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's 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 Institutional Cooperation and Networks Unit. 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 Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Unit. 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 the Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Unit. 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 coordinates FRA’s activities related to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, including the regular Fundamental Rights Report chapter on the use of the Charter at national level. He also deals with matters related to the rule of law and provides advice on various EU matters, including the Agency’s mandate. He is the contact point for FRA’s Scientific Committee.
Before joining FRA, Gabriel worked for ten years as a senior legal researcher at the European Academy in Bolzano, where he also provided policy advice, and has been a visiting academic at universities in the United States and Austria.
He holds a Master of Law (University of Innsbruck), an LLM in European law (Danube University Krems) and a PhD in law (European University Institute Florence). He has published widely on a range of human rights issues.
Massimo Toschi is the FRA’s International Relations Officer and coordinates its contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He has been with the Agency since 2009, contributing to its work with the European Parliament, at the migration hotspots (in particular unaccompanied children), cooperation with civil society (the Fundamental Rights Platform) and National Human Rights Bodies, as well on the rights of the child and violence against women.
He previously worked with the UN Peace-Keeping Mission in Haiti, as well as 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.
He studied International Relations and international human rights law at the University of Bologna, the 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.
Robert-Jan Uhl works as a policy analyst in the Agency’s Institutional Cooperation & Networks Unit. He works on FRA relations with presidencies and the Council of the EU, and manages its project on the EU Framework for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Prior to joining the Agency in 2016, he held various positions at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), including legislative support officer, human rights officer and adviser on freedom of religion or belief. He also worked for the Netherlands section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).
He holds masters degrees in civil law and European & international law from Leiden University and a masters degree in human rights and democratization from the European Inter-University Centre, Venice.
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.