Ellen Van Vooren, coordinator
Ellen studied Criminology at Ghent University and International Development at Katho-Howest. In the context of the latter she did an internship at the NGO 'Otra Cosa' in Peru with the aim of supporting various projects concerning children's and women's rights. She worked for two years in the mental health sector as a prevention worker. In this context she followed an continuing training in forensic behavioral sciences at the UGent. Afterwards, Ellen worked at the Study and Policy Service of Fedasil, the federal agency for the reception of asylum seekers. She worked under the AMIF-project international and national partnerships, and on topics such as activation and integration of residents, training and education for asylum seekers, mental health care, migration flows and vulnerable persons with specific reception needs.
Stefan studied Law at the University of Antwerp and afterwards a European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation. In the past, he has briefly worked at the Children's Rights Knowledge Centre as an intern. Then, work took him to Khartoum, where he worked on human rights issues and development cooperation for the European Union Delegation to the republic of Sudan. A short consultancy for Welthungerhilfe and then back to Belgium where he ended up at Plan International Belgium. Until recently, he worked as a research assistant on the 'Children in Legal Language Settings' project. A participatory research project involving young people on interpreter-mediated conversations in criminal and asylum procedures. In January 2021, he returned to KeKi to use his previous work experiences to help build the link between research, policy and practice. Stefan remains on board with the Research Group Interpreting Studies as voluntary researcher.
Heleen Lauwereys, inhoudelijk stafmedewerker
Heleen studied Law at the University of Antwerp and obtained an LLM in International Human Rights Law at the Irish Centre of Human Rights. After a few internships at international criminal courts, Heleen worked as a doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Law and Criminology at Ghent University. Her research focused on the role of the best interests of the child in sentencing decisions concerning parent offenders. In 2021, Heleen worked temporarily at KeKi, after which she worked as a law clerk at the criminal court in Antwerp. With a strong passion for children’s rights law, research and policy, Heleen works at KeKi again since January 2022 as project coordinator of the project REFLECTOR 2.0.
Silke Wittoeck, communicatiemedewerker
Silke studied Pedagogical Sciences at the University of Ghent. Silke was active for 6 years at the youth work organization Idee Kids vzw where she combined several roles. With a great love for communication, children and youth, she is currently part of the KeKi team. She also has an additional training as a 'User Experience designer' behind her and follows a Postgraduate 'Trend Analysis and Implementation'. In short: Silke gives shape to the communication with great enthusiasm.
The Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre has the legal structure of a non-profit association, with a General Assembly and a Board of Directors.