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.

President 2019-2021


Name: Helle Puggaard
Nationality: Danish
Education: Occupational Therapist 1999, Rehabilitation in Hand Surgery 2014
Work experience: Specialized hand rehabilitation at Aalborg University Hospital, Department of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, since 2000. Teaching at University College of Northern Denmark since 2014.
Assignments: Member of the Danish Society for Hand Therapy board 2007 - , Vice President 2009 - European delegate of the Danish Society for Hand Therapy 2009-2017.

President-Elect 2019-2021

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Name: Francesco Romagnoli
Nationality: Italian
Education: Occupational Therapist 2012, Rehabilitation in Hand Surgery 2014
Work experience:
Assignments: Member of the Italian Society for Hand Rehabilitation (AIRM) board 2016 - present; EFSHT and IFSHT delegate for the Italian Society for Hand Rehabilitation 2016 - present. March 2016 - 2017: Guest Lecturer at the specialistic post degree course "Actualitzaciò en teràpia de la mà", Escoles Universitaries Gimbernat I Tomas Cerdà, Barcelona (Spain); 2016 - ongoing: Teacher at University of Modena e Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE): " Special techniques for Occupational Therapy: Upper Limb Diseases, ideation and crafting of dedicate splints", theoretical and practical course.

General Secretary 2012-2021

2017 paul.jpg 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.

Treasurer 2017-2020

2017 Gabi.jpg Name: Gabriele Versümer Bücker
Nationality: Swiss
Education:1983 Diploma as Occupational Therapist at the "Schule am evangelischen Waldkrankenhaus" in Berlin, Germany, 2009 MAS MSG Master of Advanced Studies in Social Services and Healthcare Management, Hochschule HSLU Lucerne Switzerland.

Work Experience as OT:

January 1995 - present: Zentrum für Ergotherapie in Bern, Switzerland. Together with my husband (OT) we are in charge of our own practice with three employees. Mainly we treat patients with different hand injuries, complex trauma and post surgical hand/upper limb cases. We are in collaboration with different hand surgeons in our city and with the university hospital in Bern (Inselspital).
January 1995 - June 2008: Lecturer at the School of Occupational Therapy in Biel Switzerland and also involved in the practical training of these students (splinting a.s.o.)
February 1991 - January 1995: Member of the school team at the School of Occupational Therapy in Biel Switzerland as lecturer and Member of different committees: Thesis - Committee, Examination - Committee, Admission - Committee
May 1988 - Dezember 1990: OT at the Bezirksspital Oberdiessbach, Switzerland
June 1983 - April 1988: OT at the Rehabilitation center Bayreuth, Germany

Member of the EVS (Swiss Professional Association for Occupational Therapy) 1990 to date
Member of the SGHR (Swiss Society of Hand Rehabilitation) 2005 to date
Member of the EFSHT Board: 2011 - 2016
President elect EFSHT: 2011 - 2012
President EFSHT: 2012 - 2014
Past President EFSHT: 2014 - 2016
Member of the SGHR Board: 2005 - 2011
Vice- President SGHR: 2006 - 2008
President SGHR: 2008 - 2011
Co Organiser of national SGHR - Meetings: 2006, 2009 - 2011
Member of the project team to kick off the development of the CAS (Certificate in Advanced Studies) in Hand Therapy 2007
Substitute EFSHT Delegate: 2006
EFSHT/ IFSHT Delegate: 2007 -2011

Past-President 2019 - 2021

Saara foto.jpgName: 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.

More information

Please find more information on the following pages:

Data protection declaration.pdf
BY-LAWS 2018 October final.pdf
National Societies
The Scientific Committee
The Education Committee
Job description Delegate 2018.pdf