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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.

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Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017

Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017 (taken Sep. 2017): P. Polak, E. Collins, K. Lykovardi, K. Pimiä, P. Charlier, S. Benichou, T. Šimonović Einwalter, S. Konstatzky (missing A. Blaszczak)
Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017 (taken Sep. 2017): P. Polak, E. Collins, K. Lykovardi, K. Pimiä, P. Charlier, S. Benichou, T. Šimonović Einwalter, S. Konstatzky (missing A. Blaszczak)

The Members of the Equinet Executive Board for the 2015-2017 period were:

  • Evelyn COLLINS, Chief Executive, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland
  • Sarah BENICHOU, Head of ‘Access to Rights and Discriminations’ Unit, Defender of Rights, France
  • Anna BŁASZCZAK, Deputy Director of the Department of Equal Treatment and Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Human Rights Defender, Poland
  • Patrick CHARLIER, Co-Director, Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities), Belgium
  • Sandra KONSTATZKY, Deputy Director, Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria
  • Kalliopi LYKOVARDI, Deputy Ombudsman for Equal Treatment, Greek Ombudsman, Greece
  • Kirsi PIMIÄ, Ombudswoman, Non-Discrimination Ombudsman, Finland
  • Petr POLAK, Head of the Division of Equal Treatment, Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic
  • Tena ŠIMONOVIĆ EINWALTER, Deputy Ombudswoman, Office of the Ombudswoman, Croatia

Former Board Members for the 2015-2016 period:

  • Kosana BEKER, Assistant to the Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Commissioner for Protection of Equality, Serbia (resigned in December, 2016)
  • Elisabeth LIER HAUGSETH, Head of Law Enforcement Department, The Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud, Norway (resigned in October, 2016)
Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017 (taken Oct. 2015): K. Beker, P. Charlier, E. Collins, E. Lier Haugseth, S. Konstatzky, K. Lykovardi, P. Polak, A. Blaszczak (missing S. Benichou)
Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017 (taken Oct. 2015): K. Beker, P. Charlier, E. Collins, E. Lier Haugseth, S. Konstatzky, K. Lykovardi, P. Polak, A. Blaszczak (missing S. Benichou)
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Equinet Executive Board 2013 – 2015

From left to right: Tena ŠIMONOVIĆ EINWALTER, Evelyn COLLINS, Michiel BONTE, Therese SPITERI, Néphèli YATROPOULOS, Sandra RIBEIRO, István HALLER, Mari-Liis SEPPER, Anna BŁASZCZAK
From left to right: Tena ŠIMONOVIĆ EINWALTER, Evelyn COLLINS, Michiel BONTE, Therese SPITERI, Néphèli YATROPOULOS, Sandra RIBEIRO, István HALLER, Mari-Liis SEPPER, Anna BŁASZCZAK
From left to right: Tena ŠIMONOVIĆ EINWALTER, Evelyn COLLINS, Michiel BONTE, Therese SPITERI, Néphèli YATROPOULOS, Sandra RIBEIRO, István HALLER, Mari-Liis SEPPER, Anna BŁASZCZAK



The Members of the Equinet Executive Board for the 2013-2015 period were:

Equinet’s Treasurer was Therese SPITERI, Manager at the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality in Malta. The Board also had a Board Advisor in Niall Crowley (independent expert on equality issues).

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Equinet Executive Board 2011 – 2013

[/The Members of the Equinet Executive Board for the 2011-2013 period were:

Equinet Executive Board 2011-2013
Equinet Executive Board 2011-2013

From left to right: Domenica Ghidei, Therese Spiteri, Csaba Ferenc Asztalos, Evelyn Collins, Julija Šartuch, Tena Šimonovic Einwalter, Jozef De Witte (Chair), Elke Lujansky-Lammer, and Néphèli Yatropoulos.


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Equinet Executive Board 2009 – 2011

[/The Members of the Equinet Executive Board for the 2009-2011 period were:

Equinet Executive Board
Equinet Executive Board

From left to right: Katri Linna, Jozef De Witte, Néphèli Yatropoulos, Mandana Zarrehparvar (Chair), Ingrid Nikolay-Leitner, Kalliopi Lykovardi and Domenica Ghidei.


  • Mandana Zarrehparvar (Chair)
    Senior Adviser, Equality and Monitoring Department
    Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark
  • Jozef De Witte
    Executive Director
    Centre for Equal Opportunities and Opposition to Racism, Belgium
  • Domenica Ghidei
    Commissioner
    Equal Treatment Commission, Netherlands
  • Kalliopi Lykovardi
    Senior Investigator
    Office of the Greek Ombudsman, Greece (joined the Board on 1st May 2010).
  • Ingrid Nikolay-Leitner
    Director
    Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria
  • Néphèli Yatropoulos
    Adviser on European and International Issues, Anti-discrimination and Equality mission
    Defender of Rights, France

During the period of their mandate, the following Board Members stepped down:

  • Katri Linna, Equality Ombudsman, Sweden (on 1st February 2011)
  • David Ruebain, Director of Legal Policy, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), United Kingdom – Great Britain (on 30th April 2010).
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