Zlakha Ahmaed is the founder of Apna Haq, a UK-based organisation supporting black and minority ethnic women and girls who experience violence. She has over 20 years of experience developing and overseeing violence against women support services at a local level, while influencing strategy, policy and procedure at a regional, national, European and global level.
Mpanzu Bamenga is a coordinator and co-founder of Incleaders, the Inclusion Leaders Network, and coordinator of the Supervisory Group for Undocumented Migrants in Amsterdam. A lawyer, diplomat, activist, and public representative, Mpanzu promotes human rights, diversity, inclusion, and opportunities for refugees and migrants.
Vivien Brassoi studied law at Eötvös Loránd University’s Faculty of Law in Budapest. She also participated to the Roma Graduate Preparation Programme at Central European University, which she recently completed. Prior to joining the ERRC as a legal trainee, Vivien worked in trainee positions at the Romaversitas Foundation, the Autonómia Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations. She joined the ERRC in October 2016.
Milan Brglez has been a Member of the European Parliament for the Social Democrats since 2019. His activities in the EP include membership in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and substitute membership in the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. Within the former, Brglez is amongst else serving as the rapporteur for the own-initiative report “Towards a European Action on Care”.
Isabel Carvalhais is a Portuguese politician of the Socialist Party who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since the 2019 elections. She is a part of the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights and the European Parliament Intergroup on Disability.
Sarah Chander is Co-founder of Equinox Initiative of Racial Justice, a people of colour-led initiative working to advance rights and justice for all people in Europe. Equinox works in solidarity with a coalition of racial and social justice leaders and organisations to influence European Union law and policy on issues such as racial profiling, migration, climate justice and inclusive gender policy. Sarah previously worked on non-discrimination policy at the European Network Against Racism. She has a background in activism on immigration detention and LGBTIQ+ rights.
Marina Csikós holds a master’s degree in gender studies from the Central European University, where she focused her research on intersectionality, feminist knowledge production and anti-racism. She has been working in the intersection of activism, art and policy for several years, with a wide range of stakeholders: from civil society organizations, art institutions, through European human rights and policy bodies. Currently, she is a Project Officer of Phiren Amenca International Network, a Brussels-based Roma youth organization, and Co-founder of Feminist Collective of Romani Gender Experts.
Helena Dalli is the first EU Commissioner for Equality, appointed in December 2019. Her role is to deliver on the Union of Equality chapter within the Political Guidelines of President von der Leyen, by strengthening Europe’s commitment to equality and inclusion in all of its senses.
Dan Doghi is a Team Leader at the Non-discrimination and Roma coordination Unit of DG Justice and Consumers at European Commission. He has been involved in human rights work since 1996, including various Roma NGOs in Romania, the Resource Center for Roma Communities Foundation, the Roma Education Fund and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Cornelia Ernst has been a Member of the European Parliament for the Left Group since 2009. She is a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and a substitute on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. She is also the Chair of the delegation for relations with Iran.
Pascale Falek is the policy officer supporting the European Coordinator on combating Antisemitism. She holds a PhD degree from the European University Institute, Master degrees from the Oxford University and the College of Europe, and has work experience as Research Project Manager at the State Archives and Curator and then Director of the Jewish Museum of Belgium.
Lilla Farkas, member of the Budapest Bar Association, has worked for domestic and international human rights NGOs on asylum, immigration, criminal justice and discrimination. She served as president of the Hungarian Equal Treatment Authority’s Advisory Board between 2005 and 2011. She is currently a senior legal policy analyst for the Migration Policy Group, serving as the race (Roma) ground coordinator of the European network of legal experts on gender equality and non-discrimination.
Romeo Franz is a German musician, human rights activist and politician of Alliance 90/The Greens who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since July 2018. From 2003 until 2013, he was a board member of the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma. He is a member of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights and the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup.
Sandrine Gashonga is an anti-racism activist and cross-cultural facilitator. She teaches intercultural competence skills at the “Bachelor en Sciences Sociales” at the University of Luxembourg, and trains mediators in conflict resolution and cross-cultural communication. She is the president of a Luxembourg-based organisation combatting racism, Lëtz Rise Up.
