András Ujlaky

András Ujlaky, began his career in the finance sector and for many years was the Director of Hungarian International Bank in London. In 2003, he joined the Hungarian Ministry of Education to head up its EU-funded efforts to improve inclusive education opportunities for Romani children.

During that period, he worked with Viktoria Mohacsi (who later became the first Romani MEP from Hungary) and learned first-hand about the reality in Romani communities. His experience in the Ministry inspired him to start the Chance for Children Foundation (“CFCF”) in 2004, as an organization dedicated to fighting for equal rights in education for Romani and marginalized children, focusing on school desegregation. As founder and first Board Chair of CFCF, he was intimately involved with all aspects of the organization's work, from program strategy and implementation to fundraising and administration. Today, CFCF is the premier legal advocacy organization in Europe working on a national level to address the exclusion of Roma from school. His work at CFCF has also taken him to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Brussels to assist in addressing the segregation of Roma, and he has a good appreciation of the problems affecting Roma throughout the region.

He believes firmly in the value of legal advocacy to change the political calculus and to help dismantle these segregating structures. András Ujlaky has also a deep commitment to Roma participation.

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