Vijoleta is HEAL’s Health and Climate Change Coordinator and Focal Point for Healthy Buildings and Energy Poverty. She is currently on maternity leave.
She leads HEAL’s global work around the health impacts of climate change and coordinates the organization’s engagement with international institutions such as the WHO and the UN as well as international member organisations.
She is furthermore in charge of HEAL’s EU-level policy and communications activities around health-promoting buildings and energy poverty for which she is working around key policy files including the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
Vijoleta has been heading HEAL’s high level health delegation to the UNFCCC COP negotiations where she has also been a regular speaker at a number of high-level events.
She is the lead author of Hidden Price Tags- How ending fossil fuel subsidies would benefit our health (2017) which received global media coverage in more than 25 countries and was translated in four languages. She contributed to a paper published in Community and Physicians, a journal of the Turkish Medical Association, entitled Examples of the struggles against coal-fired thermal power plants in the world and Turkey (2017) and was a reviewer for A Plea for Global Health Action Bottom-Up (2016).
Vijoleta’s recent articles include Doctors worldwide speak up for healthier energy choices published in the Lancet Global Health Blog (2016) and the Huffington Post under The New Climate Change Warrior: Your Doctor (2017).She also appeared on BBC World News where she was interviewed for her work on pollution and health (2017).
Vijoleta holds an MSc of Science in Health Economics, Policy and Law with a focus on Global Health from the Institute of Health Policy and Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam.