Advisory Board

The main task of the BIHSENA advisory board is to provide strategic guidance and support to the project coordinator, governance board and team to ensure that the results meet the BIHSENA objectives. To this end the advisory board members review the project outcomes, including course syllabuses, books, and other materials and provide feedback to ensure quality and relevance of these outcomes. The advisory board members also attend yearly BIHSENA project meetings, review and provide feedback on the project implementation and future implementation plans.

G.T.M. (Ineke) ten Dam

Educational scientist, expert in international education, joint courses and distance learning. Programme manager Technical Medicine, University of Twente, The Netherlands.




Abel Polese works for Dublin City University and Tallinn University.

He is a researcher and development worker interested in the challenges of translating Western forms of governance and development and their applicability to the  Global South. Dr Polese has been working in a variety of fields (women empowerment, capacity building of youth and youth NGOs, educational reforms) and produced resource tools, studies, adviced and delivered sessions for a wide  variety of local, national and international organisations (Austrian and Finnish Agencies for Erasmus+; Estonian Research  Council; Rustaveli Foundation; SALTO; YouthForum; WAGGGS; UNOPS) and his project “Sustainable Development in  Cultural Diversity” received the Global Education Award by the Council of Europe in 2011.



Susanne Bauer, PhD, Associate Professor at the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Norway.

Her research draws from Science and technology studies as well as from history, sociology and anthropology of science. It has dealt in particular with health data infrastructures, the politics of categories and algorithms in epidemiology and addressed conceptual transformations in environmental health in the age of genomics. She has longstanding research collaborations with scientists in post-Soviet countries working on the aftermaths of nuclear exposures.







Donka Dimitrova, PhD,MSSc, MSc Associate Professor and Head of department of Health management and health economics at the Faculty of Public health, Medical University-Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

A lecturer in medical sociology and in organizational behavior. Has been doing research on management and politics of healthcare; health needs assessment, access and quality evaluation and on effects of urban environment on health. Expert activities and field work include development of National Standard for General practice and revisions of National Health Strategy, supervision of PhD thesis and research projects in public health.