New patient representatives elected to ENGAGe Executive Group for the 2019–2021 term

In its meeting Nov. 3, 2019, in Athens, the ENGAGe General Assembly of members elected new ENGAGe Executive Group members and approved updates to the ENGAGe bylaws.

Icó Tóth (HU), chair of the Mallow Flower Foundation, and Maria Papageorgiou (GR), president of K.E.F.I. Greece, were elected as EEG members with voting rights and Birthe Lemley (DE), president of KIU Denmark, was re-elected to her seat. In addition, Tóth was appointed to be the new ENGAGe Co-Chair. She will lead the group with Prof. Murat Gultekin (TR). Tóth and Papageorgiou have already very actively cooperated on diverse projects for ENGAGe. Lemley will continue to work on the Clinical Trial project.

“Having gotten to know the ambitions of ENGAGe, I feel like I would like to work with this organisation for a long time. I feel lucky since I can be a co-chair alongside Prof. Murat Gultekin, and since I can follow Esra Urkmez in this position, who set the organisation on strong foundations. We will pursue close cooperation with the doctors of ESGO as well, therefore I believe that as much as this comes as a motivation for us, it can be as encouraging for the European gynaecologists to start a joint work, a collaboration, a cooperation as well.” –Icó Tóth

According to the updated ENGAGe bylaws, three new positions in the EEG were also introduced: Past co-chair and two positions for nominated EEG members with non-voting rights. These new positions were also immediately filled: The change in bylaws enabled Esra Urkmez (US) to continue with ENGAGe as past co-chair, which will help to ensure the continuity of the EEG’s work. In addition, Petra Adámková (CZ), director of Onko Unie, and Ana Ríos (SP) from ASACO were appointed as non-voting EEG members. Their experience will help ENGAGe devote more energy to projects planned for the coming years.

The General Assembly also recognised exiting EEG member Simona Ene (RO), president of Home Care Association, for her three years of service.

“These past few days have been incredible, it is a huge honour and we had great feedback about our past endeavours of the past period. We will wake up from this miracle tomorrow, and continue our work for women, for their families, for the affected, with an even stronger professional support and base. Without these, results would not be possible.” –Icó Tóth