Jean-Luc Eiselé has worked in the field of medical association management for almost 20 years. He was trained as a biochemist working at the Biozentrum in Basel and the Pasteur Institute in Paris. In 1999, he joined the European Respiratory Society as Scientific Affairs Manager in charge of the Annual Congress and was offered to develop the educational activities, in particular the online portfolio. In 2001 he was nominated Deputy Executive Director and in 2007 ERS Executive Director. In 2011, he was appointed by FDI World Dental Federation as Executive Director, developing in particular its advocacy work and launching successfully the World Oral Health Day. He joined the World Heart Federation (WHF) as Chief Executive Officer in May 2017, strengthening the business model, the focus on communication and advocacy and membership engagement.
Cliff Hannan is a British citizen with over 10 years of Executive Assistant and administrative experience gained both within the NGO sector here in Switzerland and within the UK private and public sectors. His international experience has afforded him with valuable insights into different organisations, cultures and practices, all skills that serve him well at WHF.
Cliff started his career in catering before training to be a croupier. After 8 years working in one of the top casinos in London, he made a career change and moved to an administrative position within the British government. Over the next decade he expanded his experience by working in several key support roles, most notably for the Director of the world renowned ‘London School of Economics’. He moved to Geneva at the start of 2015 and joined the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums as the Executive Assistant to the CEO. Cliff has embraced life in Switzerland by regularly volunteering for a Genevan charity and also at many local events, including the World Fondue Championship!
Borjana Pervan is a journalist and communications leader who likes to ask questions, seek solutions, and communicate reasons for action. While working as a broadcast and print reporter in her country of origin, Bulgaria, she uncovered a major international human trafficking ring. Before joining the World Heart Federation, she worked in advertising and more recently led the global communications teams of two international organisations, aiming to improve the lives and livelihoods of millions of people. At WHF Borjana leads the effort to empower the global cardiovascular community to speak with a strong voice and inspire change.
Jeremiah has over 10 years’ experience working in global health policy, advocacy and leadership. Jeremiah has previously served as the Executive Director of Reach, a global NGO, working to promote the health of vulnerable populations by supporting local, regional and global efforts to prevent and control rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.
Jeremiah served as Director of Policy and Advocacy at the World Heart Federation (WHF) where he led WHF’s work policy work on cardiovascular and rheumatic heart diseases, including successfully spearheading a global campaign for a World Health Assembly Resolution on rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.
Jeremiah has worked to support the involvement of patients and the patient voice in health policy making. During his time as Policy and External Affairs Director for the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO), Jeremiah helped strengthen IAPO’s external partnerships with the global health and development community and spearheaded several publications including IAPO’s Review of Patient-Centered Healthcare Indicators.
Jeremiah holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy, and a BSc in Economics.
Céline has been working for more than 15 years in the Medical Association World. She has begun her journey within the association management department of Kenes Group in Geneva where she was involved in the coordination of projects for different associations and federations with various focus.
From 2011 to 2014, she worked in the events industry, first for a Geneva catering company and then she actively participated in the launch of a special events venue.
In 2015, she joined the European Association for the Study of the Liver, initially as an Event Coordinator then as Event Manager. She was leading an annual congress of 10’000 participants and about 10 additional conferences per year all around Europe.
She joined WHF in 2019 as the Director of Congress and Events.
Holding a Bachelor of Science in International Management Hospitality from Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne, a Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI, she is also a certified Digital Event Strategist (DES) from PCMA.
Since September, 2017, Andrea manages partnerships between the World Heart Federation and private sector partners committed to the fight against cardiovascular disease. Her activities include leveraging the World Heart Day global awareness campaign, promoting the Global Circulatory Health Summit thought leadership platform, as well as engaging with industry in support of a variety of field activities and CVD Roadmaps designed to improve heart health globally.
A dual citizen of Switzerland and the United States, Andrea spent 16 years of her career at DuPont, in a variety of business development, marketing and management positions. She is a graduate of Hofstra University, New York (USA) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Economics and holds an MBA degree from Università Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy.
