Our Governance

INHOPE is a members' organisation, run for its members by its members.

INHOPE is governed by Articles of Association (English translation) and Rules and Regulations.

The original Dutch version of the Articles of Association (Deed 5th June 2014) may be viewed here.

Member hotlines have to comply with a Code of Practice .

Members vote to elect a President who leads an elected Executive Committee, also known as the Board. The Board is charged with the management and administration of the Association. The Board currently consists of six people.

Based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the INHOPE Secretariat is responsible for conducting the day-to-day business of the Association and is accountable to the INHOPE Board.

INHOPE also has an Advisory Board made up of representatives of relevant stakeholder organisations

The INHOPE Secretariat is coordinated by the Executive Director.

The INHOPE Board
Arda Gerkens, INHOPE President

Arda Gerkens (Meldpunt Kinderporno, The Netherlands - Naarden, June 5, 1965) is the managing director of the Dutch hotline (Expertisebureau Online Kindermisbruik) and a Member of the Dutch Senate. She was from 2002 to 2010 a member of Parliament for the Socialist Party and since May 14, 2013 she is a Senator.

Previously she was the Director of HCC (2011-2014), worked as human resource manager at Friends of the Earth (1999-2002), youth worker (1990-1999), and Dutch teacher (1989-1990). As a parliamentarian, she was among other things active as Second Vice President of the Lower House.

Arda Gerkens led two Parliamentarian working groups: One on copyright in the digital age and one on the spilling of money on ITproject done by the government
Arda Gerkens started to get engaged with the combat against CSAM in 2011, when she became spokeswoman on the subject. Her efforts led to make the fight against child sexual abuse online was appointed as one of the main tasks of the Dutch Police. The other main subjects Arda speaks about are IT and Privacy.

Arda has a long experience in leading several boards and supervisory boards, such as the supervisory board of Patronaat (a cultural stage) and the board of DuPho (Dutch Photographers). She lives in Haarlem, is divorced and has two children.

Malle Hallimäe, INHOPE Treasurer

Malle Hallimäe (Estonian Union for Child Welfare, Estonia) has been working with the Estonian Union for Child Welfare since 1998 and she is currently a member of the organisation's Executive Board.

Malle has a long-time experience in advocating children's rights at both national and international levels. Malle has been acting also as a lecturer and trainer on children's rights, including carrying out thematic training seminars.

Since 2010, Malle Hallimäe has been the coordinator for the Estonian Safer Internet Centre and the manager for the Estonian Hotline within the Estonian Union for Child Welfare.

Miguel Torres Garcia, INHOPE Board Member with Foundation Portfolio & INHOPE Foundation President

Miguel Torres Garcia (Child Focus, Belgium) serves as the Chief Officer Operations of Child Focus, the Belgian organisation for missing and sexually exploited children, and this for 10 years now. Miguel has dedicated his career towards victims rights.

Miguel worked for 5 years for the Belgian High Council of Justice providing support to the President about audits, special inquiries and opinions on ways to improve the justice administration.

Miguel servedfor five years at the Ministry of Justice and was specialised on victim support issues. Miguel was appointed as Secretary of the National Forum for Victim Support and was Minister’s Delegate for the Commission on Victim Support.

In addition to the INHPOE Foundation Presidency, Miguel is also a member of the Board of Missing Children Switzerland.

Miguel speaks French, Spanish, English and Dutch.


The INHOPE Advisory Board

Jacqueline BEAUCHERE

Jacqueline BEAUCHERE is the Chief Online Safety Officer for Microsoft Corp. In this role, Ms. Beauchere is responsible for all aspects of Microsoft’s online safety strategy, including cross-company policy creation and implementation, influence over consumer safety features and functionality, and communications to and engagement with a variety of external audiences. She also currently serves as the vice chair for the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) Board of Directors. Ms. Beauchere has spent almost 16 years at Microsoft leading various groups and efforts that evangelise the company's commitment to help create a safer, more trusted Internet experience for people of all ages and abilities. Before joining Microsoft in December 1999, Ms. Beauchere was an attorney in private practice in New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C. A second‐career lawyer, she spent 12 years as a real-time financial news correspondent and Editor in Charge, most recently with Reuters America, Inc., in New York. She is a cum laude graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark, N.J., and holds a dual BA in international relations and journalism from The American University in Washington, D.C.


John CARR is a long-standing supporter of the INHOPE network and a trusted authority on child Internet safety. He currently advises the UK government on child safety issues. John writes about Internet safety on his much-discussed blog Desiderata and on the UK edition of the Huffington Post. John has previously been a Senior Expert Adviser to the United Nations (ITU), an Expert Adviser to the European Union, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) and also a consultant to the Oak Foundation. He has also assisted several major high‐tech giants, including Google, Yahoo UK & Ireland and Vodafone. In 2010, John Carr was honoured by the Queen and awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition of his services to Child Protection on the Internet.    


Julie CORDUA is the CEO of Thorn. She has led Thorn since its inception in 2011. She came to Thorn from (RED) where she was VP of Marketing/Communications and helped establish the brand as one of the most successful cause marketing initiatives in history, delivering more than $160 million to fight AIDS in Africa. Prior to joining, (RED) Julie spent nearly a decade in the wireless industry helping to launch HELIO, a mobile virtual network   operator, and leading Motorola’s global category marketing team. Julie holds a BS in Communications from UCLA and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.


