Participants

The 24 alumni of the Social Innovation and Management Programme 2017 come from 9 countries in Central and South-Eastern Europe. The group was quite diverse with regard to their age, background and organisational field of activity. Nevertheless, all of them benefitted from the three intense modules of the programme by deepening their knowledge in the managment topics and broadening their networks on international scale.

Social Innovation and Management Programme 2017

  • Livia-Oana Aninoșanu
    Programs Director and Senior Gender Expert at CPE and MamaPan
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    Livia-Oana Aninoșanu

    Programs Director and Senior Gender Expert at CPE and MamaPan

    We are CPE – Center for Partenership and Equality, a non-governmental organization promoting gender equality and women’s rights. We implement projects in the field of violence against women, trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation, diversity and inclusion promotion in the system of education, the rights of women at work, women’s health etc. We work at a national, regional and European level.In 2014, we received initial funding from ESF to start MamaPan, a social bakery employing single moms and women with more than 2 children who are in difficult situations. We operate since 2015 and since November 2015 with no financial support. We produce sourdough bread and artisanal pastries from healthy ingredients. We currently employ 7 women (6 bakers and a delivery driver).
  • Adina Bălan
    President of Solwodi Romania
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    Adina Bălan

    President of Solwodi Romania

    Solwodi Romania is an NGO founded in 2009 in order to help women who have difficulties or are in distress. Currently SOLWODI runs three programs focused on women: a counselling centre, a shelter and three transitional apartments together with an ongoing information program on women and issues related to domestic violence and human trafficking.
  • Irena Bogdanović
    Coordinator of the project activities at DIS Youth theatre
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    Irena Bogdanović

    Coordinator of the project activities at DIS Youth theatre

    DIS Youth theatre is modern, independent, urban gathering place for young artists to realize their vision of the arts and culture, contribute to develop the full appreciation of artistic freedom, respects and understanding personality differences between people, regardless of differences in age, race, religion, political beliefs or gender. DIS Youth Theatre was established in Banja Luka in 1991. Goals of our association are: - Affirmation and improvement of culturaland human values through gathering andacting of young theatre enthusiasts - Introducing young people with basics oftheatre culture, through work with theatreartists and educators - Preparation and performing of plays Theatre is active in the affairs of: - Training of young actors - Psycho-social workshops (with the use ofdrama therapy experience, doll therapy,etc.) - Development of Civil Society - Organization of cultural events andfestivals
  • Cornelia Burtscher
    Quality management and volunteering at Concordia Social Projects
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    Cornelia Burtscher

    Quality management and volunteering at Concordia Social Projects

    CONCORDIA Social projects is a humanitarian aid organization, which was founded 1991 and today works in 5 countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Republic of Moldova and Romania. While during the 90th our focus was an street children, we now provide a wide range of social services for children in RO, BG, MD (residential care and day care), youngsters (residential and educational programs), young adults from the street in RO and BG (medical care, social inclusive support, food and a sleeping place) and elderly people as well as left behinds MD. Our main focus is on prevention and education, in order to prevent separation of families.In Vienna, our main office, we opened in addition to the projects in the three countries mentioned above, in January 2016 a social project “Educational support for migrants”. All over CONCORDIA we have about 650 employees and yearly about 200 national and international volunteers.
  • Orsolya Fülöp
    Project coordinator at Caritas Satu Mare
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    Orsolya Fülöp

    Project coordinator at Caritas Satu Mare

    Caritas Satu Mare was founded 1990. After a period of time spent with distribution of humanitarian aid, the organization started a constant process of development, which included the extension of the network of institutions, but also professional improvements of the services offered in the organization’s institutions. Today Caritas Satu Mare is working in two counties (Satu Mare and Maramures) in the Northwest of Romania and is offering complex social services, which are structured in four main areas of activity social-educational programs for children and young people, programs for disabled persons, programs for the elderly, general social programs. Caritas Satu Mare has more than 200 employees and an even larger number of volunteers. The organization is an important part of the local social network, collaborating with all important actors (local and county administration, school authorities, public health system and health insurance, other NGOs, Ministry for Labor, Family and Social Protection, etc.).
  • Andrei M. Georgescu
    Development Manager at Mesteshukar ButiQ
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    Andrei M. Georgescu

    Development Manager at Mesteshukar ButiQ

    Mesteshukar ButiQ (MBQ) is a network of social economy enterprises and craftsmen working on revaluing traditional Roma craftsmanship. We provide premium lifestyle products with a story and design that stands out in any context, using a blend of centuries old techniques combined with contemporary design. Our product line is comprised of jewelry, clothes and home-decor objects. Every object sold generates direct income for Roma craftsmen. The Mesteshukar ButiQ (MBQ) Network has about 35 Craftsmen and Craftswomen from all over Romania and cooperates with 5 Product Designers to create the unique product line. Our inspiration comes from tradition, crafts and contemporary design. Mesteshukar ButiQ (MBQ) has exhibited at large scale design events such as Vienna Design Week. Our Bucharest shop has been awarded the Ferro Prize in the 2015 Bucharest Annual Architecture Competition and has been nominated for the 2017 Luxury Travel Guide awards.
  • Jehona Gjurgjeala
    Executive Director of TOKA
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    Jehona Gjurgjeala

