Barvalipe Academy

The Barvalipe Academy is the agenda-setting and strategic body of the Institute which has an advisory and inspirational role, in order to fulfill ERIAC’s objectives.

Barvalipe is composed of 15 members – highly regarded, publicly acknowledged individuals, with competencies in the areas covered by ERIAC activities. Two thirds of the Academy members must openly declare their Romani ethnicity, respecting the diversity among the Romani communities. Gender balance must be ensured.


The first 7 members of the Barvalipe Academy will be nominated by ERIAC’s Board “Pakiv”. The remaining 8 members of the Baravlipe Academy will be elected by the members through the thematic sections. Each section will delegate two representatives to Barvalipe.


Two members of Barvalipe Academy, elected internally, are delegated to the “Pakiv” Board and become a bridge which connects the ERIAC’s membership with the Board.



Barvalipe Academy Members


Jarmila Balazova 


Jarmila Balazova (1972, Brno) is a Czech journalist, moderator and Roma activist. In 1997 she graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in journalism. Between 1992-1998 she worked at the Czech Radio in the Roma editorial office, where she prepared the Roma broadcast „O Roma vakeren”. Since 1997 she has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Romani monthly „Amaro gendalos”. Since 1999 she has been working on Czech Television on a dramaturgy of programs for children and youth and has been the host of the children’s discussion program called “Tykadlo” and a talk show by Jarmila Balážová. On TV Nova presented agenda “Áčko”. From the years 2003-2014 she was editor-in-chief of the monthly „Romano voďi”.  Between 2002 and 2013, she worked with Czech Radio 6 where she prepared and featured programs Human Rights Focus, Studio STOP, Interview, Focus on Young and Sciences Speech. Until 2014 she acted as chairwoman of the board of directors of ROMEA. Since 2014, she has been working as Press Secretary for Human Rights Minister Jiří Dienstbier, since November 2015, she has been in the same position at the Ministry of Education.


Ethel Brooks 


Professor Dr. Ethel Brooks is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She has conducted research on an host of sites around the world including London, Istanbul, Fall River, San Salvador, Dhaka and York City. Professor Brooks is currently working on two book projects: “Disrupting the Nation: Land Tenure, Productivity and the Possibilities of a Romani Post-Coloniality”, and “(Mis)Recognitions and (Un)Acknowledgements: Visualities, Productivities and the Contours of Romani Feminism”, both of which focus on political economy and cultural production and the increasing violence against Romani (Gypsy) citizens worldwide.

In 2011 Professor Brooks was awarded a prestigious Fulbright-University of the Arts London Distinguished Chair Award and she spent the academic year 2011/2012 at TrAIN – the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation. Part of the award supported Professor Brooks’ delivery of a lecture series in conjunction with the Tate Gallery, London.

Brooks serves as a member of numerous boards and commissions, including the USC Shoah Foundation VHA External Advisory Committee, the RomArchive, the European Roma Rights Centre, and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. She is a member of the US Delegation to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and its Roma Genocide Working Group.

In 2016, she was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council.


Tony Gatlif 


Tony Gatlif is an acclaimed French film director, screenwriter, composer, actor, and producer of Romani ethnicity. He was born in Algeria in 1948 and came to France in 1960. Starting in 1981, he has tackled the theme he now explores from film to film: Romani people from all over the world, seduced by this “community in movement” and “of great richness and diversity.” He is best known for his films dealing inspired by Romani arts and culture, including “Latcho Drom” (1993), “Gadjo Dilo” (1997), “Vengo” (2000), “Transylvania” (2006) and “Korkoro” (2009). His 2004 film “Exils” won the Best Director Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. He was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur on 30 March 2015.


