People working for ILGA-Europe are coming from various countries and backgrounds and proud to be part of a professional and dedicated team committed to the principles of equality and justice.

Evelyne Paradis

Executive Director

Evelyne Paradis is the Executive Director of ILGA-Europe. She is responsible for providing overall leadership, strategic direction and management of the organisation.

Björn van Roozendaal

Programmes Director

Björn is responsible for overall management ILGA-Europe’s Programmes Service Area and its team. He oversees the implementation of ILGA-Europe’s strategy on building capacities of the LGBTI movements throughout Europe. Björn’s tasks include overseeing the implementation of the capacity building projects, the management of the Human Rights Violations Documentation Fund, coordination of the organisation of ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference, advocacy on EU’s foreign and development policies, programmes development and fundraising.

Katrin Hugendubel

Advocacy Director

Katrin is in charge of the overall coordination of the policy and advocacy work of ILGA-Europe. Katrin’s task include managing the policy team and as well as leading the advocacy work of ILGA-Europe towards the EU institutions, EU Presidencies, the Council of Europe and the OSCE.

Juris Lavrikovs

Communications Manager

Between 31 October 2014 and 2 May 2015 Juris is on 6 months career break.

Juris is responsible for devising and overall implementation of ILGA-Europe’s Communications strategy. In particular, Juris is responsible for the media work and is a contact point for journalists. Juris’ responsibilities also include organising ILGA-Europe’s public relations and campaigning work.

Thomas Donley

Finance Manager

Thomas serves as the Finance Manager for ILGA-Europe. His primary responsibilities include managing ILGA-Europe’s financial resources and providing continuous resource planning for the association’s future needs. He also supervises the financial budget and provides effective and efficient financial expertise allowing the entity to achieve its primary missions.

Boris Balaneţkii-Schlütter

Programmes and Policy Officer

Boris is responsible for coordination of ILGA-Europe’s re-granting work. His duties include monitoring, fine-tuning and reporting on re-granting activities. He ensures that the re-granting process is further elaborated, clarified, and adjusted to the needs of member and partner organisations, including the development of common procedures shared by the different areas of re-granting. Boris is also involved in capacity building activities, particularly documentation of human rights violations, finances and security issues.

Boris’ portfolio includes providing expertise for the organisations in the former USSR region in the field of advocacy work. His responsibilities include communication with members and providing assistance and support to partners of ILGA-Europe in the region, as well as representation of their interests on the European level. He is involved in the organisation of thematic events, lobbying European institutions, and research services to support ILGA-Europe’s work in this region.

Lilit Poghosyan

Senior Programmes & Policy Officer

Lilit is responsible for advocacy on EU Enlargement, Foreign and Development policy. Her tasks include devising and implementing advocacy strategies, closely monitoring developments at EU and target country levels, writing advocacy documents, establishing and maintaining relationships with relevant stakeholders, working closely with activists to maximise the impact of joint advocacy work.

Lilit leads advocacy projects in the Western Balkans, monitoring human rights situation of LGBTI people, advising and training national organisations on strategic advocacy, organising study/advocacy visits to European institutions. She also contributes to developing and implementing ILGA-Europe’s capacity building strategy and led internal capacity building work.

Valeria Santostefano

Programmes and Policy Officer

Valeria's main task is to contribute to the development and implementation of ILGA-Europe’s capacity building activities towards member organisations. She is responsible for overseeing the needs assessment, coaching and peer learning processes.

Anastasia Smirnova

Programmes and Policy Officer

Anastasia is supporting the development and execution of ILGA-Europe’s advocacy and capacity-building activities in the former USSR region. Her responsibilities include monitoring the developments in regards human rights of LGBTI people in the region, preparing advocacy and communication materials and actions to support the work of members of ILGA-Europe in the target countries and to represent them on the European level, and advancing and reinforcing needs-based cooperation with activists and member organisations in the region.

Sophie Aujean

Senior Policy and Programmes Officer

Sophie works in the fields of health and education. She contributes to securing effective legal protection against discrimination in access to education and health services and to end the pathologisation of trans identities. Her tasks include monitoring the development of the EU, the Council of Europe and other institutions’ agendas in these fields, and the implementation of relevant European and national policies and legislations.

Michael Cerulus

Senior Policy Officer

Michael works in the fields of asylum and hate crimes, among others. He conducts policy and advocacy work in these fields, monitors the EU, the Council of Europe and other institutions’ agendas, and focuses on the implementation of relevant European and national policies and legislations.

Emma Cassidy

Communications & Media Officer

Media relations is Emma’s main area of responsibility at ILGA-Europe. She supports the work of the office’s policy and programmes team and promotes ILGA-Europe publications such as the annual Rainbow Europe package. She also liaises with journalists on behalf of the organisation.

Nanna Moe

Senior Communications Officer

Nanna is responsible for the development, maintenance and content of ILGA-Europe’s website, social media strategies and other web based tools. She is the editor of the ILGA-Europe monthly electronic newsletter, Rainbow Digest, and is the co-editor of ILGA-Europe's printed magazine, Destination>>Equality. Her tasks also include the responsibility of ILGA-Europe’s information service, and she is a contact points for information requests from European members of ILGA, researchers, and students. Nanna’s portfolio also include the developement and maintenance of the European members’ contacts, and is a liaison person with ILGA office regarding membership data. Finally, Nanna is responsible for some specific communication campaigns, and production of videos to support ILGA-Europe's work.

Anna Gots

Finance & Administration Officer

Anna is in charge of the planning and organisation of various events of ILGA-Europe. She facilitates several financial processes, such as accountancy, reporting, daily operations and responsible of the office management. Her other responsibility is the realisation of the fundraising strategy.

Maria Pinto

Human Resources and Admin Officer

Maria’s main responsibilities concern the development and implementation of human resources policies and procedures that are aligned with the strategic goals of the organisation. She’s in charge of legal compliance, people follow up as well as well-being. She further insures the running of the office's day-to-day operations and participates in major events.

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