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 Children in Migration
Federica coordinates Missing Children Europe’s advocacy work for changes in policy and law to better support and protect migrant children at EU level, and she manages the organisation’s international projects on protecting children in migration from going missing. Federica co-authored the study ‘Best practice and key challenges for inter-agency cooperation to safeguard unaccompanied migrant children from going missing’. Before Missing Children Europe, she worked at the Directorate for Asylum and Migration of the European Commission and in the international management of the European Law Students’ Association, one of the largest international youth organisations. Federica holds a LLM in International and European Law.
Federica joined Missing Children Europe in 2014.
"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
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
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.
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
Project Officer for Children in Migration
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
Syed is a refugee and an advocate for refugee rights from Afghanistan. He has bachelor in Political science and international relation from roman university La Sapienza. Syed has been engaged in refugees, asylum seekers and unaccompanied foreign minors as a social worker, cultural mediator and legal adviser since 2007. He worked with several humanitarian NGOs such as Save the Children, Jesuit Refugee Services, UNHCR, Intersos, MSF and many local cooperatives.
“Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety, after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly.” - Ali Ibn Abi Talib AS
Communications and Fundraising Assistant
Jagoda holds a bachelor's degree in applied linguistics and a master's degree in international relations from the University of Warsaw, where she specialized in integration and external relations of the EU. She has a broad background in translation, proofreading, project development and management, as well as communication in the non-profit sector in Poland and Belgium. Following experiences at ATD Quart Monde, Jagoda worked at Fedasil and Development Policy Foundation.
Jagoda joined Missing Children Europe in 2019.
“Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.” - Fyodor Dostoevsky
Policy and Programme Assistant
Paola holds a bachelor's degree in multilingual communication (2014) and a master's degree in European Studies (2019) from the University of Geneva. She specializes in European Union law, with the particular interest in human rights law. After an internship at the Centre of Excellence for European Union legal studies at the University of Geneva, in communication and research, she decided to start working for a non-profit organisation to support and advocate human rights.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
Admin & Events Assistant
Emily graduated from Universiteit Leiden in 2019 with a Bachelor degree in International Justice and Languages, specializing in international law and human trafficking. She has joined Missing Children Europe as Admin & Events Assistant for eight months before going on to do an LLB at Queens University Belfast in September 2020.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not" - Dr Seuss
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