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Freek Spinnewijn, Director of FEANTSA

Freek Spinnewijn is Director of FEANTSA, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless. FEANTSA has member organisation in 28 European countries and works on a variety of themes including housing, health, and migration. Freek is responsible for the strategic management of FEANTSA and follows more in particular FEANTSA research and work on housing and migration.


Freek studied Medieval History and European Law and Policy at the University of Leuven (BE). After his studies he did internships for the UN in Geneva and the EU in Brussels. After a short stay at the University of Leuven where he worked as a research assistant, he became director of EPSO, a European network of seniors’ organisations that merged with other European NGOs into AGE. After a short period as policy officer, Freek became director of FEANTSA in 2001.


Freek sits on board of several European organisations and transnational projects. He is currently the vice-president of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) and board member of Social Services Europe (SSE) and of EAPN (European Anti-Poverty network).

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