The Experts' Forum is the Institute's advisory body. Its principle function is to provide expertise knowledge in the field of gender equality.
It is composed of members from competent bodies specialised in gender equality issues from every Member State of the European Union. Each country has both a member and an alternate and there are two members designated by the European Parliament, as well as three members designated by the European Commission and representing interested parties at the European level, with one representative from:
- an appropriate non-governmental organisation at Community level which has a legitimate interest in contributing to the fight against discrimination on grounds of sex and the promotion of gender equality;
- employers' organisations at Community level; and
- workers' organisations at Community level.
The Member States and the Commission aim to achieve a balanced representation between men and women in the Experts' Forum.
Members are designated for a period of three years.
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Experts' Forum 2016-2018
Belgique / België / Belgium (BE)
Mr Jeroen Decuyper Aerts
Institute for the Equality of Women and Men
Jeroen Decuyper Aerts currently works at the Belgian Federal Institute for the Equality of Women and Men, where he is part of the unit in charge of gender mainstreaming. He provides support to the Interdepartmental Coordination Group on Gender Mainstreaming and coordinates the efforts to implement gender-responsive budgeting at the federal level. At the Institute, he is also responsible for monitoring the implementation of the National Action Plan for the Execution of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and supports the integration of the gender dimension in the Belgian implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Prior to this position, Mr Decuyper Aerts worked at the Institute as an Administrative expert and as Secretary of the Council for Equal Opportunities of the municipality of Zwijndrecht. He is a Member of the Advisory Council on Gender and Development. Jeroen Decuyper Aerts holds a Master’s in Romance literature and languages, as well as a Master’s in international relations and conflict management.
Ms Carine Joly
Belgian Institute for the Equality of Women and Men
Carine Joly is responsible for the follow-up of international (EU, UN and Council of Europe) gender equality policy and in charge of coordinating the Institute’s unit on gender mainstreaming. She previously worked as a civil servant at the Ministry of Labour, Directorate of Equal Opportunity. Prior to that, Carine Joly spent four years working for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Administration, where, in the Equal Opportunities Unit, she was responsible for the implementation of the Fourth Action Programme to promote gender equality among the staff of the EU. She is a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming, and the Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, and represents Belgium in the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Commission (GEC). Carine Joly holds a Master in economics, as well as a Master in political science.
България / Bulgaria (BG)
Ms Petia Moeva
Department for Equal Opportunities, Anti-Discrimination and Social Assistance Benefits
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
Petia Moeva joined the Department in 2009, having previously worked on several national and transnational projects in the field of gender mainstreaming, fighting trafficking in human beings and promoting minority rights and anti-discrimination. Between 1999 and 2009, she was an International Relations Officer at the National Audit Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, where she was in charge of supporting several twinning projects. She has been a member of Nouveaux Droits de l’Homme, an NGO with special consultative status at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and is the author of several publications. She has been a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Group on Non-Discrimination, Equality and Diversity since 2012. Petia Moeva holds a degree in French and Portuguese philology and an MBA, both awarded by the University of Sofia. In 2014 she was awarded a scholarship from the French École Nationale d’Administration and took part in the international CISAP course “Protection des droits de l’Homme”.
Ms Ani Evgenieva-Georgieva
Equal Opportunities, Anti-Discrimination and Social Benefits Department
Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
Ani Evgenieva-Georgieva has been a Chief Expert at the Equal Opportunities, Anti-Discrimination and Social Benefits Department, part of the Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, since 2008. Her responsibilities include monitoring, analysing and evaluating national policies in the areas of ethnicity and equal opportunities. She also participates in the elaboration of normative acts, strategies, programmes, action plans, projects, reports and analyses in the areas of multi-ethnic relations, human rights protection, equality and anti-discrimination supporting and enhancing cooperation with civil organisations in the area of equality, anti-discrimination and ethnic issues; and participating in the coordination and implementation of the National Action Plan of the ‘Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015’ initiative. She was project officer for the ‘Get equal in economic decision-making’ project, funded by the European Commission PROGRESS programme (2007–2013). Ani Evgenieva-Georgieva has a Bachelor’s degree in geography and a Master’s degree in civil registration and administrative service, both from Sofia University.
Česká republika / The Czech Republic (CZ)
Ms Pavla Špondrová
Project Manager, 22 % to Equality Project
Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Pavla Špondrová is the manager of a five-year project ‘22 % to Equality’, focusing on the elimination of the gender pay gap. She entered the state administration in 2008 as a lawyer in the Gender Equality Unit of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, and became Head of the same unit in 2010. She previously developed cooperation with various NGOs (Open Society, Forum 50 %, League of Human Rights, etc.), the European Network against Racism, and the Czech Probation and Mediation Service. Her focus is on legal aspects of promoting equal opportunities, anti-discrimination and constitutional law, human rights and gender equality in decision-making. She is a member of the Committee for a Balanced Representation of Women and Men in Politics and in Decision-Making within the Government Council for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men. Pavla Špondrová holds a Master’s degree in sociology and in law and jurisprudence..
