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Stakeholder Representative Panel

The Maturolife consortium has established a Stakeholder Representative Panel (SRP) which will guide and support its work along the project timeline. It is taking the role of a critical friend in the areas of:

  • Co-creation/iteration processes and concepts
  • Shaping design and product development
  • Concrete product feedback
  • Shaping market impact

The SRP consists of experts in the fields of: older persons, gender, formal/informal care giving, commercialisation, social gerontology, health service providers, industrial design and French Plating. The main objective of the panel is to provide independent external feedback for the major project milestones and results and will therefore be consulted on a regular basis.

The SRP is managed by partner AGE Platform.

The first virtual meeting of SRP was held through the conference call on November 28th 2018

Presentation of the SRP Members:

Tanja Angleitner Sagadin

Tanja Angleitner Sagadin is based in Maribor, Slovenia. Her primary role is to deliver seminars and workshops in the areas of Sales, Leadership, Negotiation and Soft skills. Tanja has a Phd in English and Cultural Anthropology from Karl Franzens University in Graz (Austria) and a post-graduate specialisation degree in Management from the University of Primorska (Slovenia).

Tanja has worked for several training organisations in Europe since 2002 as a trainer, coach and course developer. She has successfully delivered several dozens of trainings in the Balkan region, Italy, Central Europe and Scandinavia. Her experience include working with the following industries: hospitality, finance & insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, automotive, consumer goods, luxury goods and industrial process solutions. Her sector competence in healthcare and social gerontology (project consultancy, mentor to diploma theses, lecturer in the social gerontology and health programmes) will be of particular value for the MATUROLIFE Stakeholder Representative Panel.


Laura Christ

Laura Christ (MA) is a Social Gerontologist. For many years her work has been focussed on bridging the gap between social gerontology, research and policy, care and social services through exchange of knowledge and good practices in seminars, working groups and expert-meetings. From 1994 -1998 she was director of the Dutch Expertise Centre on Age Discrimination (LBL) and became head of the Knowledge Center on Ageing/NIZW (Netherlands’ Institute for Care and Welfare) in 2001 until 2006. Laura Christ is board member (treasurer) of OVN-NL – Older Women Network Netherlands (a non-profit foundation), which is a full member of AGE Platform Europe. Since 2010 Laura Christ has been involved in several AGE Platform Europe Taskforces, e.g. concerning the issues: Human Rights/ Age-discrimination, Active Citizenship and Participation, Demographic change/Age-Friendly Environments.

For many years Laura Christ participated in EU research projects and partnerships. On behalf of OVN-NL she has been project manager of the Erasmus+ projects: Active 80+: valuing and valorising the knowledge and skills of people 80+ (2014-2016) and Mobility Scouts: Engaging older people in creating an age-friendly environments (2016-2018). Currently she participates in the Erasmus +project invisible talents, encouraging and recognising the contributions of people 80+ (2018-2020), which builds on the results of the Active 80+ project.


Frank Goodwin

Frank Goodwin – As a social worker I worked in the psychiatric services for six years and subsequently with Dublin City Council and retired in 2004. In addition, I worked and continue to work in a voluntary capacity. I was founder member, in 1987, of The Carers Association Ireland and served on the board for about 20 years. It is a national Voluntary Non-Profit Association representing the interests of informal / family carers. I am a member of Eurocarers and was on the board for five years. I presently serve on a number of committees. Eurocarers is a non-profit umbrella organisation, based in Brussels with a membership of over 60 organisations representing the interests of carers, with strong membership from third level education and research institutions.


Gülay Hasdoğan

Gülay Hasdoğan received her Bachelor of Industrial Design (1985) and MSc. in Building Science (1988) Degrees from Middle East Technical University (METU), and her Ph.D. (1993) from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London. She is founding member of Industrial Designers Society of Turkey (ETMK) and she served as the President between 1996-98, and 2006-2010, and Chairperson of Department of Industrial Design (1998-2004) at METU.

In 2008 and 2010, as an Executive Committee Member of Design Turkey Industrial Design Awards for which ETMK is a partner institution, she coordinated the development of the award scheme and the evaluation process. She is currently Head of the Department of Industrial Design at METU and head of Industrial Designers’ Commission at UCTEA Chamber of Architects.


Loredana Ligabue

During her career, Loredana Ligabue has been Director of CITER (Emilia Romagna Textile Information Center), Responsible for several social innovation and technology transfer projects, Member of Board of ENEA (National Agency of Reserch), President of the Research Consortium “Sapere in rete” and of the social cooperatives Sofia and Anziani e non solo (ANS).

