Directors & Trustees

Gabriel Ivbijaro

Gabriel Ivbijaro

Founder & President

Professor Ivbijaro is Visiting Professor of Population Mental Health at NOVA University, Lisbon, Portugal and Joint Director of the NOVA University International Masters Programme in Primary Care Mental Health.
Professor Ivbijaro is a specialist in Integrated Care and Primary Care Mental Health, with expertise in service re-design and is Past President of WFMH (World Federation of Mental Health).

He co-edited ‘Integrating Mental Health Into Primary Care: A Global Perspective’ in collaboration with World Health Organization and World Organization of Family Doctors in 2008 and has participated in a range of mental health transformation projects including being the Royal College of General Practitioners representative on the Royal College of Psychiatrists Intercollegiate SOC Committee that produced the ‘Good Practice Guidelines for the Assessment and Treatment of Gender Dysphoria’ in 2013. He was a Member of the European Platform for Mental Health from 2008 to 2009.

Professor Ivbijaro has presented papers and original thinking on primary care mental health integration and collaborative care at many local and international conferences and has published a range of articles in peer reviewed journals. He was editor of the ‘Companion to Primary Care Mental Health,’ an international collaboration of 110 authors from all continents of the world which received a five star (100%) Doody’s Review and aims to promote access and delivery of evidence based practice in primary care. His PhD ‘Stigma and social distance for schizophrenia in psychiatrist, general practitioners and service users’ highlights some of the challenges that mental health patients face when accessing health services due to stigma and discrimination.

Professor Ivbijaro has extensive expereince in NHS leadership and managment. He completed an MA in Leadership at the Kings Fund, London UK and Middlesex University, UK in 2005, he was North East London Director of Higher Proofessional Education in General Practice from 2001 to 2005 London Regional General Practice Adviser for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme from 2010 to 2012, Chair of the Long Term Mental Health Conditions Clinical Expert Panel for NHS London from 2010 to 2012 and Clinical Chair for Waltham Forest Federated GP Commissioning Consortium from 2011 to 2013 and his contribution to the UK National Health Service was recognised in 2012 when he was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by her Majesty the Queen.

Professor Ivbijaro is an International Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, a Wonca Fellow, has WPA Honorary Membership, a member of the American College of Psychiatrists, Chair of the World Dignity Project and Past President of the World Federation for Mental Health.

Lucja Kolkiewicz

Lucja Kolkiewicz

Founder Member & Vice President

Professor Kolkiewicz is an experienced innovative psychiatrist who has held a range of positions including Associate Medical Director for Recovery and Well-Being, Trust Advisor Recovery and Rehabilitation and Associate Clinical Director Forensic Services, Centre for Forensic Mental Health at East London NHS Foundation Trust, Consultant General Adult & Rehabilitation Psychiatrist at Camden & Islington CHS NHS Trust, London. 

Professor Kolkiewicz has supported mental health rehabilitation pathway re-design in general and forensic services and has experience of collaborative working with the third sector and Local Government Authorities to get the best for service users, their families and carers though a holistic approach. She is a mental health advocate and a specialist in supporting and developing mental health literacy at a community level. 

Professor Kolkiewicz is a Founding Member of the World, Dignity Project, Life Member of the World Federation for Mental Health, has supported primary care transformation globally as a member of the Member of World Association of Family Doctors (Wonca) through her contribution to the 2008 WHO/Wonca publication Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care: A Global Perspective, is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and an International Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

As an advocate for mental health recovery she supports the empowerment of people with mental ill health, their families and carers to work towards realising their dreams and aspirations for independence and social inclusion. 

 

Michelle Riba

Michelle Riba

Founder Member & Director for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion & Director of Scientific Publications

Professor Riba is the author or editor of over 300 scientific articles, books, chapters and scientific abstracts. Professor Riba has served on the editorial board of Psychiatric Services and Cancer News on the Net, Current Psychiatry, Current Psychiatry Reports, Academic Psychiatry, Hospital and Community Psychiatry, and has served on the editorial advisory board of the American Psychiatric Press, Inc.  She has co-edited 15 editions of The American Psychiatric Press Review of Psychiatry series. She has co-edited Psychopharmacology and Psychotherapy: A Collaborative Approach, APPI, Inc.; Primary Care Psychiatry ,Saunders; The Doctor-Patient Relationship in Pharmacotherapy: Improving Treatment Effectiveness, Guilford; and Psychopharmacology in Oncology and Palliative Care: A Practice Manual, Springer. Professor Riba has edited or co-written over 40 books. She is the senior author of Competency in Combining Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy, APPI, Inc.; Clinical Manual of Emergency Psychiatry, APPI, Inc (First and Second Edition).; Psychiatry and Heart Disease, John Wiley and Sons., Inc.  She has served on the International Advisory Board of the journal, Academic Psychiatry as well as Deputy Editor of Psychiatric Times.

