Our team

ELPA is directed by a Governing Board, which is elected by its members at the Annual General Meeting. The Board and the Secretariat work together towards making ELPA’s vision a reality.

Governing Board

Marko Korenjak, MA – 🇸🇮


Marko Korenjak is the president of European Liver Patients Association (ELPA) and president of Slovenian Association for patients with viral hepatitis – Slovenija HEP. He holds a Master’s degree in Business and Economy and is certified as international NLP Trainer and NLP Coach. He is closely involved in the development of ELPA strategy plan, ELPA work plan and budget, ELPA fundraising activities and ELPA Symposium preparation at International Liver Congress organized by EASL. He works in ELPA Horizon2020 activities as project leader of dissemination and communication of the project LIVERHOPE, project MICROB-PREDICT and project GALAXY and also in the project EIT LIVERSCREEN funded by European Institute for Innovation and Technology – section for Health. Marko is a member of the steering committee and trainer at ELPA University was a representative of ELPA in NoHEP movement for Europe. He is a member of European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), International Communication Association (ICA) and international NLP trainer association (INLPTA). In 2014 he wrote a book about his fight against hepatitis C with the title “336 days of Hope”.  He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Strategic Communication Management – research focuses on Health Communication. He is constantly upgrading his knowledge in the field of health and patients (Harvard University – Improving Global Health, Yale University – Essentials of Global Health, John Hopkins University – Data Scientists Toolbox and specialization in Quality and Patient Safety). In 2017 he was selected by Economist Intelligence Unit as one of 18 most influential individuals and/or organizations in the fight against hepatitis C.

Julio Burman – 🇮🇱

Board Member

Julio Burman is the CEO Hetz- The Israeli Association for the Health of the Liver. Julio discovered he had Hepatitis C by chance in 1994. He went through three year-long courses on interferon treatment. These years were not easy and Julio struggled with many challenges and questions and he looked for support. When he realized there are no support groups or patient associations for liver patients in Israel, Julio decided in 1998 to establish Hetz- the Israeli Organization for Liver Health. Today Julio is cured from HCV. Nevertheless, he dedicates his life to supporting liver patients and their families, strengthening Hetz’s capacity to advocate for the PATIENTS’ RIGHT TO KNOW they have a liver disease, and the government’s obligation to screen and to treat them. Actually Julio is directing HETZ and is representative of the patients in the National Council of Liver of the Ministry of Health in Israel.

Dr. Teresa Casanovas – 🇪🇸

Board member

MSc. Milan Mishkovikj – 🇲🇰

Board member

Milan Mishkovikj is Bachelor of Law, Vice president of APO – Alliance of Patient Organisations from Macedonia, Vice president of Macedonian Association for patients with liver diseases Hepar Centar Bitola, Macedonia and he works as program – project manager in Hepar Centar Bitola. Milan is part of ELPA Governing Board, APO Board, Member of Аadvisory Board in the Project HAREACT as representative of ELPA and is administrating ELPA social networks channels. He is a member of European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) and works closely with policy makers, health authorities and civil society organisations at global and national levels. He speaks and understands Macedonian/English/Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian/Bulgarian and Albanian

MSc. Tatjana Reic – 🇭🇷

Board member

Tatjana has been the President of European Liver Patients’ Association (ELPA) since 2011. Prior to her tenure as President of the ELPA, back in the year 2000, she has founded “Hepatos”, the first hepatitis patient association in Croatia. Today “Hepatos” is a leading civil society organization that has played a crucial role in ensuring that viral hepatitis is recognized and put on the policy agenda as a social problem. In 2005 it became a member of ELPA where Tatjana took an active role as a member of the Steering and Advisory Committees, was the Vice President (2007 to 2011) before being elected the President in 2011. Tatjana is a doctor of veterinary medicine and holds an MSci from the University of Zagreb, Croatia. A member of the Board of Advisors for the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board, member of WHO Hepatitis Civil Society Reference Group, member of Hepatitis Technical Advisory Group for Georgia’s Government Hepatitis C Elimination Program and several other expert organizations in the field of liver diseases s well as a member of the Croatian National Committee for Viral Hepatitis and a founding member of the Croatian Alliance of Hepatitis Patients. Awarded, in 2010, by the Croatian Ministry of Health, the position of WHO focal point for Hepatitis she has held the position since then.

Marinela Debu – 🇹🇩

Board member

Ivana Dragojevic – 🇷🇸

Board member

Dr. Tove Frisch – 🇸🇪

Board member

Dr. Gamal Shiha- 🇪🇬

Board member

ELPA Secretariat

Veronika Vsetickova – 🇧🇪


Scientific Committee

Dr. Teresa Casanovas – 🇪🇸

Leader and President

coordinator and president of ASSCAT

Dr. Helena Glasova – 🇸🇰

Board member

Medical doctor – clinical pharmacologist, researcher, lecturer.

Dr. Vesna Lučič – 🇧🇦


Dr. Vladimir Lozanovski – 🇩🇪

Abdominal surgery, hepato-library and liver transplant

Dr. Sabela Lens – 🇪🇸


Hepatologis-clinician at Hospital Clinic Barcelona

Dr. Reham Soliman – 🇪🇬


Hepatologist, public health Egypt