Katerina Hadzi-Miceva Evans, Executive Director
Katerina is the Executive Director of ECNL and is one of its lead experts, a consultant and researcher on policy and law reform for the development of civil society. She is also a member of the Council of Europe’ Expert Council on NGO Law and representing ECNL at global working groups on counter-terrorism legislation and public participation. For over 13 years she has been supporting governments and civil society from Europe, Commonwealth of Independent states, Middle East, and beyond in creating favorable enabling legal environment for civil society, and designing mechanisms to strengthen the relations between the public sector and civil society.
Judit Varga, Director of Operation and Finance
Judit joined the staff in 2000. She is responsible for managing all aspects of the organization’s finance department, including monitoring and reviewing a range of internal financial processes, such as payables, receivables, payroll and budget reconciliation, as well as project accounting, financial and budget reporting. She also assists the executive director in budgetary tracking, income projections and provides crucial administrative, financial, and project management support to the various programs of ECNL. Her background in business administration includes financial, administrative, and management reporting systems. She received her MSc. at City University in London, UK with a degree in Business Administration.
Vanja Škorić, Senior Legal Advisor
Vanja is working as a consultant in a Senior Legal Advisor position at ECNL. She is our former fellow, a long-term partner who supported ECNL as an occasional consultant. She is a civil society activist and was a Legal Advisor at Croatian organization GONG from 2001 – 2015 and a member of the Croatian Council on Open Government Partnership Initiative. She has experience in advocacy campaigns, fundraising, planning and implementing projects and has been developing comparative analysis in the areas of legal and institutional framework for CSOs. Vanja holds a LLM degree in Public International Law from University of Amsterdam and a Law Degree from University of Zagreb. She currently participates in development of policies affecting sustainability of CSOs and public participation.
Eszter Hartay, Legal Advisor
Eszter is a Hungarian lawyer working as a Legal Advisor of ECNL. She is specializing in issues related to CSO legal framework, public benefit status, social enterprises and all aspects of the cooperation between the state and CSOs. She has participated in several research assignments and conducting capacity building workins on topics such as public funding, public benefit status, social economy and transparency and accountability. More recently, Eszter has been actively involved in the ongoing legislative initiatives affecting CSOs in Europe and the Middle East region.
Dr. Petra Burai, Legal Advisor
Petra works as a Legal Advisor focusing on issues affecting transparency and accountability. She holds a PhD in law from the Faculty of Law at Eötvös Loránd University, received an LLM in Human Rights from the Central European University, and earned an MSc in Public Policy from the University of Bristol (UK). For almost 15 years she has been contributing to international and government policies, legal regulations and research projects concerning corruption, lobbying and whistleblowing. She is the author of several publications about integrity measures, human rights and legal anthropology, being also an experienced lecturer in the field. She is an associate of the Law & Anthropology Department of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology.
Hanna Asipovich, Policy Officer
Hanna is a Policy Officer at ECNL. She works on ECNL’s country and regional programs in the Eastern Partnership region with 7 years of experience of working in the countries of South Caucasus and Moldova. She has undertaken and coordinated several EU level advocacy efforts on civil society related policies by developing input to EU consultations; being a member of the development aid CSO network Concord and supporting a network of Central and Eastern European watchdogs in identifying sources of sustainability. At ECNL she works on program development and serves as an in-house expert on freedom of peaceful assembly.
Andrea Judit Tóth, Program Manager
Andrea serves as Program Manager at ECNL. She has over 10 years of experience supporting and managing multi-country projects on enabling legal environment for CSOs in Central and Eastern European and Balkan countries, and on the European-level. She managed the research project that explored the volume and depth of government and CSO initiatives aiming to improve accountability and transparency in the European Union as well as the the project monitoring freedom of assembly in the Western Balkans. She has planned, organized and implemented several successful regional and international conferences, study tours, workshops and trainings that contributed to the exchange of experience and increased competences of partners. Most recently, she organized a regional training to enhance CSOs’ practical knowledge on the facilitation of assemblies by law enforcement officials. As part of ECNL’s Communications and Operations team, she raises ECNL’s online profile and social media presence through developing ECNL’s Twitter outreach with the number of ECNL’s followers having doubled in the last two years. She also contributes to the development of online thematic research portals providing in-depth coverage of issues affecting the legal framework for civil society.
Réka Dancsecs, Office Manager
Réka works as Office Manager at ECNL. As a part of ECNL’s Communications and Operations team she supports the planning and implementation of skillshare events and organized and co-ordinated several international trainings, study sessions and visits as well as NGO fairs. As an active member of a Hungarian volunteer organisation she has on-the-ground experience of the Hungarian civil society sector, NGO organisational management and fundraising. She has coordinated the development of more websites – both in design and content. She develops flyers, informational and promotional materials and gained experience in management of corporate Facebook pages and websites.
Luben Panov, Program Consultant
Luben is Program Consultant with ECNL serving as a legal expert providing technical assistance and expert support to local partners since 2007 in the areas of registration and operation of NGOs, taxation and funding for civil society, tax incentives for donations, social contracting, state funding, CSO-government cooperation, etc. He has taken part in a number of comparative researches and is co-managing different country projects. Luben has worked in a number of countries, especially in the CEE region and the former Soviet Union. He has participated in the drafting of rules for distribution of state grants in Albania, has analyzed the legal framework for CSOs in Armenia and the mechanisms for social contracting in Kazakhstan and has been involved in projects in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Turkey and Mongolia, among others. He is also involved in developing a monitoring framework for the CSO environment in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. In the period 2015 – 2017 he was elected Chairperson of the Public Council of the Committee on Interaction with Civil Society and Citizen Complaints with the Bulgarian Parliament.