Claire Brooks

Claire Brooks

Founder Member and Director of Research and Development

As President of ModelPeople Inc., Claire Brooks conducts consumer, patient and healthcare professional research with many of the world’s largest corporations. Having graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Social Sciences, she has held senior roles in general management, brand management and strategic brand planning, with Fortune 500 corporations and ad agencies in Europe and the US. She has been a faculty member at Durham University Business School, designing and teaching MBA Marketing programmes, including core modules for Durham’s NHS MBA. She was also a non-executive director with the Northern Region Health Authority and served on the regional ethics committee. 

In 2014, Claire was invited by Professor Ivbijaro to conduct research with mental health patients, carers and professionals, resulting in the development of a taxonomy of Dignity in mental health and the design of a global dignity symbol for the World Dignity Project, of which she became a founder member. She has since conducted several phases of online ethnographic research into mental health patient experience including most recently a study on the mental health impacts of COVID19. Claire is the author of Marketing with Strategic Empathy® (Kogan Page, 2016).

 

Jean-Luc Roelandt

Jean-Luc Roelandt

Founder Member and Director for Collaboration

Biographical information coming soon.

Pierre Thomas

Pierre Thomas

Founder Member and Director for Professional Development

Professor Thomas is a leading French Psychiatrist who is Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine in the University of Lille,  France and also Head of the  Department Psychiatry, Forensic Medicine at CHU of Lille France.

His research include mental health in vulnerable populations in the the Scientific Council of Psychiatry Research Federation of Hauts de France and psychiatric neurosciences in the Plasticity & SubjectivitY (PSY) team, Lille Neuroscience & Cognition Centre (LiNC), INSERM U-1172. 

He is the President of the national steering comity for psychiatry in France, Past President of the National Academic Collège of Psychiatry, President of the French Board on “suicide prevention,” Mission « Health in Prison » France and General Secretary of National Congress of French speaking Psychiatry and Neurology.

Henk Parmentier

Henk Parmentier

Founder Member and Director for NGO Relationships

Biographical information coming soon.

Lisa Weston

Lisa Weston

Trustee

Lisa is a Trustee of the World Dignity Project.  A Barrister and experienced mediator, Lisa is the Director of the Wellness Lab (facilitating corporate wellbeing strategy) and a nutrition coach with a focus on aspects of nutrition in relation to outcomes in individual performance and mental health. 

With expertise in representing individuals before a variety of tribunals, including but not limited to mental health tribunals, Lisa is passionate about fair and quality representation and access to legal and advocacy services for those who are most vulnerable.

Officers

Steve Maingot

Steve Maingot

Charity Secretary

A professional whose expertise is exceptional in the healthcare sector; he has experience at Board level in the NHS and the Voluntary Sector. The Provision of informatics and commissioning of health and social care services at all Care Levels. He has a very good understanding of healthcare and the digital health agenda.

Ljiljana Vucicevic

Ljiljana Vucicevic

Head of Communications

Ljiljana joined the World Dignity Project in 2018, bringing her extensive communications, marketing and event staging experience. 

Ljiljana is a senior communications and engagement specialist with 20 years experience in a variety of organisations – the NHS, voluntary sector and international development. Ljiljana worked for many years as Senior Communications and Engagement Specialist at Mid Essex Hospitals Group, West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, Children and Family Health Services and East London NHS Foundation Trust.

Her experience and portfolio cover internal and external communications including change communications, media management, digital media, brand management, reputation management and stakeholder engagement. 

Ljiljana is focused on strategic delivery communications, stakeholder relationship management and engagement and digital communications. 

She is experienced in developing and implementing digital communications strategies that support the delivery of organisational business objectives. 

Volunteers

Matthew Jansick

Matthew Jansick

Creative Director

Matthew joined the World Dignity Project as a volunteer in 2015. He has been involved in marketing and creative, specfiically developing the Dignity Symbol and branding for the World Dignity Project.

