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

John Trajer joined ERIO in September 2016. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford, and is currently in the process of completing a Joint Master’s degree in European Politics, Culture and Society at the University of Göttingen and the University of Groningen. With this internship, he aims to build on research interests relating to Roma labour migration and European citizenship, as well as gaining greater insight into how civil society organisations engage with EU institutions. In addition to English, he speaks Hungarian, Italian, Dutch and German.

Nahomie Jean Louis joined ERIO in January 2017. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Saint Thomas University in Miami, Florida. She is currently completing an L.L.M. in the field of International Human Rights Law from the Universidad de Alcala, Madrid Spain. Nahomie hopes to acquire lobbying skills, strengthen her writing skills, and most importantly she wants to focus on the education inequality of the Roma in EU member states. Nahomie speaks English, Spanish, French, and Creole. 

Paula De Angel Goded joined ERIO in February 2017. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Valencia in Spain. She is currently completing an L.L.M. in International Protection of Human Rights from Alcala University, Spain. During her internship, she expects to learn about the different tools and policies available for Roma inclusion in Europe and the EU decision-making process. Paula is fluent in Spanish, French, English and Catalan.

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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