Asylos Trustees

Dick Oosting (Chair) is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and has been its CEO since 2010. Prior to joining ECFR Dick managed the Europe programme of the International Center for Transitional Justice, managing programmes in the former Yugoslavia, Cyprus and Afghanistan. His many years of experience working in human rights and refugee organisations started in the mid-1970s when he coordinated Amnesty International’s first worldwide campaign against torture and later served as Amnesty’s Deputy Secretary General. From 1999 spent eight years in Brussels leading Amnesty’s EU office. He also directed a Dutch child protection agency and the Dutch Refugee Council.

Daphné Bouteillet-Paquet (Vice Chair) is a Senior Legal Adviser at the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. Holder of a Ph. D on the Common European Asylum System from the University La Sorbonne (2000), Daphné has acquired a rich working experience in the field of asylum and migration – both as a legal practitioner and as a policy expert. Prior joining ECRE, Daphne was Senior Advocacy Adviser at Save the Children EU Office, in charge of the legal and policy work related to migrant children. She has also worked for Amnesty International Office for European Institutions. For four years, she worked as an independent consultant in the Balkans and carried out research and trainings activities under technical assistance programmes implemented by the EU, UNODC, UNICEF, UNDP and IOM.

Her expertise also includes court practice as, for two full years (2012 and 2013), she was assigned as a judge representing UNHCR at the Refugee Appeal Court in France (juge assesseur, Cour Nationale du Droit d’Asile).

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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.

Katharina Natter is currently writing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and holds a research master in political science from SciencesPo Paris. Between 2013 and 2015, Katharina worked at the International Migration Institute (Oxford University). Since 2011 she is involved in Asylos and has joined the board of trustees in October 2017. She speaks fluent German, French, English and intermediate Arabic, Dutch and Portuguese.

Mira Wolf-Bauwens is currently doing a PhD in Political Philosophy at the University of Zurich, and holds an MPhil in Political Theory and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the Universities of Oxford and York. Mira has project management experience in social businesses and NGOs and worked for the German Development Cooperation in Cambodia. In addition to her work for Asylos she is working in different projects aiming to advance more direct means of democratic participation through digital technologies. She speaks English, German and French and is currently learning Arabic.

Colin Yeo is a practicing barrister at Garden Court Chambers in London, specialising in immigration and asylum law. He is also founder and editor of the Free Movement immigration law website and is regularly quoted by the media on immigration and asylum issues. Prior to entering private practice Colin worked at the immigration Advisory Service and Refugee Legal Centre in the United Kingdom.