LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia


People working for ILGA-Europe are coming from various countries and backgrounds and proud to be part of a professional and dedicated team committed to the principles of equality and justice.

Executive Director

Evelyne Paradis is the Executive Director of ILGA-Europe. She is responsible for providing overall leadership, strategic direction and management of the organisation.

Finance Manager

Thomas serves as the Finance Manager for ILGA-Europe. His primary responsibilities include managing ILGA-Europe's financial resources and providing continuous resource planning for the association's future needs. He also supervises the financial budget and provides effective and efficient financial expertise allowing the entity to achieve its primary missions.


Advocacy Director

Katrin is in charge of the overall coordination of the policy and advocacy work of ILGA-Europe. Katrin's task include managing the policy team and as well as leading the advocacy work of ILGA-Europe towards the EU institutions, EU Presidencies, the Council of Europe and the OSCE.

Communications Director

Steve is responsible for the overall leadership of ILGA-Europe’s communications service area. This includes communications strategy and development, and management of ILGA-Europe’s communications channels such as media relations, publications, and digital and social media. 

Fundraising Manager

Anna looks after ILGA-Europe’s donors and fundraisers. She develops and implements strategies to diversify sources of funding and inspire supporters to donate, making sure that ILGA-Europe can continue its vital work supporting the rights of LGBTI people across Europe. Anna also manages ILGA-Europe’s fundraising events. ​

Programmes Director

Bjorn is responsible for overall management ILGA-Europe's Programmes Service Area and its team. He oversees the implementation of ILGA-Europe's strategy on building capacities of the LGBTI movements throughout Europe. Bjorn's tasks include overseeing the implementation of the capacity building projects, the management of the Human Rights Violations Documentation Fund, coordination of the organisation of ILGA-Europe's Annual Conference, advocacy on EU's foreign and development policies, programmes development and fundraising.

Campaign & Programmes Officer

Laura is responsible for building campaigning and mobilisation capacity at national and regional levels, in particular in response to emerging opportunities and potential threats to the human rights of LGBTI people. She develops campaigning strategies and tools to support national LGBTI groups in relation to campaigning and mobilisation, also building strategic partnerships with other NGOs and relevant actors.

Senior Programmes & Policy Officer

Valeria supports ILGA-Europe's strategic thinking and research on issues such as leading and measuring social change. This includes communication linked to values and framing. Tools for enhancing peer learning processes and needs assessments for LGBTI organisations and groups have been one of the focuses for Valeria to develop.  Within these fields, Valeria also supports the ILGA-Europe team in their own capacity development. Also Valeria is leading the work on LGBTI community organising and organisational development, and...

Senior Policy and Programmes Officer

Sophie works in the fields of health and education. She contributes to securing effective legal protection against discrimination in access to education and health services and to end the pathologisation of trans identities. Her tasks include monitoring the development of the EU, the Council of Europe and other institutions' agendas in these fields, and the implementation of relevant European and national policies and legislations.

Litigation Officer

Arpi is responsible for ILGA-Europe’s litigation activities.  She works with ILGA-Europe members and partners to develop and implement strategies for using litigation to protect human rights of LGBTI people across Europe.   Her tasks include conducting international and comparative law research, drafting case submissions and third party interventions to the European Court of Human Rights.  Arpi ensures effective coordination among organisations engaged in litigation related to the human rights of LGBTI people at European level.  She provides...

Advocacy & Programmes Officer

Daina coordinates ILGA-Europe’s advocacy work in Eastern Europe, in particular in EU Enlargement and Eastern Partnership countries. She works on developing and implementing advocacy strategies and policy positions with relevant European organisations, and delivering capacity-building activities for local, national and regional LGBTI organisations to enable them to contribute effectively to policy-making at national and European levels.

Advocacy Officer

Focusing on issues of hate crimes, asylum, family and rule of law, Jules works to develop and implement advocacy strategies and policy initiatives for bringing legal, political and social change for LGBTI people across Europe. Their responsibilities include advocacy with European institutions, national governments and other stakeholders; strengthening the capacities of policymakers, civil society and practitioners to transform political commitments into concrete action; and building relationships with relevant stakeholders.

Communications & Media Officer

Media relations is Emma's main area of responsibility at ILGA-Europe. She liaises with journalists on behalf of the organisation, both reacting to breaking news stories and proactively publicising ILGA-Europe's equality work and major events. 


Events Coordinator & Finance Officer

Beryl is responsible for organising events, conferences and meetings for ILGA-Europe. She also supports financial compliance processes in the organisation, as well as office management.

Human Resources and Admin Officer

Maria’s main responsibilities concern the development and implementation of human resources policies and procedures that are aligned with the strategic goals of the organisation. She’s in charge of legal compliance, people follow up as well as well-being. She further insures the running of the office's day-to-day operations and participates in major events.

Annual Review Researcher

Max is working on ILGA-Europe’s next edition of the Annual Review, part of the overall Rainbow Europe package. He is responsible for researching major legal, policy, and social advances for LGBTI equality, drafting chapters for publication, and writing content for the Rainbow Europe web module.