Jury Members of the fifth edition
Dr. Ha Vinh Tho
Programme Director at the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan. He is also the founder and chairman of Eurasia Foundation, a humanitarian NGO developing educational programmes for children and youth living with disabilities, as well as ecological projects in Vietnam. Previously, he served as Head of training, learning and development at the International Committee of the Red Cross. He is a Buddhist teacher the Tradition of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Dr. Tho Ha Vinh has been a professor of education at several universities in Europe and Vietnam, he has published several books and many articles on topics including curative education, engaged spirituality, intercultural dialogue, adult education and humanitarian action. Dr. Tho Ha Vinh holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and Education from the University of Geneva.
Julie Ward is a Labour MEP for the North West of England. She is also a writer, theatre-maker and cultural activist who began her working life on the factory floor before becoming a community arts worker. She is a member of the parliament’s committees on Culture and Education, Regional Development as well as the Women rights' and Gender Equality Committee. She's a board member of the European Internet Forum, and a founding member of the European Caucus of Women in Parliament - a global forum. Julie has been a women's rights campaigner before being elected, and continues to work for gender equality as an MEP. Julie is also a children's rights champion, having co-founded the European Parliament cross-party and cross-committee intergroup on Children's Rights. She is also active on a number of other intergroups including Disability, Youth, Common Goods & Public Services, Creative Industries, LGBTI, Anti-Poverty, Trade Unions and Social Economy. She is now on the Labour Party’s Children and Education Policy Commission as a
Thomas Grond is Head of Young Audiences at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). As such he is responsible for all programme exchanges, co-productions, other editorial services, projects and conferences that are designed to address younger audiences, including children (pre-school and school) on all platforms (radio, television, internet). Before starting at the EBU Thomas Grond served as head of Children’s Programming at SRF (Swiss Radio and Television) on all platforms, TV, radio and online, following many years as a producer and developer of various programmes and live radio and TV shows, not only for children but also for young audiences.
Johanna Nyman is the President of the European Youth Forum. Johanna, 27, lives in London where she works in environmental and climate change policy. She holds a Master's degree in Environmental Change and Policy and a Bachelor in Environmental Biology from Helsinki University. She has a strong background in youth organisations: she joined the scouts at the age of twelve, was an activist in the school student movement in Finland and has been active for many years in the Finnish Youth Council Allianssi. In 2013-2014 she acted as a board member of the European Youth Forum (YFJ).
Akilnathan Logeswaran is a Digital Strategy Consultant & Social Media Lead for a top international consulting firm. As Curator of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Munich his goal is to make meaningful change for local communities. As Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the lifestyle brand TamilCulture Germany, he empowers 2nd generation refugees and their children on a regional level. Internationally, he is a strong advocate for the Effective Altruism movement and a Member of the United Nations Association of Austria. Akilnathan is one of the 50 most prominent German voices tackling the refugee crisis (Huffington Post), known for the impact he has made as an (online) activist. His raison d’être is to build a global culture of sharing and of spreading happiness, while taking a strong stand on refugees’ rights, equality and poverty eradication.
Miroslava represents the Slovak EU Presidency 2016 in the Shining Stars video contest. She works for the Youth Department of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, where she is responsible for international cooperation. At the same time, she is a member of the team leading the Slovak EU Presidency in the field of youth. Previously, Miroslava worked for IUVENTA – Slovak Youth Institute where she was responsible for Structured Dialogue and human rights educational projects. She was also involved in the 'No Hate Speech' Campaign in Slovakia. Miroslava is interested in a variety of fields, especially in participative youth projects, online education and travelling.
Having served as a Peer Educator for the Don Bosco Life Choices Programme and participated in numerous Model United Nations conferences all over the planet, Seleman is driven by his passion for sustainable development, humanitarian work, media communication, and social activism. He was awarded a fellowship under the World Peace Initiative Foundation which allowed him to attend a peace training in Kenya and actively participated in drafting the Climate Change (COY11) Youth Manifesto which was presented at the COP21 in Paris. Seleman holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management of Foreign Relations from the Tanzania - Mozambique Centre for Foreign Relations and a Bachelor Degree in Sociology with Honors from the Open University of Tanzania.
- Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Hamida is a social entrepreneur from Tunis focusing on women's rights and empowerment in political and public life. Believing in the value of women in civil society, she is the Founder and Former Coordinator of Women’s Democracy Network (WDN) Tunisia Chapter. Hamida has been working with several NGOs for three years already and holds a Master in Business Communication from Manouba University. Butterflies are her passion, music is her language and tolerance is her weapon.
