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).
Julia Behrens is a member of the Agency's Asylum, Migration and Borders team. Her areas of expertise include the Common European Asylum System, migrant smuggling, the return of persons to their country of origin, as well as horizontal issues relating to EU fundamental rights.
Prior to joining FRA, she worked as a senior consultant for ICF, a policy consultancy in Brussels, providing research, evaluations and impact assessments in the area of EU asylum and migration for the European Commission. Other postings in her career include the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in South Africa, the German Foreign Office and the European Commission. She is a qualified lawyer and holds a PhD from Humboldt University in Berlin on the scope of application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights for the Member States. She has published extensively in the fields of fundamental rights, asylum, migrant smuggling and children’s rights.
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).
María Estébanez is a legal expert responsible for the coordination of policy files in the department and acts as the focal point for the Agency’s relations with the OSCE.
Her areas of expertise include: the development of rights-based indicators; issues of equality, in particular LGBTI; the rights of the child, including in the field of asylum. She previously worked as legal officer and consultant for the OSCE, as consultant for the Council of Europe and several civil society organisations. She was also project manager for the Department of Law and the Institute for Human Rights of the Åbo Akademi University (Finland).
She has a D.Phil in Law from the University of Oxford, where she lectured at the Masters Foreign Service Programme, and an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam. She is the author/co-author of books on minority protection in Europe and published numerous articles/book contributions on various aspects of human rights protection and on the legal status of the OSCE.
Jana Gajdošová's 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.
Alice Hamilton works as a researcher in the Access to Justice Sector of the Agency’s Freedoms and Justice Department. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: the rights of victims of crime, access to justice and social research and analysis.
Prior to joining FRA in 2012, she held a number of project management and research-related roles in international organisations, notably in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2009-2012). She holds a BA in European Studies and an MA in International Relations, with a focus on international 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.
Andrey Ivanov is a social scientist with expertise in human development, social inclusion monitoring, vulnerability analysis and Roma inclusion.
Prior to joining FRA in 2013, he worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as human development advisor coordinating its human development portfolio and Roma research. Between 2005 and 2012 he was also Director of the Summer Course on Sustainable Human Development at the Central European University and between 2009 and 2011 visiting professor at Sciences Po, Paris. In the 1990s he worked as consultant in the field of local development and microfinance for Roma communities.
He has an MSc in Political Economy from the Central School of Commerce, Warsaw, and a PhD in Modern History from Institute of International Economics and Political Studies, Moscow. He is the lead author of six national and regional UNDP human development reports and the author of books and academic articles addressing various aspects of the political economy of post-socialist transformation, vulnerable groups and Roma inclusion.
Aydan Iyigüngör is a member of the Agency’s Awareness Raising 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, business and human rights, children’s rights, fundamental rights indicators and research methodologies. She is responsible for coordinating the Agency’s engagement with the EEA and Norway Grants.
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.
Jaroslav Kling is a member of the Agency’s Roma and Migrant Integration sector. His areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work include: Roma inclusion, poverty and social exclusion, fundamental rights indicators, quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Before joining FRA in 2014 he has worked for 10 years at the Regional Centre of UNDP in Bratislava dealing with the evidence based poverty monitoring and Roma inclusion primarily in the countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe. He has managed the recent UNDP/WB/EC Regional Roma Survey 2011 and within several regional projects he provided the policy advice on M&E for Roma inclusion policies in number of countries (central and local level).
He holds MAs in human geography from the Comenius University in Bratislava and from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Elise Lassus works as a researcher in the Information Society, Privacy and Data Protection Sector of the Agency’s Freedoms and Justice Department. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: privacy and data protection legal frameworks, as well as research and analysis on topics linked to information society and new technologies.
Prior to joining FRA in 2014, she worked at the European Commission on policies related to the fight against discrimination and consumer protection.
She studied foreign languages and civilizations, and holds masters degrees in human rights, European studies and political science, with a focus on religions and societies.
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.
Pablo López Pietsch is a member of the Equality Sector. He joined the FRA in October 2017 as a Seconded National Expert. His areas of expertise with regard to FRA’s work include equality and non-discrimination, equality bodies and hate crimes. He has worked previously as a senior legal advisor for the Spanish administration in the fields of equality and non-discrimination, migration policy, migrant integration policy and asylum. In this context, he has been a member at EU level of different working groups and networks, including the High Level Working Group on non-discrimination, diversity and equality, the Social Questions Working Party of the EU Council, the National Contact Points on Integration network and the European Network of Equality Bodies (Equinet).
He holds a degree in Law from the Autonomous University Madrid and an LL.M. in German Law from the University of Mainz.
Katarína Lughofer is a member of the Agency’s Asylum, Migration and Borders team, and joined the Agency in 2017. Her areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work include: fundamental rights advice in the implementation of the hotspot approach, migration, vulnerable groups and border management.
She has previously worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), covering the areas of migration and border management where she was involved in project development, project management as well as monitoring and evaluation. During the migration crisis she was on frequent field missions to the Western Balkans, where she was involved in various research and capacity building activities with a focus on countering migrant smuggling, trafficking in human beings and on human rights standards in migrant detention. She has contributed to several publications and assessments which focus on irregular migration.
She studied law and holds a postgraduate degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter University Centre, Venice.
Tamás Molnár works as a legal research officer in the Asylum, Migration and Borders Sector of the Agency’s Freedoms and Justice Department. His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: fundamental rights of irregular migrants; return and readmission of irregular migrants, including detention; anti-smuggling; EU asylum acquis and visa policy as well as horizontal issues of public international law.
