Meet Our Team
Konrad Reinhart, Germany
Konrad is Chair of the GSA and widely recognized as an international champion of sepsis. He is a member of the International Sepsis Forum and the German National Academy of Science Leopoldina and founding president of both the German Sepsis Society and the German Sepsis Foundation. His research activities in the field of sepsis and intensive care medicine led to more than 750 peer reviewed publications and the Research Award of the Federal State of Thuringia/Germany.
Niranjan 'Tex' Kissoon, Canada
Tex is Vice Chair of the GSA, past President of the World Federation of Pediatric Critical and Intensive Care Societies, and Vice President Medical Affairs at BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver, Canada. In 2013, he was awarded the Distinguished Career Award by the AAP for his contribution to the society and discipline. He also holds the UBC BC Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair in Acute and Critical Care for Global Child Health.
Ron Daniels, United kingdom
Ron is CEO of the GSA and Founder and CEO of the UK Sepsis Trust. He also consults for the National Health Service of the UK in critical care, the Department of Health, and the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. He has recently developed a suite of educational materials and clinical toolkits in support of improvement, in collaboration with the Royal Colleges and NHS England, and, with over 40 national television appearances, is established as the ‘go to’ person for media coverage of sepsis stories in the UK.
Flavia Machado, Brazil
Flavia is Secretary of the GSA and professor of intensive care and chair of the intensive care session of Anesthesiology, Pain and Intensive Care Department at the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil. She has been working with the Latin America Sepsis Institute (LASI) since its foundation in 2005. Her involvement focuses on low- and middle-income (LMIC) settings as she is highly skilled in education and knowledge translation in these conditions.
Simon Finfer, Australia
Simon is Treasurer of the GSA and Professorial Fellow in the Critical Care and Trauma Division at The George Institute in Sydney, Australia. He is a practicing critical care physician with an appointment as a Senior Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and Director of Intensive Care at the Sydney Adventist Hospital. Simon is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney Medical School and Editor of The Oxford Textbook of Critical Care (2nd Ed.), the Critical Care Section Editor for The Oxford Textbook of Medicine (6th Ed.)
Ray Schachter, Canada
Ray is Chair of the GSA Task Force and Associate Counsel at Synergy Business Lawyers in Vancouver, Canada. He has practiced in various areas of law for over 40 years. In 1996, Ray miraculously survived acute sepsis, due to critical care and very extensive medical intervention, and has personally experienced the immediate and long-term consequences on himself and his family.
World Sepsis Day Head Office
Marvin Zick, Germany
Marvin serves as General Manager of the GSA. He has an extensive background in Business Administration. Together with the GSA Executive Board, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the GSA, the communication and acquisition of sponsors for the WSD Movement, and the planning and execution of the World Sepsis Congresses. He is in charge of personnel and leading the technical advancement of the GSA. Marvin serves on all GSA Committees.
KaTja CoubalL, Germany
Katja has joined the team in August 2018, just in time for World Sepsis Day and World Sepsis Congress. A photographer by profession, she is responsible for the graphic design of the Global Sepsis Alliance and the World Sepsis Day Movement. Additionally, she is in charge of managing our social media channels, namely Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Angelika Jahn, Germany
Angelika is Project Manager at the WSD Head Office and has a background in Business Administration as well. She is responsible for all communication with the member organizations, the GSA Awards, and everything around World Sepsis Day.
Helen Reinke, Germany
Helen is Project Manager at the WSD Head Office and has a background in applied culture sciences. She is responsible for preparing the biannual WSD Supporter Meetings at ISICEM and ESICM, the WSD Newsletter, and the GSA Website.
GSA Committees & Initiatives
Salman Abdulaziz, United Arab Emirates
Salman is Chair of the Communications Committee of the GSA and a member of the Quality Improvement Committee. His main clinical interest is sepsis in healthcare systems, public awareness, and strategic prevention planning of sepsis in the future.
Michael Huyghue, United States
Michael is Chair of the Strategic Resourcing Committee and President of Michael Huyghue & Associates LLC, a boutique Sports Management and Consulting Agency based in Florida. A lawyer by training, he is working closely with the Executive Board, the members of the SRC, and Marvin to secure the long-term sustainability of the GSA by developing and executing new innovative ideas to approach fundraising.
Imrana Malik, UNited States
Imrana is GSA Advance Coordinator and Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Care at MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) in Houston, Texas. She is primarily involved in direct patient care in the medical and surgical intensive care units. Her main clinical research interest involves sepsis in cancer patients.
Nathan Nielsen, United States
Nathan is Scientific Content Editor for the GSA and the WSD Movement. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care, and Environmental Medicine at the Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and the Associate Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the University Medical Center - New Orleans.
Ray Schachter, Canada
In addition to his role on the Executive Board, Ray is also Chair of the Internal Affairs Committee, which is responsible for governance and organizational structure of the GSA.
GIULIO TOCCAFONDI, ITALY
Giulio is Chair of the Quality Improvement Committee (QIC) and Patient Safety and Quality Manager at the GRC Clinical Risk Management center of Tuscany Region. He co-chairs the healthcare ergonomics technical committee of the International Ergonomics Association. Giulio developed a multifaceted skill-set for improving patient safety in healthcare activities. He holds a PhD in Human Factors, a degree in Media Science, Interaction Design and Cognitive Ergonomics.
