Participants

The 25 alumni of the Social Innovation and Management Programme 2019 come from 11 countries in Central and South-Eastern Europe. This year’s participants represented organisations and social business in the fields of social services, women’s rights, youth, education, environment and sustainability, among others. Throughout three intense modules, the participants deepened their knowledge of project development, innovation management and leadership and broadened their network on an international scale.

Social Innovation and Management Programme 2019

  • Dániel Bagaméri
    Programme Manager at Cordelia Foundation
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    Dániel Bagaméri

    Programme Manager at Cordelia Foundation

    The Cordelia Foundation was established in 1996 with the aim to assist torture survivor and severely traumatized asylum seekers, refugees and their family members arriving in Hungary through psychiatric, psychotherapeutic, psychological treatment and psycho-social counseling. At present Cordelia is the only civil organization in Hungary which provides the treatment of the psycho-social and somatic problems of this unique target group. Moreover, we regularly provide training and supervision for professionals working with refugees. Cordelia is an accredited member of the Copenhagen-based International Rehabilitation and Research Council for Torture Victims. We finance our activity through grants and funds, our main donors are the EU and the UN.  Cordelia Foundation has recently set up a new organization (the Trauma Centre Non-profit Ltd.) to address the trauma-related needs of the Hungarian society.
  • Romana Chioreanu
    Project Manager at World Vision Romania
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    Romana Chioreanu

    Project Manager at World Vision Romania

    World Vision Romania is part of World Vision International, it is important for leaders to have a vision, good managers and employees to respond to poor people to have a better life. For me, all my main challenges are personal development and leadership, World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
  • Galina Climov
    Executive Director at AOPD
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    Galina Climov

    Executive Director at AOPD

    Association Alliance of Organizations for Persons with Disabilities of the Republic of Moldova (AOPD) is a national network of 29 nongovernmental organizations working in disabilities field that advocates and advance of the rights of people with disabilities according the UN Convention on the Right of Persons with Disabilities.The areas of expertise of AOPD members are developed within Strategic Plans and implemented through advocacy strategies: early intervention, inclusive education, employment of people with disabilities, deinstitutionalization and development of the community based services, accessibility.
  • Lorita Constantinescu
    Development Manager at Ateliere Fara Frontiere
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    Lorita Constantinescu

    Development Manager at Ateliere Fara Frontiere

    Ateliere Fara Frontiere is a non-profit Romanian organization, founded in 2008, for the social, professional and civic insertion of vulnerable, excluded and marginalized people. For this purpose, we created 3 insertion support activities - the reconect workshop, the remesh workshop and the bio&co farm - in which we offer personalized services of social accompaniment, insertion counseling, psychotherapy and pedagogical accompaniment for the training of persons who accumulate numerous difficulties (long - term unemployment, addictions, school dropout, domestic violence, trafficking in human beings, probation, custodial sentences, lack of housing, etc.) At the same time, we offer these people a work-in-work contract with salary, access to rights, habilitation and learning skills. At the end of the socio-professional accompaniment we support them to engage in the conventional labor market or in protected forms.
  • Elidon Dodaj
    Director at Caritas Diocesan Tirana Durres
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    Elidon Dodaj

    Director at Caritas Diocesan Tirana Durres

    CARITAS, in all its activities, has two beneficiaries: The poor people and the community. Caritas employees are considered educators  of Charity and Caritas goal is to involve the community to raise awareness and help to open their eyes to the difficulties that surround us.His mission here is not in one  direction, that means the direct aid, concrete, immediate to the poor, but it is bidirectional and pastoral, is a lived experience of meeting, sharing, participation, exchange of people and communities involved and sensitized to the needs of the poor. Its mission is also to convey Christian values ​​to every individual, care and assistance to people in need, including spiritual aspects, social and material. Equality to every individual. The formation of volunteer groups.
  • Rinora Gojani
    Programme Manager at Balkan Green Foundation
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    Rinora Gojani

    Programme Manager at Balkan Green Foundation

    Balkan Green Foundation (BGF) is a regional organization that promotes inclusive and equitable progress within the Western Balkans on sustainable development domain. BGF places a strong focus on advocating for solutions that promote development policies, which are in line with world’s latest developments, global challenges and national agendas for EU integration. Regional initiatives are undertaken on an ongoing basis to further convey BGF’s commitment towards regional sustainability, ensuring the strengthening and advancement of vital policies affecting key sectors, such as energy, environment, and economy.
  • Lana Jurman
    Programme Coordinator at Centre for Peace Studies
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    Lana Jurman

