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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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Cristina Fernández Álvarez de Eulate

Communication & Fundraising Manager | Spain

Biography

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.

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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). Before that Christian assisted a policy making analysis unit at Hagen University as an online tutor for distance learning students.

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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Thomas Moran

Project Officer | United Kingdom

Biography

Thomas Moran joined Autism-Europe in 2019 to support their projects and advocacy.

Thomas has a BA Hons from Stirling University (UK), a PGCE from Glasgow University (UK), and a MA in European Studies with a specialisation in Education, Diversity, and Culture from KU Leuven (Belgium).

Over the past few years, he volunteered with NGOs: Hope for Autism, Citizens Advice Scotland, and SCIAF, where he learned a lot about mans’ inhumanity to man, and developed his ideas on education and social policy.

After teaching English in France and Austria, he came to Brussels as a Bluebook trainee at the European Commission where he contributed his skills and experience for a better Europe and, in turn, a better world.

Thomas speaks English, French, and Italian.

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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.