Keynotes speakers

The conference features keynote speakers across 4 countries and symposia chairs across 3 countries. The conference will welcome delegates from across the globe.



 Anne-marie LAFLAMME

Professor, Law School, Laval University, Quebec (Canada)

"Legal Approaches to Psychological Harassment at Work:
Reflection on a Multidimensional Problem"

Laflamme_cadre.jpgHolder of a Ph. D. degree in Law, Anne-Marie Laflamme has been a Professor at Laval University Law School since 2006, where she teaches Labour Law, and Occupational Health and Safety Law. Professor Laflamme was Director of Undergraduate Studies from 2010 to 2012 and Associate Dean of the Law School from 2012 to 2014. A member of the Quebec Bar since 1985, Professor Laflamme practiced Labour Law as a partner in a large private law firm of the city of Quebec before she embarked on her career in academia. Her latest publications and communications focus on the topics of psychosocial risks at work, accommodation of disabled workers and the impact of new forms of employment on the health and safety of workers. Professor Laflamme is a researcher at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work. She is also the author of a book entitled Le droit à la santé mentale au travail, which addresses the topic of legal protection of mental health in the workplace.
Anne-Marie Laflamme has been appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law of Laval University.


 Florencia Peña SAINT MARTIN

Professor, National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico

"Bullying in Latin America. Insights from the Iberoamerican Conferences"

flopena_cadre.jpgBorned in Mexico City. BA, Physical Anthropology, National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH,  1976); MS Social Medicine, Metropolitan Autonomous University, Xochimilco Unit (UAM-X, 1984) and Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Florida, USA (1994). From 2011 to 2012 she held a sabbatical leave at the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia, working with Dr. Brian Martin.

Since 1976 she has worked as a full-time professor and researcher at the National Institute of Anthropology and History, where she has been involved to the BA in Physical Anthropology (ENAH, 1976-1982), the INAH Center in Yucatan (1982-1992), the INAH Center in the State of Mexico (1992-1994) and the Graduate School of Physical Anthropology (ENAH Since 1994).

In addition to ENAH, she has also taught at the Interdisciplinary Center of Health Sciences, IPN; the School of Anthropological Sciences, Autonomous University of Yucatan; the MS, Social Medicine, UAM-X.

Since 1995 she has been a member of the National Researcher´s System (SNI-II) and was director of ENAH from 2000 to 2003, incorporating various programs to its dynamics, still enforced.

She is currently responsible for the research line "Physical Anthropology, Health and Society in Contemporary Groups" at the Graduate School in Physical Anthropology and the academic team "Contemporary biosocial diversity" that is part of the network "Health, Conditions of Life and Social Policies ", together with academic teams of UAM-X and the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico.

She was coordinator in Mexico of the Latin American Association of Social Medicine and, as such, organizer of the II National Congress of Social Medicine and Collective Health (1988), of which five books were published.

Since 2006 she has been editor of the Spanish version and a member of the editorial board of the Electronic Bilingual Social Medicine / Social Medicine Journal, in collaboration with Dr. Mathew Anderson of Montefiore Medical Center, New York, USA, and the Latin American Association of Social Medicine.

Her research topics have been: participation of women in the informal sector of the economy; family as a mediator between health and society in urban contexts; health and society in Mexico and mobbing and other types of violence in academic contexts. As such, she organized the First Ibero-American Congress on Institutional Harassment, 6-8 July 2011, ENAH,, which was continued at Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013; Florianópolis, Brazil 2015 and Manizales, Colombia, 2017.

On these subjects she has done field work, lectured, compiled and published various books, published papers, organized academic events, as well as directed research groups and thesis, which can be consulted on the website:



Research Director Emeritus, CNRS, Sociologist, France

"What do we talk about when we talk about mental health?" 

Ehrenberg_cadre.jpgAlain Ehrenberg, a sociologist, is Research Director emeritus at the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique). He has developed research programs and research units on mental health issues. His main books are about transformations of individualism and autonomy, mainly through the area of mental health: Le Culte de la performance (Calmann-Lévy, 1991), L’Individu incertain (Calmann-Lévy, 1995), La Fatigue d’être soi. Dépression et société (Odile Jacob, 1998, translated into six languages); in English: The Weariness of the Self. Diagnosing the History of Depression in the Contemporary Age, McGill University Press, with an original foreword), La Société du malaise (Odile Jacob, 2010, translated into Italian and German).

He has just published a new book entiled "La Mécanique des passions. Cerveau, Comportement, Société"/"Mechanic of passions. Brain, Behaviours, Society", Odile Jacob publisher.



