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 coordinates the external relations of the Director and is responsible for internal operational co-ordination. His areas of expertise include EU affairs and international relations, good governance and Roma issues.
He has been with the FRA and its predecessor the EUMC since 2004. He previously worked on institution-building programmes in former Yugoslavia with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He developed technical assistance and administrative reform programmes for local and regional governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and subsequently worked on capacity-building projects for the national parliaments of Serbia and Montenegro.
He is a political scientist with a specialisation in international relations, and holds a postgraduate degree in peace and conflict studies.
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).
Head of Sector Annual Report and FRANET, Equality and Citizens’ Rights Department.
Michael Beis coordinates the work of the FRANET research network and the development of the Annual Report.
His area of thematic expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: Roma inclusion issues; equality and non-discrimination, as well as racism and related intolerances. He has managed the Agency's research networks since 2003. He holds Master and 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.
Vida Beresneviciute is a member of the Agency’s Statistics and Surveys sector. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: survey research management; social research methods, data analysis and quality.
She previously headed the Institute for Ethnic Studies in Lithuania, held academic research position at the University of Vilnius and worked on minority surveys, human resource development research. Her areas of work covered issues of equality, discrimination, migration, and development of the non-governmental sector.
She holds a PhD in sociology, and has published over twenty academic journal articles and book chapters.
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).
Georgia Dimitropoulou is a seconded national expert from the Greek Ministry of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights who is a member of the Agency’s Rights of the Child sector. Her area of expertise is child rights, specifically child protection, children in the context of migration and separated and unaccompanied children and child trafficking.
Ms Dimitropoulou has worked as a social worker and social scientist conducting research in the field of asylum and forced migration, with a particular focus in the situation on unaccompanied, separated children. Since 2006, she has been working in juvenile justice for the Athens Court for minors. She has contributed substantially to a number of FRA publications and is co-author of the UNHCR study Unaccompanied Minors Seeking Asylum in Greece.
She holds postgraduate degrees in European social studies and advanced studies in child rights.
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.
She holds a masters in law and a post-graduate degree on international aid with a focus on international human rights law.
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 Cooperation with EU Institutions and EU Member States 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.
Sheena Keller is a member of the Agency’s Roma and Migrant Integration sector. Her areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work include: Roma inclusion, migrant integration, poverty and social exclusion, non-discrimination, children’s rights, fundamental rights indicators and research methodologies.
She previously worked in the field of international development, as well as holding roles within various human rights and research oriented NGOs. She also worked as a research assistant for the Norwegian School of Economics conducting fieldwork in East Africa for a randomised household survey and economic research on microfinance.
She holds a Master of Science from the Norwegian School of Economics and Bachelors degrees in economics and in international relations from Tufts University.
Rossalina Latcheva is a member of the Agency’s Statistics and Surveys sector. Her areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work include: migration and integration; discrimination, xenophobia and ethnic exclusion; gender-based violence; and mixed methods research. She is experienced in developing, collecting and analysing primary and secondary data, as well as in applying diverse quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Prior to joining the FRA, she held a university post-doctoral position at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and was a lecturer at the University of Vienna, Austria. She holds a PhD in sociology and has published a number of articles, book chapters and reports on migration, national and European identity, ethnic exclusion and mixed methods research.
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.
Henri Nickels’ areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include equality and non-discrimination; racism, xenophobia and related intolerance; and hate crime. He was previously Research Fellow at the London Metropolitan University, where he worked on the impact of counter-terrorism on Irish and Muslim communities in Britain. Prior to that he worked as a Research Officer at the University of Surrey on representations of Islam as a security threat.
He has published extensively on minority issues and is co-author of the book Islam, Security and Television News and co-editor of the books Islam in the Plural: Identities, (Self-) Perceptions and Politics and Islam in its International Context: Comparative Perspectives.
He studied social psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a PhD from the University of Amsterdam.
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.
Miltos Pavlou is a member of the Agency’s Roma and Migrant Integration sector. His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: social inclusion and integration of migrants and minorities, hate crime and extremism, racism and discrimination, migrant integration, asylum and migration policy, Roma and Travelers, rights of LGBT persons, equality and social cohesion policies, social surveys and qualitative research.
Before joining the FRA he was Senior Investigator at the Greek Ombudsman Office and a socio-legal researcher and analyst, with several publications on migrant integration, migration policies, hate crime, racism and discrimination. He has led and implemented multi-national research and advocacy initiatives combating racism, xenophobia and intolerance, as well as heading i-RED and the RED Early Warning System to combat racism and xenophobia and monitor extremism. He has also worked as advisor and programme manager for institution building projects in Europe and Central Asia in cooperation with EU bodies and the Council of Europe.
He holds a masters in law, and is co-editor and author of a number of important collective volumes and research publications on immigration, racism and discrimination in Greece and Europe.
Nevena Peneva is member of the Agency’s Equality Sector. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: rights of people with disabilities, children with disabilities and issues of violence and abuse, fundamental rights indicators and socio-legal research.
Before joining the FRA, she managed projects related to diversity and integration, human rights and youth participation in NGOs in Bulgaria and Austria.
She studied politics and sociology and holds a Master degree in international relations and a postgraduate degree in European studies.
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.
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.
Eva Sobotka is responsible for the management of FRA’s Fundamental Rights Awareness Raising Strategy and Programme. Her areas of expertise with respect to the Agency’s work include: Roma inclusion; combating antisemitism – including Holocaust and human rights education; and 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; Sobotka E., Vermeersch P. (2012) ‘Governing Human Rights and Roma Inclusion: Can the EU be a Catalyst for Local Social Change?’ in Human Rights Quarterly 01/2012; 34(3):800-822.; Sobotka, E. (2010 and 2015) ‘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.
Ursula Till-Tenschert is a member of the Agency’s Statistics and Surveys sector. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: survey methodology; statistical analysis; gender inequality, social inclusion indicators, violence against women, socio-economic living conditions and discrimination of Roma.
She previously worked for the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour in the Economic and Statistical Department. Prior to that she was a project manager of the EU-Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) at the Austrian statistical office. She taught applied poverty and social research as well as gender statistics at the University of Vienna and the Economic University of Vienna.
She has a MA in social and economic sciences. She was a national delegate to several task forces and the Working Group on income and living conditions at Eurostat and has published annual reports and a number of articles and book chapters on income distribution, poverty and social exclusion in Austria.
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 and Outreach 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.
Massimo Toschi is a member of the Roma Integration team. He has been with the FRA since 2009, contributing to the Agency’s cooperation with civil society (the Fundamental Rights Platform) and National Human Rights Bodies, as well as its work on the rights of the child and violence against women. 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), as well as at the OSRSG/CAAAC headquarters. He was involved with the drafting of the EU Guidelines on Children and Armed Conflict. He worked for the European Commission’s European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights in eastern Europe and for European NGOs managing several projects on child protection within the EU.
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 studied International Relations and international human rights law at University of Bologna, University of Sussex and the European University Institute. 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.
Katerina Vyzvaldova is a seconded national expert from the Czech Republic (Federation of Jewish Communities) who is a member of the Agency’s Equality sector. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and islamophobia; and hate crime. Her past work includes research on Roma issues, inclusion of migrants and extremism. As a policy officer she has dealt with social inclusion issues concerning various minorities.
She holds a PhD in cultural anthropology.