Management team

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is composed of a Directorate and four Departments. The Management team comprises the heads of all departments and the Director.


Joanna Goodey, Head of Department Freedoms and justice

Joanna Goodey, Head of Department
Freedoms and Justice

Joanna Goodey's areas of expertise with respect to 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.

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Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, Head of Department Equality and citizens' rights

Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, Head of Department
Equality and Citizens' Rights

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.

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Fundamental Rights Promotion

Friso Roscam Abbing, Head of Department, Communication

Friso Roscam Abbing, Head of Department
Fundamental Rights Promotion

Friso Roscam Abbing has been the Head of Fundamental Rights Promotion Department at FRA since 2009. Prior to this, he was a Member of Cabinet of the European Commission Vice-President Jacques Barrot, the Commissioner for Freedom, Security and Justice, where he was responsible for refugee policy, fundamental rights and citizenship issues. From 2004–2008, he was the spokesman of European Commission Vice President Franco Frattini, the Commissioner responsible for Freedom, Security and Justice issues. He has a strong background in refugee policy issues, both from an intergovernmental and a non-governmental perspective. Between 2000 and 2004, he headed the EU Asylum Polices sector at the European Commission's DG Justice, Freedom and Security. Before this, he led the EU Office of the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE, 1994-2000) after starting his career as Head of the Legal Department at the Dutch Refugee Council (1986-1994). 

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Constantinos Manolopoulos, Head of Corporate Services

Constantinos Manolopoulos, Head of Department
Corporate Services

Constantinos Manolopoulos graduated as an economist specialized in European politics and European studies. He started his career as an economist in the private sector followed by a period employed by the Greek government in different ministries (Ministry of Culture, Ministry of National Economy, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and worked in Canada and Brussels (Permanent Representation). In 1996 he joined the European Commission (DG 1) dealing with trade defence mechanisms. In the summer of 1999, in the interests of the service, he participated in the task force in Kosovo contributing to the effort of the European Union to reconstruct the area as Head of the Economic and Agricultural Sector. He became the Head of Administration and acting Secretary General of the European Agency for Reconstruction in 2000, achieving the goal of maintaining very low administrative expenses in relation to the approximately 3 billion euros invested by the European Union in Kosovo, Serbia, FYROM and Montenegro. He was also the Head of Administration (2004) of the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia and since 2007 he has been the Head of Administration of FRA.

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