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President, Executive & Consultants

Elizabeth Hanson | President

Elizabeth (Liz) Hanson is Scientific Leader of  Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga (Swedish National Family Care Competence Centre), a centre of excellence in the area of family (informal) care. She is a Professor at the Linnaeus University, Department of Health and Care Sciences, Kalmar, South-East Sweden and a Visiting Reader at the University of Sheffield, School of Nursing. Elizabeth is a nurse by background with long-standing interests in family  care support and empowerment in research and practice, including  the role of Information and Communication Technologies to help carers and older people with long-standing conditions living at home.

Valentina Hlebec | Executive member 

Professor and researcher, principal investigator in research program Quality of Life of Social groups, at Institute for Social Sciences at Faculty of Social Sciences University of Ljubljana. Valentina has been very active in faculty scientific management, being a head of director of Institute for Social Science, vice-dean for research and doctoral studies,, head of sociology department. She is also a member of the expert group of EIGE (Working Group on the Gender Equality Index) and of EUROCARERS (European Association working for carers).

Valentina has an extensive knowledge of social methodology, especially on cognitive laboratory techniques, development and evaluation of measurement quality of survey measurement instruments. Lately she focuses on social welfare and informal/formal social care. Her research experience covers projects, focused on reducing old-age social exclusion and active and healthy aging, addressing the needs of informal carers.

Chloe Wright | Executive Member

Chloe Wright is Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Carers UK - managing the charity's public affairs, policy, media and extensive research programme of work. She is one of the UK’s leading experts in carers’ policy with her knowledge including work-related rights and entitlements, an in-depth knowledge of health and social care systems and welfare programmes in the UK. Her oversight of research includes leading on Carers UK’s annual State of Caring survey including views and experiences of over 6,100 carers. Chloe has secured a number of key policy and legislative successes in relation to carers. She led Carer’s UK’s response to two major pieces of legislation – the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 securing improvements to carers’ rights in both pieces of legislation.
 
Before joining Carers UK, Chloe spent four years working for a Member of the UK Parliament - she worked on health and social care policy and was part of the shadow health team.

Ivar Paimre | Treasurer 

Board member of NGO Estonian Carers: advocacy work; organizing training courses; development of national network with assistive approach – support tools and services for local informal carers movement.

National level – rights and recognition of informal carers - member of steering committee of Welfare Action Plan 2016-2023 focusing on the adequate social protection, employment and social welfare; member of working group focusing on the special care services and deinstitutionalisation process; member of Task Force for reducing the burden of care to map the problems related to caring and develop solutions to provide need-based social and health care services.

International level – improvement of life quality of informal carers – coordinator of Informcare information hub in Estonia since 2013; project manager for cooperation projects in Baltic region in 2014-2015 „MYCELF – More You Care in Estonia, Latvia, Finland“ and in 2016-2017 „Carer’s HoW – home as workplace, safe and accesible“.

Bruno Alves | Executive Member

Bruno Alves is President and co-founder of Carers Portugal – Cuidadores Portugal Association. Co-coordinator of the innovation, research hub and the international relations center. Promotes multi-level partnerships in the innovation ecosystem, nationally and locally, namely with the project Porto4Ageing.  Co-coordinator of the Informcare Portuguese platform.

Professor, co-designer and co-coordinator of 16 pos-graduations programs in Jean Piaget Institute, Portugal.

Promotes startups and acceleration programs as member of Venture Cup Portugal. Advisory board of Horizon2020 projects such as ICT4LIFE and has participated in ambient assisted living projects (ex. ALL4ALL – Fraunhofer Portugal Research).
Holds PhD in Medicine and is specialist in Higher Education, Health Psychology, Organizational Psychology. Advanced specialization in Neuropsychology. In this moment doing a MBA in European Business School of Barcelona, Spain.
Interested in research and technology innovation, develops also national and international consultancy activities with cities, academia and enterprises.

Sari Tervonen | Executive Member

Sari Tervonen is Executive Director of the Carers Finland that is an advocacy and support association for carers, cared ones and volunteering on informal/family caring. There are 69 member associations with 12 000 members in the Carers Finland. The Carers Finland coordinates also the Finnish Carers Network of diasability and patient organsations.

Sari has 25 years experienxce in NGO activities such as advocacy and development work, also at international level. Sari’s previous tasks include Executive Director of the Finnish Epilepsy Association, Chief of Development in the Finnish Alzheimer Association, Planner in the Central Assosiation for Social Welfare and Health and Regional Secretary of the Finnish MS Association. She has got working experience also from home service and guiding of people with learning disabilities. She has been nominated to two national committees; in the National Insurance Institution and the committee of the Funding Center for Social Welfare and Health Organisations.

