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Agnes Zolyomi
General Secretary

AgnesZolyomiI graduated as a geographer with specialization in biogeography in 2006 from Edinburgh University, UK and later received an MSc in Environmental Sciences and Policy from CEU/Manchester University. After my studies, I worked in Portugal for half a year in an environmental NGO participating in vegetation mapping and bird observation.

This was followed by a programme coordinator post at a Hungarian NGO, where I was mainly involved in EU youth and environmental projects and environmental education. I also participated in the climate group’s work of Friends of the Earth Hungary.

I joined CEEweb in 2010 and became the Natura 2000 coordinator also dealing with the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020. Since 2013 I have taken on the role of the General Secretary.

zolyomi [at] ceeweb [dot] org

Ľubomíra Vavrová
Senior Policy Adviser

Luba-picture1I graduated in 1999 at the University of Comeniana in Bratislava (Slovakia), specialization environmental science. I got my PhD. in ecology of animals at the Slovak Academy of Science, Institute of Forest Ecology and Technical University, Faculty of Ecology in Zvolen (Slovakia) in 2009.

I worked as a zoologist at the State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic (2002-2006), being responsible for species and habitats management and conservation at national level. In 2006 I took the opportunity to work for the IUCN Office for South-Eastern Europe as a Biodiversity Project Officer responsible for implementation of projects and communication with experts and IUCN members in whole region reaching from Moldova, Bulgaria and Romania, through Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina to Slovenia. When back in Slovakia in 2010 I started to work as a freelance consultant, with focus on projects’ management and implementation, monitoring of Natura2000 species, technical support to evaluation of proposals submitted to EU funds, consultancy services in environmental planning and management, etc.

I joined the CEEweb team in Budapest in February 2017 as a Senior Policy Advisor, with previous experience as a member of the Natura2000 Working Group and the CEEweb Board.

vavrova [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. Later I worked on activities related to the ‘Environment for Europe’ process, the Convention on Biological Diversity and its regional arm, the Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy. Afterwards I was more involved in European biodiversity policies and the proactive policy forming of CEEweb in relation to biodiversity and sustainability, when I took over the position of the General Secretary for interim periods.

Currently I work part time and I am responsible for issues related to resource use, and coordinate the work of the Resource Cap Coalition with our partners. This includes policy work and communication activities on how sustainable resource use and the energy transition can be realised in a way that is socially just in Europe and globally, and ensures that our economy stays within the planetary boundaries.

hajdu [at] ceeweb [dot] org

Sarolta Tripolszky
Fundraising and Innovation Officer

I graduated with a MSc in Ecology/Biology from the University of Vienna. I began my environmental career with internships at the Danube-Ipoly National Park in Hungary and WWF in their Hungarian and United Kingdom offices. Between 2006 and 2010 I worked for CEEweb as Natura 2000 Coordinator. I later switched to CEEweb’s umbrella organisation in Brussels, the European Environmental Bureau, where I worked on European biodiversity, water and soil policies between 2010 and 2012. I have been working for CEEweb again since 2013 as Fundrising and Innovation Officer. In my spare time I like to deal with creative recycling.

sarolta [at] ceeweb [dot] org

Biljana Aljinovic
Biodiversity Policy Officer

100_1766 - CopyI have an MSc in Biology/Ecology from the University of Padua, Italy. After the studies I have worked as a marine researcher and conservationist in Croatia, Spain and Peru, focusing mainly on marine mammals. Between 2011 and 2016 I was an associate expert for conservation in Mljet National Park in Croatia, where my work included management planning, environmental education and project implementation. As a participant of the Klaus Toepfer Fellowship Programme for Future Leaders in Nature Conservation, held between 2013 and 2015 at the International Academy for Nature Conservation on Vilm island in Germany, I have been trained in different aspects of conservation work, including governance, policy, economics and communication.

I am currently working in Brussels as CEEweb’s Biodiversity Policy Officer, where I’m focusing mainly on strengthening and integrating of Target 2 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 into sectorial policies.

biljana.aljinovic [at] ceeweb [dot] org

Monika Kotulak
Natura 2000 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

Olja Radlovic
Communication Officer

I have more thOljaan seven years of professional experience, including designing and managing campaigns for non-governmental organizations. I hold a BA in Journalism from the University of Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (one year of Broadcast Journalism completed at the University of Montana, United States. I also hold a double MA in European Studies, specialization in Euroculture from the Jagiellonian University in Poland and University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

I joined CEEweb for Biodiversity in July 2016.

radlovic [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

Krisztina Campbell
Project Officer

KrisztinaOriginally from Hungary, I studied Business Administration at Corvinus University of Budapest with a Major in Environmental Management. I am currently finishing my Master’s studies in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business where I specialized in ecological economics, sustainable development and demography. My main areas of interest are climate change mitigation; adaptation policies and biodiversity conservation.

I joined CEEweb in 2016 as an intern, currently I work as a Project Assistant on our INSIGHT Interreg project.

campbell [at] ceeweb [dot] org

Erzsébet Óhegyi
Project Assistant

Erzsébet Óhegyi

I graduated as a Nature Conservation Engineer in December 2013 from Szent István University, on the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. 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. In my Master’s thesis I dealt with the funding of international animal reintroduction programmes.

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 I have been working full time for CEEweb as Project Assistant.

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

ohegyi [at] ceeweb [dot] org

Borbála Major
Project Assistant

BoriI graduated in Szent István University, Hungary, as a Nature Conservation Engineer. During My studies I worked at GATE Green Club and Barn Owl Foundation as a volunteer, whom I gained a scholarship in 2015 to Iceland with the project “the Hungarian green NGO’s self-empowerment through good practices in case of Iceland, then as a group leader for thematic nature conservation courses (species conservation, landscape protection and habitat conservation).

I also completed an EU tender writing course and took part in two summer school course in Portugal, about adapting rural development to global climate change and in Romania about sustainable food. I worked at Mammal Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences, in Bialowieza National Park, where I carried out a survey about the repatriation possibilities of European bison. I spend my practical period in the Zuid-Kennemerland National Park in the Netherlands. My range of interest is species conservation, conservation biology, and protection of biodiversity.

I joined CEEweb in 2016 as a Project Assistant for Life NGO project, namely in Natura 2000, Green Infrastructure, Common Agricultural Policy, and EU Multiannual Financial Framework projects.

major [at] ceeweb [dot] org

Szilvia Bogdány
Financial and Communication Officer

Bogdány SzilviaI graduated as an Economist specialized in communication and foreign trade from the College of Commerce and Economics in 2004. I was employed in the for-profit sector (HP, Graphisoft) for many years and later decided to utilize this useful experience in my favourite sector: environment protection. I joined the Foundation Ecoservice (Ökoszolgálat) in 2011 and then CEEweb in 2013. My aim is to contribute with my everyday work to a world in which we live in harmony with nature. I have been working in the field of finance since 2008, as controller, and then as financial manager.

My tasks: develop and implement financial strategy, prepare financial plans and  financial statements, liquidity management, control project budgets, perform daily general financial duties (invoices, contracts management, accounts preparation, cash flow), communication and administrative tasks of HR.

bogdany [at] ceeweb [dot] org

Edina Budai
Office manager

IMG_7138I graduated as a geographer in 2012 from Eötvös Lóránd Science University in Budapest. During my studies I started to do volunteer work in several environmental NGO’s. My main interests were renewable energies and sustainability. After graduation I spent half a year in Iceland as a work camp leader through EVS (European Volunteer Service). When I came back to Hungary I worked as an office manager in a solar panel company. From 2015 I’m taking part in an OTKA research in ELTE about the relationship of renewable energies and landscape use. I joined CEEweb on April 2016 as an office manager.

budai [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/