The Working Group

The Working Group is composed of 16 members from organisations across Europe with a hepatitis and/or HIV interest. The Working Group plays a vital role in testing week, shaping the content of our materials and ensuring they are factually correct, relevant and in keeping within current guidelines and statistics. Find out more about the Working Group by reading the member’s biographies below.

Valerie Delpech

Valerie Delpech

Co-chair, European Testing Week
Epidemiologist, PHE, United Kingdom

Cary James

Cary James

Co-chair, European Testing Week
Terrence Higgins Trust, United Kingdom

Anna Zakowicz

Anna Zakowicz

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Europe Bureau, Netherlands

Ann-Isabelle Von Linge

Ann-Isabelle Von Lingen

EATG, Belgium

Valerie Delpech

Valerie Delpech

Co-chair, European Testing Week
Epidemiologist, PHE, United Kingdom

Valerie Delpech oversees the national surveillance of HIV based at Public Health England, London, United Kingdom. She provides expert advise on a number of national and international committees and expert groups in relation to HIV surveillance, prevention and policy development and led on the production of the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) evidence and guidance to increase HIV testing across Europe.

Cary James

Cary James

Co-chair, European Testing Week
Terrence Higgins Trust, United Kingdom

Cary James is the Head of Health Improvement Programmes at the Terrence Higgins Trust and Head of the HIV Prevention England (HPE) programme – the only nationally funded HIV prevention programme in England. HPE’s initiatives include the It Starts With Me social marketing campaign and National HIV Testing Week.

With almost 15 years experience in HIV prevention and an MA in Health and Social Marketing, Cary has pioneered the use of digital platforms for sexual health promotion and to increase HIV testing, as well as the use of mainstream social networking websites to drive behaviour change. He is part of the team which piloted the first national HIV home-sampling programme in the world and is an advocate for evolving testing practice to meet the needs of modern populations.

Anna Zakowicz

Anna Zakowicz

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Europe Bureau, Netherlands

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Ann-Isabelle Von Linge

Ann-Isabelle Von Lingen

Policy Officer EATG, Belgium

Ann Isabelle von Lingen is EATG’s policy officer, as such she coordinates its policy and advocacy work since May 2012. She is also part of the coordination team of the EU HIV Civil Society Forum. Prior to that she was working for the Open Society Foundations for 9 years. She has a Masters from UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies on transitions issues.

Ben Collins

Ben Collins

EATG, Belgium

Sini Pasanen

Sini Pasanen

AIDS Action Europe, Germany

Caroline Daamen

Caroline Daamen

ECDC, Sweden

Jason Farrell

Jason Farrell

Correlation Network, Netherlands

Ben Collins

Ben Collins

EATG, Belgium

Ben is director of International HIV Partnerships, a resource consultancy and activist platform, which works with local partners across Europe and the Middle East, especially low HIV prevalence countries, for successful responses to HIV and HCV. He is a is a founder of NeLP, an EATG member, serves on the EACS education committee and the European HIV-HCV Testing Week work group.

Ben is the convenor of ReShape , an emerging London-based think tank to reshape the response to HIV, HCV and related sexual and mental health concerns.

Ben has been HIV+ since 1982 and undetectable since 1998.

Sini Pasanen

Sini Pasanen

AIDS Action Europe, Germany

Sini Pasanen is a member of the Steering committee of AIDS Action Europe – a pan-European network of over 440 HIV organisations including organisations involved with viral hepatitis and TB. She is the Co-chair of Civil Society Forum on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and tb. Sini has been working and volunteering on HIV field since 1995. Since 2006 she has been working as Executive Director for Positiiviset ry, HivFinland. She is also a board member of HIV-Nordic, which is a co-operative body of the Nordic organisations for people living with HIV.

Caroline Daamen

Caroline Daamen

ECDC, Sweden

Caroline works as Communication Officer at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm. She joined the ECDC programme on HIV/AIDS, STI and viral hepatitis in 2010.

Jason Farrell

Jason Farrell

Correlation Network, Netherlands

Jason Farrell is the founding executive director of Positive Health Project, Inc. (PHP), New York City’s first multi-service prevention programs for substance users of all genders and sexual orientations.  

