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Mr Panos Englezos – President

Mr Panos Englezos is a graduate of London University in Economics and Accounting. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive of a group of companies which he established in 1961. The birth of his son, George, with β-thalassaemia major led to his deep lifelong involvement in the development and promotion ...

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Ms Shobha Tuli

Mrs Shobha Tuli is the founder member of Thalassaemics India, established in 1987 in New Delhi. She served as Junior Secretary of Thalassaemics India until 1992, whilst since 1993 she is serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Thalassaemics India. In 1993 she supported the establishment of the ...

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Ms Elena Mylona

Ms. Elena Mylona, was born in Limassol, Cyprus in 1976. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Primary School Teaching from University of Cyprus and she has been teaching since 1997, specializing in Health Education Programs all over Cyprus. She is currently the Vice President of Limassol Thalassemia Foundation and she ...

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Mr George Constantinou

Mr George Constantinou, obtained a degree in Hotel and Tourism studies in London and has had a long and successful professional career. His contribution, passion, and undivided commitment to improving the health and quality of life of patients with thalassaemia are exemplary. Since the early years, he has been involved ...

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Mr Riyad Elbard

Mr Riyad Elbard, President of Thalassemia Foundation of Canada, has been a leading member of the Thalassemia Foundation of Canada for over 15 years. He is dedicated to advocating for optimal care for all thalassemia patients. He represents the foundation on various committees and has been instrumental in building and ...

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Mr Abdul Baset Mohd Merdas

Mr. Abdel Basset Mohamed Merdas was born in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai in 1960, and holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. He worked for the Dubai Government from 1989 until 2006. He is one of the founders of the Emirates Thalassemia Society (ETS), and played a major ...

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Mr Saeed Jaafar Al-Awadhi

Mr Saeed Jaafar Al-Awadhi was born in February 11, 1978 in the United Arab Emirates, and has lived and worked there his entire life. He is a patient with β-thalassaemia major, married with two sons. He began working as an administrator officer in Thalassemia Center in Dubai Health Authority in ...

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Mr Robert (Bob) Ficarra

Mr Robert Ficarra is one of the most prolific current Members of the Board of Directors of TIF and one of the former presidents. He is one of Thalassaemia International Federation’s founding members and on the Board of Directors since 1986. Mr Ficarra has been president of the Cooley’s Anaemia ...

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Mr Gabriel Theophanous

Gabriel Theophanous is a 42-year-old beta thalassaemia major patient who has served on the Board of Directors for Thalassaemia International Federation for the past 9 years. He is also the chair of the United Kingdom Thalassaemia Society and has represented both organisations on national and international delegation visits. Gabriel has ...

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