Steering Committee members

TON COENEN, Chair (elected at the 2016 EuroNGOs AGM)

Executive Director, Rutgers, the Netherlands

Ton Coenen is the Executive Director of Rutgers, centre of expertise on SRHR in the Netherlands and operating in 18 countries. Ton holds Master degrees in Public Health and Public Management. Before starting at Rutgers he was the executive director of Aids Fonds and STI/AIDS Netherlands for 17 years and worked in public health before that. He has been involved in strengthening civil society in many ways – among others: as the co-chair to the EU civil society Forum on HIV/AIDS, as co-chair to HIV in Europe, Board member to Icaso, as Board member to the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria.


TANIA DETHLEFSEN, Chair (elected at the 2014 EuroNGOs AGM)

International Director, Danish Family Planning Association/ Sex & Samfund, Denmark

Tania Dethlefsen has been the International Director of the Danish Family Planning Association (DFPA) since 2008. She is in charge of all DFPA international activities including: programme cooperation with partners in East Africa and South Asia; international advocacy and communication; and international fundraising. Prior to this position, she has worked both as Board Member and Programme Officer in several Danish NGOs, including the Danish Refugee Council and the Danish National Youth Council. From 2004 to 2006, she worked at UNICEF as a Programme Manager on education in Bolivia. In 2002-2004 she was Associate Lecturer at the Copenhagen Business School. Dethlefsen has a double Master's degree in Social Psychology and Communication from the University of Roskilde. A Danish national, she speaks Danish, English and Spanish fluently.

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KATRIN ERLINGSEN (elected at the 2015 EuroNGOs AGM)

Policy Advisor, DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung), Germany

Katrin Erlingsen has been Policy Advisor for DSW (Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung) in Berlin since 2012, where she primarily focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, gender issues, and population dynamics. Before joining DSW, she worked for a Berlin-based consultancy specialising in development cooperation; prior to this, Katrin served as Policy Advisor to the Chairperson of the development committee of the German Bundestag, covering a broad portfolio of issues related to development policy. Katrin holds a Master’s degree in Political Science, and has studied in Bremen, Madrid and Berlin focusing on International Relations and Latin America. A dual German and Norwegian citizen, she speaks German, Norwegian, English and Spanish fluently.


VENTZISLAV KIRKOV (elected at the 2015 EuroNGOs AGM)

Programme Manager, Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association, Bulgaria

Ventzislav Kirkov is Programme Manager at the Bulgarian Family Planning and Sexual Health Association (BFPA), which he joined in 2000. He has been coordinator and manager of more than 30 macro-projects in the field of SRHR targeted towards marginalised communities, women in remote areas, young people with criminal records, and prison populations, and is involved in advocacy work at local and national levels. Ventzislav is part of the team that established and developed the health mediation concept in Bulgaria, and he was engaged in the development of the first national initiative for the social marketing of condoms. He has designed and implemented SRHR-related actions the Western Balkans and the Black Sea region. In 2009 he co-founded the Bulgarian Platform for International Development, and has since been the member of the management board and Chair of the AidWatch group. He is currently the Chairman of the Platform in charge of communication and coordination with the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A Bulgarian national, Ventzislav holds a Master’s degree in Economics, speaks Bulgarian and English fluently, and can use Russian and Serbian languages.

ANNIKA MALMBORG (elected at the 2015 EuroNGOs AGM)

Director International Programme, RFSU - Riksförbundet för sexuell upplysning, Sweden

Annika Malmborg has been the International Director of RFSU, the Swedish Association of Sexuality Education member of IPPF, since 2014. She is heading the International Department managing a team of 14 staff, who mobilise and drive for change for SRHR for all, through advancing global policy and through supporting to civil society organisations in over 13 countries in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to holding this position, she held the position as  Deputy International Programme Director and head of the Policy Advocacy unit at Plan Sweden for 5 years. She has also been the president of the Swedish NGO-platform of CONCORD, a position which she held for 2 years between 2012-14, and during 2014-15 she has been heading the national program directors network of CSO working within the development aid sector. Between 1991-2008 Annika was an employee of Save the Children Sweden were she held a number of different positions at the International Programme Department as well as the Secretary Generals office, working with child rights programming and monitoring of children's rights, grantsmanagment, planning, monitoring and evaluation of international programs, knowledge management, support to civil society and organizational development etc. Annika has a degree from Stockholm University in East Asian studies and have studied at University of New Mexico, USA. Swedish and American citizenship Annika speaks Swedish and English fluently.

ANA RIZESCU (elected at the 2016 EuroNGOs AGM)

Coordinator, YouAct, Romania

Ana Rizescu is the Coordinator of YouAct, the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights. She builds on more than ten years of volunteering and work focusing on youth participation, health and rights. Ana gained significant experience in the youth area while working as Youth Consultant for the UNFPA Eastern Europe Central Asia Regional Office, as International Coordinator of Y-PEER, Youth Peer Education Network, as an International Fellow at the Peer Education and Research Institute in Bulgaria, as Youth Focal Point for Y-PEER and Peer Educator at the Youth for Youth Foundation in Romania. Ana holds a BA in Communication and Public Relations and an MA on Development, International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid from the University of Political and Administrative Sciences in Bucharest. She has lived in Istanbul for the last 2 years and currently is based in Bucharest. A Romanian national, Ana speaks Romanian and English fluently and has intermediate knowledge of French and Italian.