Cristina Diaz Navarro

Cristina Diaz-Navarro

Associate Dean, Clinical Skills and Simulation, Health Education and Improvement Wales, UK

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Professor Cristina Diaz-Navarro is a Consultant Anaesthetist with an interest in neuro-anaesthesia and the Academic Head of the Perioperative Care Department at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. She is an Associate Dean for Simulation and Clinical Skills at Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), an Honorary Professor at the School of Medicine at Cardiff University and an Associate Professor for the School of Medicine and Healthcare Sciences at the University of Barcelona. 

She is an Executive Committee Member at the Association for Simulation in Healthcare Practice (ASPiH) and Simulation Lead for Wales at the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

She has been involved in simulation-based education and debriefing since 2006. Her academic work has focussed on human factors training and simulation faculty development since 2011. She is also the lead author in the creation of the TALK approach to clinical debriefing ( and chairs the Board of Trustees of the TALK Foundation.

She enjoys developing innovative simulation-based projects that encourage new perspectives for reflection on everyday elements of healthcare. 


Sigrun Anna Qvindesland 

Stavanger University Hospital

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Sigrun is the regional lead for simulation in the Western Norway Health Trust: RegSim Vest. She has an emergency nursing background, Masters in Health Care sciences, has worked on simulation-based research projects, and been an active SESAM member since 2010 where she is currently a Scientific Committee Core member.


Pier Luigi Ingrassia - SESAM Secretary

Pier Luigi Ingrassia 

Scientific Director at Centro di Simulazione (CeSi)

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Gabriel Reedy

Gabriel Reedy FAcadMEd PFHEA 

Professor of Clinical Education, King’s College London

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Briseida Mema

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto

Staff Physician, Critical Care Medicine Department, Hospital for Sick Children

Christoffer Ericsson

Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Finland

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Clare Hawker

Health Education and Improvement Wales

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Dr Clare Hawker is one of five Associate Deans for Clinical Skills and Simulation in Health Education and Improvement Wales leading upon simulation-based education. She is also a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing and Director of Technology and Simulation in the School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University. She is a SESAM member and part of the Scientific committee.


Crina Burlacu

University College Dublin

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Cristina Honorato-Cia

University of Navarra School of Medicine, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain


Fouad Marhar

University of Twente / Medisch Spectrum Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands


Frank R. Halfwerk

University of Twente / Medisch Spectrum Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands

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Guillaume Alinier

Director of Research at Hamad Medical Corporation Ambulance Service (Qatar) + Visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire and University of Northumbria (UK), Adjunct Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar

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Senior academic professional (Professor/Chair position) with 20 years of teaching and research expertise in a range of healthcare disciplines in the academic, hospital, and pre-hospital care institutional settings. Highly involved in the clinical simulation education community internationally, he is a well published and regularly invited speaker at national and international conferences, has contributed to the development of several simulation centres, conferences, and national initiatives in various countries.

At HMC, in addition to his roles on the Ambulance Paramedic and Critical Care Paramedic training programmes, he is involved in several high priority projects including: Academic Health Centre accreditation by JCI, road traffic safety, hospital evacuation planning, team training for interfacility transfer of high acuity patients, and ECMO team training.


  • Research
  • Clinical Simulation
  • Simulation facilities design and operations
  • Healthcare education
  • Faculty development/Certification
  • Competency assessment
  • OSCE
  • Scenario design
  • Simulation centre policies and guidelines


Iva Bursac

Jim Pattison Childrens Hospital


Jane Hislop

University of Edinburgh, Scotland

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Jo Park-Ross

University of Cape Town


Joanne Kerins

Scottish Centre for Simulation and Clinical Human Factors 


Kirsty J Freeman

Rural Clinical School of Western Australia

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Marian Traynor

Queen’s University Belfast


Martina Kosinova

Medical Faculty of Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic


Melih Elcin

Hacettepe University, Turkey

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Minna Silvennoinen

JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland

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Petr Stourac

Medical Faculty of Masaryk University


Prashant Kumar

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Scotland

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Dr. Prashant Kumar is an anaesthetic registrar based in the West of Scotland, with a specialist interest in simulation-based education and research. He has been heavily involved with simulation throughout his training and has previously completed a 2-year simulation fellowship in NHS GG&C, during which he undertook his Masters degree in Medical Education. His specialist interests include interprofessional simulation, co-debriefing, faculty development and more recently the role of in-situ simulation as a therapeutic and diagnostic tool to improve patient outcomes, alongside its use for educational purposes. Being a dad of two under-five troublemakers means that most of his spare time is spent playing the baddie in some variation of a superhero/paw patrol dramatic performance. 


Serena Ricci

University of Genova, Italy

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Ulufer Sivrikaya

VKV Koc Healthcare, RMK AIMES


Une Elisabeth Stømer

Stavanger University Hospital and University of Stavanger, Norway

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Une Elisabeth Stømer holds the position as head of InterRegSim, which is the Collaborative Network for Simulation in Norwegian Hospitals. She also holds the position as an Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger.