Overview for Sciana 2018

In April 2017 the Health Foundation (UK), Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany), Careum Stiftung (Switzerland), in collaboration with Salzburg Global Seminar, launched Sciana: The Health Leaders Network, bringing together for 2017/2018 a first cohort of outstanding leaders in health and health care policy and innovation. Expressions of interest are now invited to join the second cohort of Sciana members for 2018/2019.

The Sciana network provides members, initially drawn from the UK, Germany and Switzerland, with space to take inspiration and learning from across the globe, and time to share insights gained from their own experiences with peers, with whom they will work to address some of the shared challenges we are facing across Europe.

Members share a deep commitment to quality, sustainability, universal coverage, and patient and community-centered care, nationally and internationally. Their vision and collaboration, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, is critically needed to respond to common issues, such as fiscal strains, demographic change, chronic diseases, and migration

Sciana members are focusing on key themes such as the following, and more may be added in line with Sciana members' mission and interests:

  • Globalization
  • Urbanization around the world
  • Ageing populations
  • Technical innovation and disruption, including the implementation of information technology in health care.
  • Patient engagement
  • The health workforce
  • Social determinants and inequities
  • The need for a greater focus on public health
  • Financially unsustainable health systems

General Information

The general information can be downloaded here.

The Dates for Sciana 2018 are:


10-13 June, 2018
24-27 November, 2018
13-16 May, 2019
24-27 November, 2019

Sciana Members 2018

The Health Foundation (UK), Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany), Careum Stiftung (Switzerland), in collaboration with Salzburg Global Seminar have launched Sciana: The Health Leaders Network, which will bring together outstanding leaders in health and health care policy and innovation.

Sciana Members

Mathias Binswanger
Book author; Political Advisor to the Parliament and the Federal Government in Switzerland
Annabelle Boettcher
Professor, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Southern Denmark, Odense
Shera Chok
Chief Clinical Information Officer and Associate Medical Director, Derbyshire Community Health Services Foundation Trust
Jérôme Cosandey
Senior Fellow and Head of Research, "Sustainable Welfare State", Avenir Suisse
Vinod Diwakar
Regional Medical Director for London, NHS England; Practising Paediatrician
Helle Dokken
Head of Nursing Department,University Hospital Göttingen
Anne-Marie Engel
Director of Grants, Leading Private Danish foundation; Board Member, University of Oslo, Innovation Fund Denmark
Ailsa Swarbrick
Director, Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) National Unit, Tavistock and Portman mental health NHS Trust, London
Lutz Hager
Executive Director, IKK Südwest, Saarbrücken
Mr. Amit Khutti
Entrepreneur, Co-founder, Zava (previously DrEd), Europe's largest online GP service
Robert Klaber
Consultant General Paediatrician, Imperial College, Healthcare NHS Trust
Richard Lee
Director of Operations, Welsh Ambulance Services
Anja Leetz
Executive Director, Health Care Without Harm Europe
Annamaria Mueller
Head, Cantonal Office for Hospital Services, Bern
Rahel Naef
Nurse Scientist, University Hospital Zurich (UHZ)
Annabel Seebohm
Secretary General, Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
Stefan Spycher
Vice Director-General, Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
Werner Widmer
Economist; CEO, Stiftung Diakoniewerk Neumünster, Zollikerberg/Zürich