Chachipen Speakers’ bios

CHACHIPEN Final Conference

25 April 2023

Bios of speakers, discussants &moderators

9:00 – 10:00

High-level opening Panel: Holocaust of Sinti and Roma: What did Europe learn?

Name, Social media accountBio
Dr. Sergio Carrera @EUI_EU   MODERATORSergio Carrera is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Justice and Home Affairs unit at CEPS. He is also Visiting Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (Italy), Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po (France), and Honorary Professor at the School of Law in Queen Mary University of London (UK)
Gabriela Hrabanova @hrabanova   MODERATORGabriela Hrabanova has been working at ERGO Network since 2011 and serving as its director since 2017.  She is a strong human rights activist with extensive experience in the protection, promotion and advocacy of Roma rights and is a Roma herself.  Gabriela Hrabanova has been working in the non-profit sector in the Czech Republic as well as for the Governmental Office as Director of the Roma Office for the Council of Roma Minority Affairs and has also been strongly involved in the Czech Presidency of the European Union when the 10 Common Basic Principles for Roma Inclusion were adopted. She organized the first meeting of the EU Roma Platform. 
MEP Tomáš Zdechovský @TomasZdechovsky @EPP  Tomáš Zdechovský has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2014, in the group of the European People’s Party. He has an academic and practical background among others in political communication, crisis management, and media analysis. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgetary Control, a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, European Union, including disinformation, and the strengthening of integrity, transparency and accountability in the European Parliament.  
Věra Jourová @VeraJourava @EU_CommissionVěra Jourová has been Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency since 2019. Previously, she served as the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality. In her current position, the lawyer and politician is working on matters pertaining values and transparency, upholding the rule of law, monitoring the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and coordinating work on inclusion and ensuring equality and diversity in the EU.  
Elena Kountouri Tapiero @UNHumanRightsEUElena Kountouri Tapiero is the Acting Regional Representative for Europe of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (Regional Office for Europe). Previously, the international lawyer has worked as a Human Rights Officer at the Human Rights Council, as well as as a Legal Advisor at UNCTAD.  
Dunja Mijatovic @Dunja_Mijatovic @coeDunja Mijatovic serves as Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe since 2018. The human rights expert and activist has previously positions as the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Director of Broadcast of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chair of the European Platform of Regulatory Agencies and of the Council of Europe’s Group of Specialists on Freedom of Expression and Information in Times of Crisis. Dunja Mijatović also supports NGO activities in the field of human rights education and asylum.  
Dr Mehmet Gürcan Daimagüler (@daimagM)  Dr Mehmet Gürcan Daimagülerhas been appointed as the first Federal Government Commissioner against Antigypsyism and for the Lives of Sinti and Roma in Germany in 2022. He advocates for equal opportunities and against structural racism. Previously, the lawyer has for instance functioned as a victim advocate in the National Socialist Underground (NSU) (an extreme-right terrorist organization) trial in Germany. He regularly assists victims of politically motivated hate crimes in court.  

10:00 – 11:00 / PANEL I:

Antigypsyism in transitions from fascist/authoritarian regimes:

