About us

IDF Europe is an inclusive and multicultural umbrella organization of 72 national diabetes associations in 45 countries across the European region, representing people living with diabetes and healthcare professionals. Through our activities we aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, as well as promote the exchange of best practice and high-quality information about diabetes throughout the European region.

IDF Europe receives funding from a number of different sources and projects. The Guiding Principles for IDF Europe Partnership can be found here.

For our registered status as a non-profit organisation, please read our Articles of Association.

For more information about IDF Europe’s activities, download our Annual Financial Statement and Annual Report.

Our vision

Improve the lives of people with diabetes and those at risk.

Our mission

To be the voice of people living with diabetes and engage with them and all stakeholders in creating a person-centred diabetes ecosystem within an informed and health promoting environment.

Regional Council

The ultimate decision-maker in IDF Europe is the Regional Council which convenes all IDF Europe Members yearly. The Council reviews the Federation’s activities over the past year, discusses and adopts an operational plan for the following year, discusses and approves the budget; and every two years, elects its representatives in the Board of Management.

Each Country, represented by Members, has from 1 to 6 delegates, the same as for the IDF General Assembly.

For more information on IDF Europe’s Regional Council, contact us at [email protected]

IDF Europe Board

The IDF Europe Regional Board is elected every two years by the Regional Council.

The Regional Board is headed by the Regional Chair and Regional Chair-Elect. All Board Members are elected for a two-year mandate. The new IDF Europe Regional Board for the years 2023-2024 was elected on December 4, 2022 during the IDF Europe Regional Council in Lisbon.

The Board meets several times a year by teleconference and twice a year in person to review progress on agreed IDF Europe’s programmes and projects.

Advisors to the Board

Subject matter experts may be appointed as Advisors to support the IDF Europe Board on specific matters of strategic importance which may arise during the Board term.

Advisors to the Board may be appointed at any time during the Board term and, unless otherwise specified, they carry out their role/assignments until the end of the Board term.

Graduated in Medicine and specialized in Internal Medicine and in Endocrinology at the University of Perugia(I); NATO Fellow at the University of Newcastle UT (UK); member of national and international professional and non professional diabetes associations,

Former positions

Faculty of Medicine of the University of Perugia: teaching courses of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology; Chair of the Schools of Podology and of Nursing Sciences; member of the Academic Senate.

Chair of the Umbria Regional Diabetes Reference Centre.

Chair of IDF Europe (1997- 2003), IDF-Global Vice-president (2003-2009), Chairman of the IDF Science TF (2009-2012).

Founder of the Members of the European Parliament Diabetes Working Group.

Co-chair of the International ICHOM Working Group for Diabetes Standard Set. Member of the European Union Diabetes Forum (EUDF) Working Group on Data and Registries.

At present

Chair of the EUBIROD Network.

President of the HUB for International health ReSearch-HIRS.

Co-coordinator of the CHIEF (Collaborative Health Information Framework) of the EU Commission.

Senior Adviser to the IDF Europe Board

Main areas of research in diabetes

Pathophysiology; new drugs; advanced systems for insulin delivery; complications; pregnancy; metabolic monitoring; epidemiology, diabetes registries; ethics.


Professor Antonio Ceriello is a renowned diabetes researcher and consultant, with over 500 original papers and numerous book chapters to his credit. Professor Ceriello has served as a consultant for the National Institutes of Health in the United States, focusing on cardiovascular disease and type 1 diabetes. He has also held key positions within prominent organizations such as the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD).

As an editor, Professor Ceriello has contributed significantly to the field, serving as an associate editor for “Diabetes Care” and “Diabetic Medicine,” and currently as the editor-in-chief of “Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.” He has received numerous awards for his contributions, including the prestigious “Hellmut Mehnert Award” at the IDF 2017 Meeting.

Professor Ceriello’s expertise extends to the development of guidelines and recommendations, as he has been involved in various committees responsible for shaping guidelines related to diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and postmeal glucose management.


