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Antonella Cardone



Antonella Cardone is the Director of the European Cancer Patient Coalition. She has over twenty years of international activity in health, social and employment sectors. Prior to ECPC, Antonella was the Executive Director of the Fit for Work Global Alliance, a multi-stakeholder coalition championing change in health and work policy. She also worked with the European Multiple Sclerosis Platform, a patient organisation, on the "Ready for Work" project. She was previously Director of the Global Smokefree Partnership of the American Cancer Society, leading a movement of over 100 members among civil society, universities, and ministries of health to coordinate the development of smoke-free laws in 40 countries. Antonella has managed over 40 large EU co-funded projects across all EU member states. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration. She is mother tongue Italian, with a good knowledge of French and Spanish and is fluent in English.

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 Isabelle Ellen Manneh

Head of Health & Research Programmes


Isabelle is ECPC's Head of Health & Research Programmes and is the appointed executive body for our research activities from industry to EU funded projects participating in several European Union's Research and Innovation framework programmes in addition to working on 3 principal EU Policy files: the European Cross Border Health Directive, the General Data Protection Regulation, and Health Technology Assessment. She is a registered Pharmacist (RPh) and certified Public Health Professional (CPH) holding a post-master degree in European Studies specialising in EU Policy & Project Management. Isabelle is a USAID Training Future Leaders Scholarship recipient, a Golden Key International Honour Society member, and a EUPATI Expert Patient in R&D who has dedicated over 10 years of her life to patients. She has previously worked with the United Nations (UN) and the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), among others around the globe. Isabelle is an active member of the General Assembly of the Worldwide Innovative Networking in personalized cancer medicine (WIN)  Consortium, the Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre (KCE) Trials Panel, the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO), the European Commission's Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Stakeholder Pool, Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi), the BBMRI-ERIC Stakeholder Forum, and the Working Party on Nutrition and Health, and is also an elected representative of the European Patient Advocacy Group (ePAG) for the European Reference Network (ERN) on rare adult solid tumours & the ERN Patient Board. Isabelle is Romanian and identifies as a citizen of the world. She speaks fluent English, Romanian and Arabic, and has a good knowledge of French and basic understanding of Spanish and Italian.

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Alex Filicevas
Head of EU Affairs

Alex is the Head of EU Affairs at the European Cancer Patient Coalition. In his role, Alex leads on ECPC advocacy activities and policy initiatives. He does so by drawing on his comprehensive knowledge of the EU health policy landscape and his experience of having worked on several award winning public affairs campaigns, with a strong focus on policymaker and Member State stakeholder engagement. He has supported a number of private and non-governmental organisations in successful advocacy efforts at the EU level on a range of disease areas and issue-specific public health challenges. Alex owes his inspiration for bettering public health in Europe to the Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. Next to gaining working experience in the Cabinet of the Commissioner, he also developed an in-depth understanding of interinstitutional relations and EU policymaking and manifested his passion for healthcare. He has also worked in public relations and public affairs agencies in London and China before moving to Brussels. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from the University of Westminster, London and a Master's degree in International Communication from the Communication University of China, Beijing. Originally from Vilnius, Lithuania, Alex speaks native Lithuanian, fluent English and Russian, and has a basic understanding of French.


Jiska Bolhuis
Head of Finance and Human Resources


With more than ten years of experience in the field of communication and project management (especially in the field of public policy contracts), Jiska has a large amount of experience in managing and coordinating budgets, contracts, people and events. As a Dutch national, she speaks Dutch and English fluently and has a good knowledge of German, French as well as some basic knowledge of Spanish.

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Clémence Morinière

Partnerships Communication Manager


Clémence Morinière is ECPC’s Partnerships and Communication Manager. For more than ten years she has been working in communications applied to EU affairs and social fields (health, inclusion, poverty, education). She has been involved in projects with European institutions, civil society organisations and citizens with the aim of improving their mutual understanding. Her professional experience includes communication strategies and off-line/online campaigns aimed at raising visibility and awareness, conveying messages to convince influencers, decision-makers, donors, the media and the general public to commit, to donate or to change their mind-set. Her ambition is to create strong messages and forge creative concepts that will catch one’s attention and have a real impact. Today she aims at empowering ECPC Members, ensuring cooperation at EU level, raising awareness and promoting effective campaigns intending for a good life for all based on health, security, equality and education. She holds a master’s in Communications and European Affairs and a master’s degree in Information and Communication Trades. She has previously worked with Médecins du Monde and in EU communication consultancies. She speaks French, English and Spanish.