Case studies of Spain under Franco and Romania under Antonescu

Name, Social media accountBio
Isabela Mihalache @isabelmihalache   MODERATORIsabela Mihalache has been a Senior Advocacy Officer at ERGO since January 2021. She focuses on promoting antigypsyism as a specific form of racism and on a fundamental rights perspective in Roma-specific and broader EU policies, standards and funding and is supporting the capacity building of Roma CSOs at the grassroots and national levels to actively participate in the design, implementation and monitoring of relevant policies for Roma. Before joining ERGO in 2020, she worked with the Council of Europe, the European Network Against Racism, the European Roma Rights Centre and the Open Society Foundations.
Pedro Casermeiro @siklovne  CHACHIPEN Spanish researcher / Member of the Rromane Siklovne Pedro Casermeiro is a social psychologist, a member of the association Rromane Siklǒvne and responsible for projects aiming at protecting and promoting Romani culture in Catalonia. Pedro is the director of the ‘Virtual Museum of Romani People in Catalonia’, coordinates educational projects with young Romani students and is also involved in recovering the Romani language and teaches it in different neighbourhoods of Barcelona. Pedro Casermeiro also acted as a CHACHIPEN researcher in Spain. Together with Annabel Carballo, they conducted a study on historically rooted antigypsyism in Spain from the Middle Ages until democratic Spain, with a focus on Franco’s regime.  
Dr Iulius Rostas @iuliusrostas    Dr Iulius Rostas is a Visiting Professor at the National School of Political Studies and Administration (Romania) and teaches courses on racism at the University of Stuttgart and Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. Between 2016 and 2019 he served as Chair of Romani Studies and Assistant Professor at Central European University. Previously, he was an Affiliated Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Studies at CEU and Visiting Lecturer at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Dr Rostas is the editor of Ten Years After: A History of Roma School Desegregation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEU Press, 2012) and in 2011 he published Social Inclusion or Exclusion: the Rights of Persons Living with HIV in Moldova (Cartier Publishing, 2011). He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Critical Romani Studies journal (crs.ceu.edu). His latest book A Task for Sisyphus: Why Policies towards Roma in Europe Are Failing was published by CEU Press in 2019.  
Daniel Ganea  Daniel Ganea is the President of Adis Muntenia. Adis Muntenia is aRoma NGO that has been active in the South-East of Romania since 2014 with a mission to improve the quality of life for vulnerable people by promoting and developing measures of integration and community development in social, economic, educational and cultural fields.   
Dr Delia GrigoreDr Delia Grigore is a Romanian writer, philologist, academic and human rights activist. She is a Professor of Romani studies at the  University of Bucharest. Furthermore, she is President of the Association Rroma Center “Amare Rromentza” and Founder of the Roma Virtual Museum in Romania. Moreover, she is an expert in the Working Group on Roma History.  
Prof. Carolina Garcia Sanz (@unisevilla)    Carolina García-Sanz is Associate Professor in Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Seville. Her main field is International History, having joined a full range of research programs with postdoctoral fellowships in Great Britain and Italy (LSE, EEHAR). Her current research deals with racism and antigypsyism in Spain. She has recently participated in a HERA 2017 project (Humanities in the European Research Area) “Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe”, more specifically in the project “Beyond Stereotypes: Cultural Exchanges and Romani Contribution to European Public Spaces [BESTROM]” and is Principal Investigator of the project “Discourses and Representations of the Ethnicity: Politics, Identity and Conflict in the Twentieth Century”.  

11:30 – 12:30 / PANEL II:

Experiences in Germany and Sweden with Independent Commissions on Antigypsyism

Name, Social media accountBio
Jonathan Mack @JonathanMackPA   MODERATORPolitical Advisor, Central Council of German Sinti and Roma Jonathan Mack is a human rights activist, scholar and political advisor. Currently, the political scientist is the scientific director of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma. Jonathan Mack has been involved with various local, national and international Roma youth organizations and movements.
Silas Kropf @silas_kfSilas Kropf has been working in the field of education and civic engagement, focusing among others on antigypsyism and intersectionality. He was one of 11 members of the German Independent Antigypsyism Commission (2019-2021).
Soraya Post @SorayaPostFiSoraya Viola Heléna Post is a politician and Romani human rights activist and feminist from Sweden. She is a former MEP and is currently working at the City of Gothenburg. Furthermore, she is a member of the CHACHIPEN Advisory Board.  
Dr Jan Selling @Anglatungor (@sodertorn)Dr Jan Selling is the subject coordinator for Romani studies at Södertörn University, Stockholm. He is a docent in history and a lecturer in Critical Romani studies. His research focuses on Romani history, emancipation and antigypsyism. He holds a PhD in history. He was a PhD student in the Wolfgang Wippermanns colloquium, Free University Berlin (1998-2002), and defended his PhD thesis in 2004 on German collective memory discourses on nationalism, commemoration politics and the Nazi past. From 2006-2007, he conducted an oral history project 2006-2007 at Västerviks Museum. He has conducted several other research projects on memory politics in Sweden and Europe, including Discourse analysis on the establishment of the Swedish Living History Forum, and research on theoretical concepts of antiziganism and Swedish history. As a curator for the Civil Rights section of the RomArchive.eu, he researched with leading international scholars on the history of Roma and Sinti emancipation and published a historically and internationally comparative monograph (Frigörelsen. Romers och resandes emancipation i Sverige och andra länder).   
Dr Markus End (@TUBerlin)Markus End is a political scientist and holds a PhD in education. He is a PostDoc at the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University (Berlin) and the head of the Society for the Research on Antigypsyism. From 2019 to 2021, he was one of eleven members of the Independent Commission on Antigypsyism, commissioned by the German Bundestag. His research focuses on theoretical and terminological questions regarding antigypsyism, methods and didactics of educational work against antigypsyism as well as qualitative empirical analysis of antigypsyism in the media and institutional frameworks. His Postdoc project aims at a qualitative analysis of longstanding racialized‚ expert discourses and knowledge production on Roma in the context of German policing.  

13:15 – 14:15 / PANEL III:

Going beyond Independent Commissions on Antigypsyism to Transitional Justice tools

Name, Social media accountBio
Dr Sergio Carrera @EUI_EU   MODERATORs.a.   Sergio Carrera is Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Justice and Home Affairs unit at CEPS. He is also Visiting Fellow at the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (Italy), Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po (France), and an Honorary Professor at the School of Law in Queen Mary University of London (UK).
Dr Lavinia Stan, @laviniastanLavinia Stan is a Professor of Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada, who specializes in transitional justice, especially as it applies to Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Together with Nadya Nedelsky, she is the co-editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013 and will appear in its second print in 2023. Widely recognized as the main reference book in the field of transitional justice, the Encyclopedia includes over 360 entries on countries, institutions, organizations, methods, debates, controversies, and relevant concepts written by more than 250 transitional justice scholars and practitioners on all continents.  
Dr Iulius Rostas @iuliusrostas  s.a.   Dr Iulius Rostas is a Visiting Professor at the National School of Political Studies and Administration (Romania) and teaches courses on racism at the University of Stuttgart and Dortmund University of Applied Sciences. Between 2016 and 2019 he served as Chair of Romani Studies and Assistant Professor at Central European University. Previously, he was an Affiliated Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Studies at CEU and Visiting Lecturer at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Dr Rostas is the editor of Ten Years After: A History of Roma School Desegregation in Central and Eastern Europe (CEU Press, 2012) and in 2011 he published Social Inclusion or Exclusion: the Rights of Persons Living with HIV in Moldova (Cartier Publishing, 2011). He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Critical Romani Studies journal (crs.ceu.edu). His latest book A Task for Sisyphus: Why Policies towards Roma in Europe Are Failing was published by CEU Press in 2019.  
Ojeaku Nwabuzo (@nwayo) @ENAREurope  Ojeaku Nwabuzo is Director (Policy, Advocacy and Network Development) at the European Network Against Racism (ENAR). ENAR aims to lead the pan-European anti-racism movement, toward a more inclusive Europe for all. Before joining ENAR more than a decade ago, she worked as a researcher and policy analyst in the UK and Brussels, focusing on racial injustice in the criminal legal system.  
Dr Mehmet Gürcan Daimagüler (@daimagM)  s.a.   Dr Mehmet Gürcan Daimagülerhas been the Federal Government Commissioner against Antigypsyism and for the Lives of Sinti and Roma in Germany since 2022. He advocates for equal opportunities and against structural racism. Previously, the lawyer has for instance functioned as a victim advocate in the National Socialist Underground (NSU) (an extreme-right terrorist organization) trial in Germany.  