Labour Inspector, Spain

"Procedures for addressing bullying in the workplace"

Velasquez_cadre.jpgLawyer, Graduate in Law in the University of Salamanca (1986) and Master in Human Rights in the Open University of Catalonia (2015)

Labour and Social Security Inspector in the Spanish Ministry of Employment and Social Security since 1988 and Head of the Labour and Social Security Inspectorate in the province of Biscay (Bilbao) since 2002. Specialized in Work-related bullying and psychosocial risks since 2001 participating in the drafting of Guidance for the Spanish Labour Inspectorate on Bullying, Violence and Psychosocial Risks and the preparation of inspection campaigns on psychosocial risks.

Professor in the Master on Occupational Safety and Health of the University of the Basque Country on Psychosocial Risks and Working Time since 2012 and in the Post-graduate Course on Labour and Social Audit in the University of Deusto on the rights to privacy and dignity at work since 2016.

Founding Member of the Basque Observatory on Bullying and Discrimination in 2004. This Observatory is composed of professionals from different backgrounds: psychologist, lawyers, judges, labour inspectors, labour doctors, sociologists, etc. The Observatory has organised conferences, seminars and summer courses in the University of the Basque Country and the International University Menéndez Pelayo about prevention and liabilities on work-related bullying behaviours, mental health at work, Internal procedures on bullying and inappropriate behaviours in companies, ageing of working population and has promoted publications on these topics. All its activities are described in the website   

Since a long time he attends in the Conferences of the IAWBH in Montreal, Cardiff and Milan and in the Conference of the Iberoamerican Association on Bullying in Mexico DF.

He has collaborated in seminars and projects with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (2009 and 2014), was the chairman of the ILO Working Group in order to elaborate an International Tool on Psychosocial Risks for Labour Inspectors (2014) still pending to be published and has cooperated with Federal Labour Inspectorate of Mexico on a Psychosocial Risks Programme (2016).



Symposium: Exploring the group dynamics involved in bullying at work

Annie Høgh

Professor, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)


Annie Høgh is Professor in Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Psychology where she is coordinator of the Work & Organizational research group. She joined the department in 2009. Before that she worked at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen Denmark. AnnieHøgh’s research has focused on exposure, outcomes and prevention of negative behavior, such as bullying, violence, threats of violence and harassment at work. She is PI of a multi-center research project on antecendents, mechanisms and long-term consequences of negative social relations at work. Her research has also focused on applied studies investigating prevention and treatment of workplace bullying and harassment. Over the years she has presented her research at a number of seminars and workshops in the public and private sectors. Annie has published her research in numerous international journal articles in refereed journals such as Work & Stress, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment and Health, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Nursing Management and BMC Public Health etc. She has also presented many conference papers at international conferences. 


Symposium: The development of workplace bullying : longitudinal and contextual approaches

Guy Notelaers

Professor, University of Bergen (Norway)


Guy Notelaers (PhD) is a Professor in Work and Organizational Psychology at Faculty of Psychology of the University Of Bergen, Norway.  He is a research member of the Bergen Bullying Research Group. He has published mostly about workplace bullying, leadership and job insecurity.  His work concentrates predominantly on the concept, the measurement and the development of workplace bullying.  His work has been published in for instance, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Work & Stress, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, etcetera.  His scholarly work has received rewards of Gedrag & Organisatie, Family Business Review and Small Group Research. As a research consultant, he has executed and reported occupational risks and –factors, including workplace bullying, aggression and sexual harassment, in more than 300 Belgian organizations.



Symposium: Work organisation factors in bullying and ill-treatment risk in public sector organisations

Stephen Teo,

Professor, Edith Cowan University (Australie)

Dr Stephen Teo is a Professor of Work and Performance and Professorial Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University, Australia. Prior to this appointment, he was the Interim Director of the Global Business Innovation Research Platform at RMIT University. He is recognised as one of the leading scholars in the field of human resource management, as shown by the outcome of the 2012 New Zealand Performance-based Research Funding evaluation.
He has published in leading refereed journals such as Human Resource Management (USA), Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Vocational Behavior, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, International Business Review, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and others such as the Journal of Advanced Nursing. His most recent projects examined the impact of organizational change on the well-being and performance of public sector employees in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the USA and Italy. He is currently undertaking research into workplace ill-treatment and psychological capital. In addition to research, Prof Teo is passionate about learning and teaching, in particular the use of group assessment in the diverse, multicultural classroom.

Maryam Omari,

Professor, Edith Cowan University (Australia)


Professor Maryam Omari is the Executive Dean of the School of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.  Maryam has over 20 years of work experience in academia and has held a number of academic leadership positions including: Program Director MBA and Graduate Studies; Associate Dean International; Director of Undergraduate Studies; and Human Resource Management Course Coordinator. Maryam has a PhD, Masters in Business (HRM), Graduate Diploma in Business (Management), and a Bachelor of Science.  Maryam has been a member of the IAWBH Board since 2016.



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