Our Team

Ivan Ivanov

Executive Director

Ivan Ivanov is ERIO's Executive Director since 2005. Previously he worked as an Attorney for the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest. He was involved for five years in research and building a legal strategy of ground-breaking civil rights cases filed in the European Court of Human Rights and the domestic courts of several countries in Central and Eastern Europe. For two years he was a legal adviser for the Human Rights Project in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he spearheaded the development of a number of strategic litigation cases and key advocacy initiatives. Ivan holds degrees in medicine and law. He was a visiting scholar at the Law School of Columbia University in New York, where he specialised in international human rights and anti-discrimination law. He published on issues related to discrimination and access to education and healthcare.

Email: ivan.ivanov@erionet.eu

Marta Pinto

deputy director

Marta Pinto joined ERIO in 2010. Prior to joining us, she worked as a researcher and administrator in the human resources sector in London for four years. In the past, she worked as a volunteer for almost three years for the London-based charity Age Concern. Marta holds a PhD in Education Research from King’s College London. Her thesis explores young people’s constructions of European identities in state and European schools in Belgium, England and Luxembourg. She also gained an MSc in Social Identities at London South Bank University and a BSc in Psychology at London Guildhall University. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.

Email: marta.pinto@erionet.eu

Tim Vandenbulcke

Administrative Officer

Tim Vandenbulcke joined ERIO as an Administrative Officer in 2012. He holds an MA in Communication Sciences and studied MA in Political Sciences, European Studies, at the University in Ghent. Previously, he worked for the Belgian Parliament and for communications consultancy agencies contracted under the EU framework programmes. Tim is fluent in Dutch, English, French and Italian.

Email: office@erionet.eu

Current interns

Clara Csilla Romano joined ERIO in September 2017. She has a Masters in International relations from the University of Bologna and her thesis was about restorative justice and peaceful police-minority conflict resolution and prevention, where she researched the current conditions of the Roma in Hungary. With this internship, she aims to gain more knowledge on Roma and minority rights protection at EU level and on how Roma inclusion practically works throughout the EU, taking into consideration cross country projects and network-building. Clara is fluent in Italian, Hungarian, English and Spanish.

Martin Willemart joined ERIO in September 2017. He is currently writing his Maastricht European Studies post-master thesis on lobbying tactics on different European Commission’s Directorate Generals taking various stakeholders into account. With this internship, he expects to get to know the daily work of an advocacy network. Moreover, dealing with Roma communities’ issues and pushing forward their inclusion is an interesting challenge that enables to gain knowledge on the EU’s working and to develop extra personal skills. Martin is fluent in French and English.

Kadiatou Diallo joined ERIO in November 2017. She is currently in the final year of her bachelor degree of European Studies at The Hague University of Applied Sciences where she followed a Human Rights minor. She has worked as a volunteer at the Dutch Red Cross and the Refugees Work (VluchtelingenWerk) in the Netherlands. During her internship at ERIO, she hopes to learn about advocacy, human rights and anti-discrimination policies concerning Roma. Kadiatou is fluent in French, Dutch and English.
For past interns click here.

external volunteers

Alexandra Sanchez: translation and interpretation
Joanna Błogowska: research, events
Meghan Casey: publications editing, proofreading
Miguel Pinto: graphic/web design and digital media
Rebekah Ward: translation and proofreading  
Roxana Lazar: translation
Zdravka Aleksandrova: event organisation and ad-hoc tasks

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