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European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

Team

Researcher – European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna)
Senior Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health

Stefania holds a PhD in health economics. She has extensive experience working at the interface between policy and research, dividing her time between applied research, policy advice and advocacy efforts with a focus on long-term care, equity, health and social policy.

https://www.euro.centre.org/persons/detail/22

Executive Director – European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna)

Dr. Leichsenring holds a doctorate in Political Sciences and Communication Research. He has over 30 years’ experience in comparative and applied social research, project management and policy consultancy with a focus on ageing, health and long-term care, and related issues such as governance and financing, quality management, user involvement and informal care.

https://www.euro.centre.org/persons/detail/2

Researcher – European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna)   

Dr. Kadi completed a postdoc at the Institute for Ethics and History of Medicine at Tübingen University (Germany) and holds a PhD in Sociology from Teesside University (United Kingdom). Her research focuses on access to and quality of care, concepts of ageing well and ageing & technology. 

https://www.euro.centre.org/persons/detail/3527 

Researcher – European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna)

Ms. Simmons has a background in quantitative data analysis, health policy and long-term care. Her expertise and interests lie in financing of long-term care, working conditions of the long-term care workforce, inequalities in health and long-term care, and informal care.

 https://www.euro.centre.org/persons/detail/3551

Head of Administration and Finance – European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna)

Judith Schreiber has extensive experience in financial and administrative management of projects funded by various EU programmes and other international donors. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Education and has been the Head of Administration and Finance at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research since 2011.

https://www.euro.centre.org/persons/detail/10

Administration and Finance Officer – European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna)

Ms. Scharf has ten years of experience in financial and administrative reporting of national and international research projects and holds a Master’s degree in European Economy and Business Management.

https://www.euro.centre.org/persons/detail/20

Researcher – European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (Vienna)

Dr. Kahlert has 18 years of experience in leading evaluation projects internationally in education, health, and social services. Before joining the European Centre in 2017, she co-directed the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Promotion Research. In 2001–2013, Dr. Kahlert held several evaluation positions at the University of Texas at Austin, from where she received a Ph.D. in Public Policy.

https://www.euro.centre.org/persons/detail/29

Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Team

Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, Department of Health Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science

Adelina Comas-Herrera’s research focuses on long-term care and dementia care systems and policy, she is co-lead of a project to strengthen responses to dementia in 7 Middle-Income countries and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, led the LTCcovid.org initiative. She is currently analysing long-term care system responses to COVID-19 through the Social Care Recovery and Resilience project.

https://adelinacohe.com/

Research Associate – Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (LSE)

Dr Lorenz-Dant holds a doctorate in Social Policy from the LSE. She works on several projects in the field of long-term care, some of which focus on dementia care. Topics of interest include unpaid care, community-based care, residential care, health and long-term care systems and policy. Her work spans high- and middle-income countries.

Research Fellow, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Maximilian’s current research topics include comparative effectiveness of dementia interventions in low- and middle-income countries, COVID-19 infections, mortality, and interventions in long-term care settings, and evidence standards in pharmaceutical regulation. He holds an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from LSE and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=_7waDxUAAAAJ

Vilans, National Centre of Expertise for Long-Term Care
the Netherlands

Team

Director of Strategy and Development of Vilans, Centre of Expertise for Long-Term Care in the Netherlands. Moreover, he is professor of Organisation and Policy Development in Long-term Care at the Jo Visser Endowed Chair at the VU University of Amsterdam. Amongst others, he is member of the Quality Council at the National Health Care Institute of the Netherlands an member of the board of Eurocarers.

Henk graduated as a psycho-gerontologist and obtained his PhD on policy research in care for older people. He always worked at the edge of policy, practice and research. He has wide experience in various national innovation and improvement programmes in long-term care. He was involved in national and international (comparative) research projects on integrated care, quality management, dignity, the position of care workers and informal carers and innovation in care education.

Researcher – Vilans, National Centre of Expertise for Long-Term Care, the Netherlands

Lian Stouthard is a health policy researcher with a background in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and experience in international (research)projects. Her research mainly focusses on the organization of integrated health and social care for older people living at home.

Researcher – Vilans, National Centre of Expertise for Long-Term Care, the Netherlands

Kelsey is a health policy researcher and advisor with a background in Ethics of Care. She works on national programs to improve the quality of nursing homes in the Netherlands and projects to implement integrated care for elderly people living at home.

www.vilans.nl/medewerkers/kelsey-benning

Sr. Researcher – Vilans, National Centre of Expertise for Long-Term Care, the Netherlands
PhD Candidate – Tilburg University / TIAS School for Business and Society

Nick Zonneveld is a health services/health system researcher with a background in Public Administration and Organization Studies. He has experience in several international and national research projects, mainly on organizing and governing integrated health and social care services.

www.vilans.org/employees/nick-zonneveld/

Eurocarers

Team

Policy and project 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 15 years, and contributed to efficient lobbying and awareness raising strategies aimed at developing social cohesion. Claire studied Political Sciences and Sociology.

