Intersteno Board – 2017-2022

Rian Schwarz-van Poppel

Rian Schwarz-van Poppel – President (NL)

Employment History

  • 1980- 2000 Verbatim reporter and minutes maker Parliamentary Reporting Office of the Dutch Parliament (House of Representatives and Senate)
  • from 2000 Team coordinator (executive job) and from 2004 Deputy head Parliamentary Reporting Office
  • from 2011 Head of the Dutch Parliamentary Reporting Office

History within Intersteno

Rian participated in the congress in Prague (2007) for the first time. During the congress in Beijing (2009) she has been elected as a board member (for coordination IPRS) and in Gent (2011) Rian also became vice president of Intersteno. During the congress in Berlin (2017) she has been elected as president of Intersteno.

Russell Page (USA) – Vice President

Russell Page

Born on February 25, 1954, Russell Page is the president/owner of Derenberger & Page Reporting in Washington, D.C.  He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where he majored in English but also studied French at Universite de Rouen, France in his third year.   He completed a program in stenotype reporting in 1978 in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he worked for one year before returning to Washington, D.C. in 1979.

He helped to establish the Greater Washington Shorthand Reporters Association in 1985 and served in various board positions until he became president in 1995.  He was chief examiner for NCRA in Washington for five years before serving on different NCRA committees dealing with certification of reporters.  He is currently co-chair of NCRA’s Test Advisory Committee.

Russell attended the Paris and Ghent Intersteno Congresses as a volunteer to help with the realtime competitions.  He became a member of Intersteno’s board and U.S. representative in 2015 in Budapest.

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Danny DevriendtDanny Devriendt – Secretary Treasurer (B)

Danny Devriendt is in daily life head of the ICT and informatics teacher training section at the Artevelde University College Ghent (Belgium) [] and president of the Academie voor Bureauwetenschappen [], an organization that groups about 300 teachers in ICT, especially word processing. He’s author of a lot of school books in word processing and webdesign [] and ICT-teacher in a commercial school in Brugge []. Since 1977 he participates on regular base at INTERSTENO-congresses, was secretary-general (2001-2003) and is since 2003, according to the new constitution, secretary-treasurer of Intersteno. He was again nominated Secretary Treasurer by the Assembly in Vienna 2005, Prague 2007 , Beijing 2009, Paris 2011. From then, he was also coordinator of the organization committee of the 49th INTERSTENO congress very successfully held in Ghent (Belgium) 2013.

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Georgette SanteGeorgette Sante – Jury President (B)

After some years as a multilingual secretary, Georgette Sante became a teacher for the Belgian French Community (Official secondary teaching in South Belgium). As a member of the APSB (Teachers’ Association for Office and Secretariat), she has taken part in the organization of championships for students; one of them was held in her school (Esneux in 1989). Being interested in computers, she rapidly introduced her students to Wordprocessing (instead of only typewriting) rather than waiting for the official school programs to incorporate itc into the official programs. In 1990, with some other APSB-teachers, she organized the first contest of word processing. In 1991, she joins the Intersteno Belgium team and takes part in the organization of the 39e Intersteno congress. In 1999, she represents Belgium at the Intersteno Central Committee in Vienna. Since this period, according to the linguistic agreements for Belgium, she is the Belgian official delegate, alternatively with a Dutch-speaking delegate; however, during the years “without mandate”, she takes part in the activities of the association, attends congresses and committee meetings. According to the new structure of Intersteno Jury, she becomes, in September 2006, coordinator of the Professional Wordprocessing championship and in July 2007 was named Jury President at the Congress in Prague. Thanks to her successful work, she was again confirmed in this Chair by the Beijing, Paris and Ghent Councils.

Carlo EugeniCarlo Eugeni (I) – Chairman of the Scientific Committee

Carlo Eugeni graduated in Conference Interpreting and Translation at the SSLMIT of the University of Bologna. He is Philosophy Doctor in English for Special Purposes with a thesis on live subtitling by means of speech recognition technology. As a freelancer he works as a technical translator and a conference interpreter. As a subtitler he produces pre-recorded subtitles for RAI teletext and live subtitles for several associations in defence of deaf people. As a freelance trainer he prepares university students and professionals alike to the use of speech recognition technology both in the field of subtitling for the deaf and the hard-of-hearing and of reporting. As a freelance lecturer, he has been teaching Conference Interpreting, Translation, Multimedia Translation, and French for Special Purposes since 2005 for the Universities of Macerata, Perugia, Parma and Roma Tre. As a freelance researcher he has collaborated to several international (Voice, DTV4All, EU-Bridge, SAVAS) and national (Subtitle, SALES, Lectio Subtitulis, SCRIBE) projects and studies on audiovisual translation and accessibility. He has extensively published in English, French and Italian on respeaking and on related aspects (mainly professional and didactic). He is the organiser of the international seminar on real-time intralingual subtitling, a member of the Italian Academy on Multimedia Writing and Communication and the HR manager of the International Association on Respeaking onA.I.R.