Farid Hafez is currently Visiting Professor of International Studies at Williams College since 2021. Since 2017, he is also a non-resident Researcher at Georgetown University’s The Bridge Initiative. Before, he was a Senior Researcher at the University of Salzburg from 2014 to 2021. In 2017, he was a Fulbright-Botstiber Visiting Professor of Austrian-American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Race and Gender. Since 2010, Hafez has been the founding editor of the Islamophobia Studies Yearbook, and since 2015 co-editor of the annual European Islamophobia Report. In 2009, he has received the Bruno Kreisky Award for the political book of the year. Hafez has authored more than 130 academic publications.
Dr. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana was elected to the European Parliament in 2019 as a representative of German Greens. She is First Vice-Chair of the Committee on Development (DEVE) and the Delegation for Relations with the Pan-African Parliament (DPAP), Co-President of the European Parliament's Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) and a member of the Delegation to the Cariforum-EU Parliamentary Committee (DCAR).
Shada Islam is a renowned and respected Brussels-based commentator on European Union affairs who now works independently as an advisor/analyst on Europe, Africa, Asia, geopolitics, trade, and inclusion. Shada Islam worked for nine years as Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe, an influential independent think tank based in Brussels.
Petra Laiti is an indigenous activist from Finland who works to raise awareness on the experience of her community, and the role Indigenous people must play in climate action. She is funding advisor for Nordic Culture Point, previously a political assistant to Finland’s Minister of the Interior. She is known to many also as a podcaster, writer, and advocate for Sami rights.
Marion Lalisse is the EU Coordinator on combating anti-Muslim hatred, appointed in February 2023. She is working with Member States, European institutions, civil society and academia to strengthen policy responses in this field. She had previously worked as a diplomat in EU missions in Yemen, Ghana, Mauritania, and Morocco, as well as dealing with European aid to Turkish Cypriots.
Daris Lewis works as a Legal and Policy Officer at Equinet. He started his career at a law firm in the U.S. and moved on to work as a lawyer in the solar energy field. After this corporate experience, he provided legal aid to refugees as well as raised awareness on equality and non-discrimination at NGOs working on human rights in Greece and Spain.
Sinead Lucey holds a Master’s degree in International Law and qualified as a solicitor in 2000. She joined FLAC in 2016 as Managing Solicitor, and is a member of the Equal Access Project management team. Prior to this she was engaged in the Irish Traveller Movement, the Equality Authority, as well as the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.
Roberta Metsola is the President of the European Parliament, elected in January 2022 from the EPP group. She was first elected to the European Parliament in 2013, becoming one of Malta's first female Members of the European Parliament. Professionally she is a lawyer who has specialised in European law and politics.
Isabela Mihalache is a Senior Advocacy Officer at the European Roma Grassroots Organisations Network. She has a history of working in the non-profit organisations, donor foundations, inter-governmental organisations on fundamental rights, non-discrimination, minority rights and gender equality policies. She holds a master degree focused on Gender Equality.
Michaela Moua is the first EU Anti-Racism Coordinator, appointed in 2021. She has extensive experience and expertise in combatting racism and ethnicity-based discrimination and in promoting an ethnically equal and diverse society on the local and member state level. She held a number of senior roles in her native Finland: in NGOs, the Non-discrimination Ombudsman’s office and at the Ministry of Justice.
Henri Nickels is the Head of Policy Analysis and Stakeholder Cooperation Sector Institutional Cooperation and Networks Unit at the Fundamental Rights Agency. His areas of expertise include equality and non-discrimination; racism, xenophobia and related intolerance; and hate crime. He has done research on the impact of counter-terrorism on Irish and Muslim communities in Britain, as well as on representations of Islam as a security threat.
Ojeaku Nwabuzo is the Director for Policy, Advocacy and Network Development at the European Network Against Racism. She joined ENAR in 2014, initially as a Shadow Report Officer, then an Advocacy Officer, to take up the Director position in July 2022. She has extensive experience as a researcher and policy analyst in both the UK and Brussels, with a focus on racial injustice in the criminal legal system.
