Erasmus MC Rotterdam – Department of Public Health (EMC), Netherlands

Hein Raat

Hein Raat, MD, PhD, MBA is professor and expert in E-health applications in community care for high risk groups and with regard to patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) to include the patient perspective in health care innovations.
He develops, implements, and evaluates how information technology (E-health) empowers patients and (informal) caregivers. He studies the impact of social factors including migrant status and poverty on health. He is project leader of the EU-funded Urban Health Centre 2.0 ( He is actively engaged in exchanges between research, policy, and practice. He authored circa 225 peer-reviewed international scientific publications.

In the SEFAC project, Prof. Raat leads WP 1 and WP 8.

Istituto per Servizi di Ricovero e Assistenza agli Anziani (ISRAA), Italy


Oscar Zanutto

Psychologist of work and organizations, Oscar has been working in ISRAA since 2000 first as manager in an ISRAA’s nursing home, then, since 2010 till now as chief of quality, ICT and European Projects affairs.
He has been working as project manager in several Italian and EU projects in the field of active ageing, iOT and ICT application to home care delivery and community based interventions.
Skills: European projects management, coordination of human resources, processes and organizational service design of care delivery dedicated to different, target elderly, definition of project teams and their coordination with the thematic objectives, analysis and implementation of management software dedicated to the social and health care processes and business intelligence data production.
Oscar Zanutto also works as trainer in University master for psychologists managed by Padua University and gives consultants and training activities in nursing homes about human resource management.

Author of: “La leadership in RSA”, and “La Bussiness Intelligence in RSA” Maggioli Editore (2013).

In the SEFAC project, Oscar Zanutto leads WP 5.


Cinzia Marigo

Cinzia Marigo is a psychologist and psychotherapist and Mindfulness Trainer who has been worked in ISRAA as a consultant since 2010. She also collaborates with the University of Padua and coordinates a local group (Cafe’ Alzheimer Treviso) supporting people with dementia and their families.
She also organizes training and supervision activities concerning the psychological well-being of the medical social workers at ISRAA. She has published several articles regarding psychological well being, ageing into Italian and international journals.


Lucia Michielon

Lucia Michielon is Physiotherapist, Osteopath C.O.  and qualified in OMT- orthopaedic manipulative treatment. Lucia has been working in ISRAA since 2005, where her main activity concerns the functional assessment and rehabilitation of non self-sufficient and autonmous  elderly people.

Geriatric functional evaluation and rehabilitation / training in community environments or at home; neuro-motor coordination and performance full  assessment and related rehabilitation; educational intervention and training for ageing well; vocational training for health workers; educational support (concerning movement and posture) targeted at formal and informal caregivers.

Roberto Baldissera

Roberto Baldissera was born in 1976 September the 1st, Graduated in Nursing in Padua University – Medical and Surgery Faculty. He has been working as: Demented Elderly Care Unit Coordinator in I.S.R.A.A Treviso (TV) and as consultant for nursing diagnosis and training for caregivers into the specialized dementia territory care unit in ISRAA.
Teacher at Università Degli Studi di Padova  – Medical and Surgery Faculty  – topic “Clinic nursing in spcialized field” – 3rd year students. Care management expertise in services for seniors with MCI and severe dementia desease.


Davide Tuis

Davide Tuis  has been working with ISRAA since 2016, where he is involved in developing and implementing project ideas. He is also involved in the implementation of ENACT (Trustworthy and Smart Actuation in IoT system) project and in the development of project ideas in major European programs such as H2020, Erasmus +, AAL, Interreg.
He graduated in Government Science and Public Policy in Trieste (2014). The main areas of interest are: ict application in elderly care, innovation in social housing, active ageing and integrated care.

Antonella Buranello

Antonella Buranello  is a psychologist, a Gestalt psychoterapist and a Mindfulness trainer. She was trained in Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight under the guidance of Rob Nairn and the Mindfulness Association Ltd.
She has been working in the field of health promotion and wellbeing in different care settings and at workplace since 1994.
She has also taught continuing education courses for healthcare professionals.

