Our People

The IVAA consists of a secretariat, based in Brussels, and a board of directors.

 

Photographs, titles, and further information on IVAA staff and board members are available below. Click on a photograph to go directly to the relevant biography.

IVAA's statutes are available here [pdf].

IVAA Secretariat

Elisa Baldini
Secretary General
Brussels, Belgium
Lora Ivanova
Communications Adviser
Brussels, Belgium
Janka Szoke
Advocacy Officer
Brussels, Belgium

IVAA Board

Thomas Breitkreuz
President
Bad Liebenzell, Germany 
Iracema Benevides
Vice President
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Tido von Schoen-Angerer
Vice President, Treasurer
Geneva, Switzerland
Georg Soldner
Board Member
Munich, Germany
Laura Borghi
Board Member
Milan, Italy
Henrik Szőke
Board Member
Pécs, Hungary
Jelena Rabijac
Board Member
Vršac, Serbia

Biographies

Elisa Baldini, Secretary General

Brussels, Belgium

Elisa Baldini joined IVAA in June 2018. She is a specialist in EU Advocacy, who holds a Masters in International Relations and an Executive Masters in EU Project Management. She has previously worked for the Christian Blind Mission, Plan International and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, in roles focusing on the health and education sectors as well as on the EU budget. From 2011 to 2014, Elisa was a member of the European Network Action for Global Health.

Lora Ivanova, Communications Adviser

Brussels, Belgium

Lora Ivanova joined IVAA in mid-2019. Lora holds a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Vienna and a MSc degree in Communications Science and Journalism from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Lora has extensive experience in the coordination and management of communications projects. Her independent consultancy activities include clients from the civil society and private sector across Europe. Notably, Lora has been working as a Communications expert in the anthroposophic field for the past four years through the European Alliance of Initiatives for Applied Anthroposophy (ELIANT).

Janka Szoke, Advocacy Officer

Brussels, Belgium

Janka Szoke works as Advocacy Officer at IVAA, and joined the IVAA Secretariat in February 2019 as part-time Advocacy Assistant. She is a human behavior analyst (BA) with training in social sciences (MSc), who holds the European Certificate in the Anthropology of Social Dynamics and Development. Previously she worked as an international research fellow in Indonesia with the Social Development and Welfare Department at the Universitas Gadjah Mada and was an assistant for Testido/Bodytime, a non-profit organization in Hungary.

Thomas Breitkreuz, President

Bad Liebenzell, Germany

Thomas Breitkreuz is specialised in internal medicine and palliative care with clinical expertise in oncology, gastroenterology, cardiovascular disease, general internal medicine, and Anthroposophic Medicine. He is Medical Director of the Paracelsus Hospital in Bad Liebenzell, Germany and Chairman of the Commission C for Anthroposophic Medicinal Products (AMPs) at the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. Dr. Breitkreuz serves on the Board of the Physicians' Association for Anthroposophic Medicine in Germany (GAÄD) and as coordinator / speaker of the Competence network on Integrative Medicine (KIM) in southwest Germany. 

Iracema Benevides, Vice President

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Iracema Benevides is a specialist in general surgery, nutrition, family health, anthroposophic medicine and homeopathy and holds a Masters in International Health Care Management Economics and Politics. She has worked as a general practitioner in private practice in Belo Horizonte, Brazil since 2013. Previously she served with the Brazilian Minister of Health as a consultant, technical assistant and project coordinator. She has also been a lecturer at the Faculdade da Saúde e Ecologia Humana Medical School and the Medical School of Pontifícia Universidade Católica, both in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Iracema has also collaborated with WHO, PAHO and UNICEF.

Tido von Schoen-Angerer, Vice President, Treasurer

Geneva, Switzerland

Tido von Schoen-Angerer is a physician specialized in paediatrics, who also holds a Masters of Public Health in Health Systems Management. Tido spent 14 years with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in a variety of positions and countries, and was the Executive director of the MSF Access Campaign to increase medicines availability in developing countries. He has also served in several advisory groups for the World Health Organization and as a board member of UNITAID. He currently has a anthroposophic paediatric practice in Geneva and is a researcher with the ARCIM Institute at the Filderklinik (Germany) and the Department of Paediatrics of Fribourg Hospital (Switzerland).

Georg Soldner, Board Member

Munich, Germany

Georg Soldner is a paediatrician and author, who has written over 90 articles, a textbook and a guidebook for parents on anthroposophic paediatrics. In 1994, he co-founded a medical group practice in Munich, where he mostly treats chronically ill children. He has served on the Executive Boards of both the Medical Seminary [Medizinisches Seminar] in Bad Boll, Germany and the Physicians' Association for Anthroposophic Medicine in Germany (GAÄD), and is currently the editor of the Journal for Anthroposophic Medicine / Der Merkurstab and a member of the Commission C for Anthroposophic Medicinal Products (AMPs) at the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. He is a past Vice-President of the IVAA and is currently the deputy head of the Medical Section of the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.

Laura Borghi, Board Member

Milan, Italy

Laura Borghi is a medical doctor with a specialization in biochemistry and clinical chemistry. She works as a general practitioner and specialist in anthroposophic medicine in private practice since 1990. She previously served 12 years as a consulting physician with Weleda Italia, responsible for Scientific Services, and for six years as a secretary and board member of Società Italiana di Medicina Antroposofica, where later she served as its Chair for nine years, until 2019. Laura has been teaching a course in Anthroposophic Medicine since 2002, which has been recognised by the Italian Health Ministry as a part of its "Programma di Educazione Continua in Medicina." She also holds a degree in arts from the Scuola superiore d'Arte applicata all'industria del Museo civico artistico di Milano.

Jelena Rabijac, Board Member

Vršac, Serbia

Jelena Rabijac is a General Practitioner and a certified anthroposophical physician. She is a licensed First Aid instructor with experience in working with the Red Cross of Vršac, in her native Serbia.  Jelena has worked in a psychiatric hospital and in general practice in Vršac and as a GP works with socially and economically vulnerable children. 

Henrik Szőke, Board Member

Pécs, Hungary

Henrik Szőke MD PhD is anthroposophic pediatrician since 2002. Focus of his practice and research is integrative medicine, infectious diseases and fever-management. He is co-founder and leader of the Anthroposophic Medical Education (AntroMedicArt) since 2008, and the National Umbrella Organisation of Integrative Medicine Hungary (MIMSZ). Is the current acting head of the Department of Integrative Medicine and referent of the Doctorate School at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pécs, Hungary since 2017.