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 constitution is available here [pdf].
Elisa Baldini, Executive SecretaryBrussels, 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.
Thomas Breitkreuz, PresidentFilderstadt, Germany
Thomas Breitkreuz is an internist with clinical expertise in oncology, gastroenterology, cardiovascular disease, general internal medicine, and anthroposophic medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Filderklinik in Stuttgart and Medical Co-Director of the Paracelsus Hospital in Unterlengenhardt, Germany. He is also the Chairman of the Commission C for Anthroposophic Medicinal Products (AMPs) at the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices, an accredited expert of AMPs at the European Medicines Agency, and serves on the Executive Boards of the Physicians' Association for Anthroposophic Medicine in Germany (GAÄD), and the Hufelandgesellschaft.
Madeleen Winkler, Vice PresidentGouda, The Netherlands
Madeleen Winkler is a general practitioner at the University of Amsterdam as well as at the Therapeuticum Calendula Gouda (NL), where she has worked since 1983. She has also worked in a therapeutic clinic for drug addicts and spent 15 years as a medical consultant with the Vrije School Gouda. Since 2007 she has been a consultant for Gouda's public health service, focusing on children under four. She is President of "Nederlandse Vereniging van Antroposofische Artsen" since 1998 and a board member of the Dutch umbrella organisation for Anthroposophic Medicine since 1999. Madeleen co-wrote "Erflaters van de geneeskunde", a biography of famous Dutch doctors by their (grand)children.
Christoph Wirz, TreasurerSt. Gallen, Switzerland
Christoph Wirz is a general practitioner and specialist in anthroposophic medicine with a private practice in St Gallen, Switzerland. He has practiced at several hospitals in Switzerland and has trained students in anthroposophic medicine at the Goetheanum. Christoph is a board member of the Swiss anthroposophic doctors association "Vereinigung anthroposophisch orientierter Aerzte der Schweiz" (VAOAS).
Anette Bender, SecretaryOslo, Norway
Anette Bender studied nutrition, specialized in general medicine, and has further education in child and adolescent psychiatry. She works in an out-patient clinic in Oslo where she practices general medicine integrated with anthroposophic medicine and teaches medical students. Since 2007, Anette has been a member of the Oslo municipal ambulance's on-call group for victims of sexual assault. She previously served 17 years in the Norwegian health programme, working on preventative health care and as a school doctor. She is a past President of the NLFAM (Norwegian Doctor's Association for Anthroposophic Medicine) and co-founded the Nordic Network, a cooperation of anthroposophic doctors and therapists in Northern Europe.
Iracema Benevides, Board MemberBelo 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.
Laura Borghi, Board MemberMilan, 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, and now serves as its Chair. 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.
Frank Mulder, Board MemberBristol, United Kingdom
Frank Mulder is a physician with 25 years of experience in anthroposophic medicine. Originally a native of The Netherlands, Frank started his career in 1984 on in the Dutch Royal Air Force and since has worked at a variety of hospitals in both the Netherlands and the UK. In the UK, he has also been involved in training new anthroposophic doctors, including at the University of Bristol Medical School and at the Severn School of General Practice. He also serves on the UK Government Advisory Body on the Registration of Homeopathic Medicinal Products.
Christine Saahs, Board MemberKrems, Austria
Christine Saahs is a pediatrician who has worked in a variety of hospitals and doctor's offices in Austria and Germany, including the Filderklinik and the University Hospital St. Pölten, beginning in 1995. She has been a member of the board of the Austrian anthroposophic medical association, GAMÖ, since 2013 and a member of the IVAA board since 2016. In 2017, she became a board member of the European Public Health Alliance.
Tido von Schoen-Angerer, Board MemberGeneva, 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 peadiatric practice in Geneva and is a researcher with the ARCIM Institute at the Filderklinik (Germany) and the Dept of Paediatrics of Fribourg Hospital (Switzerland).
Georg Soldner, Board MemberMunich, 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.