Aagje Ieven, EUFAMI Secretary General

Aagje Ieven took up the position of Secretary General at EUFAMI in January 2016.  She has a background in Health (BA Medicine, Leuven, 1998) and Political Philosophy (MA, Leuven and Nijmegen, 2002), and conducted research in European human rights law at the University of Leuven (2002-2008) and Columbia University (2007). Since 2009 she has worked as a policy analyst and advocate for various EU civil society organizations to improve the rights and wellbeing of children and families. At EUFAMI she oversees the day to day operation of the network and continues her advocacy towards ending institutionalised care, strengthening communities and supporting families.

Contact: secretarygeneral@eufami.org


Rita Geerts, Administrator

Responsible for organisation and minutes of Board Meetings, Annual General Meeting and supporting the organisation of Family Congress, other member meetings and events. In charge of EUFAMI member administration and internal communications with the member associations. First point of contact for member associations and external enquiries. Support to external and social media communications and coordination of all administrative aspects of EUFAMI including personnel and office management, organising and updating databases, filing system etc.



Contact: project.admin.office@eufami.org


Paul Nolan, Communications Officer

Paul has a background in journalism and more recently collaborated with our partners at COFACE Families Europe.  He is in charge of running our outreach campaigns and managing our social media platforms.











Arndt Münch, trainee

Arndt is doing a policy traineeship at EUFAMI. He is a recent graduate of Maastricht University. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Economics, as well as a Bachelor degree in International Economic Studies, both from Maastricht University. His specialty lies in empirical growth modelling and public policy analysis. His Master thesis investigated the impact of education inequalities on economic growth in Africa, using endogenous growth theory as a basis for the empirical model. His role at EUFAMI focuses on EU policy and communication.



Viktoria Donicheva, trainee

Viktoria is a student from the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life sciences at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. She is doing a placement within the organization and has a position of a researcher, involved in several projects, namely the East project – identifying potential new members of the EUFAMI network in Eastern Europe; and M.E.N.S. project – acts as a contact person for partners during the Networking phase of the project. She is also assisting with writing research proposals – particularly focusing on children, violence and abuse, providing scientific literature on the topic. Occasionally she also searches for data on current prevalence of mental disorders and modern mental health interventions that involve families.

Contact: v.viktoria@student.maastrichtuniversity.nl