Before joining the Agency in autumn 2016, he worked for a decade in various ministries in Hungary in the fields of international and EU migration law and their domestic implementation (drafting legislation). During the Hungarian Presidency of the EU Council in 2011, he was the chair of the Migration-Expulsion Working Party and the deputy chair of the Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA). He also undertook ad hoc consultancies for UNHCR on statelessness between 2010 and 2016 and on readmission for ICMPD (2013-2014). In addition, he has been a part-time adjunct professor of international law and EU migration law at the Corvinus University of Budapest, in the Institute of International Studies.
He studied law in Budapest and Brussels (LLM on EU law), and holds a PhD in international law (Budapest). He has published widely in the fields of international law, EU migration and asylum law, and on the legal aspects of statelessness, with over 60 journal articles, book chapters and a monograph.
Niraj Nathwani is member of the Agency’s Equality Sector. His areas of expertise with respect to FRA's work Include: freedom of thought, conscience and religion; freedom of expression; refugee law; data protection. He previously worked as an associate attorney In Austria. He began working for the predecessor of FRA, the EUMC, in 2000.
He studied law in Vienna and defended his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence. His PhD thesis was published in 2003 by Brill as volume 7 of its Refugees and Human Rights Series under the title ‘Rethinking Refugee Law’. He has also authored a number of articles including: ‘The Purpose of Asylum’, International Journal of Refugee Law Vol. 12/3 (2000), 'Islamic Headscarves and Human Rights', Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights Vol. 25/2 (June 2007), 'Religious Cartoons and Human Rights', European Human Rights Law Review 4/2008, and 'Freedom of expression and religious feelings', in Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Vol. 1/2009.
Michal Nešpor is a seconded national expert from the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic and a member of the Agency’s Access to Justice and Asylum, Migration and Borders teams. His areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work include international human rights law, criminal law and internal security.
He has degrees in law, international relations and European studies.
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.
Patrycja Pogodzinska is a legal expert working in the Equality Sector of the Department. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: European human rights law, non-discrimination, LGBTI rights, citizens’ rights and freedom of movement, discrimination on the grounds of nationality.
Before joining FRA in 2016, she worked for several years as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights and at the Council of Europe Department of the European Social Charter, the CoE Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and later at the European Parliament in the Department of Legislative Acts. Earlier she had worked in Poland in a solicitor’s office and as a university lecturer.
She is a qualified lawyer and holds a PhD in international law; she is author of numerous publications in the area of international law and human rights, in particular on non-discrimination and LGBTI rights, and was a laureate of a scholarship at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg.
Matylda Pogorzelska works as a legal researcher in the Access to Justice Sector. Her areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: human rights law, procedural law and the rights of victims of crime.
She previously worked as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights and as a legal journalist for the Polish Radio and the BBC.
She holds a PhD in law and an LLM in public international law.
David Reichel is member of the Statistics and Survey sector in the Freedoms and Justice Department. His areas of expertise include statistical data analysis, data quality and statistical data visualisation. He has extensive experience in working with data and statistics in an international context.
Prior to joining FRA in 2014, he worked for the research department of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and as a lecturer at the Institute for Sociology and the Institute for International Development at the University of Vienna. He holds a PhD in Sociology.
He has published numerous articles, working papers and book chapters on issues related to migration and integration, migration statistics, citizenship and irregular migration.
Friso Roscam Abbing heads the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s department that seeks to instil a fundamental rights culture across the EU. It raises rights awareness through cutting-edge communications and engages with a wide array of diverse stakeholders from the local to international level with targeted assistance and in-depth knowledge that is the hallmark of Europe’s centre of fundamental rights excellence, FRA. He was previously a European Commission spokesman and Cabinet member, and headed the Sector in the Commission dealing with asylum policy. Before that he led the EU Office of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, a European network of 96 NGOs in 40 European countries protecting and advancing the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people.
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.
Marjolijn Smith-Molenaar is a seconded national expert from the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands, where she worked at the Constitutional Affairs and Legislation Department as a legal specialist. She is a member of the Agency’s Cooperation and Consultation Sector, where she is responsible for FRA’s contact with the National Liaison Officers (NLOs). Her areas of expertise with respect to the Agency’s work include: international relations, human rights law, and international human rights mechanisms.
She studied Political Science and Law in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, and holds an MA in Diplomacy and an LLM in Public International Law.
Eva Sobotka is Head of Sector Cooperation & Consultation in the Fundamental Rights Promotion Department. Her areas of expertise with respect to the Agency’s work include: developing networks and institutional cooperation with Member States (governments, parliaments), civil society, human rights statutory bodies, funders and foundations, rights promotion including the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and civic and human rights education.
She previously coordinated cooperation with the Council of Europe and the European Commission (2004-2011), worked on Roma inclusion; combating anti-Semitism; the Holocaust and human rights education; disability; rights of the child, and combating racism and religious intolerance. She was the Director of the American Friends Service Committee’s capacity-building programme focusing on addressing discrimination and poverty and promoting Roma art, culture and history. She holds a PhD in political science and international relations from Lancaster University, UK, and has published numerous articles on human and fundamental rights.
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 holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Vienna. 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 works in stakeholder cooperation, in the sector Fundamental Rights Forum and major events, part of the Fundamental Rights Promotion Department. She is currently responsible for the project administration of the Fundamental Rights Forum 2018. 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 coordinates the Agency’s contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He also supports the Agency’s work with the European Parliament and at the migration hotspots. 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.