The EuroNGOs network is governed by representatives from the membership. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) members elect five individuals from member organisations to its Steering Committee. Steering Committee members serve for a term of two years, which can be renewed once.
The Steering Committee is delegated by members to govern EuroNGOs on their behalf during the year between AGMs. As such, it is the principal decision-making body and governance vehicle during the year. It is responsible, and accountable to the AGM, for ensuring the sound legal, financial and strategic functioning of the network. The Steering Committee’s role in strategy and policy positions is to translate the views of EuroNGOs members, as well as the advice from the Chair, the EuroNGOs Coordinator and working groups/task forces into effective advocacy positions
In addition to the five elected members, two “Observers” are invited to the attend Steering Committee meetings: one representative from UNFPA Brussels office, and one representative from IPPF EN. Observers take part in Steering Committee meetings upon invitation from the Steering Committee and may provide guidance to discussions in between meetings. However, they do not have a vote.
→ Terms of Reference of the Steering Committee and Chair of the EuroNGOs Network.
Current Members of the Steering Committee (as of October 2012):
Chair of EuroNGOs, Executive Director, Equilibres & Populations, France
(elected at the 2012 EuroNGOs AGM)
Serge Rabier is the Executive Director of Equilibres & Populations (France), since 2001. In this role, he is in charge of strategic planning, fundraising and institutional relations with French decision making bodies, donor agencies and main development actors such as international foundations, UN agencies and EU institutions. Serge is currently associate lecturer at the Sorbonne University Paris Descartes. Prior to that, Serge served as Director of a consultancy firm specialized in education engineering for South East Asia. For five years, he has developed strategies and marketing plans to implement institutional agreements with Higher Education Ministries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand where he developed skills in high level negotiations in different cultural environments. Serge has a Master’s Degree in Literature from the Sorbonne University-Paris IV and a Master’s Degree in Political and Social Sciences from the Institute of Political Sciences of Paris. A French national, Serge speaks French, English and Bahasa Indonesia.
Vice-Chair of EuroNGOs, Advocacy Manager, Rutgers WPF, Netherlands
(elected at the 2011 EuroNGOsAGM)
Yvonne Bogaarts is the Advocacy Manager of Rutgers WPF (Netherlands), since 2003. She is strongly engaged in the ICPD@20 and post-2015 processes and is representing the EuroNGOs in the “Civil Society Platform to promote SRHR beyond 2015” initiative. Yvonne is also a board member of Share-Net, the Dutch network on SRHR and HIV/AIDS. She is one of the founders of the Universal Access to Female Condoms (UAFC) Joint Programme and she supported setting up two SRHR youth organizations, CHOICE and YouAct. She joined the WPF Advocacy Department in 1997. Prior to that she worked in development cooperation in Indonesia and India, taught at the University of Leiden, and was free-lance consultant on SRHR. Yvonne has a degree in non-western sociology and is a Dutch national, speaking Dutch and English.
Board Member, Societatea de Educatie Contraceptiva si Sexuala (SECS), Romania
(elected at the 2012 EuroNGOs AGM)
Daniela Draghici is a Board member of Societatea de Educatie Contraceptiva si Sexuala (Romania). As advocacy specialist for a democracy and governance program in Romania, she has been instrumental in changing social policy for single-parent families, working in conjunction with Romanian government and European Union program experts. Daniela has been active for the past 15 years in forging coalitions and partnerships, advocating with policymakers and training key civil society leaders on SRHR advocacy, particularly through the ASTRA and EEARC networks. Likewise, she conducts media advocacy training for young CEE lawyers as part of the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute (WHRTI). Daniela is also a board member for the Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASTRA), the Eastern European Alliance for Reproductive Choice (EEARC) and the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR). She earned her advocacy training certificate from the US Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and has a degree in simultaneous interpretation/consecutive translation from the University of Bucharest. A Romanian national, Daniela speaks Romanian, English and French.
Head of German Advocacy, Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW), Germany
(nominated at the 2012 EuroNGOs AGM – as 2013 EuroNGOs Conference & AGM hosting organization)
Caroline Jane Kent is the Director of German Advocacy at Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (Germany) and runs the DSW liaison office in Berlin. She has over twelve years experience in development issues, with a strong focus on SRHR and the MDGs. From 2000 to 2004, she worked at DSW as Project Coordinator on several different international communication projects. She then became the Chief Web Editor of the UN Millennium Campaign and returned to DSW in June 2006. Caroline holds a MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics (obtained in 1998) and a degree in Social Sciences at the University of Hannover in Germany.
A British national, Caroline speaks English and German.
Head of Europe Office, Marie Stopes International (MSI), Belgium
(elected at the 2011 EuroNGOs AGM, currently on maternity leave)
Thilde Knudsen is the Head of Europe Office at MSI (Belgium), since July 2011. Thilde has extensive program and implementation experience in various SRH programs (and emergencies) in DRC-North Kivu, Pakistan-Kashmir, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). From 2007 she was the SRH advisor in MSF’s Belgian headquarter and shortly after took on the role as the SRH coordinator for the international MSF movement –a position she held for three years, involving policy making, internal advocacy, coordination of capacity building in SRH in MSF and external representation of MSF on SRH issues. As Head of MSI Europe Office, she is also a Steering Committee member of Countdown 2015 Europe and vice-chair of the EuroNGOs network. Thilde is a certified midwife from Denmark and holds a master degree in International Health from Tropical Institute KIT in the Netherlands (with a thesis research on PMTCT monitoring in Cape Town UCT, South Africa). A Danish national, Thilde speaks Danish, English and French.
Observers of the EuroNGOs Steering Committee:
Vicky Claeys, Regional Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN)
Vicky Claeys is the Regional Director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network since 2003 and an Observer to the EuroNGOs Steering Committee. As Regional Director, she is responsible for relations with volunteers and member associations and ensuring that the whole European Network is operating according to IPPF’s mission and values and fulfilling its strategic priorities. Vicky has a long career as SRHR advocate: from 1981 to 1996 she was the Executive Director of the Belgian-Flemish IPPF Member Association (currently Sensoa). Afterwards she served as Liaison Officer for IPPF and was asked to set up an office in Brussels to improve contacts with the EU. In 1999 she was appointed as the Advocacy Manager of IPPF EN. Her work then focused on advocating for sexual and reproductive rights in European institutions and networking with other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and agencies. Vicky has a degree in Family Sciences, is a Belgian national and speaks Dutch, English and French.
Sietske Steneker, Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Brussels Office
Sietske Steneker is the Director of the UNFPA Office in Brussels since October 2007. In this role she is in charge of resource mobilization, liaison and policy dialogue on the ICPD agenda with the European Union institutions and the Governments of Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Previously, she worked for UNFPA in New York, Bolivia, Honduras, El Salvador and the Russian Federation. A Dutch national, Sietske has a degree in International Law and Public Health and speaks Dutch, English and Spanish, as well as some German and Russian.