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Organisation

The AOECS Board consists of five Directors who are elected by representatives of AOECS Member societies for a term of three years. The Directors’ tasks include undertaking activities and initiatives to achieve the aims and objectives of the organisation.
Tunde Koltai

Tunde Koltai Chair

With a degree in Food Industry Engineering obtained at the Technical University of Budapest Tunde has held several positions in the food industry,...
With a degree in Food Industry Engineering obtained at the Technical University of Budapest Tunde has held several positions in the food industry, such as technical director of a meat producing company, quality manager of a commercial company. She currently acts as an independent advisor and project manager, writes articles for medical journals and daily newspapers. Following the diagnosis of her son with coeliac disease, she established, together with other parents, the Hungarian Coeliac Society in 1990. Tunde is chairperson of the society and acts on behalf of coeliac patients and families in areas of specific interest such as the financial support of persons with coeliac disease and collating food lists. She also works with teachers, restaurants and caterers of public institutions to raise awareness of the coeliac disease. As a representative of the Hungarian Coeliac Society, Tunde was elected vice president of the Hungarian National Health Council in 2007. Tunde served on the AOECS Board from 2007 to 2016 and was re-elected in 2018 and sees the priority of her activities to achieve the best possible quality of life for persons with coeliac disease and to raise awareness of the disease across Europe.

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Katre Trofimov

Katre Trofimov Vice Chair

Katre joined the Estonian Coeliac Society (ECS) in 2013 when she got diagnosed with coeliac disease. She joined the Foreign Relations Workgroup,...
Katre joined the Estonian Coeliac Society (ECS) in 2013 when she got diagnosed with coeliac disease. She joined the Foreign Relations Workgroup, where her task has been to carry out activities related to the Crossed-Grain Symbol. As a result of her consistent work and determination, the ECS concluded its first CG-Symbol trademark contract with a local food producer in 2017 autumn. Other activities in ECS are being the head of the HoReCa Related Workgroup and contact person of Estonian Veterinary and Food Board with the aim of building close cooperation to establish a consistent system for inspecting Estonian food producers and catering establishments regarding gluten free food.
In 2016, Katre was elected to the Board of ECS and became the contact person for food manufacturers. She has made it her mission to protect the health of people with coeliac disease, and always makes sure to explain the production requirements of gluten-free products to each food manufacturer in great detail. Giving trainings, making leaflets and organising events is also part of her board member work. Her everyday profession as sales manager and development manager in a private business have given her useful skills to develop also a small society.
In 2017 she was elected to the AOECS Board at the General Assembly held in Serbia mostly due to the fact that she can relate with starting and developing small societies and her enthusiasm for her work.

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Christian Scerri

Christian Scerri Treasurer

Christian is an Associate Professor and lecturer at the University of Malta and a consultant of Clinical and Molecular Genetics at the Health...
Christian is an Associate Professor and lecturer at the University of Malta and a consultant of Clinical and Molecular Genetics at the Health Department in Malta. Christian’s expert knowledge of genetics provides invaluable support for the Association’s research activities into coeliac disease. He is a regular speaker at international public health conferences and has co-authored numerous articles for medical journals, some of which can be found on our Research page.

Between the years 2003-2012 Christian formed part of the AOECS Board and was re-elected as Board Director at the General Assembly in 2016.

Christian’s other activities include being a Member of the European Cluster on the study of the Pathophysiology of coeliac disease and a Member of the scientific advisory team of the European Coeliac Disease Specific Support Action (CDEUSSA).

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Izaskun Martin Cabrejas

Izaskun Martin Cabrejas Board Director

With a background in food quality and assurance, charity governance, membership strategy, licensing law and HR, Izaskun heads the Quality and Food...
With a background in food quality and assurance, charity governance, membership strategy, licensing law and HR, Izaskun heads the Quality and Food Security Department at the Spanish coeliac society FACE. She works on improving food security in catering and raising awareness of coeliac disease. Izaskun was elected to the AOECS Board in September 2018.

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Hilary Croft

Hilary Croft Board Director

Hilary's professional background lies in business transformation within complex, multifaceted organisations. Her senior management career started...
Hilary's professional background lies in business transformation within complex, multifaceted organisations. Her senior management career started in marketing at Coca-Cola, and progressed in the retail and wholesale industry before moving to Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, technology and digital transformation services. She gained considerable knowledge and interest in the food and drink sector before making the move to the charity sector as CEO of London’s largest food re-distribution charity, The Felix Project.
Hilary has direct experience of coeliac disease, as her son has the condition. This provides her with first-hand experience of living gluten free and provides additional motivation to achieve real and lasting change for the gluten free community. Hilary also volunteers as a Board Member of Age UK Ealing and for international poverty and disaster relief charity, Tearfund. She was elected to the AOECS Board in September 2019.

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Suzanne Bonnici Ciantar

Suzanne Bonnici Ciantar Executive Assistant to the Board

Suzanne joined AOECS in May 2019 as Executive Assistant to the Board. She has a background as an Administrator at the University of Malta which...
Suzanne joined AOECS in May 2019 as Executive Assistant to the Board. She has a background as an Administrator at the University of Malta which comprised duties such as liaising with different departments, daily correspondence, diary management, minute-taking and finance administration, incl. bookkeeping and expense claim processing. Maltese is Suzanne’s mother tongue and she is highly proficient in English, fluent in Italian and has some understanding of French.
Suzanne is currently reading for a B.A in Humanities with the University of Malta.

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Daniela Nicol

Daniela Nicol Licensing Advisor

Daniela commenced her role as Licensing Advisor at AOECS in May 2017. As such, she is responsible for providing support to AOECS Member societies...
Daniela commenced her role as Licensing Advisor at AOECS in May 2017. As such, she is responsible for providing support to AOECS Member societies for the implementation of the organisation’s licensing scheme for the correct use of the trademark-protected Crossed Grain symbol. Daniela’s duties include rigorous monitoring of the trademark which is registered at European and worldwide level to protect its internationally recognised food safety guarantee status. In order to ensure that AOECS meets its aim to increase availability of safe gluten-free products, the licensing scheme will be promoted to expand its reach into gluten-free markets across Europe . Daniela joined AOECS as Executive Assistant in 2011. Her past roles include providing business and administrative support to senior-level management in a range of sectors such as diplomatic missions, recruitment and interior design. She speaks English and German to mother tongue level and has a good grasp of Italian and French.


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