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Khrystyna Chushak

Ukraine
Head Programme Coordinator
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Khrystyna Chushak is Head Programme Coordinator in Ukraine for the EWC programme "Schools for Democracy: Supporting Educational Reforms in Ukraine".

Chushak also works as a research fellow affiliated with the National Academy of Science of Ukraine and holds a PhD in Political Science from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. She has been actively involved in various educational NGOs activities targeted primarily at youth, youth workers and high school teachers since the late 1990s.

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Inga Marie Nymo Riseth

Project Officer
+47 90178475
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Inga Riseth is project officer for the programme "22 July and Democratic Citizenship". She holds a Master's degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Oslo, and a bachelor in International Environmental and Development Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. From 2015 to 2017, she was political vice president and then president of the Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund (SAIH). She also holds experience from serving as a Norwegian Youth Delegate to the UN General Assembly and from working as a trainer for the United Nations Association of Norway.

Hege Knudsen

Communications advisor
+47 47346479
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Karoline Slåttum

Advisor
+47 92628311
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Karoline Slåttum is an Advisor for the 22 July and Democratic Citizenship programme. She holds a Master of Philosophy in European languages. She has ten years experience of teaching at both lower and upper secondary school.

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Marina Dyshlovska

Advisor
+47 92535600
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Marina Dyshlovska is an Advisor for the programme "Schools for Democracy: Supporting Educational Reforms in Ukraine". Her main responsibilities are to ensure appropriate implementation of the Programme and to report to the donor on Programme results.

Dyshlovska holds a Master’s degree in English and Swedish Philology from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine. She previously worked at the Norwegian Embassy in Kyiv as project coordinator.

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Ana Perona-Fjeldstad

Executive Director
+47 90962723
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Since its establishment, Ana Perona-Fjeldstad is the Executive Director of the European Wergeland Centre, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Centre.

Perona-Fjeldstad is a lawyer (Córdoba State University, Argentina) with a MA in International Relations from the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO). She has been working in Education for the last 20 years. From 1994-2009 she worked at the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), a global NGO gathering Higher Education Institutions active in the field of open, online and distance learning, holding several positions up to Assistant Secretary General. She was engaged in capacity building projects in Asia, Africa and Europe developed under the framework of UNESCO, The World Bank and EU programmes, mostly addressing issues of access to education. Previously she was adviser at the Chamber of Representatives (Córdoba), working also in research at FLACSO-Buenos Aires focusing on the integration process between Argentina and Brazil. 

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Lars M. Gudmundson

Deputy Director
+47 47714369
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Lars Gudmundson is responsible for the EWCs capacity building programmes and projects. He coordinates the Centre’s activities in line with the strategic priorities of the EWC Board and the policies of the Council of Europe and Norway.

Gudmundson has extensive experience in educational policy-making from working on several white papers, strategy plans and other policy documents for the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. He was project manager for the Ministry’s project aiming to coordinate and revise all online information channels and resources for the national education authorities. Mr. Gudmundson has also acted as secretary for the government expert committee which suggested a new legal objective for the educational system in Norway, writing the expert report to the Parliament. As adviser for the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, Gudmundson was responsible for coordinating cross-curricular issues in the development of the new national curriculum in Norway for primary through secondary school including vocational schools.

Gudmundson has also worked in publishing, and holds a Master's degree in political science and history of ideas from the University of Oslo, Norway. He has been part of the EWC since 2009.

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Iryna Sabor

Senior Advisor
+47 90094213
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Iryna Sabor is responsible for the EWC's projects in Ukraine. She holds a Master's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Oslo (Norway) and a Master's in International Economic Relations from the University of Lviv (Ukraine). She has earlier served in the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was posted at the Embassy of Ukraine in Norway. 

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Caroline Gebara

Senior Advisor
+47 45068608
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Caroline Gebara is Senior Adviser at the EWC, and leading the Regional Summer Academy program. She has long-standing experiences in education, in particular in human rights education. She has managed and been engaged in various capacity building programs in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East developed under the framework of the League of Arab States, the EU and the Ministry of Development Germany. Her work addressed issues of professional development of educators, youth participation and HRE in post-conflict settings. She is a member of the CoE Consultative Group on HRE for Young People. She holds a MA in Social Science and Human Rights from Berlin University.

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Kjersti Toverud Klette

Senior Advisor
+47 48022348
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Kjersti Klette is responsible for the Centre’s financial affairs and administration. She also supports other EWC employees and partners in the development and implementation of projects and other initiatives.

Klette has an MSc in Management from the University of Edinburgh Business School, and a Bachelor in general teaching from Oslo and Akershus University College (now Oslo Met). Before coming to the EWC in 2009, she worked for the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, and the Directorate of Education

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Elizaveta Bagrintseva

Project Officer
+47 46222712
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Elizaveta Bagrintseva is a Project Officer for the programme “Practicing Citizenship” and the Baltic Summer Academy. She will substitute for Valentina Papeikiene in 2019, and her main responsibilities are to ensure appropriate implementation of the Programme, and to report to the donors on the results of the activities. 

Bagrintseva has a background in Contemporary History (Lomonosov Moscow State University), Law (French University College) and Comparative and International Education (University of Oslo). Previously, she worked for the Global Citizenship Education programme in UNESCO and in the academic field of International Education.

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Ingrid Aspelund

Senior Advisor
+47 95993511
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Ingrid Aspelund is responsible for the programme "22 July and Democratic Citizenship", as well as coordinating EWC's projects related to issues such as prevention of hate speech, discrimination, and radicalization.

Aspelund has a Master's degree in International and Multicultural Education and a Bachelor's degree in Development Studies from Oslo and Akershus University College (now Oslo Met). She previously worked as a campaign advisor for the No Hate Speech Movement in Norway and was the head of Norwegian People’s Aid Solidarity Youth 2015-2017.

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Marta Melnykevych-Chorna

Programme Officer
+47 46558240
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Marta Melnykevych-Chorna is Programme Officer for the programme "Schools for Democracy: Supporting Educational Reforms in Ukraine". She holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences a Master of Science in Country Studying from Lviv I.Franko National University, Ukraine.

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