Del HARVEY is the VP of Trust & Safety at Twitter. At Twitter, Del Harvey works to ensure user safety and security, balancing Twitter's wide-open spaces against spammers, harassers and worse, to create a workable policy that lets the tweets flow. Prior to joining the booming social media site, she spent five years as the law enforcement liaison for a group fighting child exploitation, where she worked with agencies ranging from local police departments to the FBI, US Marshals and the Secret Service. As Twitter grows, its ever‐inventive users (who famously came up with many of its key features by themselves) are finding ever new ways to overshare, offend and pick on others. Harvey and team's challenge is to weed out the worst while keeping the site feeling like a safe place to have this new kind of conversation we're all having there now.

Lynette OWENS

Lynette T. OWENS is the founder and Global Director of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids and Families (ISKF) program.  After many years in technology marketing roles and serving as Associate Vice President of corporate marketing for Trend Micro, Lynette founded Trend Micro’s ISKF program in 2008 to help deliver on the company’s vision of making a world safe for the exchange of digital information.  

As a pro-technology parent, Internet safety expert, and youth advocate, Lynette spends most of her time raising awareness and educating the public about the safe and responsible use of the Internet, recruiting fellow employee volunteers to get involved around the world, or volunteering in her own community.   She speaks at public conferences and schools around the US and beyond, and blogs regularly on a wide range of issues pertaining to online safety, media literacy, and digital citizenship. 

In early 2010, Lynette was instrumental in launching “What’s Your Story?,” an annual international campaign designed to give youth a voice and role in influencing their peers on the safe and responsible use of technology.  The award-winning campaign, which encourages young people to showcase safe, responsible and positive technology use through user-generated videos, has been positively received by the public; videos from this campaign have been used by organisations worldwide, including ConnectSafely, Common Sense Media, The Cyberbullying Research Center, Childnet International, and the Attorney General’s offices of Ohio and Michigan. On a national and international level, Lynette serves on the Board of Directors of the Family Online Safety Institute and on the advisory boards of INHOPE, MediaLiteracyNow.org, and the U.S. Safer Internet Day Awareness Committee. 

In her local community, Lynette supports youth by serving on the Board of Directors of SPARK Kindness and the Natick Soccer Club.  She has also worked closely with the Natick Public Schools in an advisory role for the roll-out of its 1:1 laptop program and as a parent educator for the district. Lynette received her B.S. in Finance from Boston College and her MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.  She devotes her free time to her two children and husband, volunteering her time, coaching soccer, and with any remaining minutes, loves to travel, discover new music, and spend time with friends and family around the world.


Fernando RUIZ PEREZ is the Head of Operations in the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) at Europol. As Head of Operations EC3, he coordinates 45 cyber specialists and analysts who provide operational and analytical support to the European Member Stares and Third Partners in cyber-related investigations. These specialists/analysts are structured in four operational teams: Focal Point Cyborg (cyber-attacks), Focal Point Terminal (on-line payment fraud), Focal Point Twins (child sexual exploitation) and Cyber Intelligence. 

Fernando joined the Spanish National Police 18 years ago and for years he worked in the High Tech Crime Central Unit in Madrid, leading teams specialised in fighting cybercrime and coordinating the implementation of common projects and initiatives with other police agencies and the private industry in the field of cybercrime. 

Fernando has also worked as Cybercrime Coordinator within the Spanish Desk at Europol, managing operational and strategic information exchanges on cybercrime between the national competent authorities, Europol, Member States and third parties, providing advice and guidelines to the national cybercrime investigation teams in order to ensure high-quality information exchange with our international partners in the field of cybercrime.

Fernando holds a degree in Police Science (Universidad de Salamanca) and a BA in Teaching (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).

Björn Sellström
Björn Sellström has been the Coordinator of the Crimes against Children team at the INTERPOL General Secretariat since October 2016.

He joined the Swedish Police force in 1991 and spent the first 15 years working on juvenile crimes. In 2006, he then joined the Swedish NBI as a criminal investigator to work on online child sexual crimes and was promoted as team leader in 2008. He strengthened the team by increasing number of team members and a widened the scope of operation, from dealing with only CAM cases and victim ID to covering the whole spectrum of internet related sexual crimes on children including internet related child prostitution, travelling sex offenders, sextortion, possession and distribution of CAM and victim ID.

Bjorn was also in charge of the national training program on this subject and has also been a frequently requested speaker to raise awareness among all types of professions that may come across children who suffered from sexual abuse.

In 2015 he was appointed as the Lead for implementation of national guidelines in Sweden related to all types of internet related sexual crimes on children. During his tenure in this position, Bjorn increased the number of staff focused on this area of crime ensuring additional capacity building nationally across Sweden.

Vic Baines
Vic Baines is a research fellow at the Oxford internet Institute. 

Vic Baines is formerly Trust & Safety Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Facebook. In this role she was the point of contact for law enforcement agencies.

Before joining Facebook, Vic led the Strategy & Prevention team at Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), where she was responsible for threat analysis and industry outreach. She is also the author of the 2012 Environmental Scan for the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT) and Europol’s scenarios for the future of cybercrime, Project 2020. Prior to this, Vic was Principal Analyst at the UK Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre, then part of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, and was responsible for the UK’s threat assessment of online child abuse. She began her career in law enforcement as a Higher Intelligence Analyst for Surrey Police, after gaining a doctorate in classical literature.
Jason Barry

Jason Barry joined the Legal team at Facebook in April 2014.  Jason serves as the Trust and Safety Manager for the Americas at Facebook. He is responsible for managing and maintaining law enforcement relationships throughout the Americas. Jason was a Special Agent with Homeland Security Investigations prior to joining Facebook where he served in International Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and as a Special Agent in San Francisco. Jason specialized in investigations that involved child exploitation and human trafficking.

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