Meet the Team
Bertrand began as the Director of SOCIEUX+ in May 2021, shortly after he was appointed Director of the Human Capital & Social Development Department of Expertise France. Prior to this position he was Director of European and International Development of the French National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts (CNAM). He brings a wealth of experience from a career in French government and development, including overseas postings with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), and the Institut Français. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Sciences Po Paris, and a national teaching qualification in the social sciences.
Adélio Fernandes Antunes
Adélio has led the SOCIEUX+ and SOCIEUX management teams since the Facility’s initial inception in 2016. He has worked internationally with the World Health Organization (WHO), German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), and European Commission in a wide range of management and technical roles. His previous work focused on finance and human resources for health and health financing systems. Adelio holds a master’s in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and still publishes research on health financing with colleagues from the University of Greifswald
Emilie Daniel García
Deputy Team Leader
Emilie is an international development practitioner with experience in Latin America and Africa. She joined SOCIEUX+ in 2017 from the Department of Human Capital and Social Development of Expertise France, and became the Deputy Team Leader in 2019. Previously she has worked in Guatemala, Colombia, and West Africa with the UN, bilateral cooperation agencies and nongovernmental organizations. She holds a master’s in international humanitarian law from Aix-Marseille University, and a bachelor’s in political science and international affairs from Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence.
Labour & Employment Coordinator
Catherine joined the SOCIEUX+ team in February 2017 as Labour & Employment Coordinator. Previously, she worked in Asia and Latin America for ILO, WFP, UNICEF, FAO, the World Bank, and IFAD as a technical expert in the promotion of ILO standards on non-discrimination and the promotion of decent work and employability for highly vulnerable populations, as well as other topics such as economic and food insecurity, and intercultural health and care for at-risk youth. She has degrees from the Sorbonne and the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers in economic and social development and natural hazards and health disaster management.
Gian Luca Portacolone
Social Protection Coordinator
With a background in political science, economics, strategic negotiations and cultural anthropology, Gian Luca’s 15-year career in international development cooperation has focused on human development and security, decentralization, and social affairs at large. Gian Luca worked at the UN, international nongovernmental organizations, and bilateral cooperation agencies before joining SOCIEUX+ in 2016. In his time with the Facility, he has managed 85 actions in more than 30 countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Luca highly values establishing constructive relationships with partners and experts, and the consideration of equity issues in all projects.
Development & technical advisor for labour and employment
Thierry was our Technical Key Expert since 2017, and in 2019 became the Development and Technical Advisor for Labour and Employment. Over the past 20 years, he has held many high-level management positions in Pôle emploi, the French public employment service, and the National Vocational Training Agency (AFPA), at the local, regional, national and international level. Thierry has a post-graduate degree in labour analysis, employment policies and organizational management, a master’s degree in management of economic and social administrations, and a bachelor’s degree in political sciences.
Knowledge Development Coordinator
Koen has been coordinating the Knowledge Development component of SOCIEUX+ since 2020. At the same time, he is also the Director of Research at the Federal Public Service Social Security in the Belgian Ministry of Social Affairs. Originally an academic researcher, he was previously the director of the LIS Cross-national Data Center, an international thinktank on inequality and social policy. Vleminckx is currently co-president of the editorial board of the Belgian Review for Social Security. He has written numerous articles and books about child poverty, social protection, inclusion, and employment policies, and actively participated in missions to Algeria, Burkina Faso, China, Morocco, Peru, and Senegal.
Knowledge Development EXPERT
Sarah joined the SOCIEUX+ team as knowledge development expert from our partners Enabel, the Belgian development agency, where she worked since 2018. Prior to this, she conducted social work and contributed to several research projects on social inclusion, low-income households, and migration. Sarah has a master’s degree in sociology, master’s in anthropology, and PhD in sociology, where she researched the socio-economic trajectories of minimum income beneficiaries. Her main fields of interest are global poverty and inequality, minimum income protection, social protection, labour market integration, and migration. She is inspired by life course theory and capability theory and is an expert in longitudinal statistical analysis.
