Oleg Burlachuk was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 1979. Between 1996 and 2001 he studied Psychology at Kyiv Shevchenko University and receives his Master’s degree. After this he studied Cognitive behavioral therapy at the Ukraine CBT institute. In 2007 he joined Giunti Psychometrics as the manager of their Ukraine branch.
In 2013, Oleg and his colleagues created the All-Ukrainian Psycholognostics Association which soon became a member of ITC. This professional association is developing and focuses on improving the quality of tests in used in Ukraine. Together with his colleagues, Oleg founded the National Psychological Association of Ukraine, which is an umbrella for the country’s other professional associations of psychologists. In 2017, the National Psychological Association joined the European Federation of Psychological Associations. Oleg and his colleagues are actively involved in the reform of public services in Ukraine: the police, the judicial system, anti-corruption bodies and others. The last major project he was involved in was participation in the creation of a network of inclusive care centers throughout Ukraine (500+ centers), providing them with modern test equipment, training and certification.
Ian Florance – Executive Director ETPG
Ian was a founder member of ETPG when working for the major UK test publisher NFER-NELSON. He became secretary of the group in 2002. After a time in general publishing he spent two decades publishing psychometric tests, books and journals, and running training and consultancy clinical, educational and business markets.
Ian studied at Leeds and Reading Universities and following his publishing career, set up his own business, Only Connect, in 2002. In addition to his work for the ETPG he provides marketing, consultancy and authorship to test developers and publishers. He has written interviews with many psychologists over nearly 20 years: they appear in The Psychologist, the British Psychological Society (BPS) journal. Ian qualified as a business coach with the prestigious firm Meyler Campbell. He served as an observer on the Standing Committee of Test Standards of the BPS and is presently an observer on the Board of Assessment of EFPA.
Ian was visiting lecturer in Context Projects for final year Advertising Graphic Design students at Central St Martins College of Art and Design. He is a published novelist, poet and librettist and is presently co-editing and contributing chapters to two books on Coaching and Coaching Psychology.
Simon Nak – ETPG President Elect
Simon Nak was born and raised in Haarlem, the Netherlands, in 1984 and moved to Amsterdam in 2004 to study Psychology. After studying Clinical Psychology in Brighton (UK) for 6 months, Simon earned his Master’s degree in Clinical neuropsychology in 2010. Shortly after that he joined the firm of Hogrefe Uitgevers.
Discovering publishing, marketing and project management along the way, Simon grew from publishing assistant, to project manager and finally to publishing manager in 2016. In this role he focuses on publishing original Dutch tests as well as adaptations from other languages, mainly for mental health and educational purposes.
Because of his increasingly international focus and interest, Simon has become a regular participant of the ETPG meetings and was elected President for the 2020-2021 year of operations. He will host the ETPG’s annual conference in Amsterdam in 2021.
Simon lives in the North of Amsterdam with his girlfriend and daughter.
Dr. Jürgen Hogrefe – Treasurer ETPG
Born in 1960 in Göttingen, Germany. After graduating from high school, one year internship at the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC.
In 1985 he obtained a doctorate in psychology from the University of Salzburg, Austria and started working at Hans Huber Verlag Bern, now Hogrefe Verlag Bern, since 1990 as the CEO. In 1994 he followed his father as Publisher and CEO of the Hogrefe Publishing Group.
Dr. G.-Jürgen Hogrefe was one of the founders of the European Test Publishers Group (ETPG) in 1991. In 1994 he was elected to the Board of the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), the world’s leading association of academic and professional publishers. Since 2007 he has been the Chairman of the Committee for Copyright of the Börsenverein, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. In 2015 he was elected as a member of the Publishers Committee of the same association.
Dusica Boben – ETPG Past President 2018-2019
Dusica Boben is Managing Director of the independent company Center za psihodiagnosticna sredstva (Centre for psycho-diagnostic instruments). She was born in Celje, Slovenia, in 1959. Between 1977 and 1982 she studied mathematics at the University of Ljubljana then worked as a secondary school professor for two years, before starting a career in psychology.
She received a University Diploma in Psychology (MA) in 1989 when she also joined Center za psihodiagnosticna sredstva, which was then part of a consultancy firm.
Since 1996, Center za psihodignosticna sredstva has been a member of International Test Commission (ITC), and Dusica participated in the development of ITC’s International Guidelines for Test Use. She has been actively involved in the Slovenian Psychologists’ Association, especially with the Commission on Psychodiagnostic Instruments (she was President of the commission from 2004-2008) and the Commission on Ethical Issues. Dusica has been Slovenian representative on the Board of Assessment at European Federation of Psychologists Associations from its establishment in 1995 as a task force.
In her career Dusica has led numerous projects to adapt well-known foreign tests into the Slovenian language and trained prospective users of these titles. She is an experienced assessor in the areas of selection and talent development, as well as in the identification of gifted and talented students. For ten years, she was a member of the Expert Group for Gifted Students at the National Education Institute of the Republic of Slovenia.