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

Corinne Evens

Ms. Evens is a leader in the fields of international business and philanthropy. As President of the Evens Foundation, she has worked to promote diversity, respect and tolerance in Europe by providing grants, organizing conferences, and recognizing worthy initiatives in culture and education. The Evens Foundation awards Prizes for Intercultural Education to contribute to European social integration.

Ms. Evens began a career in real-estate by starting a business in Paris dealing with property acquisition, renovation and resale. She has carried on real-estate investments internationally in places such as Belgium and France, and since 1997 has been manager of several real-estate companies and holdings in France. Before entering the business world, Ms. Evens worked in the arts. She trained at New York University’s cinema department from 1975-1977 and then worked as an assistant to a producer. From 1981-1985 she worked as a director of documentaries and video-art in Paris and Belgium.

Maria Herczog

Maria Herczog has started working as the senior technical advisor of Better Care Network in November 2015. She is an economist and a sociologist with over 35 years of experience in teaching at university courses and in vocational training courses.

Maria has been playing an important role in the child protection reforms of Hungary and other transition countries in Central and Eastern Europe during the last almost three decades in different capacities, as a temporary scientific advisor of UNICEF, WHO, Council of Europe, national governments, and the EU. She has been also active in the building of the civil society in the CEE region, becoming the first Eastern European member of the executive board of IFSW for 6 years, later a board member of IFCO for two years. She was elected to the UNCRC Committee in 2006 and reelected in 2010, where she was the rapporteur of the Committee for the last 2 years. A founding member of Eurochild on behalf of the Family, Child, Youth Association operating in Hungary with her different leadership roles since 1993. She has been working as an elected member of the Management Board in 2009, and as president since 2010 in Eurochild.

Freek Noordman

Freek Noordman is a senior tax consultant for Pereira. Although he is an all-round professional, he mainly focuses on the planning of corporation and income tax of companies and private individuals. The clients are mainly international corporations and internationally operating private persons. ‘As a tax consultant, I am constantly challenged to solve relatively complex issues, and to find concrete solutions for complicated tax situations. I really enjoy bringing in my creativity in my work.’ Working at Pereira since: November 2008 Educational background: Tax law, University of Groningen. During his studies, Freek was the editor-in-chief of a tax journal, Forfaitair.

Cova (Maria) Orejas

Maria is currently the Director of Operations at the Evens Foundation. Before joining the Evens Foundation, she was the Director of Policy & Programmes and a member of the Leadership Team at the European Foundation Centre. The EFC is a Brussels-based international platform representing over 300 institutional foundations and corporate funders focusing on Europe and an eye towards improving the global philanthropic landscape. She has held senior positions at international associations for more than a decade.

Maria is currently a Board Member of The Learning for Well-being Foundation and also of Social Economy Europe, the voice of social business in the EU. She is a member of the Steering Committee of Community Living for Europe: Structural Funds Watch created by the Lumos Foundation and Co-Chair of GAP, UN-Habitat III philanthropy group. She also dedicates time to help as an Advisory Board Member of Belgium Play 4 Peace and as a correspondent in Belgium for the Olbios Network.

Maria started her career as a practising lawyer and is a Member of Madrid’s Bar. She graduated with a Law degree from the University of Oviedo (Spain) and the University of Aberystwyth (UK) in 1997, and she completed post-graduate studies in European Affairs Law at the University of Paris – Assas II (France) in 1999.

 

Aksa Ali

Aksa Ali is in her final year of higher education, pursuing a bachelors degree in Accountancy. Aksa is an activist for children and young people’s rights and has strongly advocated this in Scotland. She has worked closely with Young Scot, Scotland’s national youth information charity and served as a board member to promote intergenerational collaboration and race equality. As a young Scottish-Pakistani woman, she has a great passion for increasing awareness on ethnic-minorty struggles and campaigning for young people of colour.

Konstantinos Papachristou

Konstantinos Papachristou is studying politics and international studies at the University of Warwick. He is the founder of the 1st online think tank for teenagers in Greece, Teens4greece. He has also gained international experience by being a member of the Eurochild Children’s Council and the Child Advisory Team that was set up by Child Rights Connect. For his advocacy work for children rights he was also nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize of 2019. He is a member of the youth group working for Act2gether and in his own words : ‘ It’s a great pleasure to work with such an inspiring team of individuals that aim to change the world by inviting all generations to work together and create a just and sustainable world’. Additionally, he is currently developing Teens4world, a global initiative that young people can use to raise their voice.

Rebekah Scerri

Rebekah has been an active contributor to various local and international communities over the past ten years. 

She has been a member of a local youth centre, where she has grown through the years and is now a youth animator herself. In this role, she facilitates youth meetings and camps and helps out with other events held by the centre. 

Rebekah has also been active in the area of child participation. She served as a co-opted member on the Council for the Children’s Commissioner in Malta and on the organising team of an international children’s rights’ conference for three years. 

