The EHF is run by a board which meets four times a year and the members of which are elected for terms of 3 years by the General Assembly. Our Board Members come from various countries and are deeply committed to humanism, secularism and the principles of justice and equality. On 19 May 2017, a fully new board was elected. The below list shows the name of its 15 members.
Giulio Ercolessi – President – ITALY
Giulio Ercolessi (Trieste 1953), www.giulioercolessi.eu, a local leader of the youth movements of the Italian Liberal Party and of the European Federalist Movement in the late Sixties, joined the Radical Party in 1971, after cooperating with them through the left-wing faction of the Liberals, the Divorce Law League and the League for the Abrogation of the Concordat. A national leader of the Radical Party from 1971 to 1980, he held various party positions, including that of secretary general in the year 1973-74. He abandoned active politics in 1982 but kept on dealing with political issues as an independent essayist and an advocate for secularism and individual rights. From 2012 to 2016 he was a member of the Board of the European Liberal Forum, the organisation gathering European liberal think tanks and foundations.
Michael Bauer – Vice-President – GERMANYHumanistischer Verband Deutschlands
Michael graduated in political science and in musicology. He is CEO of the Humanistischer Verband (HVD) Bayern that employs 300 professionals in humanist activities. On behalf of the federal humanist organisation, he publishes the humanist magazine diesseits. His recent works include: “Educating Without Religion – A Companion for Parents”, 2013 (together with U. von Chossy), “Humanist Positions Regarding Assisted Suicide”, 2014 (together with G. Neumann and E. Kress), “Glass Walls – Report on the Discrimination of the Non-Religous in Germany”, 2015 (together with A. Platzek).
Kaja Bryx – Vice-President – POLANDPolish Rationalist Association
Kaja is Vice-President of the Polish Rationalist Association and chairs its Wroclaw branch. She is co-founder and board member of the Nowe Oświecenie Foundation and editor of the web television for Rationalists and Free-thinkers Racjonalista.tv. She holds an MA in Spanish Language and Literature, a BA in Classics, received an Indian scholarship to study Hindi and Indian performing arts in Agra. Kaja spent the last 10 years in an international environment, studying abroad, travelling and working as a trainer. She is a writer and classical poetry translator and a Humanist celebrant since 2013.
Jean De Brueker – Treasurer – BELGIUMCentre d’Action Laïque
Jean was born in 1955 and has been active since 1985 in the Centre d’Action Laïque as youth coordinator, financial representative, deputy secretary-general and, since 2014, secretary-general. As graduate in social anthropology, he has a good knowledge of the concerns of underdeveloped countries and has worked as an expert in several parts of Africa including Congo, Cameroun and Senegal.
Raluca Ciocian-Ardeleanu – ROMANIARomanian Secular-Humanist Association
Raluca Ciocian-Ardeleanu has been a member of ASUR for the last 4 years, co-organizing the Rationalist Meeting in 2015 and dealing with online promotion of other projects. She graduated from a political science program and has several years of experience in digital marketing. Currently she is undertaking a traineeship at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Véronique De Keyser – BELGIUMCentre d’Action Laïque
Véronique graduated in psychology and obtained a PhD in Work Psychology at the Free University Brussels (ULB). She held various professorships in Belgian universities for 20 years. She also worked as Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Education of the University of Liège from (1990-98). During her mandates as an MEP (2001-2014), she focused on External Affairs and especially on Human Rights in the Arab world. During her second and third term, she was successively elected coordinator and then Vice-President of the Socialist Group.
Ineke De Vries – THE NETHERLANDSHumanistisch Verbond
Ineke was director of the Dutch Humanist Society (2004-2015) and board member of the Humanistic Alliance and HUMAN, the Humanist broadcasting organistion in the Netherlands. After graduating from the School of Social Work in 1973, she got a Master of sociology at the Free University in 1983. As ombudswomen (1981 – 88) and researcher/publisher (1988 – 1998), she specialised in issues concerning equal treatment for women in the labour market (including policies against sexual harassment) and in social security. She also acted as policy advisor to the Dutch government on equal division work between men and women” and to the EU Commission on policies against sexual harassment.