Mr Radan Šafařík
Gender Equality Unit, Office of the Government
Radan Šafařík is responsible for drafting and evaluating legal, policy and analytic documents in the field of gender equality and gender-based violence. He is co-responsible for the implementation of the principle of gender mainstreaming into draft acts and other documents submitted to the Government of the Czech Republic. He is also part of an expert group, which is responsible for the preparation of the Czech Programme on Domestic and Gender-Based Violence & Mainstreaming Gender Equality and Promoting Work–Life Balance, sponsored by the Norway Grants. He is a Secretary of the Committee for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and has been a member of the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Commission (GEC) since 2012. Radan Šafařík holds a Master’s degree in law.
Danmark / Denmark (DK)
Mr Kenn Warming
Adviser in the Equality Department
Danish Institute for Human Rights
Kenn Warming has been an Adviser at the Equality Department of the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) since 2011, where his work includes initiating and managing projects, drawing up research concepts and analysing issues related to gender equality. He previously worked as a researcher and consultant at the FOA trade union, where he researched gender segregation in the labour market and analysed statistics on the gender pay gap. Prior to these appointments, he was a research manager and researcher at the Danish Research Centre on Gender Equality at Roskilde University. His main area of expertise is the intersectionality of gender equality, men, and the labour market. Mr Warming has a PhD in social sciences, and a Master’s degree in sociology.
Ms Nell Rasmussen
Independent Consultant and Writer
Nell Rasmussen is an independent consultant, lawyer, and writer with expertise in the fields of domestic violence, trafficking in human beings, prostitution and women’s human rights and sexual/reproductive rights. Among her many appointments, she has worked as an adviser to the Danish government, parliamentarians, international organisations and NGOs on policy development and implementation. In the field of gender equality, she has recently monitored the status of the Danish Government’s protection of women against gender-based violence in relation to the Council of Europe Convention on combating violence against women and domestic violence, on behalf of the Danish Institute of Human Rights. She has been a member of GRETA, the monitoring group for the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings and earlier of the EU Expert Group on Trafficking in Human Beings. She was a negotiator on behalf of the Ministry of Gender Equality at the negotiations on the European Convention against violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO). Ms Rasmussen also co-initiated the partnership-based NGO, Gender & Rights, to promote cooperation with partners in the South. She has published extensively in the areas of prevention of domestic violence and femicides, trafficking, prostitution, and sexual and reproductive rights.
Deutschland / Germany (DE)
Ms Waltraud Dahs
Head of Division
Division for European and International Gender Equality Policy
Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Waltraud Dahs has been Head of the Division for European and International Gender Equality Policy since 2002. Prior to that, Ms Dahs worked as a seconded national expert in the Gender Equality Unit of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs. She has previously worked as Deputy to the Head of Division at her current ministry and been in charge of the sections on fundamental political issues, promotion of gender equality and international affairs, and other gender-related issues. She is currently a member of the European Commission’s Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men and an alternate member of the High-Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming. Waltraud Dahs holds a degree in political science from the University of Bonn.
Mr Thilo Engel
Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Thilo Engel holds a Master’s degree in law and a maîtrise in philosophy from Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris I and Sorbonne Paris IV universities. He also studied at the École normale supérieure in Paris. Mr Engel previously worked at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt am Main. His PhD thesis analysed the changes in role models and legal conceptions of mothers and fathers through early legislation on the protection of children in France and Germany.
Eesti / Estonia (EE)
Ms Reet Laja
Chair of the Board
Estonian Women Studies and Resource Centre (ENUT)
Reet Laja has been chair of the board of the Estonian Women’s Studies and Resource Centre since 2005. As a gender equality trainer and mentor, she has expertise in the areas of gender and education, achieving equal economic independence for women and men, enhancing work–life balance, promoting equal participation of women and men in decision-making, eradicating gender-based violence and trafficking, and promoting gender equality outside the European Union. Among her many appointments, she has been the Estonian representative to the Committee of Equality between Women and Men at the Council of Europe’s Human Rights Directorate and national coordinator of the UNDP/Estonian Government project ‘Gender Equality Policy and Promotion of Gender Equality Mainstreaming’. In addition, she has been the coordinator of the Estonian Gender-Sensitive NGOs Network since 2009 and is the Editor of the gender studies journal Ariadne’s Clew. Reet Laja is a co-author of the gender equality manual for local authorities and has written a practical handbook on collective bargaining and a children’s book on gender. She has a Bachelor’s degree in social psychology and a Master’s degree in organisational behaviour.
