Ellen Van Vooren, coordinator ad-interim
Kathy Vlieghe, management, TJK
Sara Lembrechts, research, policy advice and international training
Lisa De Roeck, research, policy advice, training and communication
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.
Kathy has a master’s degree in German philology and a specialization in documentation and literature sciences from Ghent University, Belgium. From 1989 to 2009, she worked as a scientific collaborator at the Centre for the Rights of the Child (Ghent University). Until today, she is associated for 20% at the Department of Social Welfare Studies of Ghent University. She is co-organizer of different national and international training programmes, such as the Post-Academic Training Children’s Rights and the International Interdisciplinary Course on Children’s Rights. She is also editorial secretary of the Journal on Youth and Children’s Rights (in Dutch: Tijdschrift voor Jeugd en Kinderrechten).
Sara has an MA in Childhood Studies & Children’s Rights from the Free University of Berlin (Germany), as well as an LLM in International & European Law and a BA in European Studies, both from the University of Maastricht (Netherlands). She has worked as an intern with Amnesty International in New Zealand, with UNICEF in Geneva and with the Belgian National Commission on Children’s Rights (NCRK). After being involved with KeKi’s activities as a student since 2010, Sara joined the KeKi staff in October 2012. Since February 2016, Sara also works part-time (20%) at the University of Antwerp (Faculty of Law) in an EU-funded research project on international child abductions.
Lisa studied Political Science at Ghent University and International North South Cooperation at UCLL. In the context of the latter, she did an internship of six months at an organization dedicated to girls’ and women’s rights in Sri Lanka, where she, among other things, did research on the political participation of vulnerable groups. After a short internship at the Benelux-desk of UNRIC, the regional information centre of the United Nations in Brussels, she started working at ‘Vrouw & Maatschappij’ (Woman & Society). There she was involved in cases concerning work-life balance and violence against girls and women. Since September 2019, Lisa is employed full-time at KeKi.
The Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre has the legal structure of a non-profit association, with a General Assembly and a Board of Directors.