He is an adventurous and charismatic leader, creative director & user experience designer, with a bias for action, leveraging over 15 years of experience building and launching multi-channel campaigns and digital experiences. Skilled in digital strategy, user experience/web design and cross-disciplinary team leadership. A graduate of the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design.

Yaccub Enum

Yaccub Enum

Senior Public Health Manager

Yaccub Enum is a Public Health Specialist with interest in mental health, sexual health and tackling stigma. Yaccub graduated in Civil Engineering at Middle East Technical University, Turkey, before moving into health. He has developed both clinical and public health expertise. He was a Clinical Nurse Manager at East London Foundation Trust, and then completed an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Yaccub has experience of working with multi-cultural communities in deprived areas of east London. He led the development and implementation of a mental health promotion strategy with a strong focus on community empowerment. This included working with local people, faith leaders and hard-to-reach groups to demystify mental illness, promote mental health and improve access to services. He worked with local communities, raising awareness of HIV testing and commissioning community-based HIV testing services. Yaccub is currently a Public Health Principal in London and heavily involved in the Public Health response to the Covid-19 pandemic. He has co-authored a number of peer reviewed publications, including Delivering Universal Health: A Collaborative Approach. He was also a contributing author of the Primary Care Mental Health in Older People: A Global Perspective, an international collaboration of authors.

Dennis Shorunekh-Sawyer

Dennis Shorunekh-Sawyer

Analyst & Project Manager

Biographical information coming soon.

Christopher Soltysiak

Christopher Soltysiak

Mental Health Commissioner

Starting a career in Banking, which included studies in Business Studies and Economics, my first honours degree was in social sciences which then led to postgraduate studies at London University and a Masters of Science in Politics. I was also a researcher at the University part-time helping set up an academic Journal and international conference events. Moving into the NHS, I worked for the organisation for over 25 years in various strategy, planning, and policy roles and was a regional council member for the Institute of Healthcare Management. This period included being an Associate Director leading on Mental Health commissioning for a whole area and working extensively across London. I was also the Head of Planning and Performance for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, the biggest Mental Health Trust in the UK.  I was also part of the “Aspiring Directors” programme in the NHS and successfully did courses at Ashridge Business School and the Senior Managers Programme at the Kings Fund. More recently, I have completed a Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming for Business and I have become an independent consultant with an interest in healthcare delivery and I am looking for opportunities to develop my interest in mental health. 

‘Why do you think dignity in mental health is important?’ 

Research evidence broadly identifies three areas as threats to dignity in mental health care, although there is considerable overlap between them:

  • stigma and discrimination
  • acute inpatient care
  • human rights violations

For me every person should have equal opportunity to access care and make an active contribution to their lives and society, including state or quality of being worthy of honour and respect. My father and his father were put in Stutthof concentration camp in Poland in the second world war and saw many horrible human rights violations. Later my father trained as a psychiatric nurse in the UK and from a very young age I saw and felt that dignity in mental health care was important and where a lot more work was needed to improve services. I am passionate about better mental health and I am very happy to be working with the international team on a voluntary basis to develop the world dignity project.

Andrew Long

Andrew Long

VP Consumer Research

Andrew joined the World Dignity Project as a volunteer in 2015. He has been involved in supporting fieldwork research and communications production for WDP since its inception.

As VP Operations of ModelPeople Inc., he leads the operations functions of a global Market Research and Strategic Branding consultancy, with thirty five years’ experience in automotive engineering, project management and research. He started his career with Jaguar Cars, worked for TI Automotive, and in project management with Ford and Chrysler in Detroit, before bringing his operations experience to the marketing consultancy industry. Andrew has a BSC. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and also holds an MBA, and Post-Graduate diplomas in Operations Management and in Marketing.

James Long

James Long

Undergraduate Student, Cal Poly

James Long is an Undergraduate Architecture student at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. James has experience working in market research and knowledge of consumer usability, as well as a personal relationship with mental healthcare. He has assisted with several stages of research and is working on Young Adult outreach.

Our People

Prof. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil

Prof. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil

Professor & Head, Dept of Psychiatry Pushpagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Tiruvalla, Kerala - 689 101, India Secretary General, World Psychiatric Association President, World Association of Social Psychiatry (2016-2019)

Dignity calls for respecting persons with emotional distress or mental illness and treating them as valued individuals in society. Unfortunately, discrimination and stigma are universal. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse are wide spread and in some countries, persons with severe mental illness are incarcerated for long periods. Their human rights are denied, as are employment and life opportunities. This is a serious blot on mankind. It is time, all organisations dealing with mental health in all countries stand together to end this. Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro has created enormous good will among the mental health profession for the World Dignity Project and I wish it great success as a torch bearer for dignity in mental health.

