Speakers


Rob JacksonRob Jackson (UK)
Keynote Speaker & Inspirational Speaker

Rob Jackson has worked in the volunteering movement for more than 21 years, during which time he has led and managed volunteers and volunteer programmes in education, advice, fundraising and children’s services settings at local, regional and national levels. In 2011 Rob established Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd and now provides consultancy, public speaking and training services on a range of topics, with strategic volunteer engagement remaining at the core of his work. Rob continues to write extensively for the field.

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Cristina RigmanCristina Rigman (RO)
Conference Facilitator & Workshop Facilitator

Cristina Rigman is the acting President of the European Volunteer Center (CEV) network and CEO of Pro Vobis – the National Resource Center for Volunteerism in Romania. She has been working in volunteering for the past 13 years, concentrating mostly on the development of a sound volunteering infrastructure to further the development of volunteerism. She was involved in setting up several local volunteer centers across Romania and delivering training and consultancy on topics related to volunteerism to large volunteer involving organizations in the country.

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WORKSHOP FACILITATORS

Dominic PinkneyDominic Pinkney (UK)
Workshop Facilitator: Working with Employee Volunteers

Dominic is Chief Executive of Hammersmith & Fulham and Camden Volunteer Centres and not-for-profit social enterprise Works4U. Dominic is an expert and innovator in the field of Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) and has provided consultancy to NGOS and businesses in the United Kingdom and Europe.

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Iuliana DinuIuliana Dinu (RO/UK)
Workshop Facilitator: Volunteering All-Inclusive

Iuliana is a professional psychologist and psychotherapist. Currently based in London and since 2014 she is project manager within the Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea. She has over 15 years experience working with vulnerable cildren, young people and adults in different communities (Romania, Cambodia, UK) and knows the extent to which volunteering can have a huge impact on their lives.

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Tina KovačićTina Kovačić (HR)
Workshop Facilitator: Are Volunteer Managers Allowed to Say “NO”?

Tina is trained as a volunteer manager by the Association for Civil Society Development  SMART and is currently managing over forty volunteers of SOS telephone for victims of violence.Tina has graduated Croatian language and literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. She has been a volunteer of SOS telephone – City of Rijeka since 2010, and in 2012 she became the president of the same organisation.

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Lorena ZecLorena Zec (HR)
Workshop Facilitator: Are Volunteer Managers Allowed to Say “NO”?


Lorena is currently a psychologist at the Counseling centre for victims of family violence that is part of SOS telephone – City of Rijeka, organisation for helping victims of violence. She has been a volunteer at the SOS telephone – City of Rijeka since 2009 and has also volunteered at many different NGOs (on local, national and European level). She has lots of experience in managing larger volunteer groups and supervising their work.

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Bikfalvi_RekaDr. Réka Bikfalvi (HU)
Workshop Facilitator: Avoid Multiplying Burnout

She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary) in Psychology in 2002, and completed a second degree in 2010 in Health Psychology. Being a health psychologist has been her profession since that time. Réka has 15 years of experience in the field of counselling, and in the last five years she has also implemented workplace health promotion programs with her colleagues at the Foundation of Mental Health for Well-being, of which she is a Manager.  

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Balazs_NoemiNoémi Balázs (HU)
Workshop Facilitator: Avoid Multiplying Burnout


Noémi graduated from Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary) in Psychology in the year 2007, and after that in Health Psychology in 2010. She has worked in the field of counselling for 7 years, helping clients change maladaptive, unhealthy behaviour. She also trains other helpers and healthcare workers to motivate their patients in behaviour change.

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Marta HauserMarta Hauser (HR)
Workshop Facilitator: Quality Standards for Volunteer Management

Marta is a graduate in Psychology. For the past eight years she was actively involved in the work of Association for Civil Society Development SMART – Volunteer Centre Rijeka, working on a position of a volunteer centre manager and trainer in the field of volunteerism.

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Tamara FabacTamara Fabac (HR)
Workshop Facilitator: Quality Standards for Volunteer Management

Tamara is a graduate in Pedagogy and a Program assistant and trainer in the Association for Civil Society Development SMART, working especially in the field of Volunteer Centre Rijeka as one of the biggest and significant programs of SMART. She is especially involved in trainings for volunteer involving organisations and volunteers.