    Executive Director of TOKA

    TOKA’s mission is to accelerate social change in Kosovo by investing in its youth. We provide transformational experiences for young people, so that they are equipped and motivated to become agents of positive social change. We are achieving our mission by focusing on two main pillars: 1. Youth education and development – particularly through programs focused on leadership development, personal dev., social skills, outdoor education and environmental awareness. 2. Youth service learning projects – aimed to incentivize and encourage youth to serve their community with their new knowledge, confidence, and skills developed by TOKA programs. Our program pillars feed into each other, to ensure that we reach the largest number of young people – but also deepen their education and experiences through additional TOKA programs. We have over 2,000 alumni to date, receive near 100% satisfaction ratings of our programs while over 50% of our alumni re-apply and volunteer for TOKA initiatives.
  • Kinga Hubbes
    Regional Representative at Caritas Alba Iulia
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    Kinga Hubbes

    Regional Representative at Caritas Alba Iulia

    Caritas Alba Iulia is an NGO of public utility with complex projects in the field of social assistance. We are present in 7 counties from the central region of Romania. Our objectives: - to emphasize and advocate the human dignity of each person; - to promote the development of the communities by empowerment and support; - to promote public spirit, individual social responsibility and volunteerism; - to organize and provide professional social and medical services (elderly care, home care, Roma integration, day centers for children, family support, volunteering) - to promote fair, innovative and sustainable concepts and orientations within social policies; - to cooperate with local, national authorities, with other national and international organizations.
  • Gabriela Iordan
    Project Manager at Viitor Plus
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    Gabriela Iordan

    Project Manager at Viitor Plus

    VIITORPLUS is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization, implementing sustainable development projects in the following areas of activity: management of natural capital, production and sustainable consumption, education for sustainable development. RECICLETA is a collective program from offices of waste materials in order to be recycled. The materials are transported by cargo-tricycles driven by people from vulnerable groups, who thus have a work-place insured.
  • Aleksandra Janić
    Social Services Coordinator at Association "Halfway there"
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    Aleksandra Janić

    Social Services Coordinator at Association "Halfway there"

    Association “Halfway there” is nongovernmental, nonprofit organization which provides different type of services and activities for people with intellectual disabilities, in Serbia. The main goal is to improve the quality of life for this population. Association provides services such as Supported housing, Help in the house, therapeutic services, sports activities, Drama club, support for employment, work occupation activities in Work Center, and other activities that provides its clients fully integration in society. In 2011. Association won ERSTE foundation prices for program Small house community-supporting housing. In 2014. Association was one of the first organization which get license to provide social services. In 2015. Association got opportunity to represent organization of Serbian civil society in Western Balkan summit in Vienna. In 2015. Association started to provide therapeutic services for youngster with disabilities (sensory room, psychomotor reeducation, treatments with neurofeedback,) with goal to provide early intervention which was very needed in these areas.
  • Samir Mahmić
    Project coordinator at Association for prevention of addiction NARKO-NE
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    Samir Mahmić

    Project coordinator at Association for prevention of addiction NARKO-NE

    NARKO-NE projects are realized through programs and networks. Our programs are Youth for healthy communities and Mentorship program. Youth for healthy communities is Program where about 120 high school students get training relevant for prevention. Afterward, they transfer knowledge regarding healthy lifestyles to peers across the country. This program includes the following projects: Intercity Theater Project, Magazine Preventeen, kNOw Risks, Intercultural Creative Weeks. The mentorship program is designated to support education process for high school and university students. By volunteering as mentors, they support children and young people at risk. Together and gradually they develop trust relationship, and thus become role models to children and young at risk. In such way, volunteers contribute social inclusion of children at risk, but at the same time, volunteers exercise a personal development. This program includes: Educational work with children at risk, Study Skills Workshops, Older Brother, Older Sister.
  • Ana Majko
    Executive Director of Initiative for Social Change – ARSIS
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    Ana Majko

