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The European voice for informal carers

Christine Marking is a Dutch clinical psychologist, with a specialisation in psycho-gerontology and social gerontology.  She has worked previously as a psychologist in a nursing home setting in Amsterdam, where she was mainly involved with assessment and treatment aspects of psycho-geriatric patients as well as managing support groups for carers and relatives.

After moving to Brussels in 1988 she became Marketing Manager with Market Research Intelligence Company, performing market research in the area of pharmaceuticals, and from there moved to the European Commission. There she worked as a consultant with the ageing unit of Directorate General V (Health and Social Affairs) of the European Commission, where she was responsible for the creation of two European wide networks of innovative grass roots projects, project assessment and preparation of the 1993 European Year of Older People.

After two years, she joined Eurolink Age, a European-wide network of older people’s advocacy organisations, representing the interests of older people at EU policy level, and responsible for the co-operation with a number of social and health advocacy groups and became its Director in 1997.

As one of the initiators and driving forces behind the creation of AGE – the European Older People’s Platform, she was appointed its first Director when AGE started its activities in January 2001.

In September 2002 she joined Weber Shandwick|Adamson as Director of the Pharmaceuticals and Health Care Practice.

Since September 2003, Christine runs Marking Public Affairs sprl in Brussels, which advises on a variety of EU health and social policy related projects and issues.

She is a native Dutch speaker, with fluent English and French, and conversational German and Italian.

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