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Jindřich Fryč

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(2012-2016)
Deputy Minister of Education, Youth and Sport
Mr Fryč has a PhD from the Faculty of Education at Charles University. He has worked as a primary school teacher, and has since 1994 been employed at the Czech Republic Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. From 1996 he was the head of the Youth Department, with a particular involvement in non-formal education. He is the co-author of the National Policy on Children and Youth, and was involved in its implementation, including cooperation with NGOs and other non-profit organisations in the field. From 2004 he led the Department of International Relations, and from 2009 he held the position as Director General of the Section for International Relations EU Affairs at the Ministry. In 2012, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Education, in charge of primary, basic, secondary, special and further education.
Mr Fryč has for a long time represented the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports at the European Union level, at the Council of Europe, UNESCO and other international organisations. Since 2006 he has been member of a bureau of the Steering Committee for Education of the Council of Europe, and in 2011 he served as Vice Chair.

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Michèle Eisenbarth

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Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe

Michèle Eisenbarth is the Ambassador of Luxembourg to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. She has been working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg since 1995, and among others, she has been the country’s Ambassador to NATO and to the European Union. Ambassador Eisenbarth has a Masters degree in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Oxford as well as Degrees in Economics from Luxembourg and Switzerland.
She serves as a Member of the Governing Board at the Council of Europe Development Bank and Chair of the Committee of Ministers Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment ( GR-C.)

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Esther Rabasa Grau

Andorra
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Andorra to the Council of Europe
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Esther Rabasa Grau is Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Andorra to the Council of Europe. She has a MA in Applied Linguistics and a Diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA) in foreign language. Among other positions, she has previously been Director of the Andorran School of Massana, Ministry of Education, and Director of the Department of Professional Training and Educational Development, Ministry of Education.

Bushra Ishaq

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Medical Doctor

Finn Aarsæther

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Vice Decan Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

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Snezana Samardžić-Marković

Board member
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Director General of Democracy, Council of Europe
In February 2012, Snežana Samardžic-Markovic resigned as Minister of Youth and Sports in Government of Serbia after her appointment as Council of Europe's Director General for Democracy. In the period 2005-2007 she was the Assistant (Deputy) Minister for Defence Policy (Ministry of Defence), responsible for strategic planning, international military cooperation and MoD Verification Centre; Co-President of Group Serbia - NATO Defence Reform.
From 2001 to 2005, she worked in the bilateral department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Director for Neighbouring Countries; Deputy Head of Mission and Adviser at the Serbian Embassy in Oslo; and Adviser at the Directorate for Europe (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

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Anders Bakken

Deputy member
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Anders Bakken is senior researcher at the Section for Youth Research at Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. He has been carrying out research regarding social inequality in school achievement among youth and different research projects about living conditions among young people in Norway. During the last 15 years, he has been in charge of several research based evaluations of educational reforms in Norway. Currently, he is project manager for Ungdata, local youth surveys carried out in more than 350 municipalities all over Norway. From 2010-14 he was research director for the Youth research section at NOVA. 

Oksana Kovalenko

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Leading specialist, Department of general secondary and pre-school education, Ministry of Education and Science, Youth and Sport of Ukraine.

Working languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English, French, Polish
Performs analytical and methodological work related to learning and teaching foreign languages in secondary schools in Ukraine, is responsible for cooperation with Council of Europe in the field of secondary education and for the development of the national framework, curricular  and creation software, educational, scientific and methodological support for secondary schools. 
Member of the Steering Committee in Education Council of Europe.
Full Professor, Head of Department, Faculty of Political Sciences, National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA)

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Inga Bostad

Norway
Board member
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(2014-2018)

Director of the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo. She was Pro-Rector at the University of Oslo 2009-2013 and Vice-Rector at the same institution 2006-2009.

Inga Bostad was awarded a Mag.art degree in Philosopy from the University of Oslo with the thesis "Language, Knowledge, and Doubt —An Analysis of Wittgenstein's Über Gewissheit, (1989). She was awarded her Dr.philos. degree at same university for the thesis "Belief or Doubt —A Reconstruction of Philosophical Skepticism", (2005)

Tony M. Gallagher

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Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Queens University Belfast

Professor Tony Gallagher took up post of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic Planning, Staffing and External Relations on 1 May 2010. He joined Queen’s as a Lecturer in Education in 1992 and was later appointed to a Readership in 1995 and a Chair in 1999. In 2005 he was appointed Head of the School of Education.

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Haldis Margrete Holst

Norway
Chair
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Ms Holst graduated as a teacher in 1983, after majoring in English and Physical Education. She has worked as a teacher in primary, lower secondary and upper secondary schools. Ms Holst has been active in the Norwegian teachers’ union for many years. She has been a union representative at all local, regional and national levels. In 1997, Ms Holst became an elected full time regional leader in her union. In 2001, she became Vice-President of Norsk Lærerlag (NL). In 2002 she became an Executive Board member of Union of Education Norway and was Vice President from 2010 through 2012. During this period Ms Holst has also represented Norway on the European Trade Union Committee on Education, and been elected Vice President from Europe on the Executive Board of Education International.

Ms Holst is currently Deputy General Secretary of Education International which represents organisations of teachers and other education employees across the globe. It is the world’s largest federation of unions, representing thirty million education employees in about four hundred organisations in one hundred and seventy countries and territories, across the globe.

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Helga Hjetland

Vice Chair of the EWC Board
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Vice Chair of the Association for Employers in the Church of Norway and Church-related NGOs
Ms Hjetland was until 2009 President of Union of Education Norway (UEN) and until 2012 President of the United Nations Association of Norway. She has broad experience from the education sector, and has worked as teacher and head teacher (1973-88), as President of the Regional Teacher Union (1988-94) and was elected President of the National Teacher Union in 1994, and later as President of the merged Teacher Union in 2001. She is currently employed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education to follow up the new primary and secondary teacher education.
Ms Hjetland also has extensive experience from several national and international organizations, mostly in the field of education and development. She is Board member of the UNICEF committee of Norway.

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