Staff

George Valiotis
Interim Executive Director

George has extensive European and international experience to this role, having worked in executive roles specializing in health policy, research, systems thinking, management, human rights, education and training. He is a Greek and has lived and worked in Switzerland, France, Australia, Belgium, and Scotland. Before joining EHMA, he worked as Chief Executive Officer of HIV Scotland for seven years, managing multiple strategic policy and education collaborations with pharmaceutical companies, researchers, policy makers, insurers, health services, community members, and professional medical bodies. Earlier he was an education specialist for the International AIDS Society, developing global initiatives for pre and post doctoral researchers in prevention, clinical and biomedical research. He also served on the Board of Diabetes Australia and as an Advisor on its Medical Education and Science Council. In these roles he helped govern the National Diabetes Services Scheme which was a €65 million government contract to supply medical products, education, and services. He is also engaged as a consultant on various projects including: as the Principal Strategic Advisory to the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland), and; as an associate on biomedical citizen projects with the Medical School fo the University of Edinburgh.

Chiara Gonzi
Events Officer

Chiara joined EHMA in March 2020 as Events Officer. She holds a Master’s degree in Language Sciences from the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Before joining EHMA, Chiara worked as Programme Coordinator at Women Political Leaders (WPL) and acquired experience in developing and delivering the programme and the format of different events both in Europe and the US. As EHMA Events Officer, Chiara will support the design, coordination and successful implementation of EHMA events programme, including logistics, stakeholder and external engagement. She speaks English, Italian, and Spanish.

Cristiana Grosaru
Senior Project Manager

Cristiana joined EHMA in March 2021 as Senior Project Manager. She brings twelve years work experience with eight in the management of EU-funded projects and in EU project development. Her academic qualifications include Project management and Economics, with professional certifications in project management and in accessing EU funding programmes. In her last position as Senior Project Manager, she coordinated a complex project with a budget of 19 million Euro and a consortium of 77 European partners. The project, funded under the 3rd European Health Programme, had at its core the health technology assessment.

Federica Margheri
Operations Manager

Federica joined EHMA in February 2017 as Operations Manager. She holds a BA in International Affairs and Diplomacy, a MA in Politics and Diplomacy and a Master in International Studies. Federica has over 10 years experience in European and international organisations. Before joining EHMA, she worked both at the European Parliament and the European Commission, where she supported the simplification of internal processes. Prior to moving to Brussels, Federica was involved in project management and fundraising for an international school and an international organisation based in Greece. At EHMA, she is in charge of operations; she also coordinates membership-related activities; and supports the organisation in project management and fundraising. Federica speaks Italian, English and French.

Laura Cande
Policy and Projects Consultant

Laura has worked in health management in the US as a coordinator in quality and process improvement projects to increase efficiency, compliance with legislation requirements and patient satisfaction. She has also worked in Haiti in project implementation in different international Non-Governmental Organisations in humanitarian emergency response and development. Laura holds a Master’s in Public Health Sciences with a focus on health policy & systems, from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Tina Hadzic

Tina Hadžić
Communications Officer

Tina joined the EHMA team in March 2021. She holds a Master’s degree in English Linguistics and Literature from the University of Granada, and a joint Master’s degree from the University of Bologna and the University of Sarajevo. Before joining EHMA, Tina has worked in the private sector as a digital marketeer. She also has experience working in the non-profit sector, having worked with the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI). She was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and has lived and worked in Spain, Serbia, Italy, and Belgium.

Federica Nestola
Communications & Events Assistant

Federica joined the EHMA team in March 2021. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International and Diplomatic Studies and she is currently a Master Student in Diplomacy and International Cooperation at University of Trieste, Italy.