Ms Kristina Kukk
Analyst at the Analysis and Statistics Department
Ministry of Social Affairs
Éire / Ireland (IE)
Mr Laurence Bond
Head of Research
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC)
Laurence Bond’s responsibilities include developing and commissioning research programmes on human rights; equality proofing of the national budget; data and monitoring frameworks for economic, social and cultural rights; and understanding of interculturalism and related measurement issues in regard to racism and inclusion. He was Head of Research at the former Equality Authority from 2002 until its merger into the IHREC in late 2014, a position which included commissioning and managing gender equality research in a range of areas including the gender pay gap, labour market participation, pregnancy and employment, time use, impact of the recession, and gender analysis of tax and social welfare policies. Prior to joining the Equality Authority he worked for many years in research, policy analysis and campaigning in a number of Irish public sector and civil society organisations, focusing in particular on equality policy and practice, poverty and social and labour market policy. Among his publications, he was co-editor of the 2010 book Making Equality Count: Irish and International Research Measuring Equality and Discrimination. Mr Bond holds a Bachelor’s degree in politics and philosophy from University College Dublin.
Ms Carole Sullivan
Head of the Public Engagement Team
Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission
Carole Sullivan assumed her current role in January 2015, focusing primarily on promoting and providing information on human rights and equality, public awareness campaigns, education and training, and the roll-out of the new positive duty of public bodies to consider human rights and equality in the performance of their functions. Prior to that Ms Sullivan worked in the Equality Authority as Head of the Equality Mainstreaming Unit, where she managed the European Structural Fund Programme, providing training and guidance on embedding equality standards in the labour market and further education and training sectors. Before that she has coordinated the campaign of the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All and worked as a development officer in the Equality Authority. She also worked as a campaigner and policy analyst in anti-poverty, gender equality and labour market activation. She has been a member of the National Economic and Social Forum and represented the Community and Voluntary Pillar at national negotiations and social partnership working groups. Ms Sullivan graduated from University College Dublin with a degree in social science and a Master’s in women’s studies, specialising in prostitution and the law in Ireland.
Ελλάδα, Elláda / Greece (EL)
Ms Vasiliki Saini
General Secretariat for Gender Equality
Ministry of the Interior and Administrative Reconstruction
Vasiliki Saini’s domains of expertise include issues related to gender health and employment rights. She has worked at the Ministry since 2013 and her current duties include writing proposals and speeches and acting as the contact person on gender health issues and persons with disability. Ms Saini is also a member of the management board of the Association of Employees of the General Secretariat for Gender Equality in Greece. From 2002 to 2013 Ms Saini worked as labour inspector at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. She graduated in social anthropology and social policy from the Panteion University of Athens and holds two Master’s degrees, one in public health from the National School of Public Health and another in international medicine and health crisis management from the School of Medicine of Athens University. Her dissertations were related to organ trafficking and female genital mutilation.
Mr Georgios Koumpouras
General Secretariat for Gender Equality
Ministry of the Interior
Georgios Koumpouras is a Senior Official in the Department of Legal and Financial Monitoring of Gender Equality Mechanisms of the General Secretariat for Gender Equality at the Greek Ministry of the Interior, where he has served since 2010. Mr Koumpouras is responsible for legislation in the fields of violence against women, family law, intimate partner violence and labour relations. Georgios Koumpouras is a graduate of the National School of Public Administration, and holds a degree from the Law School of the National University of Athens, and a Master’s degree in law from the University of Paris XII, where he specialised in family law.
Ms Christina Breit
Confederation of German Employers European and International Affairs
Mr Armin Augat
Executive Director; Lawyer
Bavarian Municipal Employers' Association
España / Spain (ES)
Ms Esther Escolano Zamorano
Deputy Director of Studies and Cooperation
Women´s and Equal Opportunities Institute (IMIO)
Esther Escolano is currently the Deputy Director of Studies and Cooperation at the Women’s and Equal Opportunities Institute, as well as a faculty lecturer and researcher at the University of Valencia. In her current position, she is responsible for the following areas: generating knowledge by planning studies on women, feminists and gender; providing an explanation of the state and evolution of society from a gender perspective; analysing and assessing indicators and statistics on the situation of women; and preparing reports on the gender impact of laws and regulations. In addition, she leads various projects on gender equality and the reconciliation of work and family life, and coordinates the Strategic Plan of Equal Opportunities. She has researched and lectured on gender issues and has written books and articles on academic women, women and public management, and businesswomen. She has degrees in law, geography, history and political science, and holds a PhD in sociology. She has completed academic and research stays at the University of Virginia, the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the University of Guadalajara, the University of Lisbon, the University of Copenhagen, and the Universities of Bologna, Verona, Palermo, Trieste, Roma Tre and Pisa.
