Claudia Cruz Almeida
Claudia Cruz Almeida

Claudia Cruz Almeida supports the Conflict Transformation Department as an intern at Berghof Foundation and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg.Prior to joining Berghof, Claudia gained experience in the field of peacebuilding by completing in 2019 an internship at the Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations Office at Vienna and in 2020 an internship at the Peace Action Training and Research Institute of Romania (PATRIR). In her work and research, Claudia focuses on post-conflict transitions and nonviolent movements adopting a gender-sensitive lens.

Claudia holds a Double Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and International Relations from the European University of Madrid and she enjoyed exchange experiences at the Europa-Universität Viadrina and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She has also already completed a first Master’s Degree in Development Cooperation and Emancipatory Education from the University of the Basque Country.

Session: Shaping the Future of Europe – Welcome!

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Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen

Kai Frithjof Brand-Jacobsen is regarded as one of the leading pioneers, innovators and practitioners in the field of peacebuilding, security and addressing challenging and complex conflicts and crisis in the world today. For more than 20 years he has worked across all continents and many of the most challenging war zones and crisis situations at the invitation of the United Nations, governments, international agencies and organizations, and local communities affected by conflict and war. In 2016 he headed the UN-supported Nineveh Paths to Social Cohesion, Coexistence and Peace project in Nineveh, Iraq-KRG, one of the areas worst affected by the ongoing war with ISIS.

He has since led engagements to support sub-national mediation and peace processes in Libya, improving early warning and integrated peacebuilding and prevention in Nigeria, and headed a unique engagement by UNAMID to support the stabilization, peacebuilding and recovery in Darfur. He is a practitioner with extensive experience in mediation and facilitation of peace processes and working on the ground to prevent violent conflicts, end wars, and support reconciliation and healing after violence. In 2019 he was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi – Martin Luther King Jr. – Ikeda Lifetime Achievement Award for extraordinary contributions to humanity by Martin Luther King Jr.’s Alma Mater, Morehouse College. His work is one of the subjects of the recent documentary movie In Pursuit of Peace (https://vimeo.com/150351138).

Session: Shaping the Future of Europe – Welcome!

Jordy Nijenhuis
Jordy Nijenhuis

Jordy Nijenhuis is a storyteller, campaigner, consultant and trainer. He co-founded Dare to be Grey, an organisation that aims to counter polarisation, is involved in a variety of campaigns and trains media professionals from all over the world in campaigning and countering radicalisation and disinformation. He believes that media is a powerful tool for behavioural change and that we need new creative approaches to achieve fundamental change.

Session: Creating Empowering Communities – Standing up to Discrimination, Hate & Extremism

Georgina Laboda
Georgina Laboda

Georgina Laboda is a Hungarian Roma Woman. She lives in Budapest and studies Political Science. She is a scholar at the Reformed Roma Scholarship Program in Budapest, a Board Member of the Phiren Amenca International Network and a member of the Advisory Council on Youth in the Council of Europe. She has worked and volunteered in several Roma NGOs.

Her main experience came from the Khetanipe Association, where she worked for two years as a Community and Cultural Coordinator. She has also conducted a one-year internship in the Directorate-General for Social Affairs and Child Protection, and has worked in France and Italy with disadvantaged children. Her goal is to work against antigypsyism and support the empowerment of Roma communities.

Session: Creating Empowering Communities – Standing up to Discrimination, Hate & Extremism

Johana Ješátková
Johana Ješátková

Johana Ješátková is a Fakescape board member and HR manager. She also manages Fakescape’s Instagram account. She studies Political Science and Law at Masaryk University and had various internships, for example at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

Fakescape is a Czech initiative that has developed an online escape game for students. The setting is Fakeland, and Fakeland is having elections in the year 2028. The players become journalists that have to find an evil candidate that is trying to cancel the summer holidays when elected. But not only finding that person is a challenge but also detecting fake news and other pitfalls the internet has to offer.