Emrah Kuyumcu – Vice President (TR)

Emrah KuyumcuEmrah Kuyumcu, born in 1986, graduated in Geological Engineering at Istanbul University and then Business Administration (BS) at Anadolu University (2012). Served as Team Leader of Data Processing for several years in Trans Atlantic Petroleum Ltd (US), a leading oil company in Turkey, Earlier he served as educator for web and informatics in Şampiyon Computer Education Centre, a freelance webmaster and keyboarding reporter for various companies and as a trainee for data and word processing at Istanbul University.

He has been working in his own digital agency, Grafela in the business of web services and solutions in Turkey since 2008. His services include serving and consulting for websites, digital services, designing, teaching web and informatics. He is also working as founder of Canlı Deşifre Conference Reporting Services, which is the leading company in Turkey for conference reporting, real-time audio transcriptions and live-subtitling business. 

He has entered Intersteno competitions since 2003, being mainly placed in top four and is still actively competing in the Turkish National Group. He managed the evaluation of Turkish keyboarding methods for use in the multilingual internet contests of Intersteno-Turk. In addition, he created the official website of the Intersteno Turkish Group in 2005, prepared a new visual layout of website in 2009-2014 and has been actively serving as web and digital media officer in the Intersteno Federation.

Since 2013 he is working in the Board of the F-Keyboard and Information Processing Association in the Turkish National Group and in 2017 he became the President of the Association.

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Krystian Wawrzynek – Member – (PL)

Born in 1990, graduated Silesian University of Technology as an engineer. He also studied in Germany at Stuttgart Universität. In daily life he works as an electronics engineer.  Active member of Polish Association Interinfo Polska since foundation in 2004. In 2007 during first organized by Interinfo Polska Polish Championship he became a Polish champion in touch typing. The first Congress that he attended was in Prague in 2007, when Poland became the member of Intersteno. In 2008 he was part of an organizing committee for the Council Meeting in Tychy. Since Congress in Ghent 2013 he is not only the competitor, but also a coordinator of Polish national team and a Council member. In Berlin 2017 he has been elected as member of the Intersteno Board.

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Simon Sun HulminSimon Sun Hulmin – (China) – President of the Education Committee 孙惠民(中国)-教育委员会主席

Mr. Sun has dedicated himself to the stenography industry for decades and has established the largest stenography training school in China. Thousands of outstanding stenographers have graduated from the school that he established and many of them have won both national and international awards. Three such winners include Wang Lu, Wang Xiubo and Gao Siyu. He has led the research and development of many stenographic teaching methods throughout the past decade. These include the “Production-line” and “Five Elements” teaching methods, which are well known throughout China. Not content to rest on his laurels,Mr. Sun successfully launched a stenographer standardization training scheme called the Tower Type Teaching Model in 2010. This solution has become the single unified standard among Chinese stenography training centers and has been approved by the authority of the stenography industry, Mr. Tang Yawei and Mr. Tang Keliang . Mr. Tang Keliang has required that all stenography training centers implement this solution. In order to develop more stenographers, Mr. Sun tirelessly makes himself available to students and youth by giving free public lectures. Since 2003, Mr. Sun delivered more than 400 public lectures. Today his lectures have grown to average over a hundred attendees and overall more than 100 thousand people have learned about the magic of stenography from Mr. Sun’s personal efforts.  


(previously no Board was on duty)
Years President Vice President Secretary-Treasurer Coordinator Scientific Committee Jury President Coordinator IPRS Member Member
2017-2022 Rian Schwarz van Poppel Russell Page Danny Devriendt Carlo Eugeni Georgette Sante Rian Schwarz van Poppel Emrah Kuyumcu Krystian Wawrzynek
2015-2017 Fausto Ramondelli Rian Schwarz van Poppel Danny Devriendt Carlo Eugeni Georgette Sante Rian Schwarz van Poppel Russell Page Tang Keliang
2013-2015 Fausto Ramondelli Rian Schwarz van Poppel Danny Devriendt Carlo Eugeni Georgette Sante Rian Schwarz van Poppel James M. Cudahy Tang Keliang
2011-2013 Fausto Ramondelli Jaroslav Zaviacic Danny Devriendt Jean-Charles Le Masson Georgette Sante Rian Schwarz van Poppel Mark Golden  
2009- 2011 Gian Paolo Trivulzio Jaroslav Zaviacic Danny Devriendt Boris Neubauer Georgette Sante Rian Schwarz van Poppel Mark Golden  
2007-2009 Gian Paolo Trivulzio Jaroslav Zaviacic Danny Devriendt Boris Neubauer Georgette Sante Cees van Beurden Mark Golden  
2005-2007 Jaroslav Zaviacic Fausto Ramondelli Danny Devriendt Boris Neubauer Mauro Panzera Cees van Beurden  
2003-2005 Marlis Kulb Fausto Ramondelli Danny Devriendt Cees van Beurden Mauro Panzera    

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