MEET THE BOARD

The board members of ADHD Europe are elected at our Annual General Meetings and serve for a period of three years. The board is charged with working to ensure ADHD Europe fulfils its goals (as set out in the statues) and are responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation.

2023 – The Board of ADHD Europe


There was board elections held on the 29 April 2023 at the AGM. The next elections are in 2024 for one Board member, and one Treasurer.  Meet the board of 2023 below, by clicking the plus sign.

President – Nina Hoven from ADHD Liitto ry, Finland (elected 29 April 2023 / until end of term 2026)

BOARD MEMBER

ADHD liitto ry  🇫🇮
Finland

Nina Hovén is the Executive Director for the ADHD Finland located in Vantaa, Kuopio, Jyväskylä and Oulu. She is an occupational therapist,she has been studying also marketing and selling. Her last degree is Master of Health Promotion. Nina has been working in this organization nearly 11 years. These11 years in ADHD Organization in Finland has been successful. The organization has strengthened its position thru this11 year in the Finnish society a lot.


Earlier Nina has been working some years with elderly people, several years with child protection and she has also a long experience of human resource management and rehabilitation.

Nina thinks that it´s very import to raise awareness and better understanding of adhd. One good way to do this is to create places where we share information and support health professionals and public service who work with adhd people. Better understanding and management of adhd also improve quality of life. Together we make the change!

Nina is married and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren.


CONTACT DETAILS
Email: 
nina.hoven@adhdeurope.eu

Updated 17 April 2023

Vice President – Hrannar Arnarsson from ADHD Samtökin, Iceland (elected 29 April 2023 / until end of term 2026)

BOARD MEMBER
ADHD samtökin 🇮🇸

Hrannar Björn Arnarsson is the Executive Director for the Icelandic ADHD Association – the only ADHD organisation in Iceland, consisting of 3000 members out of population of 350.000. He is also chairman of the board in the Nordic Association and a member of the board in the Nordic ADHD group, Nordic Associations Network and The Icelandic Network of National Civil Society Associations.

Earlier, Hrannar worked as Secretary-General for a parliamentary group in the Nordic council,  as an personal and political advisor to the PM of Iceland and as a member of the City Counsel of Reykjavík, so he has great experience in public and political field, both in Iceland, the Nordic countries and in Europe.

Hrannar have also, for over twenty years worked as managing director for his own sales and marketing company and as director of sales and marketing for some of the biggest media and publishing companies in Iceland.

Hrannar is married and has four children, at least one of them with ADHD.

CONTACT DETAILS
Email: hrannar.arnasson@adhdeurope.eu

Secretary – Christina Georgiadou from ADHD Hellas, Greece (Re-elected 29 April 2023 / until end of term 2026)

SECRETARY
ADHD Hellas 🇬🇷

Christina Georgiadou is President and co-founder of ADHD Hellas located in Greece, Athens. Christina joined the movement to raise awareness for ADHD after her sons were diagnosed. She has been a member of the ADHD Hellas board since 2009, its’ General Secretary since 2010, and President since 2015.

Along with other board members, she organises several awareness events and activities for spreading the knowledge on ADHD to individuals with ADHD and their parents, school teachers of primary and secondary education and mental health care personnel in Greece.

She joined ADHD Europe in 2012 with the mission of providing a strong and united patient voice and put the patients with chronic diseases at the centre of Greek and European Union healthcare policy and programmes.

Christina has also completed the Patient Expert Training Course of EUPATI. She sees partnering with patients, their families and advocacy groups essential to improving the quality, safety and sustainability of healthcare.

CONTACT DETAILS
Email: secretary@adhdeurope.eu

Treasurer – Chantel Fouche from ADHD, ASC & LD Belgium (Re-elected April 2021 / end of term 2024)

TREASURER
ADHD, ASC & LD Belgium 🇧🇪

Born in South Africa, lived in France for 7 years, and now in Belgium since 2017. I am mother of mother/carer of an adult son who lives with ADHD, diagnosed at age 7, as well as having a young toddler.

My passion lies in

advocating for the rights of people living with ADHD

– empowering individuals living with ADHD, especially the undiagnosed women

– creating global awareness of ADHD for all genders

I volunteer my time

– supporting people living with ADHD by sharing experiences of what it is like to have ADHD

– giving presentations share information and to reduce the stigma and discrimination that exists today

– mobilizing countries with best practices and sharing experiences to help those who need access to diagnosis/treatment of ADHD

– attending high-level meetings with European stakeholders within these groups (Brain Health, Mental Health, Neurology), also including European Parliament, Research Consortia, World Health Organization to communicate the work we do and the work that still needs to be done with the aim of a better quality of life for people

My hope is to create more of a media buzz (newspapers, TV, radio, webinars, social media etc) with society to come together as ‘one voice’ to raising awareness, have the education tools/information and to advocate for better quality of life.



