Gazela Purdar Drasko
Bio: Researcher, organizer and humanist. Works as policy consultant and coordinator of many projects in the area of youth development, social engagement and political ideologies. Actively involved into the policy research and activities of the civil society sector in Serbia and South East Europe, with 10 years of experience in projects with international organizations and national think tanks. Proud member of Group for Social Engagement Studies at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory in Belgrade. Writes on the intellectual engagement, youth engagement and ideologies, particularly nationalism.
Areas of expertise: Policy research, social inclusion, youth mobility and participation, political orientations/ideologies
BIO: Joe Tanti’s career has been shaped by his engagement in both public and private organisations based in Malta, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Over the years, he was instrumental in the development of collaboration agreements with Universities and Vocational Colleges, providing invaluable opportunities for students to gain practical and professional experience at the workplace. In his current position of Chief Executive Officer at the Malta Business Bureau – a specialised EU advisory office with a presence in Malta and in Brussels – he represents BUSINESSEUROPE at the European Commission Working Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education, and EUROCHAMBRES at the Working Group on VET – under the strategic framework of Education and Training 2020.
Areas of expertise: Entrepreneurship, Education & Training, Human Resources, Tourism
BIO: The psychology academic background set the pace for growing into a nearly 10 years professional experience within gender violence and gender equality issues, both on collective social intervention, as well on individual intervention trough victim support methodologies. As a freelance educator and trainer, she has worked for the last decade within private sector organizations on human resources projects, as well as on the civil society and public sector managing projects that promote peace and equality, empower and motivate people of all ages within a multicultural context.
Areas of expertise: training, human resources, gender
BIO: Trainer, consultant, and project coordinator on the issues of sexual health and rights, healthy behaviors, inclusion and youth activism. Engaged in the topics of social entrepreneurship at local level, active citizenship, youth initiatives, volunteering, and mobility. Coordinator of projects aiming to create cross-sectoral and participatory youth strategies through structured dialogue.
Areas of expertise: Sexual Health & Rights; Youth participation, Cross-sectoral and integrative policies
BIO: She works as a free-lance journalist and project manager. Currently, she is working as a PR and marketing specialist and running her own company. She truly hopes that with the fresh mindset and energy we’re able to bring a positive change to decision-making as well and through that form a better and stronger European community as such.
Areas of expertise: Project and NGO management, Media (journalism), Entrepreneurship
Country: Czech Republic
Bio: A scout and past president of the Czech Council of Children and Youth, Pavel has a rich experience from the non-profit sector, as well as from the public administration. Currently he is the first President of the European Alliance for Volunteering, since 2006 a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (advisory body to the European Parliament, Commission and Council), and a freelance in EU project management. More at www.paveltrantina.eu
Areas of expertise: Volunteering policies, Non-formal education and its recognition, Youth employment and employability
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIO: He is a General Manager of PRONI, with more than 15 years of experience in working with democratisation and peace building in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially in youth activism, civil society and policy development. Jamin has been working as a trainer with civil society actors in Western Balkans and he is familiar with EU programmes sich as ERASMUS, IPA, etc. As an expert, he delivered more than 60 trainings for civil society activists, cooperating with many institutions such as SIDA, UNDP, Forum Syd, CARE International, etc. He is a President of the Steering Board of Anna Lindh Foundation (BiH Network) and previous member of the Steering Board of BiH NGO Council. Since 2013, he has been the Country Director for leading American youth NGO, YouthBuild International and their office in BiH.
