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  • Istvan Hegedus
    Istvan Hegedus
    Hungarian Europe Society
  • Zuzana Stevulova
    Zuzana Stevulova
    Human Rights League
  • João Labrincha
    João Labrincha
    Academia Cidada
  • Helena Tuzinska
    Helena Tuzinska
    Human Rights League
  • Rita Galambos
    Rita Galambos
    Hungarian Europe Society
  • Dimo Gospodinov
    Dimo Gospodinov
    Move BG
  • Monika Chaloupkova
    Monika Chaloupkova
    Human Rights League
  • Erik	Uszkiewicz
    Erik Uszkiewicz
    Hungarian Europe Society
  • Vladamir Sestovic
    Vladamir Sestovic
    European Civic Forum
  • Pedro Ponte e Sousa
    Pedro Ponte e Sousa
  • Mariuca Oana Constantin
    Mariuca Oana Constantin
  • Theresa Gessler
    Theresa Gessler
    MigSzol
  • Sérgio Pedro
    Sérgio Pedro
    PLATAFORMA NÃO AO TRATADO TRANSATLÂNTICO/ HABITA65
  • Saad Malik
    Saad Malik
    People of Colour
  • Patrick van den Bos
    Patrick van den Bos
    Renters' Rights London
  • Olga Lenczewska
    Olga Lenczewska
    New East Platform
  • Nazanin	Sepehri
    Nazanin Sepehri
    Borders of Mobility
  • Matija Sinković
    Matija Sinković
    Institute for the Development of Education
  • Marta Klepo
    Marta Klepo
    MJESTIMICE/IN PLACES
  • Le Tran
    Le Tran
  • Johannes Lukas Gartner
    Johannes Lukas Gartner
    Humanity in Action
  • Jaakko Blomberg
    Jaakko Blomberg
    Yhteismaa
  • Gyorgy Folk
    Gyorgy Folk
    European Liberties Platform
  • Federico	Guerrieri
    Federico Guerrieri
  • Claudio Tocchi
    Claudio Tocchi
    Associazione Trepuntozero
  • Bistra Ivanova
    Bistra Ivanova
    Multi Kulti Collective
  • Anna-Maria Ntova
    Anna-Maria Ntova
  • Alexandra Karpova
    Alexandra Karpova
  • Afrah Nasser
    Afrah Nasser
  • Elvira Buijink
    Elvira Buijink
    European Women's Lobby
  • Bledar Feta
    Bledar Feta
    Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
  • Mariann Dosa
    Mariann Dosa
    School of Public Life
  • Barbara Joannon
    Barbara Joannon
  • Leonie Jegen
    Leonie Jegen
    Alignment for Dignity
  • George-Konstantinos Charonis
    George-Konstantinos Charonis
    European Youth Forum
  • Cristian Gherasim
    Cristian Gherasim
    European Roma Rights Center
  • Alice Pease
    Alice Pease
    CNR Italy
  • Virginia López Calvo
    Virginia López Calvo
    European Alternatives Member - Spain
  • Pierre Ozoux
    Pierre Ozoux
    IndieHosters
  • Hana Grgić
    Hana Grgić
    Libela
  • Behrang Kianzad
    Behrang Kianzad
    Musicians against racism
  • Christos Dellasoudas
    Christos Dellasoudas
    European Alternatives Member - Greece
  • Felipe González Gil
    Felipe González Gil
    ZEMOS98
  • Hunor Király
    Hunor Király
    Demnet
Istvan Hegedus
Hungarian Europe Society

The Hungarian Europe Society as a non-governmental and non-partisan organisation, intends to be involved in the ongoing international dialogue on the future of liberal democracies. The core of its interest and activities – although not exclusively – is the European Union and the Hungarian membership inside the Union. Its objective is to represent and promote the idea of a united Europe, and European common values, in Hungary and abroad.

www.europesociety.hu/en

Zuzana Stevulova
Human Rights League

Slovak Human Rights League is a non-profit and non-governmental organization established in 2005 by lawyers and advocates involved in the legal counselling provided to refugees, asylum seekers and foreigners from non-EU countries in Slovakia. Our aspiration is to support building of transparent and responsible immigration, asylum and integration policies respecting human rights and dignity. Our initiatives aim to support self-empowerment of foreigners and refugees.

www.hrl.sk

João Labrincha
Academia Cidada

The Citizenship Academy’s main goal is to boost active citizenship and the construction of development roots with principles of social, economic and environmental sustainability. Our ambition is to empower people and organizations in the exercise of deepening democracy. Educational, communicative and artistic activities are our areas of intervention. Non-formal education and participative and active research are our methodologies.

blog.academiacidada.org

Helena Tuzinska
Human Rights League

Slovak Human Rights League is a non-profit and non-governmental organization established in 2005 by lawyers and advocates involved in the legal counselling provided to refugees, asylum seekers and foreigners from non-EU countries in Slovakia. Our aspiration is to support building of transparent and responsible immigration, asylum and integration policies respecting human rights and dignity. Our initiatives aim to support self-empowerment of foreigners and refugees.

www.hrl.sk

Rita Galambos
Hungarian Europe Society

The Hungarian Europe Society as a non-governmental and non-partisan organisation, intends to be involved in the ongoing international dialogue on the future of liberal democracies. The core of its interest and activities – although not exclusively – is the European Union and the Hungarian membership inside the Union. Its objective is to represent and promote the idea of a united Europe, and European common values, in Hungary and abroad.

www.europesociety.hu/en

Dimo Gospodinov
Move BG

MoveBG is a community of people who share common moral values and principles, strive for the democratic development of Bulgaria, actively participate in the European process and create sustainable development policies. MoveBG is where experts and progressive citizens come together to participate in the search and discovery of adequate, balanced, long-term solutions for the state and society. MoveBG combines expertise and civic energy to build a better, modern, democratic European Bulgaria.

movebg.com

Monika Chaloupkova
Human Rights League

Slovak Human Rights League is a non-profit and non-governmental organization established in 2005 by lawyers and advocates involved in the legal counselling provided to refugees, asylum seekers and foreigners from non-EU countries in Slovakia. Our aspiration is to support building of transparent and responsible immigration, asylum and integration policies respecting human rights and dignity. Our initiatives aim to support self-empowerment of foreigners and refugees.

www.hrl.sk

Erik Uszkiewicz
Hungarian Europe Society

The Hungarian Europe Society as a non-governmental and non-partisan organisation, intends to be involved in the ongoing international dialogue on the future of liberal democracies. The core of its interest and activities – although not exclusively – is the European Union and the Hungarian membership inside the Union. Its objective is to represent and promote the idea of a united Europe, and European common values, in Hungary and abroad.

www.europesociety.hu/en

Vladamir Sestovic
European Civic Forum

The European Civic Forum is a transnational network that brings together over 100 associations and NGOs across Europe and is actively working to promote civic participation. Facing the ever growing civic and political disaffection across Europe, it is more critical than ever to enable citizens’ engagement into a collective project and the emergence of a European public space where the role and influence of civil society are fully recognized though the setting up of a genuine European civil dialogue.

www.civic-forum.eu

Pedro Ponte e Sousa

Pedro is an MA student in International Relations, at the moment writing a thesis on 21st century Portuguese Foreign Policy, its party cleavages and the lack of its democratic accountability. A great deal of his academic background was focused on intercultural communication and civic and political participation; he was President of NERI-FLUP [International Relations Student Group, part of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto] until last year. He now holds the following positions: students representative in several managerial bodies of the Faculty; he is also a Young Global Advocate for justice and citizenship being a member of the project “Challenging the Crisis” – Promoting Global Justice and citizens’ engagement in a time of uncertainty, run by the NGO IDEA and financed by the EU. Pedro is or has participated in projects, intensive courses and summer schools on the European integration process, democracy, civic and political participation, global education, development cooperation, both in Portugal and abroad.

 

Mariuca Oana Constantin
Theresa Gessler
MigSzol
Sérgio Pedro
PLATAFORMA NÃO AO TRATADO TRANSATLÂNTICO/ HABITA65
Saad Malik
People of Colour

Saad completed his B.A. in Social- and Cultural Anthropology and his M.A. in Urban Geography, both with the self-chosen focus on power in space/spatial relations. Although his internships, volunteer work and part of his studies were concerned with cross-cultural work in the field of Public Health, he has decided to investigate and work on group focused enmity in a German context. Saad is currently designing a cross-media project to give Germans of Color a stage to voice their daily and repetitive experience with racism.

