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President and CEO of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)

Fran Silvestri

Francesco Silvestri, MBA, is Chief Executive Officer of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL), which he helped organize in 2003.  IIMHL is jointly funded by nine countries, to build partnerships between mental health leaders in order to rapidly exchange knowledge of best and promising practices internationally.  

Before his work with IIMHL, Fran was CEO of Monadnock Family Services (MFS) in Keene, NH.  In this role he looked internationally to identify, and then replicate, innovative services that promote recovery and social inclusion for consumers of mental health services. Such services have included the Wyman Way Cooperative, an independent, non-profit corporation managed and operated by consumers of mental health services (based on the Trieste model). He was a founder of a state wide Integrated MH network in New Hampshire owned by six hospitals, 10 MH centers and the largest physician practice in the state.  

Through his work with IIMHL, he has assisted in building international collaborations resulting in the rapid transfer of innovations and creative practices from one country to another.

The unique week long IIMHL Leadership Exchange is held every sixteen months and is an unique global experience for key MH leaders to meet international colleagues, share knowledge and build partnerships.

Guided by a Network of Global Leaders

Our Global Leadership Council

Global Leadership Council members provide thought leadership from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and experience in eMHIC’s Special Interest Groups. 

Special Interest Groups

GLC Members

Ethics and Law

Richman Wee

Senior Researcher, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Piers Gooding

Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne, Australia

Nick Titov

Executive Director, Mindspot, Australia

International Phone and Text Helplines

Andrew Slater

Chief Executive Officer, Whakarongorau, New Zealand

Victoria Hornby

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

Colin Seery

Chief Executive Officer at Lifeline Australia

Policy, Strategy & Standards

Christine Morgan

CEO, National Mental Health Commission of Australia

Ed Mantler

SVP Chief Program Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Charles Curie

Principle and Founder, The Curie Group, LLC

Dr. Daniel Fung

CEO, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore

Louise Bradley

Former Chief Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Fran Silvestri

President and CEO, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)

Dr Nina Ferencic

Senior Regional Adviser on Adolescent Health, Development and Participation, UNICEF

Liz Ashall-Payne

Founder and CEO, ORCHA

Lived Experience

Mary O'Hagan

Executive Director Lived Experience, Department of Health, Victoria, Australia

Mental Healthcare Workforce

Nicholas Watters

Director of Access, Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

Anna Elders

Clinical Lead, Just a Thought, New Zealand

Ashley de Silva

CEO of ReachOut Australia

Niki Legge

Director of Mental Health and Addictions, Government of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Corrections & Confined Spaces

Jay Buckey

Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, USA

Juanita Ryan

Deputy Chief Executive at Ara Poutama, New Zealand

Evidence Creation

Professor Chee Ng

Professor and Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry at The Melbourne Clinic, Australia


Angie Chew

Adjunct Associate Professor of mindfulness at the National University of Singapore.

Addie Wooten

CEO, Smiling Mind, Australia

Dr Craig Hassed

Senior lecturer at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr Bruce Arroll

Professor of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland , New Zealand

Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Andrew Greenshaw

Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience University of Alberta, Canada

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Victoria Hornby

CEO, Mental Health Innovations, UK

International Phone and Text Helplines

Victoria is CEO of Mental Health Innovations, the charity behind SHOUT, the UK’s first 24/7 crisis text service. From 2011 to 2017, she was Director of Programmes at The Royal Foundation, building a portfolio of projects including the Invictus Games, Coach Core, United for Wildlife and Heads Together.