Participants

The 25 alumni of the Social Innovation and Management Programme 2018 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 2018

  • Tjaša Arko
    Head of volunteering programme at Slovene Philantrophy
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    Tjaša Arko

    Head of volunteering programme at Slovene Philantrophy

    Slovene Philanthropy, Association for promotion of voluntary work, is a humanitarian organization operating in public interest since 1992. Our programs are aimed at increasing the quality of life in the community and advocacy for the socially weak. We combine various activities in program units that function within Slovene Philanthropy such as volunteering, migrations, intergenerational cooperation, promotion of health and international and development cooperation. Our vision is a kind and secure society that offers a safe environment to all, even those who are for any reason unable to provide a comfortable existence for themselves and their families, through true partnership cooperation of national institutions, the economic sector and voluntary activities of citizens.
  • Edit Balogh
    Executive manager at Catholic Youth and Adult Education Association
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    Edit Balogh

    Executive manager at Catholic Youth and Adult Education Association

    The Catholic Youth and Adult Education Association (KIFE) is a nationwide umbrella organisation embracing 30 organisations and 3 individuals with the aim of providing a forum for catholic youth and adult education organisations and initiatives in Hungary and across the border.  KIFE particularly aims at continuously enhancing the quality of the training activities, supporting the work of the member organizations and the representation of associates in Hungary and abroad.The main fields of development at KIFE are the following youth education and youth work, development of seniors, community building, development of NGO-s, international co-operations.The services, partnership and professional support is provided and offered for various spheres, actors of society (trainer, civil organisations and their representatives, youth workers), with a growing emphasis on disadvantaged target groups (people living in rural area, women, youth, senior, disadvantaged).
  • Jasmina Banjalučkić
    Board member at Youth Council of the Federation of BiH
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    Jasmina Banjalučkić

    Board member at Youth Council of the Federation of BiH

    Youth Council of Federation of BH is founded on December 2015 on the grounds of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Youth Law. The Council consists of Assembly, Executive Board and Supervisory Board. There are 31 youth councils on local level and 6 youth councils on Cantonal level. Each organization consists of at least three local youth organizations. That brings us to over 2000 young people age between 15 and 30 under Youth Council of FBH. Young people, students, high school students, highly educated, young people from different backgrounds constitute the Council. Project team is the main part of the Council which creates and implements projects
  • Renea Behluli
    Program manager at TOKA
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    Renea Behluli

    Program manager at TOKA

    TOKA is a young and fast growing organization. We started operating in 2015 and since then have more than 8.000 alumni and 10.000 volunteering hours devoted to making Kosovo a better place. Our mission is to accelerate social change by investing in its youth. We want to achieve that by offering non-formal education and service learning programs, which help young people become equipped and motivated to become agents of positive social change. Our programs are divided in two main pillars: Youth education and development. and Youth community service learning. In all that we do, we have a special focus in youth from disadvantaged communities, and provide opportunities to those who struggle to reach their full potential due to their socio-economic circumstances to be empowered.
  • Lidia Bondiuc
    Natinal IMPACT Network Coordinator at New Horizons Foundation
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    Lidia Bondiuc

    Natinal IMPACT Network Coordinator at New Horizons Foundation

    The mission of New Horizons Foundation, which was founded in 2000 in Romania’s Jiu Valley, is to inspire youth to lead and to produce social change. We do this by innovating and sustaining models of experiential education which empower youth to develop themselves, their communities, and the world in which they live! Through our programs, young people between the ages of 11 and 19 are becoming more involved, more responsible, and more courageous. They are developing values, attitudes, and abilities which can truly help them for the rest of their lives. All of New Horizons Foundation’s programs help youth develop personally and prepare them for life, regardless of the profession they’ll choose as adults. We promote experiential learning through all our programs, encouraging young people to DO what they dream of: to put their ideas into practice, and not just remain at the level of theory.
  • Aida Brdar
    Project Coordinator, Quality Manager at Association for Addiction Prevention NARKO-NE
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    Aida Brdar

    Project Coordinator, Quality Manager at Association for Addiction Prevention NARKO-NE

    Association for prevention of addiction NARKO-NE works on the problems of addiction in order to reduce the demand for psychoactive substances and on improving the health of young people in the entire B&H society. The essence is the volunteer work with high quality standards: the volunteers (150-200 per year) are educated and personally supported for carrying out their local activities for the common good. In addition, volunteers are trained for self-reflective and self-organized learning, which results in acquiring social competencies and various skills. NARKO-NE, also, realizes cooperation with local non-governmental organizations, public institutions and thus contributes to the development of cross-sectoral cooperation. http://prevencija.ba/en/ https://www.facebook.com/NARKO-NE-Udru%C5%BEenje-za-prevenciju-ovisnosti-356017681122715/
  • Nicolae Ciocan
    Administrative director at Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association
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    Nicolae Ciocan

