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Organization Chart

Committees And Taskforces
One Delegate From Each Member Nation
National Societies
Individual Members
(Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists)
Executive Committee
Corresponding Members From Non Member Nations

The Executive Committee

The Exec is carrying into effect the resolutions and activities decided by the Council. The Exec is delegated the managing authority by the Council of the Federation for the periods between Council Meetings. The Exec officers are elected by the Council after a nomination by delegates of full member societies. The specific functions of the officers are listed in Articles 11 - 14 of the Federation by-laws.

Saara foto.jpgPresident 2016 - 2018

Name: Saara Raatikainen
Education: Physiotherapist 2002, Specialization studies in rehabilitation of the hand and upper limb 2006, Rehabilitation in Hand Surgery 2014.
Work experience: Hand and upper limb therapy in private practice in Helsinki, Finland since 2002. Teaching in hand therapy (clinical reasoning and examination, wrist problems) for junior therapists 2007.
Assignments: Member of the Finnish Society of Hand Therapy board 2007-, European delegate of the Finnish Society of Hand Therapy 2007-2014. President of the Finnish Society of Hand Therapy 2010-2014, Chairman of the organizing committee for therapists and member of the scientific committee for therapists for the Scandinavian Hand Society Meeting 2016.

President Elect 2016-2018

Name: Ali Kitis
Education: BSc. in Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul-Turkey, 1991. Msc. in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Istanbul University, Istanbul-Turkey, 1993. PhD. in Physical Therapy, Hacettepe University, Ankara-Turkey, 2001. Asist. Prof., Pamukkale University, Denizli-Turkey, 2004. Assoc. Prof., 26.04.2010
Work experience:Associate Professor in School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at Pamukkale University, Denizli- Turkey. Teaching research in physical therapy, teaching in occupational therapy, hand therapy, analysis and assessment in rehabilitation, biomechanics and kinesiology, vocational rehabilitation and ergonomics, teaching in the Master and Doctorate programs for postgraduate education courses, perform other university duties such as research and coordinating class.
Assignments: 2007- Present Coordinator of the Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Program in Pamukkale University, Denizli-Turkey. 1991-present Turkish Association of Physical Therapists, Ankara- Turkey. 1996-present Aegean Orthopedic, Traumatology and Rehabilitation Association, Izmir- Turkey. 2000-present Turkish Alzheimer Association, Denizli-Turkey. 2000-present Turkish Association of Brain Research and Neuroscience, Denizli- Turkey. 2003- present International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy. 2003- present European Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy. 2003- present Turkish Association of Hand Therapists, Izmir- Turkey.

paul.png General Secretary 2012-2018

Name: Paul De Buck
Nationality: Belgian
Education: 2004 Msc. Physiotherapist - 2008 Msc. Manual Therapy
Work experience as PT: 2004-2005 independent physiotherapists at different locations. 2005-2007 University Hospital Ghent part-time as general physiotherapist and part-time at the hand rehabilitation center. 2007-2010 Manual Therapist/Hand therapist at a private practice. 2010 - present Hand therapist at the Hand and Wrist Rehabilitation Center in Goes, the Netherlands.
Assignments: 2007-Present: practical assistant/lector at Ghent University, Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy with the focus on handrehbilitation (general and sports specific). 2007-2012 European and International delegate of the Belgian Hand Therapists. 2012 Congress President-Organizer of the European Hand Therapy Day. 2012 Webmaster of the Belgian Hand Therapists. Organizer of the BHT-congres on CRPS in 2014. Coördinator of and teacher at Hand Therapy courses at the post-university education program at Ghent University since 2014. Head of the certification program for the Belgian Hand Therapists since 2015.

glykeria.jpg Treasurer 2014-2017

Name: Glykeria Gounaropoulou
Nationality: Greek
Education: 1981 PTR (Registered Physiotherapist)
1999-2001 Postgraduate Course in Hand Therapy
Work Experience as PT: Since 1982 private practice in Gyzi, Athens. Since 1984 in Kesariani Municipality Day Care Centre for Elderly.
Present Position: Currently as above
Assignments: 2003 and onwards Secretary of the Greek Society of Hand Therapy
Invited speaker and member of the Organising Committee of various annual congresses of the Hellenic Scientific Society of Physiotherapy and others.

Turid.jpg Immediate Past President 2016 - 2018

Name: Turid Aasheim
Nationality: Norwegian
Assignments: PT- Glasgow 1979. Worked in Trondheim University Hospital, Norway with Handrehab since 1986.Been a member of the Norwegian Handtherapy association since its start in 1993,been a board-member for two periods of 4years, president for a period of 2years, thenagain a board-member and international delegate for 4years. I have also been amember of EFSHT-SC. I have done the Rehab after Handsurgery degree-course in Malmø, Sweden,and a University degree-course in Human Movement Science

More information

Please find more information on the following pages:

BY-LAWS 2015 plus Addendum 2015.pdf
National Societies
The Scientific Committee
The Education Committee
Job description Delegate 2015.pdf