Our Staff

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Executive Director

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. He joined the ERRC in October 2014.

Dzavit Berisha, Publications Officer. He has a secondary school degree as a miner. Due to the war in Kosovo he didn't have the opportunity to further his education. Since 1999 he is a human rights activist, working to defend the rights of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian refugees in Macedonia. He received the Human Rights Award of the Hungarian Ministry of Justice in December 2007. He joined the ERRC in June 2004.

Nicole Garbin, Legal Officer. Nicole graduated from the Trieste University (Italy) and has a LLM in French Private Law (Paris 2 Panthéon Assas). She is a qualified Italian lawyer and worked for Italian and French law firms for almost 5 years. Nicole is currently completing a MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Paris 2 Panthéon Assas. She joined the ERRC in January 2015.

Judit Geller, Senior Lawyer. She holds a BA degree in Public Administration from the Corvinus University of Budapest and a Master of Laws from the Eotvos Lorand University Budapest. She studied international law at the Law Faculty of University of Leuven, Belgium and completed a traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. Judit passed the Hungarian State Bar exam in April 2012. She joined the ERRC in November 2007.

Sinan Gokçen, Country Facilitator. He is a human rights activist and journalist with around 20 years of experience in Turkey, Europe, the Balkans and Central Asia. He is a founding member of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly, one of the pioneering human rights organisations of Turkey. He earned an MA degree in Human Rights Law from Central European University as an Open Society Justice Initiative Fellow. He joined the ERRC in October 2006.

Djordje Jovanovic, Networking and Research Director. He holds a university degree in preschool education and completed Romology studies at the University of Novi Sad. He also studied psychotherapy at the school of Transactional Analysis (TA) and is a TA practitioner. Djordje has had a long relationship with the ERRC. He was an intern in 2001, in 2003 he joined the staff as a Research Assistant and after that he worked as a researcher in various ERRC projects. He joined the ERRC in November 2009.

Stefan Luca, Lawyer. He holds a BA in Law from the Faculty of Law at the University of Bucharest, and has studied international human rights law at Lund University, Sweden. He is a member of the Bucharest Bar and has worked at the European Court of Human Rights and the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, within the department of the Government’s Agent for the European Court of Human Rights. He joined the ERRC in August 2013.

Hajnalka Nemeth, Office and Operations Manager. She started her career as the Secretary to the Executive Director for a Construction Company. She moved to Budapest in 1990 and worked at MTI (Hungarian News Agency) as an English Language Operator. She joined the ERRC in January 2005.

Julianna Oros, Financial Officer. She graduated from the in Budapest University of Technology and Economics and a post-graduate degree in statistics. She also completed a tax-advisory course. She joined the ERRC in June 2004.

Anna Orsos, Programmes Assistant. She studied Human Management in PTE-FEEK and completed an international program in NGO Management, Advocacy and Public Campaign Facilitation at the International Peoples' College in Helzingor, Denmark. She worked as a regional coordinator at the National Educational Integration Network and at the Amrita association for Integrated education of Roma youth. Her experience includes work with PHARE, HEFOP and many research projects. She joined the ERRC in January 2009.

Anca Sandescu, Human Rights Trainer. She holds an LLM in International and European Law from the University of Amsterdam and an MA in Human Rights from Central European University, Budapest. She previously worked with PATRIR, the Romanian Peace Institute, the Ethnocultural Diversity Resource Center (EDRC) in Romania and several other European NGOs such as UNOY Peacemakers in the Netherlands and the Human Rights Students Initiative in Hungary. She joined the ERRC in March 2010.

