The board consists of four members who are elected by ENIEC members for a two-year period during the Annual Meeting. The board is responsible for the administration and development of ENIEC.


ELZBIETA CZAPKA (Gdańsk, Poland)

Chair (2021)

I am a sociologist and I work at the University of Gdańsk in Poland. My areas of expertise include the sociology of minorities, migration and care regimes.  Last few years I was working on the issues related to dementia in families with different ethnic background. I would like to continue my work on the elderly care in multicultural societies and on different dimensions of migrants’ integration into the health care systems in immigration countries. As the Chair of ENIEC I would like to focus on the challenges related to Covid-19 pandemic, both for elderly migrants in Europe and for the ENIEC network. I would also like to connect more people from Central and Eastern Europe.

ELISABETH DE VRIES (The Hague, The Netherlands)

Board member (2021)

Elisabeth de Vries is a strategic advisor both in local policy and health care. Momentary working as such at Saffier in The Hague Netherlands, a main care-institute for the elderly. Topics: positive healthcare, innovation, ehealth, sustainablility and narrative inquiy. Localy developing age-sustainable neighbourhoods as a boardmember of the foundation ‘Woonservicewijken (translation: neigbourhoods with cooperation services). Volunteer moderator Alzheimercafe for fellow sufferers dementia and families. Personal motto: ‘It is already there. You don’t have to invent it, you only have to discover it!’ My aim is to give meaning to the lives of elder people and there famillies, to empower professionals and volunteers and to both broden and deepen knowledge of positive healthcare.

JENNIFER VAN DEN BROEKE (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Board member (2019/2021)

I am a senior project leader and coordinator of the programme ‘Older persons and health’ at Pharos, Dutch Center of Expertise on Health Disparities. I did my PhD in public health on collaboration between public health, primary care and social care in deprived neighbourhoods. Before that I was doing research as a sociologist and anthropologist at the University of Amsterdam on informal care and collaboration and later at the Netherlands Institute for Social Research on the first evaluation of the Dutch Support Act. In all my work I am focused on efforts that need to be done in order to provide people an equal chance in life. As member of the board I want to contribute to the strengthening of ENIEC so its members with all their wonderful expertise can thrive.


Board member (2018/2021)

I am an administrative assistant at the University of Pécs Medical School Department of Migration Health. Our Department offers courses in Migration Health on graduate and postgraduate level. I think it is important for healthcare systems to adopt interculturally friendly attitudes in order to ensure the best treatment for every single patient. I also think that sensitive populations should be dealt with more care and appropriately.

Honorary board member

  • Jan Booij. The Netherlands

Former board members

  • 2019 – 2022. Jennifer van den Broeke. The Netherlands
  • 2018 – 2022. Nikolett Arnold. Hungary
  • 2017 – 2021. Conny van der Aalsvoort. The Netherlands
  • 2014 – 2021. Lola Casal. Spain
  • 2016 – 2019. Sari Heikkinen. Finland
  • 2016 – 2018. Sari Scheinberg. Sweden.
  • 2015 – 2017. Mohamed Baba. The Netherlands
  • 2012 – 2016. Eva Rönkkö. Finland.
  • 2012 – 2016. Kristel Logghe. The Netherlands
  • 2013 – 2015. Els Nolf. Belgium
  • 2012 – 2015. Jenny Malmsten. Sweden
  • 2012 – 2013. Ute Bychowski. Germany
  • 2010 – 2011. Ria Liden. Sweden
  • 2009 – 2010. Hilkka Linderborg. Finland
  • 2008 – 2012. Frédéric Lauscher. Germany
  • 2007 – 2009. Vidya Rambaran Mishre. The Netherlands
  • 2007 – 2012. Jan Booij. The Netherlands
  • 2007 – 2011. Grete Madsen. Denmark