With a background in nursing and health visiting, Professor Billings’ special interests lie in vulnerable groups with complex needs, integrated health and social care, and mixed methodology. Her expertise lies in developing and managing applied and methodologically challenging projects that focus on providing evidence for practice and improved quality of care. Professor Billings’ research has led to sustainable service developments, particularly in the field of integrated care for older people in Europe and South America. She has been a successful recipient of many national, and international funding awards over several years and is an advisor for several global funding bodies and agencies concerned with health improvement. She is widely published in high-impact journals and is co-editor of two books on integrated health and social care.


Enrique Delamonica is an economist and political scientist educated at the University of Buenos Aires, the Institute for Economic and Social Development, Columbia University, and the New School for Social Research. He was a policy analyst at UNICEF’s Headquarters, the Social and Economic Policy Regional Advisor at UNICEF’s Office for Latin America and The Caribbean, the Chief of Social Policy and Gender Equality at UNICEF Nigeria.

He has written and co-edited books and articles on economic development, children’s rights, social protection, macroeconomic trends impacting children, socioeconomic disparities, the green economy, quality of life, social exclusion and discrimination, and financing of social services.  He has also taught economics, international development, policy analysis, statistics, and research methods at, among other places, New York University, Columbia University, the New School for Social Research, and Saint Peter’s College (New Jersey). He was a Fellow of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty of the International Social Science Council between 2010 and 2018. Currently, he is on the board of the Research Committee on Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy of the International Sociological Association.


In addition to being the Head of EU Affairs of Edenred which operates in more than 40 countries worldwide, Delphine Chilese-Lemarinier has held successive positions within the private and public sectors as well as NGOs. These positions include Project Manager and Editor for the Jean Monnet Association (1999-2002), Project Officer at the private office of the French European Affairs Minister (2004-2007) and Senior Consultant for Publicis Consultants (2007-2010). Delphine graduated in Political Sciences (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble, 1999) and additionally specialised in communication (DEA Paris IX Dauphine, 2001) and in European Policies (Institut d’Etudes Européennes in Bruxelles, 2003).


Christian Fillet is the Vice-General Director of the City of Bruges in Belgium and Chair of the European Social Network. He is also responsible for all social services and nine local public welfare associations in Bruges covering services for children, disabled people, older people, and youth. In addition, Christian sits on the Board of EXELLO, the Flemish association of city directors.


For over 15 years, Carmen has worked closely with industry decision-makers, DMC and PCOs in attracting new business and promoting Malaga as a destination for international and national congresses and corporate meetings and events. Prior to joining Malaga Convention Bureau, Carmen’s experience is in sales and marketing in the hospitality industry including Market Analyst for Tourspain at their offices in Paris.


Bent Greve is Professor in Social Science, focusing on welfare state analysis at the University of Roskilde, Denmark. His research interest focuses on the welfare state, and social and labour market policy, often from a comparative perspective. He has published extensively on social and labour market policy, social security, tax expenditures, public sector expenditures and financing of the welfare state. He is the editor of Social Policy & Administration.

Recent books include Rethinking Welfare and the Welfare State (2022), Edward Elgar, Myths, Narratives and the Welfare State (2021), Edward Elgar, Austerity, Retrenchment and the Welfare State (2020), and Edward Elgar Poverty. The Basics (2020), Routledge, Routledge International Handbook of Poverty (ed.) (2020), Routledge Welfare, Populism and Welfare Chauvinism (2019), Policy Press Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State (ed., 2nd Edition), (2019), Routledge, Multidimensional Inequalities, De Gruyter, 2021.


Andrzej Klimczuk, PhD, a sociologist and public policy expert, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy of the Collegium of Socio-Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland. He worked as the external expert of institutions such as the European Commission, URBACT III Programme, Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme, and Fondazione Cariplo. Member of various scientific organizations such as the Polish Sociological Association, Polish Society of Gerontology, and European Sociological Association. Author of many scientific papers in the fields of gerontology, labour economics, public management, and social policy.


Born in Verona but living in Milan, Lucia Dal Negro holds a BA in International Development and a first MSc in International Relations at the Catholic University of Milan and a second MSc in Environment & Development earned at the London School of Economics, London. In 2013 she was awarded a PhD in Inclusive Business at Catholic University of Milan.

Founder in 2014 of the Benefit Corporation and certified B-CORP™ “De-LAB srl,” she has been a research fellow at Feltrinelli Foundation and  is currently advisor for the Bassetti Foundation on Global Health. Winner of the special mention of the Business Spirit Award (RIS -Ireland) for her KOKONO project in Uganda, and of the European SESA Award in the category “Female Role Model of the Year” 2019,  Lucia’s specific expertise relies on participative approaches to engage vulnerable stakeholders in profit-driven initiatives at the base of the income pyramid (i), and systemic approaches for designing and implementing poverty alleviation policies (ii).

In 2021 she received the B-CORP “Best for the World” award for De-LAB’s impacts in the area of governance.