Since 2002 she has been collaborating with ISRAA (Istituto per Servizi di Ricovero e Assistenza agli Anziani) an italian eldercare provider. At ISRAA she has been responsible for Dolo-mite Project on improving elderly pain management; for Borgo Mazzini Smart Cohousing Programme on building age-friendly communities and intergenerational bonding; for Hands that Make Difference on volunteering for the elderly, social innovation strategies and befriending services. She has been teaching at the 2nd Level Master Degree in Psychology of Aging at Padua University for fifteen years. She is currently working on mindfulness and compassion-based interventions for potential development, stress management and trauma recovery.

In the SEFAC project she will work on WP 5 (Training intervention and coaching support for behavioral change towards healthy lifestyles).


Gaia Gottipavero

Gaia Gottipavero is a senior mindfulness and compassion trainer.
She teaches and trains extensively all over Italy both professionals and people who want to lay down a solid foundation in mindfulness practice as a skill to be integrated in their lives and in their professional areas and to deepen it further in the areas of compassion and insight.

She is an expert in the programs designed by Rob Nairn and the Mindfulness Association Ltd, with whom Gaia has undertaken extensive and ongoing training for several years.
She is a passionate mindfulness practitioner and has a deep interest for the research in the field of the neurosciences. She also is an interpreter highly specialized in the areas of mindfulness, compassion and insight.

Gaia is the co-founder of Inner Sight, an Italian organization whose aim is to deliver the mindfulness compassion and insight programs of the Mindulness Association Ltd in Italy.

Anonimi Etairia Erevnas, Kainotomias kai Anaptiksis Tilematikis Texnologias – VIDAVO A.E. (VIDAVO), Greece

Anastasios Rentoumis

Anastasios Rentoumis BSc, MSc, DCP is an experienced Health Services Researcher and Project Manager in Health Care Projects in Greece and in the Balkans. He is especially involved in e-health facilitated integrated care and disease management projects for frail people and those suffering from chronic conditions.
He is the project coordinator for Greece in the ATTICA Pilot of the CIP-ICT-PSP co-funded project SmartCare ( since 2013 regarding integration of care in type II Diabetes elderly patients, empowered by e-health solutions. He is also involved since 2014 as a work package leader in the EU-funded Urban Health Centre 2.0 ( studying integrated health and social care pathways, early detection of frailty, management of polypharmacy and prevention of falls for active and healthy ageing in 5 European cities.

In the SEFAC project, Anastasios Rentoumis leads WP 6.

Athanasia Karanasiou

Athanasia Karanasiou received her diploma in Information and Communication Sciences from the Technological Educational Institute of Serres, Greece. The subject of her thesis was the Development of a web-based application of an Electronic Health Record (EHR), which enabled the systematic collection of electronic health information and vital signs of medical wireless devices about individual patients.
She is currently working for VIDAVO where she is in charge of the IT department; she plans and coordinates all activities regarding the development, customization, installation and technical support of medical applications/devices. She has participated in several eHealth projects both national and European, as the person in charge of the development, installation and technical support. She also publishes in relevant conferences and journals.

Medicinski Fakultet Sveučilišta u Rijeci (MEDRI), Croatia


Tomislav Rukavina

Tomislav Rukavina, MD, PhD, is Professor of Social medicine, Epidemiology and Public Health, chair of the Department of Social Medicine and Epidemiology and Dean of Faculty of Medicine. His formal specialities are in Medical Microbiology and Parasitology and also in Epidemiology.
He is a programme director of the postgraduate study programme in Health Promotion and Addiction Prevention. He is a member of Public Health Committee of the Croatian Medical Chamber. His scientific interests are basic research of the immune response and vaccination possibilities against serious bacterial infections, and more recently research in the field of public health, health determinants and health promotion. Until now he published more than thirty scientific papers in domestic and international peer reviewed journals.


