Secretariat

George Valiotis
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George Valiotis

Executive Director

George Valiotis

Executive Director

George is the overall strategic lead for the secretariat by acting as the direct link between the Board, and our membership networks including the Scientific Advisory Committee, and Special Interest Groups. He represents the voice of health management to many European and international bodies including the European Parliament, the European Commission, the World Health Organisation, Industry bodies, and community groups. He has an active role in all of EHMA’s projects by providing high level advice on health management matters. He Chairs EHMA’s webinar series, guides the coordination of the annual conference, and executive training programmes. George has worked in executive roles specializing in health management, policy, research, systems thinking, human rights, education and training. George most enjoys cooking traditional Greek food, trampolining, and solving Rubik’s cubes. He is a native Greek speaker, fluent in English and speaks French. Contact George if you have any questions about EHMA’s strategic plans, if you would like to become an EHMA member, or if you would like the input of EHMA in any policy matters.

Email: george.valiotis@ehma.org

Federica Margheri
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Federica Margheri

Chief Operating Officer

Federica Margheri

Chief Operating Officer

Federica oversees EHMA’s operations, she manages the annual conference programme, partnerships and membership, and supports project work. As a member of the senior management team, she provides high level strategic advice on financial and health management initiatives. She brings over 10 years’ experience in European and international organisations, having worked both at the European Parliament and the European Commission. Federica enjoys art in all its forms and volunteers with youth organisations in the field of education and employment. Federica speaks Italian, English and French. Contact Federica if you would like to become an EHMA member, would like to propose a partnership, or for our conference, training programme or events.

Email: federica.margheri@ehma.org

Anett Ruszanov
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Anett Ruszanov

Director of Policy and Programmes

Anett Ruszanov

Director of Policy and Programmes

Anett directs the development of EHMA’s policy positions and maximises the impact of EU-funded projects for the benefit of the health management ecosystem. As a member of the Senior Management Team, she ensures that the most recent, important and relevant knowledge on health management creates the conditions for high-quality, accessible, value-based and patient-centred care all over Europe. Anett is involved in shaping and promoting EHMA’s policy positions in projects and towards European institutions and stakeholders, she also oversees the design of new proposals. Anett enjoys being active, hiking, biking, cooking and baking for family and friends. She is a native Hungarian, and speaks English and French.

Email: anett.ruszanov@ehma.org

Irene Orillo-Gerrits
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Irene Orillo-Gerrits

Communications Manager (Core operations)

Irene Orillo-Gerrits

Communications Manager (Core operations)

Zachary Desson
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Zachary Desson

Policy Manager (Health Systems)

Zachary Desson

Policy Manager (Health Systems)

Zach supports EHMA with the HaDEA project to identify obstacles to vaccination in the EU. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a joint Master’s degree in Health Economics and Management from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Oslo, University of Bologna and Management Centre Innsbruck. A former paramedic, Zach is interested in the delivery of emergency health services and health system considerations for underserved regions and populations. He is fluent in English and French and can hold a decent conversation in German and Spanish. In his free time, you can find him trail running, surfing, doing yoga, or photographing some of the lesser-known corners of Europe. Contact Zach if you have any questions about the HaDEA project.

Email: zachary.desson@ehma.org

Olga Polyaeva
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Olga Polyaeva

Communications Manager (Projects)

Olga Polyaeva

Communications Manager (Projects)

Olga implements and executes EHMA communications and outreach strategies, within its  projects portfolio. She has experience in a variety of areas including hospitality, marketing and communication for EU public health projects and initiatives. EHMA’s success is what motivates Olga, and her aim is to fit all the pieces of the jigsaw together into a complete picture, when it comes to EHMA communications activities. Aligning the organisation‘s vision and values with her own is one way she achieves it. In her free time, she enjoys painting, listening to podcasts, playing social games, and celebrating life with family and friends. ‘Making a difference’ through her work is also a part of her passion when she joined EHMA. Olga speaks English, French, Russian and conversational Dutch.

