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Autism-Europe’s staff, based in our Brussels office, carry out all aspects of the organisation’s work. Our staff are highly dedicated and qualified in their respective areas of responsibility.


Aurélie Baranger

Director | France


Autism-Europe’s Director since 2007, her mission includes the overall coordination of our network of member associations, and the management of our advocacy and policy work, EU liaison, European projects, events, capacity building and finances.

Aurélie previously worked for the European Disability Forum (on a capacity building project with disability organisations in the Western Balkans) and completed training at the European Commission and Euro Coop.

Aurélie holds a Master in International Relations and a Master in European Public Management.

Aurélie speaks English and French.


Cristina Fernández Álvarez de Eulate

Communication & Fundraising Officer | Spain


Cristina joined Autism-Europe in 2015 and works on our communications, including management of internal and external communication tools and coordination of the Autism-Europe awareness raising campaigns, as well as support to the development and implementation of Autism-Europe work on fundraising and European projects.

Previously Cristina worked for both European associations Pain Alliance Europe (PAE) and the EMEA Power Transmission and Distribution Association (EPTDA). Likewise, she completed an internship in the Federation of European Direct and Interactive Marketing (FEDMA).

She holds an Executive Master in Communication and European policy from the IHECS in Brussels as well as a Master in Journalism from the University of Valladolid.

Cristina speaks Spanish, English and French.


Haydn Hammersley

Projects and Communications Officer | United Kingdom


Having been active in the field of autism since his time in high school, Haydn joined Autism-Europe in 2015 to support the organisation’s policy activities and dissemination work.
Before coming to Autism-Europe, Haydn worked in the European Parliament as an assistant to a British S&D Member. Prior to this he completed a traineeship in the European Commission’s DG Interpretation.
Haydn has a Master’s from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Politics and European Studies, as well as an MA in French literature and linguistics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
Haydn speaks English, French, Greek, Portuguese and Spanish.

Magali Vlayen

Translator & Secretary | Belgium


Magali has been working part-time for Autism-Europe since 2009. She provides English-French translation and handles the daily administration and finances, as well as support for our events.

Previously, Magali worked in administration for the office of an Austrian region in Brussels for five years.

She holds a Bachelor and a Master in Translation.

Magali speaks English, French, German and Dutch.