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.
IT, EN, FR, DE
SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR
Yves brings over 30 years of experience at FACE to the team and his unique combination of institutional knowledge of international environmental policy with his scientific and biological expertise. His considerable experience sees him providing keen advice to the rest of the Team as well as FACE Members, policy-makers and partners, regularly speaking at high-level events as well as technically complex meetings.Yves was President of the International Union of Game Biologists 2011-2013 and presided the Congress in Brussels in August 2013.
NL, FR, EN, DE
YASMIN HAMMERSCHMIDT, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
Yasmin is responsible for FACE communications. She is coordinating communications especially with FACE Members, the wider hunting and conservation community, as well as the European press by providing communications expertise on campaigns, publications, events, press work and social media. Yasmin is ensuring FACE Members, partners, EU decision-makers and the rest of the world are kept informed of what European hunters and FACE are all about.
DE, EN, FR
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.
EN, FR, DE, SV
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.
DE, EN, FR
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. Prior to joining the team, Paul gained legal working experience at the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union.
FR, EN, ES
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.
Dan Burgar Kuželički, Wildlife Policy OFFICER
Dan graduated as a Forestry Engineer from the Biotechnical Faculty, Department for Forestry and Renewable Resources at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He joined the team after a traineeship at European Commission. His work focuses on monitoring of EU nature and biodiversity legislation and its implementation. Next to that he is also working on different species issues and other topics related to our Wildlife Conservation work.
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.
FR, EN, ES
SABINE BORGERS-GUSE, Senior TRANSLATOR (Part-time)
Sabine providies top quality German translations.
DE, EN, NL, IT
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.
NICOLE BERNARD, HR and Accounts ASSISTANT (Part-time)
Nicole provides HR & accounting support to the Office & Business Management Unit.
FR, EN, DE