Sciana Cohort 2

Overview for Sciana Cohort 2

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.

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

Virtual Library


Allen, Kathleen E., and others. Leadership in the Twenty-First Century.

Austria begins Presidency of the Council of the European Union. World Health Organization, 4 July 2018.

Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Baicker, Katherine, and Amitabh Chandra. Evidence-Based Health Policy. The New England Journal of Medicine. 21 December, 2017.

Braithwaite, Jeffrey. Changing how we think about healthcare improvement. British Medical Journal, 2018.

Darzi, Ara. Better Health and Care for All. A 10-Point Plan for the 2020S. The Lord Darzi Review of Health and Care, Final Report Summary. Institute for Public Policy Research. June, 2018.

DeVore, Susan. What to Watch in Health Care in 2018: Six Key Trends. HealthAffairs, 29 January, 2018.

Digital Inclusion in Health and Care in Wales. Summary Report. Wales Cooperative Centre, Carnegie UK Trust, November 2018.

Disruptive Innovation-Considerations for health and health care in Europe. Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health. European Commission, 2016.

Elia, Gianluca and Alessandro Margherita. Can we solve wicked problems? A conceptual framework and a collective intelligence system to support problem analysis and solution design for complex social issues. Science Direct, Technological Forcasting and Social Change, Volume 133, August 2018.

Forster, Tim, and others. Health Inqualities in Europe: Setting the Stage for Progressive Policy Action. TASC.

Gupta, Sarita and Al-Jen Poo. Who will Care for the Carers? Foreign Policy, 16 July, 2018.

Health Systems for Prosperity and Solidarity: Leaving no one behind. Talinn, Estonia Outcome Statement. World Health Organization, 13-14 June, 2018.

Hotz, Julia. Triumph of the Commons: how public spaces can help fight loneliness. apolitical, 19 November, 2018.

John, Tara. How the World's First Loneliness Minister Will Tackle "the Sad Reality of Modern Life". Time, 25 April, 2018.

Loneliness can kill you - but is it government's job to solve it? apolitical Analyses, 26 June, 2018.

Long Term Care. OECD.

Martin, Brenda. No managers, no bureaucracy: how the Netherlands improved care for less. apolitical, 21 August, 2018.

Manville, Brook. Six Leadership Practices For 'Wicked Problem' Solving. Forbes, 15 May, 2016.

Singapore made innovation go viral in its public service. apolitical, 2 January, 2019.

Smart (Dis)Investment Choices in Healthcare. Friends of Europe, Autum 2018.

The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy. Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, 2013.

The Leadership Labs: 4 pillars of effective leadership. Lindiwe Mazibuko, the first black woman to be elected Leader of the Opposition in South Africa, shares her tips with Apolitical.

The New Health Economy in the Age of Disruption. Novel combinations attempt to remake the health system. PWC Health Research Institute.

Useful Definitions for Megatrend/Trend/Driver/Issue. European Foresight Platform. 

Olesch, Artur. Finland: Digitalization of health care leads to patient empowerment. ICT & Health, 27 September, 2018.

Valtorta, Nicole and Barbara Hanratty. Loneliness, Isolation and the Health of Older Adults: do we need a new research agenda? Journal of the Royal Society of Medince, December, 2012.

What is Theory of Change? Center for Theory of Change.

General Information

The Dates for Sciana Cohort 2 were:

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

Sciana Members

Mathias Binswanger
Book author; Political Advisor to the Parliament and the Federal Government in Switzerland
Annabelle Boettcher
Vice-Rector, Baden Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), Dean of the Faculty of Social Work and Professor in the town of Villingen-Schwenningen in the Black Forest, Germany
Shera Chok
Co-founder and Chair, The Shuri Network; Deputy Chief Medical Officer, NHS Digital; National Clinical Advisor, System Transformation, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Jérôme Cosandey
Director for French-speaking Switzerland 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
Senior Programme Manager, The Novo Nordisk Foundation, Denmark; Board Member, University of Oslo and Innovation Fund Denmark
Ailsa Swarbrick
Director, Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) National Unit, & Director of Gender Services, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, London
Lutz Hager
Professor of Healthcare Management, SRH Mobile University, Germany
Amit Khutti
Entrepreneur, Co-founder, Zava (previously DrEd), Europe's largest online GP service
Robert Klaber
Consultant General Paediatrician & Director of Strategy, Research & Innovation, Imperial College, Healthcare NHS Trust
Richard Lee
Chief Operating Officer, St. John Ambulance, UK
Anja Leetz
Scout for Development, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, seconded to the Foundations Platform F20
Annamaria Mueller
Head, Cantonal Office for Hospital Services (until end of 2019), Bern; Independent Consultant, Amidea GmbH - New Health Care Solutions
Rahel Naef
Assistant Professor of Implementation Science in Nursing, Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich; Head, Implementation Science in Nursing Research Group, University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland
Annabel Seebohm
Secretary General, Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME)
Stefan Spycher
CEO, Careum Stiftung, Switzerland
Werner Widmer
Economist; CEO, Stiftung Diakoniewerk Neumünster, Zollikerberg/Zürich