Lovorka Bilajac

Lovorka Bilajac, MSE, MPH, PhD, is senior teaching assistant at the Department of Social Medicine and Epidemiology on MEDRI and professional associate at the Teaching Institute for Public Health. She participated in the preparation of strategic documents for the development health care and project evaluation process.
Area of research interests are health promotion, health inequalities, public health research methodology, healthcare organization, health economics and environmental health. Her experience include public health project on local, national and international level.

Vanja Vasiljev Marchesi

Vanja Vasiljev Marchesi, PhD, M.Sc. works as an assistant professor at Department of Social Medicine and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka. She is a Head of Department of Public Health on Faculty of Health Studies, University of Rijeka.
She was working on scientific projects regarding experimental microbiology and immunology and national (EUROBioAct, EH-UH-2) and European projects regarding public health (IPA-CLOUD, ENRETE, UHCE 2.0). Her research interests are devoted to microbiology and public health.


Darko Roviš

Darko Roviš, PhD is a researcher at the Faculty of Medicine University of Rijeka, Department for Social Medicine and Epidemiology. In addition to MEDRI he is employed at Teaching Institute for Public Health of Primorsko-goranska County, Department for Mental Health, Drug Prevention and Outpatient Treatment.
His interests lay in mental health promotion and prevention program development and evaluation, study of the importance of school context for youth development and interaction of multiple prevention systems and domains. He is coordinating this project for MEDRI.

Sven Maričić

Sven Maričić, PhD, M.Sc. works as an assistant professor at Department of Social Medicine and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka. He is a Head of Centre for biomodeling and innovation in medicine. He was working on scientific projects regarding application of new technologies (Model for Exercise of Endoscopic Functional Sinus, Surgery, Significance of macrophage polarization in multiple myeloma”) and European projects regarding additive manufacturing area (KK – His research interests are devoted to 3D, CAD/CAM, biomodeling and additive manufacturing.

Sven Maričić is included in SEFAC project as a coordinator of ICT solutions in prevention and management of chronic disease.


Maša Knežević

Maša Knežević, M.Sc. is a research assistant at the Department of Social medicine and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka. She graduated from the Department of Biotechnology, University of Rijeka, where she was enrolled in graduate program Drug research and development. Her master thesis was made at Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia’s leading scientific institute in the natural and biomedical sciences, in Zagreb 2017 . She is interested in different aspects of science, but currently her area of research interests are health promotion, environmental health and public health.

European Local Inclusion and Social Action Network / Réseau Européen pour l’Inclusion et l’Action Sociale Locale (ELISAN), France


Amandine Morelli

Amandine Morelli. Head of Cabinet of the president of Elisan Sylvie Carrega. Deputy mayor of Marseille. Vice president of UNCCAS French Union of Municipalities in charge of social affairs.
Amandine Morelli is member of Elisan Steering Committee since 2013. As such she is in charge of preparing the agenda and the program of work of the network. She is also responsible of the coordination of the communication activities of the network that include the editing the newsletters, the website and keeping the contacts between the partners and the EU institutions.


Elena Curtopassi

Elena Curtopassi is a senior policy officer working on international Social cultural affairs for the Veneto Region Brussels Office since 1997. Her main tasks and responsibilities include International relations, partnerships in European projects including the new programming instruments: Erasmus for All, Horizon 2020, EaSi. – Information and counselling: partner searches, answering requests and supporting Local and Regional authorities (in the implementation of European Social policies and Agenda.
In addition she is in charge of steering the Elisan and ENSA (European Network of Social Authorities) networks. She is member of the Board of the Covenant on Demographic Change and works representing ELISAN in the  Committee on Democracy, Social Cohesion and Global Challenges Conference of INGOs – Council of Europe.

In the SEFAC project, Elena Curtopassi leads WP 2.

Universitat de València (UVEG), Institute Polibienestar, Spain

Elisa Valía Cotanda

Elisa Valía Cotanda has a degree in Architecture by the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (2008), an Executive Master Degree in Innovation by the Industrial Organization School in Madrid (2012) and a Master Degree in International Studies and European Union Studies by the Universitat de València (2014).
In Polibienestar she participates in research projects at European level related to the design and implementation of public policies aiming at increasing the sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness of health systems, improving the quality of life of older people and advancing in the integration of health and social care systems. She is doing her PhD on an innovative model for management of frail patients after hospital discharge.

