Our Speakers and Facilitators for 2024
Anna Skocz is an NGO trainer, educator and local activist with more than 20 years of experience in non-formal international and national education in youth and ALE sectors, passionate about quality in ALE and advocacy for ALE;
Professionally, she is a project manager and fundraiser, director of international cooperation department in sTOP as well as intercultural communication trainer, enthusiast of learning from failures and mistakes and enthusiast of art life coaching. Optymist. Anna is a representative of NGO Trainers Association (Stowarzyszenie Trenerskie Organizacji Pozarządowych/sTOP), former board member of sTOP, current member of EAEA executive board.
Gina Ebner is the EAEA Secretary General, She has worked in adult education for many years and has a background as education and project manager, experience in multi-stakeholder and transnational environments, network building, curriculum and product development, knowledge management, team and project leadership. She also worked as a trainer in adult education. She was President of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (now European Lifelong Learning Platform - LLLP) until 2013 and again between 2018 and 2020.
Laura Kaestele works as a network weaver, designer, grower, project manager, and facilitator in integrative design, ecological regeneration, community and organisational development, permaculture, and holistic living with 12+ years of practical experience. She has supported various networks, non-profits, sustainable communities, eco-projects, and regenerative farms around Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Central America to connect, synergize, and take transformative action for regeneration. Laura holds an MSc in Regenerative Development and a BSc in Integrative Ecosocial Design from Gaia University, along with Permaculture and Ecovillage Design certificates as well as participatory leadership, facilitation, coaching, and sustainability education training.
Marcella Milana is an Associate Professor at the University of Verona and an Honorary Professor of Adult Education at the University of Nottingham. She researches the politics, policy and governance of adult education and learning and is currently chair of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Lifelong Education. She recently edited (with P. Rasmussen and M. Bussi) the Research Handbook on Adult Learning and Education (Edward Elgard, expected in June 2024).
Pinar Aksu is a third year PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow, a theatre maker and Human Rights and Advocacy Coordinator. Her research explores ‘Art and Law in migration: using art practices for social change and access to Justice.’ She is interested to find connections between solidarity, art, justice, and the law. Within her role, Pinar is involved with campaigns and projects supporting people seeking asylum and refuge, promoting integration and human rights. Pinar is also involved in using theatre and creative methods to create social change.
Raffaela Kihrer is Deputy Secretary General and Head of Policy at the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) and has extensive experience in advocacy and policy on adult learning and education at the European and international level, with a particular focus on citizenship and development. Since June 2022, she is also an elected Vice-President of the Lifelong Learning Platform which brings together all sectors of education. Her background is in International Development Studies, and she is a trained teacher in secondary school education and adult learning.