Our Team

 

Executive Committee

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Dennis Kredler, Belgium

Dennis is Vice President of the GSA. He survived severe sepsis in 2016, suffering amputation of parts of his foot. He is now an advocate for better preventive sepsis policies throughout the European Union. In his professional life, he is Head of the Brussels Office with Dow. He holds Economics degrees from the College of Europe, Bruges (Belgium), the University of Sussex (UK), and the University of Grenoble (France).

 
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Emmanuel Nsutebu, United Arab Emirates

Emmanuel is a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician working at Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi as Chief of Infectious Diseases. He worked at the Royal Liverpool Hospital as Associate Medical Director for Deterioration and Sepsis. He was also the Advancing Quality clinical co-lead for sepsis in the North West of England. He worked as clinical advisor for the NHS England (sepsis) and NHS Improvement (deterioration). He is a Chair of the African Sepsis Alliance and an investigator for the African Research Collaboration on Sepsis.

 
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Flavia Machado, Brazil

Flavia is 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 settings as she is highly skilled in education and knowledge translation in these conditions.

 
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Imrana Malik, United States

Imrana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Care at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her clinical research interests involve sepsis in cancer patients. At MDACC, Imrana chairs the Institutional Sepsis Advisory Committee, and is leading the ‘Sepsis Operational Priority’ for sepsis screening and management. Within GSA, she serves as a Board Member, a WSD Steering Committee Member, and is the Coordinator for the GSA Advance Program, which is a coalition of sepsis experts and supporters.

 
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Konrad Reinhart, Germany

Konrad is President 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.

 
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Luis Antonio Gorordo del Sol, Mexico

Luis is a specialist in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Medicine at the Juárez Hospital in Mexico. He and his wife founded the "Fundación Sepsis México" in 2017 to promote knowledge and awareness about sepsis; participate in education, research and legislation projects on sepsis, which have begun to impact Mexico and Latin America. He is chair of the WSD Committee in GSA Advance and member of the Mexican Society of Emergency Medicine and ILAS since 2018.

 
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Maha Aljuaid, Saudi Arabia

Maha is a critical care nurse specialist working as a director of nursing of Ambulatory Care and Hemodialysis at King Abdulaziz Medical City. She is a member of the Scientific Nursing Council, the Clinical Advisory Group for Stroke, and leads several quality improvement projects, e.g. improving sepsis education for nurses. Her research interest includes improving sepsis care and sedation practices in the ICU. Maha has contributed to several publications at distinguished journals and obtained several poster awards.

 
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Niranjan 'Tex' Kissoon, Canada

Tex is Vice President 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.

 
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Ron Daniels, United kingdom

Ron is an NHS Consultant in Intensive Care, based in Birmingham, UK. He’s Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust and serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Sepsis Alliance. Ron has operationally transformed the delivery of reliable sepsis care in the UK and beyond, through his creation of the Red Flag Sepsis recognition tool and the Sepsis 6 treatment pathway. In 2016, he was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to patients.

 
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Simon Finfer, Australia

Simon is a 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.)

 

World Sepsis Day Head Office

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Angelika Jahn, Germany

Angelika is Project Manager at the WSD Head Office and has a background in Business Administration.

 
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KaTja CoubalL, Germany

Katja is our graphic designer and social media manager. A photographer by profession, she is responsible for nearly all visuals you see - from our infographics, to the WSD Event Poster, and much more. Additionally, she is in charge of managing our social media channels – namely Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 
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Marvin Zick, Germany

Marvin is General Manager of the Global Sepsis Alliance. He has a background in Business Administration. Together with the GSA Executive Committee, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the GSA, all communications, and all operations, for example the planning and execution of World Sepsis Congress and WSC Spotlight. He is in charge of personnel, our websites, most news posts, WSD News, and more. Marvin serves on all GSA Committees.

 

Simone Mancini, Italy

Simone has joined the Global Sepsis Alliance as Coordinator Regional Sepsis Alliances in October 2019. He has an extensive background in public affairs, external communications, and project management which he will put to good use to coordinate the work of the Regional Sepsis Alliances and the implementation of national sepsis plans.

 

GSA Committees

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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.

 
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Imrana Malik, UNited States

Imrana is Chair of the GSA Advance Committee 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.

 
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Luis Antonio Gorordo DEL SOL, Mexico

Luis is 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.

 
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Michael Huyghue, United States

Michael is Chair of the Resourcing Committee (RC) 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 Committee, the members of the RC, and Marvin to secure the long-term sustainability of the GSA by developing and executing new innovative ideas to approach fundraising.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 

GSA Advance - Representatives

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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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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.