Missing Children Europe Team
Delphine was appointed Secretary General of Missing Children Europe in 2013, prior to which she held the position of Deputy Secretary General (2008 – 2013). Before joining Missing Children Europe, Delphine held various policy and public affairs positions at Child Focus, Cable Europe and the European Youth Forum. Delphine is a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Missing Persons from the University of Portsmouth as well as of the network of Lawyers in Europe on Parental Child Abduction. She was Manager of the Secretariat of the Europol-chaired European Financial Coalition against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children between 2011 and 2015, and remains active of the Coalition’s Steering Group. Delphine has a Masters degree in Philosophy as well as an Advanced Masters Degree in European Studies.
“Let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.” - Chinua Achebe
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 SUMMIT (Safeguarding Unaccompanied Migrant Minors from going Missing by Identifying Best Practices and Training Actors on Interagency Cooperation) project. She will also be 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
Mette has a Master’s degree in political science from Copenhagen University as well as the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre in Venice. She has a background in child protection and advocacy in child rights NGOs in Denmark and Belgium and is active in the advocacy campaign for migrants’ rights “Migrants Matter!”.
Mette joined Missing Children Europe in 2015. She is responsible for the 116 000 European hotline for missing children specifically working on the monitoring and accreditation project. She will also be the focal point for runaways.
"We owe our children - the most vulnerable citizens in any society - a life free from violence and fear." - Nelson Mandela
Gail holds a Bachelor 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
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
Cross-Border Family Mediators' Network Project Officer
Hilde holds a master Degree in Political Sciences 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
Finance and Human Resources Officer
Valentina joined the team in 2016. Becoming a Chartered Accountant and Registered Auditor in 2012, she has a background in political sciences and holds an MBA. She has knowledge of payroll accounting and experience within the areas of financial management and bookkeeping; She also has experience in financial reporting for international projects, and in particular projects funded by the European Commission. Valentina speaks English, French, Italian and Spanish.
“Creativity consists in maintaining a key aspect of the experience of childhood throughout one’s life: the capacity to create and recreate the world” - Donald Winnicott
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
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.
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.