Management team

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) is composed of a Directorate and five units. The management team comprises the heads of all units and the Director.

Research & Data

Joanna Goodey, Head of Unit, Research & Data

Joanna Goodey, Head of Unit

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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Technical Assistance & Capacity Building

Ann‐Charlotte Nygard, Head of Unit, Technical Assistance & Capacity Building

Ann‐Charlotte Nygard, Head of Unit

Ann-Charlotte Nygård before joining the Agency managed and coordinated 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. 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. 

Communications & Events

Nicole Romain, Head of Unit, Communications & Events

Nicole Romain, Head of Unit


Institutional Cooperation & Networks

Andreas Accardo, Head of Unit, Institutional Cooperation & Networks

Andreas Accardo, Head of Unit

Andreas Accardo 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. His areas of expertise include EU affairs and international relations, good governance and Roma issues. He is a political scientist with a specialisation in international relations, and holds a postgraduate degree in peace and conflict studies.

Corporate Services

Constantinos Manolopoulos, Head of Corporate Services

Constantinos Manolopoulos, Head of Unit

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 Corporate Services at FRA.

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