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].
Elisa Baldini, Secretary General
Lora Ivanova, Communications Adviser
Janka Szoke, Advocacy Officer
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
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
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
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
Henrik Szőke, Board Member
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.