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Ms Gerdien Rabbers
Director, Together Strong Without Stigma, The Netherlands
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In the Netherlands, Gerdien Rabbers set up the national anti-stigma campaign on behalf of and in collaboration with MIND NL (the umbrella for service-users), GGZ Nederland (the umbrella for mental health-institutions), NVvP (Dutch Association for Psychiatry)). The campaign is now supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Gerdien Rabbers was educated as a communication expert and studied social innovation and societal transformation at the Erasmus University (Rotterdam).

Prof Heather Stuart
Professor, Departments of Public Health Sciences, Psychiatry and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
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Heather Stuart, is a Full Professor at Queen’s University where she holds the Bell Canada Mental Health and Anti-stigma Research Chair at Queen’s, is the Senior Consultant to the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Opening Minds, Anti-stigma initiative and the past Chair and current Secretary of the WPA Stigma Section. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a recipient of the Order of Canada. Dr. Stuart’s research focuses on mental health services evaluation with a specific focus on the destigmatisation of mental illnesses.

Prof Norman Sartorius
Co-Chair, World Psychiatric Association Section on Stigma and Mental Illness
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Professor Norman Sartorius, MD, PhD, FRCPsych holds professorial appointments at several universities in Europe, the USA and elsewhere. He was the Director of the Mental Health Programme of the WHO, President of the World Psychiatric Association and of the European Psychiatric Association. He is currently President of the Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes in Geneva. His main interests at present are problems related to comorbidity of mental and physical disorders, the fight against stigma and the education of psychiatrists.

Mr Sekhar Srinivasan
Time to Change Global Champion, Grameena Abyudaya Seva Samsthe
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Sekhar is engaged in the Time to Change Global programme as a lived experience Champion. He works with other Champions, supported by Grameena Abyudaya Seva Samsthe, to change the way people in India think and act about mental health. Sekhar started his professional experience within the garment sector. He has found music supportive of his wellbeing and now works as a flute teacher within a school.

Ms Pearlyn Tseng
Director, Corporate Communications National Council of Social Service and Co-Chair, Organising Committee, 9th international Together Against Stigma conference
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Pearlyn believes that every individual in society has unique talents and can realise their potential in a caring and inclusive society. She led the strategic planning of the first nationwide ‘Beyond the label’ movement to tackle mental health stigma in Singapore. She also oversees media relations and digital communications work, as well as the ‘See the true me’ campaign that celebrates the abilities of persons with disabilities. Prior to NCSS, she managed marketing and corporate partnership teams at the Health Promotion Board, running award-winning campaigns and industry partnership initiatives to nudge Singaporeans to lead healthier lifestyles.

Dr Petr Winkler
Leader of the Czech anti-stigma program On the level; Head of the Department of Social Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health
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Dr Petr Winkler’s main expertise is in mental health service research, psychiatric epidemiology, research on stigma, mental health economics and suicide prevention. In the past few years, he has been involved in the development and implementation of the Czech mental health care reform. Currently, he is leading three nation-wide projects which are focused on de-stigmatisation, early detection & early interventions in psychoses, and strengthening a system for evidence-based mental health care development. Dr Winkler was awarded European Psychiatric Association research prize in 2017.