- Tunis & Luxembourg City
Ms Zanda KALNINA-LUKASEVICA
Ms Zanda Kalniņa-Lukaševica has been holding the office of Parliamentary State Secretary for the European Affairs of Latvia since 2014. She was elected to the Parliament (Saeima) of Latvia in 2011, and was appointed Chairperson of the European Affairs Committee and Chairperson of the Reform Party parliamentary group, while at the same time serving as a Member of the Economic, Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Policy Committee. Ms Kalniņa-Lukaševica has worked as adviser on strategic planning and analysis to the President of the Republic of Latvia at the Chancery of the President of Latvia.
Ms Kalniņa-Lukaševica holds a first academic degree in social work, a Master’s Degree at the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Latvia, as well as a Doctoral Degree in Management Science in the field of Public Administration.
Ms Kalniņa-Lukaševica is also known for her civic activities and publications. She is a member of boards of the following non-profit organisations - “European Movement–Latvia” and “Caritas” (Latvia).
Mr Romain SCHNEIDER
Ambassador Hatem ATALLAH (Tunisia)
Ambassador Hatem Atallah is the current Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation. Coming from a rich diplomatic background, he was the Tunisian ambassador in several countries including The United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Ethiopia.He also served as Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, the African Union, the Economic Commission for Africa, UNEP and UN-Habitat. More recently he was appointed Diplomatic Advisor to the Head of the Tunisian Government until February 2015.
Ambassador Atallah participated in numerous summits of the African Union and the United Nations and to several ministerial meetings. He also acquired a long experience in organizing cultural activities: exhibitions of paintings, Cinema Days, musical performances, lectures on history and heritage, and debates on inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue.
Seamus Jeffreson has been Director of CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for Relief and Development, since January 2014. Prior to joining CONCORD, he worked for 10 years on humanitarian and development projects in the Middle East and Ethiopia with the IMC, CARE International, Trocaire and CAFOD.
Prior to his work with NGOs, he worked for the European Agency for Reconstruction in Kosovo and Serbia and as an adviser on EU regional development and cross border projects in Eastern Europe and the western Balkans. He began his career in the European Commission's technical assistance office in South Africa at the new time of the country's transition to democracy in the mid 1990s.
Christine Dahm is Director of the Cercle de Coopération, the platform of development NGOs in Luxembourg. The Cercle de Coopération counts 75 member organisations.
Prior to that, Christine Dahm has held leading positions in the wealth planning and private banking sector in Luxembourg for over 17 years.
Mr Ben FAYOT
Mr Ben Fayot (born in 1937 in Luxembourg City) was a Member of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies both from 1984 to 1989 and from 1999 to 2013, while presiding at the Commission of External and European Affairs between 2004 and 2013. From 1989 to 1999, M Fayot was a Member of the European Parliament and from 2004 to 2009, President of the Parliamentary Group of the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party. Besides, Ben Fayot is a professor and a political historian, specialised in European politics and the history of socialism in Luxembourg.
Born in 1986, Muriel is a professional musician and has specialized in European policy at the same time. She is a graduate of the Conservatories of Caen and Paris (Boulogne-Billancourt) with a degree in violin in 2004 and 2007 and has since been active as a professional violinist, playing in various orchestras in France and the Netherlands, while teaching and leading various musical projects. Muriel also graduated from the Institute of European Studies (Brussels) in 2013 and has since worked with the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Luxembourg Presidency 2015 of the Council of the EU.
She is interested in a variety of fields with a special fondness for local community commitments in Brussels, multidisciplinary and musical youth projects, as well as world travelling.
Noureddine is a coach and trainer on intercultural competence to decision-makers, politicians, trainers, and professionals in the field of integration. He has long-term expertise in the fields of integration of immigrant populations, transition support to early school leavers, and prevention of violent radicalisation. Furthermore, he developed training programmes for professionals working with refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants.
Jury Members of Shining Stars of Europe III
Born in New Caledonia, Samantha grew up in Paris where she started dancing from the age of 6. Later on she trained as an actress and dancer in Paris and Montreal. After living in a few different countries she settled down in London in 2012 where she has been working as an actress, artistic director, dancer and choreographer. Her credits include work on Hollywood and Bollywood feature films as well as various short films and music videos.