    Administrative director at Keystone Human Services International Moldova Association

    Keystone Moldova is working to create opportunities where people can grow, exercise self-determination, and be participating, contributing and valued members of their society. We aim for the social inclusion of individuals living in difficult social situations, including persons with disabilities. We aim to contribute to the improvement of the legal and regulatory framework of the social protection system, contribute to the reform of the social care system for persons with disabilities and support the development of community based social care services for persons with disabilities. Furthermore, we support the inclusion of people in difficult social situations; contribute to the reduction of poverty of families living in difficult social situations, by promoting their employment and social entrepreneurship and aspire to help change public attitudes toward people in difficult social situations.
  • Alice Duțu
    Regional Operations Manager at Junior Achievement Romania
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    Alice Duțu

    Regional Operations Manager at Junior Achievement Romania

    JA Romania, a member of JA Worldwide and JA Europe, is the largest and most dynamic organization in Romania focused on applied economics, entrepreneurship and employability skills. JAR develops free international programs based on formal education, in which school, high school and university students are provided with real life learning experiences. JAR’s “learning by doing” programs, powered by mentors from the entire business community, take a practical approach to learning, providing innovative methods of teaching and aiming to help young people to develop effective teamwork, leadership, communication and creative skills. The international JA curriculum was adapted to the Romanian educational system and is freely available through partnership with the Ministry of National Education, educational institutions and due to a financial contribution from the business environment. Impact 2016-2017: 4.174 teachers, over 200,000 pupils & students, 1,449 schools, 400 cities.
  • Sergiu Gurău
    Executive director at Eco-Razeni Association
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    Sergiu Gurău

    Executive director at Eco-Razeni Association

    Eco-Razeni is pioneering the first catering social enterprise in Moldova “Floare de cires”, which provides training and employment for people with disabilities from rural areas. Floare de cires offers an extensive training program empowering women and men to undertake what is often their first “real job” in the catering services. As trainees learn to grow, prep, and serve local and international food, they grow in self-understanding and prepare themselves to serve as leaders in their families and communities. Eco-Razeni is host organization for YouthBank Ialoveni, a youth-led grant-making organization or programme, which channels money into projects that will improve the quality of life of local communities. It is also a process and way of working with young grant-makers that encourages and trains them as they develop essential life skills as well as increase their employability capabilities.
  • Ajša Hadžibegović
    Development Director, Chairwoman of the board at Civic Alliance
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    Ajša Hadžibegović

    Development Director, Chairwoman of the board at Civic Alliance

    Civic Alliance (CA) efficiently contributes to establishing of civic and democratic society, through strengthening of capacities and support to civic initiatives, protection and promotion of human rights and control of work of public institutions. CA works on promotion and development of civic awareness and the control role of civil sector and provision of concrete support to civic activism. Key priorities of CA team have been defined in accordance with the idea on development of Montenegro as the society of active and informed people, with institutions that function in accordance with positive legal regulations and striving to fulfill public interest.
  • Deniz Hoti
    Executive director at Connecting People
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    Deniz Hoti

    Executive director at Connecting People

    Propulsion Fund works in depth with corporate leaders of the Western Balkans to help invest in the brilliant minds of the region. Our team of award-winning professionals inspires impact across Southeast Europe by imagining, tailoring and executing some of the most engaging social good campaigns.
  • Ana Janošev
    Social Impact Award Project Coordinator at Razlivalište
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    Ana Janošev

    Social Impact Award Project Coordinator at Razlivalište

    Razlivaliste is giving young people platform to develop their entrepreneurship skills so they can be equipped to solve problems of the society trough social entrepreneurship. We implement programs to increase awareness of importance of entrepreneurship among youth and develop their skills and knowledge, with the aim to increase their employability, peer to peer networking and increase the number of successful enterprises.Since 2015 we implement program Social Impact Award – a nationwide yearlong education and support program for young social entrepreneurs. In the past 3 years we have educated more than 900 young people on the topic of social entrepreneurship, incubated 21 enterprises, and awarded 9 teams with a total of 15.000€ of seed capital. We also implemented acceleration program for social enterprises Unreasonable Lab (now called Uncharted) – a 5-day intense acceleration program for 10 social enterprises from the Western Balkans.
  • Julia Koll
    Team Leader at Caritas Vienna
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    Julia Koll

