Sam is dad to two girls Zoe & Ruby via surrogacy and has become one of the globe’s foremost commentators and researchers on surrogacy trends. He convenes conferences and seminars for intended parents in Ireland, UK, Australia, Asia and Scandinavia. Sam consults with singles and couples from around the globe to assist them to plan safe and reliable routes to building families through surrogacy. He has behind-the-scenes knowledge of providers of egg donation and surrogacy around the globe. He has seen the best and worst that surrogacy can deliver. He continues to promote best practice through conferences, one-on-one consultation and online resources. He runs a healthcare research consultancy and is the author of three books and is a non-executive director of the charity Surrogacy Australia.
Lauri’s daughter was born via surrogacy in May 2005. Eighteen months later, the same surrogate gave birth to Lauri’s son. Lauri has experienced the depression and heartache of infertility herself. Like Kathryn, she too, had a career in television before infertility consumed her life. She was a producer/director/writer. But to Lauri, there is nothing more rewarding and ultimately as important as bringing a child who is so very wanted into the world.
Nadiia looks after customer service with IVMed and Rodynne Dzherelo, which provides full service IVF and surrogacy programs under one roof in Kiev. Their facilities are very modern and they have become a very popular destination for surrogacy
Professor Chan is Professor of Law and former Dean of the Faculty of Law (2002-2014), being the longest serving Dean of the Faculty. He was also a visiting professor to a number of universities in Europe and Asia, including being the BOK Visiting International Professor of Penn Law School, University of Pennsylvania (2014), Herbert Smith Freehills Visiting Professor of Cambridge University (2015), and a visiting fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University. He has worked on a number of cases involving surrogacy for Hong Kong residents. In recognition of his distinguished contribution to legal development through both advocacy in courts and legal research and publications, he was honoured by the Chief Justice in 2003 by his appointment as the first (and so far the only) Honorary Senior Counsel in Hong Kong. He is a visiting professor of University College London (2019-2024), and the recipient of the RGC Prestigious Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences (2019).
Mark is the head of Client Relations and Marketing. His passion for helping others led him to a career change assisting those who otherwise could not start a family on their own. Mark’s expertise lies in working with domestic and international Intended Parents to help them start the family of their dreams. He holds a degree from Penn State University and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Director, Mediterranean Fertility Institute, Greece
Dr Ioannis Giakoumakis
Director, Mediterranean Fertility Institute, Greece
An obstetrician – gynecologist for more than 30 years, Dr Giakoumakis studied at the University of Athens and specialized in Ob / Gyn. He worked as a visiting doctor in the HolweideKrankenhaus Koln and in Chania. He speaks English, Italian, German and French. In 1992, he created the Mediterranean Fertility Institute in which he is clinical Director. The Institute has high-tech equipment and a scientific team that has been specializing in infertility treatment and prevention of genetic diseases. It is one of the few fertility centers with the potential to manage all aspects of infertility including surrogacy. Along with his involvement with Medicine, Dr Giakoumakis attends several conferences each year, mostly as a lecturer.
Craig Reisser is a parent through egg donor surrogacy in the USA. He and his partner Massimo have two boys (4 years and 2 yrs). Their two journeys have taken them to both US coasts and they have personally experienced many of the different options that intended parents are faced with deciding between: fresh vs. frozen transfers; transferring 1 vs. 2 embryos; with or without PGS; working with a first time vs. experienced egg donor and/or surrogates; working with a surrogate with vs. without her own health insurance. Before becoming a dad Craig was an international investment banker for nearly 20 years. He now leads Oregon Reproductive Medicine’s international programs, and Craig helps intended parents understand their various options when it comes to egg donor surrogacy so that they can make the informed decisions that are right for them.
Stacie is a parent with her husband to three children. Having completed building her own family, she decided to help others that needed the assistance of a gestational surrogate to become parents. She proceeded to help two couples become parents by being their gestational surrogate. Her first set of intended parents were a heterosexual couple for whom she carried twins. Her second set of intended parents were a same-sex male couple for whom she carried a singleton. She now works with Oregon Reproductive Medicine sharing her experiences as a gestational surrogate and what this meant for her and her family; advising intended parents on some of the key elements of a successful surrogacy journey and how to build a trusted relationship with their gestational surrogate; and answering the numerous questions and addressing the common fears that many intended parents have when getting started on their own surrogacy journey.
Rosjurconsulting CEO Konstantin Svitnev is a member of the Russian Association of Human Reproduction (RAHR) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and a legal expert with the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). He runs a Russian surrogacy agency and has assisted over one hundred foreigners with egg donation and surrogacy
As a social work researcher and practitioner working from the Dept Social Work & Social Administration, Uni of Hong Kong, Celia integrates best research evidence with clinical experience. She has extensive clinical experience in working with patients with infertility. As the first infertility counsellor in Hong Kong, she is committed to develop research and practice on fertility and infertility counselling. She offers psychological assessment and counselling as well as psycho-therapeutic groups for individuals and couples who are infertile and undergoing assisted reproductive technologies, and those experiencing various types of reproductive loss. She is currently the Coordinator (China and Hong Kong) of the International Infertility Counseling Organization.