Panayote Dimitras – GREECEHumanist Union of Greece
Panayote co-founded the Greek Helsinki Monitor in 1992 and has been spokesperson of the GHM ever since. In 2010, he also co-created the Humanist Union of Greece (HUG) and has been a member of its Secretariat ever since. He received his B.A. in Economics from the Athens School of Economics and Business in 1975, an M.P.A. in 1977 and a Ph.D. in 1979 in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University. He was also founder of Eurodim, a Greek polling agency, from 1979-1990. Since 1990 he has co-founded and directed the Communication and Political Research Society (ETEPE), a non-profit research organisation. Between 1980-2005 he was a lecturer, assistant and visiting professor.
Patrik Lindenfors – SWEDENHumanisterna
Patrik is a board member of the Swedish Humanist Association. He earned his PhD in 2002 and currently works as an Associate professor of Zoological ecology at Stockholm University. He investigates how to apply thinking from studying biological evolution on research of cultural change and researches brain evolution. Among others, Patrik published “Sekulär humanism – förnuft, omtanke, ansvar”, which is written in collaboration with the president of Humanists Sweden, Christer Sturmark, is a summary of secular humanism as a life stance for school teachers and interested pupils.
David Lopez – FRANCELa Ligue de l’Enseignement
Head of the International Department of one of the EHF’s biggest Member organisations, the Ligue de l’Enseignement, David is also President of the European Life Long Learning Platform and Secretary General of the International League for Teaching, Education and popular culture. Holding a number of degrees including Economic and Social Administration of the Université Paul-Valéry and Psychopedagogy for life-long learning trainers, David also took part and coordinated a number of European projects in the domains of skills, empowerment, adult education and hate speech.
Gordon MacRae – UK/SCOTLANDHumanist Society Scotland
Gordon has spent most of his working life in the voluntary sector, campaigning for social justice and human rights. Before joining the Humanist Society Scotland he worked as Head of Public Affairs for Which? in Scotland and before that spent five years as Head of Communications and Policy at Shelter Scotland. He has worked in similar roles at Indigo PR, Scottish Grocers’ Federation and Leonard Cheshire Disability. He lives in Peebles with his wife and two children.
Lone Ree Milkaer – DENMARKHumanistisk Samfund
Lone (born 1975) is president of the Danish Humanist Society (Humanistisk Samfund, HS) and has been a member of the board at HS since 2012. She is also a trained wedding and naming celebrant. She is working actively to promote the humanist causes in Denmark, including abolishment of the Danish Blasphemy Law and securing equal rights for all life stances.
She has a Master’s Degree in cultural studies and works as an independent researcher.
Adele Orioli – ITALYUnione degli Atei e degli Agnostici Razionalisti
Adele earned her Master’s degree in Law at La Sapienza University (Rome) and specialized in Institutional Relations and Parliamentary Disciplines at Centro Studi sul Parlamento (LUISS Guido Carli). Since 2007, she serves as chief legal consultant for the Union of Rationalist Atheist and Agnostics (UAAR). From 2007 to 2012 she was in charge of the free online legal-advice service “SOS-laicità” offered by UAAR. From 2015 to 2017 she participated to Astrid Foundation’s study group on a proposal for a new Italian law on freedom of religion. She co-authored “Leaving the flock” (2008), the first study on the Italian legally-recognized procedure for apostasy.
Nada Peratović – CROATIACenter for Civil Courage
Nada is a lawyer and a humanist and feminist advocate and activist.
In 2011, she and her husband founded the Center for Civil Courage Association in Croatia, which is famous for its humanist workshops for children. In 2014 Nada wrote her first book “Humanism for Children”, published in four languages. In 2016 the Center for Civil Courage organised the first Croatian Humanist Conference in Zagreb. Currently Nada lives, in activism, in Switzerland.
Frank Stappaerts – BELGIUMRaad voor Inspectie en Begeleiding niet-confessionele Zedenleer
With a double degree in Political Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Psychological and Educational sciences from University of Gent, Frank has been active in research, journalism and non-confessional ethics. He published articles and essays on the role of religion in society and held positions in organisations such as the Flemish Council for Inspection and Guidance of non-denominational ethics, the jury of the annual discourse contest of the Auschwitz Foundation and the Board of Directors of the Faculty for Comparative Study of Religions of the University of Antwerp.