Ioannis N. Dimitrakopoulos is a social scientist, educated in the UK. From 1984, he taught at the University of Ioannina and Athens College, and conducted or coordinated national and transnational EU funded research projects on a range of human rights issues, for example discrimination, racism, antisemitism, Roma, rights of the child, etc. He is the author of a textbook on Greek legal and political institutions and several articles. He started working for the Agency in 2003 (when it was still the EUMC) and since then has been responsible for many of its major reports.
Joanna Goodey's areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: victims of crime; hate crime; trafficking in human beings; quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, including surveys.From the mid-1990s she held lectureships in criminology and criminal justice, first in the Law Faculty at the University of Sheffield and subsequently at the University of Leeds. She was a research fellow for two years at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and has been a consultant to the UN International Narcotics Control Board. She was also a regular study fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg.
She studied criminology, as well as human geography, and is the author of the academic textbook ‘Victims and Victimology: Research, Policy and Practice’ (2005), and co-editor of the book, together with A. Crawford, on ‘Integrating a Victim Perspective within Criminal Justice: International Perspectives’ (2000). To date, she has published over thirty academic journal articles and book chapters.
Andreas Accardo leads the team responsible for liaising with the EU institutions and the Member States of the European Union. He oversees and coordinates the agency’s communication with the European Parliament, the Council of the EU, EU advisory bodies (Committee of the Regions and EESC) and the agency’s government network of National Liaison Officers. He also coordinates the agency’s work with EU Member States in developing monitoring mechanisms for Roma inclusion.
His areas of expertise include: EU and international relations, good governance and Roma issues. He has been with the FRA and its predecessor EUMC since 2004. Previously, he worked for almost a decade on institution-building programmes in former Yugoslavia on behalf of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He programmed and coordinated country-wide technical assistance projects for municipalities in former Yugoslav republics.
Ludovica Banfi is a member of the Agency’s Asylum, Migration and Borders, and Equality teams. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: health and migration; multiple discrimination; gender equality and social research methods.
She has managed several projects in areas such as migration and domestic work, healthcare of migrants, multiple discrimination and transnationalism in the context of migration in the EU and neighbouring countries. She previously worked as a research fellow at the University of Bologna, the University of Trento and at Middlesex University and as a research assistant in NGOs in Canada, Italy and Ukraine.
She holds a PhD in sociology and has published a number of articles, book chapters and reports in the fields of migration and discrimination, including Genderace, The use of racial anti-discrimination laws: gender and citizenship in a multicultural context - Final report (2010).
He is coordinator of the Agency's Racism, Roma and Integration team, and, together with other colleagues, is responsible for coordination of the Agency’s FRANET research network.
His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: Roma-related research; non-discrimination and racism; social research. He has extensive experience in managing research networks, and has undertaken this work since 2003 – first for the FRA’s predecessor, the EUMC, and subsequently with respect to the FRA’s new research networks. He has postgraduate degrees in human rights, EU studies and international politics, as well as European Union Legal Practice, and has published on the subject of discrimination in the housing market.
Matteo Bonini Baraldi's areas of expertise include civil (contract) law, discrimination law, sexual orientation law, EU law and project cycle management. He taught and researched law in Italy and the Netherlands, and contributed to several scientific, cultural and policy-oriented projects on equality and non-discrimination at national and European level.
In 2006 he co-authored with Kees Waaldijk the book Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the European Union: National Laws and the Employment Equality Directive, Asser Press. In 2010 he published in Italian the book La Famiglia De-genere, Mimesis Edizioni. He is author of several other publications in books or academic journals in his fields of expertise and is a founding member of the European Commission on Sexual Orientation Law.
He holds a PhD from University of Bologna and an LLM from the University of British Columbia.
His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA's work include: criminal law and criminal justice; law enforcement reform; crime prevention and victims' rights.He previously worked in various positions, including the Law Faculty at the University of Linz, and at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg. He has also worked for the Austrian Ministries of the Interior and Justice, and for many years presided over the Austrian Crime Prevention Council. In addition he has worked as a legal assistant at the EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg
He studied law, and is the author of several academic journal articles and book chapters on various themes related to his areas of expertise, included edited books; for example: Opferrechte in Österreich, 2004 (co-editor with Marianne Löschnig-Gspandl); Schutz vor Gewalt in der Familie: Das österreichische Gewaltschutzgesetz, 2005 (co-editor with Birgitt Haller).