Patrick van den Bos
Renters' Rights London

Patrick works as a campaigns assistant for Renters’ Rights London, a campaign group aiming to provide the tools and knowledge renters need to defend themselves from unfair treatment and campaign for more rights – rights that already exist in the rest of Europe.

Olga Lenczewska
New East Platform

Originally from Poland, Olga Lenczewska is currently studying Philosophy and Italian at the University of Oxford. Her academic interests include the philosophy of Kant, aesthetics, international relations, and social justice. She has conducted research for the Italian National Research Council’s Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies. She is the editor of New East Platform, an organisation that provides commentaries on the Eastern European affairs, and of The Culture Trip, a digital platform for global culture and travel.

Nazanin Sepehri
Borders of Mobility
Matija Sinković
Institute for the Development of Education
Marta Klepo
MJESTIMICE/IN PLACES
Le Tran

Le Tran calls Oakland, California, and Ho Chi Minh City his two homes. His work largely focuses on racial justice and solidarity among youth and refugee groups, which has taken him France, southeast Asia, and Canada. Currently Le is based in Madrid, where he works in education and social justice.

Johannes Lukas Gartner
Humanity in Action

Humanity in Action is an international educational organisation. Headquartered in New York, it comprises of national affiliates across six European countries. Humanity in Action educates, connects and inspires a global network of students, young professionals, and established leaders committed to fostering minority and human rights, both in their own communities and around the world.

Jaakko Blomberg
Yhteismaa

Jaakko Blomberg is a social activist, co-creator, facilitator, cultural producer and researcher from Helsinki, Finland. He is co-founder and chairman of Yhteismaa (Common Ground) NGO. Yhteismaa is a non-profit organization specialized in new participatory city culture, co-creation, social movements and placemaking. All the projects of Yhteismaa aim for a more fun, free, sustainable, responsible and social urban life. These include an international flea market day, setting up a table for a thousand people to eat in the middle of a street, art exhibitions and theatre in homes, international conferences for social innovators and many others.

 

www.yhteismaa.fi/en/

Gyorgy Folk
European Liberties Platform
Federico Guerrieri
Claudio Tocchi
Associazione Trepuntozero
Bistra Ivanova
Multi Kulti Collective
Bistra Ivanova has been working passionately in the field of integration of migrants and refugees in Bulgaria (co-founder and deputy chair of Multi Kulti Collective) and building volunteering culture in developing societies (chair of TimeHeroes.org) in the last 5 years.
BA in Media Studies (Sofia University), MA in Financial Management and Marketing (University of Finance, Business and Entrepreneurship, Sofia), Migration Policy in a European Context course (Central European University, Hungary).
Awarded Volunteer of the Year 2011 (Astika Foundation, Bulgaria), 40 under 40 2014 (Darik Radio, Bulgaria), nominated Human of the Year 2014 (Bulgarian Helsinki Committee). Incoming Curator of the Sofia Hub of Global Shapers of World Economic Forum in 2016.
multikulti.bg
timeheroes.org/en/
Anna-Maria Ntova
Anna-Maria Ntova, from Greece, currently;Master at International Communication Management at University of Southern Denmark. Previously BA International and European Relations at University of Piraeus, Social and Political Science at Sabanci University, Istanbul
Alexandra Karpova
Afrah Nasser
Elvira Buijink
European Women's Lobby

Elvira Buijink, Communications & Media Officer at the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the largest network of women’s non-governmental associations in Europe. We work together at European and national level to achieve equality between women and men in all areas of public and private life. We raise and tackle issues of economic and social justice and independence for women. We campaign for the equal representation of women and men in decision-making and struggle together for women’s human rights including the eradication of male violence against women.

My work covers the coordination of the collective feminist voice in all EWL internal and external communications, including contacts with the press, the EWL website, social media and the graphic design of publications and informational materials. I am a volunteer at the Belgian film festival Elles Tournent, which supports movies made by women directors.  To me, culture, books, cinema, music, theater play a key role in making change in society and I try to follow-up what is happening in Brussels and around. I hold degrees in Communications and International Politics and previously worked as a project coordinator at a civil society organisation that encourages a better connection between the European Union and its citizens.

