Founder & president / enfp
Liviu’s passion is to put people and ideas together; he sets the stage. Through all he is and does, he hopes to inspire people to get on the stage and live. Liviu is a dynamic motivational speaker, an effective communicator and events organiser, having worked in national and international settings over the last two decades. Liviu has proven skills in mediation and logistics, and coordinates our actions on the ground.
Founder & program director / infj
Holding a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Oslo, and a BA in Comparative Politics from the University of Bergen, Camilla is a northern idealist with a passion for drawing out the potential of others. Through working with various NGOs and political organisations over the last decade, she has developed and fine-tuned her skills as project manager, social innovator, speaker and trainer. Camilla is currently enrolled in the professional master’s program on social innovation and management at WU Wien.
Trainer & Child Protection Officer / intj
Violeta is a writer, trainer and a community leader who has a heart for leadership and adoption. She loves mentoring and being mentored, and has a practical mindset paired with a creative soul.
Creative director / infP-A
Conrad is a western expat living in Cluj-Napoca who works to improve and expand community through graphic design. Despite his dry wit, he’s generally a nice guy.
Diana is a creative and an activist, with a background in Scandinavian Studies, Pedagogy, Management and Counseling of People with Special Needs and Music. Before recently moving back to Romania, she worked in Sweden as a piano teacher and a mentor for students with special needs at Uppsala university. Her mission is to help people reach their potential and embrace who they are. Diana offers research, coordination and practical assistance in projects and events.
(board of) Mentors
Our mentors are invaluable. We lean on them for more than we’d like to admit, but their counsel and wisdom are foundational to Polylogos.
After retiring from being a Director and Chairman of engineering and energy companies, Jack has a number of trustee, academic or non-exec roles. His primary interest is in supporting the development of leaders.
Heather is a political advisor on refugee asylum and migration policy for members of the UK Parliament. She is also a labour party councillor for Laycock ward in the london borough of Islington, and a migrants champion. A strategic thinker with a passion for international development and cross-cultural work, Heather works on projects around the world and is an executive member of a number of organisations, she is also a keen musician with a love of the bass guitar.
Brian is a former gymnast who followed his passion and became a pastor. After a visit in Romania in the 80’s, he encountered a simple man, a christian poet, and he became a poet himself. Brian went back to California and transformed his community into a gang of poets. He promotes brutal honesty as a personal doctrine. Brian is a scholar who writes his sermons and his courses in the guttural cadence of the Hebrew language. He will tell you his life story and give you the biggest hug, whether you want it, or not. You can call him rabbi.
susan kerr, PhD, MBA
Susan Kerr is a Senior Adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief at OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), and she has over fifteen years of European public affairs experience, both within the European Parliament and nonprofit sector. With a PhD focused on oil multinationals’ corporate social responsibility, Susan also completed an MBA to hone skills in change leadership. Passionate about ethical leadership, human rights and democracy, Susan has been involved in several international initiatives to empower change agents and recently edited a book on populism in Europe (Is God a populist?). A polyglot who enjoys discovering different cultures, Susan also takes pleasure in reading philosophy books, singing and creative writing.
Our extended team of special advisors provide us with additional depth and competence in all our endeavours. Wherever they are in the world, we can always count on them for advise as well as for practical implication.
margareta mihalic dogan
Grants management consultant / ISTJ
Currently holding the position of Project Associate at Bayerisches Rotes Kreuz (BRK) in Munich, Margareta is an experienced project manager, grant-writer, trainer, consultant and author, with 10+ years of professional experience in managing European projects. Her down-to-earth nature, cross-cultural intelligence and practical approach means she always gets things done, and always to the highest standards.
catherine lourdes dy, PhD
gender advisor / INFP
Kate is an experienced academic-practitioner with a double Ph.D. in human rights and migration. She is an expert gender advisor, research professional and leadership trainer who, after living and working in Philippines, Australia, Italy, Belgium, France and Romania, has recently moved with her husband and three boys to Bergen, Norway. She enjoys procrasti-baking and making homemade dimsum in her spare time.
Tanas is originally from Bethlehem. At the moment he lives with his Danish wife in Oxford, UK, where he works as the regional manager for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa at Church Mission Society (CMS). He is an eccentric down to earth DMin (Doctor in Ministry) on Leadership, who loves riding his bike and grills amazing gourmet meals. Above all else, Tanas loves getting to know people and build lifetime friendships.
Diana Velica has over 12 years of experience in sustainable development, she has worked across many countries in Europe, South-East Asia and the US. She is currently working at the intersection of technology and civil society with the aim of empowering new organizations and women-led projects to flourish.
Hermund Haaland is a serial-entrepreneur, passionate about seeing the world and our societies moving in the best possible direction. With a broad experience from politics, business start-ups and church work, he co-founded the Oslo-based think tank Skaperkraft, where he functions as it’s International Director today. He is the author of several books and an inspiring speaker who loves to empower young leaders. When he needs to feed his introvert side, nothing is like a few hours of cross-country skiing or hiding away with a good Hemingway-book by himself.