In the SEFAC project, Elisa Valía Cotanda leads WP 3 and WP 9.

Jorge Garcés Ferrer

JORGE GARCÉS FERRER is Full Professor of Social Policy, director of the Polibienestar Research Institute and former Prince of Asturias Distinguished Visiting Professor at Georgetown University (Washington, DC, USA), Guest Professor at the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and at Erasmus University of Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and Guest Researcher at the Universities of Washington, Oxford and Cambridge.
As a researcher, he develops his work in Polibienestar Research Institute which is a specialized center in public policy research and consultancy using an interdisciplinary methodological approach. His research has been focused on Comparative Social Policy in Europe, especially on ageing and social innovation and on the increase of efficiency and effectiveness of long term care policies in Europe.

Estrella Durá Ferrandis

ESTRELLA DURÁ FERRANDIS is PhD in Psychology by the University of Valencia (1989) and has a Specialist degree in Clinical Psychology accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain. Currently, she works as a Professor at the Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment of the University of Valencia.
Her researches have been focused on the field of health psychology, specifically on topics related to health promotion, disease prevention and psychosocial implications of chronic diseases. She has received funding for R & D projects from both the National and the Autonomic Plans and has experience in European projects.

Tamara Alhambra Borrás

TAMARA ALHAMBRA BORRÁS has a degree in Psychology by the Universitat de València (2010) with a stay of an academic year in Università La Sapienza of Rome (Italy). She has also a Master Degree in Research and Interventions in Psychopathology and Health (2012) and a Master Degree in General Health Psychology (2014), both by the Universitat de València.
She is currently doing her doctoral thesis on Psychology and it has large expertise participating in research projects at European level and conducting pilot studies in the field of health. She has also experience working abroad in health related projects in India and South Africa.

Age UK Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly (AGE UK), United Kingdom


Nigel Clark

Nigel Clark has been involved in care services for 18 years, the last 9 years at Age UK Cornwall. His primary role has been as Director of Care, overseeing the various operational activities of Age UK Cornwall that support older people throughout the county, including active involvement in the Living Well project and way of working that began in 2009.
More recently, he has served as Chief Executive and now Director of People and Estates. He is committed to seeing organizations working more effectively together to deliver quality services to the most vulnerable in our society. Nigel is actively involved in various committees in the voluntary sector, as well as sitting on Health and Social Care working groups.

In the SEFAC project, Nigel Clark leads WP 4.


Scott Bennett

Scott Bennett is a qualified health economist and has a management background in Health, Social Care and National/Local Government. He has a MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy from Birmingham University and a BSc (Hons) in Banking and International Finance from City University, London. Since July 2005 he has been a consultant to many different situations around the UK and is committed to service transformation and performance improvement.
He was recently been involved in a large metropolitan health and social care community to deliver proposals that will reshape spending in a way that reduces demand on acute expensive services, while also ensuring statutory requirements are met. He previously worked for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, managing the engagement of weak and underperforming authorities as part of their recovery, and was also Head of Health Improvement and Partnerships in the West of Cornwall. He is an experienced speaker at regional and national forums and in 2012 addressed the 20th European Social Services Conference in Copenhagen on ‘Providing support through social capital’.


Tracy Roose

Tracey Roose has recently returned to the charitable sector following a two-year secondment to the NHS focussing on living well; a nationally acclaimed and award winning social prescription model connecting General Practice to community support and developing the potential role of the voluntary sector and volunteers in maintaining and empowering well-being.
As Chief Executive of Age UK Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly, Tracey supports a network of 500 paid staff and volunteers across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, focussing on developing sustainable and flexible person-centred support delivered through motivated and engaged locality teams.
Before joining Age UK Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Tracey spent several years at the Department of Health as a change management leader and as the specialist advisor on housing, care and support for older people.

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