Session: Creating Empowering Communities – Standing up to Discrimination, Hate & Extremism

Julie Vinklová
Julie Vinklová

Julie Vinklová is a co-founder of NGO Fakescape, which teaches about media literacy and disinformation using gamification. Julie studies Security and Strategic studies at Masaryk University. She has worked at Czech Radio and interned at Prague Security Studies Institute and the Czech ministry of foreign affairs.

Session: Creating Empowering Communities – Standing up to Discrimination, Hate & Extremism

Agata Stajer
Agata Stajer

Agata Stajer is a lawyer but also a lover of trainings for youth in peacebuilding and human rights. She has been working for more than 10 years in the field of training with, for and by young people on peace education, anti-discrimination, human rights and peaceful communication.

Agata is a Board Member of the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network where together with 90 young peacebuilders she designs and implements activities for the development of the culture of peace and human rights.

Session: Creating Empowered Communities – Standing up to Discrimination, Hate & Extremism

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Nevena Radosavljevic

Nevena Radosavljevic is a Ph.D. candidate at the Luidwig Maximillians University in Munich, working on the peace process in Kosovo. Besides that, she is a practitioner in the field of peace-building, reconciliation and conflict transformation, working as a trainer in the mentioned fields.

Nevena is also a board member of the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network.

Session: Creating Empowered Communities – Standing up to Discrimination, Hate & Extremism

Raluca Baciu
Raluca Baciu

Raluca Baciu is the Vice-President and Project Manager of PRIDE Romania. She is also a volunteer in our team and she has been directly working with these issues in the country.

PRIDE Romania is an LGBTQ + association from Cluj-Napoca that changed its status from an informal group to a non-profit organization legally registered in February 2018, assuming the goal of promoting human rights, respect for diversity, social inclusion and protection of people part of vulnerable groups, as well as anti-discriminatory behaviour in civil society.

Session: Empowering Gender – Resisting Attacks on the Rights of Women and LGBTQI+ Communities

Liliya Dragoeva
Liliya Dragoeva

Liliya Dragoeva has 15 years of experience in non-formal education as a volunteer, a youth worker and a trainer in several non-governmental organizations in Bulgaria. She has 5 years of experience as a social researcher and analyst and her research focus includes migration, integration, education, citizenship, gender studies and LGBTI rights. Lilly is passionate about social justice, youth empowerment and civic education.

In 2018, Lilly undertook the position of Coordinator of Sofia Pride – the biggest human rights event in Bulgaria. She is currently the CEO of Bilitis Bulgaria. Bilitis is quite active on initiatives under the topics of protecting rights and countering violence against women and LGBT people also being co-organisers of all Pride marches and most of the similar activist events in Bulgaria.

Session: Empowering Gender – Resisting Attacks on the Rights of Women and LGBTQI+ Communities

Lea Agmond
Lea Agmon

Lea Agmon, 23 years old, is a student in Darmstadt, Germany, 3rd year, second semester in Bachelor of Moviemaking and direction (Motion Pictures at university of applied science in Darmstadt). She works mostly in casting department for university projects and for movies and TV.

She joined the #CatcallsofDarmstadt in June 2020, after she saw chalks in the centre of Darmstadt. The movement is inspired by the original movement #Catcallsofnyc from New York. This is a German organization that is doing art projects to raise awareness for sexual harassment and violence. Through the means of chalk, they write down experiences in public places. Representatives of the movement will join our event to share from their experience.

Session: Empowering Gender – Resisting Attacks on the Rights of Women and LGBTQI+ Communities

Eske Domning
Eske Domning

Eske Domning, 24 years old, a student in Darmstadt, Germany, 3rd year, second semester in Bachelor of Political Science (Technical University of Darmstadt). Next to university life, she is working as a team leader for different student projects and helps with methods to work better in groups.

She also joined the  #CatcallsofDarmstadt at the very beginning, shortly after it got founded. In her home town, she was attending the #CatcallsofHildesheim movement.

Session: Empowering Gender – Resisting Attacks on the Rights of Women and LGBTQI+ Communities

Ovidiu Oltean
Ovidiu Oltean

Ovidiu discovered public speaking in 2013 at Toastmasters Cluj and fell in love with the stage instantly. He started developing his presentation and acting skills and the results followed shortly: He won three European Public Speaking contests, 17 national speaking contests and is constantly invited as a speaker at the biggest Romanian conferences.

