ENPP Executive Board

Dóra Guðmundsdóttir, Iceland/President.

Dora Gudmundsdottir is Director of Determinants of Health and Wellbeing at the Directorate of Health in Iceland. She is a governmental expert on mental health and National Focal point for Iceland in the EU Health Programme. Dora is trained clinical and organisational psychologist and holds a PhD in epidemiology of wellbeing.

Hans Henrik Knoop, Denmark ⁄ Past President.

Hans Henrik Knoop is Associate Professor with distinction at Aarhus University, Denmark, and Extraordinary Professor at Optentia Research Programme, North-West University, SA. He was President of ENPP from 2010-2014 and Chair of the 5th European Conference on Positive Psychology, Copenhagen 2010. His work is focused on flourishing through learning and creativity in education and professional work. Currently his main research focus is well-being in education based on data involving around 500.000 Danish pupils.

Marta Bassi, Italy.

Marta Bassi is assistant professor in general psychology at the University of Milano, Italy. Her research interests primarily focus on optimal experience and its role in psychological selection. She has conducted research concerning individuals’ quality of experience in areas such as education, leisure and health.

Ilona Boniwell, France.

Dr Ilona Boniwell is one of the European leaders in positive psychology, having founded and headed the first Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) in Europe at the University of East London. Nowadays, she heads the International MSc in Applied Positive Psychology (I-MAPP) at Anglia Ruskin University (that includes a dedicated positive psychology coaching pathway), teaches Positive Management at l’Ecole Centrale Paris and HEC, and consults around the world as a director of Positran and ScholaVie. Her main teaching expertise lies in the areas of positive psychology and positive psychology coaching, with research interests around: subjective time use, time perspective, eudaimonic well-being and applications of positive psychology to business, executive coaching and education.

Itai Ivtzan, United Kingdom.

Dr. Ivtzan is a positive psychologist, a senior lecturer, and the program leader of MAPP (Masters in Applied Positive Psychology) at the University of East London (UEL). He is also an honorary senior research associate at University College London (UCL). He published many books, journal papers, and book chapters and his main areas of research are spirituality, mindfulness, meaning, and self-actualisation.

Tamás Martos, Hungary.

Tamas Martos, Ph.D., works as an associate professor in personality and health psychology at the University of Szeged, Hungary. His research and teaching covers themes of psychological well-being, personal goals and relationship functioning in close relationships. He has a special interest in social ecological aspects of optimal human functioning.

Svala Sigurðardóttir, Denmark.

Svala Sigurdardottir is ENPP’s executive secretary since 2015. She is a medical doctor with a diploma in positive psychology from the University of Iceland, currently specialising as a family physician in Aarhus, Denmark. Her main interests in the field of positive psychology are positive interventions and Mindfulness and she has been looking at ways to apply positive psychology in general practice . She is currently organising a study in Iceland where the effects of Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) for patients with mild to moderate depression or anxiety will be studied.

Lisa Vivoll Straume, Norway.

Lisa holds a PhD degree in positive psychology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, specializing in organizational psychology, cognitive and emotion psychology, and statistical research of experience qualities. She has worked at the interface of research and practice since 2002. She is the founder and academic director of MIND:, a company that provides leadership trainings, coaching and mental training both in 1-1 settings and in groups, as well as dissemination on stage and in the media.

Hein Zegers, Belgium.

Hein Zegers has been researching and teaching about well-being for more than 20 years, doing multilingual field work in more than 100 countries. Hein Zegers has a M.Sc. in Psychology (specialization: positive psychology) and a M.A. in Languages (specialization: science communication). His research is on simplifying, well-being and meaning.