Katherina Martin Abello is the director of the Center of Innovation at the Trimbos Instituut in the city of Utrecht. She is an entrepreneur and an e-consultant, and worked for various .com-companies (e.g. deremate.com, the Latin American eBay), as a member of the marketing start-up team. She has more than fourteen years of experience in e-Health & e-Business.
She obtained her Bachelor degree in Modern Languages at the Metropolitan University at Caracas (Venezuela), with a minor in Business Administration and specialized in Internet Marketing, receiving an Honorable Mention for her thesis. She was Project Leader of the first international e-Health project of the World Health Organization for the development and implementation of an online alcohol Portal and web-based alcohol self-help intervention for Belarus, Brazil, India and Mexico. She is a speaker on e-Health 3.0 and e-Mental Health at relevant national and international congresses and events, and she was a guest lecturer at NHL Hogeschool Leeuwarden (www.esocialwork.nl).
Online interventions are indeed effective, accessible, affordable and versatile. ‘Mental health care accessible to everyone also through Internet’, that’s what Katherina Martin Abello wants to achieve with e-Mental Health programs. From 2000 to 2009 she worked as an external e-Consultant and project leader for various e-Health projects, care-related institutions and organizations, including the Trimbos Institute. Her biggest wish is to provide practical and accessible online programs to help people with mental problems and addictions.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxFryslân, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxFryslân event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.