Timothy Ward is a London-based multimedia specialist with a professional background in music composition, photography and video production. Initially training in Music Technology and Sound Engineering, he went on to manage a private recording studio as well as collaborate with numerous music artists, gaining substantial experience in production and audio mixing. More recently Timothy attained a University of the Arts certification in photography covering techniques in composition, studio lighting, darkroom developing and printing. Using skills gained from filmmaking workshops and working closely alongside film directors resulted in the natural transition from photography to video, leading to the undertaking of projects ranging from showreels, to music videos, and events coverage within the entertainment industry. Currently incorporating all of the above, Timothy now freelances as a photographer and videographer by trade, directing video productions for businesses and generating digital images for portfolios, advertising and creative social media content.
Yoana Tuzharova was born in Rousse, Bulgaria in 1986. She works in a broad spectrum of activities
related to visual arts, such as mural arts, mosaic, iconography, painting, graphic, sculpture,
animation and digital arts, video installation, including organizational activities in which she act as
an entrepreneur and a performer of large-scale art projects . In 2009 Yoana reseived a BFA Degeree
from the University Veliko Turnovo Bulgaria, major “Fine Arts”, specialty „Muralarts”, where she
has participated in group exhibitions, en plein air and teamworks as an assistant artist. In 2012 Yoana
began a second Higher Education at the Muenster Academy of Arts, Germany with a major „Free
Arts“. Since 2013 she is at the class of art in public space of Prof. Maik and Dirk Löbbert.
„The fact that I work in different media and styles is part of my self-determination as an artist. The
opportunity to put my own abilities to a new challenge create always a vital spark in me and in my art.``
Philipp Kaindl is a filmmaker, director and scriptwriter who lives in Vienna, Austria. He co-founded the NGO Kino5, a platform for independent filmmakers. Philipp believes that learning with and from others, coupled with lots of practice are the keys to refining one’s art and craft of film making.
I'm a filmmaker and avid cinema goer who has loved film since I was a child. I am a geek through and through with a passionate love for comic books, TV, technology, video games, music and professional wrestling. When it comes to film, I am consistently seeking out new films to intrigue, inspire and entertain me whether they are shorts or feature length affairs.
Dan Farrell is a director of Studio Film School, a filmmaking education company based in London. Over the past five years he has worked with more than 3000 young people aged 4-19 to create short films. Away from Studio Film School he has delivered a range of film making projects to children, teenagers and teachers and have written film literacy resources for use in the classroom. Dan is excited to be working on a new short film project, as well as an exciting short film festival event called Fright Flicks.
He currently works as consultant in innovation and knowledge creation research projects with the vision of supporting the development of European society. Ufuk is also a PhD Lecturer in Wroclaw University of Economics and part of the European Youth Forum Pool of Trainers. He also is the CEO at *LAB DRG, linking up design and technology and support the knowledge society in Europe. www.labdrg.eu
Department of Policy Initiatives and Development
Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia
Jury Members of Shining Stars of Europe II
Juncal DIEZ GARCIA
Born in Spain in 1990, she combines the personal and professional aptitude in a range of sectors such as management, European Business, Art and Culture, Education and Human rights among others.
Graduated in Business Administration by Cantabria’s University, with a diploma in French University Studies by Jean Moulin Lyon 3 (France) in addition to her studies.
Simultaneously she has studied dance starting in Spain, where she has been part of the “Compañia D de Danza” and of the “Joven Ballet of Santander”, where she has received classes from well-known dancers as Víctor Ullate, Loipa Araujo, Orlando Salgado and Marta Bosch.
In France she has achieved the “Certificate in Choreographic Studies” with recognition of the judge and a “très bien” grade. She has also upgraded her training abroad with dancers such as Maria Grazia Garofoli, Sébastien Bertaud, Cristina Hammel o Nadine Delemailly.
She is member of the International Dance Council - UNESCO since 2012.
As an athlete, she has competed in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Spain.
She is part of the EUnited initiative, in charge of the Belgium and Spanish campaign - www.eunitednow.eu
Stéphane holds the title ‘Merchant of Art and Cultural mediator’ from ICART PARIS.
Domniki Kouitzoglou is a really passionate person active in the youth field as a leader at national, European and global level. She has been working for years as a director of live television broadcasts, while continuing her studies on “Development and Economics” at LSE. Simultaneously, she participated in photography and short- documentary movie exhibitions. She recently got elected Vice-President of the Hellenic National Youth Council and currently represents Greece at the European Youth Forum as well as other international youth organizations. And her motto goes like this: “Sharing is caring. Dare to be the executive!”
Mr Nico Simon
Gabrielle was born in Paris in 1995 and grew up in Luxembourg. She has been dancing since the age of 5 and at the age of 13, she decided to dedicate herself fully to acting and studying political sciences. She's currently enrolled in Nancy, France.