• João Lázaro

    President of the ‘Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vítima’ (APAV), Portugal

    João Lázaro is currently the President of Victim Support Europe (VSE). As President of the Executive Board João, among other things, represents the organisation to others, presides all meetings, ensures decisions are made in a timely manner and translated into meaningful actions and facilitates the accomplishment of VSE’s strategic goals.

Vice Presidents

  • Helgard van Hüllen

    Helgard van Hüllen is Vice President of Victim Support Europe and Deputy National Chair of Weisser Ring Germany, where she is also a Member of the Advisory Board for Education and Training. Dr. van Hüllen is also head of Weisser Ring’s branch in Bad Tölz/Wolfratshausen in Bavaria and has over 20 years of experience in delivering support for victims and running victim support organisations.

    Dr. Helgard van Hüllen began working as a volunteer with Weisser Ring in 1993 and became a member of the board in 1998.

  • Sabrina Bellucci

    Sabrina Belluci is the Director of the association INAVEM – Institut National d’Aide aux Victimes Et de Médiation – since 2007. Sabrina became the She was awarded the title of Knight in the National Order of Merit in 2013. As a former coordinator and policy officer in the Animation Network and a Justice coordinator she has 15 years of professional experience in the field of support for victims of crime. Sabrina has obtained a DEA in Criminal Sciences from the University of Strasbourg.

Our Secretariat

  • Levent Altan

    Executive Director

    Levent is responsible for providing overall leadership, strategic direction and management of the organisation. He has been Executive Director of Victim Support Europe since November 2014. Before joining Victim Support Europe, he worked as Principal   Legal Advisor at Milieu Ltd, a multi-disciplinary consultancy, where led a team running various multi-country projects on justice and home affairs. He worked twice for the European Commission (DG Justice) as a national expert. During that time he was responsible for drafting and negotiating the EU Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. Prior to this, Levent had been working for around 10 years as a UK civil servant in the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Cabinet Office.

    Languages: English, French

  • An Verelst

    Policy Officer

    An joined VSE in July 2015 as our policy officer responsible for development of VSE policies, research and monitoring of victims’ rights. An is a clinical psychologist and worked as a trauma psychologist in the war-affected region of Northern Uganda. She also set up and managed a victim support organisation offering psychosocial support for children and families affected by war-related violence in Eastern Congo. She obtained her PhD in Educational Sciences after conducting research on the psychological and social consequences in adolescent victims of sexual violence in (post)conflict settings.

    Languages: English, Dutch, French and basic Spanish

  • Irina Dragoman

    Office Manager

    Irina is responsible for the administration of the VSE head office, the financial system management, financial reports preparation, and events organization.

    Before joining VSE, she has worked for 8 years in the management, monitoring, evaluation and audit for projects financed by the European Commission, the African Development Bank, and the World Bank.

    Languages: English, French, Romanian

  • Aleksandra Ivankovic

    Project Manager

    Aleksandra joined VSE in February 2017. She is a human rights lawyer with specific expertise in the rights of persons with disabilities, women and children. In VSE, Aleksandra is responsible for managing our project applications and project delivery, research and analysis, as well as quality assurance. Before joining VSE, Aleksandra has worked at the European Court of Human Rights, litigated on behalf of victims with disabilities and managed several European human rights projects.

    Languages: English, French, Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian, Macedonian and basic Italian and Spanish

  • Sanjin Bužo

    Finance & Project Officer

    Sanjin is responsible for preparation of internal and external events, daily office duties, membership issues, website/intranet and communications, project finances and administration, IT, newsletter as well as partnership with international organizations. Before joining VSE in October 2016, Sanjin worked as Financial manager in Documenta – centre for dealing with the past from Zagreb and as Networking and regional cooperation manager in Oneworld platform in SEE.  Over the past fifteen years he has been working with numerous non-profit organizations, groups and networks on human rights and social justice, conflict resolution and reconciliation, peace-building and non-violent communication.

    Languages: English, Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian, French, Macedonian, Albanian

  • Luis Bispo


    Luis Fernando Freitas Bispo, was born in Portugal and started a new future in 1978 in the United States beginning a new career in the US Army. His experience includes 26 years directly related to Program Management, Managing Crisis, and Adult Work Performance and Stress Counseling. In addition, he performed at different levels of leadership, instructor for common core leadership and military civic actions; participated in humanitarian missions in Southeastern Europe and Haiti and disaster relief operations in support of Hurricanes Andrew, Fran, Mitch, Floyd and Katrina. He holds a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management with Honors from American Public University System and a Master’s in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University. Luis is a Certified Victim Advocate and Sexual Assault Response Coordinator with the US National Organization for Victim Assistance. He is certified in Disaster Preparedness from the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security.

    Languages: French, Portuguese European, Brazilian, and conversant in Italian and Spanish

  • Rita Bhandari


    Rita joined our team as a volunteer in June 2016 to help us develop and implement our communications objectives. She contributes to our communications strategy and social and digital media efforts. Rita previously worked at Amnesty International’s European Institutions office here in Brussels.

    Languages: English, Hindi, Dutch, French