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BorbalaBorbála Hadrévy (HU)
Workshop Facilitator: Validation of Skills for Volunteer Managers

Borbála has a degree in Economics. She is a Project Manager of National Volunteer Centre, Hungary, and has been working for the organisation for 12 years. She has built up the volunteer placement and matching system. She managed skills and competences related research pilot projects in which she gained experience in identifying and evaluating skills and qualifications acquired through informal learning within volunteer activities for a professional purpose.

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Maria ArapovicsMaria Arapovics (HU)
Workshop Facilitator: Validation of Skills for Volunteer Managers

Maria Arapovics, PhD is an expert of adult education and researcher of  civil society, NGOs and cultural community development. She is a full  time assistant professor of the Eötvös Loránd (ELTE) University  Budapest (at the Institute of Adult Education, Research and Knowledge Management, Faculty of Education and Psychology).

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Alzbeta FrimmerovaAlžbeta Frimmerová (SK)
Workshop Facilitator: Skills and Training of Volunteer Managers

Alžbeta Frimmerová is the president of the Platform of Volunteer Centres and Organisations in Slovakia. She studied sociology at the Comenius University in Bratislava. During her studies, she started to volunteer at an oncology hospital. In the last 13 years, she has been involved in the development of volunteer sector and volunteering infrastructure in Slovakia.

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INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERS

AndrasAndrás F. Tóth (HU)
Inspirational speaker

András F. Tóth is the CEO of the National Volunteer Centre (ÖKA) since 2002. He started to work on the development of volunteerism in 1998 as the program leader at the Nonprofit Information and Training Centre Foundation. As CEO at ÖKA he created several new initiatives, amongst the Volunteer Centre Network, the volunteer management trainer pool, the IDEA long term volunteering project (ÖTLET), the Self-Starter VC development program, the Act on Volunteerism and the National Volunteer Strategy of Hungary.

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Mirela OpreaMirela Oprea (RO)
Inspirational Speaker

Mirela Oprea has a BA in psychology and educational sciences (UBB Cluj, Romania) and a PhD in international cooperation and sustainable development (University of Bologna, Italy). Mirela started to volunteer for social causes in her home city (Sibiu) when she was a teenager. When she was 20 she became a volunteer with World Vision Romania, counselling abused children over the phone.

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Andrei PopescuAndrei Popescu (RO)
Inspirational speaker

Andrei has some “fluid” ideas such as non-formal learning, volunteering, youth work and NGOs. As a result, he volunteered in various youth organizations for several years where he took on board a wide range of roles from spreading posters and flyers to trainer, project manager or NGO president. He was involved in a series of activities managed at local, national or European level such as projects, events, networks, training courses or developing mentorship programs. 

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IzaIzabella Csordás (HU)
Inspirational Speaker

Izabella Csordás graduated as an Msc in Economics in 2003 and acquired her postgraduate degree as Specialist in Mental Health and Organisation Development in 2015. In 2006, she established the Volunteer Programme of the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest (MFAB) as a unique museum initiative in Hungary, which she coordinated until 2012. The Programme still operates under her direction within the Visitor Services Department, which she established in 2010.

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DanielaDaniela Bosioc (RO)
Inspirational speaker

Daniela Bosioc started working with youth and volunteering programmes in 1999, in her home town of Resita, Romania, which, to date, she considers as the solid ground on which her professional life built up.  She then spent a few years working with youth, volunteering and local development organisations in Spain. Upon the completion of a master’s degree in management of international cooperation, NGOs and volunteering, she worked for the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme between 2006 and 2011, at both its headquarters and its field offices.  

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ValeriuValeriu Nicolae (RO)
Inspirational Speaker

Valeriu Nicolae is a State Secretary at the Ministry of Labor, Family, and Social Protection in the Romanian Government. As a human rights activist, he won, in 2013, the European Citizenship Award of the European Parliament. He is the founder of Policy Center for Roma and Minorities, a Bucharest-based think tank. Also, Valeriu co-produced “Toto and His Sisters” – the HBO documentary that won 6 major international prizes and the best Romanian Documentary for 2014.