Twitter @elvirabui

Bledar Feta
Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

A native of Albania who has been living in Greece since 1998, Bledar Feta studied European and International Relations at University of Piraeus and obtained his master degree from the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Bledar is a Research Associate and Policy Analyst for the South East Europe Programme at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy where he analyzes the political, economic and social developments in Albania, Kosovo and the Albanian inhabited areas of the Western Balkans. He previously worked as a Project Evaluator for the UK’s Department for International Development in Kosovo, as a Political Analyst for Oxford Analytica, as a Junior Researcher at the Joint Policy Program between the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM) in Athens and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and as a Liaison Officer for the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bledar has published several reports for the South East Europe Programme of ELIAMEP and a number of insightful short analyses for top Western European and Balkan media such as EurActive, BalkanInsight, TransConflict and Tirana Times.

Expertise in International Relations and European Studies with a special regional focus on the South Eastern Europe. Experience in government, private and non-profit work, in policy analysis, research and international affairs. Specialties: Foreign Policy Analysis, European Integration of Western Balkan Countries, Politics in Albania and Kosovo.

Mariann Dosa
School of Public Life
The School of Public Life is a community-based training, research and development center that develops democratic culture in Hungary by improving the citizenship skills of people living in social exclusion, supporting social movements and groups that fight for social justice, pursuing participatory and community-based research about social exclusion and democracy, and supporting the active public participation of disadvantaged individuals.
 
Based in Budapest, the School works to ensure that socially, economically, culturally, physically and ethnically disadvantaged groups are fully aware of their rights, are able to articulate their needs and interests and possess the skills and knowledge necessary to enforce these in practice.

 

Barbara Joannon

Barbara is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow from the 2013 French Programme and the 2014 Pat Cox Fellowship where she has been assistant of a MEP. She is currently working as European Project and Advocacy Officer in a French NGO supporting asylum seekers and refugees. Promoting migrants’ and asylum seekers’ rights as well as welcoming societies is her main target, both as a young professional and as an activist. She graduated with a Master degree in International relations and development from the Institute of Political Sciences in Lyon in October 2014. She loves travelling, initiating new projects and meeting people from around the world.

Leonie Jegen
Alignment for Dignity

During the last years Leonie’s main field of political work has been immigration policy with a special focus on EU and national refugee and asylum policy. She has been active in several groups in multiple places. Having worked and studied in France, the Netherlands, Greece and Morocco has broadened her horizons and made her value transnational links in activist work.

George-Konstantinos Charonis
European Youth Forum

The vision of the European Youth Forum is to be the voice of young people in Europe, where young people are equal citizens and are encouraged and supported to achieve their fullest potential as global citizens.

The European Youth Forum (YFJ) is the platform of youth organisations in Europe. Representing 99 youth organisations, both National Youth Councils and International Non-Governmental Youth Organisations, we believe youth organisations are the tool through which we empower, encourage, involve, represent, reach out and support young people. The Youth Forum brings together tens of millions of young people from all over Europe, organised in order to represent their common interests.

The Youth Forum works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives by representing and advocating their needs and interest and those of their organisations. In the current uncertain political and social context that affects young people, they can be powerful catalysts for positive change and contributors of innovative solutions to Europe’s problems.

www.youthforum.org

Cristian Gherasim
European Roma Rights Center

Cristian Gherasim is the editor for The Week in Europe section of Katoikos.eu. He did his postgraduate studies in Political Science and Public Administration, and has been working as public affairs consultant, communications officer and social media expert in his native Romania, as well as in Hungary and Poland. Cristian has also contributed articles to the EU Reporter and Half Tidy Ltd.

www.katoikos.eu

Alice Pease
CNR Italy

Of British origin, I am currently working at the National Research Council in Rome.  Over the past months, I have been working on privacy rights in the EU, specifically on the controversial right to be forgotten.  I am now looking forward to expanding my knowledge about the field in Berlin and gaining some practical tools to put policy into action!

Virginia López Calvo
European Alternatives Member - Spain

I am a feminist and an environmentalist, using feminist methods for on-going self-transformation. My current paid job is with the Seattle to Brussels Network, and has a focus on trade justice. Up to 2014 my professional life usually involved working in the intersection of international development and gender/women’s rights (mainly in Central America and Middle East).

