President Sean Tunis (United States), 2017-19

Sean Tunis, MD, MSc. is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Medical Technology Policy in Baltimore, Maryland. CMTP is an independent, non-profit organization that provides a neutral platform for multi-stakeholder collaborations that are focused on improving the quality, relevance, and efficiency of clinical research. His work currently focuses on expanding infrastructure for the conduct of pragmatic clinical trials within the health care delivery systems, developing condition-specific evidentiary standards for reimbursement, and promoting greater engagement of patients and consumers in clinical research. Tunis serves on the Board of Health Technology Assessment International, the Health Sciences Policy Council for ISPOR and a number of other advisory boards for public and private sector organizations focused on issues of comparative effectiveness, innovation, health technology assessment, evidence-based medicine, clinical research, and reimbursement.

Vice-President Iñaki Gutierrez-Ibarluzea (Spain), 2017-19

BSc and MSc in Sciences from the University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU, Doctor in Sciences (NeuroScience) from the same university, Masters in Epidemiology from the University of Granada and the Andalusian School of Public Health and Masters in Bioethics from the University Ramon Llul and the Institute Borja of Bioethics. He is the coordinator of the early warning and alert system on new and emerging health technologies of Osteba, Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment. Iñaki is the co-chair of the HTAi IG on Disinvestment and Early Awareness, and a member of the information resources IG of HTAi and the liaison person of the Public Health and Nutrition IG. He has collaborated on the European Union funded projects such as InnoHTA (Innovation and HTA), EUnetHTA (European Network for HTA), PHGEN I and II (Public Health Genomics) ALCOVE (Alzheimer in Europe), PerMed (Personalised Medicine), DISCHARGE and Health Cluster Network, performing different functions. He has also coordinated various projects at the Spanish level such as: GENTecS (Group for the Evaluation of New Technologies in Health) and the Information Resources group.

He was a member of the Board of Directors (2010-2012) and Secretary of the International Society HTAi (2012-2014). He has been the chairman of EuroScan International Network for the identification and evaluation of new and emerging health technologies in the period (2007-2010), vice-chair in the periods (2005-2007) and (2010-2011). He is currently the Vice Chair of EuroScan. Iñaki is also an associated professor in the School of Nursing of Osakidetza Basque Health Service and works with the University of the Basque Country and the Open University of Catalonia in different academic activities. He has also participated as an advisor in different call for funds at the local, regional, country (Spain, Poland, Korea and UK) and the European Union levels (FP7, COST and Horizon 2020). He has been a member of the International Scientific Committee of the Health Innovation Awards of the NHS-North West 2009 (United Kingdom).

He has collaborated with the Spanish Ministry of Industry and the Spanish Observatory for Prospective Technological Studies and is a member and coordinator of the Task Force for Genomics and Public Health. He has also participated as expert advisor in the forum for social cohesion between the EU and Mexico (2010). Recently, he has collaborated with WHO-Europe as expert advisor and evaluator on the program of Medical Devices for Countries with limited resources. Iñaki has been advising different HTA initiatives in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, South Africa, Tunisia, Israel, the Horizon Scanning initiative of EEUU and Italy, WHO-EMRO region, WHO health technologies unit and is member of the HTA glossary committee. As member of the Basque Ministry of Health Iñaki has relevant experience on Chronic diseases and its management (http://ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/pdf/active-healthy-ageing/basque.pdf). In 2016 he served as co-chair of the ISPC of HTAi Tokyo 2017 and he has been member or the ISPCs in HTAi Oslo.

Treasurer Don Juzwishin (Canada), 2015-18

Don Juzwishin is the Director of Health Technology Assessment and Innovation at Alberta Health Services. Don leads a team to situate AHS at the forefront in the use of evidence to inform health care decisions and policy with a particular emphasis on innovating and transforming the Alberta health care system to achieve improved patient outcomes.  

He is a member of the Alberta Advisory Committee on Health Technologies that assists the government in the review of health technologies and services. Dr. Juzwishin was CEO of the Health Council of Canada reporting on the progress of health care reform in Canada. Don serves on the CCHL Ethics Council and on the Editorial Board of Canadian Healthcare Management. Don has extensive experience in leadership with health authorities as well as government, private sector, and universities.


Secretary Americo Cicchetti (Italy), 2015-18

Americo Cicchetti is Professor of Management at the Catholic University, Faculty of Economics, Rome. He is chief of Research of the Health Technology Assessment Unit (hospital based HTA Unit), “A. Gemelli” University Hospital (Rome). He is Scientific Director of the Master Program in Health Care Management at Catholic University and member of the Scientific Committee of the International Master Program in Health Technology Assessment and Management (Ulysses Program). He is member of the Board of Directors of the Italian National Institutes of Health and served as Director of the Health Technology Assessment International (2005-2008) and he is currently Vice President and founder of the Italian Society of Health Technology Assessment.

He chairs a strategic research program of the Ministry of Health, “Development of the health technology assessment framework for diagnostic technologies in the Italian NHS” (2007 - 2009).  He was Member of the Steering Committee of the EUNetHTA Project, European Network of Health Technology Assessment (2006-2008) and he is now leading an Italian associated partner of the EUNEHTA Collaboration (2009-).

Americo Cicchetti is member of the Editorial Board of the “International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care” (2008- and of the "Italian Journal of Public Health" (indexed journal on the National Library of Medicine). In his professional activity he is Official Financial Auditor.