Governance and Structure

How is EFAD governed?

EFAD is governed by these Articles and Organizational Procedures.


EFAD relies on the work of its committees, networks, experts and representatives to deliver the Strategic Plan and Annual Work Plans.


Everyone involved in the work of EFAD must adhere to the EFAD values that guide how we make decisions and define our approach to partnership and collaboration.


Most work is carried out on a voluntary basis, supported by a paid secretariat. Everyone working for, or representing EFAD follows our Guidelines for EFAD Committees, Networks, Experts & Representatives.

Structure of EFAD

The General Meeting is the policy and decision-making body of EFAD.

The General Meeting is made up of representatives (delegates) from each of the full member National Dietetic Associations (NDAs). Each NDA can appoint two delegates, one of whom would usually be the President or Chairperson. One delegate is authorised to vote on behalf of each NDA at the General Meeting.

See the current delegates for each association here.

The Honorary President and the Executive Committee (which manages EFAD), are elected by the General Meeting.

The General Meeting also oversees articles, the Strategic Plan, resolutions, policies, strategies and standards.


Honorary President

The Honorary President is responsible for the activities and decisions undertaken in the interests of EFAD.

The current Honorary President is Annemieke van Ginkel-Res. The Honorary President is elected in a personal capacity. The position is sponsored by EFAD, not by any individual national dietetic association. EFAD covers travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses when the Honorary President represents the Federation and for Executive Committee and General Meetings. In addition the Honorary President receives an allowance per annum for time spent on EFAD activities.

The Executive Committee and the Honorary President plan and organise the activities of the Federation in liaison with the Executive Director. They maintain links with professional and other organisations and groups, including the European Union and Non-Governmental-Organizations (NGOs).


Committees and networks

EFAD has a range of standing committees and specialist networks. Find out more about their work and current members:


European Networks of Dietetic Students: ENDietS


European Specialist Dietetic Network:

If you wish to contact a member of an EFAD committee please email


General Meeting delegates

P = President/Chair

Associations (by country alphabetical order)

The Austrian Association of Dietitians

Trudy Giesinger

Andrea Hofbauer (P)


The Flemish Association of Nutritionists and Dietitians

Silke Noël

Kris Gillis (P)


Professional Union of French Speaking Graduated Dietitians (U.P.D.L.F.)

Pierre Garin

Helene Lejeune (P)


Cyprus Dietetic Association

Eleni Andreou (P)

Christiana Philippou



The Danish Diet and Nutrition Association

Ghita Parry

Luise Persson Kopp


The Association of Clinical and Public Health Nutritionists in Finland

Katja Hätönen (P)


French Association of Nutritionist Dietitians (AFDN)

Beatrice Carraz (P)

Ghislain Grodard



The German Dietitian Association

Manuela Thul

Uta Koepcke (P)


Hellenic Dietetic Association

Christos Derdemezis

Fani Preventi (P)



Union of Nutritionist-Dietitians Greece

Panagiotis Lebesis

Vasilis Tsironis (P)



Association of Hungarian Dietitians

Judit Bodon

Zsuzsanna Szucs (P)



The Icelandic Dietetic Association

Vigdís Stefansdottir

Laufey Steingrimsdottir



Scientific Association for Food, Nutrition and Dietetics(ASAND)

Ersilia Troiano

Marco Tonelli (P)


Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute

Jennifer Feighan

Ruth Reidy



Luxembourg Dietetic Association

Natalie Weber

Isabelle Guilfoyle-Denis


Dutch Association of Dietitians

Bianca Rootsaert (P)



The Norwegian Dietetic Association

Arnt Steffensen (P)



Norwegian Association of Clinical Dietitians affiliated with The Norwegian Association of Researchers

Sissel Urke Olsen

Sissi Stove Lorentzen



Polish Society of Dietetics

Dr. Grzegorz Kostelecki (P)

Danuta Gajewska



Association of Portuguese Nutritionists (APN)

Célia Craveiro (P)

Helena Real



Slovene Nutritionist and Dietetic Association

Stojan Kostanjevec

Zvezdana Maurič Vražič (P)



General Council Dietist-Nutritionist Spain (CGDN)

Manuel Monino (vP)

Alma Palau (P)