Sari has a Master’s Degree of Education and Certificate of Management and Leadership. At the moment she is doing MBA in the University of Tampere/University of Technology.

Christine Marking | Consultant 

Christine Marking is a Dutch clinical psychologist, with a specialisation in psycho-gerontology and social gerontology.  She has worked previously as a psychologist in a nursing home setting in Amsterdam, where she was mainly involved with assessment and treatment aspects of psycho-geriatric patients as well as managing support groups for carers and relatives.

After moving to Brussels in 1988 she became Marketing Manager with Market Research Intelligence Company, performing market research in the area of pharmaceuticals, and from there moved to the European Commission. There she worked as a consultant with the ageing unit of Directorate General V (Health and Social Affairs) of the European Commission, where she was responsible for the creation of two European wide networks of innovative grass roots projects, project assessment and preparation of the 1993 European Year of Older People.

After two years, she joined Eurolink Age, a European-wide network of older people’s advocacy organisations, representing the interests of older people at EU policy level, and responsible for the co-operation with a number of social and health advocacy groups and became its Director in 1997. 

As one of the initiators and driving forces behind the creation of AGE - the European Older People’s Platform, she was appointed its first Director when AGE started its activities in January 2001.

In September 2002 she joined Weber Shandwick|Adamson as Director of the Pharmaceuticals and Health Care Practice.

Since September 2003, Christine runs Marking Public Affairs sprl in Brussels, which advises on a variety of EU health and social policy related projects and issues.

She is a native Dutch speaker, with fluent English and French, and conversational German and Italian.


The Secretariat

 

Francesca Centola  - Project Officer

After a Master Degree in international relations and diplomatic studies, Francesca specialised her education in international protection of human rights. She has great familiarity with European Union’s decision making process and funding opportunities, as she has worked for three years in the euro project field for a European network of NGOs and local authorities whose aim is to create more inclusive and fair societies.

In her previous job she was Transnational Project Coordinator of EU funded projects on human rights topics (gender equality, integration). She was in charge of the whole project life cycle, financial management included.

She has experience of institutional world (she has been a consultant for a United Nations Institute) and civil society (she has worked for Amnesty International and as human rights researcher). 

In her new position as Project Officer, Francesca is currently coordinating Eurocarers activities on young carers and she is involved in research and advocacy on gender equality and human rights issues.

Francesca speaks Italian, English and French.

Claire Champeix | Policy Officer 

Claire has extensive experience of policy work, research and project coordination in the social field at local and European levels. She has worked with social NGOs at the European level for more than 13 years, and contributed to efficient lobbying and awareness raising strategies aimed at developing social cohesion.

In her previous job, she coordinated a project gathering NGOs, local authorities, services providers, Foundations, as well as international organisations aiming at fostering the transition from institutional to community-based care for children and dependent people in the European Union. Previously, she has been active in promoting the rights and the participation of people experiencing poverty, discrimination and social exclusion. She has also been working with local authorities for 7 years. Claire studied Political Sciences and Sociology.

Olivier Jacqmain | Communication Officer

Olivier is a creative content and communication specialist. He has been working as a communication consultant for NGO's for the last 4 years. Prior to that, Olivier has been active in Civil Society Organisations in the health and social sectors for more than 15 years. He has designed, developed and implemented successful communication campaigns and strategies at UN and EU levels.
 
Olivier holds a master's degree in translation. He has been conducting a wide range of publications throughout the production chain, from writing, editing and proofreading in English, French and Spanish to conceptualizing and designing. He also has a significant track record in the development of visual identities and conception of visual elements and global campaigns' deliverables.

 

Riika Lempiainen | Administrative and Financial Officer

Riika has worked in different administrative functions in Belgium since 2005 gaining an extensive experience in finance and human resources management and general office administration. She has a Master Degree in history and economics.

In her previous job, she was finance and HR manager for the Brussels chapter of a global geotechnical consulting company responsible of the accounting and financial reporting, human resources and general management including legal and administrative support to staff. Previously she has worked as office manager for an NGO in humanitarian aid, as recruiter for service sector and as administrator in cultural field.

   

Stecy Yghemonos | Director 

Stecy has extensive experience of business development, and project design and management, and has worked in the social and health fields for more than 13 years. He has played a leading role in international ventures aiming to promote and defend important rights such as universal and equitable access to health, the achievement of MDGs, press freedom, children’s rights and participative democracy.

In his previous job he was Manager for a not-for-profit organisation which fostered learning between countries in what works to improve health and tackle health inequalities, particularly through action on the social determinants of health. He built up the portfolio of work, including in the framework of the EU Employment and Social Investment (EaSI) programme, to develop and lead several initiatives which brought together partners and stakeholders to improve health. He has worked with several parts of the EU institutions, World Health Organization and Civil Society.