ENAT Board Biographies
Short biographies of the ENAT Board of Directors, 2013.
- President: Annagrazia Laura, Italy
- Vice Presidents: Jesús Hernández Galán, Spain and Spyros Michailidis, Greece
- Secretary and Treasurer: Mieke Broeders, Belgium
- Managing Director: Ivor Ambrose, Greece
- Stéphanie Herman, ANLH, Belgium
- Director: Marco Pizzio, Italy
- Director: Ana Garcia, Portugal
- Director: Lilian Müller, Sweden
- Honorary Board Member: Angelika Laburda, Austria
Annagrazia Laura, ENAT President, Member of the ENAT Board of Directors
Training and International Relations Manager at CO.IN (Cooperative Integrate Onlus), Italy. Anna Grazia Laura is Training and International Relations Manager at CO.IN (Cooperative Integrate Onlus), Italy. In 2013 she was elected as President of ENAT – the European Network for Accessible Tourism, a non-profit organisation, registered in Brussels in 2008. She graduated in Political Sciences,after a career in Marketing Information and Planning Office at Alitalia Airlines. In 1993 she joined COIN (Cooperative Integrate Onlus and then Consorzio Sociale COIN), an organisation involved in creating job opportunities for people with disabilities, also through accessible tourism, where she had the responsibility to develop the Group’s Tourism Dept. at national and international level. She has been involved in several national and international seminars and network activities as well as lecturer in training courses on inclusive tourism and equal opportunities. She is presently responsible for International relations and European projects and represents the Group in several EU funded projects and international organisations. Since 2009 she is a member of the Commission for the development and promotion of accessible tourism, set up by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, where she participated to the study groups on Training and Accessibility and is now coordinating the Europe Working Group. Member of SOAB (Societal Advisory Group) of the EC Joint Programming Initiative “More Years Better Lives”.
Jesús Hernández Galán, Vice President of ENAT
Director of Accessibility, Fundación ONCE, Spain
Forestry Engineer, Master in Business Management, Master in Environmental Management, and General Management Programme from IESE. He has been a consultant in accessibility to open spaces and during 2000 up until 2003 he has been General Director and CEO of Fundosa Accessibility. In 2003 he was appointed Director of Accessibility of the ONCE Foundation. He is also Chairman of the Technical Committee of Standardization 170 of AENOR: “Needs and adaptations for people with disabilities”, Chairman of the technology platform Independent Living and Accessibility (eVIA), member of the Commission on Accessibility of the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI) and of the Executive Committee of the European Institute of Design and Disability. He has participated in many conferences and publications both at a national and international level. He is also Director of the subject “Universal Accessibility and Design for All” of the Polytechnic University in Madrid. He has also directed the congresses of Domotics, Robotics and Tele-assistance (2005 and 2007), Tourism for All (2004, 2007 and 2010) and the Biennial of Contemporary Art of the ONCE Foundation.
Spyros Michailidis, Vice President of ENAT
Managing Director, EWORX S.A., Greece
Spyros Michailidis co-founded EWORX in 2001. He is the Managing Director and software and Internet strategist of EWORX S.A. The company has quickly established itself as a European leader in producing web sites and internet services that are usable and accessible to the widest possible range of users. Spyros has long experience in ICT consulting work and has collaborated with major Greek cultural organisations such as the Benaki Museum and the Lalaounis Museum. In the framework of the EC-funded projects, OSSATE and ENAT, he was technical director and responsible for the resulting websites at www.europeforall.com and www.accessibletourism.org. As a co-founder and Vice-President of ENAT, Spyros leads the network's Internet and communications strategy, including marketing and social media issues. He is also a specialist in the design and delivery of tourism accessibility information systems via new media. He is a member of ACM, IEEE and the Technical Chamber of Greece and holds a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a M.Sc. in Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction from Queen Mary College, University of London.
Mieke Broeders, Secretary of ENAT
Director, Flemish Expert Centre on Accessibility, Belgium
Mieke Broeders is the Director of Toegankelijkheidsbureau (Belgium), which is the major accessibility advisory and consultancy organization in Flanders, Belgium. She is also director of the Flemish Expert Centre on Accessibility.