Delaine Le Bas 


Delaine Le Bas was born in 1965 in Worthing, U.K. She studied at St Martins School of Art London. Delaine is a cross-disciplinary artist creating installations, performances, photography, and films. She was one of sixteen artists who were part of “Paradise Lost,” the first Roma Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2007. She worked with her late husband, artist Damian Le Bas, on their installations for their ongoing projects “Safe European Home?” and projects “Gypsy Revolution” and “Gypsy DaDa”, and in 2017 to produce the stage artworks and costumes together for the “Roma Armee”. Delaine created the “Romani Embassy” in 2015. She also has created performance text works with her son, writer Damian James Le Bas. Her works have been included in the Venice Biennales of 2007 & 2017, the Prague Biennales of 2005 & 2007, the Gwangju Biennale 2012, the Zacheta National Gallery of Art 2013, the MWW Wroclaw Contemporary Art Museum 2014, the Third Edition of the Project Biennial of Contemporary Art D-O Ark Underground Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015, the Off Biennale Budapest 2015, the Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art Extended 2015, and the Critical Contemplations Tate Modern 2017. Delaine is one of the curators for 1st Roma Biennale 2018 and is an Associate Curator at 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning London U.K.


Romani Rose 


Romani Rose (born 1946 at Heidelberg, Germany) is a Romani activist who lost 13 relatives in the Holocaust of the Nazi purges against the Romani people and Jews and is the head of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma. During the founding of the Central Council in 1982 he was voted to the position of Chairman by the delegates of the member organisations – then 9, now 16 state and regional associations – and since then has been confirmed in his post every four years at the member meetings. From 1991, Rose took over the management of the Documentation and Culture Centre of German Sinti and Roma in Heidelberg. For years he has been known by the federal and state governments for his resoluteness and for his persistent and unyielding work.

Together with the Chairpersons of the National Minorities in Germany, Rose leads the Minority Council, which was founded on September 9, 2004. It is the union of the umbrella organisations of the four national minorities which belong to the German nation and have always been resident and autochthonous here. For three decades –since June 1979 to be exact – he has led the work for the civil rights of German Sinti and Roma before the eyes of the German as well as the international public; he has also fought for their protection from racism and discrimination, for compensation for the survivors of the Holocaust – at the same time announcing the magnitude and the historical importance of the genocide of 500,000 Sinti and Roma in National Socialist occupied Europe. In May 1995, in cooperation with the member organisations of the Central Council, Rose achieved recognition for German Sinti and Roma as a national minority in Germany with their own minority language, connected with their goal of equal participation in social and political life.


Iulius Rostas 


Dr. Iulius Rostas is the Chair of Romani Studies/Assistant Professor at Central European University in Budapest. He was an Affiliated Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Studies at CEU, Senior Fellow with the Open Society Foundations Roma Initiatives Office, and Visiting Lecturer at Corvinus University of Budapest. He has worked for the Open Society Foundations, the European Roma Rights Center, and the Government of Romania, and has consulted for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the World Bank, the European Commission, and the Roma Education Fund. 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 published articles and book chapters on Roma participation, Romani identity, Roma school desegregation, the Romani movement, and civil society.


Mihaela Zatreanu


Mihaela Zatreanu is probably one of the best Romani language teaching experts among the Roma with a broad outlook at the Romani language field. A graduate of the Pedagogical High School and Foreign Language Faculty in Bucharest, Mihaela has worked in Roma education for the past 15 years, first as a primary school teacher, then as a trainer for Roma and non-Roma educators, and educational inspector at the Ministry of Education. Mihaela Zatreanu has been developing the first curriculum for Romani language in Romania and continued her activity authoring of textbooks, publishing a series of textbooks for Romani language. During 5 years as an educational inspector in the Ministry of Education and Research, she contributed to the designing of the legislative policies for increasing the school participation of Roma, has been monitoring and guiding local programs for supplementary school assistance, and introduced the school mediator for the first time in Romania. Mihaela Zatreanu had an important role in introducing Romani language and history in state schools at national level and for the allocation of special places for Roma students at high school and university level. At the European level Mihaela Zatreanu has been working in cooperation with the Council of Europe as a Chief Executive Officer at the European Roma and Travellers Forum. She was acting several years as the educational expert for the Council of Europe, contributing to the development of the policy paper for the education of Roma children in Europe, developing the Guide for Roma school mediators, teaching materials for preschool education and the Curriculum Framework for Romania Language together with a group of European experts. She has been CoE trainer for school mediation and the National Program Officer of ROMACT program in Romania.