Chair of the ENAR Foundation
Amel Yacef is Chair of the ENAR Foundation as well as of the European Network Against Racism, since June 2016. She is currently chairperson of ENAR Ireland’s Board of Management and has been currently and for the past four years the chairperson of AKIDWA’s Board of Management, which is a member of ENAR and has been very much involved in the work ENAR has been carrying. She has extensive expertise in anti-racism; discrimination; migration; youth; gender inequalities; and playing active roles in management boards.
Laurentia Mariana Mereuta
Vice-Chair of the ENAR Foundation
Laurentia Mariana Mereuta studied EU law, international public law and international protection of human rights at various international and Romanian institutions and universities. She is a founding member and vice-president of the European Association for the Defense of Human Rights – AEPADO, a human rights NGO in Bucharest, Romania. She has a broad professional experience as a manager and coordinator both in the public sector (European Institute of Romania, Europe Direct Bucharest) and private sector (different human rights NGOs and entrepreneurial activities), with an experience of over 15 years in the NGO sector. Since 2012, she is a board member of the FLARE Network – Freedom, Legality and Rights in Europe and since 2014 she is a member of the coordination team of ENYA - Ecumenical Network for Youth Action.
Vice-Chair of the ENAR Foundation
Marcell Lőrincz studied Russian language and literature at the University of Pécs. During his studies he was a radio-journalist, editor and later editor-in-chief at the local community radio station "Publikum". Since 2002 he has been working in Budapest in different civil society organisations - Center for Independent Media, Treasure House School Foundation, Artemisszió Intercultural Foundation - and is the Chair of the Subjective Values Foundation. The SVF aims to combat racism and runs many types of activities and projects (education, research, campaigns, event management, publications etc.). In 2012 Marcell received the "Miklós Radnóti Antiracist Award".
Wouter Van Bellingen
Wouter Van Bellingen is the Director of Minderhedenforum (Forum of Ethnic Minorities) in Belgium since 2014. He also acts as its official spokesperson towards the federal and regional governments in Belgium and Flanders. Previously, he was deputy mayor of Sint Niklaas from 2007 to 2012 and the first Black deputy mayor of Flanders. He has expertise in the areas of integration, discrimination, racism, migration, education, employment, equal opportunities and diversity.
Claudia Marà works as Communication and Information Officer for the Italian non-profit organisation Africa e Mediterraneo, based in Bologna (Italy) and Brussels. She studied International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Bologna and the University of Washington (USA). During her Bachelors’ and her Masters’ she worked and volunteered in several grassroots organisations and institutions working with migrants and asylum seekers, such as the International Rescue Committee and the East-Africa Community Service in Seattle. Her passionate activism in the fight against racism and discrimination has always gone hand in hand with a thorough interest in research, focusing in particular on post-structural theories applied to migration studies, critical security studies and discourse analysis.