Rebekah is passionate about the care and welfare of those around her, which has motivated her to volunteer in impoverished communities along the Amazon river in Peru, an experience which has profoundly impacted her and strengthened her interest in social equity and wellbeing. This passion has also been a main inspiration for her studies in University. She is currently in the penultimate year of her Degree in Medicine and Surgery and aspires to be able to incorporate a holistic and personal approach to her practice.

Andri Pandoura

Antri is studying law at the University of Glasgow and aspires to become a solicitor. She has been involved with the activities of Learning for Wellbeing for a few years now, and is interested in intergenerational collaboration, particularly with regard to peace-building and conflict

Jonathan Wohl

Jonathan Wohl is a lawyer in the Paris office of the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery where he advises on international business transactions and is also head of the pro-bono practice of the office.

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.

Linda O’Toole

Linda’s professional experience has focused on helping individuals and groups understand their distinctive ways of functioning in order to enhance their interactions and achieve their goals. She is particularly interested in the patterns through which people engage and process their inner and outer experiences. Her approach uses a whole system perspective, integrating the cognitive, emotional, and sensory aspects. In the 1980s Linda played a key role in original research on individual differences, later formulated as Human Dynamics. As Director of Training & Product Development for over 20 years, she designed and delivered seminars, including producing multimedia workshop materials. She trained facilitators in more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Linda began working with L4WB-F in early 2006, participating in the Voice of Children surveys. She developed the L4WB Framework, offers workshops, and is co-editing the L4WB Magazine. She has found a home within L4WB-Foundation for her approach to inner diversity. Send an email to Linda

Jean Gordon (1949-2019)

As a Senior Fellow of the L4WB-F, Jean had been with us from the beginning of the foundation’s establishment. Jean was an integral part of the Learning for Well-being family and her passion and energy were the source of countless activities that enriched and improved all of our lives. Her strong personality, love for contributing to what she believed in, constant support, advice and dedication to our shared work will  be sorely missed.

Bringing change and improvements to education and training and all situations where children, young people and adults are learning so that everyone can flourish and lead happy, healthy and meaningful lives was the core of Jean Gordon’s work. She worked for many years for a European institute (European Institute of Education and Social Policy) based in Paris working mainly with the European Union, the countries across Europe, and in the Mediterranean region. Her work aimed to contribute to lifelong learning opportunities and personal development through improving access to learning and its recognition, individualising pathways, developing key competences and increasing transparency of learning and qualifications.

Jean was the Joint Editor of the European Journal of Education from 2004 to 2015 and a Co-editor of the Learning for Well-being Magazine. She enjoyed writing and editing articles and reports so that more people could inform themselves about new ideas and initiatives. She worked with the Learning for Well-being Foundation developing advocacy tools and partnerships to support Learning for Well-being for children, young people and adults in different settings.

Raymond Georis

In 1954, Raymond received a Doctorate in Law from the University of Louvain and in 1957 got a diploma in Economic and Political Sciences from the College of Europe in Bruges. In 1962-63, he spent a year in Paris to study Economics and Educational Planning.

In 1958-60, he was appointed Administrator at Western European Union in London and was transferred from 1960-1962 to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. From 1963-1966, Raymond was Professor in Planning and Financing of Education at the UNESCO Asian Institute of Educational Planning and Administration at New-Delhi. In 1967, he was recruited by the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam to manage its Plan Europe 2000 and, in 1973, he became Secretary General of the Foundation until his retirement in 1995.

Raymond was the Founding Chairman, in 1989, of the European Foundation Center in Brussels and has since remained involved in the world of Foundations: Director of the Association for Innovative Cooperation in Europe in Brussels from 1995-2001 and of its successor the Network of European Foundations (NEF) from 2002-2004, he was Secretary General of the Madariaga College of Europe Foundation from 2005 until 2007. Raymond Georis served as Chairman to the Board of the Foundation for 14 years and has just recently stepped down from his post.

He is former Chairman of the Foundation’s Board & former Board Member. His commitment to the ideas and purpose of Learning for Well-being together with the relationships he forged, has helped the Foundation become what it is today. He continues to be an avid supporter of our work and will always be an honorary member of our Foundation in light of his invaluable contribution.

Colin Longhurst

Colin Longhurst is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA), Dutch Register Accountant (RA). He kindly served pro-bono as the Financial Advisor and Secretary to the Board for eight years and has just recently stepped down from his post. His commitment to the team, expertise and clarity of mind were a great source of comfort and support which has helped the foundation become what is it today. Colin continues to follow the work of L4WB-F with interest and in the light of his invaluable contribution will always be an honorary member of the foundation.

Moshe Garelik

Activist for entrepreneurship and international relations in the European Union.
After his rabbinical studies in the USA, France and Israel Moshe was ordained Rabbi in Australia in 1995. He taught and successfully ran several non-profit organisations in the education, cultural, humanitarian, social and religious sectors. Currently, he is facilitating UniOne way of life through networking of relevant foundations and individuals.