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ESC Administrative Centres

Located in Sophia Antipolis, France, and Brussels, Belgium 

The European Society of Cardiology has two administrative centres.

  • The European Heart House in Sophia Antipolis, France, is the ESC's administrative headquarters, serving as a centre for educational courses, ESC meetings and other gatherings.
  • The Brussels Office is the hub in Belgium supporting activities related to advocacy and EU policy. It also hosts meetings and networking events for healthcare stakeholders.

European Heart House

societe.jpgThe European Heart House (EHH) is located in the beautiful technology park of Sophia Antipolis, within the borders of the commune of Biot, in the south of France between Nice and Cannes. The EHH also offers the best in terms of conference facilities.

The European Heart House
Les Templiers
2035 route des colles
CS 80179 Biot
06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 94 76 00 

Arriving by car? Here's how to find us:

Exit the A8 autoroute at Antibes, exit 44
Follow the road signs to Biot
At the fourth roundabout, take a U-turn around the roundabout and go back up the hill to the European Heart House, the first building on your right-hand side.

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Brussels Office 

brussels-office.jpgThe European Society of Cardiology opened its Brussels office in February 2013, close to the European Parliament complex.

The ESC engages in constant dialogue with EU and national policymakers, as well as European multi-stakeholder advocacy groups, to make cardiovascular health a public health priority with relevant action and funding support.

The Brussels office can accommodate board meetings, scientific events and webinars, among other needs. 

Brussels Office 

European Society of Cardiology
34 Rue de la Loi
6th Floor
B-1040 Brussels

Phone: +32 (0)2 274 10 70



ESC Executive Management Team

The ESC employs staff to support its professional volunteers in the development, production and management of these activities. This staff is managed by a chief executive officer who reports to the president and management group of the ESC Board.

Chief Executive Officer

Jean-François Riffaud, France

Executive Management Team

Ghislain Daval – Chief Operating Officer

  • Corinne Cristin – Human Resources Director
  • Robert Herman – Media Production Associate Director
  • Nata Nambatingue – Congress & Event Director
  • Laure-Emmanuelle Peyret - Projects & Systems Associate Director 
  • Olivia Seward - Communications Associate Director

Aoife Delmas – Chief Development Officer

  • James Kennedy - Public Affairs Director
  • Steve Lang - Strategy & Audiences Associate Director
  • Malek Lebsir - Strategy & Partnership Associate Director

Nathalie Lefebvre – Chief Financial Officer

Valentina Tursini – Chief Scientific Officer

  • Aline Abravanel, Epidemiology and Data Science Director
  • Abigail Rickard, Education and Congress Programmes Director

Gender Equality Index

The “Gender Equality Index” (“Index de l’Egalité professionnelle” in French) is an initiative of the French Government aiming at measuring gender equality and improving transparency.

All companies with +50 employees must calculate their score out of 100 points through 4 indicators.

On 28/02/2024, the ESC publishes its Gender Equality Index, for the calendar year 2023: 93/100 points 


  • Gender pay gap, for comparable jobs and age groups: 38 points / 40
  • Pay rises awarded to women in comparison with men, whether they come with promotions or are personal raises:  35 points / 35
  • Percentage of female employees given a pay rise on returning from maternity leave: 15 points / 15
  • Number of women and men in the top ten pay grades: 5 points / 10