Conference management committee

Ellen Kuhlmann, MPH, PhD

Conference co-president

Ellen Kuhlmann MPH PhD is the initiator and president of the EUPHA Health Workforce Research Section, and currently based at Hannover Medical School, Germany. Ms. Kuhlmann has many years of international experience, most recently in 2019 as guest professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her main research areas include health workforce, health systems and governance, and gender and public health. Ms. Kuhlmannn has clinical experience as a specialised nurse.

Marius I. Ungureanu, MD, PhD

Conference co-president

Marius Ungureanu, MD, PhD is the Chair of the Department of Public Health and Director of the Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy, both within the School of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences at the Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Dr. Ungureanu has more than 13 years of experience in public health research, having led or contributed to the development, implementation and evaluation of research projects in the areas of health systems, health service delivery, human resources for health and healthcare management. He has accumulated extensive experience in the health sector including as Adviser to the Health Minister, Chief of Staff to the Health Minister, Secretary of State (Deputy Minister) for Romania’s Ministry of Health and as a consultant for many international agencies, including the World Health Organization, International Labor Organization, USAID, and the World Bank, in countries like Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Czechia. He is also a member of the Governing Board of the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and a steering board member of the Health workforce research section of EUPHA.

Monica Georgiana Brînzac, PhD(c)

Conference manager

Monica Georgiana Brînzac PhD(c) holds two master's degrees in Healthcare Management and in Science, Technology, and Innovation in Governance, along with a bachelor's degree in Public Health. She works as a Research Assistant at Babeș-Bolyai University's Department of Public Health, delving into areas like medical deserts, health workforce, mental health, maternal and youth health, along with broader public health matters. Monica is also an integral part of the EUPHA, where she fulfils the role of EUPHAnxt coordinator. She contributes to shaping and advancing public health initiatives and discussions at European level. Her multifaceted background and dedication to healthcare research and policy make her a valuable asset within both academic and public health spheres.

Mara Bumbu

Mara Bumbu is a research technician within the Department of Public Health, Babeș-Bolyai University while being in her third-year of bachelor studies in Public Health. Mara is dedicated to improving healthcare systems’ future, she works on health workforce, medical deserts and public health issues topics, currently contributing to the BeWell project.

Andrei Rus

Andrei Rus is a (Jr.) Operational and Financial Manager in the Department of Public Health at Babeș-Bolyai University. He has an experience of over three years in implementation of research projects, predominantly in administrative, financial and legal areas.

Ștefan Lazăr

Ștefan Augustin Lazăr is a dynamic individual with a bachelor's degree in Public Health. With previous roles as a Local Coordinator and Co-designer in the OurCluj project and his current position as a Research Technician in the Department of Public Health, he has acquired a profound understanding of health and community engagement. Currently pursuing a Master's degree in Advertising, he aims to leverage his unique blend of public health knowledge and advertising skills to bridge the gap between information and action.