Mieke was trained in social work and management studies and has previously worked (from 1975 –98) as a community worker for the regional development organisation of Midden-Limburg, where she was responsible for training programmes for unemployed people, entrepreneurial training courses, development of city cycle routes, and housing programmes for disabled people. As Director of Toegankelijkheidsbureau since 1995, Mieke has built up a multi-disciplinary team of specialists with expertise in assessment, building and environmental accessibility auditing, training, access management and publications. Under her supervision the TGB team has contributed to European programmes and Actions including Interreg, Horizon, HELIOS II, OSSATE, ENAT, DFA@eInclusion as well as regional and National programmes in Belgium.
Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director of ENAT
Independent Consultant, Greece
Ivor Ambrose works as an independent consultant providing research and project management expertise to public sector organisations, NGOs and companies in Europe. In 2006 he brought together an international group including VisitBritain, the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism, NGOs from Belgium, Spain and Greece, university management specialists and Greek web services company EWORX S.A. to create the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT). The association, which was co-funded for 2 years by the European Commission, was registered in Brussels as a non-profit organisation in 2008. Since then Ivor Ambrose has acted as Managing Director of ENAT with its 200 members in over 30 countries. Born in England, Ivor Ambrose has lived and worked in the UK, Denmark and Belgium and is now based in Athens, Greece. He holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Psychology from the University of Surrey, UK (1979) and a Ph.D. by research, completed while working at the Danish Building Research Institute (1991). From 1998 to 2001 he worked for the European Commission Directorate General Information Society where he managed research projects and contributed to European policies on electronic services and support for the integration of persons with disabilities and older people.
Marco Pizzio, Member of the ENAT Board of Directors
Marco Pizzio is Head of Social and Accessible Tourism at AISM (Italian Multiple Sclerosis Society) and since June 2016 member of the Board of Directors of ENAT (European Network for Accessible Tourism). He holds degrees from the University of Turin in Business Administration (SAA School of Management) with a Marketing Specialization and from the University of Genoa in Political Science and a Master in “Design and Management of Tourism Destinations”. He has worked as Product Manager at Omnitel (now Vodafone Italy) in Milan and in 1998 started his own business in tourism in the United States (San Diego and New York) as "Freedom Tour". Marco also worked at American Express in Rome as Director of the Travel Service Network. Since 2010 he is working for AISM, Italy, heading the tourism business strategy, consisting in managing accessible properties in 4 Italian regions, MICE and Tour Operating activities and management of projects related to Accessible Tourism, being also Project Manager for the EU-funded “Europe Without Barriers” project.
Ana Maria Marquis Garcia Rodrigues, Member of the ENAT Board of Directors
Ana Garcia holds a Business Management degree from the ISCTE Business School in Lisbon-Portugal (1986) and postgraduate in Financial Management by ISG (Institute of Management) (1987). Since 2008 she is the Managing Partner of Accessible Portugal, a Portuguese tourism company founded in 2005 and focused on people with reduce mobility, their family and friends. Accessible Portugal provides packages and tours for more than 2500 clients, from such diverse countries as United States of America, France, Australia, Germany, United Kingdom, Brazil and Canada, among many others. Ana is a technical adviser and consultant in Accessible Tourism for the Portuguese Tourism Board, the Municipality of Lousã accessible tourism destination; a Board member of the Normalization Technical Commission - CT 144; Tourism of Portugal, Sub-commission 8 – Accessible Tourism; and participates in research and development projects with the National Institute for Rehabilitation, Fundação LIGA, CECD2010 – preparing educational content for professional training in care tourism; and the New University of Lisbon. Ana was elected to the ENAT Board in May 2012.
Angelika Laburda, Honorary Member of the ENAT Board of Directors
Project Manager, IBFT-Infoplattform Barrierefreier Tourismus, Austria
Angelika Laburda, Dr. Phil. in Sociology, has worked as Project Manager at the Pro Worker IBFT-Infoplattform Barrierefreier Tourismus in Vienna since 2003. She has formerly held positions as Lecturer and Researcher at a number of academic institutions, including the Institute for Demography of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, the Austrian Trade Union Federation, NÖ-Volkshilfe at Wr. Neustadt, the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning and others. She has specialist knowledge of medical sociology and disability, labour market issues, gender mainstreaming, computer science, mathematics, statistical analysis and Information Technologies. She was IBFT’s Project Manager in the OSSATE project, 2006 – 2007, which developed the accessible tourism website, www.EuropeForAll.com Angelika Laburda was granted Honorary Board Member status in 2015, on her retirement from IBFT.