The Team

Elizabeth JOHNSTON
Elizabeth JOHNSTON

Executive Director
Elizabeth Johnston is responsible for the strategy and development of Efus, in liaison with the Executive Committee, as well as overall management. She has also been Executive Director of the French Forum for Urban Security since February 2016. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Parliament of Mayors and an official associate of the University of Liège (Belgium). Prior to this, and after beginning her career at a French local authority, Elizabeth Johnston served as Programme Director at the French-American Foundation, and as Violence Prevention Expert at the World Bank in Washington. She holds degrees in Law from Assas University (France), in Political Science from Yale University (United-States) and in Public Policy from Marne-La-Vallée University (France).

Carla NAPOLANO
Carla NAPOLANO

Deputy Director
Carla Napolano is the Deputy Director of EU Programmes and Network Life (Executive Committee, General Assembly…), managing relations with Efus members and taking charge of network development. Parallel to this, she supervises the running of thematic European programmes, the cooperation between the Forum, the partners and European authorities, as well the development of European projects. Carla coordinates Efus’ international conferences and participates in the managing of strategy and development of the organisation in line with the Executive Director and the Executive Committee. She holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Spatial Planning from the University of Venice (Italy) as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Town Planning from Paris VIII University (France). Carla Napolano began her career in the United Nations’ Safer Cities programme (UN Habitat) in Nairobi (Kenya).

Anne HAMELIN
Anne HAMELIN

Office Manager
Anne Hamelin is in charge of the smooth running, coordination and supervision of the Efus office, and provides logistical support to the network life.She has several years of experience in international groups in the private sector. She holds a degree in Corporate Communication from Formasup Écoles – Bordeaux and a Master’s degree in Management and Communication Strategy from ISIFA.

Émilie PETIT
Émilie PETIT

Programme Manager
Emilie Petit follows, among others, the topics: radicalisation, public spaces, mediation, justice and prevention of re-offending, foreign unaccompanied minors. She is also responsible for following french cities. She holds a Master’s degree in political sciences dedicated to the sociology of delinquency et to penal institutions : “ Analysis of conflicts and violence” of the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin (UVSQ). Emilie Petit has worked as a trainee in a Penitentiary Integration and Probation Department and in an association providing support for the social reintegration of people leaving prison.

Sarah DIEMU-TRÉMOLIÈRES
Sarah DIEMU-TRÉMOLIÈRES

Project Officer
Sarah Diemu-Trémolières is in charge of the EU-funded project IcARUS. She holds a Master of Arts in European Governance from the Institute of Political Science in Grenoble (France) and the University of Kent in Canterbury (UK) as well as a Master of Philosophy in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). She has previously worked with the French Agency for Development and the French National Centre for Scientific Research, managing EU-funded projects.

Pilar DE LA TORRE
Pilar DE LA TORRE

Programme Manager 
 Pilar De La Torre follows, among others, the topics: discriminatory violence, security of senior citizens, innovation and security.  She is also in charge of Efus’ training programmes and Efus’ relationships with countries outside Europe. Prior to that, Pilar worked in Colombia at the National Institute For Research and Prevention of Fraud (INIF) for 2 years. She holds a master’s degree in Population and Development Expertise from Paris Descartes University and a degree in Economics from the Externado University of Bogotá (Colombia).

Eszter KARACSONY
Eszter KARACSONY

Programme Manager
 Eszter Karacsony is responsible for Efus’ relations with EU institutions, mainly with European Parliament and the Commission. She obtained a Master’s degree in “EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies” at the College of Europe (Bruges Campus). Prior to that, she worked as a trainee at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and at the Directorate of European Affairs of the National School of Administration. Eszter also holds a Master’s degree in “European Politics and Public Affairs” (Sciences Po Strasbourg) and one in “Contemporary History” (University of Strasbourg).

Tatiana MORALES
Tatiana MORALES

Programme Manager
Tatiana Morales follows, among others, the topics: organised crime, unaccompanied foreign minors, and public spaces issues. Prior to that, Tatiana worked as a programme trainee at the Brussels office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) conducting research, policy analysis and managing events on transatlantic cooperation. She holds a Master’s degree in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Trento, Italy. She also completed a double degree programme at the University of Nantes with a major in Sociology.

