IPPF EN Board
The IPPF EN Board comprises the requisite skills to assure the membership and the IPPF Board of Trustees that the organisation is fully compliant with rules regarding International Not for Profit Associations in Belgium (AISBL). The IPPF EN Board Members share the values of IPPF and hold an advisory role in areas such as financial and legal expertise; HR and organizational development; safeguarding and complaint handling; and more.
Nathalie has recently joined the European Institute of Peace as Senior Finance Manager. Since 2007, she has worked for International NGOs in Europe and Africa heading finance and grant management, fundraising, institutional development and change management. Previously, she was a Finance & Administration Director at IPPF EN from 2000 to 2006; a Finance Analyst in international companies from 1994-1999; and an auditor in the family business from 1992-1994.
Amongst the skills required for the Board, Nathalie holds knowledge of financial control and oversight; operational management and strategic planning experience in senior management roles with board level experience. She is Belgian.
Lina is a passionate feminist. She is a senior gender advisor for Oxfam Belgium, chairwoman of the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s European Network as well as the Belgian Advisory Council on Gender and Development, an advisory council towards the Belgian government.
Throughout her work, Lina mobilises people around ambitious projects in gender equality and the fight for sexual and reproductive rights.
She has an academic background in International Politics and Cultures and Development Studies from the Universities of Antwerp, Leuven and Strasbourg.
Dirk started working in 1980 as a documentalist in the Flemish Federation of family planning centres (CGSO), member of IPPF. He was appointed as the executive director in 1996, and since then attended many regional councils and management meetings of IPPF EN. After the merger of CGSO with Sensoa in 2002, the Flemish expert centre of sexual health, he was again appointed as Executive Director together with Chris Lambrechts. In May 2020 he officially retired.
Felipe Rojas Lopez
Felipe has been the Sexual and Reproductive Health advisor for Médecins du Monde Belgium since 2018. He started as a midwife in Chile, where he also worked in academia, before his career as a humanitarian worker where he worked in different countries, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa, for several humanitarian INGOs such as MSF, IRC and Save the Children in posts of growing responsibility always linked to SRHR. Holder of a MPH, Felipe currently works on quality of care, north-south and south-south exchanges, operational research, migration issues and is a regular contributor of the IAWG’s ASRHR working group.
Among the skills required for the Board of Directors, Felipe can point to SRHR leadership and technical knowledge, programme delivery experience, SRHR networks. He is from Chile and currently located in Belgium.
Sam is a European clinical sexologist, psychotherapist and moral philosopher (MSc, MA, PEV) from Belgium, Flanders.
After working in the Netherlands as a clinical sexologist & couples therapist, he returned to Belgium where he worked at the General Hospital St. Elisabeth – Herentals, the JESSA Hospital Hasselt and the Sint Franciscus Hospital Heusden-Zolder. At these hospitals he founded the Policlinic for Sexology in cooperation with the resident departments for Gynecology & Obstetrics and Urology where he counsels people on a variety of sexual and relational difficulties.
A big believer in sharing his views about sexuality, Sam teaches psychology, sexology and counseling expertise at the PXL University College’s BA Midwifery and BA Nursing. He’s also active as a trainer for Sensoa – the Flemish Expertise Centre for Sexual Health & HIV providing training to diverse professional groups such as federal police, MDs, psychologists, nurses, secondary school teachers & principals, policy makers, etc on topics such as sexually boundary crossing behavior, sexual abuse, sexual & relational education methods and more.