Organisation

The European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients’ Associations (EFA) is an independent non-profit organisation with its central office located in Brussels, Belgium. EFA connects more than 40+ allergy, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients’ associations in 25 countries.

Mikaela OdemyrPresident

Mikaela OdemyrPresident

I am the 2nd Vice-President of the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Foundation. I work for a non-profit organization in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. All my children have asthma and allergies, so over the years, I gained a lot of personal experience. I want people with asthma and allergy to experience a good life, good care, and being included in the community.

Erna BotjesVice-President

Erna BotjesVice-President

As President of the Dutch Food Allergy Foundation, I am involved in European and national projects dealing with research and improvement in the fields of allergy and patient education. Professionally, I have broad working experience in the public health sector. EFA has inspired and strengthened our organisation; it is a powerful EU-level umbrella for patient organisations.

Carla JonesSecretary of the Board

Carla JonesSecretary of the Board

I am the Allergy UK Chief Executive, responsible for the strategic development of the charity. Since 2017, I have been an EFA Board member with the responsibility of supporting EFA with advice on development of strategy. This includes representation at the Global Asthma and Allergy Patient Platform and being the Board liaison on indoor air-quality.

Ilkka RepoBoard Member

Ilkka RepoBoard Member

I am the managing director and CEO of the Finnish Allergy, Skin and Asthma Federation (FAAF) and its group companies. As an EFA Board Member, I wish to build an even more capable, resourceful and influential EFA within EU. I believe in collaboration, teamwork and a strong and effective voice from the allergy and respiratory patient community.

Maximilian KunischJunior Communications and Policy Officer

Maximilian KunischJunior Communications and Policy Officer

I support the internal and external communications as well as EFA’s policy activities and projects. I believe that health has the most powerful impact on one’s quality of life. Working for EFA means working for people who suffer from chronic diseases, to empower their voice through projects and campaigns and to push political actions in their favour.

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Panagiotis ChaslaridisPolicy Officer

Panagiotis ChaslaridisPolicy Officer

I contribute to the development of advocacy and communications initiatives vis-á-vis the institutions and other stakeholders in the context of specific policy dossiers. EFA’s mission is fully aligned with my beliefs on the most pressing problems patients face in our days, such as participation in policymaking, the right to quality care, and the need for a healthier environment.

Sofia RomagosaProjects and Engagement JuniorOfficer

Sofia RomagosaProjects and Engagement JuniorOfficer

I implement activities related to EU-funded research projects and collaborate on the implementation of EFA’s projects. I also ensure the involvement of EFA Members in EFA's projects. I believe in healthcare as a human right. EFA has a key role to improve disease prevention, healthcare quality, and access by representing the patients’ voice in policymaking processes and scientific research.

Isabel ProanoDirector of Policy and Communications

Isabel ProanoDirector of Policy and Communications

I lead EFA policy and communications strategy. I have been working in communication and advocacy since 2007, having experience in the private, public and non-profit sector. At EFA, I work to change the perceptions about allergy, asthma and COPD through the development of information, campaigns and tools that will empower people living with these diseases.

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Giuseppe De CarloDirector of Operations and Projects

Giuseppe De CarloDirector of Operations and Projects

I am responsible for financial management and HR. Additionally, I coordinate EFA’s projects and our participation in EU projects. I have been working in the implementation and management of national and European projects for almost ten years. My role at EFA allows me to develop actions and tools that will ease the life of patients with chronic diseases.

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Susanna PalkonenDirector

Susanna PalkonenDirector

For over 15 years, I have worked in the allergy, asthma and COPD patient movement. Being a patient myself, I am passionate about patients’ involvement in health, environment and research policy. I am a member of many initiatives, including a board member of EPF, and have co-authored several papers with our scientific partners in the field of allergy, asthma and COPD.