Our Team

The Institute’s team is a core group of health and development professionals with extensive global experience. The Directors and Associates offer complementary experiences from working in government, national health care providers, professional associations, UN Agencies, academic institutes and the private sector.


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Petra ten Hoope-Bender, Director

Petra is the Institute’s Director and formerly the Institute’s Director for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH). She is a midwife and executive manager with a health professional and business administration background and 20 years of experience in independent midwifery and the management and development of organisations and public-private partnerships in the international health arena. Petra is the former Interim Director of the Partnership for MNCH (PMNCH), and the Secretary General of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). Petra also served as the Co-Chair of the Inter-Agency Group on Safe Motherhood, the predecessor to the PMNCH, and was one of the key managers of the transition from Safe Motherhood to Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Petra.tenhoope [at] integrare [dot] es


Aferdita Bytyqi

Aferdita Bytyqi, Director, Finance & Operations

Aferdita is the Institute’s Director, Finance & Operations and a founding member. She has extensive project cycle management expertise and a detailed understanding of managing financial grants funded by international agencies and bilateral donors. Aferdita, in her role as financial administrator, amongst others has worked with WHO, FAO, EU, ECHO and DFID.

Aferdita has a MSc. on Urban Development and Planning from the Bartlett School of the Built Environment, University College London and a Dipl. Ing. Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Prishtina. Aferdita, as an architect with a post-graduate degree in urban development, promotes the production of sustainable healthy urban environments based on the principles of strategic urban planning.

Aferdita.bytyqi [at] integrare [dot] es


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Francisco Pozo-Martin, Senior Research Associate

Francisco is an economist and public health researcher with over 20 years of experience in the public, private, and NGO sectors. He is an expert in health economics (particularly in the economic evaluation of health care technologies), in multi-criteria decision analysis, and in modelling for human resources in health care. Francisco holds an MSc in Quantitative Health Services/ Systems Research (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), an MSc in Health Economics (University of York, UK), and will shortly be presenting his Doctoral thesis in Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

francisco.pozo_martin [at] integrare [dot] es


Andrea Nove

Andrea Nove, Senior Research Associate

Andrea has a PhD in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton and more than 20 years’ experience in the design and implementation of quantitative research studies, along with the analysis and dissemination of study results. She has a particular interest in maternal and newborn health in both developed and developing countries, but is also experienced in the areas of Human Resources for Health (HRH) and monitoring and evaluation of international development programmes. Andrea serves as an external reviewer for a number of publications, including: BJOG, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Midwifery and International Journal of Childbirth.

andrea.nove [at] integrare [dot] es


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Maria Guerra Arias, Research Associate

Maria holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. She has experience in research, reporting and program documentation, and has worked internationally in program design and management at the grassroots level.

maria.guerra.arias [at] integrare [dot] es


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Sofia Lopes, Research Associate

Sofia Lopes (RN, MSc) is a graduated nurse with a Master degree in Health and Development and experience in cooperation and development in Nicaragua and Guinea-Bissau, which included field and management work. As a researcher in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, Portugal, she worked in an international project for the improvement of Maternal and Newborn Health in African countries in partnership with other European and African countries. Her main subjects of interest are health systems, human resources for health and women’s issues.

sofia.lopes [at] integrare [dot] es


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Sheetal Sharma, Research Associate

Sheetal Sharma B.Sc. (2002), M.Sc. (2007) is a pharmacologist and microbiologist by training, and in 2007 became a public health researcher at the University of Aberdeen. Her roles included both quantitative and qualitative skills with both the NHS Scotland and developing countries. With country experience including the United Kingdom, India, Kenya, Argentina, Spain and Nepal combining her disciplines to analysis of barriers of care such as societal, cultural barriers, geographical and time barriers.Currently, Sheetal is enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate (Scholarship) at Bournemouth University (BU, U.K.).

sheetal.sharma [at] integrare [dot] es




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Professor James Buchan, Senior Associate

Professor Buchan has twenty five years experience of policy research on health sector human resources, specializing in national level strategy, policy and planning, reward strategy; workforce planning; and labour market analysis. Recent clients include WHO, OECD, and the World Bank. His background includes periods working as a senior HR manager in NHS Scotland; senior policy analyst at the Royal College of Nursing, (RCN), UK; HRH specialist at the World Health Organisation; and a specialist adviser to the federal government agency Health Workforce Australia. His other commitments include: Associate Editor- “Human Resources for Health”; Adjunct Professor, University of Technology, (UTS), Sydney, Australia; Professor Catedrático Convidado, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal; Professor, Queen Margaret University.


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Professor Gilles Dussault, Senior Associate

Gilles Dussault is Professor at the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Lisbon, Portugal. Before joining IHMT in August 2006, he worked as Senior Health Specialist at the World Bank Institute as responsible for the Health Sector Reform and Sustainable Financing Program in French-speaking African countries. Between 1985 and 2000, he was Professor and Director twice of the Department of Health Administration, University of Montreal. His research interests focus on health workforce policies. Since 1986, he has been much involved in international cooperation projects in Africa, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He has been member of the WHO Global Advisory Group on Nursing and Midwifery, and has participated in various working and advisory groups in a number of international organizations. He is member of editorial committees of peer-reviewed journals and author/co-author of 12 books and monographs, and of more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed and professional journals.


Dr. Vincent Fauveau

Dr. Vincent Fauveau

Vincent Fauveau is an MD with a specialization in pediatrics, an MPH from the Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD in medical demography from the University of Nancy, France. Since 2002 and until 2011 he was the Senior Maternal Health adviser for the UNFPA Geneva office, advising on maternal health strategies and programmes at institutional, regional and country levels. vincent.fauveau [at] integrare [dot] es



Debra Stevenson

Debra Stevenson

Debra has over 25 years of clinical and management experience in health services and international development and was formerly the DFID Health & HIV/AIDS Advisor for the Overseas Territories. As a project manager/director Debra has led international and national inputs in the delivery of international technical assistance programmes in transitional and complex political environments. debra.stevenson [at] integrare [dot] es


Additional inputs are secured from a pool of experienced consultants and researchers from southern and northern networks. We have long-standing cooperation and collaboration with civil society organisations, research institutes and the private sector.

If you would like to contact our team or associates please send email to enquiries [at] integrare [dot] es