Kelcey Clara Armstrong-Walenczak joined the World Heart Federation’s Advocacy and Policy team in 2019. She advocates for evidence-based cardiovascular health policies at the global level, frequently representing WHF at fora such as the World Health Assembly and leading the work on air pollution and CVD. Kelcey has enjoyed working for a diverse series of international companies and organizations, including GameTechnologies, UNHCR, and Right Livelihood. Most recently, she supported advocacy and communications efforts at the Kofi Annan Foundation on issues ranging from the prevention of violent extremism to the recognition of snakebite as a Neglected Tropical Disease.
Kelcey is from sunny Florida, USA. She has BAs in International Relations and French, an MSc in International Strategic Marketing, and is currently completing an MAS in Advocacy in International Affairs and Policymaking. She is passionate about promoting gender equality and in her spare time provides pro bono consulting to progressive women running for office.
Aline joined WHF’s communications team as Campaign Manager in 2021. She is a strong believer of communications as a driver of change and has extensive experience with social media, media, events, partnerships, advocacy, creative & project management.
Prior to joining the team, Aline supported the public health and communications efforts of FDI World Dental Federation. She also worked as Communications Consultant for Leidar, an international advocacy, branding and communications consultancy.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a dual Master’s degree in International Communication from Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom, and the University of Communication and Language (UILM) in Milan, Italy. In addition, Aline completed Yale University’s Essentials of Global Health certificate.
Andreea joined WHF in 2017 as a Membership Manager. She is responsible for developing and implementing the membership strategic engagement plan to convene and connect the cardiovascular disease (CVD) community to share science and best practice, building global commitment to address cardiovascular health at the policy level. Moreover, Andreea oversees the WHF Salim Yusuf Emerging Leaders Programme, one of the first international training programmes on CVD implementation research aiming to build up capacity, professional development, mentorship and networking of young leaders in 100 countries.
Prior to joining the team, Andreea worked as a Consular Officer at the Romanian Embassy in Switzerland. She holds a Master’s in international Affairs and Diplomacy from the University of Bucharest and a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Effective Management of International Organizations and NGOs from the University of Geneva.
Mihela joined WHF in 2017 and has played a key role in strengthening the organization’s communication efforts. Her professional experience in marketing combined with her academic background in global health and international development mean that she is able to translate complex issues into engaging content that is accessible to our diverse global audience. Prior to joining the World Heart Federation, she lived in London and worked for a range of publishing companies, including Zed Books, Bloomsbury Publishing and Rowman & Littlefield International. Her work experience includes stints at the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and Cambridge University Press.
Mihela has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Sussex (UK) and an MSc in Global Health from Maastricht University (Netherlands). Born and raised in Trieste, Italy, she is a member of the autochthonous Slovenian minority and is fluent in Italian, Slovenian and English.
Pablo Perel, from Argentina, is a cardiologist and epidemiologist, he is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (United Kingdom) where he is the Director of the Centre for Global Chronic Conditions. He is also the Senior Science Advisor of the World Heart Federation (Switzerland), and editor of the Global Heart Journal. He has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications and several book chapters. His main interest is cardiovascular implementation research in limited resources and humanitarian settings.
Lana has worked extensively in global health developing tools and building capacity to enable healthier populations. She is currently the Programme Officer within the Programmes and Partnerships team at the World Heart Federation where she is focused on raising awareness and bringing together key stakeholders to drive action and improve heart health for all. She was previously working at the World Health Organization on project coordination, global guidelines, technical assistance to countries and policy development for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
She trained as a human movement specialist (exercise science and ergonomics) and public health nutritionist, holds a Master of Occupational Health from La Trobe University and Master of Human Nutrition from Deakin University.
Oana Scarlatescu joined the World Heart Federation in January 2018 as Programme Manager. Previously, she worked in development, judicial affairs, and communications in Geneva, Bucharest, and Brussels. She holds a Masters in International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations.
Yunshu Wang joined the World Heart Federation in 2020 and is the most recent addition to the Advocacy and Policy Team. He is an advocate of cardiovascular health for all and works on issues such as tobacco control and rheumatic heart disease. He has a background in pharmacy and worked as a community pharmacist prior to joining the World Heart Federation.
Yunshu holds a BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences and a MSc in Pharmacy from the University of Geneva. He also completed a MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Yunshu was born in China, but was raised in Geneva, Switzerland.