
    Jonathan Ratel is currently the Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Special Prosecution Office Republic Kosovo (SPRK) and responsible for prosecutions against organized crime, war crimes, terrorism and corruption in Kosovo, as appointed by the European Union. Mr Ratel is an expert in justice, security sector reform and international prosecutions in post conflict regions. Past appointments include postings in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia Herzegovina Kosovo and The Netherlands. Mr Ratel holds advanced degrees in law from the University of Victoria, Canada and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in the United Kingdom. He is a deployable civilian expert with the European Union, NATO Compass, CANADEM and the UK Stabilisation Unit and a former prosecuting Crown Counsel in Canada. 
    Conny Rijken is Associate Professor at Intervict (International Victimology Institute Tilburg), Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University. Over the last fifteen years, Dr Rijken has done extensive research on various aspects of Trafficking in Human Beings including the European perspective, migration, labour exploitation and human rights. She has been leading several (EU funded) international and interdisciplinary research projects and recently finished research on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility to Prevent Human Trafficking’. Conny has been invited as speaker and lecturer on human trafficking and related topics all around the world. She has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs and serves as a deputy judge. For detailed information, click here.
    Paul Holmes served as criminal investigator with the Metropolitan Police Service in London for 33 years and was the officer in charge of the New Scotland Yard Sex Trafficking Unit. He served as the inaugural chairperson of the Interpol Specialists Working Group on Trafficking and he is the author of the current Interpol Investigator’s Manual on Trafficking in Persons. Paul currently provides strategic and tactical advice on counter-trafficking measures and criminal justice training on the investigation of human trafficking crime across the world. He is currently the lead trainer of the Human Trafficking Investigation Course for the four International Law Enforcement Academies of the US State Department and is the Financial Investigation Advisor of the Australian Government-funded AAPTIP Project based in South East Asia.
    Alexander Morgan Capron holds the rank of University Professor (University of Southern California), he occupies the Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare Law, Policy and Ethics (Gould School of Law) and he is a Professor of Law and Medicine (Keck School of Medicine). Prof. Capron previously taught at Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. From 2002 to 2006, he served as the first Director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law at the World Health Organization in Geneva. From 1979 to 1983 he was the Executive Director of the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research.  He is author or editor of 10 books and more than 400 articles and chapters.
    Dr. Elmi Muller is a General Surgeon who has been working in transplantation since 2005. She has an active interest in promoting organ donation and transplantation in developing countries and is currently the TTS councillor for the region Middle East/Africa, chair of the TTS Education Committee as well as the president of the Southern African Transplantation Society. Dr Muller has been involved in many transplant-related outreach and educational programmes for the public and medical profession in South Africa through the Organ Donor Foundation of South Africa. She also does outreach work in Africa through the ISN Educational Ambassador’s programme and had been involved in workshops with the World Health Organization. In 2008 she initiated a transplant programme for HIV positive patients utilizing HIV positive donors at Groote Schuur Hospital.
    Willem Weimar is the coordinator of the HOTT project. His biography can be read here.


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International Symposium

21 November 2014

Europol, The Hague,The Netherlands

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