This project is funded by the European Union.
The Member States of the European Union have decided to link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders
Ewa KonczalProject Lead
Ewa is EVPA’s Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Manager and manages the first Polish Venture Philanthropy Fund Valores. Ewa has over 15 years of experience in social entrepreneurship as representative of Ashoka in Poland and as Ashoka Director for Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to Ashoka, Ewa worked in India with Global March Against Child Labor, and in Egypt with AIESEC and Egyptian-Polish Businessman Association. She has set up the Magic Mountain Foundation, using mountain sports and natural horsemanship as tools for change for people with disadvantages. She has a Master in Marketing and Management.
Sona DilanyanProject Coordinator and Policy Associate
Sona studied Middle East Studies, Political Science and Cultural Studies at universities in Armenia, US, Israel and Turkey and is currently an MBA candidate at the IUBH University of Applied Sciences. She previously worked as a project manager and researcher for international non-profits focusing on peacebuilding and intercommunal dialogue in the South Caucasus and Eastern Europe.
Ewa PinteraFinancial Coordinator
Ewa has 8 years of project management experience (including financial management and project evaluation) in the non-profit sector. She worked mainly in humanitarian and development aid projects implemented by Polish organisations in EU Neighbourhood (Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia) as well as Middle East (Lebanon and Iraq). She holds a master degree in International Relations from the University of Łódź (Poland) and in Cooperation and Development from the University of Pavia (Italy).
Andreja RosandicProject Manager Stakeholder Engagement
Andreaj has more than 15 years’ experience in social finance and social enterprise in Europe, the Western Balkans and recently the Eastern Neighbourhood. She holds a Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Pedagogy. In addition, she has undergone various training programmes in Communication, Supervision, Psychotherapy, Project Cycle Management, and Quality Assurance. She is an experienced manager, lecturer, advisor and evaluator for social enterprises with excellent teamwork, communication and intercultural skills for quality consultancy to complex cooperation projects. She recently initiated and is now running an elective course on Social Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb. Prior to that, she led her own social enterprise after years of experience implementing social enterprise and civil society strengthening projects in the Western Balkans. She was Sustainability Manager for Central Europe at NESsT for five years. and prior to that, was NESsT Croatia Country Director.
Nazareth SeferianProject Manager Regional activities and Armenia
Nazareth has been working in sustainable business for more than ten years. He started working in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility in Armenia in 2008 and managed sustainability projects at Orange Armenia for four years before shifting to a career as an independent consultant in several countries. Since 2015, he has worked with more than fifty non-profit organisations seeking to transform into social enterprises, as well as the donor organisations that have supported the growing field of social entrepreneurship in Armenia and the region. He also teaches university-level courses and runs training sessions on a range of business topics. Nazareth holds an Executive MBA from the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin and a post-graduate certificate in sustainable business from the University of Cambridge.
Martijn BlomConsultant Impact Funds
Martijn joined EVPA in 2020 as the Manager for Benelux and coordinator for the Impact Funds Initiative. In the past years he was active an impact investment practitioner at Hivos Impact Investments, where he was responsible for investor relations at the Hivos Food & Lifestyle Fund.
Martijn has been active as an entrepreneur since 2003 at JongeHonden and started investing in startups from 2007 onwards. He has a expertise in impact investment particularly. He is co-founder of Dutch business angel network De Investeerdersclub, a co-chair of EBAN Impact and member of the Investment Committee of the Brabant Startup Fund.
Iva GalovicCommunications Associate
Iva is a communications expert with background in public relations, audiovisual communications and project management. She has over 15 years of experience in both public and private sector, having worked in Croatia, China, Thailand and Belgium. She holds an MA in Marketing as well as in History of Art and Russian Language and Literature.