    Programme Coordinator at Centre for Peace Studies

    Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) is a non-governmental organization promoting non-violence and social change through education, research and activism. CPS grew out of various forms of direct peace-building in western Slavonia (Volunteers’ Project Pakrac, 1993-1997). It was founded in 1996 in Pakrac and formally registered in Zagreb the following year. Today 18 of us work in three main areas: a) Peace Education and Nonviolence Affirmation; b) Asylum and Human Security and c) Combating inequalities. Besides working in CPS, I am also part of the managing board of CROSOL, the Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity, a platform of organizations working in development cooperation (http://www.crosol.hr/eng).
  • Erjola Kaçi
    Programme Development Officer at ARSIS - Social Organization for the Support of Youth
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    Erjola Kaçi

    Programme Development Officer at ARSIS - Social Organization for the Support of Youth

    ARSIS - Social Organisation for the Support of the Youth - is a non-profit organisation that was established in Albania in 2005 as a branch of ARSIS Greece. Ever since ARSIS has transformed itself into an influential non-governmental actor in the civil society sector in Albania and beyond. ARSIS’ aim is to promote the rights, to provide services and sustainable solutions for children, youth and families in vulnerable situations as well as for the marginalised communities and social groups in Albania and beyond. ARSIS: - supports the most vulnerable, deprived and marginalised individuals and groups; - delivers or facilitates services that are entirely lacking or in short supply in the social centre and during outreach interventions. These services are flexible/mobile the areas where the beneficiaries are located - operates the sole emergency shelter in Albania for children and mothers exposed to immediate risks; accommodation and supportive services.
  • Alexandrina Kiss
    Executive Director at FDP Cluj
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    Alexandrina Kiss

    Executive Director at FDP Cluj

    FDP Cluj is a branch of Association FDP – Protagonist in Education which is a nongovernmental organization established in 1996. Our mission is promoting human dignity of the most disadvantaged persons, starting from each one experience and involving them as protagonists of their own life. Our priorities are: reducing the risk of exclusion for families which are coming from disadvantaged area, preventing school dropout and facilitating access to medical and health services. The main intervention for the last 5 years focused on Pata Rat community - a very poor, marginalized, and segregated community from our city, localized next to the city landfill site. FDP Cluj implements several project as: Mother and baby program, Program for toddlers (children aged between 2-3 years), Program for children aged between 3-6 years, After-school program (kids aged between 6-15 years old).
  • Magdalena Muntean
    Director at Organisation Fundatia HOSPICE Casa Sperantei
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    Magdalena Muntean

    Director at Organisation Fundatia HOSPICE Casa Sperantei

    HOSPICE Casa Speranței, a non-profit organisation established in Brasov in 1992, introduced the concept of palliative care to Romania. HOSPICE services are free of charge, provided through day centers, outpatient clinics, inpatient units, home visits and partner hospitals. To date, over 26,000 patients and their families received our support. Also, we assumed the mission to develop palliative care nationally and internationally through education and advocacy. To date, we provided specialized training for thousands of professionals from Romania, Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union States.
  • Aleksandar Novović
    Co-Founder at Eco Logic
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    Aleksandar Novović

    Co-Founder at Eco Logic

    NGO Eco Logic aims to introduce more potentials, alternative ideas and practical solutions of sustainable development, ecology, education and social entrepreneurship in the area of ecological paradigm to the citizens. For the last four years we are implementing projects related to sustainable development, education and landscape management. These three projects are: (1) First community/urban garden in Montenegro, (2) First school garden project, implemented allready in three elementary schools in Montenegro, and (3) Reforestation project (named Eko Atlas). My duties as  project manager relate to the implementation of these concepts and provision of free services for citizens of the Montenegrin capital.  Also one of the most wanted initiatives that we are aiming to realize is establishing first eco and community based local cooperatives grounded on local markets, farmers, green economy and sustainable development.
  • Dafina Olluri
    Deputy Director at Open Data Kosovo
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    Dafina Olluri

