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Our team

In Romaversitas we support Roma students to gain access to quality education.
We believe that education provides choices for children and a means to accomplish their goals and full potentials.
We support them on the path to become Romani intellectuals, who advocate for their communities and shape the narratives about Roma.

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Boglárka Fedorkó
Executive Director

I am a human rights expert and Roma feminist activist. I am an economist by training, who is passionate about social justice and has been active in diverse fields, such as international education inclusion projects, Roma rights advocacy and women empowerment. In the past 10 years, I have worked for international organisations in the field of migration, trafficking, education inclusion and LGBT rights. Additionally, I helped the communications and fundraising of Romani Design, the world’s first Roma fashion brand. In 2020, I created Ame Panzh, a collective of young Roma activists to initiate an honest dialogue about the exclusion practices harming minorities in Hungary. In 2021, we were nominated for the Freedom Prize of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union. In 2022, we received the Raoul Wallenberg Prize.

As a proud Romaversitas alumna, I know how important Romaversitas’s role is in making access possible to quality education and in creating a supportive community. My Romaversitas years were life-changing and I hope our students will also have the best memories of our time spent together.

Hámori Zoltán portré, a Romaversitas részére, Budapest, Hungary, 5 January 2021.

Zoltán Hámori
Head of Operations

Zoltán earned a dual Masters’s degree in Political Science and Economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest, where he is an instructor since his graduation. He started his career in the NGO sector at the Foundation for Democratic Youth as a Project Coordinator, where he later became a Managing Director. In 2012 he became the CFO of the Egyesek Youth Association and the Sophianum non-profit enterprise, where he gained experience at the finances of NGOs – an experience which he currently relies on as a consultant at. BeeTree, an expert group he co-founded in 2015. In this role, he worked with more than 20 civil society organizations and non-profit enterprises as a consultant in organizational development. He joined Romaversitas Foundation in 2018 as a CFO and later became the Head of Operations.

Paskó Ildi portré, Romaversitas, Budapest, Hungary, 7 January 2021.

Ildikó Paskó
Education Director

Ildi is a Sociology and Social Work graduate. She used to work at the Beszélő journal and at the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ). As a freelancer, she contributed to multiple initiatives and research projects in the fields of education and social justice. She joined Romaversitas Foundation in 2006 as a trainer, and today she is responsible for the educational activities of the organization.

Jakab Mária, a Romaversitas részére, Budapest, Hungary, 5 January 2021.

Mária Jakab
Financial Officer and Education Programme Coordinator

Köteles Gyöngyi portré, Romaversitas, Budapest, Hungary, 8 January 2021.

Gyöngyi Köteles
Mentor and Coach

I started my studies at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj, then I graduated as a language teacher at the Lajos Kossuth University. I taught English as a specialised language at the Faculty of Natural Sciences of ELTE. I worked with Hungarian and Romanian-speaking children who had fled from Transylvania, helping them to integrate smoothly into the Hungarian school system. I was the owner and professional manager of a training and consultancy company, responsible for the development of twenty to thirty colleagues, liaising with foreign partners, developing organisations. I have also tried my hand in the world of multinational companies, I was a trainer and coach at K&H Bank for eight years.

At Romaversitas I give skills training, mentor high school and university students, accompany trainees on their first job. Coming from a minority background, I have worked in numerous programmes aiming at equity, inclusion and equal opportunities.

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Zsolt Horváth
Communications Manager

I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Pázmány Péter Catholic University. Since 2017 I have been working in online journalism, and since 2022 I have been the editor-in-chief of PHENOM Magazine, a pop culture website. Since 2021, I’m the host of the podcast Kultikus. In the same year, I was a Romaversitas scholar. In recent years I have been working as a social media professional, which included copywriting, graphic design and website management, as well as developing social media strategies and managing sites.

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Fanni Trendl
Programme Manager

My name is Fanni Székely-Trendl, I graduated in 2011 in Romology-History at the University of Pécs, I am currently a PhD candidate at the PTE “Education and Society” Doctoral School of Education.Since 2014 I am a lecturer at the Department of Romology and Sociology of Education at the PTE. I was a Romaversitas scholar between 2006-2011, and I am a WHSz (Wlislocki Henrik Szakkollégium) scholar since 2009. Since July 2022, I have been coordinating the leadership training and internship programme set up by the Romaversitas Foundation and the Municipality of Budapest. I believe in achieving social equality and carry out my daily tasks in this spirit.

Sófalvi Tímea (Mumus) portré, Romaversitas, Budapest, Hungary, 8 January 2021.

Tímea Sófalvi
Mentor and Coach

Since 2008, I have been working for Romaversitas in a variety of capacities: delivering skills training on career planning, business development, financial literacy, social skills and media awareness, mentoring university students and graduates. I graduated as a social worker in 1996, later studied drama methods, non-profit management, and completed an MBA at CEU, where I studied sustainability, marketing, organizational development and finance. Since 2014 I have been working as a freelancer at BeeTree Expert Group, working with NGOs and social enterprises.

Törley Kata portré, Romaversitas, Budapest, Hungary, 7 January 2021.

Kata Törley
Career Counselor, Education Programme Advisor

I graduated from the University of Pécs in 1992 with a degree in French. I have been working as a teacher in the public education sector since 1999. Since 2016, as one of the founders of the Tanítanék Movement, I have been actively involved in the struggle for the renewal of public education and the realisation of equal opportunities. Since 2019, I have been working with young people in the secondary school programme at the Romaversitas Foundation as a further education counsellor.

Csaba Oláh
Project Coordinator

I am Csaba Oláh, I studied cultural anthropology and sociology. In recent years I have been working in the field of education. I consider important initiatives supporting equal opportunities in education and programmes promoting the development and preservation of a positive Roma identity.

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Melinda Vajda
Project Coordinator

My name is Melinda Ferkovicsné Vajda, and I am an anthropologist. I am currently a PhD student in Applied Linguistics at ELTE. Since 2019 I have been working in the field of education and teaching Romanian at the University of Central Europe. I am currently the coordinator of a scholarship programme for young Roma students and graduates in the field of pedagogy.

Our Board:

  • dr. Dinók Henriett (president)
  • dr. Vivien Brassói
  • Aladár Horváth
  • Márta Józsa
  • Angéla Kóczé
  • Sándor Szőke