    Executive Director of Initiative for Social Change – ARSIS

    Mission of the Initiative for Social Change is to promote the rights, to provide services and sustainable solutions for children, youth and families in vulnerable situations as well as for the marginalized Roma/Egyptian communities and other social groups in Albania. Main Activities: (1) Multi-purpose services in the Centre and outreach: Support with accessing civic status services and support on accessing health care; Support accessing public education and provision of reinforced classes; Other activities in the Centre and outdoors (artistic, cultural, etc.); Coaching for employment; Ad-hoc Case management, strengthened system of referrals; Outreach interventions through the combination of street work and mobile school services. (2) Emergency Responses: Emergency shelter up to 72 hours for children and their mothers in immediate risk situation; Psycho-social services in 6 Police Stations of Tirana for children in contact with the law; Capacity building to child protection agencies by providing training, sharing positive practices.
  • Margareta Mihalic
    Project Manager at ACT Group
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    Margareta Mihalic

    Project Manager at ACT Group

    ACT Group is a consortium of social enterprises. It gathers organizations and individuals who promote and develop eco-social economy in Croatia and in the region. Guided by experiences, it recognizes the needs and challenges, offers and implements innovative solutions for the sustainable growth and development of local communities. ACT Group is the leading example of social entrepreneurship in Croatia and in the region, supporting and developing social entrepreneurship in the field of green economy and social services in the community.
  • Neira Milavica
    Coordinator at Stiftung Schüler Helfen Leben
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    Neira Milavica

    Coordinator at Stiftung Schüler Helfen Leben

    Foundation Schüler Helfen Leben is aimed at creating conditions for a successful future of young people in BiH, by developing the capacity of young people to become socially engaged and actively involved in decision-making in their communities. SHL's story begins in 1993 when German students spontaneously launched a campaign to help their peers in the then war-torn BiH and HR. Initially organized actions of collecting aid and enable the purchase of school supplies and reconstruction of over 70 kindergartens and schools. From humble beginnings as a humanitarian organization, SHL has grown into a foundation with a focused program activities in several areas. The headquarters of the Foundation is located in Berlin, and the only representation office in Sarajevo. SHL Sarajevo operates in Bosnia and Herzegovina through a number of programs: - Youth education - non-formal education - Youth engagement - support projects; - Youth Policy – NGO capacity building - Youth Exchange - between BiH and DE; - SHL house - training center
  • Anamarija Mostarac
    Project and member coordinator at Impact Hub Zagreb
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    Anamarija Mostarac

    Project and member coordinator at Impact Hub Zagreb

    Impact Hub Zagreb is one of 85+ Impact Hubs around the world dedicated to supporting over 15 000 changemakers with a shared focus on creating positive impact through entrepreneurship. Impact Hub Zagreb offers use of shared working (coworking) facilities and event spaces; incubation programs as well as mentoring support for different target groups and access to a wide network of local and global resourceful individuals dedicated to creating positive changes in the world. Four years after opening, Impact Hub Zagreb partnered with range of organizations from private sector, civil society organizations, governmental institutions and banking sector and became the first globally connected support platform of its kind for Croatian entrepreneurs & innovators. We supported a community of 80+ members from different fields, background and expertise. Officially registered as an entrepreneurship Support Institution under the database of respective national Ministry we run projects and programs targeting youth, women and entrepreneurs (to be).
  • Teodora Palarie
    President of Children's Forest Association
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    Teodora Palarie

    President of Children's Forest Association

    Children’s Forest Association is a spin-off organization, with 10 years of experience in afforestation (making forests where they disappeared for hundreds of years). We like to do education through volunteering and community development while we are afforesting. We are currently developing an organic farm, part of experimenting with agro-forestry. Still the most ambitious plan we have is to create a compost plant that will become a source of funding for new forests. Our most important results are 36 hectares of forest, over 10.000 volunteers and 7500 donors for forests in sport events. Based on the numbers of donors, Children’s Forest is the most active environmental project in Romania in fundraising in sport events (In Romania the environment is the least favored charitable area, nevertheless we are the second most popular project in Bucharest International Marathon, after Hospice Romania, with almost 500 runners in 2016 for our cause.)
  • Livia Pancu
    Co-director & curator at CPE – Center for Partnership and Equality
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    Livia Pancu

    Co-director & curator at CPE – Center for Partnership and Equality

    tranzit.ro Association is a quite experimental institution withing the Romanian cultual spectrum. It was initiated by the Erste Foundation in 2012, but it is a totally independent Romanian NGO that got every 2 years a running grant from EF. It is the first institution to be runned in 3 different cities ( Iasi, Cluj and Bucharest) + Sibiu once per year, with permanent program focussing on contemporary art producion and the role of it within the contemporary society. We collaborate with artists, cultural workers, activists, sociologists, theorists, historians or political scientists for identifying a more realistic narrative of our times. Both our website and our facebook page is mirrorig the network structure of both tranzit Romania and tranzit.org (Austria, Cehia, Slovakia and Hungary)
  • Erion Prendi
    Project Manager at SHKEJ National Association Education for Life
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    Erion Prendi

