People

CitizensLab is a community of currently 56 practitioners from all over Europe and Turkey. The members represent a diverse spectrum of active citizens engaged in NGOs and public administration, but also social entrepreneurs, cultural managers, artists, hacktivists or academics.  Check out their profiles and connect with them!

Olena Salata

Olena Salata

I am a lawyer, CEO of an investment company and the head of NGO Cultural Assembly. I am an expert of the...

Cultural Assembly
Ukraine
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Valentyna Zalevska

My background is in project management in culture & arts with direction also into urban development and sustainability. I loves working with...

Wiz-Art
Ukraine
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Elisabetta Fiorenza

Elisabetta Fiorenza

I am Elisabetta, an Italian architect now living in Barcelona. Since 2016 I am member of Straddle3, a multidisciplinary collective that works...

straddle3 + arquitecturas colectivas
Spain
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Mateja Rot

Mateja Rot

I’m Cultural Researcher and Urbanist, contributing towards open future commons, building powerful smart solutions for urban communities and improving the livelihood in...

Slovene Union of University Women
Slovenia
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Viacheslav Ivaschenko

Viacheslav Ivaschenko

I’m MA in Cultural Management and co-founder of URA Gorod project in my home town Krasnoyarsk. We believe that positive change in...

URA-A
Russia
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Anna Szilagyi-nagy

Anna Szilágyi-Nagy

I am a Hungarian landscape architect. I am a board member of kultúrAktív Egyesület, an NGO that fosters built environment education for...

kultúrAktív Egyesület
Hungary
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Kassiani Alexandra Kafetsi

Kassiani Alexandra Kafetsi

I apprehend art as a powerful tool of development both individual and collective that needs to be accessible to everybody. With cultural...

Cultopía
Greece
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Valentin Schmehl

Valentin Schmehl

I am a performer, cultural activist and dance scientist. I work with the Other Music Academy in Weimar/East-Germany, envisioning a new form...

Other Music Academy
Germany
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Simone Orgel

Simone Orgel

I am a Berlin based strategic communications consultant and artist focusing on democracy innovation and participation processes in the digital space. I...

citizens' initiative
Germany
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Pia Lanzinger

Pia Lanzinger

For 20 years, I have worked as an artist. Besides international exhibition activities, scholarships and residencies, I work as a lecturer in...

Citizens' Initiative, freelance artist
Germany
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Karsten Michael Drohsel

Karsten Michael Drohsel

I am a Dipl.-Ing. Urban and Regional Planning and game designer. I run the Impulsbüro Berlin (Office for Urban Research, Explorative Spatial...

mikromakro e.V
Germany
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Liubov Kuznetsova

Liubov Kuznetsova

As part of Social Impact Hub “Effendi Villa”, I am involved into preserving and revitalizing historic buildings, communities and places in the...

Social Impact Hub “Efendi Villa”
Georgia
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Stephane Robert

Stéphane Robert

I am the Coordinator and Artistic Director of the CRICAO association, and project manager of the European project Colab Quarter supported by...

Cricao
France
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Khalil El Masry

Khalil El-Masry

I am a peace engineer and co-founder of "Selmiyah" movement promoting culture of peace in Egypt. I also founded a social enterprise...

Madad for Information Technology
Egypt
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Pavlina Petrova

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I am an economist, Bulgarian by place of birth and citizen of the world by soul. Vibrant Village Foundation / Фондация "Живо...

Vibrant Village Foundation
Bulgaria
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Serban Oncescu

Member

I am fond of freedom and I do not let things as they are, when it comes to injustice or wrong settlements....

Civicus Romania Association
Romania
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Francesco Saija

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I'm a PhD in Political Philosophy. Co-founder at Parliament Watch Italia. Our aim is to spread the culture of transparency and openness...

Parliament Watch Italia
Italy
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Angeliki Tseliou

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I studied linguistics and modern Greek literature in Athens and Paris, and I currently freelance, providing content management services for print and...

