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.
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.
Research Project Manager
Giovanni Esposito is the Research Project Manager of the European Brain Council since March 2015. Prior to this position, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the VIB in Leuven (Belgium), where he worked for five years. His research at VIB focused on molecular events leading to Parkinson’s diseases. Giovanni holds a Master's Degree in Biology and a PhD in neurobiology from the University ‘Federico II’ of Naples (Italy). Within the EBC, Giovanni is responsible for the coordination of research projects addressing public mental health policies.
Finance and Administration Manager
Cécile Grebet is the Finance and Administration Manager of the European Brain Council 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.
Communications & Advocacy Coordinator
Stephanie Kramer has an international profile and significant experience in external communications, international relations and project management. Her work revolves around the effective communication of all EBC work to the general public and EU institutions, the development and coordination of various projects and initiatives (including campaigns and workshops) as well as the coordination of the EBC advocacy efforts.
Stephanie holds an LLM in International Law from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in International Relations & Diplomacy from Schiller International University. She has previous communications, external relations and project management experience at the United Nations and private sector organisations. Stephanie has lived and worked in 12 countries around the world, including the United States, Thailand, Egypt and Chile.
Public Health and 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.
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).