Prof. Sir David Goldberg

Prof. Sir David Goldberg

KBE Professor Emeritus & Fellow, King’s College, London

The World Dignity project seeks to keep up the important work started by WPA on stigma reduction, as well as to offer educational projects for professionals in both primary and mental health settings. It also has to maintain pressure on workers in journalism and television to give a more positive view of mental disorders, rather than perpetuating the emphasis on negative messages. These are worthy aims, and I am happy to be associated with others working on these themes

Prof. Norman Sartorius

Prof. Norman Sartorius

MD, PhD, FRCPych, President of the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programs

Dignity is a word with many meanings, most of them highly relevant to relationships with people with mental illness and the provision of care for them. Dignity refers to restraint and propriety in relation to others; conduct in keeping with ethical principles; the appropriate use of authority; relationship with esteem and recognition of value of others. All of these concepts refer to principles which should be respected in mental health work and it is noble, necessary and useful that the World Dignity project has taken upon itself to remind us of these rules and promote their application worldwide.

Dr. Ingrid Daniels

Dr. Ingrid Daniels

Chief Executive Officer, Cape Mental Health, President: World Federation for Mental Health

There are a few essentials humanity cannot live without. The most important of these is our dignity, our inherent value and worth as human beings. For many, the experiences of living with a mental illness strips them of their dignity. It is incumbent on us to ensure that our services restore dignity, and develop a personhood to face society as equals. Cape Mental Health, the oldest community-based mental health NGO in South Africa joined the World Dignity Project at its inception. This organisation holds aloft its umbrella of care and advocacy to restore dignity to persons with mental health needs and address factors that erode their dignity.

Deborah Wan

Deborah Wan

BBS, JP from Hong Kong, Past President of World Federation for Mental Health

My commitment and devotion to mental health stems from my role as chief executive of Hong Kong New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association for 28 years and then after my retirement I became the President of World Federation for Mental Health from 2011-2013 and now I am its Past President. I fully support and participate in the World Dignity Project as it promotes the full participation of all stakeholders including the service users, their families and carers. Ever since 2015, I participated the Lille Conference on World Dignity Project, I promote the same concept in Hong Kong and right now when we are planning our future direction, we include both service users and their families in deliberating their needs and their voices can be heard by the policy makers and also shaping the policy too. Promotion of World Dignity Project around the world is a priority for all who are dedicated to mental health
Prof. Michael Kidd

Prof. Michael Kidd

AM FAHMS, Emeritus Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Family Medicine and Primary Care

Every person who comes into contact with a health care service deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Sadly this is not the case for many people, and especially for many people with mental illness. If we are going to improve the health care provided to people with mental illness, then we need to work together to effect change. The voice of people with mental illness, and their family members and carers, must be heard. The World Dignity Project supports each of us to work together to consider how we treat other people, the impact this has on health care, and how we can all do better.

Prof. Igor Švab

Prof. Igor Švab

University of Ljubljana Medical faculty

It was my privilege to be present at the launch of the project in Lille in 2015. I am impressed how this initiative has developed over the year and with the support it receives. This shows that the project is about values that are important not only to the medical profession, but also to patients, their carers and families. These values are also core principles of humane medicine that are also often considered less important in the world of technology and money. This is why they should be promoted: they hold the key to a better society.

Prof. Todd Edwards

Prof. Todd Edwards

PhD, LMFT, University of San Diego, USA

Dignity has been described as “the inherent and inalienable worth of all human beings irrespective of social status such as race, gender, physical or mental state” (Funk, Drew, & Baudel, 2015). In a world that often marginalizes individuals with mental illness, isolates them from friends and family, and strips away hope, mental health systems and interventions that promote dignity and social connections are essential. I feel honored to be a part of the World Dignity Project’s mission to provide quality mental health care for all.

Kathryn Goetzke

Kathryn Goetzke

Chief Mood Officer & Founder, The Mood Factory

It is my great honor to know and work with the World Dignity Project, as there is nothing more important we can do for the world than teach each and every person with dignity and respect, no matter their physical or intellectual abilities. My participation in the Malta conference was a great step in our work on Hope, and I’m looking forward to working with them on operationalizing hope in the coming years as it is a basic human right. I encourage all to become involved in the World Dignity Project, sign the declaration, and carry the values of the project in your communities.

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