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Csaba Mezei
General Secretary

csaba_2With a background in education I spent my entire professional career in the green non-profit sector. Throughout that 17 years my positions varied from activism to executive assignments. In 2001 I was part of the founders’ team of Greenpeace in Hungary. Until 2009 I was involved in many environmental campaigns (e.g.: GMO-free Hungary, Zengő, Rába campaign, Energy (r)evolution, etc.) as contributor, manager and leader. In 2006 I became the country office director of the organisation. 
 
Between 2009 and 2018 I worked at the Regional Environmental Center (REC) as a project manager and expert being responsible for EU funded research and development projects on various topics such as environmental information, smart cities and mobility. Besides I learnt a lot about fundraising and business development in the European research area. 
 
In my new position as general secretary of CEEweb I look for new challenges, learning opportunities and the chance to further work on making a better world through protecting the environment and contribution to a more sustainable ecosystem.
mezei [at] ceeweb [dot] org

 

Klára Hajdu
Senior Policy Officer

IMG_8912_sm_2With the professional background of being a biologist I joined CEEweb in 2000 still as an intern. I started to work on global and regional biodiversity policies, and later shifted focus to EU policy development and implementation. I was also intensely involved in the proactive policy forming of CEEweb in relation to biodiversity and sustainability, as my primary interest lies in finding holistic and effective responses to seemingly unrelated problems.

Currently I focus on sustainability issues related to resource use and the EU budget. This includes policy and campaigning work on EU level with the main aim to sustainability proof the future EU budget, which can help the European transition towards sustainability and reviving the European project for the benefif of the people and the planet.

hajdu [at] ceeweb [dot] org

Monika Kotulak
Biodiversity and Water Policy Officer
Internship coordinator

2015_07_PuBia (1)I graduated as biologist from Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Then I followed my education during various courses where most important was Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme for Future Leaders in Nature Conservation organized by International Academy for Nature Conservation in Germany. I worked and volunteered in several environmental NGOs in Poland and abroad and did internship at Institute for European Environmental Policy in London.

I worked with CEEweb since 2008 as focal point for Poland, in 2016 I joined the office team in Budapest as Natura 2000 and Water Policy Officer and coordinator of Natura 2000 working group. I am also responsible for internship program.

My field if interest is biodiversity policy, conservation biology, management and social aspects of nature conservation. I deal with improving law implementation, especially focusing on Natura 2000 and the Water Framework Directive. I also worked from another angle of improving the environment which is nature education for children and adults.

kotulak [at] ceeweb [dot] org

 

Erzsébet Óhegyi
Project Officer

Erzsébet Óhegyi

I graduated as a Nature Conservation Engineer in 2013 from Szent István University. Before this I obtained a degree of an Expert in Applied Environmental Studies at Eötvös Loránd University at the Faculty of Science in 2011. In my final years of university I gained experience at Greenfo environmental news portal as a translator and at Budapest Zoo as a zookeeper.

I started as a trainee at CEEweb in the summer of 2014, and at the same time I worked as a German speaking HR assistant at a recruitment agency. From September 2014 I have been working full time for CEEweb as a Project Assistant. In 2016 I was working in the Bavarian Forest National Park with a scholarship researching animal reintroduction programmes and participating in a LIFE+ project dealing with restoration of bogs, flowing waters and grasslands. Since 2017 I work as a Project Coordinator on the TRANSGREEN Interreg and the Smart and Green Cities projects at CEEweb.

Currently I am also studying to be a technical translator specialized in Agricultural and Natural Sciences at Corvinus University of Budapest.

ohegyi [at] ceeweb [dot] org

 

Linda Szabó
Creative and communication assistant

IMG_6009I made Visual Culture and Moving Image studies in Pécs and some further education on photography and graphic design. However my studies went on arts I was always fascinated and enthusiast about nature and wished to work and put my energies for it.

From 2011 to 2013 I worked as a communication assistant at the Research Centre for Agrobiodiversity, also with participating in the Pannon Seed Bank EU Life+ project. Thereafter I had jobs in the media (MTVA) and also as a graphic designer and film maker freelancer.

I joined CEEweb this year (2016) as a part-time creative and communication assistant. With my visual and other communication activity I would like to make CEEweb’s various professional work even more colorful and easy to follow for everyone.

szabo [at] ceeweb [dot] org

 

Veronika Kiss
Senior Policy Officer – on maternity leave

I graduated as a biologist in 2006, as a technical translator in 2007 from the Eötvös Loránd University and as an Environmental Economist in 2013 at the Budapest Corvinus University in Budapest.

I worked for a year for the Hungarian Natural History Museum, I participated in an EU project called EDIT (European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy). I also took part in analyzing the presence of some elements of sustainable development in the Hungarian plans and programs under the auspices of the National Conservationists.

At CEEweb I deal with policies related to resource and energy efficiency as well as sustainable development both at EU and global levels and lobbying for proper policies within these contexts, coordinating the work of the Resource Cap Coalition lobbies for a resource use cap with a view to ensuring social justice and staying within the Earth’s carrying capacity. Furthermore, I am responsible for delivering national and international projects related to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) policies and related to Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (PEBLDS), the implementation arm of CBD, including project design and implementation. Besides, I am responsible for coordinating the CEEweb network, through activating its member organizations, improving the network internal and external communication, developing the network’s capacities through general skill trainings as well as professional workshops.

kiss [at] ceeweb [dot] org

 

 Our Interns: 

http://www.ceeweb.org/support-ceeweb/intern/