Génon K. Jensen is the Founder and Executive Director of HEAL, with over 20+ years of experience on environmental health issues.
She has been an official member of the World Health Organization's European Environment and Health governance representing the health sector since 2000, contributes to the WHO Chemicals and Health working group and is a member of the WHO Advisory Council on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).
She is a founding member of the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA) and serves on its board. She has played a leadership role in creating and expanding, to weigh in on and advocate for more health protective EU and national policies on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) for the EDC-Free Europe campaign.
Since 2010, she has also built up a working relation and supported developing science for policy and advocacy materials with the International Federation of Gynaecologists and Obstrecians (FIGO) on environmental health topics through serving on the FIGO Committee on Climate Change and Toxic Environmental Exposures.
The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is the leading not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects human health in the European Union (EU) and beyond. HEAL works to shape laws and policies that promote planetary and human health and protect those most affected by pollution, and raise awareness on the benefits of environmental action for health.
HEAL's over 90 member organisations include international, European, national and local groups of health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, patients, citizens, women, youth, and environmental experts representing over 200 million people across the 53 countries of the WHO European Region. As an alliance, HEAL brings independent and expert evidence from the health community to EU and global decision-making processes to inspire disease prevention and to promote a toxic-free, low-carbon, fair and healthy future.
HEAL's EU Transparency Register Number: 00723343929-96
As Minister of Climate, the Environment, Sustainable Development and Green Deal, Zakia Khattabi is strongly convinced of the need to ensure that the ecological transition is also a just social transition. In all her policies she attaches great importance to the One Health concept; this means acknowledging the crucial link between the health of humans, animals, and our environment. Zakia Khattabi started her political career as a researcher and militant with a passion for the social phenomena, which was decisive for the rest of her career. She became a politician for the Belgian French-speaking Green party ECOLO: first as leader of the Senate fraction (2009), later as a member of the House of Representatives (2014) with a reelection in this Chamber (2019). Her parliamentary work was mainly devoted to the Justice, Interior and Equal Opportunities Committees. In 2015, Zakia Khattabi was elected co-chair of her party, a role she fulfilled for five years before being appointed to her current ministerial position in 2020. During her current mandate, Minister Khattabi has been negotiator for the EU, both on the mitigation work program at the Climate COP27 as well as on targets and goals at the Biodiversity COP15. Zakia Khattabi was born on January 15, 1976, in Brussels. She has a degree in social work.
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Prof. Marion Koopmans is director of the Department of Viroscience at Erasmus Medical Centre in The Netherlands, the WHO collaborating centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, scientific director for Emerging Infectious Diseases of the Netherlands Centre for One Health NCOH and scientific director of the Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Centre in Rotterdam/Delft The Netherlands. Her research focuses on emerging infections with special emphasis on unravelling pathways of disease emergence and spread at the human animal interface. Creating global networks to fight infectious diseases systematically and on a large scale is a common thread in Koopmans' work. Koopmans coordinates the EU funded consortium VEO, which develops a risk based innovative early warning surveillance in a One Health context, and is deputy coordinator of a recently awarded HERA funded network of centres of excellence for EID research preparedness. In 2021, Koopmans founded the Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Centre PDPC, a research centre with a focus on the occurrence and prevention of pandemics and climate-related disasters, combining expertise from technical, bio-medical, environmental and social sciences. During the corona crisis in the Netherlands in 2020, Koopmans was a member of the Outbreak Management Team that advised the national government on measures to stop the spread of SARS-CoV-2. This role brought her national prominence, making her partly a "beacon of reliability" but she also faced growing distrust from a vocal minority of opponents of the Dutch national government's corona policy. Koopmans has co-authored more than 700 articles that have been cited more than 40,000 times.
The Department of Viroscience of the Erasmus MC is an international centre of excellence for multidisciplinary, basic, translational and clinical research of viruses and virus infections at the molecular, patient and population level. The unique aspect of the Department of Viroscience is its translational approach, with expertise ranging from basic virology to clinical virology, connecting medical and veterinary health, public health and ecology. By combining these complementary areas of expertise The Department of Viroscience is able to meet today's and tomorrow's societal challenges in diseases caused by common and newly emerging viruses.