As Treasurer of ADHD Europe, I have professional experience with debtors, creditors, budgets and following through with administrative tasks related to the role. I have 14 year’s high level executive administration experience, and was a business owner in France for five years. I have contributed to the growth of ADHD Europe and shall continue to offer support to the Executive board for ADHD Europe’s aims & objectives.  I am a member of the ADHD Awareness and Communications working groups for ADHD Europe.

Since 2017, I am the Secretary General of ADHD, ASC & LD Belgium, one of ADHD advocacy groups for people with ADHD, parents, teachers and their families in Belgium. We provide support, and education for ADHD and many neurodiverse conditions. We are actively involved in advocating for the patient’s voice at the European capital of Europe in Brussels with various awareness and activity events for the dissemination of knowledge about ADHD. I gave my first patient testimonial on World Brain Day (WBD) on 22 July 2019 talking about ADHD.  We organised WBD in partnership with EFNA, and the European Brain Council.  For WBD on 22 July 2020, our organisation hosted the event focusing on brain and mental health, with many endorsements from organisations on European level. I look forward to working with the Board to help professionalise lobbying for ADHD Europe at European Parliament and within the EU.

I am currently actively working on the ADHD and Women project.  This project between ADHS (Deutschland) and ADHD, ASC & LD Belgium was awarded a grant by the European Federation of Neurological Associations www.adhd-women.eu

I am a mother of two boys, of which my oldest, was diagnosed in 2007 with ADHD in South Africa where diagnosis, treatment and educational support knowledge contributes to the advocacy and awareness efforts that is much needed for ADHD in Europe.

CONTACT DETAILS
Email: chantel.fouche@adhdeurope.eu

Carola Stivala from ADHD Malta, Malta (Re-Elected April 2021 / end of term AGM 2024)

BOARD MEMBER
ADHD Malta 🇲🇹

Carola Stivala, (maiden name Falzon), was born in Malta however raised and educated in the Netherlands. She completed her Master of Arts Degree in Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam in 1999. Her specialisation was in “sustainable economic development and non-governmental organisations” in Latin-America. Her publication “Veldwerk in uitvoering” (IBSN: 90-5260-007-4) was published in 2001, and used in 6 Dutch universities for the last 10 years during the preparation for research study module.

Carola is married and has two teenage children, a Labrador dog, two cats and a bird.

In 2013, whilst living in Malta, Carola became involved with the local voluntary organisation, ADHD Malta, when she found that her son and other family members were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia. To raise awareness and combat stigma about ADHD, Carola became active as honorary secretary of the group: writing funding proposals and executing projects, organising educational seminars for educators and parental skills courses for parents, introducing the national accredited course:  “the ‘ADHD adult coaching approach’ in 2017, updating the website and publications and organising the monthly meetings for the group members, together with the committee.

Carola Stivala has joined the board of ADHD-Europe to help combat stigma and improve treatment options for any individual with ADHD within the EU, irrespective of age and their country of origin.

CONTACT DETAILS
Email: carola.stivala@adhdeurope.eu

Monica Conversano from AIFA Onlus, Italy (elected 29 April 2023 / until end of term 2026)

I am presently vice-president for the Italian non-profit ADHD organization, AIFA Aps – Associazione Italiana Famiglie ADHD, although since 2015 I am also the representative in the Ligurian Region where I live.

I also work in Monaco – Principalty of Montecarlo – as a part-time executive assistant for a company which organizes events including really for prestige brand cars.

I decided to reach out to Aifa Aps when I found out my eldest son, who is now eighteen years old, had ADHD. At that time, I wondered why parents couldn’t find an immediate answer to such a problem and above all this why other children before him didn’t get the diagnosis: it seemed ADHD was a unknown Deficit.

AIFA Aps members from other Italian regions gave me a lot of information at that time. I had the chance to attend a lot of conferences all around Italy and meet experts. By the time I began to organize national and regional events to disseminate awarness about ADHD.

Nowadays I can count on a regional network with governmental contacts including Health System Executives and Political decision makers. I am part of the main institutional committees for health promotion and prevention diseases and the importance of my Organization has grown also thanks to my commitment over the years.

Parents of Adhd children and diagnosed adults can count on our help-line and support team.


2022 – The Board of ADHD Europe 

There was no board elections held in 2022. Next elections at the 2024 AGM

President – Dr. Myriam Bea (Elected June 2020 / until 17 April 2023)
Vice President/s – Andrea Bilbow (Elected June 2020 / until March 2022) and Hans van de Velde (Elected April 2021/ until November 2022)
Secretary – Christina Georgiadou (Re-elected June 2020 /end of term 2023)
Treasurer – Chantel Fouche (Re-elected April 2021 / end of term AGM 2024)

Ordinary Board Members
Hrannar Björn Arnarsson (Elected June 2020/ end of term AGM 2023)
Nina Hoven (Elected April 2021 / end of term AGM 2024)
Carola Stivala (Re-Elected April 2021 / end of term AGM 2024)
Viljo Vilding (Elected April 2021 / until May 2022)

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