Anne Assehn | Finance and Operations Director, Germany and the Netherlands
Joining WeMove.EU is for our Finance and Operations Director Anne Asséhn a rejoicing return to working for social change through the act of campaigning around issues laying close to her heart. On her path from initiating student environment groups and working for various grassroots campaigning groups, she has also gathered experience within the fields of grassroots funders as well as humanitarian and development NGOs. Now she is putting her skills and efforts into shaping up WeMove’s finance and operation processes and planning, either from her home location in Amsterdam, the WeMove office in Berlin or from our administrative hub in Ljubljana, when she is not practicing aikido in Paris or is on an occasional visit to her country of origin Sweden. Anne is passionate about facilitation, expressed through her engagement with the Dutch action training and facilitation collective Stroomversnellers and in the past in more rhythmic forms, when she was part of bringing to life the Rhythms of Resistance international action samba network.
Fernando Vasco Chironda | Senior Campaigner, Italy
Before joining WeMove.EU, Fernando spent over seven years working as European Campaign Coordinator at Amnesty International - Italian Section, fighting for human rights and global justice. He also played a key role in the establishment of the association Comitato Tre Ottobre, which was born in the aftermath of the 2013 shipwreck off the coast of Lampedusa that caused the death of 368 migrants. Based in Bologna, he puts his skills and efforts into designing WeMove’s campaigns and strategies aimed at advocating and effectively challenging human rights violations carried out across Europe. Fernando is particularly passionate about migration, minority rights and active citizens’ participation methodologies. In his free time he enjoys singing, dancing and playing with his afro-music band.
Xavier Dutoit | IT Director, Belgium and Switzerland
Our tech guru, in charge of imagining and creating the technology our team needs to manage and launch campaigns. Xavier has extensively worked on initiatives promoting access to technology for a more participatory democracy, as well as on open data projects for more transparency (he also managed the IT behind the first ever successful European Citizens Initiative). In his spare time, he plays double bass and chapman stick, and is always looking for fellow musicians to jam with.
Felicia Fürhaupter | Executive Assistant, Germany
Felicia is based in Berlin and assists the managing director and the campaigns manager. She makes sure that things in the Berlin office run smoothly. Before joining WeMove.EU she worked at a refugee camp in Berlin, helping new arrivals to meet people that have already lived in Germany for a longer time. She's interested in migration, equal opportunities and projects that support the people in her neighbourhood. In her free-time she enjoys riding her bicycle, exploring places in and around Berlin.
Julia Krzyszkowska | Senior Campaigner, Poland
Julia is our Polish campaigner. She is based in Warsaw, her hometown, from where she runs campaigns and communicates with our Polish members. With a background in international affairs, before joining WeMove.EU she worked with various international NGOs, primarily on campaigns and advocacy around sustainable development, climate and energy. She is passionate about the interconnections between human rights, environmental protection and local economies. Julia is a dedicated defender of the planet and always conscious of her carbon footprint. In her time off she helps out in a food cooperative, reads fantasy books and explores the Warsaw vegan food scene.
Mika Leandro | Campaigns Director, France
Mika is based in Bordeaux, she runs campaigns and helps the campaigning team run brilliant campaigns through practical, strategic and moral support. Together with Oliver she also takes part in the general management of WeMove.EU. Mika manages the campaigners in UK, Spain in Germany while being herself the campaigner for France. Before working at WeMove.EU, Mika lead a campaigns team in an anti-slavery NGO, campaigned to protect the environment and for human rights. Mika’s favourite way to relax is to jump in the ocean, if she can go scuba diving it’s even better.
Virginia López Calvo | Senior Campaigner, Spain
Virginia is based in Madrid and travels across the different regions of the Spanish state to ensure the various priorities and sensitivities are factored into our campaigns. She is a campaigner at her peak performance when weaving trans-European and intercontinental networks, particularly those working in the intersection of gender, economic and environmental justice. A feminist advocate for more than a decade, Virginia has worked on decriminalisation of abortion, women’s participation in macroeconomic policy-making and trade justice. When not doing politics she plays baglama and dances forró.
