Countering shrinking civil space - speakers


About the speakers:

Veronika Móra has been working with the Hungarian Environmental Partnership Foundation since 1997 and holds the position of the director since 2007. Earlier, she was the national consultant for the Dutch Foundation Milieukontakt Oosteuropa, but also worked for the eco-counselling office of Ecoservice Foundation. With HEPF and earlier, she’s been working on a variety of issues related to ecological consumption, gene technologies and public participation. Since 2003 she’s been leading HEPF’s Civil Partner program aiming to improve the legal-fiscal environment of civil society, but she also gained experience in managing and overseeing grant programs of various sizes, not least the Hungarian NGO Programme under the EEA/Norwegian Financial Mechanism.

Besides her full time occupation she also has voluntary positions in a number of NGOs, among them the chairmanship of the Hungarian Donors Forum, which works on developing the (corporate) philanthropic culture in the country.

She is a biologist (MSc) by education, but also has a MA degree in organisational psychology, and most recently gained a diploma in environmental law.

Barbara Erős is currently holding the position of program manager of EEA/Norwegian NGO Programme at DemNet Hungary. She has also acted as volunteer interim director in 2015 and since 2003 she had been supporting the organization as strategic program manager and project/program manager. Previously she has worked for Ashoka: Innovators for the Public on promoting social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Hungary between 1996 and 2003. Ms Erős applies her knowhow gained from studies of cultural anthropology also in her private entrepreneurial activities as organizational developer and engaged in civil society development.

Boglárka Bata is the chief grant-making program officer (since 2005) and CEO (since 2008) of the Carpathian Foundation-Hungary. Ms Bata holds an MA of Political Science and BA of Economics; she has been working in the non-profit sector for 16 years, focusing on civil society development, community development and empowerment of marginalized children and youth. Before joining to the Carpathian Foundation – during her university studies – she worked for the Support The Poor Foundation for 5 years and dealt with empowerment, community development of disadvantaged Roma communities and skill development of poor, Roma children.

András Nun is a development expert in the field of Roma integration and NGO development with 20 years’ experience. Throughout his career he has worked for Autonomia Foundation and contributed to the success of different NGO and Roma programmes. In Autonomia he coordinated the first and second NGO Programme of EEA/Norway Grants; developed an easy-to-grasp project design training for NGOs, held number of training sessions all over the country and abroad. As development expert of Roma integration he’s led capacity building programmes in micro-regions of Hungary; helped local communities, local governments and NGOs to do need assessment, project design and management; helped the given micro-regions with training and study tours to elaborate state of the art pro-Roma projects.

Since 2013 Andras has been leading Autonomia Foundation as the managing director.

Gerry Salole is the chief executive of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) since 2005. The EFC is an association of over 200 public-benefit foundations and corporate funders active in philanthropy in European and elsewhere. His previous posts have included serving as representative at the Ford Foundation’s Southern Africa office, and director of the department of programme documentation and communication of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, based in The Hague. He also worked for Save the Children Federation (USA) in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, and Redd Barna (Norwegian Save the Children) and OXFAM UK and UNHCR in Ethiopia.

Mr Salole studied social anthropology and African history at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He holds and M.A. (Econ.) and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester.

A political scientist by training, Paul d’Auchamp began his career as Chief of Section in the Employment and Integration Administration of the City of Copenhagen. He joined the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2000. He was first appointed to work at OHCHR headquarters in Geneva on the issue of indigenous peoples, as the Assistant Secretary for the UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples, as well as with the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. In 2003, he joined the OHCHR’s Africa Branch covering, among other countries, the DRC, Somalia and the portuguese-speaking African countries. In 2009, he transferred to Dakar, where he was OHCHR’s Deputy Regional Representative for West Africa. Since 2011, he has been based in Brussels – first as OHCHR’s Deputy Representative for Europe and, since June, as the Acting Regional Representative.