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    César A. Alfonso
    M.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, Adjunct Professor at the University of Indonesia, and Visiting Professor at the National University of Malaysia. He is Editor of the journal Psychodynamic Psychiatry. He serves as Chair of the Psychotherapy Section of the World Psychiatric Association.
    New York, USA
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    Maria Ammon
    Professor Dr. habil. Dr. phil. Dr. h. c., Dipl. Psych., is psychoanalyst and psychotherapist, group psychotherapist, training and Control Analyst. She is Scientific head and head of education for the training for psychologic and psychotherapist in psychoanalysis at the Berliner Lehr- und Forschungsinstitut der Deutschen Akademie für Psychoanalyse (DAP). Former therapeutic managing director of the dynamic-psychiatric hospital Menterschwaige, Munich for more than 30 years. President of the German Academy for Psychoanalysis (DAP). Executive secretary of the World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry (WADP). President, World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry
    Berlin, Germany
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    Tom KJ Craig
    MD, PhD, Emeritus Professor Social Psychiatry King’s College London and South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Tom qualified in medicine at the University of the West Indies. He was the first professor of community psychiatry in the UK and Past president World Association of Social Psychiatry.
    Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
    London, UK
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    Jean-Nicolas Despland
    MD, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, is Full Professor at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of the University of Lausanne and Director of the University Institute of Psychotherapy of the Department of Psychiatry (CHUV, Lausanne). He coordinates training courses for residents in 3 main models, psychoanalytical, CBT and systemic.
    Lausanne, Switzerland
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    Bruno Falissard
    is child and adolescent psychiatrist, Professor in Biostatistics, at the Head of the “Center of Epidemiology and Population Health” (600 members), co-author of 450 papers, Past-President of International Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (IACAPAP) and Allied Professions and member of the French Academy of Medicine.
    Paris, France
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    Mikel García García
    Physician and Surgeon (University of Navarra). Psychologist (University of San Sebastián). Master in "Astronomy and astrophysics" (VIU-Valencia). International Doctor in “International Studies in Peace, Conflict and Development”, (Jaume I University Castellón). Master in Artistic Photography and Visual Narrative (International University of La Rioja). Rural doctor for 12 years. Clinical Psychologist in Psychiatric Hospitalization Unit for 6 years. Death experience close to 33 years. Jungian psychoanalyst. Psychotherapist of an analytic-integrative orientation. With experiential and theoretical training in Psychoanalysis, Reichian body-mind therapy, Jungian Analytical Psychology, Transpersonal Psychotherapy, Systemic Therapy, trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, Labour systems and gestalt therapy. Collaborator with medical NGOs of international intervention and in community health programs of various institutions, highlighting: training for Primary Care health personnel; AIDS; child abuse; worthy death.
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    Gerhard Grobler
    is Adjunct Professor at the University of Pretoria and Head of the Clinical Unit: Psychiatry at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Tshwane, South Africa. His clinical work comprises mainly of treating adults requiring acute psychiatric care. He is also involved in the gender affirming service of the hospital. He teaches undergraduate medical and post graduate students in psychiatry. His field of research includes transgender care and human rights of mental healthcare users. He is a Past President of the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP).
    Tshwane, Republic of South Africa
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    Shigeru Iwakabe
    Ph.D., is a professor in Clinical Psychology at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, Japan. He is the past president for The Society for Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI). He served as a chair for the Research Committee of IFP. He serves as a co-chair for research committee for Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. He serves as a member of executive committee for Japanese Association of Clinical Psychology and also as a committee member of several psychological associations. He is a co-chief editor for Counselling Psychology Quarterly and also on an editorial board member for a number of international journals. He also conducts individual and couples therapy at The Japan Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy in central Tokyo.
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    Gabriel Ivbijaro
    MBE, JP, MBBS, MMedSci, MA, PhD, FRCGP, FWACPsych, IDFAPA.
    Visiting Professor of Population Mental Health, NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal; Honorary Visiting Fellow, Bradford University School of Management, UK; Medical Director, The Wood Street Health Centre, London, UK; Secretary General World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH); Founder Wonca Working Party for Mental Health; President The World Dignity Project. An international leader in Primary Care Mental Health and specialist in integrated care with expertise in service re-design.
    UK/Nigeria
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    Aimee Karam
    received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2001 from St. Joseph University Beirut - Lebanon.  She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Cognitive Therapy Studies from the University of Oxford, UK, and has completed her specialty in CBT at the Beck Institute for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy in Pennsylvania, US. She is a Diplomate of the Academy for Cognitive Therapy (ACT). Dr Aimee Karam is working as a Clinical Psychologist at the Medical Institute for Neuropsychological Disorders (MIND), Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology at St George Hospital University Medical Center. She is a founding member of IDRAAC (Institute for Development Research, Advocacy and Applied Care) an NGO dedicated to research, clinical and community training in Mental Health. She has authored several research articles and book chapters. 
