Isabela Mihalache is a Senior Advocacy Officer at European Roma Grassroots Networks since January 2020, where she focuses on mainstreaming the fight against antigypsyism as well as broader racism in EU policies, standards and funding and is supporting the active participation of Roma CSOs from grassroots, national and European level in the design, implementation and monitoring of relevant policies for Roma. Before joining ERGO, she worked with the Council of Europe, the European Network Against Racism, European Roma Rights Centre and Open Society Foundations on addressing human rights violations and racism against Roma and other racialised groups.
Since September 2018, Laurent Muschel is Director for Internal Security in the Directorate-General for Home Affairs, European Commission. His Directorate deals with police cooperation (including Europol), counter-terrorism, prevention of radicalisation, drugs, organised crime as well as cybercrime.
He was before Director for Migration and Protection, from September 2013 to August 2018, dealing with the migration crisis and the management of Schengen. Previously, he has been Deputy Head of Cabinet to Ms Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs and Mr Jacques Barrot, Vice-President for Justice, Freedom and Security.
He started his career as policy officer in DG Transport where he dealt with the European aviation market, he then became Assistant to the Director General for Energy and Transport and afterwards Head of Unit for "International energy relations".
He joined the European Commission in 1994 after studying Political sciences at Sciences-Po Paris, philosophy at the Sorbonne and corporate finance in a French business school (ESCP-Europe). He is married and has three children.