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International Centenary Conference

About the speakers

Dr Frances Hughes

Dr Frances Hughes is Chief Executive of the International Council of Nurses, a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations.

Previously, Dr Hughes held the post of Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer of Queensland, Australia. Prior to this, she was Chief Advisor (Nursing) to New Zealand’s Ministry of Health and consultant to the World Health Organization.

Dr Hughes has worked in Australia, South Pacific, UK, Canada and Asia.  She has also held the position of Commandant-Colonel of the Royal New Zealand Army Nursing Corps and was the first Professor of Nursing at the University of Auckland.

Dr Hughes has a strong background as a health clinician, manager and educator. She is the recipient of several honours, including a Harkness Fellowship in Health Care Policy from the Commonwealth Fund in New York. In 2005 she was made an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to mental health.

James Campbell

Dr James Campbell is Director of the Health Workforce Department at the World Health Organization (WHO) and Executive Director of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA).

The mission of the Health Workforce Department is to provide all people with equitable access to adequately trained health workers, while GHWA is a partnership of national governments, civil society, international agencies, finance institutions, researchers, educators and professional associations dedicated to address the global shortage of health workers.

Prior to joining WHO and GHWA, Dr Campbell was Director of the Instituto de Cooperación Social Integrare (ICS Integrare), a not-for-profit research institute in Barcelona, Spain.

Dr Campbell has worked as a specialist advisor on Human Resources for Health for global governments, United Nations agencies and philanthropic foundations, including the UK Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Matt King OBE

Matt King is a professional speaker and motivator. In 2004 he was paralysed from the neck down playing rugby league for London Broncos Academy. Despite his life-changing injuries, he has since gone on to enjoy phenomenal success in a diverse range of fields.

Matt secured a university place and graduated with a first-class law degree, after which he qualified as a solicitor and gained a job with a London law firm, specialising in personal injury claims.

He became the first paralysed athlete on a ventilator to ski and the first to complete a marathon, in New York, steering his motorised wheelchair through the streets with his chin.

Matt embarked on a mission to instill hope in others with similar disabilities, becoming an adviser and trustee of several charities, and a renowned motivational speaker.

He has worked with professional athletes, private businesses, NHS managerial and clinical staff, and schools. In 2012, aged just 25, he was awarded an OBE.

Maureen Bisognano

Maureen Bisognano is President Emerita and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). She previously served as IHI’s President and CEO from 2010 to 2015. 

A registered nurse, Ms. Bisognano advises health care leaders around the world and is a passionate advocate for quality improvement and change.

She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a Research Associate in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities.

Ms. Bisognano currently serves on the boards of The Commonwealth Fund, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value, and on the Advisory Board of County Health Rankings and Roadmaps.

She began her health care career in 1973 as a staff nurse at Quincy Hospital in Massachusetts. Between 1981 and 1987 she was Director of Nursing, Director of Patient Services and Chief Operating Officer.
Khetsiwe Dlamini

Khetsiwe Dlamini

Khetsiwe has more than 20 years of experience in the development sector, working with public and private stakeholders. In March 2015, she joined UN Women as Chief of Staff from the World Bank Group - International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington D.C, where she has been working as a Principal Operations Officer and Fragile and Conflict Affected-Situations (FCS) Advisor.  She was also a Senior Advisor for the IFC Gender Secretariat. Prior to this, Khetsiwe was the Principal Operations Officer of the World Bank’s South Sudan Country Office.

Between 1999-2012, Khetsiwe held various managerial and leadership roles in the World Bank Group’s Private Sector Advisory Services such as Corporate Business Process Head, Women’s Entrepreneurship Program Manager (Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa) and Africa Regional Manager a.i.

Khetsiwe is the Joint founder of the Africa Women in IFC Network (AWIN) and was a member of the World Bank's Margaret Mcnamara Memorial Fund’s (MMMF), Overseas Scholarship project in Africa selection committee from 2007 – 2013. Khetsiwe also supervises MBA dissertations when her schedule allows.

Born and bred in Swaziland, Khetsiwe received her first degree from the University of Natal, her MBA degree in Gender and Entrepreneurship from the University of Wales in Cardiff and her Doctorate in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa.

Dr Susan Hamer

Dr Susan Hamer is Organisational and Workforce Development Director and lead nurse for the NIHR Clinical Research Network, the research delivery arm of the NHS. Dr Hamer is responsible for the patient and public engagement with the network.

She is also the Chair of the National Nursing Informatics Strategic Taskforce which supports the development of informatics capability across the nurse workforce.

Dr Hamer is passionate about using data, information and technology to enhance practice and support innovation in patient-led services.

Her clinical background is predominately in the community and she has worked in the fields of leadership and practice development. She has a doctorate in adult education and is a Fellow of the Queens Nursing Institute. In 2013 she was named one of the HSJ’s Inspirational Women.