Nyanchama Okemwa is a decolonial expert, Pan-Africanist, anti-racism activist, and defender of human rights. She is particularly engaged in campaigns to raise awareness and mobilise bottom-up initiatives that are focused on decoloniality. She has more than 30 years of experience in activism in many civil organisations.
Camila Piastro is the Intersectional Action Officer at CEJI (A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe). She is a graduate of International Relations and holds a Peace and Gender studies diploma. She has worked in the Jewish community in Barcelona and other projects such as Salam-Shalom Barcelona and Women lawyer for Social Justice in Tel Aviv.
Peter Pollak has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2019, as the first Slovak MEP of Roma origin. He is a member of the Committee on Culture and Education and a substitute on Committees on Regional Development and on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.
Samira Rafaela is a Dutch politician of Democrats 66, who has been serving as a Member of the European Parliament since 2019, elected as the first Dutch MEP with Afro-Caribbean roots. She is inter alia the Co-President of the European Parliament's Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) and a member of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). This is why she also vigorously fought for for including intersectionality in the upcoming EU law for equal pay for which file she was one of the two lead negotiators.
Gabriela Ramos is the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO, where she oversees the institution's contributions to building inclusive societies. Her mandate includes the achievement of social inclusion and gender equality, advancing youth development; promotion of values through sports; anti-racism and antidiscriminatory agenda and ethics of artificial intelligence.
Senada Sali holds master degrees in Constitutional Law, as well as in International Relations and European Studies. She has worked for the European Roma Rights Centre since July 2014 and is the first Romani woman that has held the position of lawyer in the organization. Her main work has been a combination of community organising, evidence gathering, and litigation. Her case portfolio includes cases of racial profiling at borders, prison death of Roma, mistreatment of Romani children in state care, discrimination in access to water and public utilities, school segregation.
Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin is the Co-Founder and Chair of the Anti-Racist Forum (ARF), a Finnish NGO working to empower people in their fight for social and racial justice to achieve an equal society. She currently works as a doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki, focusing on racial equality data development in Finland and the production of knowledge by racialized minorities. Additionally, she works as an anti-racist educator and equality trainer.
Sabrina Saoudi has over 15 years of experience on human rights, international policy and advocacy, and international community development. She has led successful management and implementation programs, strategic planning, and grants management in senior leadership roles at national, European and international levels. Since 2021, Sabrina has served as the Adviser on combating intolerance against Muslims in the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), working on hate crimes, social cohesion, conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
She has extensive European and international experience in developing strategic partnerships with civil society organisations, institutions and Governments and leading multi-country programmes with a focus on the Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa. She has held advisory roles with multi-lateral institutions. As former acting Director of Strategic Partnerships and EU liaison at the first EU-Mediterranean Foundation for dialogue, Sabrina has been actively advocating for bridging the gap between civil society and Governments. She was nominated to the 5+5 countries task-force to create structures for dialogue among the EU, Civil Society and Governments following the Summit of the Two Shores.
With the European Parliament, she has been involved in developing global European policies on democracy support. Sabrina began her career as legal protection officer in the French National Court of Asylum where she developed an expertise on migration and asylum policies. She has been the Court’s focal point on the geopolitical and human rights developments in the Muslim world.
Monica Semedo is a former Luxembourgish TV presenter and politician who currently serves as a Member of the European Parliament after being elected in 2019. She is a member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, of the Committee on Culture and Education and of the Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
Alyna Smith is Advocacy Officer at PICUM, where she joined in 2015 and currently leads their work on access to justice, access to health and legal strategies. She is a licensed lawyer and has an academic background in criminal law, human rights law, bioethics, and the life sciences.
Hande Taner is the President the Forum of European Muslim Youth and Student Organisations (FEMYSO), Europe’s largest umbrella body of Muslim youth and student organisations. She is a Dutch dual degree Master’s student in European Affairs between Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics.
Juliana Santos Wahlgren is the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN)'s Director. She is an expert on social rights, gender, anti-racism and anti-discrimination at both EU and Member States Level. She has extensively covered issues related to poverty, migration, integration and strategic litigation. In November 2020, she was appointed to the EC Expert Group on the views of Migrants on Migration, Integration and Asylum.