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 holds a degree in Corporate Communication from Formasup √Čcoles ‚Äď Bordeaux and a Master‚Äôs degree in Management and Communication Strategy from ISIFA.
She has several years of experience in international groups in the private sector.

Agne DAUKSAITE
Agne DAUKSAITE

Administrative Assistant for European Projects
Agne Dauksaite provides logistical and administrative support to the European projects led by Efus.
She completed a degree in Business Management and Administration studies at the Faculty of Economics of Vilnius University. She has notable experience in the fields of administration, office management, customer service and project coordination fields in Lithuania, Norway, Spain and France.

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 programme and Efus’ relationship with countries outside Europe. Pilar De La Torre 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).
Pilar worked in Colombia at the National Institute For Research and Prevention of Fraud (INIF) for 2 years.

Sarah DIEMU-TR√ČMOLI√ąRES
Sarah DIEMU-TR√ČMOLI√ąRES

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.

Guillaume JAEN
Guillaume JAEN

Programme Manager
Guillaume Jaen follows the subjects related to audits and methodology. He holds a double degree in Law and Political Science from the University of Lyon and a Master‚Äôs degree in Internal Security, in partnership between the University of Lyon and the √Čcole nationale sup√©rieure de police. Guillaume worked as an inter-ministerial and partnership policy officer at the Directorate of Judicial Protection of Young People and at Prosegur, a private security company for the organisation of security within the framework of Euro 2016.

Eszter KARACSONY
Eszter KARACSONY

Programme Manager
Eszter Karacsony is responsible for Efus‚Äô relations with the EU institutions, mainly with European Parliament and the Commission. She obtained a Master‚Äôs degree in ‚ÄúEU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies‚ÄĚ at the College of Europe (Bruges Campus). Eszter also holds a Master‚Äôs degree in ‚ÄúEuropean Politics and Public Affairs‚ÄĚ (Sciences Po Strasbourg) and one in ‚ÄúContemporary History‚ÄĚ (University of Strasbourg).
Regarding her previous professional experience, Eszter worked as a trainee at the European Parliament in Strasbourg and at the Directorate of European Affairs of the National School of Administration (Ecole nationale d’administration).

Pauline LESCH
Pauline LESCH

Programme Manager
Pauline Lesch works on the European Cutting Crime Impact (CCI) project which aims to enable local and national authorities to reduce the impact of petty crime. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Governance from Sciences Po Paris as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She has worked as a student consultant for an interdisciplinary architecture agency focusing on urban redevelopment projects. Prior to this she was a trainee for the Permanent Representation of Luxembourg to the United Nations and to the European Union and worked on issues relating to international security.

Tatiana MORALES
Tatiana MORALES

Programme Manager
Tatiana Morales follows, among others, the topics: organised crime, unaccompanied foreign minors, and public spaces issues. She holds a Master’s degree in International Security from the Paris School of International Affairs (Sciences Po) 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. 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.

Martí NAVARRO REGAS
Martí NAVARRO REGAS

Programme Manager
Mart√≠ Navarro Reg√†s follows different topics including radicalisation, public spaces, risk management and nightlife. He is also the liaison coordinator with the Spanish Forum for Prevention and Urban Security (F√≥rum Espa√Īol para la Prevenci√≥n y la Seguridad Urbana ‚Äď FEPSU). He holds a Master 2 in political science specialising in public security policies from the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin (UVSQ). He also obtained a degree in criminology with a major in security and prevention from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). He has previously worked as a jurist-criminologist trainee for the Catalan prison administration.

Silvia PAOLELLA
Silvia PAOLELLA

European Projects Officer
Silvia Paolella is in charge of the administrative and financial monitoring of Efus’ European projects. 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.
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 of lawyers in European law and international cooperation.

Marta PELL√ďN BRUSSOSA
Marta PELL√ďN BRUSSOSA

Project Comm Officer ‚Äď PACTESUR
Marta Pellón Brussosa is responsible for the communication of the PACTESUR project, which aims to empower cities and local police forces in the field of security of public spaces.
Prior to this, 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 an MA in International Security from Sciences Po Paris and a BA in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London.

√Čmilie PETIT
√Čmilie 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‚Äôs degree in political sciences dedicated to the sociology of delinquency et to penal institutions : ‚Äú Analysis of conflicts and violence‚ÄĚ 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.

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-Europ√§isches Forum f√ľr Urbane Sicherheit e.V.)
She holds a Master of Arts degree in German Studies, Philosophy and Political Sciences of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich.
She notably worked for Berlin based organisations coordinating federal government programmes, including, in particular, programmes designed to facilitate the integration of refugee families or to promote democracy and prevent extremism.

Rasa VERSECKAITE
Rasa VERSECKAITE

Office Manager
Rasa Verseckaite provides logistical and administrative support to the European projects. She completed a double degree programme in History and International Studies at the University of Richmond in the United States. She has 10 years 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.

Suzanne ASSI
Suzanne ASSI

Programme Manager intern
Suzanne is helping to develop the Forum’s activities and new projects for the year 2021. She holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Policy from the London School of Economics (UK) and will graduate in summer 2021 from the Master 2 ‘Prevention and Security Policies’ at the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin (France). She also holds a degree in International Relations from Erasmus University College (Netherlands). Previously, she did a civic service with the NGO Singa in Paris for the reception of newcomers and participated in the CourtWatch university collective for the observation and monitoring of terrorist trials at the Paris Court of Appeal. “

Stephanie STACEY
Stephanie STACEY

Translation intern
Stephanie assists the Efus team with the translation and proofreading of documents.
She is currently a language student (French and Russian) at the University of Cambridge (UK) with a special interest in translation and contemporary literature.

Jason LAFRENI√ąRE
Jason LAFRENI√ąRE

Administrative and Financial Manager
Jason Lafrenière organises, coordinates and supervises the accounting, financial and administrative management of Efus. He also participates in the financial monitoring of the projects led by the Forum.
He holds a degree in management and accounting from the John Molson Business school in Montreal. Jason has worked in the private sector, in France and abroad, as an Administrative and Financial Manager.

Eric LOUSTAUNEAU
Eric LOUSTAUNEAU

Eric is accounting assistant to Efus’s Administrative and Financial Manager. 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 D√©p√īts et Consignations (Deposits and Consignments Fund).

Isabella MORGOTT
Isabella MORGOTT

Project Communications Officer
Isabella Morgott is in charge of the communication of the projects led by Efus.
She holds a Master’s degree in European Public Affairs from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and a Master’s degree in Political Science. She has also a degree in Romance Studies and Communication from the University of Munich.
Isabella has worked as an external consultant in charge of European projects at the IPAG Business School Paris, as a political analyst trainee at the European Commission in Paris, as well as in a public affairs and strategic communications agency.

Adrien STECK
Adrien STECK

Institutional Communications Officer
Adrien Steck is in charge of institutional communications at Efus. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Lyon and a Master’s Degree in Media & Communications from London Metropolitan University.
Adrien Steck has worked as a trainee at the European Parliament in Luxembourg and as a digital communications officer at the french Erasmus+ Agency.   

Emma GRAFF
Emma GRAFF

Apprentice Communication Officer
Emma is a work-study student at Efus.
She is currently doing a Master 1 in Public Relations at the Ecole Supérieure de Communication et de Publicité РSup de Pub de Lyon. She holds a degree in entrepreneurship and communication management in partnership with the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire and Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).

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

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