Ms. Michele LeVoy (Director)
Michele joined PICUM in March 2002 as a researcher on the organization’s first EU project on solidarity towards undocumented migrants in Europe. She became director in April 2006. She was previously coordinator of an international Master Degree program in human ecology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and coordinator of a European multicultural society youth program at Pax Christi International. She has worked with resettled refugees in Chicago, USA, and with migrants in Brazil. She holds a Bachelor degree in French and Justice and Peace Studies from the University of St. Thomas and a Master in Applied Sciences (Housing and Development Program) from the Université Catholique de Louvain.
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish. She also speaks some Dutch and Italian.
Ms. Eve Geddie (Program Officer) - On maternity leave until September 2013
Eve currently leads PICUM’s project on Undocumented Migrant Women. She joined the PICUM team in January 2007, working on the access to health care project before twice serving as Acting Director (maternity-leave replacement). Prior to this, Eve worked in Ireland’s community development and NGO sector, providing services to disadvantaged groups and also campaigning for regularisation. She holds a European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC, Venice, Italy) and a BA(Hons First Class), in English, Media and Cultural Studies (DLIADT, Dublin).
Languages: English and French
Ms. Kadri Soova (Advocacy Officer)
Kadri joined the PICUM team as a Project Officer in October 2009. She became Advocacy Officer in November 2010. Previously she worked as an Adviser on social rights for the Chancellor of Justice of Estonia. She specialized in children’s rights and also worked as a consultant for SOS Children’s Villages in Estonia. Kadri studied Law at the University of Tartu in Estonia and did her Masters Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation at the Inter-University Centre in Venice and University of Padua in Italy. Her academic studies were focused on the rights of migrants.
Languages: Estonian, English, Italian, Dutch. She also speaks some Finnish, Russian and French.
Ms. Lilana Keith (Programme Officer)
Lilana started in her position as Programme Officer in May 2012 after being Project Officer for PICUM’s project on Undocumented Children since March 2011. Prior to this, she worked for the European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM), which funds organizations working on migration and integration issues. She has also worked on community-building and integration initiatives for migrants, regardless of status, in a suburb of Washington D.C. Lilana holds an MA in Migration Studies from the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies, where she focused her research on international, EU and British human rights and migration laws and policies regarding irregular migrants and asylum seekers. She also holds a BA in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Languages: English and French
Ms. Marta Grosso (Project Officer)
Marta joined PICUM in March 2012 as Project Officer for PICUM’s project Beyond Irregularity. Prior to this, she worked in Morocco for 5 years within the national human rights institution and several NGOs carrying out projects on good governance and human development related issues. She holds prior research experience working for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Committee on Migrant Workers) and the IOM in Geneva. Marta graduated from the University of Bologna with a Master Degree in International and Diplomatic Studies, where she focused her research on EU and Italian migration law and polices regarding integration of migrants. She is currently completing a Master Program in Health Promotion (University of Perugia), with a thesis on the role of social determinants of health in reducing health inequalities affecting migrants.
Languages: Italian, English, French. She also speaks some Portuguese.
Mr. Paul Geeraerts (Office and Financial Administrator)
Paul joined PICUM in March 2010 as Office and Financial Administrator. Previously, he was Director of Finance and Administration at Avocats sans Frontières for one year, he covered different positions in finance at the International Planned Parenthood Federation for 8 years and before that at Warner-Lambert for 10 years. He holds a BA in accounting and fiscal law.
Languages: Dutch, French and English.
Ms. Elisabeth Schmidt-Hieber (Communications Officer)
Elisabeth joined the PICUM team in February 2013 as Communications Officer. She manages all communications related activities including media relations, publications and newsletters as well as online communications including social media and the communications of PICUM’s projects and events. Elisabeth is German and previously worked in the corporate communications team of a global public relations agency in Brussels where she mainly supported the communications of clients in the field of development aid, philanthropy and renewable energy. Prior to that, Elisabeth worked in the communications team of a disability rights NGO in Brussels.
Languages: German, English, Spanish, French and some Brazilian Portuguese
Ms. Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion (Network and Programmes Associate)
Alexandrine joined PICUM in February 2011 as Communications Assistant. Previously, she was engaged in carrying-out research on Security Sector Reform (SSR), human rights, gender related issues, women’s movements and conflict management, resolution and prevention. She holds prior field experience working for international organisations in Mexico, the UK, and Senegal supporting and implementing their advocacy and communication strategies. Alexandrine graduated from the University of Birmingham with an MSc in Conflict, Security and Development following an LLM in International Law at the University of Westminster and a BA in Law with International Relations at Oxford Brookes University.
Languages: French, English and Spanish
Ms. Maria Giovanna Manieri (Programme Assistant)
Maria Giovanna joined the PICUM team as an Intern in September 2012. She started her current position as Programme Assistant in January 2013. Maria Giovanna is a qualified lawyer and a member of the Spanish Bar Association. Prior to this, she has been working as a Human Rights Lawyer in the UK. Maria Giovanna specialised in migration policies and also worked on the issue of internal forced displacement at the Italian Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied Law at the University of Bologna in Italy and at the University of King’s College in the UK. She also holds a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic School.
Languages: Italian, English, Spanish and French. She also speaks some Afrikaans.
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