Tineke van Pietersom is founder and Executive Director of the Antares Foundation. She obtained a Masters in Health Management, Planning and Policy and has a background in law and education. She has held management positions within international NGOs, such as MSF-Holland for more than a decade, working in the field and in headquarters as project manager and operational director. She has set up management trainings for field directors and was responsible for coaching field managers. She worked as an independent consultant, in the field of management and humanitarian aid, carrying out assessments and project evaluations.
Since 1999 she is full time involved in the Antares Foundation. She is responsible for operational management and organizational development. She plays a major role in the design of psycho social support and stress management programs worldwide, and is responsible for the overseas projects. In addition, she frequently conducts field assessments, monitoring missions, project and training evaluations and management trainings for international and national NGOs. She has designed various staff support programs for international and national NGOs in Eastern Europe, Africa, Middle East and Former Soviet Republics.
Despina Constandinides is the Psychosocial Support Consultant, Red Cross Red Crescent, MENA. She represents a psychosocial consortium of Danish Red Cross and Italian Red Cross working with Lebanon Red Cross and Jordan and Iraqi Red Crescent. She holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology in Ball State University. She has experience in working with displaced and traumatised populations living in the occupied Palestinian State, refugees from Iraq and Syria. Her work involves training and supervision of staff and volunteers in the MENA region as well as supporting the Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies to develop psychosocial support interventions in response to the Syria crisis.
Winnifred Simon is Director of the Antares Foundation. Her educational background includes studies in Linguistics and Philosophy as well as Semantics, Socio Linguistics and Psycho Linguistics, followed by Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam. She received extensive additional postgraduate training in Psychotherapy and Counseling Studies at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Within the Antares Foundation she is responsible for research and development of the psychosocial support programs. She leads an international team of psychologists and psychiatrists conducting stress management workshops in the field, giving psychological support to teams and individuals after critical incidents and supporting management of NGOs in development of psychosocial systems for their staff. She is responsible for the organization of major conferences on Stress and the Humanitarian Aid Workers, held in Amsterdam in cooperation with CDC. Currently, Dr. Simon is coordinating various international working groups on research, methods and techniques, and minimum standards of psychosocial care for humanitarian staff.
Dr. Simon has extensive working experience within humanitarian organizations, both in the field and at headquarters level. Within MSF-Holland she was responsible for the development and management of the psychosocial care and trauma prevention unit for ten years. During these years she was responsible and actively involved in crisis intervention in field situations, teaching and training field managers in stress management support after major evacuations and during ongoing stressful situations. She has conducted numerous consultancies for Antares on mental health programs and implemented staff support programs all over the world.