Dr. João Breda (WHO):

Dr. João Breda is PhD, MPH, MBA and Head of WHO European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases & a.i. He is the Programme Manager of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course.

Kim Fleischer Michaelsen (DK):

Kim Fleischer Michaelsen, MD. Dr.Med.Sci., is professor emeritus in Paediatric Nutrition at Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. He has established the research group: Paediatric and International Nutrition at the department. The focus of his research include effects of breastfeeding and complementary feeding on growth, development and risks of diseases later in life, both in high and low-income countries. He is advisor to the Danish Health Authority on infant and young child feeding (IYCF) and has been temporary advisor and consultant for WHO.

Ragnhild Maastrup (DK):

RN, PhD, IBCLC. Clinical nursing researcher and clinical nurse specialist in the neonatal intensive care unit at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen.

Has special interest in breastfeeding of preterm infants, skin-to-skin contact and Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative for Neonatal wards (Neo-BFHI). Member of the Nordic and Quebec working group that developed the Neo-BFHI and one of the principal investigators of the Neo-BFHI Survey.

Gillian Thomson (UK):

Dr. Gill Thomson is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Perinatal Health at the University of Central Lancashire, UK.  Gill’s research interests relate to psychosocial influences and impact of perinatal care, with a particular focus on factors that impact upon maternal wellbeing.

Lisa Amir (AUS):

Associate Professor Lisa Amir, MBBS MMed PhD IBCLC FABM FILCA, is a general practitioner and lactation consultant. She has been continually certified as an IBCLC since 1989. She works in breastfeeding medicine at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and in private practice. She is a Principal Research Fellow at the Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, Australia. She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and the primary author of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s clinical protocol on mastitis. She is the Editor-in-Chief of International Breastfeeding Journal.

Netalie Shloim (UK):

Dr. Netalie Shloim is a Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the School of Healthcare. She is a trained psychologist and counsellor with more than 17 years’ experience of supporting clients with eating disorders, addictions, trauma and obesity. Her educational and research interest are in maternal well-being, body image and self-esteem, eating behaviours/eating disorders, attachment and mother-infant mealtime interactions. Prior to moving to the UK (2010), she was the creator and manager of an obesity prevention intervention in one of the largest hospitals in Israel (The Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer) and studied obesity in Jewish Orthodox and non-Orthodox populations. She is continuing her scholarship work in Israel and is interested in international research.

Marion Hetherington (UK):

Marion Hetherington is Professor of Biopsychology at the University of Leeds.
She is an experimental psychologist with more than 30 years’ experience of conducting research on appetite across the lifespan.  Her recent interests include the ways in which infants communicate hunger, appetite and satiety as well as the ways in which mothers respond to these signals. She is also a trustee of the charity Give A Child A Hope which partners with the Revival Centre in Matugga, Uganda to provide education, shelter and support to disadvantaged children. She conducts research in Uganda investigating infant feeding practices.

Solveig Thorp Holmsen (N):

Dr. Solveig Thorp Holmsen graduated from University of Oslo, Faculty of Medicine in 1997 and obtained a Master degree in Public Health in 1998. Surgical residency and continuing work in the Oslo Emergency Room a department of Oslo University Hospital since 2001 where she is currently working as a Consultant Doctor. She started as a medical advisor in the Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Breastfeeding in 2011 and she is currently specializing in community medicine. She is working on a National level to increase the knowledge on breastfeeding and prevention and treatment of lactational mastitis. She has experience in evaluating and treatment of medical conditions that can be a challenge for breastfeeding. Observing the association between tongue ties and lactational mastitis in her daily practice she started addressing this problem. She is organizing the work developing a knowledge based National guidance document on the diagnosis and treatment of tongue-tie among infants in Norway. She has also received funding for research on tongue-ties in Norwegian infants.

Charlotte Guiliani (DK):

Charlotte, BSc, Chiro, MSc APP in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Health, Denmark has practiced in private practice in Holland and Denmark since she graduated from Anglo European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in 1994. Since she completed her Master in Pediatric Musculoskeletal Health at Bournemouth University in 2014, she has build-up an interdisciplinary pediatric clinic receiving more than 1000 new paediatric patients a year. Inspired by the work carried out at the Interdisciplinary Midwifery and Chiropractic Newborn Breastfeeding Clinic at AECC/ Bournemouth University, she has set up an interdisciplinary clinic “Din ammeklinik” receiving mother-infants dyads with suboptimal feeding issues. Charlotte is a frequent guest lecturer on the subject Paediatric Oral Motor Dysfunction and she is currently participating in the development of interdisciplinary National Clinical Guidelines on “Examination and Treatment of Tongue Tie in Breastfeeding Infants” in Denmark.