04.07.2017 IN FOCUS

New EAEA Executive Board elected

EAEA's new Executive Board was elected last week at the EAEA General Assembly. Per Paludan Hansen continues as the EAEA President.

EAEA Board

The EAEA members voted for the new EAEA Executive Board at the EAEA General Assembly in Girona on June 27th. The new Board was elected for a two-year term, 2017–2019. The Board has 12 members from 12 different countries.

Per Paludan Hansen, the EAEA President since 2013, continues to a third term. The Board gets representatives from two new countries, Switzerland and Slovakia.

EAEA Executive Board 2015–2017

Denmark: Per Paludan Hansen – EAEA President since 2013 and EAEA Board Member since 2008. Mr. Paludan Hansen has been active in the field of adult education for over 20 years. He is chairman of the board of the Danish Adult Education Association and Secretary-General of LOF, a nationwide study association for adults.

Belarus: Galina Veramejchyk – EAEA Board Member since 2015. Ms. Veramejchyk, representing Council of IPA Education without Borders, has 20 years of experience in non-formal adult and youth education. She works as a member of the Council and is responsible for the management skills development of younger staff and international cooperation.

Finland: Pirkko Ruuskanen-Parrukoski – EAEA  Board Member 2011–2013, acting Board member since January 2016. Ms. Ruuskanen-Parrukoski is a Board Member of the Finnish Adult Education Association – VST and CEO of The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation – KVS. Besides having the knowledge of education and training, she has a long experience in working with the issues of social justice and social cohesion.

Germany: Esther Hirsch – EAEA Board Member since 2015. As the Deputy Director of DVV International – The Institute for International Cooperation, Ms. Hirsch runs the day-to-day operations of the organisation and decides on strategies regarding the work within DVV International's structures.

Ireland: Liz Waters – EAEA Board Member since 2017. Ms Waters is the President of AONTAS (The Irish National Adult Learning Organisation). She is also the Director of An Cosán Virtual Community College (VCC) and has a long experience in community education/development practition and in the formal and non-formal adult/community education sector.

Portugal: Susana Oliveira – EAEA Board Member since 2013. Ms. Oliveira is working at EPATV – Escola Profissional Amar Terra Verde, a VET school and adult education centre in the north of Portugal. At the school, she is in charge for searching for more and better conditions for social integration of the students (young adults). She is also a Board member of APCEP – Associação Portuguesa para a Cultura e Educação Permanente, the umbrella association in Portugal, and EPALE ambassador.

Romania: Mariana Matache – EAEA Board Member since 2013. Ms. Matache is the President and founder of the EUROED Association. She has conducted strategic projects founded through the European Social Fund, as well as other European projects in collaboration with various international partners.

Serbia: Maja Maksimovic – EAEA Board Member since 2014. Ms. Maksimovic is the Assistant Teacher at the Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy, University of Belgrade, a researcher at the Institute for Pedagogy and Andragogy, and an associate of the Adult Education Society.

Slovakia: Klaudius Šilhár – EAEA Board Member since 2017. Mr. Šilhár is the President of the Association of Adult Education Institutions in the Slovak Republic and an assistant lecturer at the Department of Andragogy, Comenius University in Bratislava. He has a Doctorate in andragogy with a dissertation on Specificity of Quality Management Systems in Adult Education Institutions.

Sweden: Kent Johansson – EAEA Board Member since 2015. Mr. Johansson is the president of the Swedish Interest Organisation for Popular Movement Folk High Schools (RIO) since 2008 and the president of the Nordic Folk High Schools and member of the board of the Nordic Folk High School Council (NFR). He has gained a European network through his time at European Association of Regional and Local Authorities for Lifelong Learning, the Committee of the Regions and as the Member of the European Parliament.

Switzerland: Bernhard Grämiger – EAEA Board Member since 2017. Mr. Grämiger is the director of the Swiss Federation of Adult Learning (SVEB). Besides being responsible of the management and strategical work at the organisation, he is also responsible for the international cooperation. SVEB has strong links to the UNESCO’s Agenda 2030 and CONFINTEA processes in Switzerland, as well as to ICAE and UIL.

United Kingdom: Joyce Black – EAEA Board Member since 2013. Ms. Black is the Assistant Director of Research and Development at the National Learning and Work Institute (L&W) in the UK. As a member of the Institute’s senior management team, she leads on ‘Life and Society’ across the Institute’s Strategic Plan.