    Team Leader at Caritas Vienna

    Caritas Vienna is part of Caritas Austria and includes Vienna and the eastern part of Lower Austria. It is connected to the Catholic Church. More than 5000 paid employees and almost 12000 volunteers work for Caritas Vienna. Besides asylum, migration and integration, their fields of work include elderly care, homeless assistance, assistance for persons with special needs, youth work, hospice service, family assistance, occupational projects and foreign aid. Most of the organization’s income derives from public funding, while donations take a far off second place.
  • Ana Kovačić
    General director & curator at KUD INA – Miroslav Kraljević Gallery
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    Ana Kovačić

    General director & curator at KUD INA – Miroslav Kraljević Gallery

    Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic (G-MK) is an independent and non-profit contemporary art platform and gallery, dedicated to artistic and intellectual practices that question various phenomena of contemporary culture and society, especially those looking into the relation between politics and aesthetics.
  • Amina Krvavac
    Executive Director at War Childhood Museum
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    Amina Krvavac

    Executive Director at War Childhood Museum

    The War Childhood Museum (WCM) is the world’s first museum to focus exclusively on wartime childhood. The Museum’s growing collection contains thousands of personal items and accompanying stories and over hundred hours of oral history interviews of survivors narrating their wartime childhood experiences. The mission of the WCM is to document, digitize and preserve the materials related to growing up in the war, and to present these materials throughout various media channels in order to educate a broad audience about this experience. Through its exhibiting and educational activities, the Museum aims to provide experiential and scientific insight into wartime childhood as a complex and multi-layered experience as well as to contribute to a better understanding of the importance of peace.
  • Lukáš Kvokačka
    Program Manager at Civil Association Barlička
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    Lukáš Kvokačka

    Program Manager at Civil Association Barlička

    Association Barlicka was established in 1999 by parents of children with disability in Presov Slovakia. It is a non-profit organisation providing social and educational services for young people with disability. The main mission of the organisation is to support them to live as independently as possible. For this purpose it established day-care center, special school as well as protected workshops.
  • Mihaela Mangu-Dârvariu
    Project manager at ANAIS Association
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    Mihaela Mangu-Dârvariu

    Project manager at ANAIS Association

    ANAIS Association is managing three major projects: “Stop Domestic Violence” – social services for victims of domestic violence and social guidance, legal counseling regarding their rights and for obtaining a protection order, psychological counseling; in the Emergency Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence - Casa INVICTA we offer temporary housing services, food, hygiene products, psychological counseling, medical consultations; “Yes, we can help you with something” – “Beyond the cancer diagnosis” -psychological services for women who face breast cancer or uterine cervical cancer; “Charitable and supportive activities” – for vulnerable people.
  • Elona Memetaj
    Programme officer at Coherent Development Albania
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    Elona Memetaj

    Programme officer at Coherent Development Albania

    CoDe Albania - COHERENT DEVELOPMENT ALBANIA, is a non-profit organization, founded on 27.06.2011 by court decision no.3113 in Tirana. It operates with its current youth center since September 2015. The highest decision-taking body of the association “CoDe Albania-COHERENT DEVELOPMENT ALBANIA” is the General Assembly which defines the orientation of general policies of the association. The highest executive body of the association is the Executive Director. The core departments are: Program Development, Youth Department, Experts Group, Finance and Administration and PR & Communication. The expert group is a consultative body, supporting the organisation activities related to researches and lobbying initiatives. PDU, project development unit is responsible for projects/programme management. Youth Department is responsible for youth programme development and incorporation into youth networks. Mission: “Empowering the role of civil society in the context of social transformations for building an inclusive society, promoting Albanian heritage and cultural values”.
  • Andrei Rotaru
    Marketing & Development Manager at Close to You Foundation
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    Andrei Rotaru

    Marketing & Development Manager at Close to You Foundation

    A true integration of people with disabilities or coming from vulnerable groups can only be made by using a complete set of social services, individually tailored for each case. As pioneers in the social economy sector, we’ve started at Close to You Foundation in 2002 to bring value to the local community. By working with youth in our day centers and ensuring an education, both professional and social, we increase the chance of integration, transforming disabilities into abilities. As training is not enough, in our work integration social enterprise over 40 people with social issues got a paid job that allows them to have an independent life. Others managed to find jobs on the general labor market using our third service, the agency for placement and job assistance.
  • Albulena Sadiku
    Deputy Director, Senior Programme Manager at BIRN Kosovo
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    Albulena Sadiku