Ms Begoña Suárez Suárez
Deputy Director General for Entrepreneurship and Professional Promotion of Women
Institute of Women and Equal Opportunities
Begona Suárez Suárez is responsible for coordinating national actions to promote women’s entrepreneurship and facilitate women entrepreneurs’ access to high-level positions. She has also represented Spain in international forums such as the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW), Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and International Labour Organisation (ILO). Over the last four years she has led the implementation of a programme on gender equality and work-life balance co-financed by the European Economic Area. The main objectives of this programme are increasing women’s entrepreneurship in emerging sectors, promoting gender balance in company boards and engaging several schools throughout Spain and Norway to improve gender equality in educational models. She is also involved in an ongoing project to improve work-life balance plans in a group of municipalities in Spain and Norway, while also contributing to a study of good practices and legal instruments to fight gender-based violence in Norway, Iceland and Spain. Ms Suárez Suárez has authored many publications on the integration of the gender perspective into education and the prevention of gender-based occupational hazards. She has various degrees, including in occupational risk prevention, and has also studied public leadership.
Ms Edit Bauer
Member of the European Parliament
Mr Olivier Plasman
Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Direction de la Recherche
Ms Isabella Lenarduzzi
Owner and Managing Director
JUMP "Promoting gender equality, advancing the economy", Isa-Media
European Trade Union Confederation
Ms Joa Bergold
ETUC, Swedish Trade Union Confederation
Mr David Joyce
Irish Confederation of Trade Unions
EU-level Non-Governmental Organisation
Ms Laura Albu
European Women's Lobby
Mr Richard Tom Köhler
Policy and Capacity Officer
TGEU - Transgender Europe
Mr Joël Le Déroff
European and International Affairs Unit
General Directorate for Social Cohesion
Ministry of Health and Social Affairs
Joël Le Déroff serves in the Directorate responsible for mainstreaming gender equality policies within all ministerial departments of the French government. The Directorate supervises a nation-wide network of regional and local delegates in charge of equality between women and men. The General Directorate for Social Cohesion also has a competence in other related policy areas, such as childhood and family policies, disability and age support programmes and minimum income schemes. Mr Le Déroff started his career in the French Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in 2005, where he gained valuable experience in the area of social policies, equality and European affairs. From 2009 to 2015, he worked for two European non-governmental organisations in the field of equality and anti-discrimination: the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex association (ILGA-Europe) and the European Network Against Racism (ENAR). In the latter, he supervised advocacy and capacity-building projects on equality, hate crime, asylum and gender-based violence. Mr Le Déroff holds Master’s degrees in European geopolitics and international economy.
Hrvatska / The Republic of Croatia (HR)
Ms Ivana Jugović
Institute for Social Research in Zagreb
Ms Tamara Sterk
Counselor and Psychologist
Office for Gender Equality
Tamara Šterk is a Psychologist and certified trainer in the field of gender equality. She has been providing training for public servants in the Croatian School of Public Administration since 2010. She currently holds the position of Counsellor at the Office for Gender Equality of the Croatian Government, where she is responsible for projects focusing on specific areas of concern, such as institutional capacity building, statistical data collection and the analysis and assessment of the current status of women’s rights. Ms Šterk provides expertise and assistance to coordinators for gender equality in various bodies of Croatia’s public administration in the process of developing their action plans for gender equality. She is also a member of two monitoring committees for the implementation of operational programmes that regulate access to European Structural and Investment Funds.
Italia / Italy (IT)
Mr Michele Palma
Office for General and International Affairs and Interventions in the Social Field
Department for Equal Opportunities
Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers
Michele Palma manages projects, programmes and interventions related to gender equality. He has several fields of expertise including gender equality, violence against women, female genital mutilation, reconciliation of work and family life, and women’s empowerment in national, European and international contexts. He has been the coordinator of various initiatives and projects on gender equality, including projects co-financed by the European Commission under numerous community programmes such as 7FP and the Structural Funds. He is currently a member of the European Commission’s Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men and the High-Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming and represents Italy in the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Commission (GEC). Michele Palma holds a PhD in civil procedural law.
Ms Antonella Graziadei
Department for Equal Opportunities
Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers
Antonella Graziadei has been working at the Italian National Office against Racial Discrimination (UNAR), within the Department for Equal Opportunities of the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers, since 2011. Her responsibilities include gender-based violence issues and gender balance on corporate boards. Between 2007 and 2011 she worked at the Legislative Office of the Italian Minister for Equal Opportunities. She has been involved in the work of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and is participating as coordinator in the European project on the role of the media in the promotion of gender equality. She also represented Italy in meetings of the EU Council Working Party on Social Questions, on matters related to advancing women’s roles as decision-makers in the media and combating violence against women. She is the author of several publications and a lecturer on gender-based violence. Antonella Graziadei holds a degree in law.
