ACTEDO Team

ALEXANDRA COLUMBAN

LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE

Alexandra Columban is a human rights practitioner, with over 4 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 association’s legal represenative and she is also responsible for communications 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.

IULIA PASCU

FOUNDING MEMBER

Iulia is passionate about feminism and social justice. From 2013-2016, Iulia developed and coordonated the project The Pro Bono Network for Human Rights – the first human rights clearinghouse in Romania. 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 specialisation in community development, from Babeș-Bolyai University and Michigan State University. Currently, Iulia works for Mama Cash, the oldest international women’s fund. Her hobbies include travelling, art, history, hiking and dancing.

ADELA DUMBRĂVAN

FOUNDING MEMBER

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.

Ioana Tuță

FOUNDING MEMBER

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.

Raluca Alexa

Legal assistant

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 Gagu

Legal assistant

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.

Andrei Dragan

Legal assistant

Andrei is a Central European University Human Rights LLM alumnus. His main fields of interest are human rights, European Union Law, minorities rights and asylum law and policy. He is also an alumnus of the Vest University of Timisoara, where he got a BA in law and a LLM in European Union Law. He also published several papers dealing mainly with European Union law, constitutional law, asylum law, European contract law and comparative law. He is passionate about history, music and philosophy.

Beatrice Rus

Legal assistant

Beatrice is a law graduate of Babeș-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca, class of 2017. As a student she acquired experience in the field through internships and by continuing to work closely  with a law office. Beatrice got involved in the Pro-Bono Network shortly after graduating, in order to follow her passion for social justice and human rights in all its forms.

Vlad Cobârzan

IT Consultant

Vlad has over 5 years experience in web development, most of which spent working as a full stack developer in WordPress. In the past he was involved in various project of national and European NGOs, cush as 12-4c, European Climate Foundation and EPSU. Vlad enjoys reading and driving, but he is also passionate about digital games, board games and psychology.