Guest speakers


Prof. dr. Simone Buitendijk


Professor of Women’s and Family Health, Vice-Provost at Imperial College London

Guest lecture on Thursday the 14th of March 17:10-18:00 (during ceremonial opening)

Professor Simone Buitendijk MD, MPH, PhD is Vice-Provost (Education) at Imperial College London, leading its vision for an innovative and globally-leading learning & teaching environment, and an excellent student educational experience.

Professor Buitendijk is currently implementing a new Learning & Teaching Strategy – an evidence-based transformation of its pedagogy to make teaching more interactive, blending physical and digital, in order to create truly global students who will be effective agents for change.

Professor Buitendijk studied Medicine in Utrecht, received a Master’s degree in Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine in the US, and earned her PhD degree in Leiden. Vice-Rector Magnificus at Leiden University from 2011-2016, she held the Netherlands’ first professorial chair for Midwifery Studies at the Amsterdam Medical Center. She is Chair of the League of European Research Universities’ (LERU) steering group for teaching and learning, and co-authored the LERU position papers ‘'Women, research and universities: excellence without gender bias" (2013); “Online learning at research-intensive universities” (2014) and “Gendered research and innovation” (2015).


Dr. Kevin Joneskevin

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, Adjunct faculty member in the Department of Oncological Sciences in the Huntsman Cancer Institute, Utah

Guest lecture on Saturday the 16th of March 17:00-18:00

Kevin B. Jones studied English literature at Harvard and medicine at Johns Hopkins. After training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Iowa and in surgical musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Toronto, he settled in Salt Lake City with his wife and four children. He sees patients and does research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, and Primary Children's Medical Center.








Dr. Tarek Meguidtarek

Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Chief Medical Officer and Country Director of Village Health Works in Kigutu, Burundi

Guest lecture on Saturday the 16th of March 11:30-12:30

Tarek Meguid is a Physician (Maastricht University, 1986), specialized in Obstetrics & Gynaecology (1995). He holds a Master of Philosophy in Maternal and Child Health (MPhil-MCH) from University of Cape Town (2001), a Bachelor of Law (LL.B. (Hons)) from Nottingham Trent University (2006), and a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law (MSt-IHRL) from Oxford University (2010).

He is currently working as Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Chief Medical Officer and Country Director of Village Health Works in Kigutu, Burundi.

Until January 2018, Tarek Meguid was a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Mnazi Mmoja Hospital and Associate Professor at the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA), School of Health & Medical Sciences (2013-2017). He is Secretary and co-founder of Kanga Maternity Trust (KMT), Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Tarek Meguid was appointed member of the World Health Organization’s Independent Expert Review Group (2013-2015). Occasionally he serves as Consultant for the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations. He is a former Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the School of Medicine, University of Namibia (2012-2013). Before that, he had served as Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Bwaila Hospital and Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi (2004-2010). As co-founder of the Chitenje Maternity Trust in Malawi, he played a leading role in the planning and construction of two public maternity hospitals, based on human rights principles, where all women can deliver in their own private rooms.

He served first as Medical Officer and later as Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in Northern Namibia's Onandjokwe Hospital for altogether ten years before and after Namibia's Independence (1987–1990, 1995-2001) and was Visiting Professor at the School of Law and Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, USA (2011). His writings have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications.

He is the father of Documentary Filmmaker and Anthropologist Lara Meguid.


Prof. Siddharthan Chandransiddharthan

Professor of Neurology, Director of the Centre for Clinical Brain Science and Edinburgh Neuroscience

Guest lecture on Friday the 15th of March 11:30-12:30

Siddharthan Chandran is trained in medicine at Southampton University, subsequently undertaking neurology training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London, and Cambridge. He was awarded a PhD in developmental neurobiology in 2000 from the University of Cambridge. His previous appointments have included Consultant Neurologist, University Lecturer and Fellow of Kings College at the University of Cambridge. In 2009, he took up the MacDonald Professor of Neurology at the University of Edinburgh where he is also the Director of the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences and Edinburgh Neuroscience.

The goal of his research, that combines laboratory and clinical activity, is to develop novel treatments for patients with neurodegenerative disorders in the context of Regenerative Neurology. His work is centred on the role of cellular autonomy in neurodegenerative diseases with a particular focus on macroglia. His group’s experimental systems include in vitro patient specific iPSCs and linked in vivo models of inherited tauopathy and inflammatory demyelinating neurodegenerative disease to study glial-neuronal interaction. He also has extensive experience in experimental medicine and early phase proof-of-concept clinical trials.

Prof. dr. Inger Schipper  

Professor of (orthopaedic) Trauma Surgery at the LUMC since 2008

Guest lecture on Friday the 15th of March 15:30-16:30

Prof.dr. I.B. Schipper finished her Biomedical Sciences and Medical studies in Leiden. She trained as a surgical resident in Amsterdam and has been a trauma surgeon since 2002 and professor of (orthopaedic) Trauma Surgery at the LUMC since 2008. She is the director of the Trauma Department of the Leiden University Medical Center and Trauma Center West.  

Her clinical interests in daily trauma care are multiple and relate to treatment of poly trauma patients, pelvic fractures, complex foot injury, infection and pseudarthrosis. These areas are reflected in the trauma education and -research that she is involved in. She has given many trauma courses worldwide, such as AO and ATLS courses and she is involved in multiple national and international research networks.