    Deputy Director, Senior Programme Manager at BIRN Kosovo

    After starting with fewer than five staff members, BIRN Kosovo has since evolved into a comprehensive media organization, employing journalists and editorial, administrative and technical staff in the production of high-quality investigative and analytical reporting. BIRN Kosovo now fields a team of around 71 full-time professionals as well as 19 local and international contributors that work in the development and implementation of on-going programs. As an independent, non-governmental organization, BIRN Kosovo exists to provide momentum to the democratic transition process, promoting accountability, rule of law and policy reform. BIRN Kosovo’s approach is to combine its projects with those of the regional BIRN Network with a view to long-term sustainability of results and institutions BIRN Kosovo in particular aims to be the watchdog of public institutions, supporting their reform and their path towards meeting the criteria and standards of the European Union
  • Aleksandra Štrbac
    Executive directress at Association “Zdravo da ste”
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    Aleksandra Štrbac

    Executive directress at Association “Zdravo da ste”

    Zdravo da ste is an Association of citizens working in the field of child rights, community development and youth work for 22 years already. In these years we have realized many projects through two main programs: Child Rights Program and Youth centers program. We have been working and participating in almost all relevant processes in the country that are relevant for our field of work. We have been active in research, education on child rights and other topics, advocacy, direct work with children and youth, networking, development of Youth centers in 8 communities in BiH (some have become independent youth organizations).
  • Dorottya Szabó
    Project manager at The Order of Malta Relief Organization in Romania
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    Dorottya Szabó

    Project manager at The Order of Malta Relief Organization in Romania

    The Order of Malta Relief Organisation in Romania (SAMR) offers consequent assistance and aid to people in need, ill, poor, disabled and other marginalized groups, no matter their ethnicity, religion, sex and political views, in order to improve the quality of their life.
  • Nikola Tadić
    Project and program manager at Croatian union of associations for autism
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    Nikola Tadić

    Project and program manager at Croatian union of associations for autism

    CUAA (Croatian union of associations for autism) is a non-governmental and nonprofit association founded with the goal of advancing the status and quality of life for people with autism and people who are connected with them: by family ties, living ties or professionally. Organization is a union of associations for autism that had voluntarily joined the Union. There are currently 13 member associations that are regionally spread all over Croatia. Mission is informing, educating and providing support for families of children with autism and representing the needs of children, youth and adults with autism, on state and local level. All of this is done in cooperation with member organizations all across Croatia. CUAA advocates for development of policy and support systems on all state levels for people with autism and their families. CUAA activities are networking, advocating, dialog and partnerships, informing and educating the public, research and publication.
  • Adina Ursulean
    Project Coordinator at Association Center for Education and Human Rights (CEDO)
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    Adina Ursulean

    Project Coordinator at Association Center for Education and Human Rights (CEDO)

    Since 2011, our mission is to impact as many lives of children and young people who have experienced disadvantage as we can. We deliver a diverse range of services to children and young people to reduce dropout from kindergarten and school thus contributing significantly to their development and well being in rural areas of Romania. Some of the main working methodology of CEDO is based on a mix of service package provided to disadvantaged Roma communities based on: food vouchers, educational supplies, quality teaching methods, monitoring school frequency, school mediation, mentorship and community cooperation. CEDO networks successfully with important local liaison agents, such as pre-school mediators, community facilitators, teachers, educational experts, researchers, sociologists, school directors. Our beneficiaries are over 400 parents, 100 mothers participants to “Your Story” clubs, 300 children from primary education, 101 gymnasium pupils (59 girls and 42 boys), 50 high school students (32 girls and 18 boys) from high schools, 12 educational mentors who are University students (9 girls and 3 boys). With a team of 32 employees (6 staff members office-based and 26 locally based team members), a hands-on experience in project implementation, good expertise in education, research, social inclusion, gender equality and human rights practice, CEDO managed to become a catalyst of change and pursuit for both women and young people’s career aspirations.
  • Ivana Vretenar
    Project manager/ coordinator at Centar za kulturu dijaloga 'Ce' 'Ka' 'De'
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    Ivana Vretenar

    Project manager/ coordinator at Centar za kulturu dijaloga 'Ce' 'Ka' 'De'

    Association Centre for the Culturale od Dialogue was founded in 2014 and its members were founders of Civil Initiative “No VAT on Food Donations”. One of the greatest achievements was intervention in the Agriculture Act and implementing food donations in Croatian legislation for the first time in history. After that, members participated in the work of Ministry of Agricultures' Committee for Drafting Regulation on Conditions, Criteria and Ways on Donated Food and Animal Food which entered into force in November 2015. We strongly advocated abolition of VAT on donated food as incentive for food donations. This decision was finally signed by Minister of Finance in December 2015. After that, we founded platform Food Network and are constantly working on improving food donations system in Croatia. Besides that, we are running a program for children whose families are in need and are trying to ensure them all those things they can’t have (tutoring, going to museums, theaters etc.)