Mario Oetheimer (Twitter: @MOetheimerFRA) is Deputy Head of Research and Data Unit. Since joining the Agency in 2009, he has coordinated its work in the area of information society, privacy and data protection, managing, inter alia, the Agency’s research project on National intelligence authorities and surveillance in the EU as well as the COVID-19 bulletins.
His areas of expertise with respect to FRA’s work include: artificial intelligence, data protection, freedom of expression and international human rights law, in particular the European Court of Human Rights’ case law. He previously worked for the Council of Europe for 13 years, first with its media division and then with the research division of the European Court of Human Rights.
He holds a PhD in public 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's 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 Research and Data Unit. 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 Research and Data Unit. 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 a member of the Research and Data Unit. 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 is FRA's Adviser on Communication. 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.
Sara is mainly responsible for FRA’s work on EU large-scale information systems and their impact on fundamental rights within the Agency’s Programme on Asylum, Borders and Migration. This includes cooperation with the European Commission, Member States and relevant EU agencies, such as eu-LISA and Frontex through participation in trainings, expert meetings, and activities to strengthen fundamental rights awareness. She also follows the work of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Agencies network on behalf of FRA. In the past, she has been responsible for communicating the work of the Agency to the European Parliament and for monitoring developments in EU policymaking.
In her previous roles, 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. She also worked as a Human Rights Specialist for the United Nations Development Programme in Madagascar.
She is a political scientist by education with an LLM in International Human Rights Law.
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.