Head of Health & Research Programmes
Isabelle is ECPC's Head of Health & Research Programmes and is the appointed executive body for our research activities from industry to EU funded projects participating in several European Union's Research and Innovation framework programmes in addition to working on 3 principal EU Policy files: the European Cross Border Health Directive, the General Data Protection Regulation, and Health Technology Assessment. She is a registered Pharmacist (RPh) and certified Public Health Professional (CPH) holding a post-master degree in European Studies specialising in EU Policy & Project Management. Isabelle is a USAID Training Future Leaders Scholarship recipient, a Golden Key International Honour Society member, and a EUPATI Scholar who has dedicated the past 10 years of her life to patients. She has previously worked with the United Nations (UN) and the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), among others around the globe. Isabelle is an active member of the General Assembly of the Worldwide Innovative Networking (WIN) Consortium, the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO), the European Commission's Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Stakeholder Pool, the Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi), and the BBMRI-ERIC Stakeholder Forum, as well as, an elected representative of the European Patient Group (ePAG) for the European Refrence Network (ERN) on rare adult solid tumours. Isabelle is Romanian and identifies as a citizen of the world. She speaks fluent English, Romanian, Arabic, a good knowledge of French and has basic understanding of Spanish and Italian.
Community & Communications Manager
Anna is ECPC's Community & Communications Manager. She holds one Bachelor's degree in European Studies, another in Political Science, and a Master in Contemporary European Studies and European Politics from the University of Sussex in Great Britain. She gained her professional experience and obtained a deep understanding of the healthcare sector while she worked for two worldwide pharmaceutical companies followed by a practice in a Public Relations agency, where she was responsible for developing and implementing health and disease awareness campaigns accompanied by proactive and reactive media relations. Anna has a substantial experience in supporting patient organisations throughout the Europe. Anna is responsible for the ECPC Annual Congress, which brings together over 170 European stakeholders, and is Europe's largest gathering of cancer patient organisations. As part of her work in managing the ECPC community of patient organisations, Anna is an active member of the Union for International Cancer Control, the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition, Pancreatic Cancer Europe, the Make Sense of Head & Neck Cancer campaign, the Awareness Week on Alcohol Related Harm, and Antibiotic Awareness Day. She connects the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to cancer patient organisations throughout Europe. She also coordinates ECPC's Working Group on Bladder Cancer, newsletter, annual report, website, media relations, and social media channels. Anna is a positive and committed Polish national, who speaks fluent Polish, English and has a good knowledge of French.
With more than ten 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.
Junior Health and Research Officer
Health and Research Intern
Theodoros is ECPC’s Health and Research Intern. He obtained a Bachelor's and a Master's Degree in Political Science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles during which he attended classes on International Politics, development and law. Afterwards, he joined the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) as a Policy Intern where he assisted with policy, project and financial tasks. As well as attending a plethora of events in the European Parliament. Theodoros speaks Greek, English, French, has a good understanding of Spanish, and is learning Dutch.
Congress and Communications Intern
Eleonora Varntoumian is ECPC’s Congress & Communications Intern. She has obtained a BA Degree in International and European Studies from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. After she completed her studies in precisely four years she started her Internship in Thessaloniki Tourism Organisation where she continued working as an Office Administrator for the Vice Governor of her city. Working in a Non-Profit Organisation such as Thessaloniki Tourism Organisation gave her the opportunity to get accustomed to many European Programs such as the Silk Road Project and UNWTO Affiliate Members and meet many journalists, politicians and travel agents from abroad. During her previous working experience, she also had the idea and creation of the website ‘’Youth Thessaloniki’’ which is the first official destination Portal in the acquisition of an Organisation that is exclusively dedicated to its youth and is considered an asset for Thessaloniki Tourism Organisation. Her key strengths are organizing various events such as Conferences, Congresses, Festivals and Networking Events and her administrative and communicational skills. Eleonora speaks native Greek - Armenian, Proficient English, with a good knowledge of Italian and a basic knowledge of Russian and French.
EU Policy Trainee
Federico is an EU Policy Trainee at the European Cancer Patient Coalition. He graduated from the University of Bologna, Italy, with a Combined Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Chemistry & Pharmaceutical Technologies. Also, Federico worked on his Master’s Project in immuno-oncology at the University of Birmingham, UK. Over the years, he developed a strong interest towards European health systems, and eagerness to utilize his scientific background as a tool to better support the understanding of EU initiatives and policy on health.
As a member of the ECPC Policy Team, Federico assists patient advocacy and awareness campaigns at the EU level, and provides policy support to our members. Thanks to his experience as Founder and Head of Communications of a non-profit organization (Associazione Culturale Mukanda), Federico relies on good networking and organisational skills, as well as on an effective ability to raise awareness on social issues in Europe.
He speaks fluently English and his native Italian, and has a basic understanding of French.