Discover ECPC's professional team


Lydia Makaroff


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Lydia Makaroff joined the ECPC in September 2016 as Director. She has ten years' international experience in non-communicable disease research and policy development in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and the non-profit sector. She conducted scientific research during her PhD at the Australian National University and as a senior post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington Medical Center with support from the Australian Cancer Research Foundation and the Cancer Council. After working in Global Market Access at a pharmaceutical company, she joined the International Diabetes Federation as their Epidemiology and Public Health Manager. Her team quantified the global impact of diabetes and published research on prevalence, cost, and complications. She monitored national governments' commitments to non-communicable diseases, provided advocacy tools to national associations, and wrote policy papers on strategies to improve access to medicines and reduce health inequalities. Lydia holds a PhD in immunology from the Australian National University and a Masters' degree in Public Health from the University of Queensland. She is an Australian-Belgian dual national who speaks English and has a good knowledge of French.

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Francesco Florindi

Head of EU Affairs

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Francesco joined ECPC in March 2014 as Public Affairs Coordinator. He obtained a cum laude Master in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Trieste-Gorizia with a thesis on EU enlargement. In Brussels, Francesco worked for regional representatives, NGOs, research centres and the European Commission (Joint Research Centre). His experience working on cancer dates back to 2013, when he joined ECCO and SIOPE Public Affairs team. This experience raised his awareness of the challenges faced by patients. Hence, he quickly moved to the side of patients, putting his policy and public affairs skills to ECPC’s service, helping the ECPC Board to produce a new policy strategy (“Europe ofDisparities in Cancer”) and to deliver several high profile projects. Francesco is a fellow Young Gasteiner and a Member of the European Health Parliament. He is Italian and speaks fluent Italian, English, and has a good knowledge of French.

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Isabelle Manneh-Vangramberen

Projects Coordinator

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Isabelle  joined ECPC in November 2016 as our Projects Coordinator and the executive body for all EU funded projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sicences, a Master degree in Public Health from Florida International University, in addition to a post-master in European Studies specialising in EU Policy & Project Management from the Catholic University of Louvain. Isabelle is the United States Agency for International Development Training Future Leaders (TFL) Scholarship recipient for 2009-2011 and Golden Key International Honour Society member. Her professional experience ranges from community based participatory research to EU Policy & Project management  and the provision of humanitarian aid under the United Nations Development Program (UNFPA), among many others around the globe. She is a member of the General Assembly of the Worldwide Innovative Networking (WIN) Consortium, a leading  member of the Patient Advisory Group of  the IMI PREFER project, and the Co-chair of the Transversal Task Force on Communication & Dissemination in the ERN for adult rare solid cancers. Isabelle is Romanian and identifies as a citizen of the world. She speaks fluent English, Romanian, and Arabic, and has  a working knowledge of French.

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Anna Rek

Community & Communications Manager

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Anna joined the ECPC in January 2016 as a Community & Communications Manager. She holds a Masters' degree in Contemporary European Studies and European Politics from the University of Sussex in Great Britain. She gained her professional experience and got a deep understanding of the healthcare sector while she worked for 2 worldwide pharmaceutical companies followed by a practice in a Public Relations agency, where she was responsible for developing and implementing nationwide health and disease awareness campaigns accompanied by proactive and reactive media relations. Anna has a significant experience in supporting national patient organizations, such as Polish Cancer Patient Coalition, Malanoma Academy, Amazons, The Start of Hope Foundation or the Foundation of Social Education. Anna is a positive and committed Polish national, who speaks fluent Polish, English and has a good knowledge of French.


Jiska Bolhuis

Financial Officer

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With more than nine years of experience in the field of communication and project management (especially in the field of public policy contracts), Jiska has a large amount of experience in managing and coordinating budgets, contracts, people and events. As a Dutch national, she speaks Dutch and English fluently and has a good knowledge of German, French as well as some basic knowledge of Spanish.