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The EPF Secretariat executes the Annual Work Programme and works to support and inform the members.

Our staff is listed here below in alpabetical order, with details on main responsibilities:

Kostas Aligiannis
Policy Officer

  • Policy and advocacy work, namely on digital health and data protection
  • Policy intelligence on relevant developments
  • EPF’s internal working groups and membership consultations

Elena Balestra
Membership & Capacity Building Manager

  • Capacity-Building programme
  • Membership engagement
  • Membership growth

Nicola Bedlington
Special Advisor

  • Leadership of EUPATI programme, PARADIGM project and DATA SAVES LIVES initiative
  • Support for the Patient Access Partnership
  • Providing advisory and strategic guidance

Mathieu Boudes
PARADIGM Coordinator

  • Coordinating the PARADIGM consortium
  • Facilitating mindset change within and out the PARADIGM consortium
  • Representing PARADIGM at conferences & events

Emily Bowles
Communications Officer

  • Supporting EPF's communications activities
  • Managing EPF's Members Newsletter
  • Monitoring and ensuring rapid dissemination of information relevant to EPF’s priorities and network

Katie Gallagher
Policy Adviser

  • Policy and advocacy
  • Strategy on Access
  • Non-discrimination, social inclusion and medical devices


Žilvinas Gavėnas
IT Coordinator

  • IT management and planning
  • Servers, streaming
  • IT solutions

Camilla Habre
Project Officer

  • Coordinating EPF’s contribution to EUPATI Programme, IMI-EFOEUPATI and IMI-PARADIGM
  • Supporting the Project Team in project development
  • Supporting with project deliverables

Kaisa Immonen
Director of Policy

  • Strategic & policy agenda
  • EU institutions & stakeholders
  • Patient empowerment, patient safety, quality of care and cross-border healthcare

Usman Khan
Executive Director

  • Leadership, direction and guidance
  • Main spokesperson
  • Building connections and alliances across EPF Membership and network

Matthew May
EUPATI Coordinator

  • Financial management
  • Coordination of the operational teams
  • Coordination and support of the governance committees

Lyudmil Ninov
Project Officer

  • Summer Training for Young Patient Advocates Programme
  • EPF Youth Group
  • Horizon2020 projects

Adriana Pereira
Team Assistant

  • Office management 
  • Supporting team members in their projects
  • Information management 

Zuzanna Skowronek
Operations Assistant

  • Assistance to Executive Director
  • Events
  • Travel management

Valentina Strammiello
Senior Programme Manager

  • Oversees management of ongoing projects
  • HTA
  • EPF Youth Group

Gözde Susuzlu Briggs
Data Saves Lives Coordinator

  •  Manages the Data Saves Lives portal

Brendan Togher
Finance & Administration Manager

  • Financial Issues and Support
  • Grant Management
  • Lead on office administration procedures

Ruth Tchaparian
Grants & Office Coordinator

  • Office management
  • Information management
  • Management support
  • Grant coordination

Anna Trzcinska
Events Officer


  • EPF meetings
  • Events
  • Travel management 

Tanja El-Nemr
Policy Adviser

  • Policy and advocacy
  • Strategy on Access
  • Non-discrimination, social inclusion and medical devices

Borislava Ananieva

  • Support to EPF team
  • EPF Youth Group tasks and activities