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by Olivia Dunn

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

Fran Silvestri

President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL)

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

Our Global Leadership Council provides thought leadership from a diverse range of professional backgrounds and experience.

Louise Bradley

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

Fran Silvestri

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

Ashley de Silva

CEO of ReachOut Australia

Colin Seery

Chief Executive Officer at Lifeline Australia

Professor Chee Ng

Professor and Healthscope Chair of Psychiatry at The Melbourne Clinic

Jay Buckey

Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Graziella Thake

CEO of Optimisation Hub

Andrew Slater

CEO of Whakarongorau Aotearoa

Ed Mantler

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

Nicholas Watters

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

Mary O'Hagan

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

Charles Curie

Principle and Founder, The Curie Group, LLC