Who We Are

We challenge decision-makers to bring about positive change, and deliver coordinated advocacy and campaigns at EU level.

Our vision

A Europe that cares for animals
A Europe where the well-being of all animals is assured, and where they experience a good life

Our mission

As the pan-European animal advocacy organisation, the primary focus of Eurogroup for Animals is to improve the well-being of as many animals as possible and defend animals’ interests. We do this by achieving better legislation, standards, enforcement and societal attitudes, through a united community of animal protection organisations and via lawful means.

The voice for animals in Europe

For over 40 years, we have worked with our members to measurably improve the protection of animals.
43 years

of Eurogroup for Animals


Member organisations


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Our Team

Our Board is made up of 13 representatives from full Member Organisations, and meets five times a year.
​​​​​​​Our Staff work at our offices in Brussels and are grouped by dossier (eg. Farm Animals; Wildlife) or in horizontal areas that work across all the dossiers, such as the political team or the communications department. 

Giovanna Lastrucci

Social Media Officer

Keri Tietge

Octopus Project Consultant

Jürgen Plinz

Treasurer, Deutscher Tierschutzbund

Philip Lymbery, President

CEO, Compassion In World Farming

Bernard Van Heuverswyn

Business Information Manager

Roberto Bennati

Vice President, LAV

Tim Robinson

Operations Manager

Valentyna Vozna

Ukraine Taskforce Coordinator

Léa Badoz

Programme Officer (Companion Animals and Wildlife)

David van Gennep

CEO, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection

Aurélie Cassart

Talent Manager

Beta Ferro

Office Manager and PA to CEO

Inês Grenho Ajuda

Farm Animals Programme Leader

Imane Aeraki

Finance Assistant

Marie Cochet

Communications Officer

Myriam Vanderzwalmen

Farm Animals Project Manager

Maya Cygańska

Farm Animals Programme Officer

Stephanie Ghislain

Political Affairs Manager

Francis Maugère

Political Adviser Insects

Douglas Waley

Senior Fish Welfare Programme Leader

Shannon Huggard

Political and Legal Adviser

Karl O'Reilly

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Officer

Elly von Jessen

Political Adviser

Jacopo Moccia

Political Adviser

Dr Elena Nalon

Senior Veterinary Adviser

Laura Demaude

Communications Officer Farm Animals

Sandra Moreau

Finance Manager

Ellen Greve

Membership Officer

Marta Klimczak

Farm Animals Programme Officer

Gemma Willemsen, Vice-President

Corporate Strategic Adviser, Dierenbescherming

Ruby Le Galle

Digital Strategist

Valerie Sturm

Political Adviser

Ann De Greef

Director, GAIA

David Bowles

Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA

Lena Rohn

Food and Environmental Policy Manager, Animal Protection Denmark

Daniel Pérez Vega

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Officer

Luísa Bastos

Animals in Science Programme Leader

Esther Bergmark

Project Manager

Agnese Marcon

Communications Manager

Nick Clark

Wildlife Programme Leader

José Luis Murillo

Political Adviser

Iza Arrieta

Programme Manager Cats and Dogs

Mpho Mary Hlalele

Philanthropy Partnerships Lead

Sophie De Jonckheere

Development Strategist

Susanna Blattner

Policy Officer Transport and Slaughter

Iwona Mertin

Outreach Manager and Companion Animals Programme Leader

Jonathan Sander

Sustainable Food Systems Project Officer

Florence Dossche

Political and Legal Adviser

Flavia Piccari

Political Adviser

Daniela Yamamoto

Donor Development Lead

Gerald Dick

Member of the Executive Board, Vier Pfoten

Camilla Björkbom

Political Adviser for Food Policy

Laurence Walder

Animals in Science Programme Consultant

Elise Fleury

Senior Campaigner

Hanna Kłosińska

Political Adviser

Alejandro Gil

Events Officer

Reineke Hameleers


Sami Säynevirta

Vice-President, Animalia

Sarah Bedson


Benny Andersson

Director, Djurens Rätt

Andreas Erler

Senior Political Adviser

Chris Carey, Honorary Treasurer

Bethania Malmberg

Programme Officer Fur Animals

The European Parliament and Us

As the leading animal welfare organisation in the EU, Eurogroup for Animals has been the secretariat for the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals since its inauguration.