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 values and respects animals as sentient beings.

Our mission

As the pan-European animal protection organisation, the primary focus of Eurogroup for Animals is to work in the interest of animals towards a society in which they are valued and respected as sentient beings. Thanks to a united network, we protect animals by achieving better legislation, highest standards, enforcement and by driving societal change.

The voice for animals in Europe

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


Member organisations


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Our team

Our board consists of representatives from full member organisations.
​​​​​​​Our team is grouped by policy area or by horizontal teams that work across all the dossiers.

Laurence Walder

Animals in Science Programme Consultant

Marie Cochet

Communications Officer

Elly von Jessen

Political Affairs Officer Netherlands

Dr Elena Nalon

Senior Veterinary Adviser

Esther Bergmark

Project Manager

Sophie De Jonckheere

Development Strategist

Shannon Huggard

Political and Legal Adviser

Laura Edwards

Political Officer Ireland

Imane Aeraki

Finance Officer

Inês Grenho Ajuda

Farm Animals Programme Leader

Gemma Willemsen, Vice-President

Corporate Strategic Adviser, Dierenbescherming

Jessie Fernandes

Political Adviser France

Andreas Erler

Senior Political Adviser

Chris Sherwood


Ann De Greef

Director, GAIA

Sami Säynevirta

Vice-President, Animalia

Theresa Bonnici

Press Officer

Tim Robinson

Operations Manager

Aurélie Cassart

Talent Manager

Luísa Bastos

Animals in Science Senior Programme Leader

Dirk Verdonk

Country Director, World Animal Protection

Roberto Bennati

Vice President, LAV

Philip Lymbery, President

CEO, Compassion In World Farming

Flavia Piccari

Political Officer Italy

Cristina Lopez-Perea

Marta Klimczak

Farm Animals Programme Officer

Julia Pochat

Chemicals Strategy Political Adviser

Laura Demaude

Communications Officer Farm Animals

Iwona Mertin

Outreach Manager and Companion Animals Programme Leader

Bethania Malmberg

Fur Animals Programme Officer

Daniel Pérez Vega

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Officer

Agnese Marcon

Communications Manager

Valentyna Vozna

Ukraine Taskforce Coordinator

Lena Rohn

Food and Environmental Policy Manager, Animal Protection Denmark

Josef Pfabigan


Francis Maugère

Insects Political Adviser

Léa Badoz

Wildlife Programme Officer

Mpho Mary Hlalele

Philanthropy Partnerships Lead

David van Gennep

CEO, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection

Jonathan Sander

Sustainable Food Systems Project Officer

Keri Tietge

Octopus Project Consultant

Reineke Hameleers


Iza Arrieta

Cats and Dogs Programme Manager

Valérie Sturm

Political Adviser Germany

Alejandro Gil

Events Officer

Jürgen Plinz

Treasurer, Deutscher Tierschutzbund

Sarah Bedson


Giovanna Lastrucci

Social Media Officer

Daniela Yamamoto

Donor Development Lead

Susanna Blattner

Transport and Slaughter Policy Officer

Stephanie Ghislain

Political Affairs Manager

Carlos Jalil

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Officer

Maja Lisac

Executive Assistant to the CEO and Membership Assistant

Beta Ferro

Office Manager and PA to CEO

Maya Cygańska

Farm Animals Programme Officer

Ellen Greve

Membership Officer

Bernard Van Heuverswyn

Business Information Manager

José Luis Murillo

Political Adviser Spain

Sandra Moreau

Finance Manager

Benny Andersson, Treasurer

CEO, Djurens Rätt

Ruby Le Galle

Digital Strategist

Hanna Klosinska

Political Adviser Poland

Camilla Björkbom

Food Policy Political Adviser

Elise Fleury

Campaign Lead

Nick Clark

Wildlife Programme Leader

Jacopo Moccia

Political Adviser

Douglas Waley

Aquatic Animals Senior Specialist

Myriam Vanderzwalmen

Farm Animals Project Manager

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.