Email: olga.polyaeva@ehma.org

Evelyn Donohoe
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Evelyn Donohoe

Policy Officer

Evelyn Donohoe

Policy Officer

Evelyn is EHMA Policy Officer and oversees a project on the digitalisation of medication management. She has over a decade of experience in Health and Social Care settings in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. Evelyn gained a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Edinburgh. Following this, she worked in Mental Health in integrated Health and Social Care Teams. Prior to joining EHMA, Evelyn was awarded a Master’s in Global Health Public Policy, from SciencesPo, Paris. Evelyn lived in China for one year and won a certificate of participation in a county Tai Chi competition. Evelyn speaks English and French and is currently learning German.

Email: evelyn.donohoe@ehma.org

Claudia Granaldi
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Claudia Granaldi

Policy Officer

Claudia Granaldi

Policy Officer

Emmi Weller
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Emmi Weller

Policy Officer

Emmi Weller

Policy Officer

Emmi coordinates EHMA’s involvement in policy networks including EU4Health, European Alliance for Value Based Healthcare, and our engagement with decision makers. She has an active role in all our projects to ensure they are both aligned with and inform European policy developments. Her first degree is in Global Public Health which she obtained at Leiden University College (The Netherlands), with an exchange semester at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (United States). She is a graduate of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in European Health Economics and Management taught jointly by: University of Oslo (Norway), University of Bologna (Italy) and Management Centre Innsbruck (Austria). Emmi enjoys hiking, local food markets, picnics with a nice view, and discovering new cultures. Emmi is a native speaker of French and German, and fluent in English and Spanish. Contact Emmi with any questions about our policy work or representations.

Email: emmi.weller@ehma.org

Georgia Karyami
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Georgia Karyami

Project Administrator

Georgia Karyami

Project Administrator

Georgia oversees the BeWell project. She is responsible for ensuring the smooth delivery of project deliverables and milestones. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and a joint Master’s degree in Health Economics and Management from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Oslo, University of Bologna and Management Centre Innsbruck. Georgia is particularly interested in the topics concerning the primary fragmentations for delivering care in rural and remote areas. She enjoys cooking, hikes with friends and exploring the world. She is fluent in Greek, English and Spanish. Contact Georgia if you have any questions about the BeWell project.

Email: georgia.karyami@ehma.org

Anna Van Der Heyden Codina
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Anna Van Der Heyden Codina

Events Officer

Anna Van Der Heyden Codina

Events Officer

Anna is responsible for organising and monitoring the network’s online, hybrid and in-person events at EHMA. She completed a four-year Bachelor’s degree in International Relations at Blanquerna Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain, and conducted her Erasmus Programme in the Luis Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy. Following this, she began working with events while doing a one-year internship as the Technical Project Assistant at Casa de Mali followed by a Traineeship in the Programmes and Events department at End FGM EU. Anna loves travelling and enjoys painting, cooking and reading during her free time. She is fluent in Spanish, Catalan and English and has a good command of French.

Email: anna.vanderheyden@ehma.org

Domenico Sorrentino
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Domenico Sorrentino

Communication Officer (Core operations)

Domenico Sorrentino

Communication Officer (Core operations)

Domenico is Communications Officer (Core operations) and is responsible for the implementation of the overall EHMA communication strategy towards external networks. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Naples L’Orientale and a second-level Master’s in European Law and Policies from the Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome. He developed a strong interest in communications and journalism thanks to past experience as analyst and consultant in EU Public Affairs. He speaks Italian and English and has a good understanding of French. In his free time, he enjoys going to parks and nature reserves, apart from being passionate about good food and arts.  

Janice Chantre Raposo
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Janice Chantre Raposo

Communications Officer (Projects)

Janice Chantre Raposo

Communications Officer (Projects)

Janice is Communications Officer for Projects. She works with the other members of the Communications team to deliver EHMA portfolio of communications activities with her primary area of work being communications and dissemination activities for our EU-funded projects. She holds a master’s degree in Management and Communications from the iaelyon School of Management and has a background in Media & Journalism. As part of her master’s, she interned as a Communications Assistant at the European Parliament. Janice has lived in different European cities, including Paris and Ljubljana, and loves traveling in her free time. Passionate about languages and writing, she is fluent in Portuguese, French, and English and has a good command of Spanish.

Email: janice.chantre-raposo@ehma.org

Ludmila Chmielewska
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Ludmila Chmielewska

Finance and Administration Officer

Ludmila Chmielewska

Finance and Administration Officer

Ludmila delivers streamlined financial procedures to surpass members, colleagues and stakeholders satisfaction, retention, and company goals at EHMA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Finances from Higher School of Commerce and International Finance in Warsaw, she completed Postgraduate studies in Project management Warsaw School of Economics, and has a Master’s degree in Administration from University of Warsaw, in Poland. She is fluent in Russian, Polish, speaks English and has a good command in French. Ludmila enjoys traveling, cooking and watching movies.

