Frédéric Destrebecq is the Executive Director of the European Brain Council since October 2014. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership while managing the day to day operations of EBC and its ongoing relationships with its member associations and other stakeholders, as well as representing the organisation in various European and national forums.
Prior to this position, Fred served the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) as Chief Executive Officer, and previously as Director for European Affairs. Fred holds a Master Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). He also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris) and University of Wales College (Cardiff), in the framework of the former EU Socrates exchange programme.
Finance & Administration Team
HEAD OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Cécile Grebet is the Head of Finance and Administration at the European Brain Council, a team member since September 2015. She is responsible for the overall financial management, supervises and manages human resources processes, and coordinates operations as well as other administrative issues within EBC.
Prior to this position, she has worked for the European Office of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in Brussels, and for the Adecco Group in Paris. She holds a degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Paris-Sceaux. Within EBC, she is in charge of the accounting and budgeting, and office management.
Latifah Irakiza is the Office Manager at the European Brain Council as of May 2018. Latifah organized and coordinated administration duties within the EBC team, and helps maintain an efficient work environment, ensuring high levels of organizational effectiveness, communication within EBC, and safety.
Prior to this position, Latifah has worked at luxury hotels in Brussels for the past 10 years.
PARTNERSHIP PROJECT MANAGER
Rik Bollaert joined the EBC team in April 2020 as Partnership Project Manager. Rik supports the team in the search for long-term corporate partners and for financial support of EBC generated research projects and events.
After having worked in major convention centers in France (Strasbourg and Lille), he has over the last 10 years developed extensive experience and knowledge in business development and stakeholder relationship management for international not-for-profit associations. Rik speaks four languages (English, French, Dutch and German) and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School.
Communications, Advocacy & Policy Team
HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS, ADVOCACY & POLICY
Stephanie Kramer joined EBC in March 2016 and leads the Communications, Advocacy & Policy team. Her work revolves around effectively communicating all EBC work to the general public, EU institutions and policymakers and all other relevant stakeholders; shaping the communications of EBC’s advocacy work, policy reports, research projects and EU projects; managing the advocacy and policy monitoring within the health and research space – particularly involving the brain; as well as planning EBC’s external events.
Stephanie holds an LLM in International Law from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in International Relations & Diplomacy. She has previous communications, external relations and project management experience from internships at the United Nations and private sector organisations. She was a member of the 3rd European Health Parliament. Stephanie has lived and worked in 12 countries around the world, including the United States, the Netherlands, Thailand and Chile.
COMMUNICATIONS & EVENTS INTERN
Domenico Iannone joined the European Brain Council as Communications & Events Intern in March 2020. His key responsibilities include drafting communications products such as website and social media contents and assisting in the organization of EBC advocacy and awareness raising events as well in congress and event preparation.
Domenico holds a bachelor degree in Public and Business Communication and a master degree in Communication, Evaluation and Social Research for Organisations, both from the University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy). He has experience in event management, with a focus on communication, in several fields, like sports events, concerts, forums, conferences, etc.
Marijn Scholte works as a Policy Officer at the European Brain Council (EBC) since November 2017. In this role, he is primarily responsible for monitoring EU policy processes relevant to the communication and advocacy initiatives of EBC, supporting EBC’s engagement with decision-makers at the EU and national levels, managing and coordinating the network of National Brain Councils and supporting the ongoing projects of EBC.
Marijn holds a Master Degree in International Relations, with a focus on European integration, from the University of Groningen (Netherlands).
Dominika Suchonova joined the European Brain Council (EBC) as a Communications Intern in March 2020. Her responsibilities include drafting communication products such as website and social media content, assisting in outreach with external stakeholders and supporting the organization of advocacy and awareness raising events as well as congress preparation.
Dominika has international experience in the field of communications, marketing and event management that she acquired in France and Denmark. She worked both in the non-profit (AFS Intercultural Programs) and the public sector (French School of Public Health, French Ministry of the Armed Forces). She holds a bachelor degree in the French philology from the Masaryk University (the Czech Republic) and a master degree in Intercultural Communication from the University of Rennes 2 (France).
Elke De Witte
HEAD OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
Elke De Witte is the Projects Team leader at EBC. In her role she is primarily responsible for the delivery of European projects, such as MULTI-ACT and EBRA.
Elke has a background in clinical research and holds a PhD in Neurolinguistics. Her research focuses on language mapping and cognitive assessments in awake brain surgery. Prior to her position at EBC, Elke worked in San Francisco for three years, first as a Postdoc researcher at the Biomagnetic lab/Neurosurgery department of UCSF Medical Center and later as General Manager U.S. for LynxCare, a medical technology company automating the extraction of outcome data from medical records using Natural Language Processing.
Kristien is Project Manager at the European Brain Council (EBC) since September 2019. In this position, she is primarily responsible for the delivery of European projects, such as EBRA.
Prior to this position, she was involved in a short project on the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease at the European Health Management Association (EHMA). Before, she lived 6 years in Lyon (France) where she worked at the Lyon Neuroscience Research Center (CRNL, Lyon, France). Here, she conducted research and was responsible for the management of the ERC project “Brain&Mindfulness”. Kristien has a PhD in Psychology from Ghent University (Belgium) where she worked 4.5 years. Her research focused on cognition-emotion interactions in the brain.
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Carla has 25 years experience in brain research public funding mainly dealing with EC grants and tenders opportunities.
Graduated in 1991 in Political Science International orientation, during her studies she had the opportunity to deepen her knowledge of Community Law, Direct and Indirect EU Financing at the University of Strasbourg, France. From 1995 till now Carla is carrying out consultancy activities within the framework of non-repayable funding programmes (Community Programmes, Structural Funds) – dealing with grant preparation and project management of EU funded projects as well as training on grant writing. In this capacity, she supports EBC since 2003 in the preparation of grant proposals and in the management of funded project as Senior Project Manager.
Françoise Van Hemelryck
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Françoise Van Hemelryck joined EBC in September 2019 as Senior Project Manager responsible for delivering on European health research projects.
Françoise has a long standing experience in health project management at European level. Prior to EBC, she worked for more than 15 years at the European CanCer Organisation where she developed and managed projects in the areas of continuing medical education and research. She was also responsible for patient engagement in the scientific and policy activities of the organisation.
She holds a Master in Social Communication and started her career in political communication consultancies working mostly in the health and pharmaceutical sector.
PUBLIC HEALTH & POLICY, RESEARCH PROJECT MANAGER
Vinciane Quoidbach is Research Project Manager – Public Health and Policy for the « Value of Treatment for Brain Disorders » Study at the European Brain Council.
Prior to this position, Vinciane worked in both public and private sector, at national and international level. She served the Belgian Federal Public Service Health, and the Federal Minister of Health Cabinet as Advisor in charge of public health policy and regulations development in the area of Cancer, Chronic Diseases and Rare Diseases as well as the Biopharmaceutical Company AbbVie as Health Initiatives Manager. She also worked for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Swizterland as Technical Officer, Non communicable diseases and mental health cluster and the United Nations Development Programme in Pretoria, South Africa as Technical Officer, Social development department). Vinciane holds a Master Degree in Hospital and Healthcare Management from Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Management from Manchester Business School. She also holds a Master Degree in Political Sciences and European Studies from University of Antwerp.
Vinciane is staff member of the Belgian Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBAM) at KULeuven.