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.
43 years

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.

Francis Maugère

Political Adviser Insects

Maya Cygańska

Farm Animals Programme Officer

Gerald Dick

Member of the Executive Board, Vier Pfoten

Jürgen Plinz

Treasurer, Deutscher Tierschutzbund

Léa Badoz

Programme Officer Wildlife

Nick Clark

Wildlife Programme Leader

Roberto Bennati

Vice President, LAV

Esther Bergmark

Project Manager

Alejandro Gil

Events Officer

Anna Zabezsinszkij

Programme Development Officer

Sami Säynevirta

Vice-President, Animalia

Stephanie Ghislain

Political Affairs Manager

Ann De Greef

Director, GAIA

Dr Elena Nalon

Senior Veterinary Adviser

Valentyna Vozna

Ukraine Taskforce Coordinator

Laura Demaude

Communications Officer Farm Animals

Giovanna Lastrucci

Social Media Officer

Philip Lymbery, President

CEO, Compassion In World Farming

Iwona Mertin

Outreach Manager and Companion Animals Programme Leader

Chris Sherwood


Shannon Huggard

Political and Legal Adviser

Benny Andersson, Treasurer

CEO, Djurens Rätt

Florence Dossche

Political and Legal Adviser

Sophie De Jonckheere

Development Strategist

Douglas Waley

Senior Fish Welfare Programme Leader

Gemma Willemsen, Vice-President

Corporate Strategic Adviser, Dierenbescherming

Elise Fleury

Campaign Lead

Ruby Le Galle

Digital Strategist

Susanna Blattner

Policy Officer Transport and Slaughter

Reineke Hameleers


Sandra Moreau

Finance Manager

Camilla Björkbom

Political Adviser for Food Policy

Keri Tietge

Octopus Project Consultant

Julia Pochat

Political Adviser - Chemicals Strategy

Jonathan Sander

Sustainable Food Systems Project Officer

Ellen Greve

Membership Officer

Dirk Verdonk

Country Director, World Animal Protection

Marta Klimczak

Farm Animals Programme Officer

Myriam Vanderzwalmen

Farm Animals Project Manager

Luísa Bastos

Animals in Science Programme Leader

Theresa Bonnici

Press Officer

Iza Arrieta

Programme Manager Cats and Dogs

Agnese Marcon

Communications Manager

Bethania Malmberg

Programme Officer Fur Animals

Sarah Bedson


Aurélie Cassart

Talent Manager

Jacopo Moccia

Political Adviser

Carlos Jalil

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Officer

Inês Grenho Ajuda

Farm Animals Programme Leader

Daniel Pérez Vega

Trade and Animal Welfare Programme Officer

Daniela Yamamoto

Donor Development Lead

Tim Robinson

Operations Manager

Andreas Erler

Senior Political Adviser

Marie Cochet

Communications Officer

David van Gennep

CEO, AAP Animal Advocacy and Protection

Mpho Mary Hlalele

Philanthropy Partnerships Lead

Imane Aeraki

Finance Officer

Beta Ferro

Office Manager and PA to CEO

Bernard Van Heuverswyn

Business Information Manager

Lena Rohn

Food and Environmental Policy Manager, Animal Protection Denmark

Laurence Walder

Animals in Science Programme Consultant

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.