Orsolya Szendrey, Policy Analyst. Orsolya has been working to promote equal opportunities for Roma since 2001. Before joining the ERRC she was the advocacy consultant of the Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma Program of the Open Society Foundations and for several years she worked for the Roma Education Fund as policy consultant. Orsolya also cooperated with Hungarian civil society organizations in civil society shadow reporting and advocacy activities and supported the litigation of two education segregation cases of the Chance for Children Foundation. Before that Orsolya was involved in the planning of equal opportunity measures and the programming of EU funds for education development in Hungary as a policy adviser of the Hungarian Education Ministry and worked as the supervisor of equal opportunity experts. She holds degrees in political science, education and public policy. She joined ERRC in 2015.

Marek Szilvasi, Research and Advocacy Officer. He holds a BA and MA in Sociology and Philosophy from the Palacky University Olomouc, the Czech Republic, a MA in European Studies from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen, the United Kingdom, which was sponsored by the inter-disciplinary Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law (CISRUL). Marek previously worked with the Secretariats of the Decade of Roma Inclusion and the European Sociological Association (ESA). He joined the ERRC in February 2012.

Adam Weiss, Legal Director.  Adam is a member of the New York State bar and holds an LLM from King’s College (University of London), a JD from Columbia Law School, a diplôme d’études approfondies from the Université de Paris-IV (La Sorbonne) and an AB from Harvard University. Adam joined the ERRC in August 2013.  His areas of specialty are European Union migration law (particularly EU law on the free movement of persons) and litigation under the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as discrimination law.  Before joining the ERRC, Adam was the Legal Director at the AIRE Centre (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) in London, where he worked for six years.  Adam has been involved in the litigation of a wide range of cases before the European Court of Human Rights, as well as cases before domestic courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union.  He has lectured widely on European law to judges, lawyers and NGOs.

Michal Zalesak, Lawyer. He holds a Masters of Law (Mgr.) degree from the University of Matej Bel in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia and a Master of Law in Human Rights with a specialisation in EU Law (LL.M) degree from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He was an intern at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,Slovak Republic, in 2008 and at the ERRC in 2010. In 2010, he also attended a Summer University in Budapest with a special focus on  EU law that was taught by the Total Law team, led by Professor Joseph Weiler. Later, he worked as a legal trainee in a law office and also for Ludia proti rasizmu (People Against Racism) as a project manager. He joined the ERRC in October 2012 as a legal fellow dealing with litigation and research in relation to the Czech Republic and Slovakia and was promoted to the position of Lawyer on 1 January 2015.

Atanas Zahariev, Junior Interim Networking Officer. He holds a BA in Pedagogy and French and an MA in Critical Gender Studies from the Central European University in Budapest. Previous to joining ERRC, Atanas worked on Roma inclusion matters as Sector Officer and as Sector trainee for the EEA/NO grants and as a stagiaire at European Commission, DG Education and Culture. In 2013 Atanas was Gender research fellow at ERRC. His working experience focuses mainly on Roma inclusion policies and programmes in EU countries. He joined ERRC in 2015.

School Segregation of Roma and Egyptian Communities in Albania

24 November 2015

This video talks about segregation of Roma and Egyptian children in one school in Albania. The "Naim Frasheri" school, covering nine grades, is in outskirts of city of Korca. It is known as "Roma and Egyptian" school because all children of this school come from families from these two communities. The school has a total of 283 Roma and Egyptian children. The video shows as well what important role can play institutions such as Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination and People' Advocate (Ombudsman) in fighting school segregation. The decision of Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination and Recommendations of People' Advocate create an working platform not only for Ministry of Education and its depending institutions, but as well for all actors working in this field.

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ERRC submission to UN UPR on Hungary (September 2015)

22 September 2015

Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), Chance for Children Foundation (CFCF) and Legal Defence Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities (NEKI), concerning Hungary for consideration by the Human Rights Council (HRC) within its Universal Periodic Review at its 25th session, April / May 2016. 

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Joint submission to UN CEDAW on Slovakia (October 2015)

2 October 2015

Written comments by the European Roma Rights Centre and Center for Civil and Human Rights concerning Slovakia to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women at the 62nd Session (26 October - 20 November 2015).  

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