Κύπρος, Kýpros / Cyprus (CY)
Ms Alexia Hadjikoumi
Department of Labour
Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance
Alexia Hadjikoumi’s duties at the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance include but are not limited to issues of equality between women and men. Prior to this position she was a gender equality inspector for two years. She contributed to the preparation of reports and examining how compatible projects financed with Structural Funds were with equality principles. Earlier in her career she was an associate lawyer at the Law Commissioner’s Office and served as General secretary of the National Institution for the Protection of Human Rights for a period of five years. She has a Master’s degrees in international and commercial law, and in human resources management and organisational behaviour.
Ms Andri Savva
Office of the Commissioner of Gender Equality
Prior to joining the Office of the Commissioner of Gender Equality in 2016, Ms Savva has worked as a Labour Officer at the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance of Cyprus for the last 15 years. She is also a Gender Equality Inspector. She deals with Gender issues related to the implementation of the new Strategic Plan on Equality between Women and Men 2014-2017, and is responsible for monitoring and evaluating actions under this strategic plan. Andri Savva also provides scientific support to the Commissioner for Gender Equality as well as to the National Machinery for Women’s Rights. She is a member of the sub-committees of Employment and the economic empowerment of women and of the Elimination of stereotypes and social prejudices. Andri Savva holds a Master’s degree in gender equality from the Aegean University in Rhodes and has a degree in social theology from the National & Kapodistrian University in Athens.
Latvija / Latvia (LV)
Ms Dace Kavasa
Board Member and Consultant
Dace Kasava has extensive experience in gender equality, human rights and corporate social responsibility issues, working in different positions as consultant, educator and project manager. In 2011, she founded a consultancy aiming to develop and deliver diversity management, non-discrimination training and non-discrimination analysis and products. Previously, she worked as a consultant at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Her main competencies include strategic planning, particularly with small and medium-sized organisations, as well as legal analysis and work on sustainability, including diversity and gender equality issues, in organisational change processes. She is credited with important practical experience in projects with EU candidate countries and countries in transition for the development of gender-sensitive laws, policies and capacity-building initiatives. Dace Kavasa holds a Masters (LLM) in European and international law.
Ms Iluta Lace
Resource Centre for Women (Marta)
Iluta Lace is a founder and the current Director of the Resource Centre for Women (Marta), which educates women about their rights and provides them with knowledge-based competences. At the centre, Ms Lace also directs international projects dealing with women victims of trafficking and gender-based violence. Furthermore, she participates in different national and international working groups as an expert in gender equality. She previously worked as a social worker, trainer and feminist activist in women’s organisations. She frequently prepares gender-sensitive reports for various institutions in different European countries and contributes to research conducted by national and international bodies. She continues to provide expertise on women’s rights in post-Soviet countries, especially Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Iluta Lace holds two Master’s degrees, one in business administration and the other in political science and European studies.
Lietuva / Lithuania (LT)
Ms Virginija Šidlauskienė
Centre for Gender Studies
Ms Šidlauskienė has vast experience in gender equality indicators, gender mainstreaming, and social innovations at academic institutions (EQUAL Initiative). She has contributed to gender equality research in the EU’s research programmes (FP6, FP7 and COST) and national European Social Fund (ESF) projects. She has worked with the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (Council of Europe) on the measurement of critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action. Furthermore, she is an independent expert to the Council of Europe’s Directorate-General for Human Rights and a member of the Working Group on the Implementation of Horizontal Politics within the Lithuanian Ministry of Finance. She worked as an adviser on social policies, including gender equality, to the Prime Minister of Lithuania, and has served as an expert in the Interministerial Commission on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in Lithuania. Virginija Šidlauskienė holds a doctorate in social sciences. She has published over hundred research papers and is editor-in-chief of the journal Gender Studies and Research. This is her third term as a national representative at the EIGE Experts’ Forum.
Ms Aurelija Mineikaitė
Equality between Women and Men Division
Ministry of Social Security and Labour
Aurelija Mineikaitė’s responsibilities include preparing legal acts, programmes and other documents in the field of gender equality, preparing and coordinating Lithuania’s positions regarding EU Council Conclusions in the area of gender equality, analysing and preparing conclusions regarding relevant EU Court of Justice case law and providing information to the national Commission of Equal Opportunities for Women and Men. Ms Mineikaitė previously worked as a Chief Specialist in the Youth Division of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour and as a Trainee at the Human Rights Monitoring Institute in Vilnius. She has a Master’s degrees in law, focusing on international human rights protection, from Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius. She also studied law at La Rochelle University in France, and attended the EU Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality (‘Gender Segregation in the Labour Market and Education’), held in Denmark in September 2015.