Senior 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. He also has a significant track record in the development of visual identities and conception of visual elements and global campaigns’ deliverables.

Administration and Finance Officer

Jevgenija has worked in different  administrative functions in Belgium since 2004 gaining extensive experience in finance and human resources management and general office administration. She holds a Master Degree in management and administration in addition to several diplomas specializing in accounting & tax and finance management.

Previously she has worked as Office manager and Finance & HR administrator responsible for accounting and financial reporting, human resources and general management including legal and administrative support to staff.

Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection

Team

Social and Health Attaché for North Macedonia, Project Manager

Master’s degree on political science and history, working in the Ministry since 1995, in the field of ESF, employment, labour market policy and VET (1995-2000), of international and bilateral relations (2000-2010), Social and Consumer Protection Attaché at Austrian Perm. Rep. in Brussels (2010-2014), Social and Health Attaché for North Macedonia (2014 – ongoing), Member of EUROFOUND Management Board (2014 – ongoing), Project Manager.

Sozialministerium-Intranet – Geschäftseinteilung und Organigramme

Legal Professional

Mag.a Leiss holds a degree in Law and is responsible for matters relating to long-term care provision at the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection.

Personen und Organisationen der österreichischen Bundesverwaltung (oesterreich.gv.at)

Chance B

Team

Head of Innovation and Development Unit, Vice Executive Director of the Chance B Group

Michael Longhino has long-standing experience in managing international projects, he is member of various boards in the field of inclusion. His academic background is in sociology and he is a certified mediator.

Project manager

Karin Ondas has long-standing experience working in the social sector, especially at the intersection between politics, policy and practice. Expertise in change management, organizational development and facilitation. Her academic background is in social sciences, with a focus on Human Rights and equal opportunities.

Sandra Probus

Sandra Probus is responsible for the financial and reporting level of projects conducted by the department of innovation and development of Chance B. As a project manager, Ms. Probus managed an Interreg-based project on lead partner level. She is familiar with project policies, regulations, and national principles. Ms. Probus has more than six years of working experience in the social sector, combining project management and social skills with a focus on budget responsibilities. She holds a diploma in business administration, an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in agroecology.

 

Monika Köck

As a graduate nurse, Monika Köck has long-standing experience in care for elderly persons. At present, she is a primary nurse in home-based care offered by Chance B. An important part of her work is counseling and organizing patient-centered care for elderly persons, to enable them to remain living at home.

Red Cross of the Republic of North Macedonia (RCNM)

Team

Project Coordinator Red Cross of the Republic of North Macedonia
Head of sector for programs, project work and mobilization of funds

Jasmina holds a BA in Social Science and ongoing MA on influence of the economic empowerment programme of victims of domestic violence their reintegration and re-socialization. She has 20 years extensive experience in human rights, social policy, rule of law, social inclusion, social services and labor market inclusion of vulnerable groups, with 10 years of proven management, coordination and team leadership skills working for international organizations.

Emergency Button Manager
Program Manager and Social Entrepreneur in social enterprises “Kopche” and “Nega Centar” – City Red Cross of Skopje

Aleksandra holds a BSc. in Social Policy and MSc. in Economics, with nine years’ experience within the City Red Cross of Skopje, in donor funded projects. Skilled project manager with focus on social issues with proven successful experience in project organization, planning and effective work with donors, beneficiaries, civil society sector, international organizations and all levels of Governmental Institutions. Representative in Social Economy Network for the RC social enterprises.

Project Assistant – Red Cross of the Republic of North Macedonia

Tamara holds a BSc. Degree in Public Relations and Corporate communications and a Micro-Master in Entrepreneurship Eco-Systems and Innovative Strategies. She has previous experience volunteering and working for national and international enterprises with vulnerable groups and people with disabilities in reinforcing their integration and inclusivity in the wider community, and receival of proper access to services. She also has previous project experience with implementing USAID international projects in North Macedonia.

Ministry of Labour and Social Policy - North Macedonia

Team

Head of Department for European Integration and International Cooperation – Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (Skopje)

Aleksandra Slavkoska holds bachelor degree in Business economics. She has extensive experience with programme and project design in the field of social policy, labour and early child development. As a civil servant in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy she contributed to planning and monitoring on social policy and employment issues.