His mission is to help people gain more confidence in themselves and to be more persuasive and authentic when they present their ideas in public. He guides them in building and delivering clear, captivating and convincing presentations through coaching sessions, intensive trainings and online courses.

Session: Speak Up! Learning How to Make Our Voices Heard

Lavon Marozau
Lavon Marozau

Lavon Marozau is an Expert of Working Group on Youth Rights – European Youth Forum and the International Secretary of Belarusian National Youth Council RADA (Belarus).

Belarusian National Youth Council “RADA” is a voluntary union of 28 youth associations, being created with the purpose of consolidating of youth organizations and initiatives of Belarus. “RADA” operates in the areas of representation, promotion and defending common interests and freedoms of youth organizations and young people of Belarus.

Session: Solidarity – Standing with the Youth of Belarus

Natalie Maurer
Natalia Maurer

Natalia Maurer, 22 years old,  studies law with the focal point in European and international law and engaged in politics. Since 2019, she is a member of the social democratic party of Germany, speaker of the youth socialist group on the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen and also in the town council meeting of Nidda.

“My vision of the future of Europe is that we achieve the goals set in the treaties of the European Union to create a closer union among the people that hold up freedom, democracy and fundamental rights for everyone.”

Session: Youth, Politics & Enabling Solutions to Local, European & Global Challenges 

Marc Tilley
Marc Tilley

Marc Tilley has worked for the Council of Europe and has been involved in different migration projects in Malta. He was adopted by a British family and therefore holds British nationality, currently being an International Observer for The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

He was also majorly involved in the discussion of the right to vote at 16 in Wales, youth participation in voting being hence one of his main focuses.

Session:Youth, Politics & Enabling Solutions to Local, European & Global Challenges

Aleksandra Sawa
Aleksandra Sawa

Aleksandra Sawa is an expert and youth worker, involved in the youth sector for almost 10 years. She coordinated our Do One Brave Thing project in Poland.

Particularly interested in increasing young people’s engagement in decision-making processes, she was recognised for her work on outreach and inclusion in EU Youth Dialogue and awarded for her approach to involving youth in decision making in schools at the Global Youth Trends Forum in Taipei. Former Board Member of the European Youth Parliament Poland (2016) and Vice President of the Polish National Youth Council (2019-21), she is also a member of the Radicalisation Awareness Network RAN Young Platform.

Session: Youth, Politics & Enabling Solutions to Local, European & Global Challenges

Ivana Vuchkova (OSCE)
Ivana Vuchkova

Member of the Core Group of Experts, OSCE Perspectives 2030. Ivana Vuchkova is from North Macedonia, where she has personally and professionally committed to promoting the values of equality and social justice through fair and just economic and environmental policies.

Throughout the years, she has been actively engaged in research, panel discussions and debates on the topics highlighting them as an opportunity for reconciliation, regional cooperation and EU integration of the Western Balkans. Continuing her education in the MA Economic Governance and Development Programme from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, has inspired Ivana to later become a member of the Core Group of Experts in OSCE Perspectives 2030. There, she was committed to promoted the topics of environment and energy as an opportunity for building trust between OSCE Participating States.

Session: Confronting the Global Climate Crisis – Building our Eco-Friendly Future

Miglena Antonova
MEglena Antonova

Miglena Antonova Meglena is a programme lead at the Greenpeace office, based in Sofia. She is an environmental activist with a master’s degree in environmental and energy law from the University of Oslo, Norway. From the energy topics she works on, her attention is dedicated mostly to the fields of coal and renewable energy, very often from a legal perspective.

Session: Confronting the Global Climate Crisis – Building our Eco-Friendly Future

Charlotte (Ende Gelände)
CHARLOTTE

Charlotte is studying her Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at the Phillips-University of Marburg and is currently doing an exchange student year in Jerusalem – Israel. Her main academic interests are within the field of Human Rights and migration studies. Besides that, she has been very active in the environmental and refugee rights movements in Germany.