Jana Gajdošová is a member of the Agency’s Access to Justice and Data Protection teams. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: international human rights law; the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); access to justice; national human rights institutions and data protection.
She previously worked as a lawyer in the Office of the Government Agent of the Slovak Republic before the European Court of Human Rights, as a research fellow in the School of Law, University of East Anglia and as an intern at the European Commission’s DG Legal Service.
She has a PhD in human rights law with the ECHR as the main subject, and has published a number of book chapters and articles in the fields of human rights law – including co-authoring two chapters in Colombi Ciacchi, Comandé and Brüggemeier (eds.), Fundamental Rights and Private Law in the EU (Cambridge University Press 2010).
Jonas Grimheden's areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: international human rights law with a focus on international procedures and mechanisms; national human rights institutions; indicators and fundamental rights. He previously worked for several years as a researcher and lecturer at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute at Lund University, and also served as Deputy Head of the Academic Department at the Institute. He has taught and researched law at universities in the USA, Japan and China.
He studied law, and is the co-editor of the book ‘International Human Rights Monitoring Mechanisms’. He has published numerous articles on human and fundamental rights, as well as in the field of comparative law.
Géraldine Guille is responsible for the coordination within the FRA of the National Liaison Officers (NLO) network, the Agency's dedicated network of contact points in EU Member States' governments. She also supports the FRA's work with Member States in developing monitoring mechanisms for Roma inclusion. She has been working with the Agency and its predecessor, the EUMC, since 2006 as a member of the Communication Department in the areas of online communication, cooperation and networking.
Monica Gutierrez is a member of the ‘Rights of the Child’ team, her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: the rights of the child; gender equality and mainstreaming, and related methodologies; socio-legal research.She has managed several projects in areas such as child protection and juvenile justice – ranging from South-East Europe through to Central Asia and South America. She previously worked for the Human Rights Institute Pedro Arrupe at the University of Deusto, and has also worked for the OSCE, UNICEF and a number of NGOs in a variety of roles.
Martina Huber is a member of the Agency's Asylum, Migration and Borders team. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: border management; irregular migration and returns issues. She was previously a researcher and policy advisor in the areas of rule of law, youth crime prevention and border security, and has worked with the European Commission, OSCE and various research institutes (including the Clingendael Institute, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs). She has undertaken field research in the Caucasus region, as well as Central Asia and South America.
She has a degree in Political and Economic Sciences, and has published in the fields of rule of law, mainstreaming conflict prevention and state-building.
Aydan Iyigüngör is a member of the Agency’s Access to Justice team. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: human rights education and training, police and borders, media and diversity.
She has 11 years of experience in democratization and participation, governance and institution building in the field of justice and home affairs, minority rights, human rights education and training. She previously worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the EU in the enlargement context and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey and the EU.
She holds an MA in political science.
His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: survey research management; statistical analysis and data quality; violence against women. He previously worked for the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI), Finland, and has held a number of consultancy positions with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
He has a MA in the social sciences with statistics as the main subject, and has published a number of books, chapter and reports in the fields of crime and data collection – including Johnson, Ollus and Nevala (2008) Violence against Women: An international perspective, and Ollus and Nevala (2004) ‘Challenges in Surveying Violence against Women: Development of research methods’ in Smeenk, W. and M. Malsch, Family Violence and Police Response: Learning from research, policy and practice in European countries.
His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: media and social representation of minorities, as well as issues around refugees and asylum; Islamophobia; counter-terrorism; research methodologies. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of European Transformations at London Metropolitan University, where he worked on a comparative study of the impact of counter-terrorism on Irish and Muslim communities in Britain. Prior to that he worked as a Research Officer at the Department of Politics, University of Surrey - on a project analysing representations of Islam as a security threat in Britain, France and Russia.
He has published extensively in the area of media and the representation of minorities, and is – together with Christopher Flood, Stephen Hutchings and Galina Miazhevich – the co-author of Islam, Security and Television News: A Comparative Study (2012), co-editor of Islam in the Plural: Identities, (Self-) Perceptions and Politics (2012), and co-editor of Islam in its International Context: Comparative Perspectives (2011).
