Prof. Patrick CorriganUSA

Parick Corrigan is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Prior to this, Corrigan was professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at the University of Chicago, being there for 14 years. Corrigan has been principal investigator of federally funded studies on rehabilitation, the stigma of mental illness, and consumer operated services. Twelve years ago, he became principal investigator of the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research, the only NIMH-funded research center examining the stigma of mental illness. More recently, the Chicago Consortium evolved into the National Consortium on Stigma and Empowerment (NCSE), supported by NIMH as a developing center in services research.  Centered at IIT, NCSE includes co-principal investigators from Yale, Temple, the University of Pennsylvania, and Rutgers. One current study funded by the National Institute on Minority Healthcare Disparities examines peer navigators to promote primary care engagement among African Americans with mental illness who are homeless.  Corrigan is currently co-director of research for Together for Health, a consortium of more than 30 Chicago clinics addressing Medicaid expansion provisions outlined in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).  Patrick Corrigan - picture

Rick Guidotti, USA

Rick Guidotti, an award-winning former fashion photographer, has spent the past fifteen years working internationally with advocacy organizations/NGOs, medical schools, universities and other educational institutions to effect a sea-change in societal attitudes towards individuals living with genetic difference; his work has been published in newspapers, magazines and journals as diverse as Elle, GQ, People, the American Journal of Medical Genetics, The Lancet, Spirituality and Health, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly and Life Magazine.
Rick is the founder and director of Positive Exposure, an innovative arts, education and advocacy organization working with individuals living with a difference or disability. Positive Exposure utilizes the visual arts to significantly impact the fields of genetics, mental health and human rights.
Positive Exposure photographic exhibition premiered at the People's Genome Celebration, June 2001, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in DC. and continues to exhibit in galleries, museums and public arenas internationally.Ted-Talk: Rick Guidotti: From stigma to supermodel 
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Prof. Pat LevittUSA

As the Simms/Mann chair in Developmental Neurogenetics within the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California,  Dr. Levitt works to investigate the development of brain architecture that controls learning, emotional and social behavior, through preclinical and clinical investigation. His lab has a long term goal of understanding the biological basis of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders, and how genes and the environment (prenatal or early postnatal) together influence typical and atypical development. He has published over 260 scientific papers. 
Yanki MargalitIsrael
Social Entrepreneur, Chairman SpaceIL, Partner Innodo Ventures, Founder and Ex-Chairman/CEO – Aladdin Knowledge Systems Ltd.
Established in 1985. A NASDAQ traded Software Security company that was sold in 2009 with over 600 employees and close to $150M in sales.
Chairman – SpaceIL – SpaceIL is a non-profit organization intending to land an Israeli spaceship on the moon by 2015.
Partner – Innodo Ventures – Yanki is an investor in 6 technology companies and he is currently engaged with starting a seed venture fund that seeks to invest and nourish early-stage technology start-up companies.
Social entrepreneur – Yanki has supported the creation and development of many nonprofit organizations and social enterprises, including Idealist.org, Latet.co.il, college4all.org, meet.mit.edu, Adama.org.il, mit-forum.org.il and SpaceIL.com 
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Dr. Beatriz Miranda-Galarza, Ecuador

Dr. Beatriz Miranda-Galarza has been trained as a sociologist and anthropologist. She works at the VU University of Amsterdam. Her main field of study and research has been development and disability including leprosy. She has been involved in social research and cooperation projects in the USA, Central and South America, Belgium, England, India, China and Indonesia looking at social issues linked to AIDS, disability, gender, religion, street children, post-coloniality, race and ethnicity. At the present, she is the study manager of the SARI Project in Indonesia that aims to understand the life of people affected by leprosy in West-Java towards an improvement of their life conditions. She teaches Disability research, Sociological approaches to stigma and Sociology of the body at the Athena Institute, VU University of Amsterdam. She also teaches Medical Anthropology at the Amsterdam University College AUC. She is also the coordinator of the Disability Studies on –line Programme at the 17, Institute for Critical Studies in Mexico.Education: PhD Sociology and Disability Studies, Leeds University, UK MA Anthropology, KU Leuven, Belgium Msc. Social Development, IT Monterrey, Mexico MA Latin American Studies, UASB- Quito, Ecuador BSc. Sociology and Political Sciences, Central University, Ecuador  IMG_2508
Prof. Michael Ashley Stein, USA
Michael Ashley Stein holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Co-founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, and a long time visiting Professor at Harvard, he has also taught at New York University, Stanford, and William & Mary law schools, and is an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria Faculty of Law, Centre for Human Rights. An internationally recognized expert on disability law and policy, Stein participated in the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, works with disabled persons organizations around the world, actively consults with governments on their disability laws and policies, advises a number of UN bodies, and has brought landmark litigation and written extensively on disability rights. Stein has received numerous awards for his work (e.g., the inaugural Morton E. Ruderman Prize for Inclusion, the inaugural Henry Viscardi Achievement Award, and the ABA Paul G. Hearne Award), and was appointed by President Obama to the United States Holocaust Council.  STEIN headshot
 Ms Kathleen Lynch, Ireland
Ms Kathleen Lynch, Minister for Primary Care, Social Care (Disabilities & Older People) and Mental Health, Ireland 

In 1994 Minister Lynch was first elected to the Irish Parliament (Dáil Eireann) for the Labour Party. She was subsequently elected again in 2002 and has retained her seat since. In March 2011 the Labour Party formed a new coalition government with the Fine Gael Party with an agreed programme for government, including major Health Care Reform.The Minister is accountable for developing and articulating Government policy on Primary Care, Social Care (Disabilities & Older People) and Mental Health. Minister Lynch is leading a fundamental Mental Health Reform Programme in Ireland (Vision for Change).

Kathleen Lynch