Meet our trainers for ETTC in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

29 May 2019

The Ethics Teachers Training Course will be delivered jointly by UNESCO and the Kyrgyz State Medical Academy in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on 4-8 November, to advance quality ethics education by building professional capacities of ethics teachers in the county and in the wider Central Asian region.

Dr. Eugenijus Gefenas

Dr. Eugenijus Gefenas is a professor and director of the Centre for Health Ethics, Law and History at the Medical Faculty of Vilnius University. E. Gefenas graduated from the Medical Faculty of the same University in 1983 and obtained his Ph.D in medical ethics from the Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law in 1993.

He was a director of the Lithuanian Bioethics Committee in 1995-2018. E. Gefenas was co-directing the NIH Fogarty International Center funded training program Advanced Certificate in Research Ethics in Central and Eastern Europe in 2005 2018. His international activities include the membership in the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care as well as other organizations. E. Gefenas was a member of the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics in 2002-2018 and its chair in 2011-2012.

In 2014 he was appointed to represent Lithuania at the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) of UNESCO and was a president of this Committee in 2015 - 2017. In 2017 E. Gefenas became a member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies appointed by the President of the European Commission.

Recent areas of his professional interest include conceptual and normative issues related to human research and health care in the transition societies.

Dr. Gainel Ussatayeva

Dr. Gainel Ussatayeva, Associate Professor of the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Evidence Based Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health care is one of the founders of the new faculty at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in 2015. In 2016 she became a founder and chair of the first Local Ethical Committee in the university. Dr. Ussatayeva started to learn Bioethics in 2001 as a student of Kazakhstan School of Public Health. She had a strong interest in learning of cultural and religious issues of bioethics, then she concentrated on childrens rights in research. She started to teach Bioethics in 2005 with two Modules: Introduction to Bioethics and Ethical Issues in Health Research. In 2014 Dr. Ussatayeva became a Chair of Local Ethical Committee at the Kazakhstan School of Public Health. In 2015 she was trained at UNESCOs Ethics Teachers Training Course (ETTC), and in 2017 at Inter-Regional Training of Training of Trainers (ToT) for UNESCOs ETTC.

Dr. Ussatayeva graduated from S.D. Asfendiyarov Kazakh State Medical University with diploma of physician. Being a scholar of Chevning/Aga Khan Foundation she obtained Master degree at the University of Leeds in 2003 with concentration on Research Methods and Bioethics. In 2010 Dr. Ussatayeva defended PhD (Candidate of Medical Sciences) Dissertation.

Current Professional Interests: Ethical Issues of Research, Injury and Violence Prevention, Inclusive Education.
Dr. Ussatayeva participated to international and local projects as researcher, coordinator. She worked as a national consultant for WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank. Dr. Ussatayeva has more than 50 publications, including in indexed journals. In 2013 she received award of Honorary Specialist of Health Care from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Dr. Masoud Nassor

Dr. Masoud Nassor is the Coordinator and Lecturer in Philosophy and Applied Ethics at the University of Namibia. He obtained his B.A. and M.A in International Journalism at the People's Friendship University of Russia. He holds a Ph.D of Philosophy in Philosophy from the same university under the supervision of Prof. Nur Serikovich Kirabaev.

Upon returning to Tanzania, his country of origin in 1999, he was employed by Oxford University Press (TZ) for two years where he worked as an editor. In 2002, he joined the University of Dar es salaam, in the Department of Philosophy where he taught logic, philosophy of mind, philosophy of mind, moral philosophy, and professional ethics. In 2009, he was appointed as the first Associate Dean Academic of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication of the University of Dar es salaam.

In 2013, he spent one sabbatical year at the University of Namibia, at the end of the sabbatical year he was requested to restructure the Philosophy Programme at the same university. In 2015, the programme was approved by the Senate and became operational, he is now serving as the Coordinator and Lecturer.

Dr. Masoud is well recognized in UNESCO's bioethics circles as one of the international trainers. He has facilitated bioethics training in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Botswana, Lebanon, Mongolia and China. He has also translated the 2 UNESCO casebooks series (Casebook on human dignity and human rights & Casebook on benefit and harm) into Kiswahili.

Please do not forget that the deadline for submitting the filled out application is 31 August 2019. Please send the completed application form, available from UNESCO Almaty website, to

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