23.06.2015 IN FOCUS

EAEA gets a new Executive Board

The membership of the European Association for the Education of Adults – EAEA has elected a new Executive Board for the two-year term of 2015–2017. The new Board consists of adult education professionals from 12 different countries.

Per Paludan Hansen, the EAEA President since 2013, will continue to a second term. The Board gets new members from Belarus, Germany and Sweden.

The vote took place at EAEA General Assembly in Porto, Portugal on 23rd of June 2015.

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.

Austria: Gerhard Bisovsky – EAEA Board Member since 2012
Mr. Bisovsky is the Secretary-General of the Austrian Association for Adult Education Centres. He has over 25 years of experience in adult education and he has worked 16 years as a director of one of the biggest adult education centres in Vienna.

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: Tapio Kujala – EAEA Board Member since 2013
Mr. Kujala is a Board Member of the Finnish Adult Education Association – VST and Director of The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation – KVS. He has decades of experience in both non-formal and formal education and knowledge in marketing and publishing.

France: David Lopez – EAEA Board Member since 2011
Mr. Lopez represents La Ligue de l'enseignement where he works as the Head of the International Department. His expertise lies in European and international networking, youth work, non-formal and formal education, social and cultural issues.

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: Niamh O´Reilly – EAEA Board Member since 2011
Ms. O’Reilly, the Head of Membership Services of The National Adult Learning Organisation – AONTAS, has experience of organisational strategic planning, policy development and learner voice based advocacy work.

Portugal: Susana Oliveira – EAEA Board Member since 2013
Ms. Oliveira from Kerigma has experience in piloting of non-formal and informal learning recognition models and creating a local network of exchanges of good practices in validation and assessment methods. She is also familiar with assessing recognition and validation of skills and competences and human resources management.

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.

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.

United Kingdom: Joyce Black – EAEA Board Member since 2013
Ms. Black comes from The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education – NIACE, where she works as a Head of Life Skills. She is a specialist in qualification frameworks and curriculum as well as participates on a number of UK government committees. Ms. Black is the programme lead for NIACE's work as UK National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning.

Text and photo: Aura Vuorenrinne