Programme Officer - Cooperation with Civil Society, Institutional Cooperation and Networks Unit
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.