Missing Children Europe welcomes new Secretary General Aagje Ieven

Missing Children Europe is delighted to announce the appointment of Aagje Ieven to the post of Secretary General, effective from 5 November, thanks to her vast experience and commitment in the child rights, health and NGO sector.

Aagje has a background in Health (Bachelor, Leuven 1998) and Political Philosophy (Master, Leuven and Nijmegen, 2002) and conducted research in Human Rights at the University of Leuven (2002-2008) and Columbia University of New York (Fulbright Scholarship 2007).

Since 2009, she has worked for a number of EU civil society organisations as a policy analyst and advocate for the rights and wellbeing of children and their families. She has previously managed an advocacy campaign for the rights of children in vulnerable situations and most recently managed a European membership network supporting families affected by mental ill health.

“I am delighted to join Missing Children Europe. Having worked in children’s issues at European level for some time, I know the ground-breaking work the organisation has done in developing a network of cross-border family mediators and of missing children hotlines. Missing Children Europe is also recognised as a thought leader on missing children in migration” says Aagje Ieven, Secretary General Missing Children Europe. “I look forward to supporting Missing Children Europe in the coming years to consolidate its position and to further develop work on our third important target group: runaways”

“We are confident that Aagje, due to her extensive experience working with EU Institutions and human rights organisations and networks and her dedication to children’s rights, is well placed to take Missing Children Europe’s vision and mission forward, to represent its Members and to provide leadership to a team of dedicated staff”, says Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, President of Missing Children Europe and UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children.

In her new role, Aagje is responsible for the strategic development and day-to-day management of the organisation, reporting to the Board of Directors and working closely with the President of the organisation. She will further represent the members of Missing Children Europe and continue to develop and build on Missing Children Europe’s successes. Aagje can be reached by email at Secretary.general@missingchildreneurope.eu

We would further like to thank Ian Burns and Rtesian Resources for supporting Missing Children Europe in finding the right candidate.

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