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

Current interns

Julia Corradini joined ERIO in October 2018. She has a Master degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from EIUC in Venice and the Irish Centre for Human Rights where she focused on Minority Rights. She worked as a social worker in a counselling centre for victims of domestic violence and did an internship in a Children’s Rights Organisation. Her Bachelor thesis was on Child Trafficking focusing on the situation of Roma children. At ERIO, Julia wants to gain more knowledge on Roma and minority rights protection at EU level, learn about effective advocacy strategies on human rights and become familiar with the landscape of Brussels-based NGOs. Julia is fluent in German, Italian and English.
Jihan Bout joined ERIO in October 2018. She is currently doing a Master’s degree in Human Rights, Democracy and Globalisation at the Open University of Catalonia where she is learning the legislative, judiciary and executive framework that goes into action while working with the defense of human rights. During ERIO’s internship, she expects to gain more knowledge about Roma issues and advocacy techniques used for the defense of minority rights at an EU level. Jihan is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
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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