Kalliga Square Citizens Association
Greece
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Gerry Proctor

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I really enjoy working with people who live in the apartments of the city centre and waterfront and trying to raise the...

Engage Liverpool CIC
United Kingdom
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Ayse Gorur

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My association SKYGD conducts projects (in cooperation with other NGOs, local and public institutions) with groups under risk or subjected to social...

SKYGD
Turkey
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Yanina Taneva

Member

I work as a ‘catalyst’ and a ‘fuel’ for small ideas and imaginative people with extraordinary potential for social change. A strategic...

Ideas Factory Association, BG
Bulgaria
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Tunde Adefioye

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I am a city dramaturg at KVS (The Brussels City Theatre) and a founder of Urban Woorden, a non-profit that uses poetry...

Urban Woorden VZW & KVS
Belgium
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Marlene Haas

Member

I am a passionate urban changemaker. Actually, I worked as event manager for cultural and social events until I got in touch...

Lust auf besser leben gGmbH
Germany
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David Juarez

Member

I am a restless inhabitant, architect and co-founder of Straddle3, a multidisciplinary collective mostly working with grass-roots organizations. I am also an...

Straddle3
Spain
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Cristian Mladin

Member

I have studied Philosophy and History of Art. I am interested in cultural management and implementation of the creative and cultural industries'...

Alba Iulia Municipality
Romania
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Nick Connaughton

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I run the Creative Engagement department at Arcola Theatre, one of the UK's leading off-west end venues, housed in a converted warehouse...

Arcola Theatre
United Kingdom
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Chiara Organtini

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I love question marks rather than fullstops, I believe in if rather then simple present, I am intrigued by thresholds and collect...

CAOS centro arti opificio Siri / Terni Festival
Italy
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Levente Polyak

Member

I am co-founder of Eutropian, work on urban regeneration processes that use existing resources and connect community groups with public administrations and...

Eutropian
Italy
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Ildikó Simon

Member

In the past 12 years I have spent many days with community organizing as well as community development and my attention turned...

Cromo Foundation
Hungary
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Jekaterina Lavrinec

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Jekaterina Lavrinec, PhD, Vilnius-based urban researcher, participatory artist and educator in Urban studies. She is a co-founder of Laimikis.lt - urban games...

Laimikis.lt - urban games & research
Lithuania
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Martin Pairet

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I have been working in international non-profits for years, supporting first the organic movement and later fundraising for campaigns on climate and...

European Alternatives
Germany
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Handan Saatçıoğlu Gürses

Member

I am passionate about working on different elements of the local community. It gives me a platform to communicate face to face...

Komsu Kapisi Community House
Turkey
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Sjoerd Bootsma

Member

I am a programme developer of Leeuwarden European Capital of Culture 2018. I firmly believe that everyone has a responsibility to work...

Welcome to The Village
Netherlands
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Elina Makri

Member

I am a journalist based in Athens, but I travel a lot in Europe because I do European journalism. I am a...

Oikomedia.com
Greece
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Cicek Bacik

Member

I have established an open literature platform Daughters and Sons of Gastarbeiters. In public readings we perform our family histories that are...

Daughters and Sons of Gastarbeiters
Germany
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Lilian Jüchtern

Member

I work for the European Forum for Freedom in Education (EFFE) which promotes equity, freedom and diversity of education across Europe. We...

European Forum for Freedom in Education
Germany
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Sven Stegemann

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I am a co-founder of Open State, an organization which pioneers, fosters, and scales the tools for a livable society and thriving...

Open State
Germany
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Argyro Barata

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I hold a track record of planning and coordinating cultural projects with national reach for independent artists, institutions and major Greek festivals...

FEAST Greece
Greece
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Michela Sechi

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I work at Radio Popolare, Milano, the most important journalists-owned Italian radio network. My boss is the public: 16.000 listeners who donate...

