Alice Rezková is a terribly naive person who still believes that every problem can be overcome by a good idea or a pro-active attitude, or just by people working together. She is a strong-willed enthusiast who would love to play with dogs and swim with dolphins all day long.
Arnoldas Stramskas works in the Žemieji Šančiai district of Kaunas. The district has a rich history as a military, industrial and residential area, which has experienced major transformations since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Along with a group of friends (young people who want to do some particular things related to various themes including protecting the environment and promoting a healthy lifestyle and culture in its universal meaning), Bojan Milovanović established a NGO called “GM Optimist” in January 2008.
Ieva Lace is 27 years old and grew up in Liepaja, Latvia. Ieva Lace holds a dual BA degree in management and business studies (Riga, RISEBAA and InHolland, the Netherlands) and is a MA graduate of Global Studies (Freiburg University, Germany and FLACSO, Argentina), where she specialized in researching social enterprises.
Inese Boša is fundraising and PR manager at the Valmiera Region Community Foundation. Brave and active people inspire her to do more. Before joining the Valmiera Region Community Foundation she was active in several youth organisations.
Kinga Bereczki was born in Korond in Covasna County, Romania in 1966. She is the mother of three children, two boys and a girl. She considers parenting as her main responsibility and this is, in fact, closely related to her career in community development.
Laura Panait is an urban anthropologist (PhD) interested in action research and how the urban space can be shaped more by its inhabitants. She dreams of a more shared, more open city in which community stories and facts are more important than political games emanating from the center.
Orhan Ceka is a human rights activist from Macedonia dedicated to reconciliation and community building in his ethnically divided country. He is the co-founder and program director for Human Rights and Culture at the Liberal Alternative Institute where he actively works in the area of dealing with the past, individual citizen rights, community service and development and cultural exchanges.
Palma Miličević is passionate about community organizing and empowerment of individuals from marginalized groups of society. She perceives herself as an effective communicator with a lifelong interest in social justice issues such as equality and human rights.
Pham Quoc Loc (in Czech Lubor) is 27. He is a student of the University of Economics in the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics in Prague in the last year of the Master’s degree with a major in Information Management and a minor oin Corporate Performance Management.
Valentyna Zalevska was born in 1988, graduated in Culture and Arts at the Ivan Franko Lviv National University and spent an exchange year at the University of Nebraska (USA). From 2009 she worked as the cooperation manager and producer of the International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art in the NGO “Wiz-Art”.
Bojana Mikovic is a trainer, traveler and passionate lover of Woody Allen movies and Magritte paintings. She currently works as a Program coordinator in Obrenovac Youth Foundation (OYF) and enjoys working on long-term and quality investment projects for young people.
Dijana Šabić is anthropologist, ethnologist, sociologist and economist-to-be, but overall an NGO freelancer with an undying interest in social entrepreneurship and different types of organizations that provide visible social changes in a creative and innovative way.
Dominika Belanská is an architect, placemaker and art educator. She graduated in architecture from AFAD in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her focus is strategic and participatory city planning, revitalisation of public spaces and mediation of architecture and art to the public, especially to youth.
Marian Sindrinaru is 36 years old, and he has been working as an English teacher for 15 years, and in the NGO field since 2005, actively involved in the local development of the Bustuchin locality and surrounding communities, eager to help with the development of the community through its people.
Natalia Szelachowska is a cultural animator, cultural events coordinator and promotion specialist. Born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, she feels strongly connected to the city itself. Since 2013, she has been developing cultural, animation and research projects based in Praga Południe.
Ondřej Lukáš graduated from Clark University, USA, and Palacky University, Czech Republic, earning M.A. and Mgr. degrees, respectively. Within the last decade, he has worked as a PR consultant for various clients, ranging from large international companies to small local NGOs.
Tomáš Peciar is a bicycle activist located in Bratislava, Slovakia. He is one of the founders and an active member of the Cyklokoalícia bicycle coalition, and the founder of Cyklokuchyňa – Bratislava Bikekitchen Community Workshop.
Štěpán Janča was born in 1972. Currently he is a minister of the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren in the city of Orlová, specializing in youth and community work. He organizes concerts, lectures, community events, creative activities for youth, camps for children and international exchanges.
Vita Gelūnienė works as an artist, curator and teacher. Between 2003 and 2009 she was the organiser and the curator of an international art festival called “Kaunas Biennial” (LT). Since 2009 she has collaborated with Ed Carroll.
Zeljko Mitkovski has been a member of the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation team since 2011. He has extensive experience in grant-making and grant monitoring gained from more than 90 youth projects that they have supported.