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Dr. Ioannis Arkadianos

Dr. Ioannis Arkadianos is President and co-founder of the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO). He is a graduate of the School of Medicine of the University of Athens and a certified Physician in General Medicine. He is a pioneer Doctor of Lifestyle Medicine in Europe for the last 30 years and he is treating obese patients all these years. He holds the SCOPE Certification (Strategic Center for Obesity Professional Education) from the World Obesity Federation. He is a lecturer in postgraduate programs of 5 Universities in Greece and abroad. His Clinic is in Athens, Greece.

Dr. Ioan Hanes

Dr. Ioan Hanes is the vice-president of the European Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO). He is also creator of the first European Lifestyle Medicine Certificate which has trained more than 300 health professionals from Europe and around the world to acquire the practical skills for the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related chronic diseases. He teaches the Sexual Health and Lifestyle Medicine module in the first European MSc Lifestyle Medicine, University of Thessaly, Greece. He is trained in Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard University, Boston, USA and in Belgium, he is certified clinical sexologist. He coordinates the Obesity department of the Military Hospital in Brussels and he is also a medical expertise doctor for various government agencies.


Emeritus Professor University of Louvain, Belgium, Senior Researcher Tallinn University, Estonia. Michel Poulain was originally skilled in astrophysics at University of Liège (ULg) he received a PhD in demography at Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). As demographer, he is specialized in Longevity studies. Currently emeritus professor at UCL, he is also Senior Researcher at the Estonian Institute for Population Studies at Tallinn University (Estonia). He has been President of the Société Belge de Démographie (1984- 1990) and later of the Association Internationale des Démographes de Langue Française (AIDELF) (1988- 2000). Involved in centenarian’s studies since 1992 he is active member of the International Database on Longevity (IDL) and the International Centenarian Consortium (ICC). He validated the age of several supercentenarians including Antonio Todde, Johan Riudavets and Emma Moreno, each of them holding the Guinness record of longevity. He also invalidated the age of numerous others including the famous supercentenarians of the Caucasus. In 2000, he was involved in validation the age of the numerous centenarians in Sardinia in cooperation with Gianni Pes, a Sardinian Medical Doctor. In this framework, he introduced the concept of Blue Zone when identifying an exceptional longevity area in the mountainous part of Sardinia. The original term Blue Zone was related to the blue pen that he used to shape the longevity area on the map of Sardinia. In two Sardinian villages, Villagrande and Seulo, he demonstrated with colleagues an exceptional situation where men live as long as women do, a unique situation in our modern societies. Thereafter in cooperation with Dan Buettner, he identified other Blue Zones in Okinawa, the Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica) and Ikaria (Greece). Michel Poulain delivered more than 100 speeches on exceptional longevity and Blue Zones on the 5 continents. He disseminated the lessons of the Blue Zones to both scientific and general public in a very comprehensive way. The search for new Blue Zones is going on and he is willing communicate his passion for this quest to everybody.

Assoc. Professor Dr. Klaudia Zusková, PhD.

Since the beginning of her career, she has been working in the fields of psychology of sport and exercise, recreation, and quality of life, both in academia and in practice. For eight years, she was a member of the executive committee of the European Federation of Sport Psychology, which honored her with an award for her contribution. She is the author and protagonist of a 12-part TV series, titled "Toward Happiness". Czech TV channel 1 produced this original series about healthy lifestyle in 2022. She is currently engaged in the research of subjective well-being and prevention through physical activity.

updated: 2023-06-01