Name: Peter Josef von Bethlenfalvy
Function: Founder and Executive Director
Peter Josef von Bethlenfalvy has a long professional experience of European and international cooperation in the field of migration, foreign and development policies, security and human rights. He recently retired from his position as Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Germany. He formerly held leading positions at IOM in Brussels, Rome and Vienna. He was the driving force in strengthening the European Union and International stance towards a number of issues such as economic migration, organised crime and trafficking in human beings, democratisation and parliamentary elections as well as humanitarian and emergency aid. He advised and worked closely with a number of EU Presidencies and European Commissioners as well as European Parliamentarians in carrying forward their priorities. His experience and commitment led to numerous policy improvements in the above fields in Europe, and strengthened cooperation between governments, international organisations, civil societies and regions.
Name: Patsy Sörensen
Function: Founder and THB expert
Patsy Sörensen is founder and director of the Antwerp-based NGO Payoke, a non-governmental organisation focused on assisting victims of human trafficking. From her early profession as art teacher to her political career as Alderman, City Councillor, and Member of the European Parliament to her current role as internationally recognised expert and member of the EU Expert Group on Human Trafficking, Patsy has demonstrated her commitment to tackling this heinous crime. Throughout the years, Patsy has pioneered the fight against trafficking in human beings, working tirelessly towards: providing victims with the support needed to regain their rights, freedom, and dignity; “waking up” stakeholders to the realities of human trafficking; assisting in the development of a proper legal framework; developing a coordinated and cooperative approach toward victim identification, protection, and prosecution; and using Payoke’s 20+ year history of lessons learned to provide guidelines and best practices to other players in the field of counter-trafficking.
Name: Jelena von Helldorff
Function: Senior Policy Advisor
Jelena von Helldorff is a lawyer specialised in European law and integration and international relations. She has acquired her professional experience by working closely with the EU institutions in the field of migration, justice and home affairs, EU common foreign and security policy, development, human rights and EU global governance. In her capacity as policy advisor, she has worked for IOM in Brussels and Austria on issues related to organised crime, trafficking in human beings, conflict prevention and post-conflict management, human rights and democratisation. She has produced a number of research papers which were used by the European Commission in policy formulation. Jelena is also Vice-President of IFIAS (Institute for International Assistance and Solidarity), an NGO dealing with human rights, with offices in Bonn and Brussels.
Name: Dominique Foubert
Function: Finance Director
Dominique Foubert is a graduate in business and finance administration. He started his career in banking and IT, covering the Benelux region in the early 1970s. In the mid-1970s, he was offered the position of IT analyst by the Pfizer pharmaceutical group, where he occupied various functions in IT, materials management and accounting. In the 1990s, he was appointed Controller of Financial Services Europe of this company. In recognition of his capacities in managing international and European financial and budgetary matters, combined with his deep concern for human resources, he became Business Finance director of Pfizer Pharmaceutical Group with overall responsibility in Belgian and Luxemburg for business finance, budget, internal control and taxation affairs. He was then appointed Director of General Services (IT, business finance and human resources) at one of the Belgian plants of Pfizer Global Manufacturing.
Name: Denise De Hauwere
Function: Chairman of the Board
Ambassador (Hon.) Denise De Hauwere recently retired from the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs after having served in Belgrade (twice), Skopje, Vienna, Santiago de Chile, Jakarta and Madrid. When posted in Brussels she was successively a member of the European Policy team at the ministry, Director for diplomatic and consular personnel, head of the Balkans desk and Director for West and Central Europe and North America. Before joining the Belgian diplomatic corps, she was a European civil servant at the European Commission, working mainly on institutional matters. Before that, she worked in the private sector for McKinsey & Company in Belgium. She has a vast experience in the Balkans and in European affairs.
Name: Robert Taylor
Function: Vice Chairman
Robert (Bob) Taylor is a founding partner of European Research Associates (ERA), a consultancy advising business and government on issues of European public policy. He has followed at first hand the development of the EU and its institutions over the past 35 years. During this time, he has worked with ERA clients and has also acted as adviser and project manager for the European Commission. He was also a part-time correspondent for the Economist newspaper of London from 1982 to 2000. His particular areas of specialisation are regulatory affairs, communications policy, transport, and the energy/environment interface. He was also active as a project manager for EU technical assistance projects in ACP countries, central and eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East. Prior to setting up ERA he worked for Reuters for 12 years, first as a foreign correspondent and then as a business manager.