From 1993 to 2006, Mr. Farrell pioneered the design and implementation of truly integrated care - the nation’s first medical/dental facility co-located within a needle exchange program.  

Mr. Farrell is working with the European Hepatitis C and Drug Use Initiative.  His current position utilizes his leadership skills in designing comprehensive treatment and prevention integrated care networks, capacity building trainings, as well as building support, and coordination among the Initiative’s member organizations throughout Europe.

Josip Begovac

Josip Begovac

European AIDS Clinical Society, Belgium

Lisa Power

Lisa Power

Individual consultant, United Kingdom

Nikos Dedes

Nikos Dedes

Past Chair of the Board of Directors EATG, Greece

Ricardo Fernandes

Daniel Simões

GAT, Portugal

Josip Begovac

Josip Begovac

European AIDS Clinical Society, Belgium

Josip Begovac is a professor of Infectious Disease at the University of Zagreb Medical School. During the last 25 years he was involved in many public health, teaching, clinical research and treatment and care issues concerning HIV/AIDS particularly in southeastern Europe. He is a representative of EACS in the initiative of the European HIV-Hepatitis Testing week from its beginning. Working together with other stakeholders he initiated the implementation of the European HIV-Hepatitis Testing Week in Croatia.

Lisa Power

Lisa Power

Individual consultant, United Kingdom

Lisa Power is a freelance sexual health policy consultant, currently working on legal and regulatory barriers to testing and treatment and on training new/emerging HIV & LGBT+ activists. She was previously the Policy Director of Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s largest HIV NGO.

Nikos Dedes

Nikos Dedes

Past Chair of the Board of Directors EATG, Greece

Nikos Dedes is past Chair of the Board of Directors at EATG, a voluntary organisation built on more than 90 members across 30 different European countries, founded in 1991. He is also founder of the NGO 'Synthesis', which aims to increase awareness, prevent and promote scientific research about HIV/AIDS in Greece. He is also Co-Chair of the HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum.

Ricardo Fernandes

Daniel Simões

GAT, Portugal

Daniel is a Psychologist working in the third sector since 2004. He has been working in GAT (Portugal) since 2011 in both project management and policy/advocacy activities in HIV and Hepatitis C with key groups. He is co-coordinating the Community Based Testing Network in Portugal. He is an EATG member, and part of the Policy Working Group, working on affordability and access to medicines. Currently in the Global Public Health PhD program at the National School of Public Health (Nova University of Lisbon), in Portugal.

Teymur Noori

Teymur Noori

Expert HIV ECDC, Sweden

Tonni van Moonfort

Tonni van Moonfort

EuroINPUD, Netherlands

Tudor Kovacs

Tudor Kovacs

IGLYO, Belgium

Zoran Dominkovic

Zoran Dominkovic

Iskorak, Croatia

Teymur Noori

Teymur Noori

Expert HIV ECDC, Sweden

Teymur Noori works at the ECDC. He joined ECDC in 2007 and has been leading the work to monitor the HIV response in Europe and Central Asia (Dublin Declaration). Since 2007, he has also led ECDCs work on migrant health and infectious diseases.

Tonni van Moonfort

Tonni van Moonfort

EuroINPUD, Netherlands

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Tudor Kovacs

Tudor Kovac

IGLYO, Belgium

Tudor Kovacs’s career has been focused on education, empowerment and the rights and the health of the LGBTQI community. He now works as a Capacity Building Officer for the International Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO). Up until the end of 2014, he managed the operations of the umbrella organisation ECOM (Eurasian Coalition on Male Health), as its Executive Director, working in advocacy and capacity building around HIV for MSM (men having sex with men) and Trans organizations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Prior to this, he worked at Population Services International (PSI) in Romania, where he led the HIV prevention and support program for men who have sex with men (MSM). During this time, he also served on the Steering Committee of the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, participating in global level advocacy and capacity building for MSM worldwide.

Zoran Dominkovic

Zoran Dominkovic

Iskorak, Croatia

Zoran works at the Croatian LGBT organization Iskorak on HIV programme for MSM, where he is a research and education coordinator, leading several projects in research, community education, prevention and community-based HIV testing. He is also a member of the Croatian National HIV Committee, member of the EATG and collaborator with WHO Collaborating centre for HIV strategic information based in Zagreb.