Moreover, she worked as consultant for national and international organizations as UNIDO, OCSE… Graduated in Political Science at the University of Bologna, She is an expert in local development, textile and clothing industry, social economy and welfare assistance.


Avril McCarthy

Dr. Avril McCarthy leads the innovation team within one of the largest Clinical Engineering departments within the UK National Health Service. A clinical scientist with a broad background across a number of clinical areas, she specializes in the development of medical technologies to support people living with long term conditions, particularly those that impact an individual’s independence.  She is a the MedTech Theme lead for the NIHR Devices for Dignity MedTech Co-operative, having been one of its founders in 2008, and is an active member of the Medical Technologies Advisory Committee of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).


Voahirana Rakotoson

Voahirana Rakotoson has an academic background in chemistry and has been the Editor in Chief of Infopro Digital since 2008. Infopro Digital is a leading information and professional services group with 2,000 employees and 300 million EUR in turnover. They cover several key areas of the economy: construction, automotive, industry, insurance and finance, distribution, tourism and local communities.

Their products (software, databases, web services, trade shows, conferences, press) allow customers to increase their turnover and improve their productivity.


Catherine Marcadier-Saflix

Catherine Marcadier-Saflix is the creator of En Mode Création(s), a consulting agency with the mission to convince the fashion world to give the importance they deserve to consumers over fifty-five years old.

Catherine Marcadier-Saflix has been interested in the fashion and luxury sector for a very long time. As economist and futurist at the University of Paris-Dauphine, she has devoted her final theses to this subject.

Before founding En Mode Création(s), she devoted a large part of her career to the socio-economic evaluation of public policies. As a scientific advisor at the General Planning Commission, she worked on a prospective report on institutions housing dependent older people. It was at that time that she began to integrate the full social and economic dimension of ageing.

Catherine Marcadier-Saflix then worked in the Office of the Minister of Health and Solidarity as an advisor and head of the Disability Unit responsible for implementing the disability law adopted in 2005. She continued her career at the Office of the Minister of Labour and Solidarity dealing with transversal issues related to disability and dependency.

Spending time abroad in Italy and Greece, she was the social politics advisor at the French Embassy in Rome and then in Athens, and developed a personal project around fashion and lifestyle.

From 2015 to 2017 Catherine Marcadier-Saflix was the general manager of France Silver Eco, the structure in charge of coordinating the emerging Silver economy sector. Motivated by the socio-economic challenges of society’s adaptation to ageing, she sees a big opportunity using fashion to talk about ageing in a different way.


Andrea Maragno

Andrea Maragno is the owner of JoeVelluto (JVLT), a design and communication studio located in Vicenza, Italy. In 2002 it entered the competition “Opos Under 35” with “RosAria,” disposable rosary beads made from bubblewrap, the studio’s first official project which soon became part of a number of permanent design collections both in Italy and abroad.

The following is a list of the studio’s most significant events: in 2006, together with C. Morozzi, it launched the communications project “Nazionale Italiana Design” alongside a new brand called “CoincasaDesign”, curated by JoeVelluto(JVLT), received a honour mention from international jury of XXII Compasso d’Oro ADI Prize; since 2006 it has worked on projects for display design and installations for Pitti Immagine; in 2011 Solo exhibition “funcooldesign” curated by Oliviero Toscani, Triennale Design Museum, Milan.

Andrea currently does consulting as well as artistic coordination for several firms and since 2015 is the director of studies of Scuola Italiana Design, a brand of Science and Technology Park of Padova.


Sebastian Renga

Sebastian Renga was graduated from Scuola Italiana Design with Honorable Mention as “Student of the Year”. During the last year of studies he began his professional career collaborate with at S.I.Design Studio in Padova that his specialized in contract forniture. After graduation He left Padova and joined the Emo Design team. 

Here he began working, designing the first products. After this first experience he decide to move to Stefano Giovannoni Studio in Milan. Here he worked as product designer, designing for international brands. To enhance his personal goals he decided to join the team of Roberto Palomba at Palomba Serafini Associati. Here he worked as product designer, designing for clients such as Poltrona Frau, Ideal Standard, Foscarini, Alias and many more. 2019 Collaborates with JoeVelluto Studio and teach at the Scuola Italiana Design. He believes aesthetics should be a consequence of a deep understanding of the society and function, it should not only relate to a personal taste