Arno Amfort serves as the Chairman of the Executive Board of APACE PLC, a global operating advisory in the healthcare sector and pharmaceutical industry. He is also the CEO of the AMFORT Corporation, an international consulting firm focused on energy, technology, infrastructure, government practice and investments.
Arno served as a Special Adviser of the Sovereign Order of Malta’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, IAEA, and CTBTO in Vienna, working on global healthcare and public safety projects. His community involvement focuses on disaster relief and humanitarian aid for recovery activities in the Balkan region and the Middle East, as well as support for grass-roots social media projects and international cooperation in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Arno furthermore holds several supervisory board positions with corporations and non-profits in North America, Europe and Asia. He is a vivid volunteer, still keeping his certification as Emergency Medical Technician active (Austrian Mountain Rescue Service), is a licensed State Wildlife Enforcer, and certified as a Master Blaster (for purposes of preventive avalanche activation).
After graduation in 1979 as an M.D. at the university of Basle in Switzerland Christian Etter completed his education as an trauma and orthopedic spine surgery specialist from 1980 – 1985 at the university clinic of Ulm in Germany and from 1985 – 1990 at the spine department of the university clinic of Berne, from 1986 in the position as a staff member and associated professor. From 1990 Christian serves as a spine surgery specialist as the chief of the department of spinal medicine of the Swiss Spine Clinic in Aarau and he also served as a consultant spine specialist at several different clinics in Basel and Zurich in Switzerland.
During this time Christian performed more than 6000 decompressive and stabilizing operations at all regions of the spine. He also performed 27 live surgeries with real time simultaneous transmission to Zurich and Dallas/New York City during the international conferences of the Swiss Spine Institute, which he founded in 1999. Christian was chairman at fifteen international spine conferences and held more than 100 lectures at international spine events. The main focus of his research is the interdisciplinary patient approach, bone transplantation, fractures of the upper cervical spine and the anterior approach to the spine with special interest to the total disc arthroplasty. Christian received for his scientific work 6 different grants.
The first contact with the World Spine Care Initiative had Christian in 2012 when he visited Botswana together with a spine surgery specialist team to initiate the specific surgical spine care within the World Spine Care Group.
Scott Haldeman holds the positions of Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, Clinical Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, Irvine.
He is Past President of the North American Spine Society, the American Back Society, the North American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, and the Orange County Neurological Society, and is currently Chairman Emeritus of the Research Council of the World Federation of Chiropractic. He is certified by the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Board of Electroencephalography and Neurophysiology and the American Board of Clinical Physiology. He also served on the US department of Health AHCPR Clinical Guidelines Committee on Acute Low Back Problems in Adults as well as four other Clinical Guidelines Committees. He presided over The Bone and Joint Decade 2000 to 2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders.
Scott Haldeman sits on the editorial boards of six journals, and has published over 200 articles or book chapters, over 70 scientific abstracts, and has authored or edited seven books. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the Southern California University of Health Sciences and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the Western States Chiropractic College. He received the David Selby Award from the North American Spine Society. A resident of Santa Ana, California, he maintains an active clinical practice.
Margareta Nordin, Dr. Med. Sci., PT, CIE, is Research Professor, Departments of Orthopaedics and Environmental Medicine, Graduate School of Arts and Science and School of Medicine, New York University, New York, New York, USA. She is the founder and past director of the Occupational and Industrial Orthopedic Center, Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York University. She has written five books, published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, participated in seven national or international based task forces on spine pain and received multiple awards among them The Volvo Award, The Woodbridge Award, The Grammer Award, Junior Nobel Faculty Lecturer. Dr. Nordin was the first woman President of ISSLS 1999-2000. She was Adjunct Professor at the Karolinska Institute (2008-2014), the Polytechnic University Hong Kong (2008-2010) and currently at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.She is the Chair of EuroSpine Taskforce Research (TFR), a member of the Bone and Joint Decade International Coordinating Council (ICC) as first physical therapist joining the ICC, The main focus of her research is treatment and prevention of disability for work related and work related musculoskeletal injuries and ailments She has a specific interest in disseminating evidence based, low cost, effective and efficient non-surgical treatment for spine pain and to return individuals to work, to functional ability and to participation in the community.
Adam graduated with a business degree from Westminster University (UK) in 1991 and started his career in management consultancy, using his Diploma in Marketing to help small to medium enterprises develop marketing and business strategy. Adam joined the Audit Commission in 1994, managing value for money audits of public sector bodies, including the NHS, receiving recognition and high client satisfaction scores for the work undertaken. Wanting to bring about change from the inside, Adam went from gamekeeper to poacher, and since 2001 has worked for the 2nd largest local authority in England, Leeds City Council. Starting in the strategy and policy unit, and then moving to Customer Services where he is now Head of Customer Contact, running the council’s website, social media, digital access, and a 250 seat contact centre. Very much at the sharp end, Adam has been transforming the council’s approach to end to end service delivery around the needs of the customer for well over a decade. He is responsible for a substantial budget which he manages effectively, including delivering significant cost savings.
Adam has been involved in community and church groups, and supported various fund-raising activities for a number of years. He enjoys taking part in physical challenges to raise money for charity, including hiking challenges and long cycle rides. He provides a safe pair of hands for taking care of the charity’s finances, and brings considerable marketing and business experience to support the work of World Spine Care Europe.
Adam graduated in 1988 as a DC from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic. He has primarily worked in private practice, whilst training newly graduated chiropractors for many years. He has also worked within the NHS providing chiropractic services and designing, implementing and publishing research, studying the effects of various forms of treatment for chronic lower back pain. Adam has presented at conferences in the UK, Europe and the USA. In 2014 he received his Masters in Disaster Healthcare from the University of South Wales.
From 2008-2009 Adam and his wife worked in Kenya as volunteers within the schools and orphanage of an educational charity. He was responsible for liaising with central and local government education departments to ensure that the school’s educational policies were aligned with national policies and to protect the schools’ safety and longevity. He was also active clinically providing treatment for musculoskeletal injuries in the region. Over the past 5 years he has organised and participated in events, such as marathons, ultra marathon, timed mountain walks, and long-distance cycle rides, to raise funds for a variety of charities.
Adam has worked with the British Chiropractic Association and the National Back Pain Association (now Backcare) in both PR and educational roles to increase awareness of the potential causes and various evidence based treatments for back pain. In this capacity he has written numerous articles for national press and has appeared on television and radio on several occasions. He has worked with the British Red Cross as an educator in cultural diversity and acceptance. Adam was instrumental in establishing World Spine Care Europe and its registration as a charity with the Charity Commission.
Alberto Zerbi completed his degree in Medicine at the Università degli Studi di Milano in 1982. He is the director of the Departement of Radiology at the IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi in Milan, Italy. He has published more than 100 papers in reputed journals and he is Deputy Editor for Imaging of the European Spine Journal