Ms Christel Baltes-Löhr
Professor and Gender Representative
University of Luxembourg
Christel Baltes-Löhr is a Professor at the University of Luxembourg, where she teaches in the fields of gender, sociology and education science and is responsible for gender research. She has been the University of Luxembourg’s gender representative since 2004, a role that involves advising the rectorate in all questions of gender equality, developing infrastructural measures, conducting gender research and gender-sensitive teaching, and founding the Gender Research Network Luxembourg. She has also been the Head of the university’s Gender Expert Group since 2015, a role in which she is responsible for developing and coordinating critical and innovative gender research. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal Gender and Education, published by Routledge. Ms Baltes is also a member of the EU Helsinki Group on Women and Science and has previously worked as a gender expert at the European Commission and as a scientific adviser at the Luxembourg Ministry for Equal Opportunities. She has published extensively in a wide variety of areas, including gender inequalities, the effects of gender normativity in childhood, and migration. Christel Baltes-Löhr has a PhD in social anthropology and ethnology from the University of Trier.
Magyarország / Hungary (HU)
Ms Margit Batthyány-Schmidt
Union of Hungarian Women
Ms Réka Szabó
Ministry of Human Capacities
Mr (Giovanni) Vanni Xuereb
Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee (MEUSAC)
Vanni Xuereb has been Head of the Malta-EU Steering and Action Committee within the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties since 2008. He is in charge of steering the consultation process between the government, political parties and civil society on EU legislative and policy proposals, disseminating EU information to key stakeholders as well as assisting local governments and NGOs on EU programmes. His main areas of expertise are employment, social affairs and equal opportunities as well as justice and freedom. He has been a member of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality between Men and Women since 2004. He is also a regular contributor to the national newspaper Times of Malta. On 12 May 2015 he was made a Chevalier de l’ordre national du Mérite of the French Republic in recognition of his role in bringing Malta closer to the European Union. Vanni Xuereb graduated in law from the University of Malta and pursued postgraduate studies in advanced European legal studies at the College of Europe in Bruges.
Ms Sina Bugeja
Chief Executive Officer for Special Projects
Ministry for Energy and Health
Sina Bugeja is currently employed at the Maltese Ministry for Energy and Health. Prior to that she was Chief executive officer of the Foundation for Social Welfare Services for five years and a member of the Government Expert Group on Anti-Discrimination at EU level. Between 2004 and 2009, she was Executive director of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE). Ms Bugeja has previous experience in the promotion of equality, representing Malta at the High-Level Group on Gender Equality and Diversity (European Parliament) and the Council of Europe Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men. Ms Bugeja is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Public Health and lectures in various faculties at the University of Malta. She is also an HIV/AIDS counsellor and a family mediator. Sina Bugeja holds a Master’s degree in health promotion and education as well as a degree in nursing and social work.
Nederland / The Netherlands (NL)
Ms Catherine Bij de Vaate
Atria Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History
Catherine Bij de Vaate is currently being seconded to the Social-Economic Council of the Netherlands to work on the advisory project ‘Working and Living in the Future’. Prior to that, she worked as a trainer in different European countries. Her areas of expertise include gender equality, gender stereotypes, gender mainstreaming, advocacy, female labour participation, work-life balance, diversity, cross-cultural management, and women and leadership. She was project leader of the Keys to the EU masterclass. Alongside writing columns and articles on gender issues, she has trained policymakers and NGO officials on gender mainstreaming. Since 2013 she has delivered gender training at the Council of Europe and is regularly invited to speak at international conferences. From 2010 to 2014 Ms De Vaate served as a city councillor. She holds a Master’s degree in international business administration.
Mr Charles Alexander de Vries
Senior Policy Adviser
Gender Equality and LGBT Equality Department
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Charles de Vries is an economist and an expert in the working with the indicators for the Beijing Platform for Action. He is a member of the European Commission’s High-Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming and a member of the Gender Equality Commission of the Council of Europe. For the past six years he has been a member of the Dutch delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. Charles de Vries was also chair of EIGE’s Working Group on the Beijing Indicators.
Österreich / Austria (AT)
Ms Silvia Ulrich
Head of the Institute for Legal Gender Studies
Johannes Kepler University Linz
Silvia Ulrich is Professor of legal gender studies, diversity and anti-discrimination law and Head of the Institute for Legal Gender Studies at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. Her main research is from the following areas: the gender dimension of human rights and gender differences within the legal system; protection against discrimination and positive actions in national and international law; the (European) legal framework for gender mainstreaming and diversity management; and protection against gender-based violence. Between 2011 and 2014 she was a legal expert for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). She has held previous academic appointments at the University of Linz and the Institute for Austrian and European Public Law, Comparative Law, Political Science and Public Administration. In 2005 she was a guest lecturer at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakesh as part of the TEMPUS-MEDA project ‘Women civilisations and legal systems’. Silvia Ulrich has a doctorate from the Faculty of Law of the University of Graz.
