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

HEIDI EMBONGA

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

Heidi Embonga joined ERIO in March 2019. Before, she worked within the United Nations system and USAID. Heidi is a former “Youth Ambassador” of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in the DRC. She is a lawyer by training and holds an advance master in human rights at the Saint Louis University in Brussels and was trained at the Maynooth University on human rights based approaches. Her professional experience includes expertise in different areas such as human rights, administration and international development cooperation. Heidi speaks English, French, Dutch and Spanish.

Email: office@erionet.eu

Current interns

Mélina Chaput joined ERIO in March 2019. She has a Bachelor’s in public law from the University of Clermont-Ferrand and she is currently finishing a Master’s degree in International Relations at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Strasbourg. There she focuses on European border studies and rights of minorities. With this internship, she hopes to gain more knowledge on Roma issues and practical experience on human rights advocacy at a European and international level. Mélina speaks French, English and Spanish.
Awa Ibrahim joined ERIO in April 2019. She has a bachelor’s degree in European Law from the University of Orléans, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in European Law in the University of Tours. There, she studies different aspects of the European Union: economic, legal and institutional. With this internship, she hopes to gain knowledge on anti-discrimination issues, and practical experience on human rights advocacy. She speaks French, English, Malagasy and Spanish.
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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