Here you can get to know the team at EFNA. Click on each name to learn more about our Board Members, or scroll down to meet our team of consultant staff.


President - Astri Arnesen

Vice President - Russell Patten

Secretary General - Viorica Cursaru

Treasurer - Julian Spinks

Member at Large - Robin Pinkston

Member at Large - Gracemarie Bricalli

Member at Large - Ingolf Pernice

Member at Large - Arabela Acalinei


Dr Orla Galvin

Executive Director

Dr. Orla Galvin

Dr. Orla Galvin came to patient advocacy with a PhD in Medicine and background in drug discovery and design in both academic and industry environments.  Transitioning to advocacy work at the umbrella patient organisation Retina International, Orla led high impact, multi-stakeholder socio-economic studies, patient preference studies, and accessibility studies across the globe assessing both rare and common conditions.

Tadeusz Hawrot

Senior Policy Advisor

Tadeusz Hawrot

Tadeusz Hawrot joined EFNA as Senior Advocacy Coordinator in 2018. Tadeusz has spent more than a decade working in the EU environment, including nine years at the European Brain Council. His relevant academic background includes a post-graduate degree in Public Relations held at the Warsaw School of Economics.

Elizabeth Cunningham

Senior Communications Manager

Elizabeth Cunningham

Elizabeth joined EFNA as Communications Manager in July 2015.
She previously worked on projects for the Migraine Association of Ireland, the European Headache Alliance and the Brain Mind and Pain MEP Interest Group. She has a personal interest in neurology having lived with migraine since childhood.
Elizabeth holds an MA in Digital Media Technologies and an honours degree in Media Production and Management.

Iva Galovic

Education & Communications Officer

Iva Galovic

Iva is a communication professional and audiovisual producer with a strong background in public relations and audiovisual communication.
With over 15 years of experience, she has successfully contributed to a diverse range of projects, including leading integrated communication campaigns of the European Commission. She holds an MA in Marketing from the Faculty of Economics & Business in Zagreb and is particularly interested in creating positive societal impact with her work.