    Deputy Director at Open Data Kosovo

    Open Data Kosovo is relatively new nonprofit organization that believes in using civic-tech and digital humanitarianism to open government. We promote the idea that governance data should be made freely available for everyone to use and republished as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. Our organization is composed mainly young innovators who use technology for to help improving transparency and democracy. We focus on training and improving technological skills of different social groups with the aim to increase the number of programmers and coders in Kosovo. As an NGO which was established only 4 years ago and consist of more than 15 people with an average age of 24-25 years, we have been quite successful in managing different projects and promoting open government within Kosovo and in the international level. We have work with several international and national organizations in implementation of our projects that include: EU institutions, Universities, Government and municipal organizations, UNDP, OSCE, etc.
  • Adolf Papp
    Director at Covasna County Branch, Red Cross Romania
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    Adolf Papp

    Director at Covasna County Branch, Red Cross Romania

    The Covasna County Red Cross Romania is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its general assembly and the fundamental principal of the International Red Cross Movement. Our purpose is to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies and to provide medical and social services for the people in crisis and special needs.
  • Michaela Pobudová
    Co-founder and Director at Mareena
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    Michaela Pobudová

    Co-founder and Director at Mareena

    Mareena's mission is to contribute to building a Slovak society which appreciates diversity and accepts people from other countries regardless of their religious, ethnic or national backgrounds. Mareena's goal is to support the integration of refugees and migrants in Slovakia. Mareena assists migrants in the integration process through a customised volunteering programme, provides them with educational and skills-based courses and creates a safe space for locals and foreigners to meet through community activities. Mareena also engages in raising awareness about the issues of integration and migration amongst the public.
  • Maja Raičević
    Executive Director at Women's Rights Center
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    Maja Raičević

    Executive Director at Women's Rights Center

    Women's Richts Center (WRC) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-religious organization that fights for the elimination of all forms of violence against women, helping women access justice, and developing the gender-equal democratic practice in cooperation with all relevant national and international stakeholders in Montenegro. Goals of the Organization will be implemented trough three programs:  Advocacy and monitoring implementation of policies in the field of gender equality and women’s human rights; Support services for victims of family violence, Program „Women and Culture, under which we created ‘Noise in Fashion " - the line of design products of the Women's Rights Center, created by our beneficiaries who have attended creative workshops for women with experience of violence. The organization consists of small, but devoted team of 5 people. Some are experienced women’s rights activists and some are new, enthusiastic contributors to the cause.
  • Dragana Rajic
    Financial Manager at Know How Center
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    Dragana Rajic

    Financial Manager at Know How Center

    The Know How Center was officially founded on February 14, 2012, as an organization established by experts and practitioners in the field of non-profit management as well as in the field of political and social inclusion. During the years, we have worked on empowering, and supporting of Roma civil associations as well as organizations and institutions that work for the benefit of Roma in Vojvodina/Serbia. We have also been recognized as a key provider of mentoring support in monitoring and managing EU projects. As part of the Program for children and families, we have dealt with innovations in existing and initiated new systems of support for children and families at the local, provincial and national level. Since the beginning of 2014, we have implemented programs to support early childhood development through several components. The Youth program of our organization was largely based on  voluntary work in the previous period.
  • Mirela Rajkovic
    Executive Director at South East European Youth Network
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    Mirela Rajkovic

    Executive Director at South East European Youth Network

    SEEYN is formal CSO Network based in Sarajevo. It gathers 22 respective member organizations from 12 countries, more than 300 youth workers, experts and activists as well as around 2400 volunteers. VISION: Peaceful and prosperous South East European region where young people have opportunity to develop their full potentials. MISSION: to empower CSOs and young people in the South East European region to engage in peace and reconciliation, community development, economic empowerment and solidarity programmes through capacity building, advocacy, social innovations development and cooperation. Programmes: 1) Peace and Democracy Development, 2) Community Development and Solidarity, 3) Youth entrepreneurship and employability 4) SEE Bridge programme – cooperation with EU and other regions.
  • Sergiu Elvys Sandu Prisecaru
    Manager at REDU
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    Sergiu Elvys Sandu Prisecaru

    Manager at REDU

    REDU started as a project, initiated by ‘Mai bine’, an NGO focusing on environmental issues and was funded with Norway Grants for a year and a half. Thanks to a team of involved and dedicated people soon it will celebrate it’s 4th year of existence. Now, we operate as a social enterprise that uses garment waste from clothing factories and community donated clothes to create new ‘green’ products.
  • Karin Schmid
    Legal Counsel at Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst
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    Karin Schmid

