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Our team

Secretariat

Tomislav Tudjman - Director

Tom (MA Public Administration) works as a Project Manager and Researcher at Risbo, a research, consultancy and training institute of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His expertise lies in the following fields: Social Inclusion, Integration, Migration (including Refugee issues), Educational Network Governance and Professional Capital of school professionals in primary and secondary education in both national and international studies. As a Project Officer and Peer Reviewer he has been working on various European Projects. Between 2005 and 2008 he worked on a project between Germany and the Netherlands titled: Social cohesion and integration in complex urban societies (SIS-project). In 2008 and 2009 he participated in Connections which focused on organizational approaches to tackling multiple deprivations in eight European cities. He also worked on building a Peer Review Toolkit for the Connections project and had worked on an educational Peer Review Toolkit for a European Project called Evidence based policy in education about early school leavers. Since 2012 he started working for SIRIUS. He was also a project officer in the European Literacy Network (ELINET) a large network of 80 organisations for EU member state countries. Today he is the General Manager of two Erasmus+ projects called NAOS and AVIOR.

Mialy Dermish - Head of Secretariat

Mialy Dermish is an education specialist, previously working with the UNHCR’s Regional Representation to the European Union in Brussels. She has been a preschool teacher in Hong Kong, an ESL teacher for migrants in London, conducted research and advocacy campaigns on topics such as supporting parents and HIV and adolescents, and started her own non-profit to fund youth projects in Madagascar. She holds an M.Ed in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Mialy has three children who hold a total of 9 passports between them, none of which belongs to the country they are schooled in. She believes it will only be a matter of time until we see a world that caters better to our hyper-mobilised ways of living and the challenges and demands it places on families and children. She is thrilled to partner with you on bringing this better reality into the world.

Board

Thomas Huddleston

Is Programme Director on Migration and Integration at the Migration Policy Group, a European think-and-do-tank and Chair of the SIRIUS network since 2016. He coordinates MPG’s comparative research on migrant and refugee education and integration, most notably through the European Website on Integration (https://ec.europa.eu/migrant-integration) and the Migrant Integration Policy Index (www.mipex.eu/education). He also chairs the quarterly migration subgroup of the NGO Platform on EU Migration and Asylum Migration Policy Group – MPG – an NGO based in Brussels specialized in migration, integration and anti-discrimination represented by Thomas Huddleston, Programme Director on Migration and Integration

Lana Jurko

is the Executive Director of the Network of Education Policy Centers (NEPC). Lana has been with NEPC, an    international non-governmental membership organization of education policy centers, since 2006. Her career spans from being an English teacher to software trainer and help desk operator to project coordinator and assistant researcher to her current position. She worked at international organisations such as United Nations and OSCE, schools, non-government organisations, at the research institute. Her life and career path took her to different towns, countries and continents confirming her belief in inter-connectedness of our planet and the importance of global social justice and makes her a true believer that education should play a major role in achieving this goal. Since the inception of NEPC, she has managed over a dozen of international projects and publications in educational access, inclusion and policy.

Hanna Siarova

is Research Manager in Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI, www.ppmi.lt), a policy research and analysis centre in Lithuania. Her main research interests are centred on inclusive education, social inclusion and gender equality policies in the EU Members States and pre-accession countries. She has been leading a number of comparative studies on education for diversity and integration of immigrant students, incl. Educational support to newly arrived migrant children (DG EAC), Study on the effective use of ECEC in preventing ESL (DG EAC), Study on how Initial Teacher Education prepares student teachers to deal with diversity in the classroom (DG EAC). Hanna is a member of the Executive Board of the European Policy network on education of immigrant and minority students (SIRIUS) since 2016 and coordination team of the Network on the social dimension in education and training (NESET II).

Dr Michalis Kakos

is senior lecturer and member of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Childhood, Education and Society, Leeds Beckett University. He has researched and published in the field of Citizenship, Inclusive and Special Needs education. In previous positions Michalis led the Initial Teacher Training course in Citizenship education in University of Leicester and he held research fellowships at the Centre for Citizenship and Human Rights Education (CCHRE), University of Leeds and at the Centre for Research in Inclusion and Diversity (CREID) University of Edinburgh. Michalis’ research interests include: citizenship education, professionalism and institutionalisation in education; ‘normality’, ‘abnormality’ and special education. Michalis has taught in Primary schools, Pupil Referral Units, Special, Grammar, Comprehensive and Preparatory schools in Greece, USA and the UK.