Max Schravendeel
Health & Research Officer


Max Schravendeel is the Health & Research Officer at the European Cancer Patient Coalition. He graduated from the Inholland University of Applied Sciences with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy. This was followed by a Master of Science in Governance and Leadership in European Public Health at Maastricht University, and an internship at the European Health Forum Gastein in Austria. During his studies he has supported people with cancer across the fields of radiotherapy, radiology, and nuclear medicine. He is directly responsible for activities in the Innovative Partnership for Action Against Cancer (iPAAC), 6 Horizon 2020 projects, and collaborations with the European Medicines Agency and BBMRI-ERIC. Max is fluent in English and Dutch.


Chris Russ

Administrative Assistant


Chris is an Administrative Assistant with ECPC where he assists in the Financial Department and supports with administrative and logistical assistance. Chris worked in IT at the head office of Allianz for several years before leaving to help smaller organisation setup their IT infrastructures. Following this endeavour, he enrolled in Drama School to study acting and directing for 4 years. After completion of his studies he worked in the profession in a variety of roles from children’s comedies to Shakespearian tragedies. He has lived in Belgium for over 8 years where he continued to work in the arts and for the European Public Health Alliance before taking on his position with ECPC. He is fluent in English and has great command of Dutch.


Paulína Gono
Partnerships & Communications Assistant


Paulína Gono is a Partnerships and Communications Assistant at the European Cancer Patient Coalition. She graduated from the Comenius University in Bratislava where she studied journalism. During her studies she experienced an Erasmus mobility at Sapienza University in Rome. Before she joined ECPC she worked in media and in NGOs in Belgium focusing on communication and event management. She gained the first experience in health sector on the European level through an organization EUFAMI focusing on families affected by mental ill health. She was involved in fundraising, campaigning and event organization of an art exhibition dedicated to raise an awareness about mental illnesses. Paulina is fluent in English and Slovak and has a good knowledge of French.

Alberto is a Policy and Communications Assistant. He graduated from the University of Zaragoza (Spain) with a Bachelor of Laws after which he pursued a Master in European Law at the European Law School (Maastricht University). Alberto is fluent in Spanish, English and French, and has a good knowledge of Italian.

Lenna Morris

Partnerships and Communications Assistant


Lenna Morris is a Partnerships and Communications Assistants at ECPC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media from Griffith College Dublin and a Master of Science in New Media and Society in Europe from Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She has a background in communications and research, specifically focusing on Media and Digital Literacy policy and education in Europe. Living in Brussels for the past three years, she has been working with not-for-profits in the aim to empower citizens and their engagement in society through education and knowledge.

Matias Olsen

EU Policy Assistant


Matias Olsen is ECPC’s EU Policy Assistant. He holds a Bachelors’ degree in Political Science from the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway and is specialised in comparative politics with a Masters’ degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo. In his role, Matias supports ECPC advocacy and policy initiatives drawing on his political science background and experience with European policy. Prior to completing his studies he worked with European policy as leader of the International Committee of the National Union of Students – Norway. Matias first worked with cancer patients as a nursing assistant and later in the claims department of the Norwegian Social Security Administration before he switched his role from claims to the control department, where he worked with the coordination of social security within the EU/EFTA. Matias speaks fluent English, Spanish and Norwegian, has good working knowledge of German and is currently learning French.

Rafal Swierzewski
Associate Consultant

Rafal Swierzewski has been involved in patient advocacy for ten years as both a scientist and cancer survivor. He earned his PhD in 2006 by examining the physical and chemical properties of new chemotherapy compounds. He served on ECPC's Board from 2013 to 2016. He currently represents the ECPC in the European Medicines Agency (EMA) together with the Vice-President of the ECPC. Through the European Medicines Agency, he has been involved in various projects, such as Adaptive PathwaysADVANCE and WEBRADR. Rafal also represents patients' interests in the European Union’s clinical trial portal and database of stakeholder groups created within the European Medicines Agency to construct new systems for implementing European regulations on clinical trials and clinical data. Rafal speaks Polish and English.