Bio: Academic background in education and European studies. Professional experience in teaching for 13 years and monitoring of Youth in Action Programme at the Ministry of Education of Cyprus for 2 years. Long standing experience as a youth worker in several organisations. Participated in the organisation of various seminars, exchanges and trainings on education for youth in Cyprus and abroad. Member of the Board of European Confederation of Youth Clubs (ECYC) 2012-2014. Co-founder of NGO KEY dealing with community development and life long learning.
Areas of expertise: Youth, EU Programmes, Education
Bio: He has nearly 10 years of professional experience in participating in local, national, and international NGOs; since 2006 he has been working in the business, public and academic sector. During that period, he developed projects with CSOs advocating on Youth rights issues. Currently he is the member of Kaunas City Council.
Areas of expertise: Project and NGO management, Social entrepreneurship, Cross-sectoral cooperation;
Country: Ireland/Bosnia and Herzegovina
BIO: Garret Tankosic-Kelly is the founder and principal of SEE Change Net. (SEECN), producer for OH! Films on the award winning Finding Family and – as the former Head of United Nations in Montenegro – the initiator of the world first UN Eco Premises in Podgorica. Garret is also an Honoray Director of EDUS, the association for the education and support for children with and without developmental delays.
Areas of Expertise: Leadership for Policy Change, Sustainable Development Strategies, Coaching for Success
BIO: Board Member with an expertise in youth work development, youth policy and organizational development. She is member of SALTO South East Europe Pool of trainers and Council of Europe Youth Department’s Pool of trainers. She sees society as a stage of diversity of many kinds and enjoys networking, connecting people and their ideas. Non formal education and science of learning are her passion. She is currently working in the European Youth Forum.
Areas of expertise: Youth Policy, Trainings and Moderation, NGO Management
Bio: Evren Ergeç was born in Istanbul in 1975. While he was a graduate student at the Galatasaray University at his last year of the International Relations Department, he started working on the NGO field as a “Project Coordinator” of a community outreach project for assisting people’s living at the prefabricated houses in Duzce in 2001, two years after the Marmara Earthquake. After graduation, he continued working in the NGO Field. From July 2003 to February 2016, he worked in Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı (TOG) respectively as Field Coordinator, Head of Field Department, Head of Global Affairs Department and General Manager. He represented TOG at the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe from 2009 to 2011.
He is one of the founders and the board member of Karakutu association working with and for young people on facing the issues of the past . He works as the Secretary General of a newly established association “Daha İyi Yargı” working on justice and the rule of law.
Areas of expertise: European Youth Policy, NGO Management, Fundraising
Bio: Marko Paunović, consultant, moderator, and social entrepreneur with experience in the field of non-formal education, fundraising, organizational and project management. In recent years he has been lobbying the European institutions and following closely Cohesive, Enlargement, Social Entrepreneurship, Internet and youth policies of the EU. He is the founder and CEO of Out of the Box International, an international network based in Brussels dealing with social innovations.
Areas of expertise: EU Policies, Non-profit management, Moderation