Ann-Charlotte Nygård is a member of the Agency's Asylum, Migration and Borders team. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work are: fundamental rights of irregular migrants and rights in the context of borders and visas. She focuses mainly on stakeholder engagement in her work.
Before joining the Agency she managed and co-ordinated capacity building and research projects as well as inter-governmental policy dialogues to strengthen migration governance at the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD). She has elaborated a number of national and regional strategies and action plans, studies and policy recommendations in the field of migration and its various sub-fields. She has also worked at the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi, Kenya and at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
She holds a master’s degree in international relations, with a major in public international law and a specialisation in human rights law.
Mario Oetheimer is a member of the Agency’s Opinions Committee and coordinates exchanges between the Agency and the Council of Europe.
His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: data protection and freedom of expression; disability and human rights; the European Court of Human Rights. He previously worked for the Council of Europe for thirteen years – first with the Council of Europe media division and then with the European Court of Human Rights research division.
He studied law, and is the author of the book Harmonisation of Freedom of Expression in Europe (2001) in French. He has authored several articles on freedom of expression and the European Court of Human Rights.
Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: discrimination and social inequalities (multiple discrimination; ageing; ethnicity and national origin; gender and LGBT); migration and integration; research methodologies (both quantitative and qualitative; including work on children). She previously held academic research and teaching positions in Europe as well as New Zealand and the USA, and has been the project leader of several international research projects. In addition, she has provided consultancy services to multinational companies, including the provision of advice to local and central government agencies, and NGOs, with respect to her areas of expertise.
She is a psychologist by education and training, and has published a number of book chapters and articles in academic journals; for example: Podsiadlowski, A., & Ward, C. (2010) ‘Global mobility and bias at the workplace’ in S. Carr (ed.), The psychology of global mobility, and Collie, P., Kindon, S., Liu, J. & Podsiadlowski, A. (2010) ‘Mindful identity negotiations: The acculturation of young Assyrian women in New Zealand’, International Journal of Intercultural Relations Vol.34.
Inga Rudecka joined FRA on 1 February 2012, working as a Seconded National Expert, on the analysis of EU policy making and policy developments in the area of freedom, security and justice of the EU. Her particular area of expertise at the FRA is the protection of privacy and personal data, one of the thematic areas of the FRA’s Multiannual Frameworks. She is also responsible for cooperation of the FRA with the Council of the EU and its preparatory bodies.
Prior to coming to FRA, she has been an expert of the Polish Ministry of Interior since 2003, during which time she worked as a Seconded National Expert in the European Commission’s Access to Information Unit of DG Home, from 2009-2011.
She holds Master’s degrees in Political and Social Sciences and in the Political Economy of the Countries in Post-Communist Transition.
She is responsible for communicating the work of the Agency to the European Parliament and for monitoring developments in EU policymaking.
She is a Political Scientist by education with an LLM in International Human Rights Law. In her previous capacities, she closely followed the EU human rights and fundamental rights agenda, working for the European Commission (DG Development and Cooperation, European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights), the European Parliament (Sub-Committee on Human Rights) and for a Brussels-based NGO. Furthermore, she worked as Human Rights Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme in Madagascar.
Adriano Silvestri’s areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include international human rights and refugee law as well as the EU acquis relating to asylum, borders and immigration.
Before joining the FRA he was at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where he worked in the field for several years (Armenia, the Russian Federation and Austria) as well as at UNHCR headquarters. He worked on a wide range of activities, both legal as well as operational, relating to asylum, the protection of internally displaced persons and statelessness. He was involved in the development of UNHCR tools and guidelines, for example on the best interests of the child or on assessing protection gaps for internally displaced persons. He also worked for the World Wide Fund for Nature in the Altai-Sayan region.
He studied law in Italy and international law in Geneva.
Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: Roma and Travellers; antisemitism – including Holocaust and human rights education; combating racism and religious intolerance. She has worked variously as a research associate and policy advisor to, amongst others, the Open Society Institute and World Bank (with respect to the Decade of Roma Inclusion), and for the American Friends Service Committee as the leader of a programme on Roma School Success.
She studied political science, and has published a number of articles as well as book chapters; for example: Sobotka, E. (2011) ‘Influence of Civil Society Actors on Formulation of Roma Issues within the EU Framework’, International Journal on Minority and Group Rights Vol.18, and Sobotka, E. (2010) ‘Multilateral Frameworks of Conflict Resolution’, in K. Cordell and S. Wolf (eds.) Handbook on Ethnic Conflict.
Sabine Springer’s areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: survey research management; statistical analysis and data quality; and Roma.
She previously worked for the National Demographic Research Institute in France (INED) and the Demographic Institute of the University of Bordeaux (IEDUB). For two years she held a position as a junior professional officer for UN-HABITAT in Kenya, and a number of consultancy positions with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) in Nigeria.
She has a PhD in demography and a master’s degree in applied statistics in social sciences. She has participated in two major European Research projects on Aging (FELICIE and MAGGIE), and has published a number of chapters and articles in the field of data collection and aging: A. Avdeev, T. Eremenko, P. Festy, J. Gaymu, N. Le Bouteillec, S. Springer (2011) Populations and Demographic Trends of European Countries, 1980-2010; J. Gaymu and S. Springer (2010) ‘Living conditions and life satisfaction of older Europeans living alone: a gender and cross-country analysis’, Ageing and Society, 30, pp1153-1175; S. Springer (2000). ‘Homelessness: A proposal for a Global Definition and Classification’, Habitat International, Vol. 24, 2000, pp475-484.
Martha Stickings works as a researcher managing projects in the Equality Sector of the Agency’s Equality and Citizens’ Rights Department. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: the rights of persons with disabilities, discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, non-discrimination, fundamental rights indicators and social research and analysis.
Prior to joining the FRA, she held a number of research-related roles in international organisations and NGOs, notably in the areas of freedom from torture, community security and social cohesion, institutional fragility, gender and network-building.
She studied politics and sociology and holds an MA in international studies, with a focus on the EU.
Pia Tirronen is responsible for liaising with national equality bodies and national human rights institutions in the National Human Rights Bodies and Civil Society team, part of the Communication department. She has been working with the Agency and its predecessor, the EUMC, since 2005 in the External Relations & Networking, and Communication Departments.
She previously worked in financial resources mobilisation and donor relations in the United Nations Volunteers programme and as a senior adviser and EU coordinator in the immigration department of the Finnish Ministry of the Interior. She has also held shorter term positions as a science adviser in the Academy of Finland and as a refugee assistant in the Finnish Red Cross.
She holds an MA in international politics and an MA in European legal studies.
Gabriel Toggenburg is responsible for the coordination of the FRA annual report, as well as the Agency’s Scientific Committee, and is also a member of the Opinions Committee.
His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include diversity related issues like minority rights and general questions of EU law, including the Charter of Fundamental Rights. He worked for a decade at the European Academy in Bolzano as a senior legal researcher, where he also provided policy advice. In addition, he has been a visiting academic at universities in the United States and Austria.
He studied law, and has published extensively on a range of human rights issues, with over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
His areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work include: international cooperation with the UN, the European Commission and civil society organisations; rights of the child. He has managed several projects in areas such as democracy and human rights and child protection in eastern Europe, central Asia and within the EU. He previously worked with the UN, as Child Protection Advisor and Chief of Child Protection Unit for the UN Peace-Keeping Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).
He has published several articles and books on children’s rights, and children and armed conflict including Toschi, M. (2002) ‘I bambini e il traffico della droga nelle favelas di Rio de Janeiro’ Cittadini in Crescita Anno 3/n.2 and Toschi, M. (2001) Chronology of the Legal Evolution of Children's Rights: De L'amour Vers Le Respect, European Forum for Child Welfare. He also contributed a chapter to the book Carrisi. G. (2006) Kalami va alla guerra, i bambini soldato, Ed. Ancora. He has been a visiting lecturer on children’s rights at various universities both in the USA and in Europe.
His areas of expertise include equality, LGBT, hate crime, civil society and networking. Before joining the FRA he was adviser to the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, and Monitoring Officer at the OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). He is the author of several articles including 'Homosexuality in South Eastern Europe’, HIVOS/COC Netherlands, 2003 and ’EU Enlargement: a gay perspective - Report on the position of lesbian women and gay men in EU accession countries’ (ed.), Anne Vondeling Stichting, 2001. He also co-authored an article on ‘Hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons and the policy response of international governmental organisations’, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, vol. 27 no. 4 (December 2009).
He has postgraduate degrees in educational sciences, University of Amsterdam and Human Rights/Democratisation, European Inter University Centre, Venice.