    Beirut, Lebanon
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    Petrin Redayani Lukman (Petrin)
    is the Staff of Psychotherapy Division, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine Universitas Indonesia (FMUI)/Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (CMH). Petrin completed her education as a Psychiatrist, Master on Medical Education, Brevet in Psychotherapy and received Consultant of Psychotherapy from Indonesian College of Psychiatry. She is a Chair of Psychotherapy Section of Indonesian Psychiatric Association, Board Member of Psychoanalysis in Psychiatry Section of World Psychiatric Association, Psychiatric Fellows of The American Academy of Psychodynamic Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis, and Chairwoman of Indonesian Branch of World Association for Dynamic Psychiatry.
    Psychotherapy Division, Department of Psychiatry
    Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia
    Indonesia
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    Hamid Peseschkian
    MD, DM, DMSc, IDFAPA.
    German Board-certified in psychiatry, neurology, and psychotherapy; International Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; M.D. and D.M. (Medical Faculty, University of Mainz, Germany). President of the World Association for Positive and Transcultural Psychotherapy (WAPP); Director of the Wiesbaden Academy of Psychotherapy; Head of its psychotherapy residency program; Medical Director of the Wiesbaden Psychotherapy Clinic.
    Wiesbaden Germany
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    Christoph Pieh
    Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. univ., Leiter des Departments für Psychotherapie und
    Biopsychosoziale Gesundheit, Donau-Universitä, completed his training in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy as well as in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital Regensburg, Germany, and received the Venia Docendi for Psychosomatic Medicine. Since 2016 he is Head of the Department of Psychotherapy and Biopsychosocial Health at the Danube University Krems, Austria.
    Krems, Austria
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    Jan Prasko
    Professor of Psychiatry at the Palacky University Olomouc, Head of the Psychotherapeutic Department of the Psychiatric Clinic at the University Hospital Olomouc, the Czech Republic. His clinical work mainly comprises psychotherapy of adults with anxiety disorders, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, dissociative disorders, and mood disorders. He teaches undergraduate medical and postgraduate students in psychiatry. He also leads the Psychotherapeutic Department of the Institute for Postgraduate Medical Education in Prague. He is the President of the Czech Psychotherapeutic Association of the Czech Medical Society and served as the President of the European Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He leads cognitive behavioural training in the Czech Republic (since 1994), Slovakia (since 1995), and Latvia (since 2009), and led cognitive behavioral training in Poland (from 2004 to 2020) and Lithuania (from 2007 to 2019).
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    Norman Sartorius
    MD, PhD, FRCPsych holds professorial appointments at several universities in Europe, USA and elsewhere. Now President, Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes and member of the Council of the World Psychiatric Association he previously served as the Director, Mental Health Programme, WHO and as President, World (and European) Psychiatric Associations. President, Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programs
    Geneva, Switzerland
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    Ulrich Schnyder
    Emeritus professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy, University of Zurich, Switzerland. Past President of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS), the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and the International Federation for Psychotherapy (IFP). Recipient of the ISTSS Lifetime Achievement Award.
    Department of Psychiatry University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland
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    Schulthess Peter
    Past president of the Swiss Charter for Psychotherapy, Board member of the Association of Swiss Psychotherapists (ASP). Working in private practice in Zurich since 1976. Chair of the Science and Research Committee of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP). Chief editor of the Journal “Psychotherapie-Wissenschaft”.
    Zürich, Switzerland
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    Saman Tavakoli
    M.D., is President of the Iranian Psychotherapy Association and Secretary of the Section "Psychoanalysis in Psychiatry" of the World Psychiatric Association. He is a member of the International Advisory Board of the journal "Psychodynamic Psychiatry." He practices as a psychiatrist and psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice in Tehran, Iran.
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    Hachem Tyal
    MD, Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Founder and Medical Director of Clinic "Villa des Lilas", Casablanca, Morocco. Member of the Executive Board of the Psychoanalysis Section of the Word Psychiatric Association, Member of the Executive Board of the Family Intervention Programs Section: World Association of Social Psychiatry, Member of the Executive Board of the Association for Mental Health, Member of the Executive Board of the National Health Federation, Honorary President and Past President of the International Federation of Psychiatry, Past Vice-President and Founding Member of the Moroccan Society of Psychanalysis, Past-President of the Moroccan Association of Private Exercise Psychiatrists, Vice-President and Founding Member of the Psychoanalytic Circle in Morocco, Vice-President and Founding Member of Riad Al Amal: Homeless Aid Association, Vice-President and founding Member of the National Federation for Mental Health, Vice-President and Founding Member of the Moroccan Association of Community Medicine, Vice-President of the National Association of Private Clinics, President of the Moroccan Association of Dynamic Psychiatry.
    Casablanca, Morocco
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    Mark van Ommeren

    MD, is Head of the Mental Health Unit within the WHO Department of Mental Health and Substance Use.  His work at WHO has included developing inter-agency humanitarian mental health policy; developing, testing and disseminating scalable psychological interventions; and “building back better” mental health services after emergencies.
    The Netherlands
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