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The Board of Directors, which is the management body of the Foundation, has three members (one representative from Switzerland and two representatives from Romania), chosen for a period of four years, with the possibility of mandate renewal. The members of the Board have extended management experience in the economic and social field.

The members of the Board of Directors meet at least twice a year in ordinary meetings and as many times as needed in extraordinary meetings.

The Board ensures achieving the Foundation’s goals and objectives.

Members of the board:

Matthias Herren, President of the Board, was born 1962 in Switzerland. After his studies in theology he was working as a pastor in a congregation. Later he changed to journalism and led a church magazine. Since 2011 he is working for HEKS/EPER Switzerland, Swiss Church Aid, and is responsible for the programs in Romania, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Syria and Lebanon. Matthias Herren is married and father of three adult children.


Ing. Ioan Vlasa, born in 1968. Since 2002, executive director of FAER. Over 20 years of experience in project implementation, namely in the field of rural development, microfinance, consultancy and development of social services. SDC and HEKS project partner since over 20 years. Experience in project implementation in the field of Roma inclusion (education).





Dr. Szekely Anamaria Stefania, graduate of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, specialist in family medicine, with competence in palliative medicine. Since 2006, Executive Director of the Reghin Branch of the Diakonia Christian Foundation, the home care service department. Since 2008, family doctor in Reghin.





Management of HEKS/EPER Romania is provided by the Country Director.