Senior Manager, Policy and Programmes. Belma is a medical doctor with more than 14 years’ experience as Programme Manager, with more than five years working specifically on diabetes initiatives at the global level. He holds an MPH (on Health Systems Management and Policy) from the Institute of Tropical Medicine of Antwerp, Belgium and currently leads IDF’s the Policy and Programmes Department. Belma has extensive knowledge of global patients’ engagement initiatives and stakeholders in diabetes and NCDs and has been represented IDF at two Novartis initiatives: the “Global Patient Forum” and the “Diabetes and Obesity Patients Advisory Forum”, an advisory board to gain expert insight into issues surrounding the treatment of obesity, including supporting awareness, improving diagnosis, and furthering obesity research. He has also represented IDF and co-authored a paper on the SANOFI initiative to develop a “Center of Excellence for Patient Centricity” leading to a patient-centered transformation of the organisation. Dr Malanda has also contributed as a panellist to the 2017 Disease Experience Expert Panels in Copenhagen.