The AOECS Board
The board consists of five Directors who are elected by representatives of AOECS Member societies for a term of three years.
The Directors’ tasks include undertaking activities and initiatives to achieve the aims and objectives of the organisation.
Tunde Koltai - Chair
With a degree in Food Industry Engineering, Tunde has held several positions within the food industry, including Technical Director of a meat producing company and Quality Manager of a commercial company. She currently acts as an independent advisor and project manager, writes articles for medical journals and daily newspapers.
Following the diagnosis of her son with coeliac disease in 1990, she established - together with other parents, the Hungarian Coeliac Society. Tunde is Chair of the society and acts on behalf of coeliac patients and families in areas of specific interest such as the financial support of persons with coeliac disease and collating food lists. She also works with teachers, restaurants and caterers of public institutions to raise awareness of the coeliac disease. As a representative of the Hungarian Coeliac Society, Tunde was elected vice president of the Hungarian National Health Council in 2007. Tunde served on the AOECS Board from 2007 to 2016 and was re-elected in 2018.
Floris van Overveld - Vice Chair
Floris has been Managing Director of the Dutch Coeliac Society since 2019. With a master in medicinal chemistry, he has made non-profit organisations his field of expertise. Over the years, Floris has held senior management positions in a range of member organisations such as the Dutch Cancer Society, the Dutch Labour Party and an umbrella organisation of patient and disabled people societies. As a Change Manager, Floris has extensive experience with building volunteer support as well as organising shared decision making and internal democracy in associations.
Christian Scerri - Treasurer
Christian is a Professor and Lecturer at the University of Malta and a consultant of Clinical and Molecular Genetics at the Health Department in Malta. Christian’s expert knowledge of genetics provides invaluable support for the AOECS’s research activities into coeliac disease. He is a regular speaker at international public health conferences and has co-authored numerous articles for medical journals, some of which can be found on our research page.
Between the years 2003-2012 Christian formed part of the AOECS Board and was re-elected as Board Director at the General Assembly in 2016 and again in 2019. Christian’s other activities include being a Member of the European Cluster on the study of the Pathophysiology of coeliac disease and a Member of the scientific advisory team of the European Coeliac Disease Specific Support Action (CDEUSSA).
Hilary Croft - Board Director
Hilary's professional background lies in business transformation within complex, multifaceted organisations. Her senior management career started in marketing at Coca-Cola, and progressed in the retail and wholesale industry before moving to Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, technology and digital transformation services. She gained considerable knowledge and interest in the food and drink sector before making the move to the charity sector as CEO of London’s largest food re-distribution charity, The Felix Project.
Hilary has direct experience of coeliac disease, as her son has the condition. This provides her with first-hand experience of living gluten free and provides additional motivation to achieve real and lasting change for the gluten free community. Hilary also volunteers as a Board Member of Age UK Ealing and for international poverty and disaster relief charity, Tearfund. She was elected to the AOECS Board in September 2019.
Veronica Rubio - Secretary General
Veronica Rubio is a Lawyer specialized in international trade and human rights, with a master’s degree in Bioethics. For the last 19 years she has worked promoting sustainable supply chains, social corporate responsibility and small farmers’ access to the international fair-trade markets.
She has solid experience in developing certification standards and Code of Conducts. Notably, in 2008 she led the development of the Social Certification Standard for Rainforest produces commissioned by the Brazilian Government in the Amazon region for cocoa, acai and camu-camu. In 2014 she successfully led a major shift in the Foreign Trade Association (now known as afori) by reshaping the BSCI Code of Conduct and related implementation manuals as she incorporated the UN Human Rights Due Diligence approach into retailer’s commitment towards sustainability.
In addition, she has been responsible for launching the South-South Fairtrade Labelling Initiative in Brazil; the amfori BSCI Sustainable Wine Programme; the Partnership with Thai Government towards Boosting Responsible Recruitment in Thailand and the Private Pubic Partnership (PPP) on Fostering Corporate Social Responsibility in Morocco. In 2018, she led the ProTerra Foundation as Executive Director consolidating its growth, visibility and credibility. In 2019, she studied and get her Bioethics Master Thesis on SDG 5 – Gender Equality. Since September 2020 she is Senior Advisor on Business and Human Rights and Gender Equality at Vectra International, supporting companies in their Due Diligence and CSR issues.
She has solid regional experience in Latin America and ASEAN countries. She is a Spanish native speaker and is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Italian.
Suzanne Bonnici Ciantar - Executive Assistant to the Board
Suzanne joined AOECS in May 2019 as Executive Assistant to the Board. She has a background as an Administrator at the University of Malta which comprised duties such as liaising with different departments, daily correspondence, diary management, minute-taking and finance administration, incl. bookkeeping and expense claim processing. Maltese is Suzanne’s mother tongue and she is highly proficient in English, fluent in Italian and has some understanding of French. Suzanne is a graduate student in Humanities with the University of Malta and is now reading for a Masters in Philosophy.
Jesper Lindstrom - Marketing Manager
Jesper started working as Marketing Manager for AOECS in May 2021. He has over 20 years of experience working as a marketing manager and senior marketing consultant for various companies, mainly in the commercial sector. Jesper has an MSc in Economics with Marketing as a major. He also for five years worked as European Licensing Officer for the Swedish Coeliac Society and is currently a board member of the same society. Jesper is based in Stockholm and speaks English at a proficient level. He also has an understanding of Norwegian, Danish, and German.
Ana Campos Caamaño – Licence manager
Ana started working as Licence Manager in March 2022.
For the last few years, she has worked as part of the Quality and Food Safety Department from the Spanish Federation of Coeliac Associations (FACE), focusing her activity managing the European Licensing System among other activities.
Ana is graduate in Human Nutrition and Dietetis with the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and has an Official Master in Personalized and Community Nutrition. She is based in Spain, and Spanish and Galician are her mother tongues, and she is fluent in English.