Jury members

The Jury members were selected for their various and complementary profiles but without direct background in outcome research. The President of the Jury is Prof. Joseph Deiss (previous Federal Council and Chair of the General Assembly of the United Nations) has agreed to lead the 11 international members of the Jury who all have no conflict of interest while being top leaders in their field.

Joseph Deiss – Former President and Councillor of the Swiss Confederation, former President of the United Nations General Assembly

Federal Councillor, 1996-2006
President of Switzerland, 2004
President of the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Between 1999 and 2006, Joseph Deiss was a member of the Federal Council, the Swiss government. In 2004, he was the President of the Swiss Confederation. As a Federal Councillor, he headed the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (1999-2002) and the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (2003-2006). Mr Deiss began his political career in 1981 as a representative of his party in the cantonal Parliament of Fribourg, Switzerland. In 1992 he was elected Mayor of the Commune of Barberêche FR, a position he held until 1996. In 1991 he became the president of the cantonal Parliament for one year, and was elected to the National Council (1991-1999).

From 2010 to 2011 he was the President of the 65th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Mr Deiss studied economics and social sciences for his first degree at the University of Fribourg. He then completed a doctorate a the same University, after which he was a research student at the University of Cambridge. After this period of research, he took on the post of lecturer in economics at the University of Fribourg. He became the Dean of the Faculty of Economics in 1996-1998. Between 1983 and 1998, at several times, he was made visiting professor at a number of Swiss universities: ETH Zurich, University of Lausanne and University of Geneva.

After having left his political mandates Mr Deiss has been president and member of different boards (Zurich Insurance Company Ireland (ZIP), Zurich Insurance Company South Africa (ZICSA), Zurich Life Insurance Company Ltd (ZLIC), Alstom Switzerland, Emmi, Kudelski, Clinique Générale Fribourg, Turck, Delémont).

He also was back as a visiting Professor for Economic Policy at the University of Fribourg from 2007 to 2012.

Dieter Heuskel – Ex Chairman Boston Consulting Group Germany, Germany

Dr. Dieter Heuskel is a Senior Advisor at The Boston Consulting Group and a member of the supervisory board of several family-owned companies in Germany. He studied economics in Bonn and holds a PhD from the Chair of Economic Policy. As co-founder of BCG's Düsseldorf office, he held a leadership position at BCG until 2016. His consulting focus includes companies in the energy and healthcare industries as well as topics at the interface of business and society. As co-moderator of the Initiativkreis Rhein-Ruhr, he had initiated a number of projects on cutting-edge medicine in the Ruhr region, including the Klinikführer Rhein-Ruhr. Dieter Heuskel lives in Düsseldorf, Daun and Piemont, where he runs his own winery.

Nancy Kwan Man – Director of Clinical and Translational Research, Department of Surgery, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Dr. Nancy K. Man is currently a Professor of Department of Surgery, LKS Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong. Her main research focus is in the area of liver graft injury and cancer recurrence after transplantation utilizing an integrated basic, clinical and translational approach. She is the past President of International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS) and Program Chair of ILTS2018, and the member of the Basic Science Committee of The Transplantation Society (TTS). She is also the Founder member of Women Leaders in Transplantation (WLIL), International Mentor of WLIL and a Key Opinion Leader of TTS. She was the Chairperson of ILTS Scholarship Committee, member of ILTS Education Committee, Basic Science Committee and Publication Committee of ILTS. Prof. Man is currently the Deputy Editor (Basic Science) of Transplantation as well as the Editorial Board Member of Annals of Surgery. Being the President of Hong Kong Scientist Association (HKSA), Professor Man plays critical role for the promotion of collaborations among the scientists in HK, Macau, Taiwan and Mainland of China. She is a visionary leader with extensive experience in the management of international, regional and local academic society and research collaborations.Prof. Man has successfully established a series of multidisciplinary research platforms under the collaborations with the experts in the fields of hepatology, cancer biology, stem cell, immunology, radiology, molecular imaging, biomaterials, bioengineering and bioinformatics.

João Monteiro – Chief Editor, Nature Medicine, USA

João received his medical training at the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he also earned a PhD degree, studying mechanisms of tolerance to self-antigens in autoimmune diseases. In 2009, he was named a Pew Latin American Fellow in the Biomedical Sciences, moving to the United States to pursue studies on T cell antigen recognition and in vivo dynamics of the immune responses with Ron Germain, at the National Institutes of Health. João was the senior editor for immunology and translational medicine at Cell from 2013-2017 and in December, 2017, he was appointed Chief Editor of Nature Medicine, where he leads a team of editors and journalists covering news, opinion and research across the entire landscape of translational and clinical research.