14:15 – 15:15

Closing Panel

Name, Social media accountBio
Stephan Müller @muellerbudapest   MODERATORStephan Müller is a political scientist and works at the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma. Previously, he has worked as a program director at the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest. Furthermore, he has worked as an advisor for various governments, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs, and has held various positions regarding minorities in Kosovo.
Szabolcs Schmidt @EU_Commission    Szabolcs Schmidt is the Head of Unit of the Unit Non-Discrimination and Roma Coordination in the DG Justice and Consumers of the European Commission.  
Cristi Mihalache @CristiM1halache @osce_odihr  Cristi Mihalache is the Chief of the Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues, at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw. Previously, he has among others been involved with the Roma Education Fund Romania. He holds a MA in Human Rights from the Central European University.  
Claude Cahn @ClaudeCahn1@UNHumanRights  Claude Cahn is currently the Human Rights Officer, at the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights. Previously, he has held UN human rights field posts in the OHCHR Brussels regional office (2017-2019), Serbia (2015-2017) and the Republic of Moldova (2009-2015).  He is coordinating OHCHR’s permanent co-chairing of the UN Network on Racial Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. He has a long history in combatting antigypsyism, for instance working for more than a decade for the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC).  
Oana Taba @OanaTaba @coe  Oana Taba is a Senior Project Officer in the Directorate of Anti-Discrimination, Roma and Travellers Team, Council of Europe. She studied Human Rights Law at the Central European University and has held various positions in the field, most recently prior to her engagement with the Council of Europe as a case-processing lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights.  
Ismael Cortés @Ismael_CortesG  Ismael Cortés currently serves as an MP in the Spanish Parliament. He holds a PhD in International Studies of Peace & Conflicts from the UNESCO Chair of Philosophy for Peace (Universitat Jaume I). He has been a researcher at the University of Nottingham, the International University of Andalusia and the Carlos III University of Madrid. He has been an expert consultant in the OSCE – ODIHR project “Turning words into action. Combating anti-Semitism and other forms of intolerance (2015-2018)”. He has worked as an analyst for think tanks such as the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Open Society European Policy Institute. He was a postdoc fellow of the Roma Studies Program at Central European University. He coordinated the book Dimensions of Antigypsyism in Europe. Last year, he published the book Dreams and Shadows on the Gitanos. The presence of historical racism.
Georgina Laboda @labodagina @dikhhenabisterGeorgina Laboda is a Roma youth activist and political scientist, who has been working at the Romedia Foundation since 2020. She is involved with Dikh He Na Bister, a Roma Genocide Remembrance Initiative which organized annual youth conferences and remembrance initiatives in Auschwitz-Birkenau to commemorate the Roma and Sinti Genocide.

15:15 – 15:30

High-level Panel – Final Remarks

Name, Social media accountBio
Gabriela Hrabanova @hrabanova   MODERATOR  s.a.   Gabriela Hrabanova has been working at ERGO Network since 2011 and serving as its director since 2017.  She is a strong human rights activist with extensive experience in the protection, promotion and advocacy of Roma rights and is a Roma herself. Gabriela Hrabanova has been working in the non-profit sector in the Czech Republic as well as for the Governmental Office as Director of the Roma Office for the Council of Roma Minority Affairs and has also been strongly involved in the Czech Presidency of the European Union when the 10 Common Basic Principles for Roma Inclusion were adopted. She organized the first meeting of the EU Roma Platform. 
  Annelisa Cotone @helenadalliAnnelisa Cotone is a lawyer and Member of the Commissioner’s Dalli Cabinet, European Commission. As EU Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli is responsible for instance for the strengthening of inclusion and equality, leading the fight against discrimination and developing EU anti-discrimination legislation.
MEP Tomáš Zdechovský @TomasZdechovsky @EPP  s.a.   Tomáš Zdechovský has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2014, in the group of the European People’s Party. He has an academic and practical background among others in political communication, crisis management, and media analysis. In the European Parliament, he is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.