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. Locally 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.

HANNA CARLSSON (Leiden, the Netherlands)

Board member (2022)

Hanna Carlsson works in the department of Public Administration at Radboud University as Assistant professor on the theme of social inequality and inclusion in transforming welfare states . She is interested in how professionals, managers and policymakers  in the care and welfare sector approach migration-related diversity. As a board member of ENIEC, Hanna’s goal is to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration between members. She does this by coordinating the ENIEC newsletter and by keeping the social media accounts up to date.

OLIVIA VANMECHELEN (Brussels, Belgium)

Board member (2022)

Olivia works at the Knowledge Centre for Welfare, Housing and Care in Brussels. She is an expert on themes like residential care, caring communities, neighborhood-focused care, diversity and vulnerability. She follows and supports Brussels projects and makes connections between various practices and policies. Olivia has a broad knowledge of and expertise in the (Brussels) welfare and care sector, across language borders. She uses this knowledge to contribute to new policy, both in organizations and in government.

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