Deputy Head of Department for European Integration and International Cooperation – Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (Skopje)

Ankica Ivanovska holds МSc in Social Policy. She has 13 years’ experience as a public servant in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in monitoring and administrative check of EU funded projects (Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance) in the field of social inclusion and employment, experience in certifying providers of social services and social policy issues.

Deputy Head of Social Protection Department  

Sofija Spasovska holds bachelor degree in Law with bar exam. She has 32 years of experience in the field of social protection, of which 14 years in Social Work Center Skopje. 

Since 2003 she has been engaged in drafting and implementing laws, strategic documents, programs and projects in the field of social protection, social inclusion for vulnerable groups, establishment and development of the social protection system. She has extensive professional experience in designing and implementing social services, including community-based social services for various vulnerable groups on national level. 

Ministry of Health, North Macedonia

Team

State Advisor for EU integration and international affairs

 Mihajlo Kostovski holds a Master degree in European Social Security. He has a rich experience in  various projects related to health care and health insurance, social welfare and inclusion of persons with disability, Roma and other vulnerable groups;  experience in  projects within the policy decision process on national and international level. Kostovski is a President of the Management Board of Public Health Institution Specialized Hospital for Geriatric and Palliative Medicine “November 13”.

IMSERSO (Institute for Older Persons and Social Services)

Team

Head of International Relations Unit (IMSERSO)

Montero Rey holds a Degree in Law (Complutense University of Madrid). He has been dealing  with social issues at international level since 1992 within Spanish Ministry of Labour (Vocational Training Advisory Committee of European Union, CEDEFOP-Centre de Développement de la Formation Professionnelle) and from 2007 within IMSERSO- Ministry for Social Rights and 2030 Agenda (OEWGA-Open Ended Working Group on Ageing  of United Nations, UNECE-Standing Working Group on Ageing, WG-LTC-Working Group on Long-Term Care of the Social Protection Committee of the EU, Working Group on Incapable Adults of Family Law Experts Committee of Council of Europe, ISTO-International Social Tourism Organization…)

Silvia Oliva holds a Chemical Engineer (University of Zaragoza, 2007), she has experience in management of public centres, she has also completed an advanced course in management of socio-health centres and training in public innovation, strategic knowledge management, person-centred care model and friendly cities for elderly people. She is currently the Director of the State Reference Centre for Social and Health Care for Dependent People in Soria (Imserso, Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030). She worked in a private enterprise from 2007 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2019 in the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

María Ramón is an Occupational Therapist (University of Zaragoza, 2004) and Nurse (University of Valladolid, 2008). She has experience in direct care with users and in the coordination of professional teams. She is currently Responsible for Centre Management at the State Reference Centre for Social and Health Care for Dependent Persons in Soria (Imserso, Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030). She worked in the private sector from 2004 to 2008, from 2008 to 2009 in the Ministry of Health and from 2010 to 2021 in the Ministry of Interior.

Technical Support- IMSERSO

Maite Pozo holds a Degree in Psychology. She has been involved at international level in different projects targeted at vulnerable groups (people with disabilities, Roma population, children etc..). Moreover, she managed cooperation actions within IMSERSO with South American countries and also she leaded the Age-Friendly Cities programme in close collaboration with regional governments and municipalities as well.

Administrative support- IMSERSO

Angela Fadón has more than 30 years of experience in IMSERSO’s activities in relation with cooperation programmes on people with disabilities and older people as well in South American countries, namely through RIICOTEC (Intergovernmental Iberoamerican Network for Technical Cooperation).

Matia Gerontological Institute

Team

Researcher – Matia Gerontological Institute (Madrid)

Dr. García holds a PhD Psychology and MSc in behavioural therapy. He has been researching in clinical psychology on learning processes in the clinical context, behaviour and cognition in the elderly, the development of assessment tools, user centred design and currently is work is focused in the Person Centred Care model development and  coordination and integration of services in long term care in Spain.

https://www.matiainstituto.net/en/institute/professionals/alvaro-garcia

Researcher

Sara holds a PhD in Psychology from Santiago de Compostela University (2016) and a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology, Forensic Law and Social Intervention (2012). Her thesis project consisted in the development of a validated measurement tool for active ageing from an individual point of view, referring to the important dimensions for people. She has experience in methodologies such as Design Thinking as a teacher in the Designthinking.gal project andVermisLAB.

https://www.matiainstituto.net/en/institute/professionals/sara-marsillas

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