Radio Popolare - Popolare Network
Italy
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Andrea Rossi

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I am the vice-president of Cherimus, an art association based in the Sulcis-Iglesiente region (Sardinia). Cherimus is a Sardinian word that means...

Cherimus
Italy
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Tiago Castro

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I am an urban planner, cultural manager and actor/performer. In the past eight years I've been working at or participating in initiatives...

4iS - Platform for Social Innovation
Portugal
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Linda Öhman

Member

My local community is my extended family. It is the people I bump into regularly and the events filling everyday life. It...

FutureLab Europe
Finland
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Ed Santman

Member

I develop multi-disciplinary art projects with people at the edge of society, like drugs abusers and prisoners. In most of my projects...

Changes & Chances
Netherlands
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Gaspar Horvath

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I am a co-founder of blocal.co, the first local online social network platform in Hungary. I studied engineering and business, I worked...

Miutcánk / blocal.co
Hungary
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Ebru Gokdag

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I am founding member of CTO-Turkey (Center for Theatre of the Oppressed-Turkey), formed by a group of women to fight any kind...

Anadolu University / Center for Theatre of the Oppressed
Turkey
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Mpanzu Bamenga

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Starting 2014 I am a city council of Eindhoven. I focuse on the support for homeless people, refugees, (hidden) discrimination, youth unemployment,...

Inclusion Leaders Network
Netherlands
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Eleni Zontirou

Member

I am an elected member and President of the local board of the 6th Municipality of Athens where I have lived all...

Municipality of Athens
Greece
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Redon Skikuli

Member

I am a co-founder of the Open Labs Hackerspace Albania, not for profit community that promotes open knowledge and open data initiatives...

Open Labs Tirana
Albania
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Tamara Ehs

Member

I am hosting Democracy Repair Cafés that I have developed as part of IG Demokratie. Working in political education in universities, schools...

Universities of Vienna and Salzburg
Austria
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Siegfried Korpan

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I live in the village Gols am Neusiedler See in the northeast of Austria. I am engaged in European initiatives in the...

EU Gemeinderäte Österreich
Austria
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Helen Titchen Beeth

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I am an evolutionary entrepreneur working inside the European Commission. I also work throughout Europe with the community of practitioners of the...

European Comission
Belgium
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Jean-Paul Pinon

Member

I am a leader of an NGO promoting transparency regarding politicians. WeCitizens is a Belgian citizens platform contributing to better democracy and...

WeCitizens
Belgium
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Branko Stanic

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I'm Branko from Croatia, a PhD student and a researcher at the Institute of Public Finance in Zagreb. My research field includes...

Institute of Public Finance
Croatia
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Emmanuel Pidoux

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As the manager of cultural affairs in Colomiers my assignments particularly consist in developing international and European connections and projects (especially through...

Municipality of Colomiers
France
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François Schneider

Member

Since 2001, I have been active at developing the degrowth concept, movement and debate in France and Europe. Founding Research & Degrowth...

Research & Degrowth
France
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Maria Chatzopoulou

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I am a co-founder of COMM’ON, a mullti-leveled space where people - leading new societal activities - meet, learn from each other,...

COMM'ON
Greece
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Sandor Lederer

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I am a co-founder and director of K-Monitor, an anti-corruption NGO from Hungary. From the very beginning I couldn’t stand when people...

K-Monitor Association
Hungary
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Margherita Mugnai

Member

As a Sociolab facilitator, trainer and co-design enthusiast, I feel accomplished when the people I work with express their full potential, by...

Sociolab
Italy
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Stephen Ogbonna

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I promote the integration of refugees, immigrants and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multi-ethnic society. My organisation...

Mama Africa
Italy
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Evija Taurene

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I live, work and generally enjoy life in Cēsis. The organisation I represent is a public institution - a local municipality, which...

Cēsis Municipality
Latvia
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