Areas of expertise: Intercultural dialogue, Conflict transformation, Social inclusion
Bio: Actively involved in civil society work (leadership, management, training and consulting) since 1998 on local (Croatia and Serbia), SEE regional, European and international level. Possesses MA degree in Psychology and EU studies. Currently active as a freelance trainer and educational advisor in several local and national organisations and as a member of the following pools of trainers and accreditors: National Agency for Erasmus+ Youth in Action Croatia; SALTO-YOUTH SEE RC; Council of Europe, Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation / Youth Department; Croatian Youth Network; South East European Youth Network;
Areas of expertise: Active (youth) participation and active (European and global) citizenship; Organisational and project strategic leadership and management; Inclusion and intercultural learning, dialogue and acceptance
Bio: She is a devoted Human Rights Education trainer and facilitator of participatory youth policy processes. In the last years she has gained extensive experience working inter-continental, with the focus on Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation Process and spaces of Global Education. She is an expert in Structured Dialogue and other forms of participatory structures and processes of co-decision and co-management. She is very passionate about intercultural and international work, as well as foreign languages, traveling and above all working with and learning from people.
Areas of expertise: Participatory Policy Creation; Global Education and Human Rights Education; Advocacy and Negotiations in institutional contexts
Bio: Actively involved in civil society work since 1998. Currently, freelance trainer and consultant. Biologist by formal education, human rights activist in practice and heart. UNDP Consultant for development of Local Social Inclusion Plans / Plans for Social Services Development for 15 municipalities in Montenegro (2011-2014); SALTO SEE accreditor for European Voluntary Services; Regional advisor in Fund for Active Citizenship; Training manager in SOS Podgorica, member of SEEYN training pool.
Areas of expertise: Policy development, Capacity building, Social services, Gender
Ehsan NorouziCountry: Iran/GermanyBio: Ehsan Norouzi is an Iranian techno-politics journalist at Deutsche Welle and a member of a group of young Iranian journalists who are monitoring social media and Iranian users’ activities on cyberspace, as well as covering its political and social impacts, besides running training programs on web security, privacy and online censorship circumvention. He studied computer engineering in Iran, and since the disputed election in June 2009, he’s been living in Berlin, Germany. Since then, he’s worked as a freelance journalist and Internet Freedom/Cybersecurity consultant on different ICT projects related to censorship and Internet Governance, mostly focused on Iran and the Middle East.Areas of expertise: Internet censorship, Internet security, Multimedia journalismContact: http://twitter.com/ehsanism
Country: All over the world
Bio: Mister Mindshift, is what he was called a while back. He kind of likes that title. He travels the world to trigger people and organisations on leadership and innovation. He likes to challenge himself and others to do better: to be more sustainable, more loving and caring, more inclusive, and smarter. He’s worked with many CEO’s of top-500 companies, start-ups, and all kinds of youth NGO’s. He cares about the developing world, internet freedom and equality.
Areas of expertise: Internet, Leadership, Diversity
Bio: She is an individual with passion for groups, and she is driven by the idea of being part of processes where groups (and individuals in those groups!) develop and discover new possibilities. As she equally enjoys and suffers from global interdependencies, she happily engages in initiatives that allow her to work in this area in her capacity as trainer or facilitator.
Areas of expertise: facilitating organisational development, group processes and group dynamics, development education / global justice, citizenship and participation.
Maram Anbar Hassan
Bio: She is a passionate trainer and a citizen of the world. She has worked with many interlocutors on social change, capacity building, and personal development using NLP tools and learning to learn methodology.
Areas of expertise: inter-religious/inter-cultural dialogue, gender, and social inclusion
Bio: In the last four years Igor was engaged as program officer in USAID’s Economic Security Project in Serbia. Now he works as training coordinator in Center of Modern Skills in Belgrade. Also he is engaged as international senior consultant in the area of communication and public relations with extensive training and mentoring experience in Eastern Europe.
Areas of expertise: Education, Public Relation, Policy
Bio: He is a biologist with a broad experience within two different branches of ecology. He holds two masters degrees, one in ecology and one in marine biology. His working experience is mainly connected to projects related to global warming, sustainable development, ecology, and the protection of the environment. He has also worked in media for 6 years as author and actor at the national television of Serbia, RTS.
Areas of expertise: Ecology, Education, Media