SENG Europe Board & Staff

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.

Joke de Witt

Joke de Witt

Executive Director

Joke de Witt, B.Ed, is a part-time primary school teacher at a unique democratic/sociocratic school in the Netherlands. She is a Dutch national, previously Head of the Information- and Advice Department of De Baak, a reputable management training institute and before that, a finance officer and adivser at a Dutch bank. She also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector primarily in the field of giftedness, Joke has been an active member of Mensa in the Netherlands for almost 20 years and has an extensive network, working with many different foundations for the good of the gifted community. Joke co-organizes gatherings for parents of gifted children geared at informing them of their legal position regarding education. To this end, she is also closely involved in supporting parents find their way through the maze of regulations whilst keeping the best interest of gifted children on the foreground (not an easy task). Further, she co-organised a pilot school for gifted children who were no longer able to attend regular schools, many of whom due to their emotional needs and high sensitivities. For this, she and her colleagues were nominated for the Mensa Award 2018. Joke also publishes in national forums about her work with parents of gifted kids.

Joke looks forward to expanding SENG’s scope across Europe; speaking four European languages will serve her well in the forging bonds with new European partners and working with international volunteers. Herself the gifted mother of an exceptionally gifted teenage son, she has first hand experience with the struggles that the gifted face in society, thereby recognising the necessity to support their emotional needs.

Femke Hovinga

Femke Hovinga

Former Executive Director

Femke Hovinga MSc is a gifted specialist from The Netherlands. A founder of SENG Europe and it’s first Executive Director Femke continues to support the mission of SENG in a less formal capacity.