External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board will ensure scientific and professional validity in the MOCHA project. It comprises members of European medical, paediatric and policy bodies, a senior nurse researcher, WHO European Regional Office, UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre and civil society groups, including the youth sub group of the European Patients’ Forum.

The External Advisory board of the project is made up from expert members of paediatric, patient, scientific and youth organisations across Europe and worldwide. Their function is to help validate the scientific enquiries by the MOCHA research team. In addition, the External Advisory Board will also discuss and validate analysis of results, scientific validity and relevance of the research, and ethical requirements of the project.
The External Advisory Board meets six-monthly, and its members are available remotely at other times during the project, to give advice on any scientific or professional issues that arise.

The External Advisory Board members are:

Lembe Kullamaa

Youth Subgroup of European Patients’ Forum

Valentina Strammiello – European Patients’ Forum – Chair

Dr Prerna Banati

Chief Programme and Planning, UNICEF Office of Research (Innocenti Centre), Florence

Vivian Barnekow

Expert (Europe Child Health Policy)

Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir

Senior Nurse, Primary Healthcare Centre, Iceland

Dr. Katrin Fjeldsted

President, Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)

Agata D'Addato

Senior Policy Coordinator, Policy, Practice and Research: Eurochild

Dr. Johan Hansen

Health Services Research Group, European Public Health Association (EUPHA) – Chair

Dr. Hans Kluge

Division of Health Systems, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Prof. Neal Halfon


Michiel Matthes

Secretary-General, Alliance for Childhood European Network Group

Johanna Pacevicius

Coordinator, Social Policy and Public Health Committee, Assembly of European Regions

Prof. Richard Parish CBE

Professor of Health Development, University of Chester and international expert on prevention-orientated health policy

Dr Stefano del Torso

European Academy of Paediatrics – Vice President