Martin Caldwell | Senior Campaigner, UK
Originally from the city of Lincoln in the UK, but based in Berlin, Germany. Martin joined WeMove as the UK & English language campaigner. Before starting at WeMove, Martin worked for the online global corporate campaign group, SumOfUs.org. Martin has also worked for the UK based online campaigning group, 38 Degrees, the development NGO, WaterAid, and as a staffer for a British Member of the European Parliament. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from the University of London.
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.
Julia Krzyszkowska | Senior Campaigner for Poland, Warsaw
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.
Marlene Löhr | Executive Assistant, Berlin
Marlene makes sure that things are running smoothly within WeMove.EU and our directors are having their heads free for the really important things. With a lot of professional experience in the political sphere and as a qualified personal and business coach, she knows a lot about the inner dynamics of teams, empowering people to thrive and the importance of a well organized bureau. She is passionate about global climate justice, feminism and EU foreign policy. In her free time she likes to explore the green side of Berlin, loves to read (in summer on her beautiful balcony) and learn new things.
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, Berlin
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.
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 | Glyphosate Campaign Coordinator, Brussels
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.
Romain Thouvenin | Agile Project Manager
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 | Senior Campaigner, 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.
Assistants and Interns
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!
Giada Buralli | Intern, Germany
Giada studied Political Science and International Relations at the University of Florence, in Italy. She has been living in Berlin since four years now and here she’s doing an internship in the executive branch by WeMove.EU. She’s supporting our campaigners and our executive assistant in the daily work, both in the Berlin based office and all around Europe. She’s very passionate about human and minorities rights, environmental protection and international relationships. During her free time, she enjoys reading, doing yoga and listening to music.
Till Ehrmann | Intern, Germany
Till is intern for the German team. He works together with Jörg on campaigns for Germany, researches possibilities for European citizen participation, answers e-mail requests from the community and helps wherever he can. Till studies European Studies at the Danish Aalborg University. In WeMove.EU he sees a great example for trying to create an European public sphere, which can bridge the distance between the European citizens and institutions and therefore directly benefits democracy in the EU.
Soraya Fettih | Campaigns Assistant/Community Manager, France
Soraya is a law student specialising in political science who lives in Bordeaux. Passionate about history and politics, she developed a strong interest in human rights and a passion for debate and political engagement. Determined to spend her life fighting for the causes she defends, she recently joined us to put her drive towards building a better democracy for Europe. Last year, she co-founded L’Antigone, a charity mainly fighting against media misinformation. She now splits her time between her volunteer work, studies and WeMove.EU.
Carolin Jakob | Intern, Germany
Carolin has just finished her LLM in European Integration and Law and work now as an intern for the Berlin office. She works closely with Marlene and supports her to make sure that everything runs smoothly. Her legal passion is the work with refugees and to combat the root causes of migration. Carolin recently moved to Berlin and is looking forward to explore and enjoy the city.
Joanna Kopacka | Campaigns Assistant, Poland
Joanna is based in Warsaw and supports the Polish campaigner in setting up campaigns and building up the WeMove 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.
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.
Vesna Štefanec | You Move Europe Assistant, Slovenia
Vesna is a social pedagogue and a feminist/LGBT activist who lives in Ljubljana. Passionate about education for social change and solidarity with a strong interest in human rights, empowering oppressed minorities and critical pedagogy she worked with and for a range of different youth organizations. She is working as an assistant for the You Move Europe project and supports the campaigners team with daily work when necessary.
Gerlinde Theunissen | German Assistant
Gerlinde Theunissen is a student of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany and the German Assistant of WeMove.EU. She supports the campaigning team in setting up campaigns, in dealing with our daily work and in answering to the questions of our members. She works in Leiden, The Netherlands.
Viviana Vignola | Campaigns Assistant/Community Manager, Italy
Viviana is a journalist specialising in semiotics and gender studies who lives in Bologna. Passionate about feminism, after an experience as a professional and as a volunteer in the Communication office of a women’s shelter, she has worked as a consultant and as a press officer for several associations and organisations in the field of gender equality and non-profit sector. She is the co-founder of Deneb, an association dealing with gender issues and women's rights. She’s vegetarian and interested in environmental issues. She supports the Italian Senior Campaigner in a variety of tasks, from the implementation of campaigns to social media management. When not working, she likes reading, watching films and listening to music.
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).
Günter Metzges | Board Member
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.