EUROPA DONNA Organisation – Board and Staff

The Executive board of EUROPA DONNA is elected by voting National Delegates at a General Assembly and consists of a maximum of nine members, three of whom must be breast cancer survivors.

President: Mona Elzayat (Austria)
Mona is a 7 year breast cancer survivor. Since 2014 she has been President of Europa Donna Austria. She is founder of the Austrian breast cancer patient congress and is author of the book “Du bist nicht allein”.  Her main strength has been to attract and develop new members using her scientific knowledge and leadership experience.   Mona is often invited to provide the “patients voice” at podium discussions and lectures.

Vice President: Tanja Spanic (Slovenia)
Tanja Spanic was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, when she was 26 years old. A year after her diagnosis, she joined Europa Donna Slovenia. Since then, she has become an active member and a breast cancer advocate, especially for young women with breast cancer. She is currently the President of Europa Donna Slovenia. Tanja has participated in many national and international breast cancer conferences and seminars, and she is a member of several breast cancer working groups and committees. Tanja is also a doctor of veterinary medicine and holds a PhD in neuroscience.

Board Members:

Treasurer: Sema Erdem (Turkey)
Elizabeth Bergsten Nordström (Sweden)
Biba Dodeva (Macedonia)
Paola Mosconi (Italy)
Olivia Pagani (Switzerland)
Vesna Ramljak (Croatia)
Ellen Verschuur (The Netherlands)

Chief Executive Officer and Staff:

Susan Knox – Chief Executive Officer - Susan Knox is a two time breast cancer survivor and has been CEO of Europa Donna -The European Breast Cancer Coalition (ED) since 1999. She is responsible for all on-going European advocacy initiatives in the areas of information, education and policy including Pan European advocacy conferences, meetings and information sessions at the European Parliament, European Breast Cancer Advocacy Training Courses, publications and websites. In 2008 she launched a European breast cancer prevention initiative – Breast Health day and in 2017 the first ED Metastatic Breast Cancer Advocacy conference. In addition, Ms. Knox represents ED on numerous other projects: BIG and MINDACT, AURORA trial Committees and European Breast Cancer Conferences (EBCC). She also serves on the Guideline Development Group of the ECIBC (European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer). She is a speaker on patient advocacy at various international conferences and courses and has written widely on the subject.

Karen Benn – Deputy CEO/ Head of Public Affairs
Barbara Klein – Communications Officer
Daniela Pirisi – Events and Administration Officer
Paige Robinson – Development Officer

Address: Piazza Amendola 3, 20149 Milan, Italy
Tel: +39 02 3659 2280
Fax: +39 02 3659 2284