Staff

Nicole Fondeville, Economic and social analyst
Nicole is a researcher specialised in employment and social issues. Before joining Applica in 2007, she worked in DG Employment of the European Commission and was a research assistant at the University of Bordeaux (France). She published several papers in French Economic journals. Since joining Applica, she has been a member of the research teams working on the SSM – Social Situation Monitor (for DG Employment), on the database on Women and men in decision-making (for DG Justice), and on the Labour Market Policy database (DG Employment). She has been responsible in data collection and validation and has contributed to the methodological developments and the preparation of publications. She is also a member of the team responsible for managing the MISSOC information base (the ‘Mutual Information System on Social Protection’). She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.

Ruggero Fornoni, Economic and social analyst
Ruggero joined Applica at the beginning of 2015. He has a Master´s Degree in Development Studies and a MSc in Agricultural Economics.
His interests are in regional, international and rural development with a special focus on programme monitoring and evaluation. Before joining Applica, Ruggero worked as a trainee in the DG Regional Policy Evaluation unit and before then was involved in undertaking evaluations for a number of NGOs and government institutions. At Applica, Ruggero is involved as policy analyst in the Ex-post evaluation of the Cohesion Policy 2007-2013 and in the Evaluation Helpdesk reviewing 2014-20 evaluation plans and evaluations (both for DG Regional Policy).  An Italian, he is fluent in Spanish and English, with a working knowledge of French and German.

Liesbeth Haagdorens, Communications manager
Liesbeth joined Applica in 2007. She has a PhD in German literature. In addition to providing technical and content-related support on a number of projects, she is a publications and web content manager. She has been the coordinator of all publications produced as part of the Peer Reviews  on Social Protection and Social Inclusion and the European Social Policy Network. She is also a member of the team responsible for managing the MISSOC information base (the ‘Mutual Information System on Social Protection’).  She was responsible for the coordination of the German version of the last three Reports on Economic and Social Cohesion published by DG Regional Policy. Dutch is her mother tongue and she is also fluent in German and English, with a working knowledge of French.

Francesca Liberati, Economic and social analyst
Francesca joined Applica in 2014. She has a PhD in Political Science and her research interests are in regional development, multi-level governance and sustainable development. She has participated in a number of national and international research projects and published papers in Italian Political Science journals. Since joining Applica, she has worked on the Ex-post evaluation of Cohesion Policy 2007-2013 (ERDF and Cohesion Fund) and the Evaluation Helpdesk reviewing  evaluations and evaluation plans for the 2014-2020 period (both for DG Regional Policy). She is also a member of the team responsible for managing the MISSOC information base (the ‘Mutual Information System on Social Protection’). Italian is her mother tongue and she is also fluent in German and English, with working knowledge of French.

Erhan Ozdemir, Statistician/Analyst
Erhan is a demographer and researcher specialising in migration, population and development issues. Before joining Applica in 2008, he was involved in national and regional qualitative and quantitative research and surveys in Turkey on population, health and socio-economic development. At Applica, he is the principal statistical analyst working on the Social Situation Monitor for DG Employment of the European Commission and has acquired an-in-depth knowledge of the EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (the EU-SILC) as well as the European Labour Force Survey. He is currently working on a PhD at the University of Ghent in the Department of Sociology. He is fluent in Turkish and English.

Aicha Oukaid, Secretariat and Administration
Aicha has been with Applica since 1996 and is responsible for managing the office, providing secretarial and administrative support and dealing with suppliers. Her mother tongues are French and Arabic and she is also fluent in English.

Nirina Rabemiafara, Economic and social analyst
Nirina joined Applica in 2001 and since then has acquired extensive experience in comparative analysis at the European level. She has been a key member in the project on the EU Labour Market Policy database since 2001 and more recently was the team manager of the ESF Helpdesk for DG Employment (which offered advice and support for the monitoring of the ESF funds for the 2014-2020 programming period). She was also the project manager for the production of the Statistical Portrait of the European Globalisation Fund 2007-2011 (for DG Employment) and for the Comparative Analytical Report on Youth Transitions (for Eurofound). She has also been responsible for the coordination of the French version of the last five Reports on Economic and Social Cohesion published by DG Regional Policy. She is a native French and Malagasy-speaker, is fluent in English and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Fadila Sanoussi, Economic and social analyst
Fadila joined Applica in 2006.  Since then she has worked on a large number of projects as an economic analyst with a special interest in data management and statistical analysis of national and regional data of the EU countries. She has a detailed  knowledge of the European Labour Force Survey  and the EU Statistics o Income and Living Conditions (the EU-SILC). Since 2014, she has been a member of the team responsible for managing the MISSOC information base (the ‘Mutual Information System on Social Protection’). She is a native French and Arabic speaker and is also fluent in English.

Gisèle Uwayezu, Event coordinator
Gisèle joined Applica in 2010 and since then has been actively involved in the organisation and management of events. She is responsible for the organisation of all logistical tasks, handling registrations and providing support to speakers and participants for hotel and travel booking. With a background in accounting, she is also responsible for book-keeping and a range of administrative issues, including reimbursing travel expenses. She is a native French and Rwandan speaker and is also fluent in English and Dutch.