Eleonora Varntoumian joined EBC as Communications and Policy Officer in March 2023. In her capacity, she is responsible to promote brain research as a top priority in the EU health policy agenda, engaging with representatives of the European Institutions, national authorities, policymakers, industry partners and relevant stakeholders, and supporting brain awareness campaigns for the general public.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International and European Economic Studies from the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. Before moving to Brussels, she was working as an Office Administrator at Thessaloniki Tourism Organization, collaborating closely with public authorities and journalists in Greece and abroad.
Since moving to Brussels in 2018, she has been working in the oncology field in policy and communications, advocating for cancer patients at the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) and cancer nurses at the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS). Some of the key areas of her work include the EU4Health programme, the implementation of Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan and the EU Mission on Cancer, amending the Carcinogens and Mutagens at Work Directive (CMD4) and the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces Campaign.
In terms of policy-making, Eleonora was elected as President of the European Health Parliament (7th edition) 2021-2022, she is a Board member at the Institute of Cancer & Crisis and an Advisory Council member in Etterbeek, Brussels (2021-2023).