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MPE staff


Capacity building and advocacy

Katie Joyner

Katie joined MPE in April 2020 as Chief Operating Officer (COO).

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Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Arts from Georgetown University in Liberal Studies with a concentration in International Affairs. Katie has a decade of experience with nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. Prior to joining MPE, Katie served as the Director of Development at a large New York City nonprofit supporting individuals with developmental disabilities where she oversaw fundraising, grant writing, Board relations, and special events. Her interests include health equity and improving healthcare access for vulnerable populations. Katie is originally from North Carolina, United States and is currently based in Munich, Germany.


Linda joined the MPE team as Project Manager in September 2021.

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Linda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a Master’s degree in Medical and Psychiatric Social work from the University of Madras, India. She has vast experience in leading, managing, teaching and training in the Social (non-profit) and Educational sectors. Her area of expertise in the past has been working with and for victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Her passion and interest are to connect with vulnerable individuals/communities, be the change and make a difference, in order for them to have holistic development. Linda comes from India and she currently lives and works in Munich, Germany. She speaks English, Tamil and conversational German.


Access and Policy


Kate is Chief Strategy Officer at MPE. She joined the team in September 2017.

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She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and a Master’s degree in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh. She also holds a Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute for Public Relations. Her main area of interest is health policy, with a specific focus on policies affecting drug development and access in European countries.

Kate previously worked for eight years in the Policy Team at Myeloma UK, where she was involved in influencing a range of policy and reimbursement decisions affecting myeloma patient access to good quality care and effective new drugs. She was involved in a number of patient and public advisory panels in the UK healthcare system, including for the Scottish Medicines Consortium, the drug approval body in Scotland.

She been involved in a wide-range of patient organisation networks, both nationally and internationally – most recently chairing the Blood Cancers Alliance, an information-sharing network of haematological cancer charities in the UK.

Kate currently lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Anne-Pierre Pickaert

Anne-Pierre joined in April 2020 to manage the Access to medicines Secretariat.

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Anne-Pierre brings 20 years of experience with a wide range of healthcare stakeholders (charity, patient organisation, governmental agency, consultancy and pharmaceutical industry). Her skills and expertise in health communication, cancer prevention and market access, combined with her personal experience as a leukaemia survivor, give her a unique perspective on patient engagement, advocacy and equal access to adequate care.
Anne-Pierre holds a MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment from the University of York, a MSc in European Social Policy from the London School of Economics and a Diploma in Political Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Strasbourg. She worked as general delegate and program manager in cancer prevention through nutrition and lifestyle (World Cancer Research Fund & Institut National du Cancer [INCa]) and market access director (Kantar Health, Lundbeck & Sanofi).



Medical Education and Scientific Engagement


Solène is Head of Medical Education and Scientific Engagement. She joined the team in January 2021.

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Solène holds a PhD in Neuroscience and a Master of Biology and Physiology from Sorbonne University (Paris). She studied brain development during her PhD and then worked on brain cellular diversity as a researcher at the Helmholtz Zentrum München (Germany). Early involved in education, she has been leading holiday camps for children for many years and worked in a science museum during her studies to promote science, design exhibitions and lead workshops.
Interested in science policy and particularly in the field of health, she trained herself to European policy implementation, clinical data management and industrial pharma management before joining MPE.
Solène comes from France and currently lives and works in Munich, Germany. She speaks French, English and German.

Morine joined MPE as Project Officer in December 2021.
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She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies from Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. She previously worked for an NGO that focused on advocating for people with terminal and stigmatised diseases such as HIV and was also involved in providing counselling, education and support to people living in vulnerable communities.
In 2018 she moved to Germany, and since then, she has gained experience in nursing procedures related to treatment plans, medication schedules and patient assessments. Morine speaks English, German and Shona.


Patient Evidence

Silene Ten Seldam

Silene joined MPE in October 2021 as Research Assistant.

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Silene holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Stirling and an MSc in Mental health in Children and Young People from the University of Edinburgh. She has experience in conducting qualitative research through a placement at the University of Stirling’s Careers and Employability Service, and quantitative research experience, using both primary and secondary data, through her degree research projects. Silene also has experience in supporting individuals with mental health difficulties through voluntary roles during her time at university, such as Nightline, and healthcare experience through her role as a care and support worker for individuals with learning difficulties and complex needs. Silene is big on advocating for inclusivity and supporting vulnerable populations and is therefore enthusiastic in filling research gaps by expanding on current research to improve the understanding of myeloma patient experience and quality of life. Silene speaks English, French, German and Dutch and is currently based in Edinburgh.



Ana Vallejo

Ana is Head of Communications. She joined MPE in September 2016.

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She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid, a Master’s degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid and a Master’s degree in Digital Communications Strategies from the Complutense University of Madrid.
Ana worked as a journalist on weekly newspapers specialising in health and on consumer health monthly magazines. She has been involved in different patient advocacy groups, first as a volunteer and later on within the communications department. Since 2014, Ana worked as PR and press consultant in the health department of an international PR agency developing communication strategies for the main pharmaceutical companies.
Ana has been involved in producing two books focused on patients with cancer as a co-writer and editorial co-ordinator. She speaks Spanish and English.

Patricia Matamoros

Patricia joined the MPE communications department in September 2021.

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Patricia holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Advertising Communications from the University Carlos III of Madrid. Patricia has experience in TV news production and social media management. She previously worked at a news station in Gainesville, Florida, USA managing the social media department. She speaks Spanish and English and is originally from Managua, Nicaragua. She is currently based in Madrid, Spain.


Finance and Operations

Ingrid Jenisch

Ingrid joined the MPE team as Finance and Reporting Officer in August 2018.

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She holds a degree from the advanced technical college in Ulm, Germany, and has an apprenticeship as an electrical engineering assistant.
Ingrid has broad experience in large, medium-sized and start-up companies. She worked as referent and assistant to Executive Boards. In this role she was responsible, for board-, management- and finance-reporting and controlling. She has proficient expertise in project and programme management and implementation of administrative processes as well as in marketing and public relations.

In the health area she worked for the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) project EUPATI. The European Patients’ Academy. This is a pan-European project implemented as a public-private partnership by a collaborative multi-stakeholder consortium from the pharmaceutical industry, academia, not-for-profit, and patient organisations. As Finance and Reporting Officer she supported the EUPATI Director in preparing reports for IMI and the international consortium members. Financial monitoring, control and analysis were part of her responsibility. Ingrid is based in Munich, Germany.

Valentina Christodoulidou

Valentina joined the MPE team as HR and Operations Officer in September 2021.

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Valentina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Cyprus and a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the University Sussex. Valentina has experience working in a multinational HR organization as an HR Research Officer and has also worked for one of the largest trade unions in Cyprus representing workers across all sectors. She speaks Greek and English and is originally from Cyprus. She is currently based in Munich, Germany.