I am active in various social, economic and environmental justice collectives in Europe including European Greens in London, Women in Development Europe, European Alternatives, and Ecoar Global. In addition to the above, I am very interested in eroding the economic growth dogma and thus enthusiastic about the idea of degrowth – I’d like to help sensitize people about a new lifestyle that doesn’t revolve around consumerism.

Pierre Ozoux
IndieHosters

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Hana Grgić
Libela

Libela.org is a feminist portal about gender, sex and democracy issues dedicated to monitoring reality and to the questioning of democratic and social practices from a gender perspective, with an emphasis on larger visibility of social, political and cultural engagement of women and marginalized groups in the society. Our mission is deconstructing gender stereotypes and sexism that can be found in mainstream media and critically analyze reality supported by media from a feminist perspective. LIBELA’s mission is also to became a platform where young journalists could be further educated. But not restricting itself only on journalists, it speaks for and to all motivated citizens who participate in its creation thus gaining knowledge in journalism, developing a gender perspective and becoming motivated to investigate gender issues and express their own opinion about the world around us.

 

Behrang Kianzad
Musicians against racism

Musicians Against Racism is a politically and religiously independent association. The initiative was taken in 2012 by Alexander Goldmann in Gothenburg as a reaction to escalating racism. In 2013 non-profit associations were formed in Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm.

Our vision is that the music is a force to influence people to take an active stand against racism and for diversity in their everyday lives. Musicians Against Racism also aims for all events to be 50/50 men and women. The work of the association is entirely voluntary and events are not for profit.

Musicians Against Racisim collaborates with among others SSensus, ABF and other educational associations, Stiftelsen Expo, Uddevalla Solid Sound, and other public / private stakeholders.

www.musikermotrasism.se

Christos Dellasoudas
European Alternatives Member - Greece

Christos Dellasoudas has a legal studies and economics background. He has worked as a lawyer and has been involved in various activist initiatives as well as conventional political parties. He is currently working as a parliamentary aide to Greek SYRIZA Member of Parliament Betty Skoufas. His main focus is on poverty alleviation and economic empowerment and emancipation. He is a proponent of Basic Income and seeks ways to raise awareness and support research on the subject. Throughout the crisis he has participated in a variety of local projects like the Katerini Social Solidarity Kitchen (food collection and distribution) and Pieria Exchange Network.

Felipe González Gil
ZEMOS98

Felipe lives in Sevilla (Spain) and is member of ZEMOS98, an cultural and political initiative which works and researches about free culture, social innovation, new media and informal education. ZEMOS98 has recently coordinated a european project within the context of the Doc Next Network and with the title: “Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons” to foster through media some social struggles related to the Commons from the UK, Turkey, Poland and Spain. Felipe is also a video-activist with more than 50 remixes and video-mashups about the political context in Spain. Felipe is also a Star Wars fan and a proam tennis player.ZEMOS98 is an initiative which works and investigates on contemporary narratives, free culture and social innovation.

ZEMO98 believes in:

  • culture as an element for social transformation and not just as entertainment.
  • education as something which can happen anytime and anywhere.
  • mutual support networks and the social economy.
  • experimentation (on a formal level and also on a content-level).
  • remix as a tool to deconstruct the dominant messages.
  • mediation as a pedagogical tool.
  • media and digital literacy.

www.zemos98.org

Hunor Király
Demnet

DemNet’s vision is a world based on the responsible and sustainable relationship of self-organised citizens and their communities respecting human dignity. DemNet’s mission is to facilitate and strengthen cooperation and self-organisation processes of community actors. DemNet designs its operation and activities on base of its core values and approaches: transparency, innovation, creativity, locality, and the participatory approach.

DemNet has worked for achieving its mission through:

  • design and implement sustainable grant programmes
  • build capacities of civil society organisations and other community actors
  • promote sustainable financial and operational models
  • empower civil society organisations
  • support grassroots initiatives
  • raise awareness and run information campaigns
  • conduct public advocacy for the realisation of community value of human dignity, responsibility and sustainability.

DemNet has been providing “democracy support “since 1996 with a special focus on civil society development in Hungary and in countries of Western Balkans and Eastern Europe, also expanding its work to Arab Spring countries.

www.demnet.hu