• 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 President

  • 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.

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

  • Jeanette Fava

    Office Manager

    Jeanette joined Victim Support Europe (VSE) in September 2017. She is presently responsible for the human resources, office, logistics and membership management of VSE as well as its partnerships with other international organizations. She also coordinates work and does all the internal and external reports including those to the European Commission. In addition, she administers both the EU and other grants applications for funding and provides administrative support to the Executive Board, the executive director and all the team of VSE.
    Before joining VSE, she was a diplomat at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU in Brussels and worked on legislative and non-legislative dossiers with the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. Previously, she worked as a teacher, office manager and subsequently as a senior manager within the Ministry for Education and Employment in Malta.
    Apart from her comprehensive and various pedagogical studies, she has recently read for a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and an Executive Master in Business Administration. Last year she has also conducted an extensive research on the EU legislative decision-making process and provided several recommendations for better and more transparent EU law-making.

    Languages: Maltese, English, Arabic, Dutch, French, Italian

  • 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 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