Mr Erich Lehner
Psychoanalyst and Consultant
Institute for Palliative Care and Organisational Ethics
Erich Lehner works in private practice as a psychoanalyst and as a consultant at the Institute for Palliative Care and Organisational Ethics at the University of Klagenfurt, Faculty of Interdisciplinary Research and Further Education (IFF Vienna). He also leads a Master’s degree course in palliative care and conducts research and teaching in gender studies, critical studies of masculinities and palliative care. He has also taught gender studies at the University of Vienna. Between 1997 and 2005 he was the Research manager for the ‘Project for Research on Gender Relations’ at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Value Research in Vienna. He has run training activities in the areas of men’s work and men’s education since 1989 and has been the chairman of the Association of Men’s Work in Austria since 2016. Erich Lehner has a Doctorate in Catholic theology from the University of Vienna, with a focus on critical men’s studies.
Polska / Poland (PL)
Ms Ewa Rumińska-Zimny
Warsaw School of Economics
International Women’s Forum
Ewa Rumińska-Zimny is a Lecturer at the Warsaw School of Economics, where she received her PhD in international economics. She is also a Member of the International Association of Feminist Economists (IAFFE), a member of the Advisory Board of the Congress of Polish Women and Vice-President of the Women’s International Forum, a non-governmental organization at the Warsaw School of Economics. Her areas of expertise include gender and macroeconomics, human development, and globalisation and the Millennium Development Goals. Over the last 15 years Ms Rumińska-Zimny has worked as a staff member at the UN Secretariat in New York and Geneva and as an Expert advisor to the UN Development Programme and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). From 2000 to 2009 she was a Senior Social Affairs Officer and Gender Focal Point at the UN Economic Commission for Europe, where she organised regional reviews for the Beijing Platform for Action (+10 and +15) for 56 member countries and founded the ‘Gender and Economy’ programme and its intergovernmental working groups. Her last project on the Millennium Development Goals, social exclusion and gender resulted in establishing a Knowledge Hub on Gender and Economy, a report on gender-disaggregated economic data and mainstreaming gender into economic policies in Central Asia and the Caucasus. She has published various studies, including 2009 Gender Gap and Economic Policy.
Ms Magdalena Środa
Institute of Philosophy, Warsaw University
Professor Magdalena Środa has worked at the Institute of Philosophy at Warsaw University since 1982. She is also the leader of the Congress of Women in Poland. Her academic specialisations include: the history of ideas, political and moral philosophy, applied ethics, diversity problems and gender and women’s studies. She has written numerous articles and books about ethics, political philosophy, gender studies and women’s issues. The most important of these are: The Idea of Dignity in Culture and Ethics (1994), History of Moral Ideas (1996), Individualism and Its Critics: Contemporary Debates between Communitarians, Liberals and Feminists about Subject, Community and Gender (2003), Women and Power (2009), and Ethics for Thinkers (2011). She is a member of the Committee on Philosophical Sciences and of the Committee on Ethics in Science, both part of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is director of the Postgraduate School of Philosophy and Ethics at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences at Warsaw University. She is also a columnist at Gazeta Wyboracza. In 2004–2005 she held the position of a Minister - Government plenipotentiary for the equal status of women and men.
Ms Teresa Alvarez
Mr João Paiva
Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality
João Paiva has been a Senior Policy Officer at the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality since 2003, where he is currently working in the area of preventing and fighting domestic and gender-based violence. Between 2009 and 2013 he coordinated regional and municipal cooperation initiatives for territorial gender equality policies. From 2008 to 2014 Mr Paiva was the appointed representative on behalf of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality at the European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET) and the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA). He has worked in the area of gender mainstreaming at local level since 2005 and has been involved in training local actors to implement gender equality plans, in the signature of protocols with municipalities, the appointment of a local equality adviser, the implementation of local equality plans, and the development of local and regional networks to prevent and combat domestic and gender based violence. Mr Paiva holds a Bachelor’s in history (1994) and a Postgraduate degree in education sciences (1997). He is currently studying gender studies at Postgraduate level. He is also a certified teachers’ trainer on gender equality (2005).
România / Romania (RO)
Ms Maria Ulican
National Agency for Equal Opportunities between Women and Men
Ms Carmen Niculescu
National Agency for Equal Opportunities between Women and Men
Slovenija / Slovenia (SI)
Ms Mojca Frelih M. Phil
Peace Institut, Institut for Contemporary Social and Political Studies
Mojca Frelih has been a researcher at the Peace Institute since 2003, and worked on various national and international projects. Her research fields are sociological phenomena with an emphasis on feminist theory, gender mainstreaming, gender equality, equal opportunities and gender relations, (anti-)discrimination, migration, the labour market, reconciliation of work and family life, contemporary citizenship, etc. She has conducted many interviews, led numerous workshops and performed other fieldwork as part of various international research projects. Ms Frelih holds a Master’s degree in sociology.
