Team

Laura Sullivan | Executive Director, Belgium

Laura is our Executive Director. She is an activist and feminist who has been focused over the last couple of decades on working with civil society on issues of poverty and inequality. She specialises in campaigning and rethinking organisational strategies to effect much needed systemic change globally. For 10 years she worked with ActionAid International, in her last role, as the Regional Director for Europe and the Americas. Over that time she also served as the Vice President to Concord, the main Confederation of Development Organisations in Europe. Laura firmly believes that our systems were man-made and that they can be woman and man re-made. Beyond the professional setting, she co-runs a group called Systemic Change Brussels aimed at connecting activists working at local and European / international levels in the city. She is a serious fan of all things musical.

Anne Assehn | Finance and Operations Director, Germany and France

Joining WeMove Europe is for our Finance and Operations Director Anne Asséhn a rejoicing return to working for social change through the act of campaigning around issues laying close to her heart. On her path from initiating student environment groups and working for various grassroots campaigning groups, she has also gathered experience within the fields of grassroots funders as well as humanitarian and development NGOs. Now she is putting her skills and efforts into shaping up WeMove’s finance and operation processes and planning, either from her home location in Paris, the WeMove office in Berlin or from our administrative hub in Ljubljana, when she is not on an occasional visit to her country of origin Sweden. Anne is passionate about facilitation, expressed through her engagement with the Dutch action training and facilitation collective Stroomversnellers and in the past in more rhythmic forms, when she was part of bringing to life the Rhythms of Resistance international action samba network.

Olga Vuković | Campaigns Director, Italy

Olga is based in Bologna and together with Mika helps the campaigning team run brilliant campaigns through practical, strategic and moral support. She also takes part in the general management of WeMove Europe. Olga manages the English, Polish and Italian campaigners. She has worked within the European civil society sector for over eight years with a specific focus on transnational activism and helping bridge the gap between citizens and decision-makers. When she was a child her family left Montenegro (then former Yugoslavia), and since then she has lived in Canada, the UK and Italy.  Her migrant background has led her to be passionate about issues of citizenship, identity and migration. Olga jumps at every opportunity to travel, and when time allows loves to squeeze in a good yoga class.

Michal Mach | Tech Director, Poland

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Felicia Fürhaupter | Executive Officer, Germany

Felicia is based in Berlin and assists the managing director and the campaigns manager. She makes sure that things in the Berlin office run smoothly. Before joining WeMove Europe she worked at a refugee camp in Berlin, helping new arrivals to meet people that have already lived in Germany for a longer time. She's interested in migration, equal opportunities and projects that support the people in her neighbourhood. In her free-time she enjoys riding her bicycle, exploring places in and around Berlin.
 

Mika Leandro | Campaigns Director, France

Mika is based in Bordeaux and together with Andrew helps the campaign team run brilliant campaigns through practical, strategic and moral support. She also takes part in the general management of WeMove Europe. Before working at WeMove Europe, Mika lead a campaigns team in an anti-slavery NGO, campaigned to protect the environment and for human rights. Mika’s favourite way to relax is to jump in the ocean, if she can go scuba diving it’s even better.

Virginia López Calvo | Senior Campaigner, Spain

Virginia is based in Madrid and travels across the different regions of the Spanish state to ensure the various priorities and sensitivities are factored into our campaigns. She is a campaigner at her peak performance when weaving trans-European and intercontinental networks, particularly those working in the intersection of gender, economic and environmental justice. A feminist advocate for more than a decade, Virginia has worked on decriminalisation of abortion, women’s participation in macroeconomic policy-making and trade justice. When not doing politics she plays baglama and dances forró.

Simona Muršec | Finance Manager, Slovenia

Our administrative hero, responsible for the smooth running of everything financial and operational. Simona has been learning a lot about the legal, human resources and accounting issues across Europe and is making sure the team gets to meet and work together. Previously, she was active in the global socialist youth movement and worked as a human rights education trainer and facilitator of youth policy processes - her own political goal being to support people becoming emancipated and empowered to change their societies. When Simona is not building democracy, she organises the Pride Parade in Ljubljana and takes her dog swimming.

Jörg Rohwedder | Senior Campaigner, Germany

30 years of experience for change: Jörg Rohwedder is our Senior Campainger for Germany, based in Palingen, near Hamburg. Since he was a youngster of 17 he has been active for peace and human rights, against nuclear power and racism. His political activism led him to Turkey and the Balkans. For over a decade he was executive director of a foundation for social change and the last year he was coordinator for the EDGE Funders Alliance in Europe. Jörg acted in different roles for a just world: as an activist for nonviolent action, as an educator,  facilitator, coordinator and director. He combined his activism with a dedicated engagement for a true meaningful alternative: ethical investment, renewable energy, cooperative housing.

