Executive Board

Equinet Executive Board 2017-2019

The elected Executive Board is responsible for the overall management of the network and constitutes the strategic leadership of Equinet.

From left to right: P.Polák, V.Fontaine, S.Konstatzky, T.Šimonović Einwalter, K.Lykovardi, P.Charlier, S.Spurek, K.Pimiä, L.Bond
From left to right: P.Polák, V.Fontaine, S.Konstatzky, T.Šimonović Einwalter, K.Lykovardi, P.Charlier, S.Spurek, K.Pimiä, L.Bond

The current Members of the Equinet Executive Board for the 2017-2019 period are:


Tena Šimonović Einwalter (Chair)

Deputy Ombudswoman
Office of the Ombudswoman, Croatia


Laurence Bond

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC), Ireland


Patrick Charlier

Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities), Belgium


Valérie Fontaine

Advisor for partnerships and public relations
Defender of Rights, France


Rhoda Garland

Executive Director
Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability, Malta


Sandra Konstatzky

Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria


Kalliopi Lykovardi

Deputy Ombudsman for Equal Treatment
Greek Ombudsman, Greece


Kirsi Pimiä

Non-Discrimination Ombudsman
Non-Discrimination Ombudsman, Finland


Petr Polák

Head of the Division of Equal Treatment
Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic

All of the Executive Board members and the Treasurer execute their tasks pro bono.

The Executive Board operates on the basis of the workplan and budget agreed by the Equinet members and discusses and takes decisions on the management and operational structure for the period of their mandate.

Illustration of Equinet Governance
Illustration of Equinet Governance

Text version of the infographic above:

The main decisions concerning the general steering of Equinet are taken by the General Assembly of Members (GA) that is made up of all the current members of the network, and is convened at least once a year for an Annual General Meeting (AGM). The GA:

  • ratifies new members into the network
  • elects representatives on the Executive Board every two years
  • takes decisions on the strategic direction of the network by participating in the development, reviewing and voting on the annual Work Plan for the next year prepared and proposed by the Executive Board
  • is entitled to amend the statutes of the organisation and to approve budgets and accounts.

During the course of the year, the GA delegates the management and the administration of the network to the Executive Board. The latter devises the strategy for implementing the work plan for the year, ensures that the means are in place to guarantee the effectiveness and sustainability of the network and acts in the best interest of the network and its members throughout the year.

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