HEROES / Europe Program Manager, International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) ICMEC's Europe and HEROES project manager, responsible for different Tasks and Work Packages, including those related to Prevention and Victim Assistance.
About this speaker
Zoé Colpaert is the HEROES / Europe Program Manager at the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC). Since she joined in 2022, she has been working with European and International partners to help institutions and organizations make children safer from sexual abuse and exploitation, and from going missing. Leading a small team, she manages ICMEC's projects and programs in Europe, such as the HEROES and ALUNA projects funded by the European Commission and joining 25+ organizations to develop solutions for prevention, investigation and victim assistance for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation and trafficking in human beings, or the implementation of the AMBER Alert system in Albania, working with the U.S. Embassy, the Albanian State Police and other key stakeholders to implement the alert, supporting the search for missing children. She focuses on project implementation, relationship and communication with partners, and on the advancement of ICMEC’s core objectives in Europe.
Before joining ICMEC, Zoé was the International Development Officer at the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), the UK hotline to report child sexual abuse material (CSAM). There, she looked after 50 Reporting Portals that are live globally and developed partnerships to set up new ones. She also managed the organization and rollout of a CSAM awareness campaign in 15+ countries on the African continent, liaising with campaign funders and partners, and worked to strengthen IWF’s membership of more than 170 of the biggest tech companies in the world.
Zoé holds a master’s degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London, graduating with a Distinction, and a First-class Honours Degree in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick (UK).