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We are proud to present some of the speakers at the conference.

Professor Michael WestProfessor Michael West from Lancaster University in UK. Michael West has spent the greater part of his career undertaking research into the factors that determine the effectiveness and innovativeness of individuals, teams and organizations at work. He has also focused on improving the well being of those who work within organizations. His research has contributed to the field in three areas: innovation and creativity at work, the development of effective teams, and the links between enlightened people management and performance.  Source: Lancaster University.
Barneombud Anne Lindboe
Anne Lindboe, The Ombudsman for Children in Norway. Lindboe. Norway was the first country to establish a commissioner, or ombud, with statutory rights to protect children and their rights. Since 1981, the Ombudsman for Children in Norway has worked continuously to improve national and international legislation affecting children’s welfare. Anne Lindboe is Norway’s fifth Ombudsman for Children and commenced in June 2012.
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Prof. Michel Vandenbroeck

Michel Vandenbroeck works at the Department of Social Welfare Studies, Ghent University, Belgium, where he teaches early childhood care and education and family pedagogy. He obtained his PhD in 2004 with a research on the societal functions of child care and a genealogical study of Belgian child care. He is president of the VBJK, Research and Resource Centre for Early Childhood Care and Education in Flanders. He was one of the founding members of the European DECET network (Diversity in Early Childhood Education and Training). He has published several articles and chapters on diversity and social inclusion in early childhood education, including The View of the Yeti (Van Leer Foundation, 2001), translated into Greek and French. Together with Gilles Brougère he has recently published Repenser l’éducation préscolaire (Peter Lang, 2007). Michel is a member of the editorial board of the European Early Childhood Education Research Journal and the International Journal of Educational Policy, Research and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies.

Arne HolteDeputy Director-General, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Arne Holte  is working with major research projects in mental health, in particular with issues related to internationalisation and financing within the EU and EEA. Among the topics are the study of neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and language and learning difficulties in children. The NIPH has major projects in these areas.

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Vibeke Bing

Vibeke Bing has a degree in social work and preschool teaching, with higher education in public health science and journalism. Bing has dedicated much of her time to family centre work on the national, regional and local levels, in addition to being active in Nordic and European collaborative work dealing with parent support and family centres. She is currently employed at the Backa Läkarhusgruppen in Göteborg. Her field of interest is children and public health, CPH (Child Public Health). She is particularly interested in how living conditions and everyday life influence child health, including the child perspective and the aspect of health promotion. She is also interested in demographic change and the way in which it may affect everyday society in the future; and in societal questions, in general, from a multi-scientific perspective.

Karin von Doesum

Karin von Doesum
Karin van Doesum is a prevention psychologist and researcher from the Netherlands.  She works at a community mental health center in the East of the Netherlands, as a researcher she  is working at the University of  Nijmegen and she also connected to Universitetet Tromsø  as a guest researcher at RKBU. The last 20 years she is devoted to develop and study preventive interventions focused at children of mentally ill parents. In 2007 she received her Phd for her effect study on a home-visiting intervention for depressed mothers and babies.

Willy-Tore Mørch

Willy-Tore Mørch has a master’s thesis degree in psychology from the University of Oslo (1978), and a Ph.D. from the University of Oslo (1990). He is a specialist in clinical psychology (1993). Mørch has worked at the University of Tromsø and the Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare as professor of environmental therapy since 1994, and as professor of child and adolescent mental health since 2008. His research interests include implementation of evidencebased interventions, implementation research and effect evaluations. Prof. Mørch is the head of The Incredible Years, Norway, since 1999.

Monica MartinussenMonica Martinussen has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Oslo (1989) and a Ph.D. from the University of Tromsø (1997). She has worked at the University of Tromsø since 1990, both at the Department of Psychology and at the Regional Centre for Child and Youth Mental Health and Child Welfare (since 2008). Martinussen is currently employed as professor and head of the research group on preventive and health-promoting interventions. Her areas of research include quantitative methods, psychometrics, meta-analysis, aviation psychology, burnout, collaboration and mental health.


Mads Roke Clausen Foto: Mødrehjelpen, DK.Mads Roke Clausen is currently CEO at Mothers`aid (Mødrehjælpen) in Denmark. He is appointed by the Minister of social affairs as a member of The National Council for Volunteering (Frivilligrådet and member of the board of directors Alexandrakollegiet, a dormitory for young single mothers who are pursuing an education. He is also a member of the expert panel in The Mary Foundation, advisory board for Danish Red Cross Youth and follow-up groups and a number of follow-up and steering groups concerning research projects and development work. In 2010 – 2012 ha was member of The National Council for Children (Børnerådet).  Among other things, Roke Clausen is working on developing and attending to the advocacy role for Mothers’ Aid with a special focus on stake-holder relations, documentation, cost-benefit analyses in the social area and concrete examples of ‘state of the art’ within the consultancy and treatment programmes.

Marjatta Kekkonen works as a Senior Specialist in National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), in the department of Child, Adolescents and Families, in Helsinki, Finland.  She has Ph.D. from the University of Tampere (2012) and master degree in social sciences from the University of Helsinki (1989). Her field of interest is partnership-based cooperation between parents and practitioners. Kekkonen has managed the distribution of partnership model among professionals in ECEC -services and she wrote her thesis about discoursive meanings of partnership practice.  She has over ten years acquired expertise on the field of family centers as a promotive, preventive and early intervention service concept both on national as well as local level. She has published several articles and books about family centre service model, one of the latest Family centre in the Nordic countries.

Tapio SalonenTapio Salonen is Professor in Social Work and Dean at Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University. His main research interests include poverty, marginality, participatory strategies and social policy. He has lead a number of externally funded research projects at both national and international level and has recurrently been appointed as expert in public inquiries, commissions and government committees.

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