Adela Dumbrăvan is a human rights professional with major interests in the protection and promotion of human rights, European law and public international law, conflict prevention, and civil society participation in decision-making processes. She holds a BA in Law from the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and is a graduate of the Erasmus Mundus MA in Human Rights Practice, offered jointly by Roehampton University (UK), University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Tromsø University (Norway). Adela has gained significant knowledge of EU policies during a legal traineeship with the European Parliament and has previously worked with the Romanian Peace Institute (PATRIR) as a conflict researcher. She contributed to research pieces for the Overseas Development Institute’s European Development Cooperation Strengthening Programme, Fair Trials International and Insight on Conflict. Her passions include ballroom dancing, reading and discovering new cultures and identities.
Iulia is a gender equality and human rights practitioner with a professional experience of over 4 years in project management. In 2014, Iulia developed the project The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights – the first human rights clearinghouse in Romania, which she currently coordinates. Previously, Iulia worked, for one year, at the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), an EU agency based in Vilnius, where she collected and analyzed data on gender based-violence. She also contributed to the final report on sexual violence against women in the EU. She holds a MA in gender studies and a MPA, with a concentration in community development, from Babeș-Bolyai University and Michigan State University. Her hobbies include travelling, art, history, hiking and dancing.
Ioana Tuță is an international affairs professional with expertise on human rights advocacy and diplomacy, and civil society organizations and modes of action. She previously worked in the International Advocacy Programme of Amnesty International in London and Geneva, and the Treaty Division of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Ioana holds a Master degree in Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva where she is currently pursuing a doctoral degree. Her hobbies include hiking, dancing, going to film festivals and wandering in bookshops.
Alexandra Columban is a human rights practitioner, with over 3 years experience in advocacy, project management and public policy, in particular in the fields of non-discrimination, gender equality and LGBT+ rights. She is currently the manager of ACTEDO’s Gender Equality Programme and the communications officer and event organiser of The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. In 2015-2016, Alexandra was the coordinator of the national nongovernmental network Breaking the Silence on Sexual Violence, implementing a comprehensive advocacy campaign for the ratification by Romania of the Istanbul Convention and the development of specialized services for survivors of sexual violence. Alexandra has two BAs, in International Relations and European Studies, and in Norwegian and English Language and Literature, respectively, as well as an MA in History of Ideas from Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca. Alexandra loves travelling, reading, learning new languages, and has a keen interest in evolutionary biology and psychology.
Andreea Hoțopan is a law graduate of Dimitrie Cantemir University, Cluj-Napoca, class of 2015. As a student, she was an active member of ELSA and took part in many legal conferences and seminars. She complemented her theoretical knowledge with practical experience during internships at Timișoara Appeal Court and at a law firm. Passionate about the social side of the legal profession and as a human rights advocate, Andreea got involved in The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights shortly after graduations. Andreea’s passions include photography, nutrition and ecology.
Daniela Toma is a law student at Babeș-Bolyai University, in Cluj-Napoca. With the help of an Erasmus scholarship, in 2014-2015 she attended gender equality and human rights courses at Utrecht University. In 2015 she was an intern at the Ministry of Justice, the Service for International Cooperation in Civil, Family and Commercial Matters. As of 2012, she is a member of the Youth Bank network and regularly participates in the sessions of the European Youth Parliament. Some of Daniela’s hobbies include literature and travelling, as well as watching ski jumping, though she does not practice the sport herself.
Raluca is a law student at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and has an interest in human rights, especially LGBT rights, advocacy, and online activism. In order to apply her theoretical knowledge and gain more practical experience, she has joined The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights. Besides social justice, Raluca loves pets, bingeing TV shows and reading fantasy novels.
Alexandra is a law student at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca and has a big interest in constitutional law, especially fundamental human rights promoted by ECHR, criminal law and administrative law. She has a desire to make the most of her acquired knowledge by actively participating in The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights coordinated by ACTEDO. In her spare time, she likes reading, painting and travelling, which allows her to discover other cultures.
Oana is a crowd funding specialist, project manager of Creștemidei and an avid supporter of collaborative trade and economy. In ACTEDO, she is responsible for financial issues, budget administration, as well as event logistics. Oana has a degree in economics, experience in the NGO sector and interests in entrepreneurship and innovation. Oana loves riding her bike, live concerts, dancing, relaxing in a hammock and neurosciences.
is a lawyer and has worked with human rights issues since 2010, with an emphasis on non-discrimination and reproductive rights. She started her work with human rights in Bucharest, where she collaborated with several NGOs, such as the Center for Legal Resources, ACCEPT Association and the Euroregional Center for Public Initiatives. In 2013 she conducted an internship at INTERIGHTS, London, an organization of lawyers who defend human rights in international courts. In addition, Dana has published legal articles on various topics, among which hate crimes, patients’ rights, the legal recognition of gender identity. In 2015 and 2016, Dana was the legal coordinator of The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights.