Asylos Advisory Committee

Thomas Klau (Chair and Founder) is the Europe editor of Eurointelligence, a specialist service for news and analysis of the euro area. He has worked as senior policy fellow and head of the Paris office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and as lecturer on European Studies at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, a Parisian Haute Ecole. During his earlier career as a journalist and commentator, he covered European affairs, international politics, economics and social trends with postings in Brussels, Washington, Paris and Frankfurt, working for the Financial Times Deutschland, Börsen-Zeitung, European Voice, Associated Press and Agence France Presse.

Photo: Stephanie Anestis Photography

Alexandra Dufresne is a lawyer specialising in refugee, immigration, and child law and policy. She taught seminars in law and policy at Yale from 2006-2015 and currently teaches law at several Swiss institutions of higher learning. Alexandra worked as the CLINIC Detention Attorney at Boston College Law School, where she supervised students in the representation of refugees detained by the Department of Homeland Security. She also led state-level legislative campaigns on behalf of vulnerable children and served on the Board of a leading refugee resettlement nonprofit in the U.S. Alexandra graduated from Yale College in 1996 and received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1999. She clerked for the Hon. Martha Craig Daughtrey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 2001-2002.

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Franziska Brantner has been a Member of the German Bundestag and the Greens group in the Bundestag (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) since October 2013.  Prior to this, she was a Member of the European Parliament for four years. She was the Spokesperson for foreign affairs of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament and the Parliament’s standing rapporteur for the Instrument for Stability. She also was her group’s chief negotiator for the establishment and review of the European External Action Service, the EU’s new foreign ministry. Before being elected to the European Parliament, Franziska Brantner worked for the Bertelsmann Foundation consulting on EU foreign policy issues and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

Géraud de Geouffre de la Pradelle, an international jurist and professor of law, is Professeur Emeritus of l’Université de Paris-X Nanterre.  In 2004, he presided over the Committee of Inquiry on France’s role in the Rwandan genocide. He was a Patron of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, an international citizens tribunal active from 2009 to 2013. A regular contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique, he co-signed in 2012 an open letter to the French government calling for the release of foreign children being detained in France.

Gunnar Lund is a diplomat and politician. His career includes postings as Ambassador of Sweden to France (2007-2014), Ambassador of Sweden to the United States (2005-2007) and Ambassador of Sweden to the European Union (1999-2002). He has also held positions as Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs (1994-1999) and Deputy Finance Minister (1988-1991) of Sweden. He was a Member of the Swedish Cabinet as Minister for international economic and financial affairs as well as for public administration (2002-2004). Prior to that, he held positions as a civil servant in the Swedish Ministries of Finance and Foreign Affairs and served as the Finance ministry’s representative to the OECD in Paris. Gunnar Lund was trained in economics, political science, international law and Russian at the universities of Uppsala and Stockholm in Sweden and Columbia University in New York.

Nick Witney is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). He previously served as the first chief executive of the European Defence Agency in Brussels. Nick’s earlier career, after reading Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, was spent in British government service, first with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and later with the Ministry of Defence (MOD). As a diplomat, he learned Arabic in Lebanon and Jordan, served in Baghdad, and spent four years as private secretary to the British ambassador in Washington, D.C.

Satya Staes Polet is a lawyer in a leading international law firm, in the area of employment law and data protection law. He has been practising for almost 15 years, including in renowned Belgian law firms and as in-house counsel. He has in-depth experience in advising major businesses on all aspects of Belgian individual and collective employment law arising from corporate transactions and domestic and international employment relationships. His expertise also extends to data protection matters. He obtained his law degree from the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) and a Master in Employment Law from the Free University of Brussels (VUB).  He is a member of the Association des Juristes Praticiens du Droit Social (AJPDS) and the Vereniging Sociaal Recht (VSR)). He has volunteered for the association “Les Samaritains” for a numbers of years.