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Opening Ceremony Speakers

Deputy First Minister, John Swinney

Born in 1964, he joined the Scottish National Party in 1979 and went on to graduate from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons) in Politics. He has worked for the Scottish Coal Project, Development Options and Scottish Amicable.
Prior to his election as Westminster MP for North Tayside in 1997, he held a number of posts in the SNP at local and national level. In 1999, he became the MSP for Tayside North, remaining as the constituency's MP until standing down from Westminster at the 2001 General Election.
From 1998 to 2000, he served as deputy leader of the SNP, and then as party leader between 2000 and 2004. He was re-elected as an MSP at the 2011 Scottish Parliament election and appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth. He was appointed as Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy in November 2014.
Jacqueline Weekers
Director, Migration Health Division, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Jacqueline Weekers is the newly appointed Director of the Migration Health Division at IOM Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms. Weekers has been working in the domain of migrant health for some twenty-five years in the Asia Pacific region and at Headquarters level. In her recent role as the IOM Senior Migration Health Policy Advisor she advised Member States, partners and colleagues on the management of migration health issues, relevant strategy and policy development in line with sustainable development goals, and building needed multi-sectoral partnerships, including UN agencies. As part of her functions at IOM and the World Health Organization (WHO) where she worked between 2009 and 2011, she was responsible for the organization of the 2010 and 2017 multi stakeholder Global Consultations on the Health of Migrants, and related Governing Bodies processes. Working hand in hand with WHO, Member States and other key partners, she has widely promoted the mainstreaming of migration health into the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in agreement with public health and human rights principles.
Ms. Weekers has published, trained and presented on a wide range of migrant health and public health related topics in the context of international migration and development. She is a Swiss and Dutch national and has an educational background in psychology, law and public health. Before joining the international community, she worked as a clinician in the United States of America and The Netherlands.
Dr Santino Severoni, Coordinator
Public Health and Migration
Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being
WHO Regional Office for Europe

Dr. Santino Severoni, has held senior positions at the World Health Organization European Office since 2000. In the last 22 years he has been working in several countries in Eastern Africa, Balkans, Central Asia and Western Europe, dedicating his professional work to public health, health sector reforms, health system strengthening, health diplomacy, aid coordination/effectiveness, management of complex emergencies and since 2013 he is coordinating the public health aspect of migration work for the WHO Regional Office for Europe.
Specialties: medicine and surgery at the University of L’Aquila, Italy, degree with honorem in 1990. School for Specialization in the Medical Sciences, degree as Specialist in General Surgery in 1995. In 1998 PhD study on Experimental Surgery at University of L’Aquila, Italy. In 2002 Master in Health Economics at the School of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene of Tor Vergata, Rome - Italy.
Professor Peter Methieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Edinburgh

Peter Mathieson was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He went to a state grammar school in Penzance, Cornwall and was the first member of his family to go to university. He read Medicine at the London Hospital Medical College and qualified with First Class Honours from the University of London in 1983. After junior medical posts in London, he obtained a research training fellowship from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to study at the University of Cambridge. He was awarded a PhD by the University of Cambridge in 1992. He became Director of Studies for Clinical Medicine at Christ’s College, Cambridge following his PhD. After a further MRC fellowship he moved to Bristol in 1995 as the foundation Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Bristol and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist, North Bristol NHS Trust. In 1999, he was elected to Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences.