I am the director of the Open Society Roma Initiatives Office. The Office supports the voices and leadership of Roma in making their concerns matter for the politics and policies of the European Union and national and local governments.
I come from a family of Roma ethnic background which, through a belief in self-determination and education, moved from extreme poverty to the middle class.
Before joining the Open Society Foundations in 2006, I worked for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Catholic Relief Services. I also established and led a local Roma organization and community radio; mentored and trained Roma for strategic advocacy, leadership, and management; volunteered for a Roma political party; and protested against the Milosevic regime.
I have an academic background in law and completed the Harvard University Executive Education Program on Strategic Management for Leaders of Non-Governmental Organizations.
In February 2017, I was appointed Chairman of the Board of the newly established European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, based in Berlin. The institute is established by the partnership between the Council of Europe, Open Society Foundations and Alliance for ERI.