Andrea Dalla Palma
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Andrea is the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of SOCIEUX+, responsible for implementing the monitoring and evaluation system, ensuring the smooth flow of information throughout the Facility and activity cycle, and the internal and external dissemination of data. Before joining SOCIEUX+, Andrea worked as Regional Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist in Latin America and the Caribbean for the Youth Entrepreneurship Programme of the IDB, and worked with NGOs and the private sector in Europe and Latin America. He holds a master’s degree in development and international cooperation and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bocconi University.
Begoña joined SOCIEUX+ in 2017 as the Communications Officer, with a focus on developing and delivering innovative communication & visibility strategies. She sets up and manages communication channels, campaigns and contents aimed at presenting SOCIEUX+ stories, values, and impact with our team, our experts, and our partners all over the world. She brings with her 20 years of experience in media and publishing, corporate communications, and EU-funded projects. She holds a master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Diplomatic School of Spain, a postgraduate degree in Art and Communications from the Complutense Universitiy in Madrid, and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Navarra.
Giuliana de Rosa
Giuliana joined SOCIEUX+ in the role of Action Manager in 2020, overseeing a portfolio of actions in the areas of Social Protection and Labour & Employment. She was previously a project officer with over five years of experience working on migration and labour issues with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and NGOs including the Institut Panos Europe. Originally from Italy, she holds a dual master’s degree in history and social sciences from Sapienza University and the University of Savoie, and a MSc in Public Policy and Management at SOAS University of London.
Amandine joined the SOCIEUX+ team as Action Manager in 2020 after a decade-long career in development project management with development firms, agencies and NGOs in Europe and West Africa. Her projects mainly focused on the fields of security and justice, and family planning. She holds masters’ degrees in international relations and international cooperation and project management from universities in France (ILERI) and Spain (Ortega y Gasset Institute).
Daria recently joined the SOCIEUX+ team as an Action Manager, after spending most of her career in the Russian and French civil services. There she was in charge of bilateral programs for labour and employment, and later performed the duties of a deputy counsellor for social affairs of the French Embassy in Moscow. She holds masters’ degrees from the Moscow State University of International Relations and Sciences Po Paris. She has also done an international long cycle in the National School of Administration (ENA) in France. Her professional interests include the fight against poverty, social security and the elderly, and the eradication of HIV/AIDS.
Marie joined the SOCIEUX+ facility in December 2020 as a Action Manager after working for different international networks, including the Platform of European NGOs in the Social Field (Social Platform) and EUROCITIES, the network of major European cities. Her career has been focused on employment and social inclusion projects, as well as the reform of social protection systems for the self-employed and non-standard workers. She has a Master in European studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Associate Project Officer
Hadiatou is Associate Project Officer for SOCIEUX+, where she assists in the implementation of social protection, labour and employment activities. Prior to that she worked with Handicap International and the UN Secretariat in New York, where her work focused on humanitarian affairs, victim assistance, and support for least developed countries. She holds a master’s degree in crisis analysis and humanitarian aid, and a bachelor’s degree in applied foreign languages.
Associate Project Officer
Sergio is Associate Project Officer for SOCIEUX+ based in Paris, where he handles logistic, contracting and financial issues for the Facility. His professional experience includes managing development cooperation projects and research in Latin America. His academic interests include issues around inequality, poverty, and social protection. He holds a MSc in global development from the University of Copenhagen, and a bachelor’s in international relations from the European University of Valencia.
Associate Project Officer
Cristina is currently Associate Project Officer; she previously worked at the Spanish public foundation FIIAPP, a partner organisation of SOCIEUX+. She also has professional experience in the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), where she worked in the regional department for Africa, and the private sector, but her main professional interests are the logistics of European-funded projects. She holds a master’s degree in international cooperation and a bachelor’s in international relations.
Emanuel Ferreira Da Silva
Associate Project Officer
Emanuel joined the SOCIEUX+ team as Associate Project Officer in February 2021, shortly after graduating from EPHEC (Practical School of Higher Commercial Studies) with a bachelor’s in accounting with specialisation in taxation. He previously worked as an accountant at Celio International and interned at Schréder and Chemitex while in school.