The FACE Team is based in Brussels and makes up the Secretariat, representing the interests of its Members and 7 million hunters every day.
The FACE team combines a passion for hunting and nature with expertise in a range of key areas so as to best ensure hunting is facilitated and sustainable, right across Europe. The small team reflects the diversity of Europe, with over 7 nationalities within the core staff, competent in some 9 languages.
Italian of origin and German-educated, Filippo has been working in Brussels since 2006 in EU advocacy for diverse groups and interests, with a strong foundation in communications. Filippo has a long history with hunting: having passed his hunting licence in 1995, he volunteered for his local hunters’ association and participated in a number of game management projects, wildlife surveys and damages assessments. Filippo is an avid waterfowler, with a deep interest in all hunting modes and game, and also founded the Italian French Pointer Kennel Club.
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LEGAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
JOHAN SVALBY, DIRECTOR OF LEGAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Johan leads the FACE Legal and Public Affairs team. Combining his legal training with a thorough knowledge of EU and international legislation, subjects and processes, he provides essential advice with astute interpretation of policies and laws affecting hunters in Europe. He joined the organisation in 2008, and prior to taking up the role of Director in 2014, he has managed our work on Animal Welfare and Health, the Bern Convention and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species as well as the FACE Working Group on Legal Affairs. These are dossiers for which he continues to provide day-to-day management and oversight.
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cecilia luetgebrune, PUBLIC AFFAIRS officer
Cecilia plays a key role in FACE´s relations with the EU Institutions, especially the European Parliament where she is our focal point for the Parliament´s Intergroup for Hunting, Biodiversity and Countryside. Since having joined FACE in 2014 she maintains contacts with decision makers and organisations connected to FACE´s work areas and projects. Having graduated in Agriculture, Cecilia is also responsible for the FACE dossiers related to Agriculture and Rural Development.
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Paul Wujek, Legal AFFAIRS OFFICER
Having joined the team in July 2014, Paul provides legal and policy advice and support for FACE and its Members, and closely follows developments in EU policies and infringement procedures. Paul also plays a key role in FACE´s relations with the EU Institutions, especially with the Permanent Representations. Prior to joining the team, Paul gained legal working experience at the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union.
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CY GRIFFIN, DIRECTOR of conservation
Cy is responsible for wildlife and nature policy at FACE, providing a unique awareness and understanding of both the biology of game species with their related EU legislation. He provides technical and biological insights on a daily basis, from migratory birds to trapping. From November 2013, Cy has taken over the management of our Nature Conservation work in addition to Wildlife Conservation.
CHARLOTTE SIMON, NATURE POLICY OFFICER
Within the Conservation team, Charlotte has taken over a range of nature policy dossiers. Her main focus is the implementation of the Biodiversity Manifesto within the European hunting network. She is also involved in several topics of the EU Biodiversity Strategy such as Natura 2000, Green Infrastructure and No Net Loss. This includes the process “Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem Service (MAES)” which is linked to the evaluation of the Economics of Hunting.
DAVID SCALLAN, WILDLIFE POLICY OFFICER
David joined the FACE team in September 2015. He deals with a variety of dossiers including migratory birds, large carnivores, land use and the economics of hunting. David has a strong background in conservation policy, ecology, game management, sustainable agriculture and human-wildlife conflict. He received his Ph.D. from the National University of Ireland Galway in 2012, with a dissertation examining the economic, ecological and social place of hunting activities in rural Ireland. David is experienced in site and species monitoring, ecological surveys, project management and economic impact assessments.
MAYSSA VANDE VYVRE, COMMUNICATION OFFICER
Mayssa joined FACE in July, 2015 as the Communication Officer. Mayssa received her B.A in Political Science and Sociology at Emmanuel College in Boston (USA), and graduated in Communication and European Policy at IHECS in Brussels. Before starting at FACE, she worked for the Canadian Government in Boston and in an EU consulting firm in Brussels as the communication project manager. Mayssa makes sure that FACE Members, partners, decision-makers and the media are kept informed of the many activities and dossiers covered by FACE on a daily basis.
Office and Business Management
CHARLOTTE NYFFELS, OFFICE and Business MANAGER
Charlotte manages the operations of the FACE Secretariat, from finances to human resources, whilst coordinating the administrative and office work, the translation services for the Members and the organisation of FACE Governance Meetings.
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CHLOE GERBER, OFFICE ASSISTANT
Chloé assist the Office & Business Management Unit with general administration and reception services, facilities management, and meetings organisation. She also provides personal assistance to the Secretary General.