Food & Water Europe Staff and Contacts

Meet the Food & Water Europe staff

Wenonah Hauter — Executive Director

Wenonah Hauter is an activist, author and progressive policy advocate. She is the founder and executive director of Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Europe.

Wenonah has three decades of experience campaigning and writing on food, water, energy and environmental issues. She has played leading roles in successful campaigns to ban fracking, label genetically modified foods, protect public water systems from privatization and promote renewable energy. She has trained and mentored hundreds of organizers and activists across the country and worked at the national, state and local levels to develop policy positions and legislative and field strategies to secure real wins for communities and the environment.

Wenonah has helped provide strategic guidance for national and international campaigns to halt fracking. Her current book, Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment, exposes how more than 100 years of political influence peddling facilitated the control of our energy system by a handful of corporations and financial institutions, and looks at the growing movement to ban fracking and keep fossil fuels in the ground.

Her previous book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America (2012), examines the corporate consolidation and control over our food system and what it means for farmers and consumers. Publisher’s Weekly calls  Foodopoly a meticulously researched tour de force.

Wenonah holds an M.S. degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland.


foodandwatereuropeandygheorghiuAndy Gheorghiu – Food & Water Europe Fracking Policy Advisor

Andy Gheorghiu is a campaigner and policy advisor for Food & Water Europe. He coordinates with organizations, grassroots groups and individuals in the EU to support Food & Water Europe campaigns, in particular on the campaign for a global ban on fracking and keeping fossil fuels in the ground. A former public servant, he works now as a full-time freelance campaigner, consultant and activist for climate/environmental protection, energy policy and democracy. He can be reached at agheorghiu(at)fweurope(dot)org.

foodandwatereuropefridaFrida Kieninger — Food & Water Europe Campaign Officer

Frida Kieninger is a Brussels-based Food & Water Europe campaign officer promoting a ban on fracking in Europe. Working with local European groups and US-based researchers, she raises awareness of the countless risks of hydraulic fracturing. After completing her master’s thesis on intensive agriculture in southern Spain, Frida became involved with issues concerning the European food system as well as the transition to a sustainable energy system, community energy and questions of climate justice. She has dealt with various food and energy issues in the context of EU institutions and Brussels NGOs. To contact her, email her at fkieninger(at)fweurope(dot)org.

Food & Water Europe David Sanchez David Sánchez — Director of European Affairs

David Sánchez is Food & Water Europe’s campaign officer, based in Brussels. He works together with local grassroots movements for safe, accessible, sustainable public water in the EU and looks at sustainable food and trade. He studied Environmental Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain and holds a Master in Ecology. He has been involved in the Spanish and European food sovereignty movements, campaigning on GMOs, agrofuels, factory farming and promoting local food networks. He can be found at dsanchez(at)fweurope(dot)org.

Ciara Barry — Food & Water Campaign Intern

Ciara Barry is Food & Water Europe’s Campaigns Intern. She works with the team on issues relating to fracking, gas infrastructure and EU energy policy. She studied in Ireland and the Netherlands, where she completed a masters in Sustainability Science and Policy. She has been active in campaigns on fossil fuels and the just transition in Ireland, from a university divestment campaign to the national fight against offshore drilling and the importing of fracked LNG. She has also been involved in the development of an activist network for students campaigning on social and environmental justice issues. She can be reached at cbarry(at)fwwlocal(dot)org.

Contact Us

Rue d’Edimbourg 26
Brussels 1050
P +32 (0) 2893 1045

Andy Gheorghiu: agheorghiu(at)fweurope(dot)org

Frieda Kieninger: fkieninger(at)fweurope(dot)org

David Sánchez: dsanchez(at)fweurope(dot)org

Royelen Lee Boykie: royelen(at)fwwatch(dot)org