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
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, President
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.
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).
Frank Mulder, Secretary
Bristol, 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 Member
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.
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, 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.
Claar van Herpen, Board Member
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Claar van Herpen is a physician from The Netherlands. She studied medicine at Utrecht University and is in postgraduate training to become a General Practioner. She started her training in Anthroposophic Medicine in 2016 and joined the IVAA in September 2018.