Jeannot Mersch was born on October 1949 in Wiltz, Luxemburg. After secondary school at the Lycée Classique in Diekirch, Luxemburg, he got a diploma as an engineer for sound and video at the Robert Schumann Highschool in Duesseldorf, Germany.
On 5.2 1993 a tragic event changed his and his family lives when he lost his 12 years old daughter on her way to school on the zebra crossing close to the bus stop by a speeding hit and run driver.
He immediately joined Luxemburg’s Road Victim Association AVR in 1993, where he has been president from 1999-2014. Being FEVR delegate for many years he joined their board in 2004 and followed Brigitte Chaudhry as president of FEVR in October 2010 at the AGM in Rome. He was reelected for a second mandate September 2014 in Ljubljana.
In October 2009 he chooses to retire from his professional job to have so more time as a volunteer for road safety and victim advocate.
Zavod Varna pot
Robert Štaba is the initiator, founder, and president of the Safe Journey Institute in Slovenia (Zavod Varna pot). Traffic safety is an important element of his professional work and life.
For many years, he has been working in AMZS (national automobile association) as the Secretary-General. The red thread of his work is interwoven with road safety - his beginnings in the traffic police, as well as the continuation of his professional work as the Secretary of the Council for the road traffic prevention and education of the Republic Slovenia and later working in AMZS (national automobile association).
He is the author of professional contributions and a lecturer at many international and domestic congresses related to safe mobility. We can meet him with teachers in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, with relatives, in media discussions as well as in expert discussions at the highest world level.
In Slovenia, he was the leader of many European and other international projects, among which is also the EuroRAP program, where he is also a member of the board of directors.
Koen Van Wonterghem is FEVR Treasurer and Managing Director at Parents d'Enfants Victimes de la Route - PEVR.
Yolanda Domenech Moral has a degree in Psychology from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Master in Analytical Psychology and Psychotherapy by the University of Barcelona. She is a part of to the Working Group of Grief and Loss of the Professional Association of Psychology of Catalonia and she is an expert in First Aid Psychology.
She is currently the Director of P(A)T Association (Prevention of Traffic Accidents) a Spanish NGO founded in 1968. Working there since 2004, she is responsible for post-crash response programs, attention to victims and leads the group of bereavements.
Eleni Karidi is a FEVR Board member and President of Ellenic Association for Road Traffic Victims – EFTHITA Rhodes.
Marcel HAEGI was described as a “great person”, an experienced diplomat. He did the work for FEVR with dynamism and ability.
He had established a lot of international contacts, which he used in our fight for justice for road victims. He attended meetings of the United Nations, the European Commission, the World Health Organization, and many others, and was appreciated and respected by everyone.
“He was for me inspiring and an ideal who influenced me so much also for later activities and the decision to be a candidate for president in 2010. In respect for Marcel I also joined the board in 2004 to help that all his work should be continued.” Jeannot MERSCH
When Brigitte’s only son, Mansoor aged 26, was horrifically killed in October 1990 by a van driver who had ploughed into him whilst driving through a junction with lights already red for a long time, she was shocked at the shabby treatment of his innocent death. Brigitte quickly learnt that the response to a road death, however blameless the victim and reckless the offender, was worlds apart from the response to a violent death caused by someone in other circumstances. She protested through legal actions in the High Court – eventually three judicial reviews over five years. She found other people who were bereaved through letters in newspapers and approaches to Compassionate Friends, and she documented their experiences.
These experiences made it clear that a grave injustice was being perpetrated and suffered. Together with some of the people she met, Brigitte decided that to challenge the casual attitude to road casualties and offer support to the victims, a dedicated organisation needed to be set up, since none existed and no-one spoke up for road victims. RoadPeace's first meeting was held around Brigitte's dining table in 1991 and the organisation began in 1992 with the first-ever helpline for road crash victims, which she manned at the same time as developing the organisation.
As National Secretary, Brigitte has been involved with the day-to-day work of RoadPeace for 16 years, stepping down at the 7th conference in April 2008, which celebrated RoadPeace’s 15 years of pioneering work since its public launch in 1993. Brigitte’s engagement with RoadPeace continues in her role as president, but she is also working at international level for road crash victims: from 2004 until 2010 she has been President of FEVR (European Federation of Road Traffic Victims) and in collaboration with the World Health Organisation she continues to develop and promote the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.
While finishing her studies in Ljubljana, Slovenia she works as a student in the Slovenian member association Zavod Varna pot (Safe Journey Institute).
Kaja lost her father in 2007 at age 12 in a road crash and is also a member of the team of FEVR Young, a group of young road victim ambassador.