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Chief Executive Officer

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ANANDA PLATE

Ananda is Chief Executive Officer at MPE. She joined the team in March 2013.

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She holds a law degree from the University of Barcelona and a Master’s degree in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her main field of interest is cross border healthcare within the EU and health data protection.

She started getting involved in patient advocacy in 2007. Since then she has collaborated with a number of patient organizations across Europe. She has worked at the leading Institute of Public Law (IDP Barcelona) and the European Commission (DG Health and Consumers). Currently she is also a legal advisor in the clinical ethics committee of the Hospital de Mollet (Barcelona).

She speaks Spanish, German, English, Catalan and French.

Ananda has lived and worked predominantly in Spain, Germany, the UK and Belgium. She is currently based in Munich, Germany.

Managers

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ANA VALLEJO

Ana joined the MPE team as Communications Manager in September 2016.

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She holds a bachelor degree in journalism from Universidad Complutense of Madrid and a Master’s degree in Audiovisual Communication from Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, in Madrid.

Ana worked as a journalist in health-specialized weekly newspapers and consumer health monthly magazines. She has been involved in different patient advocacy groups, first as a volunteer and later on within the communication 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 the elaboration of two books focused on patients with cancer as a co-writer and editorial coordinator. She speaks Spanish and English. She is currently based in Madrid, Spain.

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KATE MORGAN

Kate is Policy and Public Affairs Manager 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.

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INGRID JENISCH

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

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She holds a degree of the advanced technical college in Ulm and has an apprenticeship as an electrical engineering assistant.

Ingrid has a broad bandwidth of experience in large, medium-sized and start-up companies. She worked as referent and assistance to the Executive Boards. In this role she was amongst others responsive for the 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 relation activities. Interim responsibility for human resources complete her profile.

In the health area she worked for the public funded IMI project EUPATI. The European Patients’ Academy (EUPATI) 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 to prepare all reporting’s against IMI and the international consortium members. The monitoring, controlling and analysis of the complex finance overview were part of her responsibility.
Ingrid is currently based in Munich, Germany.

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MICHI GEISSLER

Michi joined the MPE team in September 2018 to manage the AGM Secretariat.

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She holds a diploma in Business Studies and has been working in the cancer patient advocacy field for the last 13 years. She has a strong business (communication/marketing, organization development and IT) background and worked for Bertelsmann (e-business sector) prior to providing project management to patient organisations like the European Cancer Patient Coalition, Sarcoma Patients EuroNet, Leukaemie Patient Advocates Foundation/CML Advocates Network, Das Lebenshaus and others.

Networking and bringing the right people together has always been a big motivator for her and she is in her element when organizing meetings and projects. She started getting involved in patient advocacy in 2001, first on a voluntary basis and since 2005 also on a professional basis. Since then she has collaborated with a number of patient organizations across Europe and supported them in the development and implementation of patient summits, conferences, Community Advisory Board meetings, Annual General Meetings, and Steering committee meetings.

Michi is based in Munich/Germany.