Mr. Chris J. Delicata, is actively involved in advocating for the Diabetes cause, both locally and internationally. His eldest son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1999 when he was just one year. This difficult episode in his life encouraged him to work wholeheartedly for diabetes.

From 2003 until 2015, Mr. Delicata was actively involved with the International Diabetes Federation serving as a board member (2003 to 2007); President / Regional Chair of the European Region of the International Diabetes Federation – IDF-Europe (2008-2012) and Vice President of the International Diabetes Federation (2013- 2015). During this period, he also served as a member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the External Relations committee which included relations with potential sponsors and corporate partners.

Mr. Delicata was also a founding member of the European Coalition for Diabetes and served as Chairman from 2009 to 2012. In 2019 he was appointed as a trustee of the Alliance for European Diabetes Research (EURADIA) having previously served a three-year period as Honorary Auditor. In 2020 he was appointed as a trustee of the Foundation for European Nurses in Diabetes (FEND) and still serves as a trustee. He has also been Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Diabetes Global Network (PDGN) since 2015.

On a local level, Mr. Delicata has been actively involved in the Maltese Diabetes Association since 2001 and is currently President of the Association.

In 2011, he was awarded the CIVI Europaeo Praemium – European Citizens Prize by the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek in recognition of his work to further promote the Diabetes cause in Europe. In 2017 he was given recognition by his hometown St. Julians in Malta with Gieh San Giljan which honours local citizens who have distinguished themselves in their community.

Mr. Delicata is an Insurance Practitioner by profession and is currently employed as a Senior Manager with one of the leading insurance companies in Malta.

Bastian Hauck is a professional sailor, author, entrepreneur – and type 1 diabetic. He is a member of the board of diabetesDE – German Diabetes-Aid, and founder of the #dedoc° Diabetes Online Community. The platform provides day-to-day, peer-to-peer motivational support for people with diabetes, with a strong focus on everyday life issues relevant to everyone living with a chronic condition like diabetes 24/7.

As a public speaker and diabetes advocate, Bastian promotes taking the patient’s voice seriously. The #dedoc° Diabetes Online Community translates the idea of traditional peer-to-peer support in chronic diseases such as diabetes to the online world, using social media and blogs to create strong, authentic, and self-sustaining patient communities.

Bastian holds a B.A. in Business and Economics (Private University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany, 2001), an M.A. in Middle East Studies (American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2004), and was a scholar with the Postgraduate Program in International Affairs (Federal Foreign Office, German Academic Scholarship Foundation, Robert Bosch Foundation, 2004-2005). He worked for the German Federal Foreign Office (Berlin, 2004), the OECD (Paris, 2005), the United Nations (New York, 2005), and the German Council on Foreign Relations (Berlin, 2005-2008), then quit and took a three-year sabbatical at sea to sail around the world. His book and movie continue to motivate sailors and people with diabetes to follow their dreams.

Bastian lives and works in Berlin and Schleswig, where he runs a small shipyard. He also works as a consultant on patient-centered communication, blogger relations, and mental health solutions. At diabetesDE -German Diabetes Aid, he focuses on awareness campaigns and patient engagement.

Cajsa Lindberg is a global health advocate, advisor, public speaker and moderator who works with organizations such as IDF Europe, WHO, OECD, EU Diabetes Forum, Novo Nordisk and Roche.

Cajsa has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 13 and is also a brain cancer survivor living with multiple cancer-related complications and comorbidities. She uses her experiences to advocate for equitable access to medicines and healthcare, and ensuring increased patient involvement in decision-making foras.

She has served as president of various diabetes-related organizations including the Swedish Diabetes Association, the Swedish Diabetes Research Foundation, Ung Diabetes, and the IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes program.

When she’s not engaged in advocacy work, Cajsa works at the Swedish Trade and Invest Council as a senior consultant responsible for healthcare and life science in the Nordics.