Oliver Moldenhauer | Founding Director, Germany
Oliver is especially passionate about the prospect of WeMove.EU to strengthen the solidarity between people in different European countries. Oliver has more than 25 years of experience in activism and advocacy. After studying physics, Oliver worked at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research. Since 2001 he has worked as a full time campaigner, first as one of the founders of Attac Germany and later as Campaigner for Médecins Sans Frontières. Oliver set up his first political webpage in 1993 and has been working in various online campaigns since the early 2000s, including as Campaign Manager for Europe for SumOfus.org and as the Renewable Energies Campaigner for Campact.de. In his free time he enjoys hiking and reading science fiction and history.
Simona Muršec | Operations Manager, Slovenia
Our administrative hero, responsible for the smooth running of everything financial and operational. Simona has been learning a lot about the legal, human resources and accounting issues across Europe and is making sure the team gets to meet and work together. Previously, she was active in the global socialist youth movement and worked as a human rights education trainer and facilitator of youth policy processes - her own political goal being to support people becoming emancipated and empowered to change their societies. When Simona is not building democracy, she organises the Pride Parade in Ljubljana and takes her dog swimming.
Paola Pierri | Fundraiser, Germany
Paola brings to WeMove.EU 15 years of experience working in several organisational development and fundraising roles. Her experience ranges from strategic partnership development and business model innovation, to bids and proposals writing and research. Before joining WeMove.EU Paola worked in London where she was leading a programme to embed collaborative innovation and design techniques to explore and develop alternative opportunities for impact and growth. She has been an activist on issues of social justice, citizenship and migration. She is European, now based in Berlin.
Tomasz Pietrzkowski | Software Developer, Poland
Tomasz is responsible for the development of the technology needed for our campaigning. He is an outstanding programmer, but also an active advocate forthe rights of children - currently acting as the General Secretary of the NGO Acus which works with children with behavioral problems. In his spare time Tomasz plays guitar.
Jörg Rohwedder | Senior Campaigner, Germany
30 years of experience for change: Jörg Rohwedder is our Senior Campainger for Germany, based in Palingen, near Hamburg. Since he was a youngster of 17 he has been active for peace and human rights, against nuclear power and racism. His political activism led him to Turkey and the Balkans. For over a decade he was executive director of a foundation for social change and the last year he was coordinator for the EDGE Funders Alliance in Europe. Jörg acted in different roles for a just world: as an activist for nonviolent action, as an educator, facilitator, coordinator and director. He combined his activism with a dedicated engagement for a true meaningful alternative: ethical investment, renewable energy, cooperative housing.
David Schwartz | English Senior Campaigner, Belgium
David is based in Brussels, and is coordinating WeMove.EU’s European Citizens Initiative (ECI) campaign on Glyphosate. Before starting with WeMove.EU, David worked in communications, research, and digital with non-profits on a variety of issue-based campaigns, including on the debate surrounding the UK’s EU referendum result, minority rights in Israel, and the World Bank social and environmental safeguard policy review. David works closely with the WeMove.EU team and campaign partners to gather support for the ECI. He is interested in the topics of labour, migration, citizenship, and transnationalism. He also likes to dabble with tech, the web, and design.
Carola Ståhl | Donations Accountant, Germany
As part of the finance team, Carola divides her time between people and numbers. She coordinates the donation processes, reassuring that our donors get the best possible attention. She is also a passionate human rights education trainer and press freedom advocate, for many years active in the international Loesje network, creating thought provoking posters and developing projects. Carola is born in Sweden, now based in Berlin, but makes sure to meet fellow activists all over the world as often as she can. When she is not working, you can catch her reading, dancing street dance, cooking, or hanging out in Berlin’s parks.
Romain Thouvenin | Agile Project Manager, France
Romain is another of our tech gurus, and helps us make sure we spend our time on tech wisely. His experience in large-scale website building means he can handle even the trickiest of our software problems. He’s been active since his student days, and is now especially interested in education, world citizenship and digital rights. Occasionally, he leaves the Matrix and goes out into nature to climb and slackline.
