SENG Europe Board & Staff

This is the first SENG Europe board, with a great diversity of knowledge and cultural background. We are aiming to represent Europe as it is: full of colour, different ways of life and visions that add to each other. Do you want to contribute? We would love to hear from you at info @ sengifted.eu.

Dr. Raphaela Carrière

Dr. Raphaela Carrière

President

Dr. Raphaela M. Carrière is a psychologist in private practice providing support for gifted children, adolescents and adults in the international community of the Greater Geneva Area, in Switzerland. She also does consultancy work with schools in support of the needs of gifted children. Raphaela obtained her BA in International Relations and Psychology (double major) from Webster University Leiden and holds an MSc in Psychology (cum Laude) from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. Subsequently, she earned her PhD from the Department of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Raphaela spent the first 15 years of her career primarily working as a scientific researcher at various Dutch universities and has considerable experience serving on the boards of various NGOs in The Netherlands. In 2007, she founded Optimal Learning Consultancies in The Netherlands where she specialized in (exceptional) giftedness and education for (exceptionally) gifted children, tailored curriculum development, coaching in developmental trajectories for both children and adults. She has extensive experience working with and advocating for gifted children and their families. She has also been involved in, and conducted research for, parent groups around issues of rights for vulnerable children, most with learning issues and/or school trauma.

Herself the mother of three exceptionally gifted children, Raphaela is keenly aware of the issues and challenges faced by children and their families, often pronounced and exacerbated in the context of school.

Sarah Smaïl

Sarah Smaïl

Secretary

Sarah is a journalist and educator based in Paris, France. Having lived in both Algeria and France as kid, she experienced the challenges of growing up “different” between different cultures and social contexts. She started working in education nearly 20 years ago in such diverse contexts, with a focus on gifted teenagers. As a journalist, she often covers education and social issues. She has also been working at organizing international education conferences. Having found out about giftedness about ten years ago, she instantly felt that she had to contribute, do something to bring the gifted population the understanding and support it should have. She therefore set up a structure in Paris to support gifted children and adults through the challenges that come with not being a “normie”. She is thrilled to be part of SENG Europe and hopes with the SENG Europe team to create opportunities for support, networking and learning as efficiently and brilliantly as SENG has in the US.
Nurseli Tamer

Nurseli Tamer

Treasurer

Nurseli Tamer graduated from University of Istanbul, majoring in Economics and Business Administration. Started her career at American Express Bank Istanbul and worked in several local banks. After her daughter was born in 1998, she had a change in career path and considers herself as promoted to be a mother. She started online education which included various gifted education including SENG seminars, certification. She Mastered on Management of Education from Bahcesehir University in 2014. She has several articles on cyberbullying and delivers seminars/speeches. She believes in life long learning and sharing the same. For over a decade she voluntarily works with Moms of gifted as well as of cyberbullying prevention.  Her motto is, “Educate Moms educate the future”. She is interested  in order to give back to society/community.

Femke Hovinga

Femke Hovinga

Executive Director

Femke Hovinga MSc is a gifted specialist from The Netherlands and the executive director for SENG Europe. Femke’s resume is typical for a gifted adult with a very broad interest. She studied journalism, marketing management, gemmology and gifted education and worked in all these fields. Her drive to work in the gifted field comes from her own struggles as a child, where there was no lack of potential but a real struggle to fulfill it.

When Femke met SENG founder dr. James Webb at a conference in the US, they started talking about expanding the American organization to Europe. In July of 2018, SENG Europe was officially there. Femke is very enthusiastic and thankful for being part of the SENG family, in order to support the emotional needs of the gifted all around the world.

Besides working on SENG, Femke spends her time at her community for highly and profoundly gifted people, Talentissimo, and a recruitment firm for gifted adults who think outside the box (InterIQ). Femke lives in the village of Zeist with her husband Pieter. In her spare time, she goes out to treasure hunt at auctions and markets. She also enjoys sailing on her boat ‘Orca’.