    Legal Counsel at Diakonie Flüchtlingsdienst

    Diakonie offers counselling, care and support, housing and accommodation, education and training, integration, as well as medical and psychotherapeutic treatment to asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and Austrians alike,  in line with emancipatory and holistic principles. In addition, we work actively to prevent racism and discrimination through training and projects. In our public relations and lobbying work, we advocate for the legal, social and economic equality of foreigners who are permanent residents in Austria and Austrians alike. Our approach is human-rights based, particularly with regard to asylum, equality, unity of the family and for the right to a fair trial.
  • Lidija Sejdinović
    President at the Association for the Education of Children “Chatter-boxes” (“Pričalice”)
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    Lidija Sejdinović

    President at the Association for the Education of Children “Chatter-boxes” (“Pričalice”)

    The Association of the Education of Children “Chatter-boxes” (Pričalice) through various projects, workshops and event organization improves non-formal education for children in Bosnia and Herzegovina. We focus on content that develops self-confidence in children, different learning methods, cultural preferences, love for literature and language skills. In the future, our primary goal is to create a strong educational center that will function as a hybrid organization combining profit and non-profit activities to achieve its sustainability and create impact. My desire is to implement socially relevant projects that make positive changes to marginalized groups and individuals.
  • Marijana Simic
    Head of Planning at Business Innovation Programs
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    Marijana Simic

    Head of Planning at Business Innovation Programs

    Business Innovation Programs (BIPS) is a non-profit organization established 2006, aiming to contribute to job creation and development of expertise regarding economic development. Our vision is sustainable, dynamic and market-oriented Serbian economy, based on innovation, learning and knowledge, providing equal participation and development opportunities for everyone. Development of entrepreneurial skills, sustainable economic development, job creation and local and regional development depend on the success of private sector and support from the public sector. Our mission is to contribute to job creation and development of expertise regarding economic development, as effective methods for community growth. We believe that learning is the most important process and that knowledge is the most valuable resource.
  • Adena Vangjeli
    Program Coordinator / Administrator at Psycho-Social Centre "Vatra"
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    Adena Vangjeli

    Program Coordinator / Administrator at Psycho-Social Centre "Vatra"

    "Vatra" Psycho-Social Centre is an Albanian nonprofit organization which provides services and expertise for the prevention and protection of victims of trafficking and victims of violence in family and society. "Vatra" Psycho-Social Centre has started its activity as an institution since 1999. The mission of "Vatra" Psycho-Social Centre is: prevention of trafficking in human beings and violence in society, protection and social inclusion of the victims of these phenomena through information, education and advocacy programs and residential and community social services. The target groups supported by "Vatra" Psycho-Social Centre include the strata in need, especially women, girls, young people and children.
  • Réka Eszter Velényi
    Fundraising Manager at Hungarian Civil Liberties Union
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    Réka Eszter Velényi

    Fundraising Manager at Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

    The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union is a human rights NGO. Since our foundation in 1994, we have been working for everybody being informed about their fundamental human rights and empowered to enforce it against the undue interference by those in position of public power. HCLU monitors legislation, pursues strategic litigation, provides free legal aid assistance in more than 2500 cases per year, provides trainings and launches awareness raising media campaigns in order to mobilize the public. It stands by citizens unable to defend themselves, assisting them in protecting their basic rights. We are present at courts, national and international conferences, universities, in the capital and at the countryside HCLU is working with a staff of 39 people and with an annual budget of approximately 219 million HUF. We do not accept any funding by the Hungarian state nor any donation from political parties. Our revenues are from private individuals, companies and private foundations.
  • Aldin Vrškić
    Director for Youth Programme at Association Naša djeca Zenica
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    Aldin Vrškić

    Director for Youth Programme at Association Naša djeca Zenica

    Association Naša djeca Zenica is established as one of the leading NGO's concerning children rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina with great cooperation with organizations from region. In last five years members of organization are working hard to establish our organization as a leading organization not just in child rights, but also for youth activism. That's why focus in last three years was on international projects and in that period we have worked with organizations from whole Western Balkan region, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Oman. In total we have four diffrent, but compatible programs working under our organization: community radio, Children's parliament, debate club and produciton studio.
  • Leila Younis
    President at Status M
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    Leila Younis

    President at Status M

    Organization Status M was founded in 2010. and is a non-profit non-governmental civil society organization. We work toward a non-violent, inclusive and gender-equal society. Through non-formal education, advocacy and grass-root activism we empower and encourage boys and men, (future) fathers and marginalized members of society to become change agents for social justice and gender equality. In our work we continuously question and deconstruct prevailing social norms and stereotypes about masculinity, which harm girls and women as well as boys and men, and we raise awareness about human rights, non-violence and gender justice.