Julia RETTIG
Julia RETTIG

Programme Manager
Julia Rettig follows different topics including radicalisation, polarisation as well as audits and methodology. She is the liaison coordinator with the German European Forum for Urban Security (Deutsch-Europäisches Forum für Urbane Sicherheit e.V.) She has notably worked for various Berlin based organisations coordinating federal government programmes, including programmes designed to facilitate the integration of refugee families or to promote democracy and prevent extremism. She holds a Master of Arts degree in German Studies, Philosophy and Political Sciences of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.

Marta PELLÓN BRUSSOSA
Marta PELLÓN BRUSSOSA

Programme Manager
Marta Pellón Brussosa follows, among others, topics such as discriminatory violence, public spaces and terrorism. Prior to that, she worked as Programme Coordinator at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and as Programme Assistant at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). She also interned at the Permanent Representation of Spain to the United Nations in New York and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Madrid. She holds a Master’s degree in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London.

Silvia PAOLELLA
Silvia PAOLELLA

European Projects Officer
Silvia Paolella is in charge of the administrative and financial monitoring of Efus’ European projects. Prior to that, Silvia worked as a trainee at the General Delegation for International Relations of the City of Paris and then became a European Project Officer at the European Bailiffs’ Foundation in the field of access to law via digital technology, training in European law and international cooperation. She holds a degree in European and International Studies from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) with a specialisation in Political Science from the National University of Ireland Maynooth in Ireland, and a Master’s degree in European and International Studies specialising in the management of European projects and EU funding policies from the University of Cergy-Pontoise.

Beatričė JUŠKAITĖ
Beatričė JUŠKAITĖ

Programme Manager
  Beatričė Juškaitė is involved in the Be Secure – Feel Secure (BSFS) and Secu4All projects, and focuses on topics like methodology and discriminatory violence.
She holds a Masters degree – summa cum laude – in Human Rights from Sciences Po Paris. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics from Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), which allowed her to spend a formative semester at Reichman University (IDC Herzliya) in Israel.
She previously worked as a human rights educator and project coordinator in various NGOs, focusing on women’s rights, migration, memory, and media literacy. As a trainee at the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva, she conducted background research on proceedings of the UN human rights machinery. At the Swedish multinational Telia, she analysed whether human rights are respected by the private sector organisations.

Bamba <span class="uppercase">Niang</span>
Bamba Niang

Programme Manager
  Bamba Niang follows the themes of Crisis Management and Technologies. Prior to joining Efus, he worked for Expertise France, the French public agency in charge of technical cooperation for international development and solidarity projects, which is a subsidiary of the French Development Agency (Agence française de Développement, AFD). 
Bamba holds two Masters in International Relations and in Strategic and Military Sciences from the University of Turin, as well as a Masters in International Politics and Transition Analysis from the University of Lyon 2 Lumière.
He also had a short career as an officer in the Senegalese army with training at the Military Academy of Modena in Italy. Last but not least, he is an athlete specialised in the 400 m sprint, and a huge fan of sports of all kinds.

Asma <span class="uppercase">Kaouech</span>
Asma Kaouech

Programme Manager
  Asma Kaouech follows the themes of radicalisation and polarisation and audits and methodologies. Prior to joining Efus, she worked in various international organisations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and International Alert, where she coordinated projects on the reform of criminal justice, the fight against organised crime, the promotion of citizen participation, and the prevention of violent extremism in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region.
Asma holds a Masters in Law from the University of Carthage (Tunisia), a diploma in Leadership and Project Management from the University of Delaware (United States), and a diploma in Human Rights-based Approach from the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation.

Isobel COEN
Isobel COEN

Apprentice Programme Manager
 Isobel Coen is an Apprentice Programme Manager following, among others, topics such as  Technology and Innovation and Public Spaces. She is currently pursuing a Professional Master’s degree in Local Geopolitics at Université de Paris 8, and holds a Master’s in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and a BA in Political Studies from Bard College in New York. Isobel has previously conducted multiple internships including at the American Embassy in Paris, Oxford Analytica, and the Center for the Study of the Drone.

