GS9 Speakers

Nicole Votruba

Nicole Votruba, Gender Summit 9 Eu speaker

FundaMentalSDG initiative, Maudsley International, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK.

Global Call for Action to strengthen mental health in the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Plenary: Tackling gender inequalities in Health

Nicole is a researcher at King’s College London, coordinator of the global FundaMentalSDG initiative, and also works for the Centre for Implementation Science and the CLAHRC South London. Nicole has studied for a BSc and MSc in international relations, international law and gender studies in Munich, Toulouse and Venice. She then worked as a consultant in different political and economic consultancies, and in European research project management. Since 2014, as coordinator of the FundaMentalSDG initiative, and together with an international group of mental health experts they have been advocating the United Nations to give mental health prominence in UN Sustainable Development Goals. For her PhD degree at King's College London, Nicole is researching how mental health can become a policy priority in low and middle income countries. 

She is investigating how mental health research is translated into policy, and how the processes of decision making of policy makers and knowledge exchange between researchers and policy makers can be improved.

#SpeakerPreview Watch FundaMentalSDG's video: Urge United Nations to Approve Measurable Indicators for Global Mental Health Development

#SpeakerPreview Read Nicole's report: Thornicroft, G., & Votruba, N. (2015). Millennium development goals: lessons for global mental health. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, 24(May), 458–460.