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

Ludovica Robustelli joined ERIO in April 2017. She is currently on her final year Master’s degree in European law at the University of Grenoble (France). With this internship, she aims to gain experience on the European Union action tackling with discrimination against Roma and minorities’ fundamental rights protection. Additionally, she expects to be provided with a general overview of the everyday work of an NGO, as well as to become aware of the way it interacts with the European Union institutions. Italian is her mother tongue, she fluently speaks English and French. 
Danijela Stajic joined ERIO in April 2017. She is currently in the process of completing a collaborative Master’s degree in European and Russian Affairs and Jewish Studies at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto. With this internship she hopes to contribute to the recognition of the issue of Roma discrimination and aims to build on research interests relating to Roma education and discrimination against Roma in the education systems of different European countries, as well as acquire a broader knowledge regarding Roma inclusion efforts. In addition to English, she speaks Serbian, Macedonian, Spanish, and German.​
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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