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Staff

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.

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Aurélie Baranger

Director | France

Biography

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. 

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Carmen Clemente

Communications and Campaigns Manager | Spain

Biography

Carmen joined Autism-Europe in September 2021 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 European projects.

Previously Carmen worked for the Migration Policy Group and the International Federation of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.

She holds a master in Communication and International Relations as well as a bachelor on Advertising and Public Relations.

Carmen speaks Spanish, English and Italian.

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Christian Takow

Advocacy & Project Officer | Germany

Biography

Christian Takow, MSc, joined the team of Autism-Europe towards the end of 2018 to support their advocacy and project work.

Previously, he was a trainee for the EU policy unit at the Party of European Socialists (PES) in Brussels.

He holds a master degree in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations from Leiden University and a bachelor degree in European Studies from Maastricht University.

Christian is on the autism spectrum.

He speaks German, English and is learning Spanish and Dutch.

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Magali Vlayen

Translator & Secretary | Belgium

Biography

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.

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Eirini Symeonidou

Project and Research Officer | Greece

Biography

Eirini Symeonidou joined the team of Autism-Europe (AE) in September 2021 and supports planning and coordination of Autism-Europe’s work plan and project activities. She is supporting the delivery of multiple projects across AE, focusing on primary research, stakeholder advocacy and policy analysis.

Previously, Eirini was a trainee within the Rights of the Child team of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in Vienna and the year before, she worked as a policy and information intern at the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) in the UK. She has completed undergraduate studies in the education of people with special needs and she has also worked for two years as a teacher of children with multiple disabilities and autism.

Eirini holds a Master in International Child Studies, specialized in International Child Rights and Development from King’s College London.

She speaks English and Greek.