Aagje Ieven, 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.

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.

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.

Paulina Gono, Events and Fundraising Intern

Paulina is currently undertaking an internship at EUFAMI as an Events and Fundraising trainee.  She will be working to ensure the smooth running of EUFAMI’s 25th anniversary celebrations in late 2017, as well as assisting with our communications strategy.  She moves to Brussels after obtaining a Master’s degree in Journalism at Comenius University in Bratislava.  She has recent experience at a youth political organisation and worked as a communications advisor for a Slovak liaison office during the Slovak Presidency of the European Council of the EU.