Email: ludmila.chmielewska@ehma.org

What our members say

I have been active in EHMA since the first years of the '90s and I have seen its evolution from a small association of members interested in sharing knowledge on health management practices to the current status of reference and advisory key player for EU, health systems and organisations, stakeholders associations, industry and universities. EHMA is now a unique knowledge hub, policy advisor, community of practice and network of best in class organisations involved in health policy and management. A place where health managers can build their competences, policy-makers and stakeholder associations envision how to implement and sustain change through health management, industry leaders understand how to engage more effectively with health organisations and systems. The right place to nurture and grow health management capabilities and capacity for every stakeholder of health systems.

Prof. Federico Lega, University of Milan, Italy

Health management has a crucial function in shaping public health and health system challenges. The Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria had success in collaborating with EHMA on EU-funded projects that has resourced us to create new health management competencies for the future workforce. In addition to all classical definitions, health management is a science dealing with individuals, groups, and society at large. It is an art contributing to the beauty of our lives and an interactive communication process at all levels of institutions and human energy. I have also had the pleasure to chair the South Eastern European Special Interest Group which gives members a space to discuss and tools to address how health systems are managed in our regions.

Prof. Todorka Kostadinova, Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria

I enjoy the high level of interaction and engagement in EHMA’s activities, in particular during the annual conference where the panel discussions are rich and well prepared. As a hospital manager and professor of health management, EHMA motivates and inspires me to be creative. You go back home feeling energised from seeing old friends and making new connections, as well as being convinced of serving as EHMA’s ambassador. It’s a strong feeling of interdisciplinary engagement, but it also feels like being part of family-like community.

Prof. Sandra C. Buttigieg, University of Malta, Malta

EHMA is a pre-eminent organisation for everyone working in planning, managing and delivering health services across Europe. As a long standing member of EHMA I have always been impressed by the vibrant community of managers, researchers and academics it has created and by the many opportunities for sharing knowledge and funding opportunities it has brought to its members. Its international scope is impressive and its impact is often felt in management and research across European and national health systems.

Prof. Axel Kaehne, Edge Hill University, UK

Health workforce has become more essential in operating, managing and maintaining health systems lately, particularly in crisis and emergency situations. European healthcare professions and the workforce need to be high on the agenda of managers and decision makers. The Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University in Hungary is a longstanding EHMA member, because it connects us with collaborators and experts, with whom we can have complex debates, from whom we can learn and at the end find solutions in various challenging fields of healthcare management.

Dr Eszter Kovács, Health Services Management Training Centre, Semmelweis University, Hungary

As a hospital administrator and health management professor, I see on a daily basis that the healthcare challenges require talented and skilled managers to transform it. the EHMA membership has been beneficial to bring healthcare management research and education to the demanding healthcare services world, promoting healthcare management competencies and knowledge creation.

Dr Alexandre Lourenco, APAH - Association of Portuguese Hospital Managers, Portugal

Many healthcare systems in Europe and beyond are facing similar challenges which require innovative and creative solutions. EHMA’s annual conference, webinars, Programme Directors’ group and other activities and resources provide incredible opportunities for networking, connecting and sharing experiences. A distinct feature of EHMA is the diversity of members with representation from many countries, sectors and different communities of practice – academic, policy-makers, practitioners, managers, leaders and students. The annual conference is a highlight in the calendar year, offering a friendly, fun and learningful environment for emerging and established members to engage, collaborate and meet up with old and new friends. I am proud to be a member of the EHMA Board.

Prof. Ann Mahon, University of Manchester, UK

Society evolution, pandemics and ageing modify health needs. So, health policies and services are to change dramatically. EHMA, through webinars, workshops and annual conference provides an excellent insight to a professional changing world, favouring closeness to management innovation and the protagonists of these changes. As a primary care services’ manager, participating in EHMA activities is really worth it and allows to involve oneself in the innovation processes.

Dr Antoni Peris Grao, Consorci Castelldefels Agents de Salut (CASAP), Spain