    Project Manager at SHKEJ National Association Education for Life

    National Association Education for Life - SHKEJ began operating in Tirana since 2003. The focus for this project is to support the disadvantaged and marginalized groups which are identified as the most vulnerable. The project ""Addressing poverty and social exclusion through building effective models to support children, youth and families in need, especially for Roma and Egyptian families in Tirana"" is one of the projects which have been implemented by the National Association Education for Life since June 2008. The Community Centre Little Angels has been opened for children, youth and families in socio-economic difficulties. The project aims to promote the social integration of people in need, mainly those of Roma and Egyptian communities living in the Municipality Unit No.8 and No.9.
  • Dhurata Prokshi
    Project coordinator at Balkan Sunflowers
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    Dhurata Prokshi

    Project coordinator at Balkan Sunflowers

    Balkan Sunflowers Kosova (BSFK) builds activist lives for social change. We inspire and engage in community action for human rights and dignity, working in education, health, culture, citizenship, employment, and respect for diversity. BSFK professional commitment has succeeded to spot on organization as one of the main civil society stakeholders in country that contributes on equal inclusion of children and youth in education, social and health programs tailored based on the baseline and in line with legal platform of Kosovo. BSFK contributes actively in policy making, advocacy and monitoring process of institutions in Kosovo, with special accent in on implementation strategies by Insitutions that tackle education and inclusion of marginalized communities Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians in Kosovo society. BSFK implements wide ranges of projects, some of them are partnerships among different organizations in country. BSFK promotes diversity by having for employees’ professionals coming from all ethnic groups living in Kosovo.
  • Iskra Roso
    Executive Director at Civil Association SOLEM
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    Iskra Roso

    Executive Director at Civil Association SOLEM

    Association SOLEM provides every day services to adults with intellectual disability. We first started organizing Creative workshops for the people living in the housing services, as a way to occupy their time and provide occupational therapy. We felt that providing only occupational therapy was not enough. If we speak about equal rights, than we should search for ways to have a mean to educate our clients to new skills and get paid too. So together with an organization that supports artisans in Macedonia MATA, we are developing our own brand that would function as a social enterprise. http://handicrafts4u.com.mk/ As we do provide services to people with intellectual disability we saw that they have very little information about what goes on in their surroundings. Beliving that everybody has a right to choose and be informed, SOLEM stared with Self-determination and Self-Advocacy sessions.
  • Angela Sima
    Project coordinator at Foundation for Peoples Development Bucharest
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    Angela Sima

    Project coordinator at Foundation for Peoples Development Bucharest

    FDP-Protagonists in education is an ngo founded in 1996 and aims at protecting marginalized children and youth. Its mission is to offer social, educational and professional integration opportunities to persons living social risk situations. The promotion of sustainable employment and the development of social economy initiatives are some of its most relevant objectives.
  • Dušica Lukrecija Štilić
    Regional Operations Manager at BIRN
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    Dušica Lukrecija Štilić

    Regional Operations Manager at BIRN

    BIRN – Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network is a close group of editors and trainers enabling journalists in the region to produce analytical and investigative journalism on complex political, economic and social themes. The organisation was born from the regional programme of the UK-based organisation – Institute War and Peace Reporting, IWPR. The Network consists of 6 local media development organisations throughtout the Balkans and a hub organisation based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • József Thóth
    President of the Board of ÉrMe , Value Preserve Charitable Foundation and Network
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    József Thóth

    President of the Board of ÉrMe , Value Preserve Charitable Foundation and Network

    ÉrMe was established by 12 Hungarian entrepreneur in 2000. Their goal is to find answers to the question: May their Christian faith be reconciled with their entrepreneurship? What does ""being Christian and running a business” mean? Must they feel guilty because they live under better financial conditions than many other fellow-countrymen of theirs? How business can serve the common good? Now ÉrMe works in a network system with eight different clubs and three legal entities. The basic function of ÉrMe Foundation is to lay the foundations of the network structure of ÉrMe, as well as to organise and develop it. The major initiatives of ÉrMe : - Finding out and organise the first Catholic Social Days - managing the course of Catholic Social Principles in Economy in three universities - Course to managers, Management by Jesus, - Represent Hungary in Uniapac. - Initiate the first Christian Intellektual Summit in Hungary named officially Common-good Works.
  • Miha Žefran
    Director at the Ypsilon Institute
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    Miha Žefran

    Director at the Ypsilon Institute

    The Ypsilon Institute is a crossroad and think tank of proactive, thinking and responsible individuals aged between 20 and 30. At the institute, we have created a platform where young individuals can gain knowledge, experience, and connections by providing opportunities to develop their skills, get support for their ideas, and meet successful individuals from which they can learn and be inspired by. All of the Ypsilon Institute activities are aimed at empowering youth so that they can achieve their personal and professional goals.