She will talk about her experiences as an activist in the anti-coal movement “Ende Gelände” – a civil disobedience movement occupying coal mines in Germany to raise awareness for climate justice.

Session: Confronting the Global Climate Crisis – Building our Eco-Friendly Future

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Lisa Glybchenko

Lisa Glybchenko is a doctoral student in International Relations at Tampere University, Finland. Lisa is an artist and aspiring graphic designer who is interested in the intersections of visual art-making, technology and peace work.

Four years ago, she started the project Color Up Peace, which through photography and colouring pages invites people to share and develop visions of peace and constructive change. Lisa is a member of the Arts Twenty Thirty initiative, the Youth Peace Ambassadors Network, and the team of Embodying Peace. In the future, Lisa would like to dedicate even more time to supporting civil society peacebuilding, trauma-informed education, and development through non-formal education.

Session: Empowering Communities, Ourselves and our Movements Through Art!

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Ana Alexieva

Ana Alexieva is Programs Director at Fine Acts – a global non-profit studio for social impact. A graduate in media and gender studies from Ruhr University Bochum and Utrecht University, she specialized in audio-visual entrepreneurship at EURODOC and EAVE, and has a background in film production. Fellow of Friedrich Ebert Foundation, YTILI and Mercator Stiftung. WEF Global Shaper alumna, G-20 Young Global Changer 2019. Selected in “30 under 30” of Forbes Bulgaria. fineacts.co

Session: Empowering Communities, Ourselves and our Movements Through Art!

Tina Mykkanen
Tina Mykkanen

Tina Mykkanen is an international P/CVE consultant with experience of CVE and CT work in the European and Eastern Africa contexts. Currently, Tina works as a Counter-Terrorism Consultant with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA).

In parallel, she is in individual consultancy capacity undertaking a pilot project with the objective to explore how the artistic body mapping methodology can be used to advance dialogue between returning foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs), communities and security in addressing challenges related to the reintegration of returnees in Kenya, while strengthening capacities of all actors to effectively develop and implement policies and strategies for successful reintegration.

Session: Empowering Communities, Ourselves and our Movements Through Art!

Ralitsa Dikanska
Ralitsa Dikanska

Ralitsa Dikanska is the President of the Youth Section of the United Nations Association of Bulgaria, Coordinator of the Bulgarian Youth Delegates to the UN Programme and also a former youth delegate (2017/2018). She holds a MSc. in Architecture and is partner in the family architecture studio Dikanski and Partners. Ralitsa is also strategic project manager in CSR Bulgaria.

Session: How to Make Successful Campaigns – The Keys to Being the Change

Mariyan Sabev
Mariyan Sabev

Mariyan is a researcher working for the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD), with a strong focus on topics related to countering online polarisation and anti-democratic narratives targeted at youth.

While volunteering and serving his community as a member of organisations such as the Bulgarian Youth Parliament, the Bulgarian Youth Red Cross, as well as Rotary International’s youth programmes (Interact and Rotaract), Mariyan has worked on the organization and execution of numerous campaigns targeted on topics such as the development of social structures and raising awareness towards the pillars of civil society, youth participation in policy and decision making, social inclusion of marginalised groups and human rights protection.

Session: How to Make Successful Campaigns – The Keys to Being the Change

Amnesty International Malmö University
Amnesty International Malmö University

Amnesty International Malmö University is a passionate students group that started in spring 2016 at Malmö University. The group has developed, seeking to engage both Swedish and international students in activism volunteering for human rights issues.

They organise various events, such as talks and discussions, movie nights, collecting signatures for petitions. They are also frequently creating advocacy campaigns.
 

Session: How to Make Successful Campaigns – The Keys to Being the Change

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Khin Sandar

Khin Sandar is an activist from Myanmar. She has been an activist since 2014. Since then, because of her activism, she’s been arrested, charged and faced two-year court processes because of leading a public peace movement in 2018 with her friends.

After the coup in Myanmar, she started being actively involved in the protest of the pro-democracy movement. She is now in Yangon and organizes a strike with the General Strike Collaboration Committee – GSCC. She is one of the spokesperson of GSCC too, and she also represents part of the Milk Tea Alliance Myanmar.

