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.
María Estébanez is a legal expert responsible for the coordination of policy files in the unit and acts as the focal point for the Agency’s relations with the EEA and Norway Grants.
Her areas of expertise include: the development of rights-based indicators; issues of equality and non-discrimination, 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.
Karel Fric works as a researcher in the Research and Data Unit. He is a social scientist specialising in the areas of statistical analysis, survey methodology, labour market issues, inequalities and discrimination.
Before joining the FRA he was a researcher in the area of working conditions at the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound), an EU Agency based in Dublin.
He holds a postgraduate degree in Economics and Social Sciences from Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
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 coordinates the FRA’s programme on Supporting human rights systems, which includes National Human Rights Institutions, civil society, rule of law and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, plus relations with the UN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe, and the European External Action Service. He also leads the development of its European Union Fundamental Rights Information System.
Before joining FRA, Jonas worked for over 10 years in human rights research, teaching, technical cooperation and capacity building. He opened and ran the first field office (in China) of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights.
He has a BA in East- and South-east Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese, a Swedish law degree, a master’s degree and a doctorate in human rights law. He has published widely on a range of issues.
Géraldine Guille's work focuses on engagement with local and regional authorities in the EU, including partners such as the European Committee of the Regions, the Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, and cities' networks. She also supports FRA work on unlawful profiling. She engages and closely cooperates with a broad range of FRA stakeholders at international, European, EU, national and local levels.
She has been working with the Agency and its predecessor, EUMC, since 2006 in the areas of online communication, co-operation and networking. She holds a Research Masters in European Law from the University of Law of Aix-en-Provence in France.
Monica Gutierrez's 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's 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.
Waltraud Heller is responsible for FRA’s cooperation with civil society, notably the Agency’s Fundamental Rights Platform.
She joined the Agency’s precursor organisation, the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), in 2005 as a communication officer, and later became the Agency’s spokesperson. Since 2014, she leads FRA’s work with civil society. Prior to joining FRA, she worked as a communicator, among others for the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and for a development cooperation NGO. She was also a speechwriter for a European Commissioner.
She holds a masters degree in social and economic sciences and a postgraduate degree in European studies from the College of Europe, Bruges. She is FRA’s key expert on civic space, and the main author of FRA’s report on the issue. Her areas of expertise also include communication, and tools and methods for participatory meetings and processes.
Martina Huber's 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.