Steering Group and Strand Facilitators

Steering Group

Ingo Ritz

Ingo Ritz

Director at GCAP

Ingo Ritz is the Director of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP). The global movement against inequalities and poverty has 8,600 member organisations from civil society working together in national coalitions in 58 countries around the globe. GCAP uses the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs as a framework for the just transition needed for people and planet. Ritz is economist and worked 20 years with grassroots organisations in Bangladesh and India for women’s rights, the right to food, education and against the shrinking space of civil society.

 Barbara Caracciolo

Barbara Caracciolo

Sustainable Development Coordinator at SOLIDAR

Barbara Caracciolo is Sustainable Development Coordinator at SOLIDAR. She leads SOLIDAR advocacy and campaign work on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a focus on Decent Work, as well as on the EU-Latin America relations. Passionate about universal labour and social rights, between 2009 and 2013, Barbara was SOLIDAR coordinator of the Decent Work Decent Life Campaign and lead the network’s campaign and advocacy work for an international instrument on Decent work for Domestic Workers and on Universal Social Protection floors.

 Deirdre de Burca

Deirdre de Burca

Advocacy Co-ordinator at IFP

Deirdre currently works as an Advocacy Co-ordinator for a development network. She previously worked as a Director of Advocacy for World Vision’s EU office

She was also a member of the EU Steering Committee of Concord’s Beyond 2015 EU Taskforce which played an important role in influencing the position of the EU and its Member States during the UN negotiations on Agenda 2030. Deirdre was also one of the founding members of SDG Watch Europe.

Ingeborg Niestroy

Ingeborg Niestroy

Associate at IISD and EU liaison

Ingeborg has two decades experience in European and international policy-making and multi-stakeholder relations, inter alia as Director of the European network of advisory councils for environmental policy and sustainable development (EEAC). In this function she was strongly involved in the Rio+20 process and has worked in various capacities on the Agenda 2030 implementation ever since. She has (co-)authored, lead and collaborated in a number of studies on governance for sustainable development, including regulatory/sustainability impact assessment. She is Associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and brings in the science-policy interface to SDG Watch as facilitator of Strand 2 ‘Monitoring and Reporting’. She is representative of SDG Watch in the management committee of the EU Multi Stakeholder Platform on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Leida Rijnhout

Leida Rijnhout

Programme Coordinator Resource Justice & Sustainability at FoeE

Leida Rijnhout is programme coordinator of Resource Justice and Sustainability at Friends of the Earth Europe. Since 2001 she facilitated and coordinated the global NGO community to realise their active engagement in United Nations processes on Sustainable Development and Environment. She was heavily involved at and in the preparations of the Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 (Johannesburg), at Rio+20 in 2012 (Rio de Janeiro), the development of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs) and the UN Environment Assemblies. She is the initiator of SDG Watch and is still member of the Steering group. As representative for this alliance she is also member of the EU Multi Stakeholder Platform on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, chaired by EU Vice President Frans Timmermans.

Patrizia Heidegger

Patrizia Heidegger

Director of Global Policies and Sustainability at the EEB

Patrizia has joined the Steering Group in 2017. She leads the EEB’s work on sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), follows intergovernmental processes at the UN, and supports projects on environmental democracy as well as environmental justice.

She was previously Executive Director of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, a global coalition of 19 environmental, human and labour rights organisations seeking to prevent unsustainable industrial practices in developing countries as well as illegal waste shipments. She has experience working on human rights and development issues in South Asia.

Klara Hajdu

Klara Hajdu

Senior Policy Officer at CEEweb

Klara Hajdu has experience in international and EU biodiversity and resource policies, and a special interest in holistic approaches for sustainable development. She was involved in European campaigns and coalitions, like the Resource Cap Coalition proactively calling for progressive resource use and climate policies. Klara was an initiator and a co-leader of the People’s Budget campaign since its kick-off in 2016, which demands the sustainability proofing of the future EU Budget and its alignment with the SDGs. She is based in Budapest working at CEEweb for Biodiversity, a regional network in Central and Easter Europe since 2000.

Fanny Voitzwinkler

Fanny Voitzwinkler

Head of EU Office at GHA

After graduating in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, Fanny Voitzwinkler worked on minority rights projects for the European Centre for Minority Issues in Kosovo, on peacebuilding and conflict transformation in the United Nations Africa Peacekeeping Operations in New York, on emergency health aid with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society in the occupied Palestinian territories, on children’s rights campaigns for the Council of Europe and on multilateral relations with the European Commission. In 2011 she created the Global Health Advocates’ Brussels office. She develops and implements the strategy of GHA at EU level, where she leads a team of 4 Advocacy & Policy Managers and Officers.

Marie-Luise Abshagen

Marie-Luise Abshagen

Referentin Nachhaltige Entwicklung - Forum Umwelt & Entwicklung

Marie-Luise Abshagen works with the German NGO Forum on Environment and Development as a Policy Officer on Sustainable Development. She holds a Master of Arts in East Asian Studies and Political Science, studied in Leipzig (Germany), Tübingen (Germany) and Taipei (Taiwan) and has lived in the USA, Taiwan, China and South Korea. For many years, Ms Abshagen has been engaged in human rights work and the achievement of sustainable development. In Germany, she is a member of two advisory boards on “New Alliance for Sustainability Policies” and “(Right-wing) Radicalization and Nature Conservation”

WORK STRAND LEADERS

Strand 1

Leida Rijnhout

Leida Rijnhout

Programme Coordinator Resource Justice & Sustainability at FoeE

Strand 2

Inge Niestroy

Inge Niestroy

Associate at IISD and EU liaison

Strand 3

Tanja Gohlert

Tanja Gohlert

Europe Coordinator and Head of Global Communications at GCAP

Strand 4

 Deirdre de Burca

Deirdre de Burca

Advocacy Co-ordinator at IFP
Patrizia Heidegger

Patrizia Heidegger

Director of Global Policies and Sustainability at EEB
Eva Izquierdo

Eva Izquierdo

Global Policies Project Officer at EEB

Former Members of the Steering Committee

Alison Coleman

Alison Coleman

Policy Officer - Anti-Corruption in Development at Transparency International

Alison has been working on issues related to Sustainable Development, at both the EU and international level for the previous 8 years. Having worked with both environmental and social justice NGOs she has an in-depth knowledge of issues related to a number of sustainable development goals, and appreciates the importance of tackling Agenda 2030 as a whole.

Alison has worked with Transparency International since 2014 working on anti-corruption and transparency policies related to development. Alison has a BSc in zoology and ecology, and an MSc in Environmental Science Policy Planning.

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