Mia Kurtti is a nurse MSc, family therapist and Open Dialogue trainer and supervisor. She has been working in mental health services as a nurse in Western Lapland, Finland since 2002 with individuals and their networks. Since 2012 she has been a trainer on many international Open Dialogue/ Collaborative training programmes, including those run in the UK, US, Italy and Japan. During last years, she has also been developing the role of peer specialists in Western Lapland healthcare district, together with peer specialist trainer and other collagues. Questions around social equality and justice are important to her, which has led her for doing volunteer work in India and to be as a shop steward for nurses at her region in WL.
One of Mia’s aims in training processes is to open and expand the dialogue in a way that increases people’s own creativity and resourcefulness. In her role as a trainer she is keen to emphasise and invite people who work in mental health settings to explore their own life narratives and the impact that these stories have on their current professional practice.
Dr. Ahmed Fouad has completed his fellowship and advanced training in adult Cardiac Surgery at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He is currently a consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and the head of Cardiac Surgery Department at Elaraby Hospital, Egypt. He has interest in research and publications and attended many international conferences. He is also interested in developing the knowledge and skills of young trainees in the field of Cardiac Surgery.
Sonia Maria Karnail
Sonia Maria Karnail is currently working as a registered nurse in a Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and as well as undergoing rotations to other discipline of ICUs in Singapore General Hospital (SGH), Singapore. She is very passionate about critical care medicine and global health therefore values the possibility to develop and grow through humanitarian aid missions, peacekeeping and poverty alleviation projects. Prior to working in an ICU setting in SGH, she had worked in several departments namely; Nephrology general ward, in-patient hospital dialysis center, and a high dependency ward.
She obtained a Diploma in Nursing from Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore and subsequently a Degree in Nursing from University of Adelaide. She has also been involved and selected for a couple of incubator programs. Previously, she was selected as a talent for the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2018 and subsequently formed a start-up VR Humanity with fellow talents from the incubator. She has also been selected as participant for SingHealth Hackathon 2019 “Care in the Community” in February 2019 and UNITE 2030 Hackathon for World Refugee Day in September 2019.
As part of her passion for global health specifically refugee health, she worked as Medical volunteer NGO aid worker position in mobile clinics for Syrian refugee in Athens, Greece in the month of July 2018. Working together with other international counter parts, she is glad to be working on the UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Health and Well Being in closing the gap for vulnerable population to have continuous access to healthcare services.
Dr. Abdulla (MD UBC) is Board certified in Int-Med, Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology.(UBC,UCLA,USC). His Cardiology experience spans Clinical, Academic and Program development areas in North America, Asia & Africa. He has had Academic appointments at Universities of Toronto, Ottawa Heart Institute and AgaKhan University, Pakistan as first Professor and Head of the Cardiology Program, which he led and established. Assisted development of Cardiac Program at AgaKhan Hospital, Kenya. Head of NE Ontario Cardiovascular Program, where he established Cardiac Nuclear, Pacemaker and Rehabilitation units. Established the new Cardiac Catheterization Program in Peterborough, Ontario.
Served on several Boards as Member and Chairman. Authored many peer-reviewed publications. Won multiple awards, some include, Ontario Heart & Stroke Foundation award, Canadian AgaKhan Professional High Achiever’s award, AgaKhan Silver Jubilee Medal and Governor General of Canada 125th Anniversary Medal.
Retired from clinical practice, he remains active in Cardiovascular education. Fellow Emeritus of ACC.
Mr. Majdi Alhadidi is a Ph.D. candidate at University of Malaya (Malaysia). Majdi received his BS degree in Nursing Science from the University of Jordan (UJ), Jordan, in 2008. He obtained his MS degree in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from the University of Jordan (UJ), Jordan, in 2013, as well. His doctorate Thesis investigate the effectiveness of the psychoeducational interventions for people who diagnosed with schizophrenia. Currently, his research interests include psychiatric & mental health topics and educational issues. In addition,he has expertise in clinical teaching, training, and lab stimulation in the field of psychiatric and mental health nursing. Finally, he participates in many extensive training programmes in the field of psychiatric nursing, in Jordan, USA, and Sweden.
Michael Lin completed his MD at the University of California, San Francisco. He finished residencies in internal medicine and anesthesiology at Stanford University before pursuing a fellowship in critical care medicine. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. His clinical and research interests include liver transplantation and extracorporeal life support.