Brussels, 30 November 2023 – Missing Children Europe is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Maria Herczog as the organisation’s new President. With a distinguished career as a researcher and educator in the field of child rights Maria Herczog brings a wealth of expertise and dedication, complemented by her academic background in sociology and economics.

A former member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and a prominent figure in the field of child protection, Maria Herczog actively engages in various professional bodies, including Child Rights Connect, Hungarian Association of Economists, Hungarian Association of Social Workers, and ISPCAN. Her commitment to advancing child rights is reflected in her involvement in organisations such as the International Parent Advocacy Network, Hope and Homes for Children, Child Rights Connect, and Learning4Wellbeing, where she serves as a Board Member. Additionally, she acts as a scientific expert for the Council of Europe and UNICEF, contributing valuable insights to the global discourse on child rights. She has been the chair and program director of Family, Child, Youth Association in Budapest, Hungary for many years.

In response to her appointment, Maria Herczog expressed:

“I am honoured to take on the role of President at Missing Children Europe, an organisation that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the protection of children. I look forward to working collaboratively with the network of NGOs, towards continued growth, as we address the challenges faced by missing children and their families.”

Maria Herczog succeeds former President, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, and will play a pivotal role in building on the organisation’s accomplishments over the coming years.


Press enquiries

Patricia Morais, Communications Officer at Missing Children Europe,


About Missing Children Europe

Missing Children Europe is the European federation for missing and sexually exploited children, representing 32 organisations from 27 European countries. We provide the link between research, policies, and organisations on the ground to protect children from any kind of violence, abuse or neglect that is caused by or results from them going missing.