I have worked in the non-profit sector for 25 years: I have always been driven by the search for novelty and untrodden paths, the love of creative collaboration and the desire to create social value. In the 1990s, I worked at the Non-profit Information and Training Center (NIOK) Foundation and the Autonomy Foundation, and later as a program officer at the American C. S. Mott Foundation. A 10-year period of freelancing followed, including working as an external associate at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, the European Venture Philanthropy Association and the Stefan Batory Foundation. I also worked with high-net-worth individuals implementing their philanthropic ideas. My main interests are the design and implementation of complex development programmes, programme evaluation, grantmaking, helping organisational and group development, and facilitating NGO collaboration and international development.
I have been a trustee of the Roots and Wings Foundation since the very beginning and I have been serving as the chair of the board since autumn 2017. I find it very motivating to work for local communities and civil society organisations in a diverse team dedicated to social change. In addition to the overall management and the representation of the Foundation, I believe my most important task is to ensure the well-being of my colleagues.