He has given talks about medicine, science and publishing in many international conferences, and has championed efforts to raise ethical standards and transparency in the reporting of translational and clinical research.

João cares about supporting young investigators, creating opportunities to make scientific publishing more inclusive, and harnessing the potential of scientific research to reduce health inequalities globally. Since 2021, he has served as a member of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

Juan F. Perellon – Chief Academic Officer, EHL Group, Lausanne, Switzerland

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Juan F. Perellon holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Political Science from the University of Lausanne, and a PhD from the Institute of Education, University of London. Higher education policy is Dr. Perellon’s domain of expertise. Since 1 December 2019, Dr Perellon is Chief Academic Officer of EHL Group and formulates the transversal strategy of the EHL Group in terms of practical and academic training, in Switzerland and abroad.

Sara Pérez Martínez – Professor of Psychobiology, Complutense University of Madrid., EUPATI Fellow, Spain

Neuropsychologist and Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). Master in Cognitive Neuropsychology and behavioral neurology. Postgraduate training in Rare Diseases, Health Promotion, Public Health and Gender Perspective. She currently combines her teaching and care activity with the profile of Patient Advocate, with interest in the areas of Health Literacy, Quality of Life and inclusion of patients in R & D processes and biosanitary innovation.

Frank Urbaniok, Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, University of Konstanz, Germany and active as consultant

Prof. Frank Urbaniok teaches at the Universities of Konstanz (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland) and is considered a leading international expert in forensic psychiatry and psychology with a focus on violent and sexual offenses. With FOTRES (Forensic Operationalized Therapy and Risk Evaluation System) he developed his own diagnostic system for the risk assessment of offenders, which is used throughout German-speaking countries. He developed and directed numerous therapy and research projects (research interests: Risk Assessment, Therapy Evaluation, Epidemiology, Quality Management) and is additionally specialized in public relations, media relations, crisis communication and organizational consulting.

Frank Urbaniok is currently active as a book author, psychotherapist, court expert, supervisor and consultant for companies and leaders.

Carmen Walbert – Vice President Medical Affairs Europe, Canada and Partner Markets at Biogen, Switzerland

Carmen is a medical doctor and a senior executive working in the life science industry for more than 25 years. During her career, spanning both the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry, she acquired a unique wealth of experience which combines Medical Affairs and Commercial roles.  

Since January 2021, Carmen is the Vice-President Europe, Canada and Partner Markets of Medical Affairs in the biotechnology company Biogen.

Before Biogen Carmen worked in the pharmaceutical companies Bristol Myers Squibb, Merck Sharp & Dohme and UCB Pharma – and in the medical technology companies Medtronic and Baxter Healthcare.

Carmen lived and worked in several countries and speaks several languages. 

Jayson Woodbridge – Cancer Survivor and World Leading Winemaker, USA

Jayson Woodbridge came from modest beginnings in Eastern Canada. As a young man he realized a talent for finance, and became a successful investment banker. After years of collecting and enjoying wines, he retired from banking in the late 1990s and made Napa Valley his home, establishing 3 unique vineyard sites and building an underground winery, which allowed him to pursue his dream of farming his own vineyards and making wines that would stand among the very best in the world. To date, Hundred Acre has amassed a staggering 27 perfect 100point scores from the esteemed Robert Parker Jr.’s The Wine Advocate, and former Wine Advocate writer, Jeb Dunnuck, of JebDunnuck.com In addition to remaining the head winemaker at Hundred Acre, Jayson is a distiller, and consultant within both the wine and liquor industries, focusing on brand creation, quality and marketing.

The brands of Hundred Acre Wine Group have become synonymous with exemplary quality and value, for everyone from the connoisseur, to newcomers to the world of wine, alike.

Soraya Seedat – Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Soraya Seedat is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Head of the Department of Psychiatry at Stellenbosch University. She holds the South African Research Chair in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and directs the South African Medical Research Council Unit on the Genomics of Brain Disorders. She has more than 20 years of clinical, epidemiological and basic neuroscience research experience as a psychiatrist working in the field of traumatic stress and anxiety and has published over 450 peer-reviewed journal manuscripts and has co-edited four books. She has served 2 terms as the President of the College of Psychiatrists of South Africa and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. She is also a Board Member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and Secretary of the Board. She is an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology and Global Mental Health.