Olga Vuković | Campaigns Director, Italy
Olga is based in Bologna and diligently maps issues of relevance in Italy, while championing our community there and ensuring their voices are reflected in our campaigns. She has been working within the European civil society sector for over five years with a specific focus on transnational activism and helping bridge the gap between citizens and decision-makers. When she was a child her family left Montenegro (then part of former Yugoslavia), and since then she has lived in Canada, the UK and Italy. Her migrant background has led her to be passionate on issues of citizenship, identity and migration. Olga jumps at every opportunity to travel, and when time allows loves to squeeze in a good yoga class.
María Botella Trotonda | Campaigns Assistant, Spain
Maria has lived in London for the last four years and she is about to move back to Madrid, her home town. She supports the Spanish Senior Campaigner in a variety of tasks, from conducting research on a range of campaign issues to the implementation of campaigns and social media management. Recently graduated with a MA/MSc in Digital Sociology, she has a wide range of IT skills and experience in carrying out online research and deploying digital methods. She has worked and volunteered for different organisations at the European level with an aim to advance democracy and environmental awareness. She enjoys learning languages and all types of dances, including African and Brazilian dances, and of course, tango!
Saminder Kharay | Campaign Assistant, English Language, England and Germany
Saminder is working as the english language campaign assistant. She is currently undertaking a distance learning Masters in Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice at SOAS, University of London. With a passion for social justice and campaigning against inequality, Saminder has worked for several charities and Not for Profit organisations including Friends of the Earth. Originally from London, and now living in Tübingen, Germany. Saminder enjoys being outdoors, winter or summer.
Joanna Kopacka | Campaigns Assistant, Poland and Belgium
Joanna is based in Warsaw and supports the Polish campaigner in setting up campaigns and building up the WeMove.EU community in Poland. She is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow, interested in human rights advocacy, community organizing and intercultural dialogue. Joanna is currently approaching graduation from the University of Haifa, Israel. In her free time, she enjoys good movies and long walks.
Jessica Lima | Administration Assistant, Slovenia
Jessica Lima is our administration assistant in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Before WeMove.EU she was working and volunteering for several NGO's and collectives in different parts of Europe. She is a passionate socialist, feminist, and LGBTIQA+ activist. In her free time you will find her drinking unhealthy amounts of coffee and instigating heated political debates.
Rok Primozic | Networking & Operations Assistant, Slovenia
Rok brings in essential IT and administrative skills to the team. A lawyer by training, he is an experienced youth worker and youth trainer who has been leading different organisations on local and national (in Slovenia) and European levels.
The team of WeMove.EU will be accountable to a strong board of about 5-7 committed and experienced individuals. Campact.de and 38Degrees.org.uk already proposed senior candidates for this body. As everybody else, they serve as individuals, not as delegates of their organisations. The first board will serve until 1 January 2018. Subsequent boards will be elected by stake-holder groups and independent individuals, combining the positive sides of legitimacy and individual independence and experience.
The 2-person nucleus of the board, consisting of Campact’s Executive Director Dr. Günter Metzges and 38 Degree’s Campaigns Director Blanche Shackleton started in January 2015.
Blanche Shackleton | Board Member
One of the members of the ultimate governance body in WeMove.EU. Blanche runs many of 38 Degrees’ campaigns, and spends time promoting their work online and engaging in networking with other organisations who share the same priorities. Her role is key in ensuring that 38 Degrees’ members are properly listened to and their concerns reflected in their campaigning. Before working at 38 Degrees, she worked at a healthcare charity and in the British Parliament. She goes often boating on the canal (in London that is).
Christoph Bautz | Board Member
Christoph is a studied biologist and political scientist. After his studies he established the office of Attac-Germany and coordinated their public communication. Together with Felix Kolb he founded the Bewegungsstiftung, which promotes campaigns and projects of social movements. Together with Günter Metzges he initiated the founding of Campact.de and works since 2004 as Campact's executive director.
Former Board Members
Another honorable member of the Board, with a political science and adult pedagogy degree. Günter co-founded an ecological centre in Verden/Aller and was active in several political campaigns. Between 2000 and 2003, he was a researcher at the Institute for International and Intercultural Studies at the University of Bremen, and between 2003 and 2004, a Marie Curie fellow at the University of Warwick, where he wrote a PhD thesis titled "NGO campaigns and their impact on international negotiations". In 2004, he co-founded Campact.de.