The Pakiv Board is the highest-organ of ERIAC. The Board oversees the work of ERIAC, safeguards its values and approves the financial and activity plans.
The members of the Pakiv Board are nominated by ERIAC’s founders: the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (one member), the Open Society Institute (one member) and the Alliance pour l’Institut Rom Européenne pour les Arts et la Culture (one member). A further two members are to be nominated by the Barvalipe Academy once its composition is completed.
Zeljko Jovanovic is director of the Open Society Roma Initiatives Office, which supports the voices and leadership of Roma in making their power felt in the policy-making arena.
Jovanovic comes from a family of Roma ethnic background which, through a belief in hard work, self-determination and education, moved from multigenerational extreme poverty to the middle class in Serbia. Before joining the Open Society Foundations in 2006, he worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on elections and public policy and for Catholic Relief Services on civil society development. He also has established and led a local Roma organization and community radio; volunteered for Roma political parties and protested for democracy during the Milosevic regime in Serbia; trained and mentored non-profit managers, advocates, and leaders internationally.
Jovanovic has degrees in law from the University of Belgrade and in public policy from the University of Oxford. He also completed the Executive Education Program on Strategic Management at the Harvard University. He is a member of the Aspen Institute network.
Dr Nicoleta Bitu is the chair of the RomArchive board and currently serves as the president of the Democratic Federation of Roma from Romania.
She has been active in the field of human and women’s rights for over 26 years, at the forefront of the European mobilization of Romani women activists and of advocacy for the rights of Roma.
A recognized and published expert in her field, she has worked for Romani CRISS, the Open Society Foundations, the Council of Europe, OSCE, the European Commission and Romano ButiQ. Her work has provoked the Romani and feminist movements to think and act based on the universality of human rights when it comes to Romani women.
The foundation of her activism and development remains the work she performed in the early years of her career in local communities affected by interethnic conflicts.
Dr Bitu have been part of the team which initiated the Museum of Roma Culture and the Nicolae Gheorghe Documentation Centre for Roma in Romania.
Ms Snežana Samardžić-Marković is since 2012 Director General of Democracy at the Council of Europe, in charge of the Organisation’s action promoting democratic innovation, governance, participation and diversity. Her responsibilities include the policy areas of education and youth, local democracy, cultural policies, election assistance, the protection of human dignity, gender equality, children’s rights, and the rights of minorities, work against discrimination, democratic citizenship and democratic responses to crisis situations. Previously, Snežana has held numerous positions in the Serbian Government including as Deputy Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Neighbouring Countries; Assistant Minister of Defence (2005-2007) and Co-President of the Serbia-NATO Defence Reform Group; member of the Foundation Board of WADA, Minister of Youth and Sports (2007-2012) and President of the Fund for Young Talents.
The day-to-day operations as well as ERIAC’s office in Berlin are run by an international team of experienced, professional and dedicated staff members.
Tímea Junghaus is an art historian and contemporary art curator. She started in the position of executive director of the Berlin-based European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture in September, 2017.
Previously, Junghaus was Research Fellow of the Working Group for Critical Theories at the Institute for Art History, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2010-2017). She has researched and published extensively on the conjunctions of modern and contemporary art with critical theory, with particular reference to issues of cultural difference, colonialism, and minority representation. She is completing her PhD studies in Cultural Theory at the Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest.
In recognition of her curatorial activities Junghaus received the Kairos – European Cultural Price from the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., in 2008. Her curatorial works include the Roma component of the Hidden Holocaust- exhibition in the Budapest Kunsthalle (2004), Paradise Lost – the First Roma Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Contemporary Art Biennale (2007), the Archive and Scholarly Conference on Roma Hiphop (2010), The Romani Elders and the Public Intervention for the Unfinished Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Murdered Under the National Socialist Regime in the frame of the 7th Berlin Biennale (2012), the (Re-)Conceptualizing Roma Resistance – exhibition and education program in Hellerau, Dresden (2015) and the Goethe Institute, Prague (2016). She is the curator of the Visual Art Section for RomArchive – Digital
Archive of the Roma, funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes,
(2015-2018). Junghaus was founding director of Gallery8 – Roma Contemporary Art Space (www.gallery8.org) in Budapest (2013-2017), the winner of the 2014 Catalyst Contemporary Art Award (of Tranzit Hungary) and the 2014 Otto Pankok Prize awarded by the For Roma Foundation of German writer and Literary Nobel Laureate, Günter Grass
Dr. Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka is an anthropologist and Roma activist, born in 1985 in Cracow/Poland. She earned her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 2016. She holds an MA in European Integration from UAB and an MA in Comparative Studies of Civilizations from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (UJ). She is the author of policy evaluations, reports and articles, and is the co-editor of the book “Education for Remembrance of the Roma Genocide: Scholarship, Commemoration and the Role of Youth” (Libron, 2015).
She has been an employee, member, founder and collaborator of numerous Roma organizations in Poland and Spain. From 2008 to 2012 she was the European project coordinator at the Federation of Roma Associations in Catalonia (FAGIC). From 2013 to 2015 she was an Open Society Foundations Roma Initiatives Fellow, conducting a comparative study of the Roma associative movements in various countries of Latin America and Europe. From 2015 to 2017 she was the coordinator and curator of the Academic Section (aka. Roma Civil Rights Movement Section) in the RomArchive – Digital Archive of the Roma. Since, 2017, she is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the Romani Studies Program at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.
Born in 1979 in Luxembourg-City. Jean-Paul holds degrees in Comparative Literature, History & Anthropology as well as European Studies from FU Berlin. He researches on cultural politics and diplomacy in and beyond nation states in Germany and Europe. As a cultural and project manager in Berlin Jean-Paul is interested and experienced in political and ecological issues and in cultural and indigenous advocacy. Since 2006 he regularly consults as an election observer and -assistant, mainly in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central America and East Africa. Fond of Avant-garde music, film and German theatre Jean-Paul believes the ERIAC and the city of Berlin to be a perfect match.
After growing up in Budapest, Zsófia Bihari moved to Berlin and earned a Bachelor Degree at Humboldt University in Cultural History and Theory. Working for a professor at the faculty, she has been a research assistant focusing on Diaspora Studies in the last years. She is currently enrolled at the Freie University’s Eastern European Studies Master Program while continuing her work as a freelancer in the field of the non-formal historical education. As an intern at ERIAC she is very interested in experiencing the Romani cultural and art scene from within the community and learning about the everyday operation of a thriving new institution.
Originally from Albania, Bruno is currently pursuing a master degree in Public Administration at Central European University. His academic background includes a cultural exchange year in Wisconsin, United States and a bachelor degree in British and American Studies from University of Tirana. Additionally, he has been engaged in a number of projects with focus on education, arts and sports through YES Alumni Albania. Coming from a country where the Roma community is still a marginalized group, he is excited to be part of an institute that uses an innovative approach to change the perception of Roma across Europe, through the use of Roma arts and culture.
Prior to the engagement with ERIAC, Almir Huseini contributed to the UN-International labor organization(ILO-DWT/CO), European Centre for Minority Issues, UNICEF and UNCHR in Serbia in a capacity of a consultant, researcher/evaluator, educational social worker implementing projects involving a high level of coordination and networking as well as intensive communication and cooperation with different stakeholders on the local, national and international level in the Central and Eastern European(CEE) region with various social and political actors.
As a Roma person he invested his interest in the protection and promotion of Roma rights and culture and those were the main reasons to study Sociology, participate in Romani Studies Program(RSP) and graduate Public Policy at the Central European University.