Conference Planning Committee


Dr. Myriam Caranzano-Maitre
Executive Director Foundation ASPI, Switzerland
Executive Councilor ISPCAN

Dr. Myriam Caranzano-Maitre, MD, Executive Director Foundation ASPI, graduated in Medicine at the University of Lausanne in 1982 and has worked in paediatrics in numerous clinics in Switzerland and Algeria.

Myriam has been interested in the theme of Child Protection since the 1980s, qualifying more and more in this specific field. She has been working in the field of Child Abuse and Neglect since 1994. She’s member of the national board of the Swiss Foundation for Child Protection ( and has developed the Foundation in the Italian part of Switzerland (, bringing them to a professional structure. She has interdisciplinary experience with awareness, training and teaching about Child Abuse and Neglect and with multidisciplinary management of victims. She also promotes children’s rights and prevention programs of Child Abuse and Neglect in schools.

Since the year 2003, she has involved more than 32’000 students in the school of Canton Ticino together with their parents and hundreds of teachers in prevention programs of Child sexual abuse. She also has experience with thousand of parents in non violent educational programs. She is married and mother to four children.

Dr. Diahann Gordon Harrison
National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons
Jamaica Office of the Children’s Advocate

Mrs. Diahann Gordon Harrison is an Attorney-at-Law by profession who strives for professionalism at all times and believes that in all situations people should give of their all. She brings this work ethic to her post as the Children’s Advocate of Jamaica, a role which she assumed in January 2012 following upon her appointment to this position by His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, Governor General of Jamaica.

Before assuming this role, Mrs. Gordon Harrison served as a Deputy Director of Director of Public Prosecutions within the Office of The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Both these posts underscore the fact that throughout Mrs. Gordon Harrison’s professional life, she has been championing the cause of others and seeking to preserve their entitlement(s) through her advocacy.

While at the Office ofThe DPP this advocacy was channeled through the courts and in the capacity as Children’s Advocate, while this advocacy includes the courts, it also extends to persons on a wider scale and encapsulates a wide range of issues.  The Children’s Advocate embraces her role and has pledged her time and her energies to improving the lot of all children in Jamaica.


Scientific Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Sue Bennett, MD, ISPCAN Councilor

Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughn, MD, Researcher and Senior Lecturer in Child Health, University of the West Indies

Youth Forum Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Esmah Lahlah, PhD, ISPCAN Councilor

Ms. Joi Chambers, Adolescent Health Coordinator,  Ministry of Health, Jamaica.

Master Class Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Kevin Lalor, PhD, ISPCAN Councilor

Ms. Diana Shaw, J.D., Founder and Chairperson, The Child Development Foundation, Belize

Sponsorship and Marketing Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Figan Sahin Dagli, MD, ISPCAN Councilor

Michelle Gordon, Editor, B3 (Bump, baby & Beyond) Magazine and Parenting Lifestyle Consultant, Jamaica

Countries in Transition Forum Subcommittee Co-Chair

Lucia C.A. Williams, PhD, ISPCAN Councilor

Anika Gray, Regional Project Coordinator and Gender Specialist, Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project, Jamaica

Finance Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Henry Plum, JD, ISPCAN Councilor

Mrs. Debbian Livingstone-Edwards, Legal Officer, Office of the Children’s Advocate, Jamaica

Social and Cultural Program Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Rajeev Seth, MD, ISPCAN Councilor

Yvonne Davis, Senior Manager, Workplace Solutions, Jamaica

Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Desmond Runyan, MD, PhD, ISPCAN Councilor

John Fluke, PhD, ISPCAN Councilor

Latoya Minott Hall, Public Education & Special Projects Manager, Office of the Children’s Advocate, Jamaica

Working Group on Child Death Review Subcommittee Co-Chairs

Bernard Gerbaka, MD, ISPCAN Councilor

Joan van Niekerk, MSW, ISPCAN Councilor


Conference and Congress Committee Chair: Rajeev Seth

Executive Director: Pragathi Tummala

Global Marketing & Event Manager: Abby Sweeney