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The Team

The team at Cancer Patients Europe is comprised of an internationally diverse and talented multidisciplinary group, all working together to further the organisation’s vision and goals. CPE strives to be an inclusive organisation, fostering an ethical and balanced work environment.


Antonella Cardone


Antonella Cardone joined CPE as CEO at the end of 2022. She is also the Patient Advocacy Expert and Advisor to the Board of Pancreatic Cancer Europe (PCE), the European Multi-Stakeholder Platform of leading and most influential groups of physicians and patients, politicians, journalists, academia, and industry on Pancreatic Cancer. She is the former Director of the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC). She has 25 years of experience working for non-profits in the health, social, and employment sectors. Before ECPC, Antonella was the Executive Director of the Fit for Work Global Alliance, a multi-stakeholder coalition championing health and work policy change. She has previously served as the Director of the Global Smoke-free Partnership of the American Cancer Society, leading a movement of over 100 members to coordinate the development of smoke-free laws in 40 countries. She holds a Master’s in Science and one in Business Administration. She represented ECPC on the Board of All. Can and on the Board of Pancreatic Cancer Europe, in which she was vice-chair.

Juan-Jose Ventura

Juan-Jose Ventura

Research and Patient Engagement Director

Juan-Jose studied Pharmacy and obtained his PhD at the University Complutense of Madrid. He has conducted basic research in international institutions such as EMBL, HHMI, CNIO, University of Cambridge and KU Leuven. He has aimed to find target cells and molecular biomarkers that could be used for diagnosis and therapy of several cancers (Liver, Colon, Lung). After switching his career path, he moved to work as patient advocate. He has participated in more than 20 EU research projects and helped to bring the voice of patients to the latest research trends.


Rachel Dencik

Administration Officer

After graduating Rachel spent a number of years working in the Western Balkans and Russia in administration and finance for both governmental and non-profit organisations. Since 2005 she has worked in project management, marketing and editing in different private sector organisations in Brussels.


Joana Kokalari

Communications Officer

Joana joined CPE in late 2023. Her academic training in applied life sciences and communications allowed her to develop a great interest in health communications and a deep understanding of the use of communication techniques in translating and disseminating scientific information. With prior experience in healthcare and consulting from her previous positions, Joana has developed her skill set in both the public and private sectors. Her contribution to the CPE team will mainly focus on supporting the organization and its members’ outreach initiatives and efforts.


Tristan Hanssen

Communications Officer

Tristan joined CPE in late 2023, integrating the communications team. With a diverse international background, he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Queensland University of Technology (Australia), as well as a master’s degree in communication from the University of Southern Denmark. Upon completing the latter, he dedicated himself to pursuing a communications career in the public sector and working with NGOs, to contribute to the overall societal well-being. Tristan additionally brings with him prior experience in EU institutions and multi-faceted communication strategies.


Kaustubh Dhurandhar

Communications Officer

Joining CPE in early 2024, Kaustubh is a valuable addition to the team. Having studied at the University of Mumbai (India) for his bachelor’s degree in mass media and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) for his master’s degree in communication studies, Kaustubh comes from a multicultural background and has knowledge of EU institutions and strategies for communication. Moreover, Kaustubh brings a profound understanding of organising and strategizing communication approaches to effectively engage diverse audiences.


Josephine Mosset

Policy Officer

Josephine joined CPE in 2024. She has accumulated more than 6 years of professional experience in various organizations from nonprofits to private sector organizations where she developed expertise in EU health policy, patient advocacy and global health. Her past experiences include the coordination of rare diseases patient advocacy groups in the European Reference Networks at EURORDIS as well as the management of the health programming pillars at both Friends of Europe and the Africa-Europe Foundation where she contributed to several EU health policy initiatives. In her last role at Amgen, she coordinated collaborations with rare diseases patient advocacy groups in Europe. Josephine holds a masters in Public Policy with a specialization in Global Health from Sciences Po in Paris.