Ms Sara Slana
Equal Opportunities Department
Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities
Sara Slana has been working in the area of gender equality and women’s human rights since 2007, when she joined the Office for Equal Opportunities of the Slovenian Government, which was later placed under the remit of the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. She is responsible for the coordination of EU and international affairs, project management and the area of gender-based violence, namely the implementation of the Istanbul Convention. In 2013 and 2014 she worked for EIGE as a contract agent responsible for the area of gender equality and EU enlargement countries. Ms Slana holds a degree in political science with a specific focus on gender equality issues.
Slovensko / The Slovak Republic (SK)
Ms Silvia Porubänová
Director and Senior Researcher
Institute for Labour and Family Research
Silvia Porubänová is a sociologist and currently works at the Institute for Labour and Family Research in Bratislava, where she is in charge of managing projects, information and activities on family issues and social policy. She has professional experience in the field of gender equality, social inclusion and the status of women in the labour market. Additionally, she actively participates in civic initiatives aimed at increasing the social and political participation of women and marginalised groups. As the author and editor of many books and articles, she has widely published on issues such as abortion, LGBT rights and integration of migrants. She is a member of the European Commission’s Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, and serves as an expert on the Committee for Gender Equality of the Slovak Government and Chair of the working group on Work-family reconciliation.
Mr Daniel Gerbery
Senior Researcher and Deputy Director for Research
Institute for Labour and Family Research
Daniel Gerbery has held his current position since 2003, a post that involves preparing research reports and policy briefs for decision-makers, as well as producing background research for strategic documents in the fields of early childhood care and policies, family policies, minimum income, poverty and social exclusion. He is also the national coordinator of the European Social Policy Network and teaches social statistics at Comenius University in Bratislava. He has earlier been a consultant to the United Nations Development Programme. Mr Gerbery has published numerous publications and reports on subjects such as social inclusion, childcare, minimum income protection, the long-term unemployed, access to energy, and the living conditions of Roma households in Slovakia. He has also written about the gender-biased commodification of the labour force. Daniel Gerbery has a PhD in sociology from Comenius University.
Suomi / Finland (FI)
Ms Reetta Siukola
Minna, Centre for Gender Equality Information
Reetta Siukola has been Development Manager at Minna – Centre for Gender Equality Information, which is a part of the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, since 2015. Her responsibilities include the provision of information on gender equality policy and relevant actors to support decision-making, monitoring of gender equality policy and updating summaries of key legislation and gender research, statistics, projects and publications. Prior to this appointment, Ms Siukola worked as a senior officer at the Gender Equality Unit of the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, where she was charged with coordinating gender mainstreaming training, support and projects at the governmental level. This included the Gender Glasses I & II projects and the EU-funded PROGRESS programme for social solidarity. She has contributed to various reports on mainstreaming the gender equality perspective into government administration. Ms Siukola holds a Master’s degree in political science, with a focus on gender studies, from the University of Helsinki.
Ms Eeva Raevaara
Gender Equality Unit
Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Eeva Raevaara has worked in the field of gender equality and gender studies since the 1980s, both in the Finnish national bodies for gender equality and in academia. Previously, she worked as a coordinator and researcher at the Christina Institute for Women’s Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her main research fields are gender equality policies and discourses as well as gender issues in local politics. She has participated in Nordic and European research projects and networks in the fields of gender studies and feminist political science. Eeva Raevaara holds a PhD in social sciences with a focus on gender equality policies.
Sverige / Sweden (SE)
Ms Kerstin Alnebratt
Swedish Secretariat for Gender research
Kerstin Alnebratt has served as Director of the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research since 2009. The secretariat, located at the University of Gothenburg, has a national remit with the task of disseminating gender research and strengthening the research field. The secretariat has also been several times commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Swedish Government to promote gender equality. Ms Alnebratt’s main area of interest is critical studies on gender equality, including the relations between theory, politics and practice. She is part of a research project called ‘Theorising politics and practice: Critical studies of gender equality policy’. Together with Malin Rönnblom, she published ‘Feminism as bureaucracy’ (2016), a book about the implementation of gender mainstreaming in Sweden. For eight years, from 1994 to 2002, she was Deputy Mayor of the city of Gothenburg. She holds a PhD in gender research.
Mr Mikael Almén
Coordinator at the Gender Mainstreaming in Government Agencies Programme
Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research
University of Gothenburg
Mikael Almén is responsible for supporting the 60 Swedish government agencies commissioned by the central government to work on gender mainstreaming over the period 2013–2018. He leads the development of measurable objectives for these agencies, helping to mainstream gender into their regulatory documents. He also prepares guidelines and other material for gender mainstreaming, plans and leads trainings and conferences on themes such as norm criticism, intersectionality, gender-equal communication and gender equality analysis. Mr Almén previously worked as a programme administrator on the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions’ Programme for Sustainable Gender Equality, and was an elected member of the City of Malmö’s anti-discrimination committee between 2008 and 2009. Mr Almén has Master’s degree in political science, with a focus on gender studies.
United Kingdom (UK)