Scientific Advisory Board

Committed to furthering the mission of Birth Forward

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is committed to furthering the mission of Birth Forward.

The SAB ensures that sound medical and scientific knowledge supports Birth Forwards informational and educational outreach to the public and when campaigning for evidence based clinical practice.

The board is comprised of scientists and leaders in specific areas of expertise concerning preconception, pregnancy, birth and childhood including health economics, human rights and ethics.


Chair: Dr Ourania Kolokotroni MD, PhD

Paediatrician, Certified Lactation Consultant

Academic Faculty, University of Nicosia Medical School , Cyprus

Secretary: Artemis Evangelidi

Artemis Evangelidi

Secretary Scientific Advisory Board

Lawyer, B.Sc, LLB

Managing Director, Aipeia Consulting


Dr Nicos Middleton PhD


Associate Professor, Head of Department of Nursing and Dean of School of Health Sciences Cyprus University of Technology

Dr Umut Altnuc MD


Chief of Pediaitrics, Famagusta General Hospital

Maria Papadopoulou

Nursing and Midwifery

Assistant Professor at Department of Nursing, Cyprus University of Technology

Stalo Lesta

Human Rights, Gender Equality

Training, Workshops, Group Facilitation, Research, NGO Consultancy, Monitoring & Evaluation, Project Management

Dr Eline Pedersen DC

Doctor of Chiropractic

President, Birth Forward
Director, Owner, Aberdeen Chiropractic Clinic

Dr Stefania I. Papatheodorou, MD, MSc, PhD

Obstetrician and Gynecologist

Cyprus University of Technology

Dr Nilufer Rahmioglu PhD


Senior research scientist, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford. 

Dr George Samoutis MD, PhD

Primary Care

Associate Professor in Primary Care, University of Nicosia Medical School,  Deputy Head, Center for Primary Care and Population Health

Dr Andria Spyridou PhD


Scientific Collaborator, European University of Cyprus, Coordinator of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Cluster, International Medical Corps (Greece)

Dr Eleni Hadjigeorgiou PhD

PhD in Midwifery

Heat of MSc Programme in Midwifery, Midwifery educator
Cyprus University of Technology

Dr Ender Volkan Cinar

Pharmacy, Microbiology, Biotechnology

Assistant Professor and Vice Dean at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Microbiology Director of the Biotechnology Research Center at Cyprus International University

Amanda Burleigh

Midwife, Expert on Optimal/Delayed Cord Clamping

Midwife, National Health Service UK

Dr Ricardo Herbert Jones MD

Gynecology – Obstetrics – Homeopathy

Author and international lecturer over humanization of childbirth

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