Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator
Ms Myria Vassiliadou assumed office in March 2011 and is based within the European Commission, DG Home-Affairs. The position of the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator was foreseen in the "Stockholm Programme" and her mandate is further elaborated in the Anti-Trafficking Directive2011/36/EU, according to which she is tasked to improve coordination andcoherence between EU institutions, EU agencies, Member States andinternational actors and to develop existing and new EU policies relevantto addressing trafficking in human beings. She is further tasked to monitor the implementation of the new and integrated "EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings (2012-2016)", as well as to provide overall strategic policy orientation for the EU's external policy in this field.
She holds degrees in Sociology and Social Research and a doctorate in Sociology from the Universityof Kent at Canterbury, UK. She has also been a Research Fellow at the Solomon Asch Centre forStudy of Ethno-political conflict, at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms Vassiliadou previously servedas Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby, the largest network of women’s associationsacross the EU. She was a founding member of the think tank Mediterranean Institute of GenderStudies and served as its Director for seven years and subsequently as the Chair of the Board ofAdministration. For over a decade, Ms Vassiliadou worked as an Assistant Professor of Sociology atthe University of Nicosia and taught undergraduate and graduate classes in Sociology.
Ms Vassiliadou previously worked in the European Commission as a Detached National Expert in theDirectorate General for Research. Furthermore, she has served as a member of various AdvisoryBoards, Expert Groups and acted as a consultant at the national and international level. She hasworked extensively in the area of fundamental rights, as these relate to questions of trafficking inhuman beings, gender, migration, ethno-political conflict, and the media. She has published inseveral books and journals, conducted workshops and seminars, and has been actively involved invarious think tanks, EU wide research projects and national/international non-governmentalorganisations. She is trained as a counsellor on interpersonal violence against women and also as afacilitator/mediator on conflict transformation and negotiations.