Session: Solidarity – Standing with the Youth of Myanmar

Me Me Khant
Me Me Khant

Me Me Khant is from Yangon, Myanmar and is a candidate for a Master’s in International Policy (MIP) and Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University. She began her activism for the democratic cause in Myanmar as a Students’ Union leader beginning in 2013.

A poet and activist, she has written and spoken out about human rights challenges in Myanmar – especially regarding peace and reconciliation, women’s rights, and freedom of speech. She’s a co-founder of Virtual Demonstrations Movement, Students for Free Burma, and is a diaspora protest leader for both virtual and in-person rallies, including Milk Tea Alliance rallies and coordinated global protests.

Session: Solidarity – Standing with the Youth of Myanmar

Turan Gafarli
Turan Gafarli

Turan Gafarli is a Researcher at TRT World Research Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics from the Queen Mary University of London and a Master of Arts in Transnational Studies from University College London where he submitted the thesis `Nation-State in the Age of Globalization: Turkey’s Contemporary Path 1996-2016`.

Turan worked as a researcher for Lord German, Treasurer of the Liberal Democrat Party, in the House of Lords whilst also interning at the Turkic Council, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Office in Geneva. His research interests include Eurasia and Transcaucasia, Turkic World, globalization and the nation-state debate. Turan is also a member of Chatham House Royal Institute of International Affairs. He continues his PhD studies in History.

Session: How does the Future of Europe look like?

Frej Haar (Photographer for the portrait is Nora Madsen. The stage one is Henry Söderlund (must be credited).)
FREJ HAAR

Frej Haar (born 1996 outside Copenhagen) is a Danish-Swedish spoken word-poet based in Malmö. In 2017 they won the Swedish National Poetry Slam Championship and went on to win the following European Championship in Brussels, Belgium. Frej writes and performs in Swedish and English and has performed in several countries, conferences, events and festivals since 2016. They also make fanzines. Preferred Themes: LGBTQ heritage, activism and history, women, gender and sexuality, biology, handicrafts and working-class perspectives.

Frej has an academic background in heritage and conservation studies. They have attended Kvinnofolkhögskolans writing courses Your Silence Will Not Protect You and currently attend the writing program at Skurups folkhögskola. Frej writes and performs in Swedish and English and has performed in several countries, conferences, events and festivals since 2016. They also make fanzines.

Session: Poetry Slam – European Spoken Word Festival: Shaping our Future!

*Photo: Henry Söderlund

Thea Matthews
Thea Matthews

Originally from San Francisco, California, Thea Matthews is a Brooklyn-based poet, author, and educator. Her work has appeared in Green Mountains Review, The New Republic, The Rumpus, and others. Her debut poetry collection Unearth [The Flowers] was published by Red Light Lit Press in 2020, and is listed as part of the Best Indie Poetry of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews. Currently, she is an MFA Poetry candidate at New York University. www.theamatthews.com

Session: Poetry Slam – European Spoken Word Festival: Shaping our Future!

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Luise Jürcke

Luise Jürcke has grown up in Berlin, spent a semester abroad in Brussels during school, before going on to explore the world on a larger scale, living and/or visiting India, Malaysia, Benin, Ghana and Ecuador. Studied Economics and Business Economics at the University of Maastricht, the city of the famous treaty leading up to the Euro, knowing, loving and living the (for me, as a white German woman) borderless region.

Realizing that the social and environmental impacts didn’t have much space in what was taught, Luise left formal education and economics behind and spent the next years in the German climate justice movements, organizing grassroots groups, facilitating plenaries, joining campaigns, initiating house projects and communities. This journey, and the personal as well as systemic and structural violence Luise witnessed during these years, have led to peace and conflict studies as a lens on social transformation. That is what Luise currently studies at the University of Innsbruck. The poem Luise will be sharing came in autumn of last year, when starting with studies, was wondering what peacebuilding actually means, what is important in this field and basically, what makes us human.

Session: Poetry Slam – European Spoken Word Festival: Shaping our Future!