Missing Children Europe Team
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 in 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 health issues.
Aagje joined Missing Children Europe as Secretary General in November 2018. She is responsible for the strategic development and day-to-day management of the organization.
“All social change comes from the passion of individuals” - Margaret Mead
Head of Programme for children in migration
Federica holds a law degree from the University of Ferrara, Italy and a LLM in International and European Law from the Institute of European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. After experiences at the District Court of Ferrara and the European Parliament in Strasbourg, she worked at the European Commission, in the Directorate for Asylum and Migration. Federica also has experience in the non-profit sector: she was Vice President of the International Board of the European Law Students' Association after being project manager in local and national chapters.
Federica joined Missing Children Europe in 2014. She is responsible for the projects that focus on he disappearance of children in migration including previously SUMMIT and more recently AMINA. She is the focal point on missing unaccompanied migrant children.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
Head of Communication and Membership
Gail holds a bachelor 's degree in media and communication from Dubai. She has experimented with a variety of roles in the people development, communication, marketing and event organisation sector in Dubai, Colombia, Kenya, Turkey, Malaysia and Vienna. She joined Missing Children Europe in 2013 after working as the Communication Coordinator for a global network of collaborative co-working spaces for social impact. Her passion lies in creating the right mix of creative communication that sparks engagement and dialog for positive impact.
"The missing ingredient in most failed communication is humanity.” - Annette Simmons
Cross-Border Family Mediators' Network Project Officer
Hilde holds a master's degree in political science from the University of Ghent and an Advanced Degree in Communication Sciences. She’s also a trained family mediator. She worked as a case manager at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 2 years and at Child Focus, the Belgian 116000 hotline, for 5 years, mainly dealing with international child abduction cases. Since 2008, she worked as project manager at Child Focus where she created the European Network of International Family Mediators. She joined Missing Children Europe in 2014.
"The greatest gift we can give to our children is to raise them in a culture of peace.” - Louise Diamond
Partnership and Fundraising Officer
Andrea holds a master's degree in international relations from the Università degli Studi di Napoli L'Orientale (Naples, Italy) and a master's degree in Latin American studies from the Leiden Universiteit (Leiden, The Netherlands). He has over seven years of experience, having worked both in the private sector and for several NGOs across Europe. His areas of expertise include grant research, strategy development, digital fundraising and market assessments.
He joined Missing Childen Europe in 2019
"A smile is not a sign of happiness but the cause of happiness.” - Daisaku Ikeda
Acting Finance and Payroll Officer
Kalim has an MBA in Finance as well as a Master in Economics from Pakistan. He has previously worked as the administration and finance manager in the Human Development Program (HDP) for 6 years in Pakistan as well as a consultant for the Center for Governance and Public Accountability. Kalim has also worked with several donors like UNICEF, Depatment for International Development (DFID, UK), AUSaid, CESSD, MOBILINK and the British Council.
Kalim joined Missing Children Europe as the finance assistant since September 2015.
Junior Communication Officer
Ariane Poisson holds a Master's of Arts in Philosophy from KU Leuven, where she specialised in feminist phenomenology and theories of embodiment. She has a variety of experience in publishing, editorial strategy, and communications. Recently, she worked as the editorial and production assistant for Girls Heart Brussels, an initiative that explores Brussels from a lesbian and feminist perspective, and served as the interim communication officer for Dalberg Data Insights, a company that creates data-driven tools to support local and global communities tackle social challenges
Ariane joined Missing Children Europe at the beginning of 2019.
"My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or my opinions." - Eartha Kitt
Junior Project Officer
Laure holds a master's degree in political science and international relations from the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve, where she specialised in humanitarian action. She has a background in project support and management, grant management and partnership building in the non-profit sector in Belgium, Morocco and, most recently, Burkina Faso. Following experiences at Médecins du Monde Belgium and APEFE, Laure worked at Save the Children UK and Save the Children Finland.
Laure joined Missing Children Europe in 2017 to support the organisation’s activities and initiatives in the field of missing and exploited children, in particular the implementation of the "AMINA programme - Safeguarding migrant children across Europe".
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King Jr
Reinhold holds a master's degree in political science from the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he specialized in human rights and migration issues. He has a background in project management, research and advocacy. Reinhold recently worked in on-the-ground humanitarian action, coordinating programs for the InterEuropean Human Aid Association in Northern Greece.
Reinhold joined Missing Children Europe at the beginning of 2019.
"The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of those who have not viewed the world" - Alexander von Humboldt
Office Manager and Administration
Nathalie Suvée holds a diploma in executive secretary specializing in economics and modern languages. Her educational background led her to international experiences in Europe and in the United States. Nathalie has worked for different international non-profit organisations such as Corporate Social Responsibility Europe and the European Precious Metals Federation where she worked as administrative assistant and office manager. Nathalie joined Missing Children Europe’s team in March 2013 as office manager.
"If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. We need not wait to see what others do." - Mahatma Gandhi
Coordinator Supporting Committee (Volunteer)
Frédérique has been volunteering for MCE as the coordinator of the Supporting Committee since 2006. A French national, she has been living in Brussels since 1999, prior to which she used to live in Spain and France. She has professional experience as internal auditor for l'Oréal, head of finances of Vifi International, subsidiary of the Compagnie Européenne de Publication and senior consultant at Accenture. Frédérique graduated from ESSEC in 1979 (Ecole Supérieure de Sciences Economiques et Commerciales - Paris) and holds a master's degree in medieval history from La Sorbonne (Paris) and the University of Rennes.
"Always give to a beggar because in delivering you from your indifference, the beggar gives you much more than what you have given to him." - Unknown
Legal Counsel (Volunteer)
Francis graduated at the University of Louvain (KUL) in 1968 and obtained a degree in European Law from the University of Amsterdam in 1970.He started his career as a “référendaire” at the Court of Justice of the European Communities (ECJ) from 1972-1978. He practised law from 1978-2008 at the Brussels Bar. As the Partner in charge of Pro Bono activities at Allen & Overy in Belgium, he was involved in supervising the legal assistance provided by Allen & Overy to Missing Children Europe.
Francis is one of the co-founders in 1994 of the Belgian Association of Parents of Young Road Victims (OVK-PEVR). Francis was Missing Children Europe's Secretary General between 2008-2013.
Partnership and Fundraising Officer (Maternity Leave)
Rebecca has over ten years formal fundraising experience within the NGO sector, most recently spending five years working for Save the Children UK. She has specialised in the trusts and foundations sector and also has experience of managing institutional funding.
Rebecca joined Missing Children Europe in October 2015 to create and manage a fundraising strategy for the organisation.
"People will forget what you said. They will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel. " - Maya Angelou