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Equinet Executive Board 2015-2017

January 31st 2017

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

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

Evelyn Collins (Chair) (Click to enlarge picture)

Evelyn COLLINS (Chair)

Chief Executive
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland

Sarah Benichou (Click to enlarge picture)

Sarah BENICHOU

Head of Unit Access to Rights and Discrimination
Defender of Rights, France

Anna BŁASZCZAK (Click to enlarge picture)

Anna BŁASZCZAK

Deputy Director of the Constitutional and International Law Department
Commissioner for Human Rights, Poland

Patrick Charlier (Treasurer) (Click to enlarge picture)

Patrick CHARLIER (Treasurer)

Co-Director
Unia (Interfederal Centre for Equal Opportunities), Belgium

Sandra KONSTATZKY (Click to enlarge picture)

Sandra KONSTATZKY

Deputy Director
Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria

Kalliopi LYKOVARDI (Click to enlarge picture)

Kalliopi LYKOVARDI

Deputy Ombudsman for Equal Treatment
Greek Ombudsman, Greece

Kirsi PIMIÄ (Click to enlarge picture)

Kirsi PIMIÄ

Non-Discrimination Ombudsman
Non-Discrimination Ombudsman, Finland - since January 2017

Petr POLAK (Click to enlarge picture)

Petr POLAK

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

Tena ŠIMONOVIĆ EINWALTER (Click to enlarge picture)

Tena ŠIMONOVIĆ EINWALTER

Deputy Ombudswoman
Office of the Ombudswoman, Croatia - since January 2017

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)


All of the Executive Board members and the Treasurer execute their tasks pro bono. When required, they are supported by Niall Crowley, expert advisor on equality issues.

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.

Equinet Executive Board 2013 - 2015

December 3rd 2013

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

Equinet Executive Board 2011 - 2013

April 11th 2012
The Members of the Equinet Executive Board for the 2011-2013 period were:

Equinet Executive Board 2011-2013  (Click to enlarge picture)

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.


Equinet Executive Board 2009 - 2011

October 26th 2011
The Members of the Equinet Executive Board for the 2009-2011 period were:

Equinet Executive Board  (Click to enlarge picture)

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).