Daniel Kropf

Daniel is the Founding Chair and Chair of the Learning for Well-being Foundation, formerly the Education Foundation. From a young age onwards, Daniel took a great passion in a more holistic approach of human beings, education and health care.

As a healthcare entrepreneur, Daniel has always pursued a deeper understanding of human functioning. With diverse approaches encompassing tools and methodologies from the Western and Eastern cultures. He has established, chaired or directed several healthcare businesses ranging from biofeedback and cognitive behavioural therapy to tools for genetic diagnostics, cell therapy, glycol-protein mapping, finger printing and sequencing to medical devices. He is also a Board member of the Evens Foundation, of EPTO (European Peer Trainers Organization) and on the board of EIESP (European Institute for Education and Social Policy).
Daniel is married with two young children and currently living in The Netherlands. Send an email to Daniel

Yakarah Attias-Rosen

Yakarah Attias-Rosen is Managing Director at the Learning for Well-being Foundation (L4WB-F), responsible for the implementation of L4WB-F’s work plan and the systematic development of the organization.Following her love for structure, clarity and organizing, Yakarah brings over 20 years of leadership experience in both the business and non-for-profit worlds.

From a very young age she was exposed to the concepts of human diversity, dialogue and acceptance of the other, appreciating uniqueness.Motivated by these ideas, she became fascinated with the world of inner diversity as a way to better understand and improve relationships, in particular relationships between adults and children.

Yakarah tries to use the knowledge and skills that she has cultivated over the years to support her colleagues at the Foundation in carrying out the projects L4WB-F is either leading or partnering with others on.Born in South Africa to British parents, Yakarah lived in Cape Town at the height of apartheid and then in Dublin, Ireland where her father held the position of Chief Rabbi of Ireland. In 1985 she moved with her family to Israel and still lives there today with her husband and three children. Send an email to Yakarah

Luís Manuel Pinto

Luis brings together his experience and expertise in learning, communication and organisation development at the service of the Learning for Well-being community. He is very interested in the intersection between gradients of difference such as culture, identity, temperament and ways of learning. His path has been dedicated to develop and manage educational programmes promoting social inclusion, with a particular focus on the topics of children and youth participation, gender-based discrimination and religious diversity. Luis promotes approaches using peer-to-peer and self-directed learning. He is passionate about metaphors and the use of movement and image in learning experiences. You can talk with him in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

Luís develops and manages new programs applying the Learning for Well-being framework, focusing on organisations, and children and young people. He facilitates, trains and coaches individuals and organisations through L4WB. He also cares for the branding and image of the Learning for Well-being Foundation. Send an email to Luis

Madalina Gherman

Originally from Timisoara, Romania, Madalina has a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature and worked as an English teacher for several years before relocating to Belgium in 2006.

Ever since, she has acquired experience working in HR, Finance and Administration related functions, of which she has grown very fond of. She remains passionate about languages and dreams of becoming an author one day. Madalina speaks Romanian, English, French and Dutch. Send an email to Madalina

Darren Bird

Darren Bird is has spent all his professional career working with children and young people: working for NGOs, local government, and private practice in the fields of play work, education, youth work and children’s rights. For 12 years he worked as Chief Executive Officer of Funky Dragon – the Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales (UK). His work also consists of advising organisations on how to listen to children and implement participatory approaches within their structures. Send an email to Darren.

Arshad Mozumder

Arshad Mozumder is a young individual who discovered himself and his passions through getting involved in children and adult collaborative initiatives. From his childhood to his now being a young adult 7 years later, he has volunteered much of his time to supporting and developing on these initiatives whilst working with and coordinating teams of children and young people.

With familial origins from Bangladesh, Arshad has grown up in the UK, and has a keen interest in healthcare and wellbeing. This has led to him achieving a degree in the Biomedical Sciences, and now to his aspirations of being a doctor in the future. He is particularly interested in Paediatrics, Psychiatrics and the holistic care approach to Medicine, which will continue on his passion for working with children and young people, whilst also combining his caring and supportive nature to help with the emotional and physical wellbeing of the people he interacts with.

Arshad is committed to ‘serving’ the Young People working closely with L4WB, ensuring that they are treated fairly and respected, whilst also feeling empowered and supported at all times. He is a bridge between generations and works to ensure competent partnerships develop with young people and adults throughout L4WBs various activities. Arshad loves to dance, and yes his hair is naturally curly. Send an email to Arshad. 

Maria Belén Paz

Maria Belén  has been passionate about Children’s Rights and Child Participation from a very young age. Born in Bolivia, she studied at the French School in La Paz and moved to Paris in 2004 to study International Law and International Cooperation. Her voluntary work in different NGO’s led her to specialize in the Education and Children’s Rights sector. She worked for ‘Initiatives of Change France’ as the field coordinator of the ‘Education for Peace Programme’ in Paris for 5 years and then joined the CATS (Children as Actors for Transforming Society) core team on behalf of Initiative of Change. In 2016 she moved back to Bolivia where she opened the Latin America office dealing with children’s rights and intergenerational collaboration and has been developing, as the office Director, child participation projects and doing field research. She has now joined the Act2gether team as Director for development and Latin America. Maria is married and has a 2 year old daughter, she enjoys reading, travelling and meeting different people from all around the world. Send an email to Maria.

Chiara Piccolo

Chiara grew up in Napoli (Italy) where she internalised the passion, the glee, the energy and the positive attitude of the culture underneath the Vesuvio. She always had a deep interest in pedagogy, philosophy and psychology. She strongly believe that every human being is a world to discover. She always worked with and for children since her early work experience as swimming teacher, and then as community educators in a social cooperative for disadvantaged children. She moved to Brussels on 2006 where she worked as project coordinator for education and training EU funded projects and then focused her work on EU policies for children rights, education, social inclusion and well-being.

She takes care of relationships with EU Institutions and European partners, NGOs and key stakeholders. She oversees the advocacy work and strategy for EU policies on social welfare, well-being, child rights and participation. She is a proud mum of two sons. She talks Italian, English, French and basic Spanish. Send an email to Chiara

Shanti George

Underlying Shanti’s contributions to the Learning for Well-being Foundation’s support to children and young people is her double experience of childhood — both her own childhood growing up in India and her daughter’s childhood located within the Netherlands where Shanti lives now. This exposure to the diversities and commonalities of childhood in a globalised world has been further enriched by her training as a social anthropologist, which has encouraged her to listen to people’s stories and conversations as a vital part of knowledge generation.

Shanti’s varied career includes positions at universities on three continents and working with Foundations on a similar scale. She has published five books and her many articles have been translated into various languages. Involvement with the Learning for Well-being Foundation enables her to span networks around knowledge, practice, activism and philanthropy– in the exciting context of promoting recognition for children and young people as competent partners with adults in building a just and sustainable world.. Send an email to Shanti

Caroline van Eeghen

Born and raised in The Netherlands, Caroline started her career in Public Relations and Communications. At a later stage in her life, she got her Master’s degree in Dutch law and worked as a legal advisor at Dutch government institutions. Being passionate about making changes in the world, she entered the NGO-world. As a communication manager, with the main focus on internal and external communication, and bringing partners and funders together. Since 2016, she supports the L4WB-F in this field.

As a mother of two daughters and a grandmother of a grandson, she is dedicated to a more holistic approach on education, placing the well-being of both children and adults first. She is passionate about yoga, playing the piano, dancing, singing, traveling and reading. Caroline is married, and currently living in New York with her husband. Send an email to Caroline

Fenne Bagust

Growing up as a third culture kid that was born in Damascus, Syria and moved to Oman, The Czech Republic, and the Netherlands, Fenne has become an open minded, empathetic and creative person. After graduating with an International Baccalaureate diploma in Prague, Fenne decided to follow her bachelors degree in Groningen the Netherlands. The University College of Groningen enabled Fenne to focus on her areas of strength while also covering a vast range of subject areas that provide her with a rounded holistic education. She has recently graduated with a Master in International Security and is currently following her second master in Middle Eastern Studies, where she hopes to gain more knowledge about the human rights and security of people in that region.

 

As a Project Manager, Fenne co-coordinates Act2gether in the Netherlands. She is also responsible for the Act2gether youth strategy. Send an email to Fenne. Send an email to Fenne

Carolina Ledezma

Carolina was born and raised in Bolivia and holds a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communications. She has worked in branding, institutional communication for social development, sustainability, and education. She also loves teaching and has different interests that go from calligraphy to user experience research and psychology.

She is a mental health advocate and aims to help build a community based on empathy and mutual collaboration that acknowledges the importance of emotional education. In addition, she enjoys reading and discovering new music and artistic movements.

Carolina is responsible for the L4WB’s communication management, working to bring more visibility to the Foundation’s projects. Send an email to Carolina. 

Jorge Eduardo Gomez

With a deep interest in culture, identity, and human relations, Jorge studied history, religion, anthropology, communication, and international relations at different universities around the world. He has a passion for languages, traveling and new experiences and as such he has lived in Israel, Mexico, and Colombia (where he was born) and currently in Brussels, where he worked in advocacy for human rights and peace building. His interest in migration and agency in multicultural settings within contexts of social exclusion and conflict led him to undertake multidisciplinary research in the Colombian Caribbean, Israel, and Sudan (on Eritrea migration pathways). 

Jorge believes in the power of balancing rational structures and spontaneous emergence as a way to connect to nature and express our humanity. In the Foundation, he has found a place that shares his commitment for universality and freedom, believing that everyone has the chance to fulfill their unique potential.

As Executive Assistant for the Foundation and Personal Assistant to Daniel Kropf, Jorge supports Daniel and Yakarah in their day to day activities and takes an active role in advocacy efforts promoting the Foundation’s work. Send an email to Jorge.