Board 2016-2018

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Gary Diderich

Chairman  

I believe in the work of EPTO because the trainings I received and given had a great impact on my life and the life of peers, it gives to everybody an immediate possibility to act for social change in society. Outside of EPTO events and off- & online meetings, you are most likely to find me working in Luxembourg for 4motion which is also a member organisation, exploring life with my children or trying to change society via the other channel, politics. Currently my learning challenge is to work less, be more present in the 'here and now' and less (dis)connected through my mobile device. If we ever meet, feel free to play with me a board game, the best way for me to have a break and enjoy time with dear people. 

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Robin Sclafani

Vice-Chair    

I believe in the work of EPTO because EPTO holds the magic recipe – youth + peer + education! I believe in peer education because youth are key to social change – not only for the future – but for today! By embracing youth as social change agents, with the credibility and capability to inspire other youth to act with them, we can overcome apathy and engender hope for a better world. But a new way of living and being in the world around us, can only happen with education – transformative education, so that whole generations can truly internalize the values of diversity, equality, inclusion and participatory processes. Outside of EPTO events and skype meetings, you are most likely to find me in my office at CEJI, in a playground somewhere in Brussels, or in our 25 year old van at some wild and beautiful place anywhere in Europe. Currently my learning challenge is to keep my stuff/thoughts/files/etc. organised after putting it all in order! If we ever meet, feel free to share our dreams and goals, frustrations and commitments, getting beyond the small talk and making life about more than the daily struggles.

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Karim Chokrani

Treasurer      

I volunteer for EPTO because of the natural appetence that I have for learning since I was a little child. I believe each and every human being has wonderment to his fellow creature and must benefit from this as much as possible. Outside of EPTO events and skype meetings, you are most likely to find me outside, walking or having dinner in a nice place. I'm from that kind who really likes company and living together. In terms of learning, my biggest challenge today is manage the inertness I am facing whenever sitting in too comfortable conditions, so if you ever meet me, feel free to take me out of my comfort zone!

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Karine Teow

Impact Measurement  

I volunteer for EPTO because I believe education is the only way to have a real impact on our society and that we need to rethink education as something fun and lifelong. I believe in peer learning particularly because it makes education accessible to all and offers a plural vision of the world. Outside of EPTO events and skype meetings, you are most likely to find me in Berlin drinking a hot chocolate during the cold winter or outdoors trying out any type of new physical activity in the summer. In terms of learning, my biggest challenge today is the German language, so if you ever meet me, feel free to teach me a new word!

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Sorin Buruiana

Secretary    

I believe in the work of EPTO because I have experienced myself what a powerful impact their methods have, how one could get to reflect on their understanding of the relation with their surroundings and find ways on how to make this connection a more healthy and more harmonious one, and how to not only accept, but appreciate diversity as a way to enrich ourselves. Outside of EPTO events and off- & online meetings, you are most likely to find me working to increase awareness on health and well-being, promoting the societal benefits of physical activity, travelling or reading a book. Currently my learning challenge is to find the right balance between everything that I do professionally, the time for my partner, friends and for myself. If we ever meet, feel free to recommend a book (please), a movie, a series or go on a bike ride with me.

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Agnes Branny

Project Management  

I believe in the work of EPTO because peer education helps to create a better, more inclusive world we can all cherish. Outside of EPTO events and skype meetings, you are most likely to find me starting up a social enterprise, delivering projects, collaborating with inspiring people or climbing hills. I also love artisan food & produce and I'm always keen to discover new dishes, new places and meet the people who make it all happen. Currently I am trying to learn about human-centred design and how it could help people turn their ideas into reality. I'm also trying to teach myself how to bake a decent sourdough bread though I'm afraid I haven't cracked the code to it yet!  If we ever meet, feel free to grab a coffee together and chat about anything, from projects to people, from helping others to helping you find and reach your true North.

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György Benedek

  Pedagogical Development  

I believe in the work of EPTO because EPTO provides quality in the peer education field. And in my opinion, to educate youth people to support other youth is the best option to improve their way of thinking. Outside of EPTO events and skype meetings, you are most likely to find me in Hungary (in Budapest) where I work as a trainer or drama teacher depending on the settings. Currently my learning challenge is to learn how I can support EPTO in their quality work. And how I can find the space for my inputs to develop new methods. If we ever meet, feel free to ask me and maybe together we can find the best answer.

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Rudina Canaj

Pedagogical Development  

I believe in the work of EPTO because only in the past three years, I have seen them changing everyday without giving up despite challenges, confronting the future with professionalism and high creativity. I believe in peer learning because through it I have learned how people from different backgrounds can inspire and complement each other through hard work, fun and love.
Outside of EPTO events and skype meetings, you are most likely to find me trying new food recipes or reading classical literature. Currently my learning challenge is Psychotherapy. In September I will start a long term training on developing my professional and personal capacities in this unlimited field. If we ever meet, feel free to be in touch with me, it will be my pleasure...

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Adrian Hristescu

  Membership Development  

I believe in the work of EPTO because once you experience it, it’s really hard not to believe in it. I’ve found EPTO’s approach to learning to be really great and its team professional and fun! These are things that I really value in an organisation. Outside of EPTO events and off & online meetings, you are most likely to find me in different places of the world, working for youth and enjoying new cultural experiences. In this context, I am always trying to learn new methods for youth work that I can use in the benefit of youngsters from Romania and beyond, and EPTO has been a great help in this. If we ever meet, feel free to share with me some interesting, useful or fun experiences you had while working with youngsters. Also, ask me to share mine or to help you in any way you think I could! And feel free to do this in any context we meet: while in a youth event, while having a break or, why not, while having fun somewhere in the world!

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Daniel Kropf

Advisory Body Delegate  
I believe in the the work of EPTO because I trust that only the younger generations will be able to shift paradigms from a GDP oriented society to one that supports the fulfillment of each and everyone unique potential. This will happen when we start treating each other with respect and curiosity no matter the age, when we embrace mutual learning and when adults and young people partner in all endeavors.
Outside of EPTO events and skype meetings, you are most likely to find me at the Universal Education foundation (Learning for Well-being) and with my family, trying to learn from all those that have transformed themselves, how to lead my life.
Currently after my family has just moved to Amsterdam I am trying to create a balance between all my activities so that iI can in fact practice what I preach.
If we ever meet feel free to be vulnerable I will do the same.
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Volunteer support collaborators to the board without mandate

Agnieszka Krajewska

Budget Coordination     

I volunteer for EPTO because I have very little NGO experience and I would like to change it. I wanted to join an organization with a mission that would correspond to the values I hold so I seized the opportunity. I believe that everybody should have access to free, quality education. Obviously, peer learning helps to achieve this ideal. Outside of EPTO events and off & online meetings, you are most likely to find me in Brussels, around European institutions or running with an umbrella not to miss one of my after work activities. Currently my learning challenge is to learn to play accordion. I am really fond of this instrument and music in general so if we ever meet me, feel free to share with me some new sounds or let’s just listen to music together.

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