Rasa VERSECKAITE
Rasa VERSECKAITE

Administrative Assistant for European Projects
and Data Manager

Rasa Verseckaite provides logistical and administrative support to the European projects. She has 10 years of experience in the NGO sector, in the United States, Portugal, Lithuania and France. She was notably project coordinator at the National Office for the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission for Youth in Lithuania. She completed a double degree programme in History and International Studies at the University of Richmond in the United States.

Maryse <span class="uppercase">Chicheportiche</span>
Maryse Chicheportiche

Administrative and Financial Director
Maryse has a degree in Economics with a focus on economic policies (Master 1) and in Economics of Regional Planning and Local Development (Master 2) from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne. She has held positions as Administrative and Financial Director and General Secretary in the associative sector, as well as in the private and para public sector. She has significant experience in the financial, legal and human resources matters encountered in SMEs and Midcaps and the solutions to be found to resolve them. Maryse is in charge of all these aspects within the Forum.

Nioukou <span class="uppercase">Konare</span>
Nioukou Konare

Accountant
Nioukou Konare is an accountant at Efus and works with the Administrative and Financial Director and the accounting assistant.
She holds a DUT in business management with a major in finance and accounting. Before joining Efus, she worked in different sectors such as real estate (ICF HABITAT), water management (EAU DE PARIS) and public transport (IDFM).

Eric LOUSTAUNEAU
Eric LOUSTAUNEAU

Accounting Assistant
Eric Loustauneau is accounting assistant to Efus’s Administrative and Financial Director. He holds a vocational high-school diploma with a management and accounting option, as well as a first and a second degree in accounting.
He regularly takes refresh trainings in accounting. Eric Loustauneau has worked as a secretary-accountant at CNP Insurance and as an office worker in the financial department of the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (Deposits and Consignments Fund).

Karima <span class="uppercase">Bouaziz</span>
Karima Bouaziz

Communications Manager
Karima Bouaziz is the Communications Manager of Efus and the French Forum (FFSU). As such, she is responsible for raising the Forum’s profile and for raising awareness among all relevant stakeholders on the range of issues on which the Forum is working. Karima holds a Masters in Marketing and Communications Sciences from the University Pierre-Mendès France of Grenoble and a Master degree in Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Lyon 2. Prior to joining the Forum, she was a consultant in communications strategies and head of marketing and communications strategy in various international groups, in France and abroad.

Olga MALOSH
Olga MALOSH

Apprentice Communications Officer
Olga Malosh is a Communications Officer completing an apprenticeship. She is currently pursuing her Master 2 in CAWEB at the University of Strasbourg and holds a Master 2 in Intercultural Communication from the Lomonosov Moscow State University. She was previously a member of the team leading the National Educational Project in Moscow, Russia.

Inès KHACHKHOUCHE
Inès KHACHKHOUCHE

Assistant in charge of the administrative and financial monitoring of European projects Intern
Inès Khachkhouche provides support to the European projects officer, as well as to the European projects administrative assistant and data manager. She is currently in her second year of a Master’s degree in Political Science in European and International Studies at the Sorbonne. She holds a degree in Applied Foreign Languages (English-Spanish) in Law and Economics, specialising in Business and Commerce from the Sorbonne University.

Collaborators

Yves VAN DE VLOET
Yves VAN DE VLOET

Associated Expert
Yves Van de Vloet is associate expert to the European Forum for Urban Security. Specialised in border security, he notably works on the ALARM project, which seeks to develop transborder operational cooperation between civil security stakeholders in France and Belgium on a wide spectrum of risks. He was Deputy Chief of Staff of the Governor of the Hainaut province and of the President-Minister of the Brussels-Capital-Ixelles Region, and Director of the Department for Crime Prevention at the Belgian Ministry of the Interior. He also has been a teacher at the University of Liège and various police schools and training academies.

Nathalie BOURGEOIS
Nathalie BOURGEOIS

Copy editor
Within the communications team, Nathalie works as a copy editor, writer and translator for Efus’ print production, mainly the articles posted on the website and the publications.
Holding a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and a Master from France’s journalism school Centre de Formation des Journalistes, which is paired with the University of Paris 1 – Panthéon Sorbonne, Nathalie has had a career in journalism (Associated Press) and corporate communications (Havas Advertising) in Paris and Madrid prior to joining Efus in
2010.