Giulio Carini | Italian Senior Campaigner

Based in Rome, Giulio is the Italian Senior Campaigner who believes that together through storytelling and activism we can challenge decisions and protect the public interest. For close to a decade, he has worked on improving transparency and fighting corruption in Europe as a campaigner at the British NGO Global Witness and later at the Italian NGO Riparte il futuro. Giulio founded an activism training school in Italy, worked on animal rights issues for a think tank, started his own small business and learned about the environmental damage caused by the extractive industries while working as a lawyer for oil companies. In his free time, he likes to perform with his theatre group around Europe and enjoys playing basketball and squash.

Alexandre Naulot | French Senior Campaigner

Alexandre is our new French senior campaigner. Before working at WeMove Europe, Alexandre was advocacy manager on financing for development and financial regulation at Oxfam France. Since 2011, he led several French and international advocacy campaigns on financing for development as the EU financial transaction tax, on the dirty investments of the French and international private banks, or on climate finance. Alexandre is highly passionate about social justice, environmental and economic issues, and in alternatives to the capitalist model, such as those based on the economic de-growth.

David Schwartz | English Senior Campaigner

David is a Senior Campaigner at WeMove Europe, where he runs campaigns on various progressive issues, working closely with the rest of the campaigns team. Previously, David coordinated the Stop Glyphosate European Citizens' Initiative (ECI), the fastest ECI to ever meet the legal requirements for success. Before working with WeMove Europe, David worked in communications, research, and digital with non-profits on a variety of issue-based campaigns, including on the debate surrounding the UK’s EU referendum result, minority rights in Israel, and the World Bank social and environmental safeguard policy review.

Carola Ståhl | Donations Accountant, Germany

As part of the finance team, Carola divides her time between people and numbers. She coordinates the donation processes, reassuring that our donors get the best possible attention. She is also a passionate human rights education trainer and press freedom advocate, for many years active in the international Loesje network, creating thought provoking posters and developing projects. Carola is born in Sweden, now based in Berlin, but makes sure to meet fellow activists all over the world as often as she can. When she is not working, you can catch her reading, dancing street dance, cooking, or hanging out in Berlin’s parks.

Romain Thouvenin | Agile Project Manager, France

Romain is another of our tech gurus, and helps us make sure we spend our time on tech wisely. His experience in large-scale website building means he can handle even the trickiest of our software problems. He’s been active since his student days, and is now especially interested in education, world citizenship and digital rights. Occasionally, he leaves the Matrix and goes out into nature to climb and slackline.

 

 


WeMove Europe gGmbH affiliated staff

Paola Pierri | Funding and Contracts Manager, Germany

Paola has 15 years of experience in organisation development and fundraising. Through her epxerience Paola also has knowledge of strategic development of organisations and business models. Before joining WeMove Europe gGmbH Paola was based in London. She is an activist for social justice, citizenship rights, and migration. Paola is a European living in Berlin.

Xavier Dutoit | Innovation Manager, Belgium

Our tech guru, in charge of imagining and creating the technology our team needs to manage and launch campaigns. Xavier has extensively worked on initiatives promoting access to technology for a more participatory democracy, as well as on open data projects for more transparency (he also managed the IT behind the first ever successful European Citizens Initiative). In his spare time, he plays double bass and chapman stick, and is always looking for fellow musicians to jam with.

Marta Tycner | Polish Senior Campaigner

Based in Warsaw, Marta is the Polish Senior Campaigner at WeMove Europe. She comes from an academic background and previously worked as a researcher in the field of Late Antiquity in Warsaw and Oxford. Politically active for many years, in the last couple of years before joining WeMove Europe she has made activism her main occupation. Marta has been involved in various projects on worker’s rights, political education, progressive foreign policy and democratisation of the EU. In her free time, she tries to come back to her old hobby of singing and playing the piano.


 

Assistants

Alexander Heymell | Human Resources Assistant, Germany

Alex is based in Berlin and supports the Operations team in Human Resources and Administration. Studying a Master of International Relations, Alex has previously volunteered at World Food Programme (WFP) and ShareTheMeal, and also worked as an assistant in communications for International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Alex is interested in humanitarian policy, in terms of improving accountability, transparency and effectiveness of humanitarian aid. In his spare time Alex likes to play music with his band Alpaca Snack.

Pietro Mensi | Campaigns Assistant, Italy

Pietro is based in Genova and joined WeMove because he is passionate about progressive causes. He supports the Italian Senior Campaigner and is a consultant in digital strategy and community organizing. He previously worked as the digital project manager for Con-Senso, a political communications agency in Genova and spent the last 3 years working as a digital campaigner for Riparte il futuro, an anti-corruption non-profit association with over 1 million members.