Swiss Association of Registered Dietitians

Adrian Rufener (P)

Gaby Fontana

Lisa Caravatti



The Swedish National Association of Dietitians

Marianne Schroder-Maagaard

Marianne Backrud-Hagberg (P)



The Swedish Association of Clinical Dietitians

Kjell Olsson (P)

Sophie Cairns



Turkish Dietetic Association

Dilek Ongan

Zehra Buyuktuncer Demirel



The British Dietetic Association

Caroline Bovey (P)

Najia Qureshi



ATID-Israeli Dietetic Association

Naomi Trostler

Tamar Pfeffer-gik



Affiliate members (by country alphabetical order)

Croatian Society of Nutritionists and Dietitians

Darija Vranesic



Czech Association of Dietitians

Ivana Pražanová

Martin Krobot (P)



Romanian Association of Dietitians

Diana Suciu

Kinga Laczko



Romanian Nutrition and Dietetic Association

Florina Ruta

Education Associate Members (by country alphabetical order)

St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria

Daniela Wewerka-Kreimel

Daniela Lohner


FH JOANNEUM Gesellschaft mbH, Austria

Manuela Konrad

Theresa Draxler


FH Campus Wien, Austria

Andrea Hofbauer


University of Applied Sciences for Health Professions Upper Austria, Austria

Elisabeth Farmer


Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen, Belgium

Koen Vanherle

Veerle van Vlaslaer


Erasmushogeschool Brussels, Belgium

Katrien Van Beneden

Jan Baudonck


Leuven-Limburg University College, Belgium

Sofie Joossens

Erika Vanhauwaert


Hogeschool Ghent, Belgium

Nele Callewaert


Thomas More Institute, Belgium

Karin van Ael


Haute Ecole Vinci, Belgium

Magali Jacobs


VIVES University College, Belgium

Lieve Acke

Serge Schroef


Odisee Technologiecampus Gent, Belgium

Martine Willems

Kathleen Temmerman


Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Zdenka Dankova

Halina Matejkova


University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

Jana Redinova


University College Absalon, Denmark

Ane Kruse

Helle Kok


Faculty of Nutrition & Health, University College of Southern Denmark, Denmark

Pia Øxenberg Hansen


University of Neubrandenburg, Germany

Luzia Valentini

Sabine Ohlrich


Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Kathrin Kohlenberg Müller

Prof. Dr. Christina Holzapfel


International Hellenic University, Greece

Maria Hassapidou


Hellenic Mediterranean University, Greece

Anastasia Markaki


Vilniaus University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania

Erika Kubiliene

Žymantė Jankauskienė


Klaipeda State University, Lithuania

Viktorija Vaičytė

Jurgita Andruskiene


HAN University, The Netherlands

Annemarie Nijhof

Elke Naumann


University of Haag, The Netherlands

Inge Audenaerde


Hanzehogeschool Groningen, The Netherlands

Janny Vedder

Renate Heine-Bröring


Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands

Jacqueline Commandeur


Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Lisboa, Portugal

Ana Catarina Moreira

Christina Marques


Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saude de Coimbra, Portugal

Ana Baltazar


University of Porto, Portugal

Bárbara Pereira


Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Portugal

Helena Maria de Melo Gaspar

Tania Mota


University Iuliu Hateganu Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Laura Gavrilas


Department Of Nutritional Counselling – Dietetics, University Of Primorska, Slovenia

Andreja Brecelj

Tamara Poklar Vatovec


Fundacion Universitaria Pablo CEU, Spain

Angela Garcia Gonzales


University of Navarra, Spain

Ainhoa Ruiz de Erenchun

Sonia Garcia Calzón


Fundació Universitària Balmes, Spain

Miriam Torres


Blanquerna University, Spain

Elena Carrillo Alvarez


Department of food, nutrition and dietetics; Uppsala University, Sweden

Afsaneh Koochek

Agneta Andersson


Umea University, Dept of Food & Nutrition, Sweden

Agneta Hörnell

Sandra Ottosson


Berner Fachhochschule, Switzerland

Julia Eisenblaetter

Silvia Kurmann


Hacettepe University, Turkey

Zehra Buyuktuncer Demirel


The University of Nottingham, UK

Fiona McCullough


University of Plymouth, UK

Avril Collinson

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