Non-Governmental Organisations

Dr Jean-Marie HEYDT, President of the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) of the Council of Europe and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Council of Europe’s Lisbon North-South Centre.

Jean-Marie HEYDT is the permanent representative of the European Social Education Training Association (FESET), a European federation of higher education institutes and universities which provide training in education and social work.

He was elected President of the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs) in January 2009. In June 2012, he was elected Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Council of Europe’s European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (more commonly known as the North-South Centre) and then Chair in December 2013. Both of these activities are voluntary.

His career and voluntary work have involved a wide range of experience. Nevertheless, his current administrative and managerial role is now a central feature. At the same time, he has kept his aptitude for shared development which involves combining theory and practice, linking knowledge and action, and adopting different and novel approaches, in particular in addressing social challenges.

He is Director General of the Association Générale des Familles du Bas-Rhin in Strasbourg (France). This public-interest organisation set up in 1946 works with families in all areas of life and employs around 400 people in over 40 units. Key aspects of his work have been a major overhaul of the departments and the introduction of a new conceptual and structural policy, along with staff restructuring and measures to restore financial balance, in particular in terms of public funds.

After studying law and then social science, he worked in France as a social worker in juvenile courts for over 10 years.

As a doctor of comparative educational science who also holds a post-graduate diploma in European studies (Mutation des sociétés et cultures en Europe/Changing societies and cultures in Europe, Paris), he has lectured in socio-educational and social policies at master’s level in several universities and higher educational institutes, in particular the University of Haute Alsace, Mulhouse/Colmar (France), since 1999. In this connection, he has helped develop and implement various European programmes (Tempus, Erasmus, Leonardo, etc) and Franco-German-Swiss programmes.

He was director of a vocational training department in the educational and social sector (2000 to 2007) before taking on his current post as director general.

Previous experience:

Chair of the European Social Charter, Social Policies Grouping of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe (2002-2008).

Expert commissioned to produce a study on the role of European cities in combating extreme poverty (Le rôle des villes d’Europe dans la lutte face à la grande pauvreté).

Honorary Deputy Mayor (1989 to 2001) responsible for social affairs and for presiding over the Municipal Social Welfare Centre (CCAS); former municipal councillor.

Member of the board of Strasbourg University Hospitals (1989 – 2001).

Researcher for the Étude du dispositif médico-socio-éducatif, an inter-ministerial study of medical, social and educational facilities for combating drug addiction commissioned by the French Ministries of Justice and Social Affairs.

Some publications:

La citoyenneté en Europe et les acteurs de la citadinité: le rôle de la famille, not yet published.

L’exclusion, l’inclusion et la cohésion sociale…: de quelle Europe sociale s’agit-il pour les acteurs du travail social? Éd. ENSP, Rennes.

Préoccupations européennes autour de la citoyenneté et la démocratie - Pour quelle raison l’Europe s’intéresse-t-elle aujourd’hui à la citoyenneté? Éd. ESTES, 2001.

Education for Democratic Citizenship: Words and Actions, Council of Europe Publishing, 2001.

The local action level: public authorities and local communities, Contribution to the Human Dignity and Social Exclusion Project – Helsinki, 1998.

Droits des enfants et politiques de l’enfance en Europe: de nouvelles approches? Éd. “Eurospot”, 1996 (Children’s Rights and Childhood Policies in Europe: New Approaches).

Prévention primaire des toxicomanies. “Combat pour la Vie”. Éd. JS, 1995.

Étude du dispositif législatif et médico-socio-éducatif strasbourgeois. Ministerial research report regarding implementation of the 1970 law, GATE, 1992.

Doxologie de l’ouverture à l’apprentissage, 1992.

Les Cités européennes face à la Drogue. Round table of mayors; 1991, INJEP (French National Institute for Youth and Community Education).

Dual Swiss and French nationality, father of five children.