GSA Advance - Representatives
Aamir Siddiqui, Egypt
Aamir is a GSA Advance Representative currently serving on the WSD Committee. He is a specialist in Critical Care Medicine, with devoted carrier interests in Sepsis and Extra-Corporeal Life Support. Most recently, he has been involved in supervision of Infection Control and in-hospital health care quality assessment & improvement Programs, to formulation of local antimicrobial guidelines in Egypt & Nepal. He has been recognized as a vociferous campaigner for sepsis & antimicrobial resistance awareness, and research.
Andres Laserna, Colombia
Andres is a GSA Advance Representative currently serving on the Communications Committee. He is a Colombian medical doctor currently working as a Research Assistant for the department of Anesthesia and Critical Care at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, USA. He considers that social media can improve scientific networks and enhance information sharing, which he describes as an essential golden opportunity to overcome sepsis as a threatening entity. One of his main motivations is to explore for alternatives to reduce septic shock mortality and improve outcomes in middle- and lower-income countries.
Carolin Fleischmann, Germany
Carolin is a GSA Advance Representative currently serving on the Quality Improvement Committee. She is a research associate at the Center for Sepsis Control and Care at Jena University Hospital, Germany. Her research focus is sepsis epidemiology, long-term sequelae of sepsis and promotion of sepsis prevention through vaccination. Since 2012, she is involed in local and global activities around World Sepsis Day.
Dan Leisman, United States
Dan is Deputy for the GSA Quality Improvement Committee and a dual MD/MSCR candidate at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. He has lead workshops at national forums related to his previous work with the sepsis quality initiative at Northwell Health, where he remains an academic affiliate. The author of more than 10 peer-reviewed articles, Dan is active in sepsis research spanning basic laboratory investigation to large clinical database studies. His career interests lie in developing novel uses of data science to improve outcomes for patients with sepsis and critical illness.
Debra Hairr, United States
Deb is a GSA Advance Representative currently serving on the WSD Committee. She is a Professional Registered Nurse with over two decades of nursing leadership and teaching experience. Deb holds the rank of Associate Professor and teaches health science courses to graduate students. Before becoming an educator, Deb held various acute care nursing leadership roles in maternal child health. Deb holds a Doctor of Health Sciences degree from A.T. Still University, Mesa. AZ. Debs husband, John, died after developing sepsis in 2014.
Luis Antonio Gorordo DEL SOL, Mexico
Luis is a GSA Advance Representative and Chair of the WSD Committee. He is a Mexican doctor from Tampico city, specialized in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He works in two public ICUs in Mexico City; since 2013 he is the leading professor at the Inter-Institutional Symposium of World Sepsis Day that takes place annually in the “Hospital Juárez de México" and collaborates with other institutions as guest professor and promoter of awareness about sepsis. In 2017, his wife and he started "Fundación Sepsis México" to disseminate information to health personnel and general population, do research and academic activities on sepsis in their country and Latin America.
Maha Aljuaid, Saudi Arabia
Maha is a GSA Advance Representative currently serving on the WSD Committee. She works as clinical nurse specialist in neuro-critical care unit at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh. She leads several quality improvement and education initiatives in the intensive care unit. Her research interest include improving sepsis care, sedation practice, and inter-professional simulation education. Maha is recently assigned to lead the sepsis education in Saudi Arabia. So far, she has received four poster awards for her work in delirium prevention and simulation education.
Mahesh Ramanan, Australia
Mahesh is a GSA Advance Representative currently serving on the World Sepsis Congress Committee. He is an early career Intensivist from Queensland, Australia. He is a PhD candidate in the Critical Care and Trauma Division of The George Institute for Global Health, Sydney, Australia, focusing on the evolution of trial methodology in critical care. His main research interests are in critical care epidemiology, long-term outcomes of critical illness and database/registry research.
MUhammad Sohaib, Pakistan
Muhammad is a GSA Advance Representative currently serving on the WSD Committee. He is currently working as Senior Instructor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Aga Khan Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan. He has done FCPS in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine from College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan. At the moment, Muhammad is developing sepsis protocol at his institution, which can be implemented in resource constrained areas.
Shevin Jacob, United Kingdom
Shevin is a GSA Advance Representative currently serving on the Quality Improvement Committee. He is an infectious diseases physician and Senior Clinical Lecturer in Sepsis Research at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine who, since 2006, has been conducting adult sepsis research in resource-constrained settings, primarily in Uganda. He also supports activities focused on improving the quality of clinical management for severely ill patients in Uganda through a collaboration between the Ministry of Health and Walimu, a Uganda-based NGO for which he is co-founder and Medical Director. He serves as a consultant to the WHO for various working groups to improve the clinical management of sepsis and other severe illnesses in resource-constrained settings. He is the Secretary General for the newly created African Sepsis Alliance.
Srinivas Murthy, Canada
Srinivas is a GSA Advance Representative currently serving on the Communications Committee. He is a pediatric infectious diseases and critical care physician at BC Children’s Hospital and is a clinical scientist at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on large-scale observational and interventional studies, both domestically and globally, to better understand and improve the care offered to critically ill patients with acute infections.