Silvia Rodríguez | Campaigns Assistant, Spain

Silvia is based in Madrid where she studies Law and Political Science. She supports the Spanish Senior Campaigner and joined WeMove because she is passionate about social issues advocacy. She has previously done an internship in a Democracy, Human Rights and Peace institute in Madrid and her main areas of interest are the ones related to migration issues. She loves living abroad and being surrounded by different cultures and whenever she is free she enjoys discovering new places and visiting art museums.

Anna Devereux | Campaigns Assistant, English-Language

Anna is based in London, and supports the English Senior Campaigner. She has worked in prison reform, human rights, and civil rights organisations. Before joining WeMove Europe, Anna studied MSc Equality Studies at University College Dublin, where she spent any spare moments campaigning for the Together for Yes movement. In her free time, Anna volunteers for a criminal justice charity, reads anything she can get her hands on, and goes sea swimming whenever she gets a chance.

Noë Hautbois | Campaigns Assistant, France

Noë is based in Lyon where he studies political science. He joined WeMove Europe in September 2019 to assist the work of French-speaking campaign managers. Passionate about urban governance and social justice issues, he has previously worked for an international network of cities and volunteered for many NGOs. He likes long trips... especially when they're prepared at the last minute.

 

Antonina Januszkiewicz | Campaigns Assistant, Poland

Antonina is based in Warsaw and supports the Polish Senior Campaigner. She studies philosophy and liberal arts. Her main research interest centres on the philosophy of politics and contemporary Continental thought. She specialises in critical theories and psychoanalysis. Concerned about politics and global issues, she has previously volunteered for a few NGOs. When she is not in the library or working, you will find her dancing in one of the small Warsaw clubs or in the cinema.

 

 


Board

The Board of WeMove Europe consists currently of four committed and experienced individuals acting in their personal capacity (not as delegates of their respective organisations).

Blanche Shackleton | Board Member

One of the members of the ultimate governance body in WeMove Europe. Blanche runs many of 38 Degrees’ campaigns, and spends time promoting their work online and engaging in networking with other organisations who share the same priorities. Her role is key in ensuring that 38 Degrees’ members are properly listened to and their concerns reflected in their campaigning. Before working at 38 Degrees, she worked at a healthcare charity and in the British Parliament. She goes often boating on the canal (in London that is).

Alberto Alemanno | Board Member

Alberto Alemanno is a European legal scholar, activist and public interest lawyer committed to democratize and equalize Europe. He pioneered innovative forms of civic engagement and activism in the EU transnational space via his civic start-up The Good Lobby and has been involved in dozens of campaigns. He’s currently Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris and director of the EU Public at New York University School of Law.His last book, ‘Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society (Iconbooks, 2017), is a call for action for citizens to speak up and inform policy decisions at local, national andinternationallevel. He lives in Bilbao with his wife and three girls.        

Christoph Bautz | Board Member/Chair

Christoph is a studied biologist and political scientist. After his studies he established the office of Attac-Germany and coordinated their public communication. Together with Felix Kolb he founded the Bewegungsstiftung, which promotes campaigns and projects of social movements. Together with Günter Metzges he initiated the founding of Campact.de and works since 2004 as Campact's executive director.

 

 

Magda Stoczkiewcz | Board Member

Magda Stoczkiewicz is an NGO leader, journalist and activist from Poland. She is currently the Deputy Director of Greenpeace Europe. Magda has 17 years of senior management experience in a non-profit organisation and was successfully managing a 35+ body of staff in Brussels and galvanizing a network of more than 30 national organisations. She has advanced knowledge of campaigning on environmental, social and governance issues, profound understanding of civil society sector as well as understanding of human rights and development aspects, coupled with 20+ years experience of the intricacies of the EU policy-making. Magda spent 7 months as interim director to WeMove in 2018. She subsequently took up her role as part of the board with official/legal effect from December 6th, 2018.

Gaëtan Vanloqueren | Board Member

Gaëtan Vanloqueren is a passionate activist, policy adviser, and project leader. Through his work he aims to contribute to the reinforcement of political and economic democracy in Europe, while drastically alleviating our ecological footprint. He has worked at the local and international level, from advising the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region on a ‘circular economy’ strategy that is already recognized across borders ; to shaping the global food debate as a senior adviser to the former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food. As an activist, Gaëtan led a network of 20 organizations fighting corporate impunity in the context of human rights abuses in Burma. He’s currently leading a “Zero Long Term Unemployment Territory” experimentation in Brussels. Gaëtan holds a PhD from the University of Louvain and is a Guest lecturer at ICHEC-Brussels Management School, where he teaches economic and development policies. He is the proud father of two boys, and loves nothing more than a passionate conversation with friends over a glass of wine – preferably after a walk in a forest or a deep dive in a bookshop.